Wednesday, October 31

Upright Brewing Beer Releases & Blazer Madness

Tasting Room Opens Before Trailblazers Home Games

It's that time of the year again when our NBA team the Portland Trailblazers start their season and we open the Tasting Room before their home games. The regular season kicks off this Wednesday when the Blazers take on the LA Lakers at the Rose Garden. Before this game and every other home game the Tasting Room will be open 6pm until tipoff (7 or 730pm) for your pregaming cheap beers. Check out the full schedule here.

Fort George Brewing Kicks Off No-Shave-November

No Shave November!

No Shave November kicks off the day after Halloween!  The best beard after one November's amount of beard growth wins an official "Bearded Mug" in the Fort George SOLD OUT Mug Club for the year.  The culmination of No Shave November will take place on December 1st, "Mug Club Day," when we vote for the No Shave November Champ.  Mug Club renewers will get their Mug Club Day mug fill on the house, with Customer Appreciation Day mug prices after that.  There will be live entertainment, and plenty of awkward beard growth.

Friday, October 26

F.H. Steinbart Co. Hosts Learn To Homebrew Day Event

Portland, Oregon • 10/10/2012 — Homebrewing is easy and fun, which is why F.H. Steinbart Co. is hosting an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day event. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 10:00am, November 3, 2012.

Organized by the AHA, Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event held on the first Saturday of November. Since 1999, thousands of homebrewers have gathered each year to teach friends and family the basics of the homebrewing hobby.

F.H. Steinbart Co. is happy to invite anyone interested in homebrewing to stop by from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 3, 2012 to join the fun! There will be a free brewing demonstration as well as question and answer time with one of our Homebrew experts and refreshments.

Don't Forget Tonight's Night Of The Living Ales!

3rd annual Night of the Living Ales - Halloween Extravaganza!
Friday October 26th $10 8pm - 1am 
The 3rd annual Night of the Living Ales is the ultimate Halloween extravaganza designed around everything that makes Portland and Halloween great - craft beers,  burlesque, costume contests, go-go dancers and the album release for local hometown favorite Boy Eats Drum Machine.

Taking place Friday October 26th under a large tent on 7th and E. Burnside outside of Burnside Brewing Co. NOTLA celebrates everything crafty and fun about Halloween from special cocktails at the full bar to elaborate fun decor by Bloke designs, killer music from Boy Eats Drum Machine and unique hand-crafted beers you wont find anywhere else from the likes of Burnside Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, Upright Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Bushwhacker Cidery, Lompoc Brewing and more.

Guests can expect the best entertainment for their $10 imaginable:

Live music from the likes of Boy Eats Drum Machine who releases his latest - The Battle, at NOTLA.

Deschutes Brewery Adds New Year-Round Brew

October 22, 2012 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery honors its namesake Central Oregon river with a brand-new, year-round beer dubbed Deschutes River Ale. The new brew, which underwent several experimental batches at the brewery’s pubs over the past few months, will hit shelves in the spring of 2013. The beer will be released in six-packs and draft to craft beer fans across the western United States and Canada.

“This is a very approachable beer.  We’ve been looking forward to releasing it for a long time,” said Brian Faivre, brewmaster for Deschutes. “With a drinkability that compares to session ales – which continue to grow in popularity – Deschutes River Ale definitely puts our own twist on this style.”

Deschutes Brewery took its company name from the Deschutes River which winds through the brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon. The name, “Riviere des Chutes,” originated with French trappers who were early settlers in the region. The brewery has long supported the river with programs such as the newly released Deschutes River Recordings, an indie music project which donates money to a local conservancy organization dedicated to protecting the health of the river.

Deschutes River Ale underlines the importance of the river to the culture and inspiration that has fed Deschutes beers for nearly a quarter century. It is a well-balanced and refreshing ale, full of Cascade and Crystal hop character, malt poise and a large helping of craft passion. (ABV: 3.9%; IBUs: 28)

Friday, October 12

Brewvana Beer Tours Presents Belgian Inspired Tour & Pumpkin Beer Inspired Tour

Belgian Inspired Beer Tour:

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 12, 2012) Belgian has inspired brewers and beer drinkers, creating a following for their distinctive brews. BREWVANA Brewery Tours has taken that inspiration and created a tour for die hard Belgian beer lovers and Belgian beer novices alike. The tour will take place Saturday, October 20th from 12:00 – 5:30 pm, visiting pFriem Family Brewing, Bazi Bierbrasserie and North 45 Pub.

The tour will begin with a ride to Hood River to visit pFriem Family Brewing, the new Belgian-inspired brewery that has been rated “best new brewery” by Sip Northwest Magazine. After beer sampling and appetizers the tour returns to Portland to visit two Belgian beer bars, Bazi Bierbrasserie and North 45 Pub. Both stops will be sampling an assortment of locally made Belgian beers as well as those from abroad served along with additional appetizers.

Tickets for BREWVANA’s Belgian Inspired Beer Tour are $89/person and include transportation, all food and beer, pretzel necklace, tasting journal and Pilsner glass. Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance. To register, please call BREWVANA at 503-729-6804 or visit

Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Party

Thursday, October 11

Beer Review: Oakshire Brewing Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter

(Eugene, OR) – Pumpkins have been part of America’s brewing tradition since Colonial days, when pumpkin-brewed beers would have accompanied seasonal fall foods. Oakshire Brewing continues this long-time American tradition with their second release of award-winning Big Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter.

“Big Black Jack gives people a rich, warming beer that brings to mind the pleasures and foods of autumn,” explains Matt Van Wyk, Brewmaster at Oakshire Brewing, Eugene, OR. “We recommend pairing it with seasonal favorite foods such as spicy Indian and Mexican dishes, molé, smoked goose, buttery aged cheddar, Irish cheeses, Gouda cheese, chocolate and peanut butter cookies, toasted coconut, pumpkin tarts and chocolate soufflés.”

Part of Oakshire’s Single-Batch Beer Series, Big Black Jack became a fall favorite when it was originally released in 2011. The Imperial Porter also gained industry recognition, when it won the 2012 North American Brewing Awards Gold Medal for Hybrid Beers.

Brewers used a patent-pending technique to roast farm-fresh pumpkins from Winter Green Farm in Noti and Stahlbush Island Farms in Corvallis. Big Black Jack has been brewed with other ingredients that evoke fall: toasted pumpkin seeds, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. The end result is a rich, dark brown Imperial porter with aromas of classic pumpkin pie spices that meld with dark cocoa notes. This malt-forward ale begins with flavors of cinnamon and chocolate, highlighted by toasty and chocolate flavors from specialty malts. This medium-bodied beer is a warming autumn delight at 7.5% ABV.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2012, Big Black Jack will be available for a limited time on draft and in 22-oz. bottles throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho.

Migration Brewing Introduces Beer Series - 3 Big Beers

The Migrator Series: New beers. Unique ingredients. Off the wall yeasts. Experimentation. Single batch. Collaborations. No limits. Release parties. Music.

We are a craft brewery on a mission for great beer.

Big Beer #1: The 1st of three Big Beers for our Migrator Series: The Scottish Tartan is cedar in color with a rich and plump mouth feel followed by delicate notes of sweet toasted smoked grains. Utilizing high mash temps and cool fermentation of premium European malts, we bring you this unique single batch big beer.

This lovely fall seasonal will be released Saturday September 13th @4pm. We will be offering $10 pitchers from 4-6pm so grab a friend and stop by to embrace the season’s change and enjoy this Scotch Ale even a Scotsman would be proud of.

Full Sail Celebrates the Holidays with Four Winter Beers

Hood River, Or – In Hood River, every year a few undeniable signs signal when winter is at the doorstep. The cool east winds begin to blow, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams get a white blanket of fresh powder, and the snow report for the backcountry regains its trance-like hold. But most of all, we know its winter because Full Sail holiday beers start flowing once again.

“It all began back in 1988 when we began our tradition of holiday brewing with Wassail. Traditionally, these beers were a bit more of everything - malt, hops and alcohol - to emphasize a brewery’s appreciation for its customers and to reflect the richness of the holiday season. So it is with Wassail and all our holiday offerings. Choosing our ingredients for Wassail is like taking time to choose the perfect gift. Each year we carefully select the best hops and malts to brew this special beer. This year’s Wassail is brewed with a range of caramel malts and dark chocolate malts giving it a deep mahogany color and a full malty body, perfect for the holidays. We used a blend of European noble hops and Pacific Northwest aroma hops for a pleasantly hoppy finish creating a deliciously balanced beer that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. It's like our own little Christmas miracle,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster.  Wassail will be available in 6 packs and on draft from October through December. ABV 7% IBU 56

Monday, October 8

Widmer Bros. Brewing Releases Four Beers Perfect For The Winter Season

Seasonal shift introduces SXNW, Milk Stout, Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’12 and
Brrr Seasonal Ale

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 2, 2012 With the cold-weather months just around the corner, Widmer Brothers Brewing is releasing four beers to help you warm up with a cold one. The new beers offer a range of flavors, colors and textures meant to satisfy your thirst after a cold day on the slopes or a day spent lounging by the fire.

“As we head into fall and winter, our brewers start thinking about rich, complex beers that warm from within,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of the brewery. “We have some new brews with unique flavor profiles that fit the bill, like our chocolaty SXNW ale and our roasty Milk Stout. We’re also bringing back some brewery favorites with Brrr, our seasonal Northwest red, and Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’12, our latest vintage release.”

Saturday, October 6

Loowit Brewing Opening Date Announced

The much anticipated Loowit Brewing has announced a taproom opening date of Oct. 19th. A Grand Opening party will take place Nov. 2nd from 4pm to closing.

They just had a 2nd brew day and the beers are coming. No more making beer in others tanks. It's all them now, and I look forward to heading down there to find a nice place to frequent often and call home.

I had a chance to try their ESB and thought it was a fantastic beer. Can't wait for the others.

507 Columbia St, Vancouver, Washington

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Deschutes Brewery Adds New Fresh Hop Beer To Lineup

Deschutes Brewery Adds New Fresh Hop Beer to Lineup

Experimental Bond Street Series welcomes “Chasin’ Freshies” Fresh Hop IPA this October

October 2, 2012 – Bend, Oregon – Born in a mountain resort town, Deschutes Brewery knows what it’s like to be endlessly in pursuit of untouched perfection – chasing pristine powder slopes on mountain flanks.

In similar fashion, Deschutes Brewery chased the perfect hops for this new beer – growing heirloom Cascade hops from the original plant strain at Willamette Valley’s Goschie Farms. Chasin’ Freshies, which was first brewed at its Bend Brew Pub, is a nod to the snow enthusiasts the brewery has welcomed for the last two-plus decades at its downtown gathering spot.

Thursday, October 4

Beer Review: Full Sail 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.

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