Thursday, September 27

Beer Review: Full Sail 25th Anni. Pale Doppelbock

Grabbed this up at a local Fred Meyer and it was even on sale...  a brand new special brew from one of my favorite breweries..  go figure.

"It’s been 25 years since we brewed up our first batch of beer and to celebrate we have crafted “25,” a pale doppelbock to celebrate this special occasion: the brewery’s 25th anniversary. The Full Sail crew invites you to join us in toasting to “25” in Hood River on September 27, 2012 at our Tasting Room & Pub at 5:00pm. At 6:00pm the celebration will continue with a toast and tapping of “25” and a showcase of Full Sail beers at Portland’s iconic Horse Brass Pub, a place that helped nurture and grow craft beer and Full Sail for the last 25 years."


Tuesday, September 25

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates The Hop Harvest With Fresh Hop Hopfenfrisch Pilsner

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates the Hop Harvest with Fresh Hop Hopfenfrisch Pilsner
Brewed with Salmon Safe Hops

Hood River, Or – Located in the heartland of hops, every year the Full Sail brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for hop harvest and the chance to celebrate by brewing fresh hop beers. When the hops are at their peak, the Full Sail brewers truck out to the hop fields to collect the aromatic bounty. These seasonal wonders will go from field to brew kettle within a matter of hours and the magic begins.  This year, Full Sail celebrates the season’s first hops with Hopfenfrisch, a Pilsner style lager, showcasing the Perle hop variety. "This beer highlights the brewer’s art as well as nature’s gift,” said Full Sail Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson. The hops were locally grown at Sodbuster’s Hop Farm, which is a Salmon Safe certified hop grower.

“As brewers we are always reliant on nature’s bounty, from the quality of the barley harvest to how the hops weathered through the Oregon summer. But no moment brings this relationship to sharper focus than our fresh hop beers.  When we brew with fresh hops, timing is everything,” added Emmerson. “There’s such a small window of time to take advantage of these fresh hops. We need to get them into the brew kettle within hours of picking while their oils and resins are still at their peak. It takes five to seven times more hops to brew a fresh hop beer, but it’s absolutely worth it. There are distinct flavors and aromas that you can only get brewing with fresh hops.”

Thursday, September 13

#pdxbeergeeks©: Portland Beer Week presents the Fresh Hops Worksho...

#pdxbeergeeks©: Portland Beer Week presents the Fresh Hops Worksho...: Portland Beer Week presents Fresh Hops Workshop Saturday September 22nd $10.50 advanced tix at Saraveza's Bad H...

Rogue Farms Pumpkin Harvest

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By The Bottle Hosting Heathen Brewing During Upcoming 'Drink This!' Event

Drink This! is an event celebrating artisanal beverages that are made right here in the heart of Vancouver. Various sites throughout the down town area will be showcasing these beverages from 4p to 9p, this Saturday, September 15th from 4p to 9p. Think ARTWALK for drinks: some hot, some cold, others with alcohol, and non-alcohol beverages, too.
By the Bottle is excited to host Heathen Brewery, one of Vancouver's newest breweries. Sunny Parsons, founder and co-brewer of Heathen, was a homebrewer with a dream for seven years. In November of 2011, Sunny actualized his dream by acquiring his professional brewer's license, and, so far, doesn't appear to be looking back.

Heathen recently made an appearance at the Vancouver Brewfest, but the beers Heathen will be showcasing at By the Bottle are new. So,if you  already checked out Heathen's brews at the festival, this is another chance to further study their beer library. Sunny will be pouring an Imperial IPA called Son of Malice, (Malice was at the brewfest) and a Pale Wheat Ale called Chillaxe. This is a hoppier pale that starts out with wheat notes, but the hops give the wheat the kabosh in the end.
There is a chance that Sunny's co-brewer, Rodney Striker, will be joining us as well. That little heathen hasn't committed. On a similar note, Sunny named his brewery Heathen Brewing in honor of his Grandfather who used to call all of the grandkids heathens when they would be running around all crazy.
Drink This! is a great opportunity to check out Heathen's brews because their facility, near the Salmon Creek area, is not open to the public. You can order growlers and kegs online and then make an appointment for will call.
Also, on line, you can sign-up to attend Heathen's Grand Opening party on the 22nd. There is an adult party, and a kid friendly one, too.
While you're at By the Bottle please support our neighbors and the lovely beverages that they will be offering during the festivities. Most of the participants are located up and down Main Street and you can find all of the participants and their addresses on Facebook, here.
An Artisanal Beverage Event
DATE: Saturday, 9/15/12 
TIME: 4p-9p
LOCATION: Various locations  
Previous blog post of the event and newsletter HERE.

Hop & Vine And Saraveza Present Fire & Brimstone Fest

Fire & Brimstone, an annual celebration of chili and smoke beers, is returning to Portland for a second go, this time in two locations. North Portland’s The Hop & Vine will be joined by street-mate Saraveza this weekend.

Local favorites like Burnside’s Sweet Heat and Breakside’s Smokey Porter will join offerings from national stars like Dogfish Head and Stone, who will be, in turn, be joining international heavy hitters like Mikkeller and the aforementioned Schlenkerla. Between them, the two bars will be serving 17+ unique and diverse chili and smoke (and, in some cases) brews from all over the globe!

Pedicab transport will be provided by PDX Pedicab to participants between the locations, but if participants choose to walk, they can easily follow the chiles on “the smoke trail”, a path of smokin’ chile peppers painted along the Killingsworth sidewalk to guide the way!!!

Both venues will also be open for regular business.


  • Aecht Schlenkerla Oak/Smoke Dopplebock
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
  • Breakside Smokey Porter
  • Gigantic Hot Town, Summer in the City
  • Burnside Sweet Heat
  • Mikkeller Chipotle Porter
  • Oakshire Smokin’ Dubbel
  • Widmer SxNW
  • Widmer Smoke on the Lager
  • 10Barrel Rauchbier
  • Fort George Hellcat
  • Wandering Aengus Chili Cider
  • Dogfish Head Theobrama
  • Heater Allen Smoky Bobtoberfest
  • Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle
  • Schmaltz/Terrapin Reunion ’11
  • Alaskan Smoked Porter ’10
  • Emelisse Rauchbier

Wednesday, September 12

2012 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $30 Million For Local Economy


A recently completed study estimates the economic impact
of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sept. 12, 2012 - A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2012 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) on the local economy at $30 million. This was the second year that Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Oregon University, and his Politics and Beer class conducted a survey on the grounds of the festival.

Dense and his students administered 680 on-site interviews at Tom McCall Waterfront Park between July 26 and July 28, 2012. Dense then utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning), a data and software package, to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County.  He determined that the 2012 OBF generated $21.15 Million in direct and $8.87 Million in indirect economic output.

"The Oregon Brewers Festival has a profound impact on the local economy," explained Dense. "Although the tourism industry is the primary beneficiary of the OBF, a wide range of local industries economically benefit from the country's largest outdoor beer festival."

Respondents were queried on demographic factors, along with estimates of OBF related expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, and expenditures at OBF.

Findings of the study include:
  • The $8.9 Million indirect economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival affects 91 local industry sectors more than $10,000.
  • More than 350 jobs were created as a result of the OBF.
  • The 2012 OBF generated a total added value of $11.8 Million.
  • Visiting OBF patrons spent an average of $649.
  • Accommodations ($9.31 Million) and food and drink ($7.96 Million) accounted for the majority of OBF visitor expenditures.
  • The majority of OBF patrons were out-of-town visitors.
  • Nearly a third (30.3%) of OBF attendees participated in beer tourism during their visit, visiting area breweries and brewpubs.
  • More than half of OBF patrons (52.1%) were attending the festival for the first time.
  • Women accounted for a significant percentage (33%) of OBF attendees.
  • While 21-29 year old attendees constitute the largest age demographic (30.2%) of OBF patrons, the 50+ crowd has a significant presence (26%) at the festival.  
The recent study replicated the 2011 Oregon Brewers Festival analysis, which estimated the estimated economic impact of the festival at $23.2 Million. A series of methodological adjustments - including moving So. Washington out of the local category - along with the full implementation of the IMPLAN software, provided a more robust and accurate estimate of the economic impact of this year's festival.

The OBF always takes place the last full weekend in July, and annually draws 80,000 visitors from around the world.  The 26th annual event will take place July 25 through July 28, 2013. For more information, visit  

Thursday, September 6

Hops 'N Pops & Salmon Creek Meet The Brewer Events

By the Bottle HOPS 'N POPS    
 First Friday, 9/7/12, from 5p to 7p, $5 Taste fee
Stop by for an Imperial IPA and Pop Chips Tasting Event
The New Salmon Creek:
Meet the New Brewmaster
First Friday, 9/7/12, from 6p to 9p,
savor $3 pints of Salmon Creek brews

Hops 'n Pops Tasting Menu
Laughing Dog Imperial IPA  
Malts are a little less sweet in this hop bomb, allowing the piney-hop character to pack plenty of  a hop punch
8% ABV, 127 IBU
Paired with Chile Lime Potato Pop Chips 
HUB Ace of Spades Imperial IPA  
Huge spicy and citrus hop aroma and flavor with a deep bitterness and alcohol bites, a hopped-out beast  
9.2% ABV, 100+ IBU
Paired with Jalapeno Potato Pop Chips  
Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA  
Esquire Magazine said, "perhaps the best I.P.A. in America." An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with notes of malt, brandied fruitcake, raisins, and  citrus.
9% ABV, 90 IBU  
Paired with Barbecue Pop Chips

Mendocino Brewing Imperial IPA  
A full body delivers the perfect balance of heady bitterness and luxuriant sweetness  
8% ABV.   
Paired with Sweet Potato Pop Chips

Meet the New Brewer at the New Salmon Creek
Brewery & Pub

Thomas Munoz, Salmon Creek's new brewer will be working the room on Friday night. Tom is a very decorated brewer not just with the medals he has won in the brewing industry, but with his personality, charm, and good looks!

Tom has been a dear friend of ours for many years, and when we learned of his availability to brew again, it was right at the time that Salmon Creek was in need for their new brewer, so we quickly snatched him up. You may not see Tom around a lot because he lives in the Seattle area, and is only able to commute at this time. When he's here, he's busy brewin'! 
So, this Friday he will be able to join you in the brewpub or the patio just to say "hey" and tip a glass or two. Stop by to say,"hi" and get yourself a $3 pint of any Salmon Creek brew: Weizenbock, Porter, India Red Ale, Extra Pale Ale, or a Belgian Blonde.

Some New Local Red IPA Releases

VALHALLA - A Beer to Wake the Dead 

In Asgard, the home of the Viking gods, battle is one way to spend the day. And after a bout of hewing, hacking and hammering away at one's brother and sister deities all it takes to spring up good as new is a horn full of ale. Valhalla, the latest in Elysian's Manic IPA series, is just such a beer. Distinctive specialty malts add a gory touch to an IPA hopped with rare and precious Sorachi Ace and Citra hops. Its unique flavors and intense bitterness will set your helm ringing and lend vigor to your sword arm.

The Manic IPA series gives Elysian's crack team of brewers the chance to indulge their bitter bone, employing massive amounts of such unusual hop varieties as Nelson Sauvin, Citra and the Sorachi Ace grown exclusively by Virgil Gamache Farms. Elysian was one of the first US breweries to check out Sorachi Ace, back when the Gamaches had grown only three plants. It has made its appearance in such other Elysian favorites as Konishiki, Loser and Yuzu's Golden Ale. It lends a resinously tropical note to any beer it touches.

Valhalla brings the tradition of the drinking hall of the Norse gods to selected taverns, restaurants and stores in the Northwest, Colorado and Elysian's East Coast markets. Available on draft and in 22-oz. bottles, Valhalla will gird its fans against the shortening days of fall and on into winter. Oct.- Dec. 2012

Migration Brewing:

An Elegant Yet Powerful Red IPA

Better Off Red IPA: Migration Brewing is proud to announce the release of our newest beer, Better Off Red IPA. Rather than naming the beer in house we decided to let those following us on Facebook give it a crack. We were not disappointed with the clever name Better Off Red created by Karen James. Cease and Desist or C&D IPA came a very close second from PDXbeergeeks Michael Umphress.

This Red IPA will be released Saturday September 15th, perfect timing for the seasons change. To celebrate, Migration will be offering $3 pints beginning at 12PM for kickoff between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders at 12:30PM. This party would not be complete without “where’s my $2” pints during the cult classic “Better Off Dead” for everyone’s viewing, quoting, and heckling pleasures at 6PM.

Better Off Red IPA:

“What’s a little boy like you doing with a big boy IPA like this” –Better Off Red

This Red IPA made with 4 different hops continuously added through the boil supplies a fruity and resinous profile; a hop punch made for the Northwest.

ABV: 8.5%
IBU: 85

Migration’s Weekly Events:

Monday’s: Every Monday $3.00 Pints all day 11am-12am
Tuesday’s: BINGO $2 per card winner takes all, games @ 7 and 8PM
Thursday’s: Brews and Boulders, Boulder at either of “The Circuit’s” bouldering gyms and enjoy HH beer, food and climbing movies all night.
Sunday’s: $8.00 growler fills all day on Sundays,
ALSO Whistlepig string band will now be playing every Sunday night from 7 to 9pm.

Drink This! Celebrating Artisan Beverages In The Heart Of Vancouver

"The central Vancouver Artisan beverage makers will be hosting DrinkThis!, a coordinated event between 17 businesses celebrating the many craft beverages made right locally. What makes this event unique is that the actual makers will be present to give live demonstrations and answer questions about their craft.

 The event will include 2 wineries, 3 breweries, 4 coffee roasters, and a tea blender. The stroll stretches from 6th Street to 20th Street in the central Vancouver corridor. Businesses will be open extra hours offering unique and special tastings. Live music will be in some venues as well.

This is an open event with the mission of raising awareness in the community of the burgeoning craft beverage industry here in Vancouver. Participants can begin at any of the businesses where they can pick up a map to plan their evening and be sure to hit all of the locations. For more information, link to our Facebook page: "

Sunday, September 2

Full Sail Brewing Company Celebrates its Employee Owners with another Brewer’s Share Beer – Big Daddy J’s Malt Liquor

Hood River, Or – Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the release of another beer in their Brewer’s Share Series – Big Daddy J’s Malt Liquor, developed by Assistant Brewing Supervisor, Jason Muñoz.  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 beer will be released in 22oz. bottles and on draft in September. 
“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.

As a new dad and a graduate of Oregon State University’s Brewing Sciences program, Jason celebrates his inner college student and his new station in life with Big Daddy J. Big Daddy J is a malt liquor that is perfectly balanced so that it's clean and drinkable smoothness makes that 8% alcohol go down so easily. It’s golden in color and hopped with Hallertau Hersbrucker hops, IBU 28. BDJ redefines what malt liquor can be when brewed by a very talented craft brewer and new dad.                                                 
 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).

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. Jason has chosen to support Helping Hands Against Violence who is dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by focusing attention on said issues through education and outreach.

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), Phil’s Existential Alt and Chris’s Summer Delight. Full Sail will release one Brewer’s Share at a time and a new beer will be released for each season.

About Full Sail Brewing Company:
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Wassail, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 25 years.  Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 29 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.  Visit us online at  or on Facebook and Twitter.