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Alesong Brewing & Blending just announced details for their first release of 2019. Mocha Rhino Suit and Maestro, originally released in 2017, are returning. Two new beers, Kriek and Friend in Commons will make their debut. The latter is one of the last collaborations made by The Commons Brewery. For more details check, out the press release below.
Alesong to Release Four New Beers in First Quarterly Release of 2019
EUGENE, OR: On Sunday, February 17th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alesong Brewing and Blending will release four new beers at their wine country tasting room (80848 Territorial Hwy). This is Alesong’s first quarterly release of 2019 and features the reintroduction of classics they’ve created before as well as the addition of two new recipes.
“When we first released Mocha Rhino Suit and Maestro back in 2017, they got great responses” says cofounder, Brian Coombs. “we’re super excited to bring those fan favorites back alongside Kriek and Friend in Commons which will add some light, tart balance to counter those heavier beer styles.”
Mocha Rhino Suit — A blend of imperial stouts aged over 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels finished on hand-selected and freshly roasted coffee and cacao beans from the local artisans at Slightly Coffee Roasters and Chocolate Alchemy, Mocha Rhino Suit is the beer to keep on hand during these cold winter months. The Velvety layers of vanilla and coconut marry with dark cocoa and roasty coffee flavors for a decadent treat any time of day.
Maestro —Barley wine ales have often been considered the dean of beer styles, and our Maestro is no exception. Aged in freshly emptied Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, this oak-forward leader crescendos from first sip to last. Toffee, vanilla, and spice aromas lead the band and a balanced sweet, caramel-like malt flavor rounds out this full-bodied ale.
Kriek — Robed in bright vermillion and with an aroma reminiscent of fresh cherry pie, our Kriek is a humble nod to Belgian Lambic brewers who craft these tart, fruity and complex beers. Ours was matured with a blend of two Oregon-grown cherry varietals that burst from the glass to give a luscious, sweet and sour experience.
Friend in Commons — Our first of two collaborations with The Commons Brewery (look for the next one in May) resulted in this tart, mixed-culture farmhouse ale matured for nearly two years then dry hopped with Citra. Friend in Commons is a ‘beetje’ tribute to the wonderful folks at The Commons. If you know, you know.
In conjunction with the new release, Alesong will be hosting celebrations on 2/17 at its tasting room and 2/27 Imperial Bottle Shop NE (2006 NE Alberta St., Portland). Guests at both events will receive a complimentary tasting of the new beers and small-bite pairings to go with each. The release events are accessible to Blender’s Circle members (info and sign up at alesongbrewing.com/join) and to guests who preorder a minimum of 6 bottles. The new beers will be available for the public in the tasting room and at select restaurants and bottle shops beginning the following week.
ABOUT ALESONG BREWING AND BLENDING: Alesong Brewing and Blending is a small artisan brewery based in the heart of Southern Willamette Valley wine country that crafts unique and small-batch beers with a focus on oak aging and Belgian-inspired techniques, brewing both wild and non-wild beers, using locally grown fruits, herbs and a host of special yeasts and other microbes. Once the beer in the barrels has matured, the team samples and selects each barrel individually to blend. Paying homage to old-world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers, Alesong believes that the final, balanced blend of a barrel-aged beer is much more satisfying than the sum of its parts or each individual barrel by itself. For more information, visit alesongbrewing.com.
Cider Riot! is the first cidery to use Oregon's new refillable multi-use bottles. To celebrate, Cider Riot! will hold a bottle release event on Friday, January 11. For more details, check out news release below.
Burncider Bottle Release Event:
Friday, January 11, 5-7 pm
Cider Riot Pub, 807 NE Couch St. Portland, Oregon 97232
Half-litre bottles of Burncider will be on sale for $4.90 plus deposit during the event, and BottleDrop Refill staff will be on hand to answer questions about the bottles and refilling program.
Cider Riot! First Cidery to Use Oregon’s New Refillable Bottles
Portland’s Cider Riot! rings in the New Year with the relaunch of its Burncider Pub Draught cider in Oregon’s new sustainable multi-use bottles. The locally made bottles are intended to be washed and refilled rather than crushed and recycled and craft breweries throughout the state have begun using them for beer. Cider Riot! is the first in the state to adopt them for cider, and celebrates the bottles with a party at its pub Friday January 11th from 5-7pm.
Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been advocating the use of refillable bottles for over a decade, publishing an article on the subject in American Brewer magazine in 2008.
“As an Oregonian I grew up learning to reduce, reuse, and recycle from an very early age,” he says. “When I first started homebrewing in the 1990’s I always sought out refillable glass bottles as they were heavier and better quality than the one-way glass. When we launched Cider Riot! in 2013 we chose a bottle that was rated for multiple fills, but we did not have access to a washing facility. The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has cleared this hurdle for our cider, creating the BottleDrop Refill program so brewers and cidermakers can use bottles that are built to last over and over again.”
“The refillable bottles can be used as many as 25 times, and produce only 10% of the emissions of single use cans or bottles because they eliminate the energy required to melt down and recycle the glass or aluminum,” says Joel Schoening of the OBRC.
Burncider is Cider Riot!’s best selling Pub Draught Cider made with a blend of dessert apples from Yakima and Hood River and rare cider apples grown in Goldman-Armstrong’s native Yamhill County. A true heritage style cider, it boasts rich tannins from the cider fruit to support the fruity flavors of the dessert apples. Like all Cider Riot! ciders, Burncider is a natural product and contains no artificial preservatives.
“The great thing about the BottleDrop refill program, is that it integrates seamlessly into Oregon’s existing bottle deposit and return program,” says Schoening. “So, unlike other brand specific refillable bottle programs, the BottleDrop bottle has the same 10 cent deposit the consumer would pay on any single-use bottle, and can return it conveniently.”
About Cider Riot!
An urban cidery and pub founded in 2013 focused on the production of refreshing dry ciders, Cider Riot! is located just off East Burnside street. The pub is open seven days a week offering ten ciders on draft and 2 guest beers as well as non-alcoholic options, darts, meeting rooms, and pinball. Cider Riot ciders are sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Norway and Japan.
About BottleDrop Refill
The BottleDrop Refill program is operated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative. The Refill bottles are made in Portland at the Owens Illinois plant, from 70% recycled glass content. Bottles are washed and inspected and then returned to craft beverage makers for reuse.
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is the industry steward of Oregon’s nationally recognized bottle deposit and return program. Through partnerships with beverage distributors and retailers, OBRC reduces litter and helps conserve Oregon’s pristine landscape by recovering, recycling or reusing 90% of the beverage containers sold at retail in Oregon.
We all know Portland is overloaded with beer fests, but it's nice to see the 'burbs getting in on the action! The Inaugural Boring Beer Fest will feature breweries from the eastern region of the metro area, as well a smattering of Portland breweries. This is a great opportunity to sample from breweries not usually seen at the larger Portland beer fests.
Announcing the Inaugural Boring Beer Fest August 24th - 26th 2018 Friday, August 24th 12pm – 8pm Saturday, August 25th 12pm – 8pm FAMILY DAY - Sunday, August 26th 12pm – 6pm
Boring Brewing and Winery 29300 SE Haley Rd, Boring, OR 97009
Boring Beer Fest was created as an annual event to showcase regional brewers and cider makers of all sizes in beautiful Boring, Oregon. The creators of the event felt the communities of Gresham, Sandy and Boring were thirsty for an event in which they didn’t have to travel to Portland and deal with the hustle and bustle of the city. Equally, Portland residents can get out to the country and enjoy an eclectic mix of well-known and smaller breweries.
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!
We are proud to be raising money for two 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations: The Kyla McCullough Gift Fund http://kmgf.org/welcome.php and the Boring Oregon Foundation http://www.boringoregonfoundation.org
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!
Now, Zupan's and pFriem Family Brewers have teamed up to produce Farm To Market IPA. For more details, check out the news release below. Only 125 cases were produced, so head over to Zupan's to check it out!
ZUPAN’S MARKETS PARTNERS WITH PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS
TO INTRODUCE SIXTH BEER IN FARM-TO-MARKET SERIES
PORTLAND, Ore. – Zupan’s Markets has partnered with Hood River’s pFriem Family Brewers to release the sixth Farm-to-Market beer in its 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.
“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.
“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.