Monday, October 25

Roscoe's Fresh Hop Ale Summit

Facebook INFO.

Don't miss this fresh hop brew summit!
Friday, October 29 at 5:00pm - October 30 at 2:30am
The Roscoe's Fresh Hop Summit is coming up. We
will have 14 great fresh hop beers all on tap. Trays of 5 ounce
tasters will be available. Some of the breweries and beers featured
will be: Ft. George (Cohoperative), Double Mountain(Killer Green),
Oakshire (locavore), Deschutes (fresh-hopped mirror pond), Sierra
Nevada (Estate), Amnesia, Lompoc, Cascade, Silver Moon, Hopworks,
Coalition, and more. There will be many beer styles represented (from
Pilsner to Porter). We are very excited about this summit and
anything you can do to help spread the word is greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there!


I look forward to this event. It's a great chance to check out Roscoe's if you haven't yet!

Portland, OR, 97215
503.255.0049

Thursday, October 21

Farewell, Berbati's Pan

As reported in the Portland Mercury:


"After 17 years of hosting live music, Berbati's Pan will cease booking concerts starting the first of next year. The restaurant half will stay operational, while the venue itself will be split between a smaller room under Berbati's control (that might, on occasion, host events), and an expanded space for Voodoo Doughnuts to better serve the tourists that see it necessary to lineup on SW 3rd during all hours of the day and night for a freaking doughnut. But the days of Berbati's consistently hosting music are numbered.
"Attendance was really down and it's not like rent went down with attendance," explained booker Matt King. "Plus competition was a major factor as well." King took over the booking reigns from Anthony Sanchez around August April of last year, a job he did along with publicity for the club. "The writing had been on the wall, and the club has been struggling for a number of years before I was involved," said King.
The final show in Berbati's as we know it will be on New Year's Eve. No word yet on the lineup."

That's too bad really. I remember some of my first shows were at that place though I can say it's been years since.


Perry

Tuesday, October 19

Washington States Killer Beers!

By The Bottle is hosting a fantastic tapping of Washington only distributed beers this Thursday Oct. 21st! Special beers from: Anacortes, Airways, Big Al’s, Black Raven, Boundary Bay, Foggy Noggin, Flyers, Fremont, Naked City, Silver City, Snipes Mountain!

This is part of BREWPUBLICS big Birthday bash! A week long event! Check out the events here.

Their taproom is still rather new.. and I have attended it twice thus far. Each time the tap list was refreshing...  not only because the beer was refreshing, but because it was nice to see some rather rare brews on tap...  and many in which were so different from one another. 


Also take note..  this is a nice bottle shop! They also get many favorites which are not distributed in Oregon! Lost Abbey/Port is just naming one! Plus many Washington favorites. 


The event starts at 4pm and don't forget to bring a few quarters for the meters, and a designated driver!


Perry

Saturday, October 16

Happy Birthday to BREWPUBLIC!

Jeff Alworth (Author of the well known number one NW Beer blog) wrote up a great piece on another great, and well respected NW beer blog BREWPUBLIC. Take a read!

One could only wish to be as big and well respected around the local craft beer community as these guys! A big cheers and happy anniversary. I only wish I could raise a Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale to toast! It's only my favorite beer from them which they discontinued currently! 0_0

Perry ;)

Thursday, October 14

Cascade Brewings Barrel House: Just Plain Badass.

My sister at one point lived in Beaverton, OR with her then fiance. I went out to visit them, and they happened to bring me to the Racoon Lodge. At the time I was pretty young still...  just 21, maybe a couple beyond that. I worked as an auto mechanic just down Canyon Road at the time. I lived in NE Portland, drove out to Gresham to attend Mount Hood Community College, and every other term was a working term out in Beaverton. All that driving, and it was in a beat up 1973 Dodge Dart that really didn't have any more life in it. But I managed.

As I ventured into the craft beer scene more and more...  I decided to start doing some reviews. I went back, had their Razberry Wheat...  and loved it. I remember the whole fruit-beer craze when such bottles and 6-packs like Thomas Kempers Weizenberry, Widmer Widberry, Henry Weinhard Blackberry Wheat and the like were spilling out and easily found on the shelves of any local Fred Meyer or 76 gas station. Razberry (w/ it's 60 lbs. of raspberries per barrel) glows. It is flavorful, good, sweet, and intriguing. Their Old Salt IPA I liked a lot, and really got me into reading about brewing IPA's and how salts such as Epsom salt are added to the already mineral enriched water to let the yeast flourish and create different flavor profiles and attenuation.

It's odd to say...  and at the time I never pieced two & two together. Cascade Brewing sprung back in my mind later on when a fellow Beer Advocate introduced me to sours a few years back. The sour was never a style I had really heard of or tried...  not even a Belgian Flemish or any Flanders out there.

After numerous trades for many sours from Russian River Brewing..  and buying up many imported sours...  and buying lot's of Cascades brews from bottle shops such as By The Bottle, Beaumont Market, and The Beer Mongers.... I developed the same love so many have for sour barrel aged ales. The world of flavors that magically appear once introduced to various bacterias and age in an oak barrel are amazing. Ron Gansberg is the Brewmaster, and I feel is brilliant when it comes to the sour. Of all of the sours I have had, his stand out in front...  and this is really just the beginning!

I have heard so many stories of those doing tours, and able to hang out with Ron at the Racoon Lodge...  discussing the beer...  sampling from the barrels.....   and really learning something. To me he seems very intelligent, and knows what he is doing. I like that, and that is what intrigues me. I hope to get in their soon to learn more about Ron, his passion, and his fantastic brews.

Today (10/14/2010) I spent the day there with fellow Brewmance Blogger Pete... and I introduced him and myself even with various sours only available there at the Barrel House. Even the Beck Berry was brewed with an interesting strain of Brett...  and I overheard the "last" beer brewed with it. Brett is a tough bug to control... and it will sprawl and destroy everything you have worked so hard for. I hope that's not true...  that that is the last beer produced with it.....

Ron was a busy guy today...  and this weekend is a big hump. They will be busy. And with their bottle release of the Bourbonic Plague & Vlad the IMPaler this Saturday at 9AM...  they have their hands and glasses full!

Perhaps next Thursday I will be able to pop in and do a "Secure Glass" tour with Ron. It was a nice day for Pete and Perry at the Barrel House.

Perry

Sunday, October 10

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout Arrives

Guinness is one of those odd, foreign, international, and unique beers that has stood out on the shelves all of my life. In my younger days I remember big 16 oz. bottles of regular Guinness Extra Stout and the nitro cans which I liked better.

When younger, I always liked the look, and how smooth the Guinness was from the can though I always thought it was a touch too light in flavor compared to the bottled version.

My Dad was a bit of a beer advocate. In the home I grew up in, I had found some various bottles of old beer and wine. I must have been about 18 years old at the time. An old bottle of imported Guinness interested me the most, because I was more familiar with it at the time. This thing must be 20 years old, and it is full. It's a goner I know...  but man..  it's a cool piece to have. A real Imported nip of Guinness. The labels added to the bottle, post importation, are very interesting because they discuss and push mixing the stout with other beverages, cocktails, and even milk.

Guinness has always been a great, consistent stout. The story behind the company is very interesting, and takes a great deal of time to really figure out, and understand the company and history. Their beers have undergone many changes..  not just to recipe, but leadership and reason.

I have always liked Guinness, but never jumped on the bandwagon of them being "Too big to be craft", or "They are all about profit". I simply like the brew, but find that I often never buy it. Why? How could I buy Guinness when I can pick up some local Laurelwood Space stout, or even Rogue's Shakespeare stout for pretty much the same price? I like filling my growlers with stout. Hell, I even have a McMenamins down the street here in East Vancouver, WA in which I can fill a growler of their fantastic Terminator stout.

The new (to us), and old (to others) Foreign Extra stout has finally arrived in massive amounts to the U.S. Tonight I have just tried, and am still quaffing the 330 ml bottle in my Hair of the Dog tulip. This stout is something else.

The flavors are complex, unique, and very good. I am very impressed with this stout, and I can see myself buying it again. A few times. Maybe more.

I get a lot of smoke. This to me is much like a smoked stout or porter, with some other flavors such as fig, raisin, salts, wood, and a nice big hit of roasted barley and hops. The bitter hops are certainly present as compared to their usual Draught. The IBU's must be up around 65 or 70. Towards the end some bitter coffee flavors protrude. This is very unique, and really stood out..  well above and beyond my initial thoughts about it. Just smell the smokey, toffee, ester-like aromas...  and then enjoy the taste. You won't be disappointed.

Perry

Saturday, October 9

The Forgotten Fresh Hop Beers via Vancouver

I am a Portland native, and understand the fresh hop craze across Multnomah County...  after all... that is where ALL of the major little (craft),.. (nano), Micro breweries are.. (Don't forget about Full Sail in Hood River, or ALL of the fantastic breweries in WA).

Wasn't it just a few years back that Olympia was a huge name in beer? Isn't it today that Elysian Brewing is a big name in the world of Northwest brew?

Why is it that Vancouver, WA isn't seen as a part of "Beervana"? There are some big perks for consumers up north in Washington state regarding craft beer:

- Port/Lost Abbey Brewing gets distributed up here.

- Local pubs (which can't hang w/ many in PDX) carry such favorites like: "Everybodies Brewing", "Walking Man", "Elysian", and "Pike Brewing"...  among many others...

- Washington is much more business friendly... which means lower taxes on dozens of different things for business start ups...

- Laurelwood in Battle Ground! (1st year Birthday soon!)

Hops in Yakima Valley

I see something big happening. I see bottle shops and places with good eats popping up. 360 Pizzeria & the like with big hitters such as Deschutes Black Butte XXI on tap....   I see a future for Vancouver, WA regarding craft beer. The push is here. Even during poor economic times, markets are still springing up carrying beers from Hopworks and Stone Brewing.....   that is big in my eyes.

Larry is the Brewmaster over at Salmon Creek Pub & Brewery...  and  he released a fresh hop (Wet Hop) beer which is fantastic. Why no word of it from bloggers and media sources local? Amarillo Jack Salmon on Steroids is one hell of a Fresh Wet Hop Beer.

Are those in Portland too consumed by great craft beer? Or are they purposefully avoiding the fact that Washington plays a major role in craft beer today? It's either lack of effort, or snobbery as I see it.

Perry

Wednesday, October 6

My Craft Beer Awakening

I was born and raised in NE Portland at the eastern edge of the Hollywood district. I went to Benson High School, and know that neighborhood like the back of my bottle. I used to just hang out with friends at the park next to the Rose City Golf Course...  Rose City Park.

Perhaps I was just a bit young to be drinking at the time...  and early on in high school , Milwaukee's Best Ice  (The Beast) was my favored brew. I think only because it was slightly stronger, and I could afford a case just by simply cleaning some gutters or pulling up some weeds. I was never one of those guys that had partied at the golf course. ;-)

But even in high school, those simple pee beers became boring. But I was in Portland...  there is a huge selection! I would stop in the Hollywood-West Fred Meyer and see Hair of the Dog..  and this is in the mid 90's just during their start! Also Bridgeport brew seemed to be all over. Yes, I drank a ton of Widmer Hefe...  and would easily get down about 10 of them. I think my flagship beer during those early days was Bridgeports IPA. I couldn't get enough of that stuff. I would get some Deschutes stuff here and there...  but mainly I stuck to Bridgeport.

Now I can't stop trying new craft beers. I only had gone to my first beer festival a little over a year ago. I started reviewing beers at the Beer Advocate  a couple years ago and am up to over 500 already. I have traded for brews as well which is cool. I love being able to at least once, try beers I that can't purchase over here.

I have just started homebrewing as well. Only extract so far, but I want to get comfortable and do a lot of reading before I take on all-grain brewing. It is a lot of fun. I also hope to open a bottle shop and taproom soon too where they are lacking.

There you have it in a nutshell! I am a born hop head who had a taste for beer even long before high school!

Cheers!

Perry

Friday, October 1

Welcome!

Welcome to Brewmance! We just felt there just aren't enough beer blogs on the internet for us craft beer advocates to browse and wander through. My name is Perry, and my buddy Pete will also be a part of this blog.

We will be primarily posting about various random events, beer releases, and new beers and pubs popping up in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. We are based in Vancouver, WA. We know there isn't a lot going on up here yet...  which is why we will still include some Portland beer news in this blog. 

We are not here to compete with other big-time beer bloggers, and those profiting off of it. This is simply a hobby, and something that probably won't be updated as often as some of the other big hitters like Beervana, Brewpublic, BeerAdvocate, RateBeer, The Full Pint...  and the like.

Please be patient as we continue to update the site and its links. We will work on lists of great pubs, breweries..  and bottle shops.

Thanks for popping in, and cheers to great beers!

Perry