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In the future – every community will have a beer fest, stepping up to fill the beer festival whole in the Gresham, Sandy and Boring, Oregon communities is the inaugural Boring Beer Fest. This new annual event was created to showcase regional brewers and cidermaker of many sizes in the underserved community that many call Boring. Festival organizers have teamed up with the local Boring Brewing Co. to put together and host this eclectic mix of breweries on August 24-26th, 2018.
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Inspired by the Mt. Hood “Fruit Loop,” as well as the Clackamas County “Tap Trail,” breweries from these areas were the first be invited and represent the bulk of the breweries and cideries being featured. The addition of the “City Slickers” tent will bring some excellent selections from Portland.
The event will be set up in several unique spaces on the Boring Brewing and Winery property, so festival attendees can walk the grounds and enjoy separate areas. There will be live music in the manicured back yard, a water oasis to beat the heat, a covered country patio and several other setups – all with exciting beer options. Regional food as well as vendors and summer yard games will be found throughout the grounds. Boring Brewing has created a flagship beer for the event that will be available as a 16oz option, so music lovers can enjoy a pint in the live music area. Sunday will be family day with special entertainment for the kids!
Individual participation cost is $20 for a keepsake logo glass and 10 beer tickets. 1 ticket will yield one 4oz pour, with the exception of the Boring Brewing pints that will be available for 4 tickets. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 each.
There are advance ticket packages available through www.boringbeerfest.com that will get attendees more for their money: $20 for inaugural keepsake glass, and 15 tickets! Also, on our website is the most up to date list of participating breweries and information, as well as volunteer sign up for those wishing to trade their time for free beer!
Monday, July 16th, Von Ebert Brewing opens their East side location at the Glendoveer Golf Course in northeast Portland and we have an inside look at the space, the beers and the menu. You may not even have heard about Von Ebert Brewing, they only opened this past March 26 but their experience runs deeper as the former Fat Head’s Brewing PDX where they won over many local fans. Now rebranded as Von Ebert Brewing with more German and Farmhouse styles and less Double IPA’s (though hopheads won’t be disappointed either.)
Von Ebert Brewing East is almost unarguably an even cooler spot than the first location. Afterall, the entire food menu (much improved from the Fat Head’s days) has made it intact from the Pearl District to the Eastside with the addition of a Glendoveer Burger at a cheaper price than the original pub. Yes, those outstanding wings (perhaps the best in Portland) are on the menu at Von Ebert East for the same price, but the house burger is only $10 at Glendoveer east and many items off the Pizza and Appetizers are 25¢-50¢ cheaper. The Smoked Meat Sandos are $12.50 on the westside and $12 at Von Ebert East. Some of the best stuff, like the charcuterie and cheese boards and wings are the same price but I am just glad to have them.
Von Ebert East Cheese Board $16 – Purple Haze, Manchego, Bellavitano Gold, Bay Bleu, Ewephoria, Face Rock Aged Cheddar
The beer list will be similar if not exactly the same as the NW pub. The eastside location will have it’s own small brewery headed up by former Commons head brewer Sean Burke who will specialize in his favorite things – sour/wild mixed fermentation beers from coolships and foeders to crisp German-style lagers. Meanwhile more hoppy and American-style will be brewed on the NW side and kegs will be traded for a nice selection of both at either pub with a slight emphasis on Burke’s small batch stuff on the East side pub. The brewery at Von Ebert East is still in construction, some 2-3 months behind the opening of the pub but well underway. Meanwhile you can still find plenty to choose from with around 38 taps to play with, 20 ish of which will be Von Ebert beer and the rest guest taps of beer, wine, cider and two gluten-free beers. The mug club, called the “Stein Society” is also at this location, for just $50 a year you get a larger 20oz mug to drink out of and $1 off beers, plus you get a shirt and there is a member party each year. I am especially liking that they fill 16oz, rather than 32oz crowlers. This may ostensibly be for the golfers, but for someone like me that doesn’t necessarily want 32oz of the same beer this is great. Depending on the beer, they are $4-$5 to-go.
The decor and ambiance of the East location is the biggest change and the only one I can see personal preference coming into play on. While the NW pub is modern, open, with high ceilings and newly renovated everything the East side location feels like a 70’s throwback. The dining area and bar is pure old school Prime Rib joint with old dark stained wood beams and a center fireplace and hood. Everything is dark woodsy brown and with vintage diner booths and historic photography on display. You can saddle up to the bar and feel a bit like you are at a ski lodge or an old 70’s Hollywood haunt, complete with cocktails and cigars (strictly for off premises and golfers.) Like the main Von Ebert, there are also a good amount of TV’s, placed on each side of the taplist above the bar, on corners and a large one against the wall of the dining area. You won’t miss a game here.
Von Ebert East front patio that leads out to the golf course
Von Ebert East back patio next to the golf club retail
Perhaps the best aspect of Von Ebert East is the two separate outdoor patios. One of the patios is covered with heaters and uncovered grassy areas with cornhole that stretches out into the beginning of the golf course. On the backside of the building there is another smaller patio between the golf club house and the pub with a handful of tables with their own gas fires for each. Since Von Ebert East is in a city park and not directly next to any residences, they can keep that patio open late till closing at 11pm to 12am and yes, they are family/all-ages all the way up til closing.
Von Ebert Brewing East 14021 NE Glisan Street (2.93 mi) Portland, Oregon
Devin Benware and Shaun Kalis at the new Ruse Brewing taproom
This Saturday, July 14th Ruse Brewing opens their new taproom to the public for an all-day grand opening party. We previewed the new home of Ruse Brewing and the taproom over a year ago and are happy to make the return visit to see how much owners Shaun Kalis and Devin Benware have accomplished. Ruse was founded by Kalis and has operated for over a year with an alternating proprietorship deal with Culmination Brewing. The brewing and packaging partnership allowed Ruse to produce their brand at Culmination Brewing and even temporarily place their own fermentation tanks on-site while working on their own location that will finally open this Saturday with their first taproom at the Iron Fireman Collective building at 4784 SE 17th Ave.
Ruse Brewing Blue Ruins bottle
Ruse Brewing specializes in mixed fermentation barrel ferments and wild ales as well as juicy/hazy IPA and west coast IPA. While most of their beers fall into those categories, they are not afraid to mix it up with a Kolsch, Coffee Brown Ale or Imperial Stout, all beers they have released. Their latest is a Gin barrel-aged mixed fermentation farmhouse ale that will be released in bottles this Saturday and is pictured above.
Kalis was a homebrewer who brewed and trained at Old Market Pub & Brewery and McMenamins before becoming a brewer at Culmination Brewing while building his own brand. Benware was the head brewer at the short lived Brannon’s Brew Pub in Hillsboro and then a brewer at Culmination Brewing where he and Kalis met and decided to combine efforts. In their new space Ruse Brewing has installed a 3-vessel, 10 barrel brewhouse with three 20 barrel tanks and two 10 barrel tanks with space for more tanks and barrels. They even have a brand new foeder in place which will hold a custom light base beer for mixed fermentation and the brew team plans to use a solera process of emptying it partially and topping it up with new beer when some is removed.The building is an old renovated concrete and salvaged wood industrial space turned into a “a fully renovated facility for modern day production. “We are plumbed, wired, and powered to help you design, create, build and make” according to their website. Plenty of spaces are still available in this monstrous building in an old/new part of town with a winery and Hi-Five Cider planning to share one of the spaces.
Ruse Brewing showcases an original aesthetic perspective with nods to M. C. Escher, Egyptian hieroglyphics and other surreal and mind bending and mysterious arts. The taproom will share that aesthetic that runs from their logo to their labels and soon will become a showcase for local artists and musicians. Kalis is a musician and has long dreamed of opening a combination brewery and taproom combined with a live music venue. The taproom is full of natural light with wood and steel. A brushed metal bar top, hand built paneling and tables, a local glass blowers works on display and a mural against the wall.
The Ruse Brewing taproom is a tasting room and showcase for their beers first and foremost. It’s an intimate space with a 63 person capacity and one TV for Timbers, Blazers and other big games only. Ten taps will be flowing with eight of them being Ruse beers, one guest brewery (likely Culmination Brewing), and one hard cider with a selection of canned or bottled wine and non-alcoholic soda. You will be able to get your growler filled or a special Ruse 750ml swing top bottle of select drafts depending on how much there is available. That of course goes for Ruse’s 375ml, 500ml and 750ml bottles. The taproom does not have food but there are hopes that a food purveyor will take one of the vacant spaces in the mixed use Iron Fireman Collective building they occupy, Ruse hopes to have a food truck outside on weekends atleast. The taproom will be all-ages friendly until 7pm, it’s located conveniently right off of the MAX yellow line and there is a big parking lot across the street at 17th and Schiller.
Ruse Brewing will be open Tuesday through Sunday and Closed on Mondays. Their Grand Opening is this Saturday, July 14th from Noon to 9pm.
Ruse Brewing 4784 SE 17th Ave. Portland, OR
Ruse Brewing in the Iron Fireman Collective building
This Saturday is our favorite local brewery taproom’s 3rd Anniversary Party, come help Montavilla Brew Works celebrate for this all day event 12pm to 10pm. If you have not checked out MBW yet, they excel at making classic styles from Stout to Farmhouse Ale and Pilsner. This Saturday they are bringing back a favorite, and one of the more difficult brews that they always nail, the Korabräu Helles Lager.”
Mixteca food truck will be serving Mexican plates and killer Tamales
Montavilla Brew Works will be tapping small batch new beers all day (details below), and offering bottle discounts, raffles and have everyone’s favorite Mexican/Tamale truck Mixteca parked outside.
Special Anniversary Tappings:
2 year old Belgian Tripel 9% ABV
2 year old Bourbon Barrel-aged “Old Montavillain Strong Ale” 9% ABV
“Black Cherry Porter” (Robust Porter w/dark cherry juice added. Premiered at PDX Fruit Beer Festival 2018) 6.4% ABV
This Saturday, July 14th is the inaugural Summer Strawberry Beer Fest at Saraveza and the Bad Habit Room from noon to 10pm with 17 strawberry beers and ciders and a special food and dessert menu. Organizers have carefully curated a list of rare strawberry beers and ciders from the past year and brought them together into one delicious showcase.
Tickets are only $10 and include a custom Perfection 9oz glass with 4 drink tickets if purchased in advance (3 tickets at the door). Additional drink tickets are $1.50 or four for just $5.
Strawberry FOOD Specials:
– Burger w/ Strawberry Compote, Brie, Butter Lettuce and a Brioche Bun.
– Strawberry Shortcake w/ Chantilly Cream
– Beer Float w/ Salt and Straw Ice Cream (flavor TBD)
BEER & CIDER List:
The Ale Apothecary: Garden Strawberry
the strawberry was 1st bred in France from North American and Chilean plants. Garden Strawberry is a blend of 15+ ales with 60 lbs of fresh strawberries in one of the breweries original barrels. Naturally carbonated and bottle fermented with Oregon honey. 7% ABV.
Almanac Brewing: Strawberry Melon
Sour farmhouse ale with fresh strawberries and honeydew melon. 7.1% ABV.
Beachwood Blendery: Strawberry Provence
Lambic-inspired ale with Strawberries and Herbs de Provence. 6.9% ABV
Blackberry Farm Brewery: Buckwheat Strawberry
A rustic farmhouse ale brewed with Buckwheat and Strawberries and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast harvested from our 9,200 acre farm. 6.3% ABV.
Block 15 Brewing: Strawberry Fields
This wild golden farmhouse is a harvest celebration of fresh strawberries from one of the finest strawberry-growing regions in the world—our own Willamette Valley. Initially fermented with a farmhouse strain in our open fermenter, it was then matured in pinot noir barrels, taking on added complexity from our wild cellar’s house flora and resident micro-organisms in the barrels. Upon blending, we added perfectly ripe, locally-grown strawberries to our favorite barrels. 7% ABV.
Little Beast Brewing: Dream State
Aged for over 6 months in our Cabernet Sauvignon foeder and with 7 distinct microflora, Dream State contains 100 pounds of fresh whole Oregon strawberries per barrel. Full of lush fruit flavor, soft acidity and a complex depth of character.
7% ABV / 13 IBU
Great Notion Brewing: BA Strawberry Shortcake
Last Summer we filled Pinot Noir barrels with our Strawberry Berliner Weisse, 100 lbs of strawberries, and our house sour culture. 9 months later, we have this bright Sour Ale with balance, complexity and plenty of Strawberry!
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Strawberry Milkshake IPA
The sun is heating up the streets and we’re getting thirsty! This milkshake IPA gets its foundation from Hazy IPAs. It’s fluffy and velvety in character from generous amounts of what and oats. We added huge amounts of berry-forward Galaxy and Vic Secret hops for flavor and aroma, and we fermented the beer with strawberries. Lactose was added for additional sweetness and creamier mouthfeel. 7% ABV.
Matchless Brewing: Double Barrel Strawberry
For Double Barrel Strawberry, we took some of our favorite white wine yeast fermented sour beers and matured it along with 100lb of organic strawberries per oak barrel. The fruit came from our long time friends at Helsing Junction Farm! Look for intense notes fresh strawberry candy on the nose and rich strawberry and peach blossoms on the tongue. ABV 7%
New Belgium Brewing: Strawberry Lemon Ale
A delightful combination of strawberry and lemon purees fill the senses with an enticing balance of sweet and sour fruit. 4.2% ABV.
pFriem Family Brewers: Fraise
Fraise is created by blending our barrel-aged, lambic-inspired ale with extraordinarily fresh, hood strawberries. With crimson hues akin to a fire sunset, aromas of rose, raspberries and lemonade, with tart notes of berries, and kiwi, Fraise is memorable indeed! 6.4% ABV 7 IBU.
Propolis Brewing: Pi
Syrah Barrel-Aged Golden Ale with strawberries and Rhubarb GABF bronze medal 2016 – Wood and barrel aged sour ale with Fruit. 7.5% ABV.
Ruse Brewing: Barrel-Aged Patchwork
This year we took our patchwork recipe and conditioned it in Pinot Noir casks for 8 months with our house mixed cultured. The end result is a Funky Strawberry Basil Tart.
Urban Family Brewing: Strawbarb
Sour ale with strawberries and rhubarb. 9% ABV.
Wander Brewing: Strawberry Rhubarb Puncheon
Foeder fermented spelt saison aged with fresh Whatcom county strawberries and rhubarb. 9.2% ABV
Wildcraft Cider Works: Strawberry Spruce Tip
A favorite summer sipper blended with a cold fermented freeze pressed strawberry wine and infused with just a hint of early spring harvested spruce tips. A cider with good body, light acid and soft mouthfeel. A gentle spruce hit on the mid palate, finishes strawberry with a hit of citrus. 6.3%
1859 Cider Co.: Mt. Hood Strawberry
Taste of summer in a glass! Bright aromatics of fresh picked wild strawberries, full bodied with honeysuckle finish. Notes of peaches, cherries, watermelon, and spices throughout. 5.33% ABV
WHAT: Summer Strawberry Beer Fest
WHERE: Saraveza and the Bad Habit Room, 1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
The 2018 Oregon Brewers Festival is the 31st annual event and as usual taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, July 26 through July 29, 2018. This years festival is a considerable shakeup from previous years after the fest reported declining attendance they have decided to expand their offerings into cider and wine and reduce the length of the festival by one day, starting on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Finally, we know what cider and wine options there will be and what format they will be offered in.
Though attendance may be down for the OBF, it’s still easily the states largest with about 70,000 attendees. It turns out the addition of cider and wine is a much smaller change than anticipated. There will be only two different ciders and strangely – 4 wines on top of the 80 diferent beers from 80 different breweries. To keep things simple, the cider and wine will be in their own area at the fest but will be paid for with the same drink tokens and served in the same clear plastic govino mug.
Word was that the festival was also axing the International Tent and Buzz Tent, that’s only partially true. OBF organizers have invited five breweries from Baja-area of California and Mexico. There will be beers from the breweries Agua Mala, Border Psycho, Insurgente, Transpeninsular, and Wendlandt poured alongside the other U.S. breweries in the main trailers.
OBF photo by Brian Gurney
Another big change that won’t be popular with some is that OBF is the latest fest to go more green (and save a lot of money) by not printing beer guides this year. Instead, there is a new digital app you can download with all the descriptions and a searchable database of beers as well as a schedule of bands and more. In an effort not to piss off too many people, OBF encourages you to download the app in advance and will still distribute a one-page printed list of the beers by trailer and by brewery with a map of the fest grounds.
OBF will again work with Portland Bureau of Transportation on its SAFE RIDE HOME program. PBOT is working with taxis and transportation network companies to offer reduced-cost rides home with the goal of preventing people from driving under the influence. The Safe Ride Home program will be providing discounted vouchers for $20 toward taxi rides; and $5 for Lyft and Uber rides throughout the festival weekend. Vouchers will be available on-site to everyone.
Erin Kemplin and Amity Worden at the 2018 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF)
The festival has pledged $20,000 to two local beneficiaries this year, each receiving $10,000. The first is Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and its program, The House That Beer Built, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and local craft breweries and beer-related businesses. This exciting collaboration celebrates the strength and creativity of the Oregon’s craft beer industry, along with its passion for community involvement. Because everyone deserves a decent place to live. Learn more at habitatportlandmetro.org and follow @habitatpdxmetro.
New Avenues for Youth, is the second non-profit beneficiary – an organization dedicated to the prevention & intervention of youth homelessness. Its Brews for New Avenues event is considered to be the largest rare beer auction in the world, bringing hundreds of beer connoisseurs and breweries from around the globe to Portland; 100% of proceeds from the unique series of events benefit New Avenues for Youth’s programs and services for youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
PARTICIPATING BREWERIES/BEER LIST
make a list in advance can visit https://tinyurl.com/y7obn53a to access a Google sheet with all the beer descriptions and stats, which can be downloaded for sorting and printing. We will also be handing out a one-page printed list of beers by trailer and by brewery, with a map of the venue, free for everyone at the event; this is another first!
54° 40′: Rick & Mortmunder (Dortmunder Lager)
Agua Mala: Sirena (Pilsner)
Anderson Valley: Framboise Rose Gose
Backwoods: Dreamsicle Kölsch
Baerlic: Fancy Umbrella Drink (Raspberry Gose)
Bayern: Citra DumpTruck Summer Bock
Belching Beaver: Orange Vanilla Milkshake IPA
Binary: All Fugged Up (ESB)
Boneyard: Pinot Pulp (Blood Orange Extra Pale Ale w/Brett)
Border Psycho: Perversa (Imperial IPA)
Boulder: Bump ‘n’ Rind Watermelon Kölsch
Boundary Bay: Currantly Hip Sour (Black Currant Sour)
Breakside: Limon Pepino (Lime & Cucumber Lager)
Buoy: Beaver State Pilsner
Caldera: Caldera Coco-Nutty Blonde Ale (w/Coconut)
Cascade: Belmont Street Bramble (Rasp/Tangerine Sour)
Coin Toss: Caught in a Pickle Lager
Crooked Stave: Do You Even Zest?! (Imperial IPA)
Depoe Bay: Little Whale Cream Ale
Deschutes: Fruit Fight NE IPA
Double Mountain: Saison Ventoux (Saison with Fruit)
Ecliptic: Flamingo Planet Guava Blonde Ale
Everybody’s: Guango Deep (Guava/Mango Hazy Imperial IPA)
Fort George: It Takes Two to Mango (Mango Hazy IPA)
Fortside: The Real Slim Hazy (Hazy IPA)
Freebridge: Summertime Radness (Rose Berliner Weisse)
Fremont: Limeshine (Pilsner)
Gigantic: Magnificent 527 (IPA)
Golden Valley: This Train is Bound for Hell (Smoked Helles)
GoodLife: Long Acronym (Brett India Pale Lager)
Great Divide: Heyday Modern (Hazy IPA)
Great Northern: Big Mountain Tea Pale Ale
Great Notion: Juice Jr. (Hazy IPA)
Heathen: Raspberry Rhubarb Sour Ale
Heretic: Goo (Imperial Milk Stout)
Hopworks: Completely Excellent (Hazy IPA)
Insurgente: Juan Cordero (Tijuana Pale Ale)
Iron Horse: Crazy Aunt IPA
Laurelwood: Waylay Sprite Pale Ale
Lompoc: It’s Full of Stars (Pale Ale)
MadTree: Entropic Theory (IPA)
Maui: Belgian Table Beer
McMenamins: The Jester’s Nightcap (Imperial Stout)
Melvin: Killer Bees (Blonde Ale)
Migration: Summertime in the 503 (Pale Ale)
Monkless: Peppercorn Imperial Wit
Natian: 1306 (Milkshake IPA)
New Holland: I Like Pretzel Day (BBA Pretzel Caramel Stout)
Ninkasi: Fruited Gose
Old Town: Green Tea Lemonade
Oproer: Refuse // Resist (Imperial IPA)
Oregon City: Guavador Dali (Pink Guava NE IPA)
Pelican: To Peach Their Own! (Lager)
Perennial: Bridge of the Gods (Grisette)
pFriem: Mango Milkshake IPA
Portland: Tart Me Up! (Berliner Weisse)
RiverBend: We Found Barb In The Strawberry Field (NE IPA)
Rogue: Pinch (Imperial Gose)
Royale: Zonkey (PNW Mexican Lager)
Rusty Truck: Sugar Shack Brown Ale
Sasquatch: American Aquarium Drinker (Gose)
Scout: Psycho Killer Qu’est-ce Que Saison (Black Saison)
Silver Falls: Wisp Raspberry Wheat
Silver Moon: Water on the Moon (Coffee IPA)
StormBreaker: Guava Man IPA (West Coast Hazy IPA)
Sunriver: Hugs and Flip Flops (Wheat Beer)
Terminal Gravity: Summer Honey (Strong Ale)
Three Creeks: Skol – Juniper Infused Norwegian Ale
Zupan’s Markets ongoing farm-to-market series of beer release collaborations continues with Hood River, Oregon’s pFriem Family Brewers NW IPA. Farm-To-Market IPA will be released in bottles in Zupans private label line. This Northwest style IPA is inspired by the summer season and packed with notes of papaya, ripe melon, and honey. Perfect to pair with casual summer fare such as fish tacos, burgers, and fries.
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“Zupan’s Markets is excited to continue to bring our customers exclusive beer creations in partnership with the best local craft breweries,” said Zupan’s Markets’ President and CEO Mike Zupan. “pFriem continues to be a leader in craft beer innovation and together we have created the perfect summer IPA.”
This IPA is currently on shelves at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 16.9ml bottles for $5.99. With only 125 cases produced, it will be on shelves only for a limited time.
The pFriem team will sample the new Farm-to-Market beer alongside other pFriem favorites:
“Zupan’s is a quality and flavor driven grocer,” said Josh Pfriem, Founder of pFriem Family Brewers. “We value their continued partnership, along with their dedication to bring customers exciting food and beverage choices.”
Profile: ABV 6.5%, IBU 45 Malts: Rahr Pale Malt Thomas Fawcett Malted Oats, Flaked Oats Hops: Citra, Denali, El Dorado, Oregon Amarillo Yeast: American Ale Tasting Notes: Illuminating gold body topped with fluffy white foam. Fruity aromas of Marionberries, watermelon, citrus, papaya, lychee fruit, and pineapple. Jammy flavors of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, blueberries, raspberries, and honey. Finishes tropical and jammy with a citrus zing.
About pFriem Family Brewers pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “freem”) is a Northwest and Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. Founded in 2012 by Josh pFriem, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner. Best known for artisanal beers influenced by the great brewers of Belgium while staying true to homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest, pFriem craft brews are unmistakably unique in both flavor and balance. For more information visit www.pfriembeer.com, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.
About Zupan’s Markets
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com.
GrowlersWerks, the Portland-based company behind the runaway growler hit the uKeg is introducing two new accessory products and a new sheen to the current growler lineup. The new GrowlerWerks uKeg Ball Lock Cap was a big hit at the recent 2018 Homebrew Con in Portland, this adaptor inspired by homebrewers requests allows you to pipe in your own CO2 gas system rather than the uKeg’s standard cartridge. The other advancement is an infuser unit to drop into the uKeg filled with special ingredients to infuse your beer in the growler from dry hops to orange peel or wood chips.
GrowlerWerks also announced a new Matte Black uKeg to the lineup, this comes after the origina shiny stainless steel and copper versions and then the more recent black-chrome version. The four different uKeg looks offer diversity for personal taste or differentiating growlers and beers easily.
The uKeg infuser allows beer lovers to flavor a batch of beer in the stainless-steel, vacuum-insulated vessel. Filled with oak chips, coffee beans, citrus or other fruit flavors and attached to the bottom of any uKeg cartridge sleeve it can easily infuse finishing flavors into beer. It can also be used to flavor cocktails and other craft beverages.
Getting the most love from the homebrew crowd was the uKeg Ball Lock Cap. The standard interlock adapts the uKeg to existing CO2 systems, allowing people to use their own CO2 source to supply power to the uKeg instead of a CO2 cartridge. It’s ideal for force carbonating beer in the uKeg, which the mini mobile keg does in two to three days. Learn more about these innovations on our shop page at GrowlerWerks.com. For more information about how to force carbonate using the uKeg, watch our video here.
“Drinking what you make and sharing it with your friends is what it’s all about,” Huff said. “Homebrewers are not only passionate about beer, they’ve an entrepreneurial spirit that we love coming alongside.”
Yakima, Washington’s Bale Breaker Brewing (now available in Oregon!) is releasing Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA in 12oz cans, six-packs and draft on July 19th. This is the second year for the Sesiones del Migrante brewing partnership with partial proceeds benefitting La Casa Hogar in Yakima.
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Sesiones del Migrante is a series of beers brewed in collaboration with Mexican and American breweries to celebrate the Mexican migrant workers who travel to the Yakima Valley to harvest hops for breweries across the globe. This is the second year for this project, and Bale Breaker will release Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA July 19, 2018 in kegs and six-packs throughout its distribution footprint in Washington State, Northwest Oregon, and North Idaho. (5.4% ABV // 50 IBU). A portion of proceeds will benefit La Casa Hogar’s mission to connect and educate Latina/o immigrant families, to transform lives and the Yakima Valley
In May 2017, two of Bale Breaker’s brewer-owners, Kevin Quinn and Kevin Smith, traveled to Mexico to brew in Guadalajara and Colima. At Cerveza Loba, the brewers concocted Loba Nómada, a NE IPA featuring hand-peeled mangoes, a homegrown ingredient. In Colima, they brewed Vale Bale, an IPA with local coconuts. According to Cervecería de Colima, Vale Bale is “a beer inspired by all those people who leave their place of origin, with the firm aspiration to find a better quality of life.”
In early August, brewers from all four collaborating breweries came to Yakima to brew Bale Breaker’s Sesiones del Migrante Mango IPA featuring the freshest Yakima Valley hops. A portion of the proceeds from our beer and events will benefit La Casa Hogar, a local non-profit that connects and educates immigrant Latino families.
“We’re happy that this brewing collaboration will create awareness of the hard work of Yakima’s Latino community. Their work both during harvest and year-round is essential to creating the hoppy beers everyone loves,” said Meghann Quinn, owner/business manager at Bale Breaker. “We look forward to this partnership continuing into the future.”
ABOUT BALE BREAKER BREWING CO.
Bale Breaker Brewing Company makes handcrafted ales that showcase the world-class hops grown in the heart the Yakima Valley. Hops are in the family’s DNA: the great-grandparents of sibling-owners Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, and Patrick Smith first planted hops in the Yakima Valley in 1932, the year before Prohibition ended. Over four generations, their love of hops has evolved into a passion for craft beer. Today, Meghann, Kevin and Patrick are in the midst of running an independent production brewery surrounded by their family’s hop fields, just down the road from where they were born and raised.
La Casa Hogar exists to provide a range of practical education and self-development opportunities especially suited to the needs of Latina/o immigrant families who comprise one of the most economically fragile, but socially important segments, in the Yakima Valley.
Inspired by the shared vision of connecting family hop farms with the world’s finest brewers, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC merged in 2014 creating Yakima Chief – Hopunion, or YCH HOPS for short, a 100% grower-owned supplier of hops and hop products. We have made it our mission to connect family farms with the world’s finest brewers, providing the highest quality hop products and uncompromising service for the ultimate benefit of our customers, employees and growers.
Mt. Hood Brewing has been an Oregon staple and regular stop or many in Government Camp, Oregon and now the 27-year old brewpub is making a play in Portland by opening a new pub and restaurant at Tilikum Station near OMSI. Mt. Hood Brewing’s Ice Axe is a beer that used to be a regular around Portland in the early 2000’s and can still regularly be found on tap at Horse Brass Pub. Over recent years the brewery has been known as a favorite stop for skiers and snowboarders. Like many Oregon breweries struggling under increased competition, Mt. Hood Brewing is going direct to the public and the mainstream in Portland with a really unique new pub on the train tracks at the intersection of new and old.
Located right next door to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center and on the eastside of the Tilikum bridge, both the MAX orange line and the old school train tracks carrying locomotives cross right next to the pub. The location is a strange quiet industrial area just a few blocks west of The Beermongers and Apex. Except for the incredibly loud locomotives that pass by (blaring their horn loudly on most occasions) as much as every thirty minutes according to staff, it’s a surprisingly quiet oasis in the heart of the city.
Outside of having all of Mt. Hood Brewing’s beers on tap in Portland, the main feature of the Tilikum Station pub is the rail cars. Tilikum’s dining room is located inside a connected rail car and roll-up windows in the main room of the brick and mortar provide bar seating to the oncoming trains. It’s a very sunny space with great neighborhood watching.
Mt. Hood Brewing’s beers can tend to be throwback’s to the early 2000’s as well – on my recent visit the new Mt. Hood Lager that was brewed just for the new location wasn’t on tap yet. Both the two mainstay hoppy beers seem like straight throwback’s to the early 2000’s. For my money Cascadian Pale Ale is the best bet with grassy hops and signature Cascade hop citrus flavor in a darker malt body than what we usually expect in Pale Ales these days. It’s none the less light with fresh hop flavors and goes down pretty easy. The flagship Ice Axe IPA tastes like a straight throwback to the 90’s with a level of hoppiness that had the group of people I was with questioning if they had god the right beer. I thought at first we were served a Cloud Cap Amber Ale instead of the IPA but after getting a deeply caramely sample of the Amber we realized, no, it’s just a very British-style IPA with those signature earthy and mild English hopping. Timberline Trucker Double IPA will be a croudpleaser if you are a fan of the extreme beer movement and all the Double IPA’s being released circa 2005-2010. It’s not for everyone but Mt Hood Brewing’s dark beers may be their best, Multoporter Smoked Porter will please fans of Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter and Hogsback Oatmeal Stout is a nice and light but creamy Oatmeal Stout that’s excellent on cask, (unfortunately no cask engine at the new place.) If you are not in the mood for beer there is also a small liquor selection for housemade cocktails that look to be carefully crafted
For food to go along with their beers and train watching, Mt. Hood Brewing has went for elevated Pizza and classic foods of Spain and Italy. Mt. Hood Brewing Tilikum Station’s Chef’s Jason Stoller Smith and Chris Flanagan are baking Neapolitan-style pizza with NW grown wheat flour and dough that’s fermented for 24 hours and cooked to char in a wood-fired oven. The pizza selection has a lot of potential with familiar but slightly out of the box takes on pies, I look forward to trying the Walla Walla (sweet yellow onion, parmesan, olive oil, IP8 beer vinegar, sea salt). The North End could also be a popular pizza, it’s an homage to the Portland Timbers and topped with pesto, zucchini, green olives, goat cheese, parmesan, and arugula. I did get to try a Margherita because of my Vegan brothers presence and while the flavors were quite tasty the crust is dead on arrival with a flabby, soggy bottom that doesnt even attempt to hold up to the ingredients though it looks the part with requisite bubbles and right amount of char. It needs to be a lot more solid and substantial even if it’s a thinner crust, then again this was the first day and hopefully they are dialing the pies in.
I actually might be even more intrigued by the menu section for Spanish Tin Can Seafood; Sardines with piquillo pepper, Octopus in olive oil, and Mussels escabeche. It’s all rounded out with a couple salads and a Burrata and vegetable spread and a couple of dessert options.
Mt. Hood Brewing’s new Tilikum Station PDX pub and restaurant may not raise to destination level but makes for a great bicycle or public transportation commuter stop, or a solid option for food and beer while attending an event at OMSI or Portland Opera.
Mt. Hood Brewing PDX at Tilikum Station
401 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214