Saturday, March 31

Beer Review: Alaskan Brewing Black IPA

Grabbed a 12oz. bottle to try, although I saw some 6-packs in Portland for a lesser price. But, I am in Vancouver, and distribution is kind of a fuggly mess up here along with a side of B.S.

Alaskan’s spring seasonal release is a new beer experience created from a combination of traditional beer styles. Alaskan Black IPA has the appearance of a porter or stout but combines the roasted malty characters with the refreshing flavor and bright aroma of an American IPA.

Alaskan’s spring seasonal features the hop-forward profile of an IPA with the dark black color and flavors of a fuller-bodied porter. A burst of fresh, citrus notes from Cascade and Centennial hops balance the hints of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness and dark fruit highlights leading to a pleasantly dry finish.

The Black IPA style is also known as “American-style India Black Ale” or “Cascadian Dark Ale,” and though we still may not know what to call it, we do know it’s dark, hoppy and we can’t get enough of it. Alaskan first shared their take on this new style with the limited Pilot Series release of Alaskan Double Black IPA. This spring release is a more sessionable version with the same surprising balance between hops and roasted malts.

Alaskan Black IPA is made from glacier-fed water, generous additions of Cascade, Centennial and other Pacific Northwest hops, and an array of eight different pale, caramel and chocolate malts.

The combination of big citrus and dark malt flavors make Alaskan Black IPA an outstanding pairing beer for dishes that combine sweet and savory. This includes everything from chocolate & ancho-chipotle rubbed pork, fried chicken and waffles or curried chocolate.


Alaska’s frozen rivers and lakes begin to melt as the rising temperatures of spring breakup release them from winter’s icy grip. Wolves tread carefully on this ever-changing terrain during their daily treks of 30-125 miles through territories that can range up to 1000 square miles. Alaska’s highly social wolves roam in packs, their silver and black coats providing a stark contrast to the icy plains and alpenglow of the snow-covered tundra. Alaskan Spring Ale welcomes the changing season as wildlife and humans alike emerge to savor the arrival of spring.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice couple fingers of light mocha-tan head that settle over the beer with a thing layer forming a large island covering most of the brew, and lace about the glass where the head made its mark. Overall the way it should look. 

Smell: (3.5)
- Light sweet grainy aroma. I want a CDA to smell like this. Mild cocoa, biscuit, grassy bitter hop, and subdued flavor. It's mild, and good. Smells well balanced and drinkable. Just simple and well put together. 

Taste: (4.5)
- A rather light flavor anyway. Biscuit, husky grain, light cocoa, some light esters, grassy hop, and some herbal hop. It is very well balanced, and every flavor seems to be trying to hide itself behind the other. I love the balance in flavor.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- This is where this beer suffers a bit I think. It is rather heavy bodied and thick for such a low abv beer. It's chewy (which isn't a bad thing), but yet thick and viscous. I get a thick chalky feel in it which makes it a little difficult to drink. It's a tad drying from its nice bitterness. 

Overall: (3.5)
- A solid CDA/Black IPA. I think the taste is great, and even the look...  but there is just something a little too thick about it that makes it hard to drink. I would love to be able to guzzle a few pints of a good CDA on occasion, but with this puppy, I may switch to another light drinker.

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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Beer Review: Elysian Brewing Fallout Green Cardamom Pale (12 Beer Apoco-Series #3)

I am determined to try each and every one of these beers in the "12 Beers of the Apocalypse" Series. So far I have thoroughly enjoyed each.


7.3% ABV is pretty steep for a Pale isn't it? Let's see if it tastes like a pale.. using a glass I otherwise wouldn't use, but I was already using it, and the others are dirty.

Appearance: (4.0)
- A nice rather clear light copper colored ale with a couple fingers of quickly dissipating head that left behind some lace, spotty chunks, and a thing blanket over the brew. Not bad.

Smell: (4.5)
- This is a very aromatic beverage. Zesty herbal aromas with lemon, ginger, and a grassy hop presence. It's like walking down a path full of vibrant wild plants blooming in early spring. Promise I'm not trying to write a book here. It smells great, and very floral. Light biscuit malts, and subtle sweetness. Lightly peppery.

Taste: (3.5)
- Great floral and zesty weedy grassy punch with a light peppery flavor without the heat. Light biscuit bready malts, subtle sweetness with a flare of honey. It is quite herbal, and may not appeal to some. It is a bit sweet, which does help balance the herbal and floral burst to the palate.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Its a bit chewy, and slightly sticky. A medium bodied brew with great standard ale yeast-like carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, and only slightly sticky. There is a light peppery finish that seems to drift off the tongue long after the drink.

Overall: (4.0)
- I have a feeling this beer won't be for everybody. I happen to really like it. Perhaps not quite as much as the Heather Ale before it. It is very nice and herbal, and seems to hit the season right. A nice heavier late lawn mowing kind of beer before the evening. It's aromatic, full of flavor, and unique. Kudos.

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Beer Review: Fort George Brewing XVIth Chapel Roses on Roses

"Saints be praised! Due to the enormous amount of customers that requested the XVIth Chapel to be back on tap, the brewers at Fort George couldn’t help but comply. The XVIth Chapel is technically a double IPA fermented with a flamboyant strain of Belgian yeast.   The brewer’s skill is put to the test in order to finesse the bitter and aromatic hop profile with the fruity esters produced during the long fermentation cycle. With plenty of delicious Galena, Centennial, and Amarillo hops to balance out the spice of the farmhouse yeast, the XVIth is a perfect blend of bitter and sweet.  You will be on your knees praising the beer gods over this earthy double IPA.

XVIth Chapel: Roses on Roses
Take the XVIth Chapel, age it in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels, condition it on rose hips and more hops.  Available for a limited time in 22oz bottles.  Happy 5th anniversary!
Five years ago we opened a little brewpub in the downstairs corner of The Fort George Building in Historic Downtown Astoria. Today we take up nearly and entire city-block: , three buildings, two breweries, two bars, an event space, and a canning line with all run by almost 50 hard-working employees.
With a beer in the plans for almost as long as we’ve been operational, this is our expression of what a brewery can accomplish in five short but intense years.
May we still be pleasing your palate in another five."


Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a nice mostly clear copper color. Big fingers of off-white foamy head which settles slowly to a mess of lace all about and some patchy bubbly islands. Nice looking beer.

Smell: (3.5)
- Roses are certainly present. A nice sweet floral aroma mixed with sweet caramel malts and grassy earthy hops. Light vanilla from the barrels, and esters galore. Certainly unique.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bitter mad hops and a floral punch from the roses. Not overly sweet really, just a nice biscuit malt with a strong tinge of alcohol. It is a super bitter beer with a bit of a rubbing alcohol flavor. Light caramel and vanilla with a clean earthy finish.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bitter drying. It's a chewy one with a dry finish from the bitter hops and rubbing alcohol. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated...

Overall: (3.5)
- I like where they were going with this. Perhaps an IIPA to sit on a little while? Eh maybe not, it is way too hoppy to let sit around. It's rose flavors are quite nice, and the subtle vanilla is nice. Only complaint is the rubbing alcohol flavors. It's a bit hot, and odd to believe that some kind of adjunct wasn't used. I could be wrong! Watch out, it's bitter!

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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Friday, March 30

Coalition Brewing Releases 22oz. Bottles!

Coalition Brewing is proud to announce the release of 22 oz bottles as of Friday March 30th!  The first three styles available will be our Two Dogs IPA, King Kitty Red Ale, and Rooster’s Cream Ale.  Stay tuned for info on seasonal and special bottle releases!  Bottles will be available for purchase at the pub and local markets, bottle shops, and bars.
Coalition Brewing Bottle Release Party! 
April 5th, 7pm, East Burn Restaurant, 1800 E Burnside
Please join us for our bottle release party at East Burn restaurant on April 5th at 7pm at East Burn, 1800 E. Burnside St.  In addition to three styles in bottles, there will be Coalition Beer on tap, beer and food pairings, bottle giveaways, and live music by Pagan Jug Band!  It’s bound to be a great time, and we would love to see you all there.  Thanks!

Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12

Second Release in Alchemy Project Series of Cellarable Craft Beers

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 28, 2012 Widmer Brothers Brewing has released Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12, the second offering in the brewery’s recently launched Alchemy Project, a series of three bold, vintage-dated craft beers that can be enjoyed immediately, but are brewed to improve with age. 

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout was first brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in 2008 for the Portland Holiday Ale Festival. In the summer of 2011, Widmer Brothers brewers discovered a barrel of the initial batch, which was known as Babushka’s Secret, in the brewery’s cellar. After tasting the beer and realizing how well the beer aged with time, the brewing team decided to brew the beer again as part of the Alchemy Project.  Beginning this year, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout will be released once a year as part of the project. 

“This is our unique interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout style, with the addition of red raspberries during the fermentation process,” said Ben Dobler, brewer at Widmer Brothers Brewing. “The use of Midnight Wheat gives this beer an extra layer of complexity, and the antioxidant-rich red raspberries give this beer storage-ability and age-ability.”

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 will be available in 22-oz bottles and 1/6 barrels beginning April 9.

About Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12

Tasting Notes
·         Slight fruit tartness
·         Smooth mouthfeel
·         Chocolate and roasty aromas
·         Hop complexity to balance malt character

·         Malts: Pale, Roast Barley, Caramel 60L, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt
·         Hops: Alchemy for bittering, Willamette and Cascade for aroma
·         Red raspberries

·         Original Gravity: 21.5 P
·         Apparent Extract: 5 P
·         IBU: 70
·         ABV: 9.3%
·         Color: 90 SRM

About the Alchemy Project
In late 2011, Widmer Brothers Brewing launched the Alchemy Project, a new series of high-end, bold, vintage-dated beers that are brewed for cellaring. Like fine wine, Alchemy Project beers can be enjoyed immediately, but the process of cellaring and aging these beers contributes to enhanced flavor profiles and complexities as the beers evolve with time. This series showcases that evolution. 

The series was launched with the release of Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 last year, a follow-up to Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’10, which was initially released as part of the Widmer Brothers Brothers’ Reserve Series. The Alchemy Project will include three specialty limited-release craft beers each year. Each will be released in limited quantities and the same three beers will be released every year. Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout is the second release in this series. The third beer, which will be released this summer, is yet to be announced. 

About Widmer Brothers Brewing
What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they dreamed of brewing unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best-selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit

Elysian & Sub Pop Winning With Loser Six-Packs

"Now in its fourth year of celebrating Sub Pop Records' twentieth anniversary with Loser Pale Ale, Seattle's Elysian Brewing announces the release of this year's Loser in twelve ounce bottles. Six-packs of Loser will hit shelves on May 1. Look for it in local stores cool enough to carry it.

Loser is a distinctive pale ale brewed with Sorachi Ace and Crystal hops, weighing in at 7% abv. Its first brewing in 2009 was a collaboration between Elysian and Sub Pop, and was served backstage at the indie label's celebration festival held at Marymoor Park, where such classic Sub Pop acts as Mudhoney, Low and Green River played, along with more modern stalwarts such as Iron and Wine and the Fleet Foxes. Bottled Loser bore the slogan "Corporate Beer Sucks," a reference to the shirt (Corporate Rock Sucks) worn by Kurt Cobain when Nirvana first graced the cover of Rolling Stone. It has come back every year since as a summer seasonal, with later labels reading "Corporate Beer Still Sucks," a nod to the second Nirvana RS cover appearance.

 Both the Loser six-pack carrier and mother case box are generic white with stencil-effect lettering like the crates holding touring bands' equipment. There's no end of cleverness when local alternative institutions like Sub Pop and Elysian get together! -Dick Cantwell"

 AVAILABILITY Summer Seasonal - Hits shelves and taps MAY 1, 2012

Saturday, March 24

Beer Review: Laurelwood Brewing Ink Heart CDA

I feel kind of bad that I didn't grab this on tap. But the chance to grab a bottle locally here in Vancouver, WA arose. Laurelwood has a special place in my heart because I grew up near the Hollywood district of NE Portland. I wish the lasting location was there when I was in my early twenties since it is only about 3 blocks from where I was back in the day.


Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice thick dark brown ale. Can't see through it though there is some brown ruby light coming through the edges of my in-house pint glass. Frothy tan head.. settles nicely to a lot of lace, and spotty thin blanket above the brew. Very nice looking CDA.

Smell: (3.0)
- It's hiding something. Not much of an aroma other than some hidden grassy hops, and a light bitter earthy aroma. Certainly a light mocha bed of grain, and some chocolate... but beyond an odd husky grain funk, not much at all.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice bready and grainy malt flavor. It's not overly sweet which is very nice. Lots of biscuit, bready grainy malt with a touch of chocolate and bitter coffee. The hops all seem early-boil in the flavor.. grassy bitter early zest, and a nice herbal touch in the finish. It's well balanced, and has a nice floral vs. citrus finish which is light.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- I think this portion of my judging is the best part about this beer. It is well carbonated, a medium to creamy body that just seems spot-on for the style in my palate. It's a touch dry... but there is no sweetness to leave any sticky or lingering syrup. Nice chewy flare to it.

Overall: (3.5)
- It's a good drinker, but overall bland compared to many others of the style in our area. Is it smooth? Hell yeah! This is one of the more easy drinking beers I have had recently. But... it doesn't stand out as a killer CDA. It's good, but also a better-luck-next-time.. kind of CDA.

3.7/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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Thursday, March 22

Roscoe's 3rd Annual IPA Summit

March 30 at 4:00pm until March 31 at 2:30am

"Get ready hopheads! Roscoe's 3rd Annual IPA Summit is coming up on Friday March 30th beginning at 4PM. We will have 15 amazing IPAs on tap for the event.

Some of the Breweries (and beers) will include: Double Mountain (Belgian IPA), Boneyard (Notorious IIIPA), Dogfish head (120 Minute), Oakshire (Coffee IPA), Russian River (Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig), Deschutes (Angler IPA), Laurelwood (Green Mammoth), Avery (The Maharaja)Fort George, and many more that you won't want to miss.

We will have 5 ounce taster trays available so that you can do some side-by-side tasting. We hope to see you there."

8105 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215

1st Annual Malt Ball - Live Music & Rare Beers

Portland's Premiere Music & Craft Beer Event

Presented by The Portland Mercury & Oregon Brewers Guild

Saturday March 24th 2pm to Midnight Bossanova Ballroom

At last! The very first Malt Ball brings together two of the best things about Portland: BANDS and BEER. Local breweries offer exclusive beers while a dozen of Portland's very best bands provide the entertainment. Fill your head with great music and beer—AT THE SAME TIME!

$20 advance, $25 day of.

Includes admission to show, four tasting tokens and commemorative mug. 21+



The Beers
Breakside Brewery + Denver Pale Ale
East Coast Pale Ale
A well balanced, malt forward pale ale featuring Cascade hops and Oregon Select barley. This beer is a refreshing departure from your typical hop bomb of a pale ale 5%

Burnside Brewing
Rye Pale Ale – Meridian Rye
Brewed with 45% Roggenmalz (German Rye), coriander and Meridian hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye is balanced with undertones of fresh spice, berries, nuts and tropical fruits flavors created by the heavy additions of Meridian hops and coriander 6%

Coalition Brewing + Quiet Life
Golden Ale – Golden Grease
Golden to very light copper in color. It is designed to be an easy drinking session beer. It’s got a simple malt bill, using Pilsner malt, Vienna malt, and touch of light Chilean caramel malt 5%

Columbia River Brewing + Mission Spotlight
Double IPA-War Elephant
NW-style IPA made with five malts and five hop additions + two dry-hop blends 8.5%

Fort George Brewery + Lost Lander
Belgian-Style Wit-Lost Lander Belgian Style White Beer
Divinity with the added the zest of 12 grapefruits, coriander, and cardamom 5.5%

Full Sail Brewing
Alt-Phil’s Existential Alt
A generous amount of Munich and Vienna malts give this beer its copper color and toasty-caramel aroma. German noble hops provide complimentary bitterness and a clean, dry finish. The beer has been cold-conditioned for six weeks and goes down smooth. ABV 5.1%, IBU 43

Gilgamesh Brewing + The Builders and the Butchers
American Brown Ale-Devil Brown
Made with Munich and darker crystal malts to give roasted notes with a small amount of peated+smoked malt to give it mild smoky notes. During the boil, we added Ancho, Guajillo, and California dried peppers to give some peppery notes, and in the brite tank we added a small amount of Chipotle peppers just to kick up the heat 6.6%

Hopworks Urban Brewery + Weinland
Barrel Aged Blend-Stage Diver
Stage Diver is named by a Weinland fan via Facebook and is a blend of four barrel aged beers which will be something uncategorizable and unique 10%

Laurelwood Brewing + Archers
American Red Ale-Free Range Red
Copper-colored ale with loads of hop flavor. Medium in body, caramel sweetness blends with the hop flavor creating a balanced, drinkable beer. This beer is brewed with 100% Organically-grown malts + Archers music 6.1%

Lompoc Brewing
Pale Ale-Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale
Lompoc’s tribute to the Timber’s Army is a crisp, easy drinking pale ale. Dry hopped in the fermenter with Cascades giving off a huge hop aroma 5.2%

McMenamins Crystal Brewery+ Old Junior
Premium Lager-PDXBR
Portland Blue Ribbon is a crystal clear American Lager with a pale straw color and pillowy white head, a subtle sweet bready malt flavor is slowly consumed by a delicate, hop spiciness. A true Lager slowly fermented at cool temperatures, then allowed a lengthy period of cold maturation 4.64%

Migration Brewing
Old Ale-Old Silenus
Silenus is a deep mahogany in color and fills the palette with a rich malt body and faint cherry & cocoa undertones. Dominated by Fuggles hops+ 5 different malts 6.3%

Ninkasi Brewing
Spring Pale Ale-Spring Reign
Spring forward with this refreshing seasonal ale with notes of toasted malt up front and a bright and crisp Northwest hop finish 6%

Portland U-Brew and Pub + Lord Dying
Cascadian Dark -Lord Dying CDA
Crafted by Lord Dying themselves this beer was brewed with the intentions of being bigger, darker, stronger, and heavier than their music 7.8%

The Commons Brewery + The Golden Bears
Saison-Haver Beer
A golden saison with a noble hop finish balanced by a creamy mouthfeel from oats, and grainy pilsner malt flavor 5.75%

Widmer Brothers Brewing
Oatmeal Porter-Oatmeal Porter
Made with remium pale and Munich malts, and a custom oatmeal roast create a rich flavor drenched in the velvety mouthfeel of toasted oats and dark chocolate malt. Hints of caramel and toffee provide a touch of sweetness and the perfect compliment to an enticing mocha aroma+ smooth finish. 6%

Live Music Provided by
The Builders & The Butchers, 11pm
Weinland, 10:05pm
Lord Dying, 9:15pm
Quiet Life, 8:25pm
Lost Lander, 7:35pm
Denver, 6:45pm
Old Junior, 6pm
Wow and Flutter, 5:15pm
Stay Calm, 4:30pm
Golden Bears, 3:45pm
Archers, 3pm
Mission Spotlight, 2:15pm
*Schedule subject to change

Malt Ball Food Menu
The People’s Sandwich of Portland welcomes you to the Malt Ball!
All Sandwiches Are $5 and come with a bag of House Made Potato Chips
Limited to available stock, no substitutions.
The Builders&Butchers – Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese
Weinland – Chicken Cheese Steak with Onions and Peppers
Lord Dying – Cheese Steak with Hash Browns and Horseradish Mayo
Quiet Life – Cheese Steak with Onions and Peppers
Wow & Flutter — Grilled Cuban
Old Junior – Hot Italian
Denver – Scrambled eggs with Ham, Onions, Peppers, and Cheddar
Stay Calm – Pulled Pork with BBQ, Grilled Onions and Cheddar
Golden Bears – Pulled Pork with Cabbage and Asian Vinaigrette
Archers – vegan – Fried Tofu, Pesto, Peppadew Peppers and Filberts
Mission spotlight – Scrambled Eggs with Onions, Peppers, Cheddar and Hash Browns
Highest Quality Ingredients from Painted Hills Beef, Draper Valley Chicken, Carlton Farms Pork, Ota Tofu. Condiments Made From Scratch

The Bossanova
722 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-7630 Website

Saturday March 24th 2pm to Midnight Bossanova Ballroom

Wednesday, March 21

Big Time Brewery Tasting & Meet The Brewers Events In Portland

The Big Time Brewing Company of Seattle WA is visiting Portland for two events this weekend. Meet head brewer Drew Cluley and asst. brewer Bradley Zimmerman and taste some of their fine ales. The first event will be held at Saraveza this Friday night, March 23rd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Whiny the Complainer and Wheatapaug Groove will be pouring. The second event is at Apex on Saturday March 24th from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Whiny the Complainer and Wheatapaug Groove will pour along with Powderfinger Rye Ale and Scarlet Fire IPA. There also will be a washoe tournament for beer industry teams at Apex as the brewers meet-and-greet wraps up. Please come on out, try some Big Time ales and cheer team Icculus (Bradley and Drew) on.

About the beer:
Whiny is a delicious triple India Pale Ale that features an abundant amount of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma from over 3 lbs of hops per barrel. Hops include, Cascade; Centennial, Chinook; Columbus; Magnum; Amarillo; and Simcoe. WtC was dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Original gravity 1.088; Terminal gravity 1.019; 9.1% abv. The name Whiny the Complainer was thought up by former head brewer Bill Jenkins – it is in homage to Russian River’s Pliny the Younger – and the patrons who whine because they missed out on their coveted few ounces of PtY. Whiny was the 2,300th batch brewed at the Big Time since batch #1 was brewed on November 10th 1988.

Wheatapaug Groove is a hoppy American wheat ale with lots of Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo hops. The addition of orange juice concentrate to the boil adds to the citrusy goodness of this beer. Original gravity 1.054; Terminal gravity 1.012 5.5% abv.

Powderfinger is a pale spicy ale with 18% rye malt supporting a decent bitterness and floral note from the plentiful use of Liberty hops. Original gravity 1.067; Terminal gravity 1.015; 6.8% abv.

Scarlet Fire IPA became our fifth year round beer at the Big Time in 1996 joining Bhagwan’s Best IPA, Prime Time Pale Ale, Atlas Amber, and Coal Creek Porter as the only beers always available in our pub. These five ales are augmented by 25 to 30 seasonal beers throughout the year. Scarlet Fire features Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops. Original gravity 1.066; Terminal gravity 1.017; 6.4% abv.

The Big Time is the oldest brewpub in Washington State having opened its doors on December 7th 1988. Drew Cluley is the 5th head brewer to take the helm on the brew deck at the Big Time having moved over from Pike Brewing Company in April 2011. The Big Time is celebrating 24 years of serving quality craft beer to beer aficionados in the University District of Seattle.

Big Time Brewing
4133 University Way, Seattle 98105

1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

1216 SE Division St. Portland, Oregon 97202

Monday, March 19

Beer Review: 7 Seas Brewing Ballz Deep Double IPA

A mash tun packed mostly with Pale Ale Malt and several different varieties of Crystal malt provide a firm, slightly sweet malt flavor while copious amounts of resiny Yakima Valley hops go berserk on bitterness, flavor and aroma.

Original Gravity: 19.0 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alcohol by Volume: 8.4%
IBUs: Approximately 82


Grabbed a tall boy that was brought down and sold to me, $3.50 for the pint can. Not bad considering it is a pint. Reading some reviews though, it isn't holding up to some of the big dogs. Let's see..

On another note, I think any canned beverage should have a brew date, or best-by date on it. On this can I found none.

Appearance: (3.0)
- Pours a lightly cloudy red-ale look. Not much more than a finger of head quickly settling to an even thin paper layer over the brew with a small ring at the sides. Overall it doesn't really look like an IPA. It's too dark.

Smell: (3.0)
- It's canned, and still doesn't taste like a brisk fresh IPA. Light grassy and earthy hop aromas.. perhaps a touch of floral notes. A masking-like caramel bready heavy grain.. packing everything away. Not really standing out.

Taste: (2.5)
- It's a sweet and malt forward English style for sure which I am not too fond of. There is a nice bitter grassy hop presence, light pine and resinous floral hops.. but the grain is just too thick and caramel-like. Almost like it is masking a buttery diacetyl tinge. It's drinkable, but not really all that good.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- It's a creamy and smooth heavy beer. Certainly chewy and sticky.. resinous. Little drying and puckering.. well carbonated. The feel is at least ok..

Overall: (2.5)
- This just shows that a canned beer, with a catchy name and style.. can still be very mediocre. I haven't had much from this brewer.. and after this beer, I almost don't want to try another one. We'll see. I know some kegs turn up here in Vancouver, WA here and there. Maybe I'll ask about it first. Wouldn't recommend this beer. Perhaps I'd be a little pleased if this were one of my homebrews.. at least savable.

2.73/5 rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
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Deschutes Brewery Pledges One Billion Gallons of Water to its Namesake

Deschutes Brewery Pledges One Billion Gallons of Water to its Namesake: The Deschutes River

Deschutes Brewery partners with the Deschutes River Conservancy to provide largest private donation to water leasing program.

19 March 2012 – Bend, Oregon – Good water and good beer go hand in hand, right? That’s one reason why Deschutes Brewery has recently made a one billion gallon annual water restoration commitment through one of its local non-profit organizations, the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC). This donation marks the DRC water leasing program’s largest private donation to date, and actually equals 14 times more water than Deschutes Brewery and all of its suppliers use per year.

Through the water leasing program, local farmers are paid for the lease of their irrigation water and then that water is legally protected instream at the brewery’s namesake waterway – the Deschutes River. By doing this, stream flow and water quality is increased in the river, creating opportunities for life to flourish.

“We’ve always been avid supporters of the DRC and its mission,” said Michael LaLonde, chief operating officer for Deschutes Brewery and a board member of the DRC. “By creating this new partnership, we are able to give back to the river in a significant way, preserving the lifeblood of the Central Oregon region.”

Over the past six years, the brewery has supported the DRC through both monetary and beer donations for the non-profit’s various fundraising events.

Tod Heisler, executive director for the DRC, said, “By making this commitment to the river, Deschutes Brewery has made a strong investment in the future of our region. Water is one of Central Oregon’s primary resources and partnerships like this ensure the consistency and sustainability of our mission to restore water to our river.”

In the spring and summer, water flows are greatly decreased in the river due to irrigation withdrawals. By increasing flows in the Deschutes River through the leasing program, fish habitat is revitalized and water quality is improved. Other benefits include overall enhanced ecosystems for plants and animals, while also improving recreation and tourism opportunities.

About the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC)

The DRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was founded by the Environmental Defense Fund, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and local irrigation districts. In the past sixteen years, the DRC has built a strong foundation for collaborative work in the Deschutes Basin. The organization’s mission is to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. The DRC objectives are to meet or exceed state water quality standards and to restore the natural hydrograph to the extent environmentally, socially and economically feasible in the Deschutes River and its tributaries. The Deschutes River Conservancy is a nationally recognized leader in river restoration and has set the bar for achieving results through collaboration.

Lompoc Brewing Introduces New Label Designs For Brand Mainstays

PORTLAND, Ore. - March 19, 2012 - Lompoc Brewing is debuting a new look for two of its brand favorites: C-Note Imperial Pale Ale and Proletariat Red. Bottles featuring the new artwork will appear on store shelves within the next few weeks.

The new labels were developed in partnership with WAAMCo, the design and idea team of Woody Adams and Andrew MacKenzie. The pair also designed the new Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale label introduced earlier this month.

C-Note Imperial Pale Ale is the beer most often associated with Proletariat RedLompoc. To call it hoppy is an understatement - brewed with the seven "C" hops (Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger), it pushes the limit to 100 IBUs.

Proletariat Red is a well-balanced Northwest red ale that is malty and full bodied with a deep, rich red color and a smooth finish. Proletariat Red reminds us that work is the curse of the drinking class!

For more information about Lompoc Brewing, visit For more information about the new label designs, visit

Cascade Brewing To Release 'Blueberry' Sour Ale

It's here! The release of Blueberry in bottles will be this Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 PM. The blenders will be on hand at "Blue Thursday" to answer questions, and we'll also have a 1/4 bbl of the original 2010 Blueberry on tap for comparison, plus a little of the Shrieking Violet. The 2011 Blueberry is a blend of wheat and blond ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on fresh blueberries for an additional three months. Bottles sell for $17 and are available at the Barrel House, the Raccoon Lodge and online.

Our Blue Thursday event will feature food specials as well, including a lovely Blueberry Spring Salad, a spring mix tossed in our tart blueberry sourgrette with dried blueberries, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnuts & red onion, topped with crumbled goat cheese ($5, add smoked chicken for $2). We'll also be serving Barrel House Blueberry Blintz, a handcrafted cheese & dried blueberry filled blintz topped with fresh blueberry/blueberry sour beer sauce, chopped banana & a dust of powdered sugar ($3).

In other exciting release news, bottles have been ordered and it appears that we will doing the first ever bottling of Sang Noir later this month. Look for a release in May, details to come!

Bottles of the 2010 Apricot are winding down to the last few cases, so now would be a good time to make sure you have a bottle or two in the cellar for a vertical tasting when the 2011 version comes out later this year. Bottles sell for $17 and are available at the Barrel House, Raccoon Lodge or online.

This week's food specials at the Barrel House include a Pesto Alfredo Pasta Bowl featuring rainbow rotini pasta and sautéed vegetables in a creamy pesto alfredo sauce, topped with chopped tomato & shaved aged cheeses ($5, add smoked chicken for $2); Pickled Quail Eggs & Speck, dill & sweet pickled quail eggs, speck (smoked/cured pork), dork fat (a combo of duck & pork fat), fruit compote & housemade Portland Ale crackers ($8); and a Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich featuring smoked chicken, NW ham, gruyere cheese, lettuce, tomato & onion on a toasted ciabatta roll, dressed with dijonnaise ($8.5).

Soup this week is House Beer Cheese daily, Banbridge Stew, and Clam Chowder starting Friday and running through the weekend while supplies last.

Have a great week - hope to see you here on Thursday for the bottle release. Visit our Facebook events page to RSVP and post comments.

Barrel House
939 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214

Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub
7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

Order Blueberry to ship HERE *pdf document

Tuesday, March 13

Widmer Brothers Brewing To Unveil New Omission Beers

I will be attending a private media event this Thursday soon I hope to get the inside scoop on this beer. I have been digging around the internet collecting as much information as possible.

From what I can tell, this will be a bottled release of a gluten-free beer, both a Pale Ale, and Lager Beer. Information popped up over at ''.

I don't think I have even tried a gluten-free beer. I don't need to because I have been checked for a gluten intolerance and it came back negative. I actually think many claim to need gluten-free foods and drinks when in fact, they are not even intolerant to it. I do think though that these will be the first gluten-free beers I will try. I look forward to seeing how good they may be. Something tells me they will be.

Official 'Omission Beer' Website

I'll create a follow-up post once I attend the event.

Saturday, March 10

Beer Review: Anchorage Brewing Company The Tide & Its Takers

"This is an unshored ale. Wild and Remote; there's a beer where the sea used to be. I believe there will be many takers for this tide. It begins with a soft and spicy floral nose. The brett notes are measured and reverberate around the lemon-cream-pie hops like ripples around a buoy in a beam sea. Wood notes drift and float by and bring a bit of vanilla toward the end but mostly the wood does the important work of softening the heat of a multi-phase fermentation that is three fathoms deep. Putting a snifter of this beer up to your lips is like putting a conch shell up to your ear. Living right up against the Atlantic Ocean here in Delaware nothing says welcome home to me so much as the rhythmic crashing of an incoming surf on land and I get that familiar feeling while drinking The Tide and Its Takers. Like a powerful ocean you cannot take this beer for granted. It's complex, it has a lunar-pull that makes you reflexively go for the next sip, and it puts you in the right mood to appreciate life and nature's bounty. To paraphrase folk-punk Michelle Shocked, You know you're in the largest state of mind in the union when you're anchored down in Anchorage. Cheers!

-Sam Calaglone, President & Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery"


Found just one of these puppies on the shelf at Saraveza the other night. Time to review this bad boy.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice cloudy golden creamed corn color with fluffy big fingers of head.. leaves a very light looking spotty ring alla bout, and some thin traces over the brew.

Smell: (4.5)
- Nice sweet malt with a good biscuity touch. Fruity esters, drying Brett aromas, and light Belgian candy. Some lovely oak and chardonnay aromas are present.. very good smell.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice crisp triple with a lovely earthy and woody flavor.. the chardonnay and brett seem to couple extremely well with one another. Some sweet sugars and esters, and a dry grassy hop flare. Super good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium body, great carbonation, and certainly dry from the oak, brett, and hops. I like drying cloying beers like this.. and it is a touch chewy as well. Certainly a neat beer.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a tasty number. I would love to have more of these to age, but I found only the one. There is enough residual sugars left behind for the brett to carry on its way over time and really develop this beer into something else. It's solid now, and I bet would get even better. Certainly worth the try. Surprised I paid the same amount for this as I did the IPA. The IPA should have been less.

4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Full Sail Brewing Introduces Its Newest Brewers Share Series With Phil’s Existential Alt

Hood River, Or – In 2008 Full Sail Brewing created their small batch Brewer’s Share series as an opportunity for each of their individual brewers to express their creations to be shared on tap exclusively in their pub. Since their crew came up with so many great beers, they decided to share a selection of them with beer lovers everywhere. The second beer in the series is "Phil’s Existential Alt," developed by Brewer Phil Roche, and will be released in 22oz. bottles and on draft in March.

“As an independent and employee owned brewery, you know that we put our hearts and souls into every drop. With Brewer’s Share we’re proud to showcase the people behind our award winning brews by introducing our individual brewers by name and beer,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and Founder.

When asked what his inspiration was for Phil’s Existential Alt, Roche replied, “Altbier is indigenous to Dusseldorf and Neanderthal man is indigenous to Dusseldorf. The ancient Germans thought a lot about their existence. Early myths contain some 200 verses about the creation of the world. The ancient Germans thought even more about beer, with 400 verses about beer making. "Phil's Existential Alt" celebrates our existence through our most celebrated!”

According to Phil, a generous amount of Munich and Vienna malts give this beer its copper color and toasty-caramel aroma. German noble hops provide complimentary bitterness and a clean, dry finish. The beer has been cold-conditioned for six weeks and goes down smooth. ABV 5.1%, IBU 43

The inspiration for the name “Brewer’s Share” came from that mysterious portion that vanishes from a barrel during aging that brewers refer to as the “angel’s share,” and that led to “Brewer’s Share,” an equally mysterious offering that appears during inspiration. Brewer’s Share can also mean a unit of ownership, as in stock. Consider this program to be an Initial Pub Offering (IPO). Whenever you purchase a Brewer’s Share you get a unit of ownership – one share of the batch. As a shareholder you have the right to consume the beverage. In doing so you will also be investing in the public good – as each brewer not only chooses the recipe, they choose a local charity or organization that will benefit from each bottle sold – which can bring an excellent Return on Ingestion (ROI).

Full Sail’s Brewer’s Share small batch offerings will be available in 22oz. bottles and on draft. The other beers in the 2012 line-up include Extra Special Barney (ESB), Chris’s Summer Delight Berliner Weiss and Big Daddy J’s Malt Liquor. Full Sail will release one Brewer’s Share at a time and a new beer will be released for each season.

With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local charity or organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Phil has chosen to support Friends of the Children, so every barrel of his Existential Alt benefits this organization. Friends of the Children (FOTC) is a revolutionary mentoring program that provides paid professional mentors, called Friends, to the community’s most vulnerable children. FOTC selects youth in kindergarten and mentors them through high school graduation (12 ½ years). Through the support of Friends, children are learning the skills to become healthy members of our community.

Friday, March 9

Beer Review: Anchorage Brewing Galaxy White IPA

“With the creation of new beer styles comes this sort of emergent period where things are pretty wide open to interpretation— so, let’s see where brewer Gabe Fletcher takes us with his take on “White IPA”… He’s certainly pulled out all the stops in this remarkable brew, with ingredients & influences from four different continents: Australian Galaxy hops, Indian coriander and black peppercorns, North American wheat, fresh kumquats from Asia, and fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a Belgian wit yeast.”


Grabbed a bottle for about $12 at Saraveza in Portland. It was nice to see some rare and good brews there. Picked up another Anchorage brew there too that I really wanted to try, and will review soon.

Yes they are amazing beers, but I still find a little beef with the price on the bottles. I would prefer the same beer as a standard bomber, not corked and caged, and spend about $3-4 less per bottle.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice light colored straw yellow brew.. a very light cloudy touch to it. Nice fingers of bubbly frothy foamy head.. settle to a thin mixed pillow and sticky foam all about the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Surprisingly an IPA aroma.. very floral and citrus-like hops over a light grainy biscuit bready malt. Not overly sweet smelling. I like that. No caramel really to be found. Some oak and dry esters sit nicely with a spicy flare that shows up late. Quite good.

Taste: (4.0)
- Grain, biscuit, bread, light sweet malts.. very floral and crisp grassy hops and citrus blended well with a slight spice and peppery character. This is a very well balanced and seemingly green IPA. Bottled with Brett? Is this an IPA to sit on awhile to get more tart and sour flavors? I don't get much in that regard other than the oak and drying flavors that brett can provide in its early stages.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A nice light bodied brew which is quite dry.. I like dry in most of my beers. It is however a little over-carbonated for me. I wouldn't mind some excessive carbonation if the Brett shined more. Not bad.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very good IPA. I don't like the price of it. There was a lot of hype around this beer, and along with the packaging.. it fell a bit short for me. Though I do not, and will not grade any of my scores on anything but the fluid. There is some nice Brett character, and a slight funk to it. It is probably the first IPA I would actually even consider aging. The base beer must be stellar, but beyond that.. a little over-done. I like the Whiteout Wit much better.

3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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Laurelwood Brewing Is Turning 11

"It's that time of the year again...our birthday celebration! The festivities are taking place at our NE Portland location on March 21st. We will also be releasing our Organic Green Mammoth Imperial IPA. Join us for the celebration and get happy hour beer prices all day*, as well as face painting, and live music by Joe Robbins from 5 pm - 9 pm.

*excludes Green Mammoth IPA"

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Humble Brewing To Release Gonzilla Imp. IPA At Plews Brews

"Named after Erik Gonzales, who is one of our old friends and Facebook fans. Erik happened to be the 60th person to buy one of our inaugural t-shirts, which earned him the right to have a beer named after him. He provided some style guidance, and will be on-hand to meet all his adoring fans, so come by and say hi! The festivities start at 7PM."

Plews Brews is a nice spot located in the St. Johns area of N. Portland. A fun beer bar with nice music venues and tastings. Come check it out for this fantastic release party!

Plews Brews
Tonight, Fri. March 9th, 7PM

8409 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Tuesday, March 6

Beer Review: Elysian Brewing 'Rapture' Heather Ale (Apocalypse Series)

"February 21 will usher in RAPTURE, an ale of opulent proportions flavored with heather tips. Unlike the various Rapture events predicted by pseudoscientists and alarmist evangelicals, the beer will be very real and frankly delicious, combining the floral fragrance and slight bite of high country heather with Northwest Glacier hops in another 7% abv beer. FALLOUT follows in March, right around the time of the vernal equinox. Fallout will be a pale ale made with green cardamom."


Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a nice clear copper color like a nice IPA. Finger of foamy white head settle to a thin spotty pillow with a bit of a ring making some lace on the glass.. overall not bad.

Smell: (3.5)
- Interesting floral aromas.. they even had drifted a few feet slowly to my nose before I even picked up the beer... like walking by someones garden on a warmer spring day in the NW. Somewhat sweet, some light grainy caramel malt, touch of brown sugar... overall pleasant.

Taste: (3.5)
- Wonderful lightly sweet floral qualities... it seems to taste very well balanced, and has the grain presence of a rather mild amber ale. Lightly bready, bit grainy and caramel-like.. some grassy and earthy hops, and a touch of spice and pepper. Kinda nice!

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Bit chewy and medium bodied.. carbonated like most basic ale yeasts.. drying from some bittering hops... and parching. Quite the bitter feel..

Overall: (4.0)
- I like how this is very different from what almost anyone else has done. I think they used just the right amount of ingredients to not make any of each overpower one another. It is still quite a bitter brew and perhaps could be classified as an IPA because of that.. but there is a nice subtle malt bill that backs it up. Not one I would recommend as a regular, but is a nice treat as a one-off.

3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Sunday, March 4

PDX Beer Geek Meetup At The Commons Plus Powered By Yeast Anniversary

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.'"
-Deep Thought, Jack Handy

It's time for another #pdxbeergeeks gathering at one of our favorite locations. You said you want to meet new people and drink more beer, so we've planned at least one meet-up a month for 2012. Now, with two super meetups behind us in January and February, we're excited to announce our third meetup of 2012.

Come hang out with us Friday, March 9th at The Commons Brewery. We'll all be helping to make sure that the dreams of Mike, Sean & Josh don't get dashed, as Jack Handy so eloquently states above. As an added bonus Mindy of Mindy's Beer Gear will be setting up shop to show of some her crafty beer upcycled accessories made from used six-pack boxes! Don't be a dream-shatterer. Do the right thing. Come hang out with us. Meet new people. Drink tasty beer.

March 9, 2012

6p - 8p

The Commons Brewery
1810 SE 10th Ave, Unit E, Portland, OR 97214
Brewery entrance is on SE Stephens
between 10th and 11th
(503) 343 - 5501

Powered by Yeast : 1st Anniversary!

Mark your calender & join Powered By Yeast as Tim Ensign celebrates the 1st Anniversary with an anniversary party at Bottles! Special rare beers, mead, wine, and custom blended drinks (confirmed so far: Black Forest Cake, Belgian Braggot, Sunshine IPA, & the Hoppy Braggot!) will be in store as Tim celebrates this special year!

"We could not have made it without our amazing producers so expect to see representation coming in from around the country including Redstone Meadery, Artisanal Imports & Fort George Brewery! CHEERS!" - Tim of Powered by Yeast

In addition, Tim went to Astoria to help brew a beer with Fort George Brewer Jack Harris for the event! 6.5% ABV IPA with tons of finishing hops called "Powered by Yeast & HOPS!"

To mark this special occasion, Tim has three events planned for the weekend of his one year anniversary:

La Trappe Vertical Tasting : Thursday, March 22, 2012
at Apex : 5p - 8p

Powered by Yeast 1st Anniversary Party: Friday, March 23, 2012
at Bottles on NE Fremont : 5:30p - 10:30p

Lambic Blending Seminar : Saturday, March 24, 2012
at Bazi : 4p - 5:30p

Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Oatmeal Porter

PORTLAND, Ore. – Feb. 28, 2012Widmer Brothers Brewing is expanding its Series 924 with the introduction of Oatmeal Porter, the first of three limited-release Series 924 beers that will be unveiled in 2012. Joining the two year-round Series 924 offerings, Pitch Black IPA and Nelson Imperial IPA, this rich porter was brewed with custom-toasted oats made specifically for Widmer Brothers by Briess Malting of Chilton, Wis. The oats, which have appropriately been dubbed “Bro-Oats,” contribute to the beer’s velvety mouth feel and distinct nutty flavors. Hints of caramel and toffee give this brew a touch of sweetness, complemented by mocha aromas and a smooth finish. Oatmeal Porter is now available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, in 22-ounce bottles and on draught nationwide.

“Oatmeal Porter is a great addition to Series 924, as it really adds balance to Nelson Imperial and Pitch Black as part of the series,” said Ben Dobler, a Widmer Brothers brewer. “We loved the idea of brewing a beer with a custom-roasted oat blend, but rather than brew the more popular oatmeal stout style, we wanted something a little different – and Oatmeal Porter turned out great.”

About Oatmeal Porter:


Malts: Pale, Bro-Oats, Munich 20L, Dark Chocolate, Special Roast
Hops: Alchemy and Cascade


Original Gravity: 14.2 P
Apparent Extract: 3.2 P
IBU: 27
ABV: 6%
Color: 60 SRM

Widmer Brothers Expands Series 924:
Widmer Brothers’ Series 924 was launched in 2011 with the intention of offering special, but accessible, high-end craft beers. Series 924 is named after the address of Widmer Brothers’ brewery building: 924 Russell Street in Portland, Ore. Established as a place for those who share a love for the art of brewing and the taste for great handcrafted beers, 924 is where brewery co-founders Kurt and Rob Widmer built a home for creative craft brewing. It’s where Widmer Brothers’ brewers brew without boundaries in the pursuit of the perfect pint, and where beer lovers come together to share and be inspired by every batch.

To date, Series 924 has included two year-round offerings: Nelson Imperial IPA and Pitch Black IPA. In an effort to showcase some of the most innovative of its brewers’ creations, Widmer Brothers Brewing is expanding Series 924 to include three additional limited-release beers. The beers will be released at different points throughout the year, beginning with Oatmeal Porter.