Friday, July 29, 2011

OBF Day 1

Day 1 of the Oregon Brewers Festival is done. I chose to forgo the media preview and instead I spent a lot of time in the Buzz Tent trying beers and visiting with the brewers at the table they have set up on the north side of the tent which is great way to meet the brewers that brewed the beer you're enjoying.

The rest of my time I focused my attention on trying beers in the South Tent. These were a few of my favorites (beer descriptions by Gary Corbin):

Ninkasi Brewing Co. - Helles Belles - An enjoyable brew with low hop bitterness but plenty of pleasant Spalt and Hallertauer hop flavor, this brew features Rahr Pilsner, Great Western 2-row and Great Western Vienna, fermented by Wyeast's clean, crisp southern German lager yeast. This allows the malt body to come through in the finish for a rich, drinkable flavor.

Oakshire Brewing - Daily Dose Summer Ale - Oakshire draws its malt bill from across the gamut: Rahr 2-row, Castle Pilsner, Briess Carapils and Great Western Munich. By contrast, the hop bill is simple: a light dose of Nuggets in the boil and two shots of Amarillo in the finish. To complement the hops, the brewers added orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and some hibiscus flower and lemongrass for a light, crisp brew with a slightly fruity note.

Upright Brewing - Offen Weisse - This all-organic beer uses Gambrinus Pils and Great Western wheat and Munich malts and a single variety of all-organic hops (can you guess what it is?). It's fermented with a classic Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast strain yielding a spicy and fruity, dry and slightly tart brew that's low in hops and long on thirst-quenching.

FiftyFifty Brewing - This sweet, inky brew will give your palate something different to chew on than the hop monsters next door. Eleven different grains (including hand-toasted oats) and a dose of molasses provide its rich flavor and body. Three shots of hops give it just enough bitterness and hop flavor. If the Donner Party would have had this, there would have been no problem surviving the winter's cold.

Widmer Collaborator - Hopfinium is the union of a relatively dry Pacific Northwest style IPA with the clean fermentation characteristics of a proper German lager yeast - an India Pale Lager -  thus allowing the focus to be entirely upon the abundant hops, rather than be muddied by the esters of an ale yeast.  Expect a crisp finish and clean bitterness under the dank citrus-tangerine flavor and aromas of Cascade, Summit and Simcoe hops.

Black Diamond Brewing - This beer is mostly about the yeast and spices used - a White Labs Saison Yeast blend allowed to ferment warm in a base of Pilsner, wheat, aromatic, Munich and Crystal malts, with some turbinado sugar to lighten the mouthfeel.  Big aromatic spices hail from cardamom seeds and ginger ground at the brewery along with both bitter and sweet orange peel added in the last 10 minutes of the boil.

Now I'm going to head down to the fest and check out the North Tent. Then later treat my wife and myself to the Block 15 Brewer's Dinner at Wildwood.

For more coverage on the fest check out these fine blogs:



The Not So Professional Beer Blog

New School Beer Blog (Behind the Pint Video from last year's OBF)

Brewmance NW

The Beer Here

The Daily Pull 

Portland Beer (dot org)

The Brew Site

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Oregon Brewers Festival Time!

It's OBF time again and  here I am late to post again! I'm also actually running late heading down to the OBF... No parade for me this year. Grrr...

I had a post written up with some useful links and somehow it got deleted! Grrr (one more time, not my day, so far)... No time to redo now so check out the Oregon Brewers Festival website for all the festival details. And follow them on Twitter and their Buzz Tent Twitter feed.

I will be tweeting from the festival with pictures, comments, and beer recommendations and try to sum with a post tonight or in the morning (and hopefully not delete it again)...

Be safe and have fun. See you at the OBF!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Groupon Portland Partners with Glen Hay Falconer Foundation During Portland Beer Day

Groupon Portland Partners with Glen Hay Falconer Foundation During Portland Beer Day
Portland Page of Will Feature The City’s Best Breweries and More on July 28
Portland, OR (July 22, 2011) -- Groupon (, a shopping website that offers daily deals on the best local goods, services and cultural events in 43 countries around the world announces the partnership with the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation during Portland Beer Day on July 28, 2011 to raise money for scholarships.
On July 28th, in honor of the Oregon Brewers FestivalGroupon is dedicating the Portland, OR page of their website ( to deals that spotlight Portland’s brewing community.  Groupon will be featuring Portland’s best breweries, restaurants, and beer bars while creating awareness and raising funds for the Glen Hay Falconer Brewing Scholarship.  Groupon will donate $1 for each Groupon sold on July 28, 2011 up to $2,000 toward the scholarship fund.
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization created to commemorate and celebrate the life, interests, and good works of Glen Hay, a well-loved and leading Northwest brewer. The mission of the Foundation is to contribute to the Northwest craft brewing community by providing opportunities for professional and aspiring brewers to further their knowledge and expertise. The Foundation is also committed to honoring Glen's broader interests by working with the Northwest Legends Foundation to contribute directly to local Eugene-based organizations that represent his ideals and passions.
In 2011, the Foundation is offering two educational scholarships to the World Academy of Brewing at the Siebel Institute and one to the American Brewer's Guild.
About Groupon
Groupon, launched in November 2008 in Chicago, features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy in more than 300 markets around the world. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and provide a win-win for businesses and consumers, delivering more than 650 daily deals globally. For more information, visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

LOLA Presents - A Celebration of Women in Beer Tomorrow Saturday July 23 From 11 AM - 11 PM

LOLA Presents - A Celebration of Women in Beer:
Portland, OR - Saturday July 23, 2011 11 AM - 11 PM: The Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) presents a celebration of Oregon female brewers. All beer on tap at Saraveza the day of the event will have been brewed by female brewers from Deschutes, Oakshire, Bend, Natian, Lucky Lab Brew Pub, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Heater Allen. Expect some special brewed lagers and ales from these ladies. At 7 PM, there will be a special tapping of a Hibiscus IPA brewed by LOLA at Coalition Brewing and Urthel Saison. The lady brewers will also be available at this time to discuss their brewing roots and their beers. There will be beer gear raffles as well as a chance to enjoy the Saraveza menu of handmade pasties, famous deviled eggs and Sugar Pimp cupcakes.

The Beer List:
Deschutes - NW Supercritical (A Bend, OR exclusive Steam beer)
Oakshire - Red Hot Rye Chili Beer (Red Chili infused Line Dry Rye)
Bend - HopHead
Natian - Meooow Blonde Ale (Guava infused Blonde ale made with champagne yeast)
Lucky Lab - Hellesaurus Rex
Hopworks Urban Brewery - Saison du Soleil
Heater Allen - Coastal Common
LOLA/Lucky Lab Collaboration – Kolsch
Breakside Collaboration - Beerscht, Beet Beer
Saraveza 1004 N. Killingsworth, PDX
Saturday, July 23, 2011
11 AM - 11 PM

About LOLA:  Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) is a social drinking group for ladies that love craft beer in the Portland, OR area. Started by a group of friends gathering for an evening of beers, the group has since grown in size to encompass any and all ladies that would like to meet for a pint. LOLA has even occasionally been known to brew beers around town, take brewery tours and run for beer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coalition Brewing to Release Award Winning Cantaloupe Beer Tomorrow July 14

Coalition Brewing, through their Coalator Program,  is releasing an award winning beer called Cantaloupe Wheat Ale by homebrewer Mike Marsh. Mike won Best Light Colored Fruit Beer at the Portland Fruit Beer Fest in June.

I was lucky enough to taste the beer as a judge of the homebrew competition and really enjoyed it. In fact I liked it enough that after the winners were announced I contacted Mike via his Twitter account and set up a meeting to talk about the beer. This is what I found out (Beer Geek Stat Warning):

  • OG -1.054
  • SRM - 3.5
  • IBU - 20
  • Malts - 2-Row, Wheat Malt, & Flaked Barley
  • Hopped with Willamette & Centennial Hops
  • Dry "Hop" with cubed Tuscan Cantaloupe at 1 pound per gallon of beer in after primary.
  • Then Keg "Hop" with new cantaloupe at the same ratio.
  • Yeast - Wyeast K├Âlsch 2565

 This is great opportunity for beer lovers to try this wonderful summertime beer. But only 10 gallons of this beer was made so it will go quickly!

So to sum it all up:

  • What - Release of Mike Marsh's Cantaloupe Wheat Ale

  • When - Thursday, July 14 at 6 PM. Come early, this one should go pretty quickly.

  • Why - Chances are you've never had a cantaloupe beer before and you not likely to again. And if it is anything like the one I tasted it's really good!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saraveza's 2nd Annual IIPA Fest Sponsored by Brewpublic

If you like Double (or Imperial) IPAs like I do you're going to want to check this out! This event is put on by my good friends at Saraveza and Brewpublic. Last year's IIPA Fest was crazy fun with a great line up of beers. This year's line up looks even better! 

Saraveza's 2nd Annual IIPA Fest Sponsored by Brewpublic

PORTLAND, ORE. -- SAT & SUN, July 16-17th, 1-10pm: With over 20 rotating IIPAs on draft including fest special brews and a tapping of our staff’s first beer, team Saraveza and Brewpublic present to you our 2nd Annual IIPA Festival! Join us July 16th & 17th for lots of hops, housemade B.B.L.T.s (yes, that’s Bacon Bacon) and live music. Look for your “free jar” tickets the week before the festival. IIPA FEST entry is $15 for 8 tickets and 1 mug; or $25 for 16 tickets and 2 mugs. 

This year's event reveals some one-of-a-kind Imperial IPAs exclusive to this festival, as well as many rare and sought after specialties.
Here's the list so far:

Amnesia "Dopeacetic"*
Upright "Alphaphylactic Hop"* 
Fort George "the Resistance"*
Ninkasi special version of "Tricerahops"*
Coalition "Double Dog Dare"*
Breakside “Saison De Roxana” Belgo-IIPA (Saraveza Staff Collaboration!)   
H.U.B. "Evelyn Sunshine"
Burnside "Alter Ego"
Alameda "Yellow Wolf"
Oakshire "Glen's Hop Vice"
Flat Tail "Some Like It Hop"
Coalition "Double Dog Dare"
Boneyard “Notorious” TRIPA
Migration "Double Dry-Hopped Luscious Lupulin"
Hop Valley/The Bier Stein Collaboration "6th Element"
Block 15 "the Late Gift"
Full Sail “Elevation”
Lompoc Dry-Hopped "Peregrine"
Widmer "Nelson"
Beer Valley "Leafer Madness"
Deschutes "Imperial Hop In the Dark"
Walking Man “Iron Man” 
Hale's "Aftermath"
Pike "Double IPA"
Lazy Boy "Anniversary"
Pizza Port "Cho Saikou"#
Pizza Port "Poor Man's"#
Russian River “Pliny the Elder” 
Southern Tier “Oaked Unearthly” 
Dogfish Head “90 Minute” 
Sierra Nevada “Hoptimum”
Lagunitas "Hop Stoopid" 
Nogne O “#500” 
Avery “Maharaja” 
Stone "Ruination"
Great Divide “16th Anniv.” Wood Aged 
Great Divide “17th Anniv.” Wood Aged 
Bear Republic “RyeValry” Belgo-IIPA
Bear Republic "Cafe 15"
Flying Dog “Raging Bitch” Belgo-IIPA 
Lenny’s “R.I.P.A.” 
Firestone Walker “Double Jack” 
Victory “Hop Wallop” 

...and more! 
* denotes exclusive IIPA Fest release
# denotes special one-time in Oregon release

for more details, contact Angelo (at) Brewpublic (dot) com 
or Jonathan (at) Saraveza (dot) com

Saraveza, one of Beervana's top destinations for craft beer, is located at 1004 N. Killingsworth St. in sunny Portland, Oregon.