OR - Beer events for the week of Feb. 7 - 13
Some of these events may cancel because of the weather. I'll post any changes, but you'll want to check for yourself with the venues...
NINKASI TAP TAKEOVER
7 p.m. Friday Feb. 7, Sellwood Public House, 8132 SE 13th Ave.;
SPH invited Ninkasi to the neighborhood for their First Friday Tap Attack: Believer, Dawn of the Red, Total Domination, Tricerahops, Oatis, Renewale, Pravda Pils and Vanilla Oatis.
OREGON RED TASTING
2 p.m. Saturday, Tin Bucket, 3520 N. Williams St.; free.
Oregon Beer Growler magazine continues its series of Perfect Pints consumer beer tastings with one devoted to Oregon red beers. You'll get to taste a dozen red ales and choose which will be featured in March's Oregon Beer Growler.
STOUT BOUT WINNER ON TAP
5 p.m. Saturday, The Beermongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.;
The Beermongers are excited to have home brewer Dean Ehnes and his award winning stout on draft for this special even, the second in an occasional series of home brew competitions co-hosted with Portland U-Brew & Pub. Dean was among 64 (!) entries in the Stout Bout, which was judged by the Beermongers and several certified beer judges. His American style stout stood out for its adherence to style guidelines and overall great flavor.
THIRST FEST 2014
5 -10 p.m. Friday; 4- 10 p.m. Saturday, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison, St.; $25, includes 10 drink tix.
Portland’s first LGBTQ wine, beer and spirits event supports the Cascade AIDS Project and includes more than 40 Oregon distilleries, craft brewers and wineries plus the first Thirst Fest Battle of the Bartenders Cup, which happens Saturday at 4 p.m. The two-day event at Portland’s Tiffany Center will feature beverage and cocktail sampling, cocktail competitions, music and food carts, plus attendees can beer wine and spirits to take home.
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FS BOURBON BARREL STOUT HORIZONTAL TASTING
6 p.m. Monday Feb. 10, Full Sail Riverplace Brewery, Portland;
Full Sail was into bourbon barrel aging early on, thanks to a chance encounter in the 1990s, when a Scottish master distiller had a couple of pints with brewmaster Jamie Emmerson at the Hood River Pub. (Scotch distillers often use bourbon barrels for aging, because U.S. Law does not allow bourbon distillers to re-use barrels; they must be new.) Since then, Full Sail's bourbon-barrel-aged beers have been things of beauty...different each year, but similarly rich and complex, and the 2014 Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will doubtless maintain that tasty tradition.
This beer was brewed in December of 2012 and aged in Kentucky bourbon casks from Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and Makers Mark. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the Imperial Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon, and oak. The aging accentuates the robust character of the Imperial Stout and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon, creating chocolate and caramel notes and an overall elegantly sophisticated beer. The beer is racked in small batches and is available in only very limited quantities.
To celebrate the release of this beer, Full Sail is planning two Horizontal Tasting events that highlight the individual bourbons. “Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a blend of the three barrel varieties,” says Jamie Emmerson, “Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark, so we thought it would be interesting to try a bit of each before blending. We kegged off a very small stash of each variety for the release. Join us to celebrate the release and taste the differences between the three individual bourbons and the final blend.”
BANG ON! TASTING: RINGING THE CHANGES
3-9 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 11, Gigantic Brewing Co.,
You'll get the chance today to try five difeerently hopped, cask conditioned versions of Gigantic's English Bitter/American Pale Ale, Band On! You'll also learn a bit about the arcane system of British beer measures, because the containers to be t 5apped are called pins --- half of an English firkin, which, I don't have to tell you,is exactly 40.91481liters, so a pin is 20 liters or about 4.5 imp gallons of beer...read all about it here...The Gigantic folks are tapping five cask conditioned pins of Bang On! Tuesday afternoon at the Gigantic Taproom & Champagne Lounge. Each one has a different hop added to the pin including two with experimental hops and each will be tapped at 3 p.m.
The five different hops are:
Bang On! Commercial Description: Beer Style: English Bitter / American Pale ABV: 5.6 % 35 IBU. They call it bitter; we call it pale. Either way, this marriage of British malt and American hops is just what a proper ale should be. Notes: A marriage of British Malts: Marris Otter, Crystal malts and American Hops: Willamette and Brewers Gold. Rich bready malt aroma, orangey floral and spicy hop aroma, slightly sweet crystal malt flavor, with the flavor of fresh orange peel.
PRESIDENTIAL VALENTINE'S DAY GARAGE SALE
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday – Feb. 16, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 17, Rogue Warehouse, 1001 S.E. Ninth Ave.;
Rogue's annual garage sales are a favorite of regulars, who stop by to pick up beer and merchandise, often at less than wholesale. Rogue also sells various samples, glassware and whatever they pull out of the corners of Rogue pubs and warehouses, which makes this sale the perfect venue for people who like great beer and great bargains, including kegs starting at $50, cases of beer starting at $20 and logo shirts, hats and sweatshirts starting at $7.
BATCH 69 BALTIC PORTER RELEASE PARTY
4-10 p.m. Thursday Feb. 13, Lompoc Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave.;
Batch 69 Baltic Porter is a strong dark beer that opens with dark roasted coffee notes, with hints of chocolate and black licorice, and a Lompoc favorite. It was brewed with a lager yeast, giving it a much cleaner smoother finish than a traditional porter.
Abram Goldman-Armstrong at the cider press.
CIDER RIOT TASTING
6-9 p.m. Thursday Bushwhacker Cider, 1212-D S.E. Powell Blvd.;
Abe Goldman-Armstrong is well known to Portland beer fans and Timbers Army members --- and he's now Portland's newest cider maker. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign he recently converted his garage into a full production cidery and you can try his Cider Riot ciders and meet Abe at Bushwhacker.
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BEER. CIDER. LOVE
5-8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 13, Bottles NW, 5015 NE Fremont St.;
Join Fort George Brewery’s Tim Ensign and Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s Jana Daisy-Ensign for an evening of craft beer, cider and love. Tim and Jana represent two of the Pacific Northwest’s premier craft beverage producers whose commitment to using local, high quality ingredients result in beers and ciders that are easy to love. This dynamic couple will be sharing complimentary tastes of some of their favorite product offerings from Fort George and Finnriver and their passion for craft. The evening will include specialty draft, custom cider-beer cocktails, product to go and delectable chocolate for sample and purchase, locally crafted by Smitten Artisan Truffles.
-- John Foyston