Cheers to Belgian Beers date announced, tickets on sale

Advance MercPerk tickets on sale now for 11th annual
Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, taking place June 2 and 3
PORTLAND, Ore. – March 20, 2017 – The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, beer! Advance tickets are on sale now for Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, which features up to 70 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers using the same single yeast strain. The 11th annual event will take place June 2 and 3 at The North Warehouse at 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.

Drink packages at the door costs $20 for a souvenir glass and eight drink tickets. Discount tickets are on sale now at MercPerks, with two tasting glasses and 16 drink tickets for $28 ($40 value), while supplies last. The event is for ages 21 and over.

This year’s featured yeast strain is Imperial Yeast B45 Gnome, a yeast that creates crystal clear Belgian ales in a short amount of time. Gnome produces peach and apricot esters with a Belgian phenolic character that can be manipulated through temperature. It pairs well with hops, while also complementing malt and caramel characters.
To ensure the diversity of the yeast strain, as well as show off the creativity of Oregon craft brewers, the color and strength of each brewery’s beer is determined by a dart throw. More than 80 breweries took part in this year’s dart throw, held on Jan. 16 at The Evergreen, the private event space at the Loyal Legion. Depending on where the dart landed on the board, a brewer was directed to brew a Belgian-style beer that will be either light or dark in color, with amber as the midpoint; and either lower or higher in alcohol, with six percent being the baseline. Four breweries hit a bullseye, meaning they get to choose their color and strength.
Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place inside The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Urban German Grill. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.
The festival is seeking volunteers, who receive a glass, 8 drink tickets, a t-shirt and free admission after their shift. An OLCC servers permit is not required to participate as a volunteer server at this event. To sign up, visit  https://www.events-connect.com/ctbb/volunteer.
Cheers to Belgian Beers is produced by the Oregon Brewers Guild and sponsored by Boelter, Imperial Yeast and the Portland Mercury. Follow @OregonCraftBeer on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, #ctbb17.
About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild comprises 159 brewing companies, 118 associate/supplier members and more than 3,950 enthusiast members known as S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit OregonCraftBeer.org.
Social Media: @OregonCraftBeer – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Hashtag: #ctbb17

Ecliptic + Gigantic Team Up on a Beer from the Darkside

Ecliptic Brewing has partnered with Gigantic Brewing on the newest addition to its Cosmic Collaboration series, Star Destroyer.  Brewed in the style of an Imperial Schwarzbier and with a nod to Star Wars, Star Destroyer is cleverly styled as an Imperial Darkside Lager.

“In 2016 I approached Van Havig of Gigantic about a collaboration for 2017.  He agreed only if we called the beer Star Destroyer,” said Owner and Brewmaster of Ecliptic Brewing, John Harris.  “Brewing with the boys from Gigantic is always a good time!”

Ecliptic and Gigantic collaborated in 2013 on TicWitTic American Sour Ale, brewed for the opening of Ecliptic.  Both breweries knew that another collaboration was bound to happen, but little did they know that a beer brewed to the tunes of The Imperial March would be it.  Check out the description of Star Destroyer below.

About Star Destroyer

Feel the power of the darkside. Bah, Bah, Bah-Bum, Ba, Bum-Bum, Da, Bum. This beer is fully operational.  Prepare the attack.

ABV 8.0% IBU 39

 

Star Destroyer Release Events:  Oregon and Washington

  • Ecliptic Brewing, 825 North Cook St. Portland, OR.  Beginning March 1st, 11am.  Draft and bottles available.  WHO WANTS TO GO?!
  • The Growlerie, 15151 Barrows Rd. Beaverton, OR.  March 13th, 5pm-7pm.  Star Destroyer Release Party.
  • Teku Tavern, 552 Denny Way, Seattle, WA.  March 1st , 7pm-9pm.  Women in Beer Trivia and Star Destroyer Release Party

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spectra Hoppy Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

Seriously, who wants to go grab a pint on March 1st?

Zwickelmania 2017 (Recap)

We came, we drank, and we conquered.

When I first started making my plans for Zwickelmania 2017, I forgot that I had a two-hour Cambodian language class before I could meet up with everyone. That being said, the group met up at noon-thirty at HUB to really get things started. (A few girls went to Double Mountain before hand and got me some sweet swag. AKA a cute hop key chain – THANK YOU!)

Hopworks Urban Brewery  

#Zwickel17 Squad Goals

On the tour we got to try the zwickel of Spring Fling, a chocolate and raspberry summer beer. I’m really excited about this beer coming out soon. As someone who likes fruit beers that don’t have strawberries in them! They also had Gear UP IPA on tap, which is a pleasant sipper for those who can handle a light IPA.

Gigantic Brewing Company

Gigantic Tour

Next stop was Gigantic for some beers, they were sampling Mons Meg, a strong Scotch Ale, which I’ve had from a bottle before, and can definitely say is better on draft, their Sound and Vision pale ale, that I’ve recently stocked in my Airbnb, so I was happy to give that a try and liked. Finally, from the zwickel, Gigantic IPA. Which honestly on draft I’m not a fan of (just cause I don’t like IPAs and prefer their Pipewrench IPA) but warm and flat the Gigantic IPA is pretty good.

Ross Island Brewing

Excited face for Ross Island Brewing

It was fun to finally meet the Ross Island headbrewer. Before I’ve met his wife and his wife’s sister so now I feel like I know the whole family! This new brewery was doing samples of the TNT IPA. This beer is a collaboration with Alameda and features a new hop called “TNT”.

Grixsen Brewing

At first I was excited to check out this new brewery. Unfortunately, they charged for samples. Which I believe goes against the whole spirit of Zwickelmania. Joy and I each bought five samples and were so unimpressed we left without finishing up our punch card. We tried:

  1. Belgian Blonde
  2. Kolsh
  3. Hopped Saisson
  4. Fresh Hop Saison
  5. Brown Ale
  6. Scotch Ale
  7. Stout
  8. Pilsner – this was actually deceptive. While chatting with a lady, she mentioned this was her favorite beer here. So Joy and I gave it a try, turns out it’s a lemon dill pilsner. Definitely the most unique offering here.

I’m not sure I’ll make it back to Grixsen. They seemed more interested in selling beer samples, and t-shirts then marketing their craft beer offerings.

Baerlic Brewing Co.

We did a pit stop here and didn’t stick around. It was a 25-minute wait to get a 20 minute tour and samples. Still love them though.

Ground Breaker Brewing

New gluten free brewery in town! We decided to skip the 20-minute wait for a tour and just get a sample of all their beers. I had to check this gluten free place out to make sure it was legit for all my dietary restricted friends. It definitely made the cut so we’ll be back. Here is what we tried:

  1. Pale Ale
  2. Imperial Darkness
  3. Cascadian Dark Ale
  4. Dark Ale on Nitro
  5. IPA No. 5
  6. Clemy – This was my all time favorite from Ground Breaker. Definitely had a saison mouth feel to it.
  7. Dark Grinder
  8. Gorgon

Base Camp Brewing Company

Mama Nancy’s First Zwickelmania

Last stop, we got to try the Bourbon Barrel Aged S’more Stout from the Zwickel and because it was Mama Nancy’s first time to this brewery, I got her a full pint of S’more Stout with the toasted marshmallow. The other sample they were handing out was Ultra Gnar Gnar.

Did you attend Zwickelmania?  What was your favorite brewery to tour? Beer to sample?

The Plan: Zwickelmania 2017

This Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year – ZWICKELMANIA!  For those who don’t know it’s the largest beer festival in Oregon.  I love it cause you get to meet brewmasters, walk around the breweries and connect with others who love beer as much as you do.  This year, my friends and I are planning on checking out the following southeast breweries between 11am-4pm.

In no particular order:

 

Baerlic Brewing Co.

In depth brewery tours with free beer samples (we’re talking like 20 minute educational tours here.)  Not sure I’ll stick around for a 20 minute tour, but I’m stopping by for at least once sample.

2235 SE 11th Ave
Portland OR 97214

Base Camp Brewing Company

Brewhouse tour! Grab samples from their brew crew off the brite, barrel, and out in their patio tent. Vote for your favorite to get in on our Raffelmania to WIN BIG! Garage sale– killer deals on cases of brew!  This is a special request from one of the ladies in our group.

930 SE Oak St.
Portland OR 97214

Burnside Brewing Company

Open brewery, tours, sampling, all brewers on site.  I love this brewery.  Sweet Heat is one of my favorite beers and last time I was there I tried a beer made from sea urchins – CRAZY!

701 E. Burnside
Portland OR 97214

 

Gigantic Brewing Company

Meet the brewers, brewery tours, beer tasting, MASSIVE! Bourbon Barrel Aged release, loud music.  Another brewery I love.  We are definitely stopping by.  Hello bourbon barrel aged beers!

5224 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Grixsen Brewing

Meet the brewer, beer tasting, brewery tour.  Not going to lie.  I didn’t even realize this brewery was here.  Can’t wait to check it out.

1001 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

Ground Breaker Brewing

Samples and a brewery tour.  Another newbie I’ve never heard.  Definitely stopping by.

715 SE Lincoln St.
Portland 97214

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

Beer tasting.  This is a historical brewery and always has awesome Zwickelmania specials.

61 SE Yamhill
Portland 97214

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Beer tasting, Brewery tour, snacks.  Top brewery – definitely stopping by.  (It was also requested by one of the friends in the group.)

2944 SE Powell
Portland 97202

Mt Tabor Brewing

Meet the Brewers, Beer Tasting, Tours & Good Times.  I’m so embarrassed that I don’t know so many new breweries in south east.  Have to check this one out too.

124 SE 11th Ave
Portland OR, 97214

 

Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

Brunch at 10am ($10), shuttles provided by Rogue, beer tasting, brewery tours.  The Green Dragon has a new name.  Contemplating getting brunch here.  Can’t wait to see the new remodel.

928 SE 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Ross Island Brewing

Meet the brewer, beer tasting, brewery tour.  This new brewery just opened up in my neighborhood and I’m in love!  I can’t wait to head back and support them even more.

730 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Scout Beer

Meet the brewer, beer tasting and brewery tour.  This brewery just opened up and I’ve only beer there once.  I’m looking forward to giving them another shot.

1516 SE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Don’t forget, Brewvana is doing free tours all around Portland.  Learn more here!

Are you attending Zwickelmania?  What breweries are you most interested in checking out?

Oregon Garden Brewfest celebrates 12th year on Father’s Day weekend

FullSizeRender (3)SILVERTON, Ore. — The 12th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest presented by Venti’s Café will take place June 17 through 19 – Father’s Day weekend – at The Oregon Garden, located at 879 W Main St. in Silverton. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 120 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from 60 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are 3pm to 11pm Friday, Noon to 11pm Saturday, andNoon to 6pm Sunday.
New this year, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will relocate from its traditional indoor setting out into the forest, where the participating breweries will be set up in booths dotted throughout the woods underneath the warm glow of bistro lights. There will be a number of cozy fire pits and covered areas available for people to gather with family and friends.

“We are so excited to bring Brewfest into the heart of the Garden,” exclaimed Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “Guests can take better advantage of the summer weather and explore more of the Garden from this location. It will be a charming experience, and unlike any other beer festival in Oregon.”

Sunshine at the Oregon Garden Brewfest 2015

Sunshine at the Oregon Garden Brewfest 2015

Guests are encouraged to take their beer and explore the 80-acres of botanical gardens, which will be in full bloom in June. There will also be live music on one stage under a tent in the forest, allowing guests to hear the music comfortably from a variety of locations. Local act Deadwood Standing will headline the stage Friday night; additional acts will be announced online.

Also new this year, minors will be welcome on Saturday from Noon to 5pm and during all hours on Sunday; on Father’s Day, there will be a kid’s craft area as well. The new location is closer to the Children’s Garden, allowing families to be near the festivities as well as close to entertainment for kids.

Tiffany and I enjoying the OGBF 2014!

Tiffany and I enjoying the OGBF 2014!

Advance admission ranges from $15 for a one-day ticket to $30 for a three-day ticket to $55 for a VIP ticket; door prices increase by $5. All admission packages include a souvenir pint glass and a varying number of tasting tickets. In most instances, a full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one; additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay $5, which includes a bottle of water, and minors pay $5; children ages four and under are free. Silverton residents receive a discount on Friday with proof of residency. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton. See all ticket pricing information and purchase advance tickets at www.ogbf2016.eventbrite.com.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at the Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $269 and include accommodation, two three-day admission passes to Brewfest with a tasting glass and five tasting tickets, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com/special-pkg or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by Country Financial, Goschie Farms Imperial Bottle Shop, Oregon Beer Growler and Portland General Electric. For more information, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.

Twitter: @TheOregonGarden
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Instagram: @OregonGarden
Hashtag #OGBF
Who’s going?  This is one of my favorite beer events.  Would love to see you there!