Friday, January 28, 2011

Roscoe's Breweries Of 2010 Beer Summit Tonight Friday January 28th

This just in from the folks at Roscoe's:

The Roscoe's Breweries of 2010 Beer Summit is coming up on Friday

January 28th beginning at 5 PM. We will be showcasing beers from many of Oregon's
newest breweries. We will be featuring beers from: Boneyard Beer,
Prodigal Son, Burnside Brewing, Coalition, Beetje, Breakside,
Migration, Cascade Barrel House, Columbia River Brewing, and many
more. Many of the brewers will be in attendance to answer questions
about their beers.

Sounds like a good time. I'm going try my best to make it. Hope to see you there!

Cascade Brewing's First Annual Scottish Ale Festival

Update: The are allowing people to bring an old 14 oz  festival mug (think OBF mug) or you can buy a new Cascade mug for $3. What a deal!

This event is coming up tomorrow from 3 to 11 pm. Looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! Hope to see you there! Here are the press releases on the event:

Cascade Brewing Barrel House

"Here's to the heath, the hill and the heather,
the bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather"
-- Traditional Scottish Toast

"If it's not Scottish, it's crap!"
-- Mike Meyers, Saturday Night Live

Cascade Brewing to Host Portland's first annual Scottish Ale Festival

Nine regional craft breweries will serve up their best Scottish and Scotch ales at Portland's first annual Scottish Ale Festival.  The event will take place on Saturday, January 29 from 3 to 11 pm on the production side of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. 

The beer lineup includes Black Raven Brewing's Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale, Cascade Brewing's McShagger Scotch Ale, Coalition Brewing's Brigadoonery Scottish Ale, Fearless Brewing's Strong Scotch Ale, Lucky Lab's Scottish Holiday, Rock Bottom Brewery's Highland Courage, Schooner EXACT Brewing's Hoppy the Woodsman, and Upright Brewing's House. Bagpiper

The event will feature traditional Scottish music by Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg's band, Stone Porridge, plus a few bagpipers thrown in the mix.   The Cascade Brewing Barrel House will serve its regular menu, as well as a few Scottish specialties.  There is no cover charge for the event.

Both Scottish and Scotch ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a color ranging from deep amber to dark copper, and a higher level of unfermentable sugars that creates a rich mouthfeel and malty flavors and aromas. In Scottish ales, overall hop character is low, light floral or herbal, allowing the signature malt profile to be the highlight.  Scotch ales are sweeter and fuller-bodied, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor.

About Cascade Brewing Barrel House

The Cascade Brewing Barrel House is the barrel and blending house and tasting room for Cascade Brewing's award winning Northwest style sour ales.  The Barrel House is open Sunday through Tuesday 11 am to 10 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 11 am to 11 
Scottish Fest Posterpm, and Friday & Saturday 11 am to Midnight.  Minors are allowed daily to 10 pm.  For more information, call 503-265-8603 or For daily updates, follow the Cascade Barrel House onFacebook and Twitter.

For those who want to plan their drinking lineup, here is the list of the beers with descriptions:

Black Raven Brewing Co
Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale (IBU 38 / ABV 7.1%)
Redmond, WA  ·
Splinters is the Bourbon barrel aged version of the brewery's Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale. Aged for six months in various Bourbon barrels, they picked the best of the barrel for added complexity of flavor. All of the barrels were then combined and the beer was aged for another few months in stainless to meld and mature.

Cascade Brewing
McShagger Scottish Ale (IBU 26 / ABV 8.3%)
Portland, OR ·
This strong Scotch ale cuts the chill and warms from within.  A nose of sweet malt and a hint of chocolate and smoked peat start the journey.  Chocolate, kilned coffee and German Rauch malts combine to lend this big Scottish ale a hint of whiskey.

Cascade Brewing
Wee Ane Scottish Amber (IBU 20 / ABV 4.75%)
This easy drinking Scottish small ale is just the thing to recalibrate your palate after all the holiday festivities.  Fuggles, Goldings and Crystal hops balance the Munich and chocolate malts to make this a genuine Scottish session ale.

Cascade Brewing
Black Sheep Stout (IBU 25 / ABV 5.14%)
This easy drinking stout was designed to shepherd you at any time on your beer journey, be that breakfast, lunch or supper.  The sweet chocolate nose that greets you from the dark Crystal, chocolate, brown and black malts is what this beer is all about.  It's accented by roasted barley and kilned coffee grains that lead to a finish ending with a slight spiced hop bite that will linger and dry out your palate.

Coalition Brewing Co
Brigadoonery Scottish Ale (IBU 45 / ABV 6%)
Portland, OR ·
Golden Promise malt forms the base of this classic Scotch style ale. The malt forward base is supplemented with dark caramel and a touch of peated malt for sweetness and a light smokiness. Wyeast 1728 gives slightly fruity phenolics to the beer.

Fearless Brewing Co
Fearless Strong Scotch Ale (IBU 48 / ABV 9.25%)
Estacada, OR ·
This huge malty beer is brewed in the traditional Strong Scotch style. Hops are subdued, while a nutty, slightly roasty finish is the hallmark.

Lucky Lab Brewing Co
Scottish Holiday (IBU 35 / ABV 6.8%)
Portland, OR ·
This is a true Scotch ale brewed with Scottish pale malt and only the finest English hops. Scottish Holiday is a rich, dark chocolate brew with hints of licorice and raisins. Alcohol content is moderate to high but it balances nicely with a hint of hoppy bitterness. This was the Lab's first and only holiday style ale.

Rock Bottom Brewing Co
Highland Courage
Portland, OR ·
No description has yet been provided; however, we do know that this was one of the last beers brewed by Van Havig before his departure, so it's sure to be delicious!

Schooner EXACT Brewing Company
Hoppy the Woodsman (IBU 60 / ABV 9%)
Seattle, WA ·
Hoppy Holidays' big brother, this ale is last year's Hoppy Holidays winter beer that has been aged in Bourbon barrels for a year and then blended to perfection.  Oak and Bourbon flavors mix with roasted malt and a touch of Yakima hops.
Upright Brewing Co
House (ABV 6.35%)
Portland, OR ·
Upright "House" is a spiced brown ale made with the famous Traquair House Brewery of Scotland in mind. Upright's take on the style uses coriander, long pepper and bitter orange peel along with a simple grist to produce a malty beer with burnt orange notes and a slight background spice. It's a one-off keg made just for this event.

For more information, contact Cascade Brewing, 503-265-8603.  We look forward to seeing you this Saturday. Servus!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another Visit Cascade Barrel House For Tap It Tuesday

Preston Weesner holding the tap for me
Last night I headed down to the Cascade Barrel House for "Tap It Tuesday" and have some beer with Nicole from Portland Beer and Music (who wrote this nice article about Cody from the Barrel House)  and her husband Paul. This week's barrel at Cascade was 2011 Kriek blended with Bourbon Quad. As luck would have it Ron Gansburg asked me to help tap the barrel! It was a great honor to be asked! Unfortunately I hit the tap like a little girl and the result was a "Sour Shower" - A new term for me.  Now,  of course, this is not the first time for me to be sprayed with beer. Having brewed beer at home and in various breweries I've been sprayed with hot and cold water, beer, sanitizer, and, of course, yeast. But there is nothing quite as sweet as  being sprayed with delicious sour beer!

 It's opportunities like these that make living in Portland, Oregon a magnificent thing indeed!
Preston yelling "Hit it like you mean it!" 
The result - "Sour Shower"

But enough about me. How was the beer? A wonderfully sour but balanced combination of cherries, malt, oak tannins, and bourbon. I highly recommend getting down to there to try this treat!

Thanks to Nicole and Paul for taking the above pictures.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bailey's Taproom Starts Year Off Right With "Firkin Mondays" Today With Breakside Brown Porter

I noticed this on the Bailey's Taproom Blog. From their blog: Starting January 3rd, we’re making the term F’in’ Mondays stand for something you can exclaim with a grin rather than a grimace. Each and every week, we’ll be tapping a brand new firkin cask brew from some of Portland’s best microbreweries.

Here’s a [January's] schedule of our first firkin cask beers, starting on the first Monday of 2011:

3rd – Breakside Brown Porter
10th – Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
17th – Alameda Black Bear XX Stout
24th – Rock Bottom (Undecided Brew)
31st – Hopworks Secession CDA

Being a big fan on cask ale this sounds like a splendid way to start of the week (and the 2011)!

For more in for go to Bailey's Taproom's blog here.

Hope to see you there