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.

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Who’s going?  This is one of my favorite beer events.  Would love to see you there!

Captain Jack’s Lucky 13 Championship IPA

Joe and Captain Jack

Joe and Captain Jack

This is a guest post by my friend and fellow beer drinker, Joe Coulter.

Beer, Fundraiser, and Soccer.

March 6, 2016 marked a great day in Portland.

  1. The Portland Timbers kicked off the season in an 2015 MLS Cup Final rematch against the Columbus Crew, beating them by the same margin of 2 – 1.
  2. Hopworks Urban Brewery and Jack Jewsbury, who is still one of four remaining original MLS Portland Timbers (Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe, and Jake Gleeson), partnered up to create a NW IPA Collaboration.
  3. March 6th marked the release party of “Captain Jack’s Lucky 13 Championship IPA”
Joe and Nate

Joe and Nat

Working together since the 2015 playoffs HUB and Jack have been working together to create a new craft beer. Jack Jewsbury not only wrote the recipe, which according him is kept secret – mainly because he forgot it, but was also part of each part of the brewing process. After tasting the beer, some patrons thought once Jack retired from soccer he could pick up in a brewery. But for now he thinks we will stick with his day job and keep brewery beer as a hobby.

At 6:00pm on March 6th, in a packed HUB (standing room only), Portland Timber fans celebrated a Timbers win, a Flounders loss, and a new beer created by our very own “Old Salty Dog: (aka Jewsbury), the release party began.

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Ben, Jack and Joe

This release party was not only a celebration for the Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Championship, hence part of the name, but also to give back to the Portland community. Part of the beer proceeds will be donated to Every Child, a Portland-based foster care program and Jack’s charity of choice. It is a great beer and a great cause. This is what makes the Portland Timbers, the beer industry, and the city of Portland so great.

Along with Jack Jewsbury, Ben Zemanksi and Nat Borchers both attended and signed autographs and hung out with the fans.

As I gave up alcohol up for Lent, being Catholic can be tough sometimes, I went to the release party with my friend Nick. He said that he enjoyed the beer, it had a great after taste and a smooth IPA. Worthy of being a Portland Timbers beer.

Signed beer!

Signed beer!

You can purchase a limited release bottle of “Captain Jack’s Lucky 13 Championship IPA” at Hopworks Urban Brewery on Powell, and it will be on tap for a limited time at both location: Bike Bar NE and HUB SE.

Have you tasted this new beer? What did you think?

Also, huge shout out to Joe for getting me a bottle to enjoy after Lent as well!

Cascade Brewing Sour Fruit Fest 2016

Sour Fest 2016

Beckie and I at Sour Fest 2016

Beckie and I checked out Cascade Brewing’s Sour Fruit Fest 2016.  Since I’m not drinking for Lent, (and I’m not a huge fan of sour beers) Beckie did all the drinking.  She was kind enough to share her thoughts on the beers she tried.

Melon Melange (2013) – Sour wheat ale with over 30 pounds of Tuscan, Casaba and Santa Claus melons.  Beckie said this was really sweet.

Pineapple Wheat (2014) – Wheat and blonde ale mix, aged in white wine barrels with pineapple.  Beckie said it didn’t not have a strong pineapple flavor (it was faint) but a good amount of sour.

Nectarine Dream – Live Barrel – sour blond and quad ales aged in oak wine barrels with fresh nectarines.  This was the first time Cascade has used nectarines in their beer.  Beckie said this beer was subtle, doesn’t hit your right off the bat as a sour beer.

Honeycot (2014) – Blond ales wine barrel aged with apricots and wildflower honey.  Beckie said this beer wasn’t sour at all, but still good.

Gin Gimlet (2014) – Blond ale wine barrel aged with lime peel and juniper berries.  No actual gin!  All Beckie said about this beer was it’s not as good as the Honeycot.  And then she pointed out after drinking all these beers, the Ginger Lime (which we didn’t have that day) was still her favorite.  It’s my favorite too at Cascade Brewing.

Ever been to Cascade Brewing?  What was your favorite beer?  Like sour beers?  What is your favorite sour beer?