Tuesday, January 22

Portland Brewing Company Is Back

PORTLAND, OR— An exciting change for Portland’s beer scene is quickly taking shape. The company that brews the beloved MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale and other craft beers is going back to its original name and will once again operate as Portland Brewing Company, beginning in February 2013.

The main change for consumers will be that the company, its beers and packaging will once again proudly carry the Portland Brewing Company name. Beer drinkers will still see the company’s flagship brew – MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale – continue, along with many new offerings.

Head brewer Ryan Pappe talks about his excitement around going back to Portland Brewing. “We’re excited to take a new direction that celebrates our past and sets the stage for our future as Portland Brewing Company,” Pappe said. “We brewed our first beer back in 1986 and our commitment to brewing great beer has never changed. Our consumers can expect their favorite beers to continue, and will love and be surprised by some of the new brews Portland Brewing has in store for them.”

Monday, January 14

Full Sail Brewing Company Celebrates its Employee Owners with a New Brewer’s Share Beer

Hood River, Or – Full Sail Brewing is proud to announce the release of a new beer in their Brewer’s Share Series – Vendell Veizen Weizen Bock, developed by Assistant Packaging Supervisor Wendell Bryant.  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 January.
“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.

The Festival of Dark Arts. February 16th, 2013 2-10pm

"The Festival of Dark Arts is a one-day multimedia carnival, dubbed a Carnival of Stout.  Over 30 Stouts from all over the World will be up for the tasting, mixed throughout an Astoria city block full of dark entertainment.  The Fort George Lovell Showroom will serve as our Dark Arts Gallery, complete with “Terrarium Invitational” and plenty of dark art from some top Northwest artists available for purchase.  Local tattoo artists will again be taking over the brewery to bring dark art to your skin.  Tarot card readers will read the lightness or darkness of your future.  Iron forgers will be set up in the parking lot to hammer out your iron art.  Our glass blowing neighbor will treat you to a Stout while melting your beer mug.  Fire Dancers will light up the night sky.  Belly Dancers will sway in the showroom to the tunes of sitar and drums.  Chef Dana will have prepared some dark cuisine for the Stout-soaking.  For the first time, we will open up the upstairs of the Fort George building to a stage with some of the best dark music.  It’s time to get dark."

February 16th, 2013   2-10pm
Fort George Brewing
1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Wednesday, January 9

Two Beers Brewing Launches The Alta Series

Two Beers Brewing Launches The Alta Series with Release of Limited Edition Switchback Russian Imperial Stout
Seattle-based microbrewery launches line of small batch, high-octane specialty beers on Saturday, February 2

SEATTLE (January 8, 2013) – Today, Two Beers Brewing is proud to announce the fast-approaching release of its new Alta Series on Saturday, February 2. Featuring four bold, complex ales - each reaching above 9.0 percent ABV and boasting its own distinct personality - the Alta Series has been handcrafted to offer a unique twist with every sip. Whether its the complexity obtained by aging in brandy barrels, the tartness imparted by fresh fruits or unique twist provided by a complex blend of spices, the Alta Series sets out to distinguish itself from the others and reach the upper limits. 
“This new limited edition series gives us a chance to really showcase a different side of Two Beers Brewing,” stated Joel VandenBrink, founder and head brewer at Two Beers Brewing Co. “The Alta Series is our tribute to lofty heights and to the crazy pursuit of the upper limits in life. These small batch beers truly push the envelope and are unlike anything we’ve ever created.”
The first beer released as part of Two Beers Brewing’s new Alta Series will be the Switchback Russian Imperial Stout. A style born out of the cold north and the Russian courts desire for rich, toasty brews, The Alta Series’ Russian Imperial Stout has been barrel aged in brandy barrels for six months, followed by four months of aging on Theo organic cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and bing cherries.  A deep, multilayered beer, Switchback features a 12 percent ABV, 50 IBUs and SRM of 77. Its thick, smooth body carries immense, complex flavors of coffee, plums, chocolate, cherries, vanilla and highland peat under a deep milk-chocolate creamy head. 

Sunday, January 6

Elysian Brewing Doom Golden Treacle Pale (12 Beers Of The Apocalypse Series #12)

"With the Mayan Calendar ending and superstitiously the world, we wanted to remind you of a beer release.

As the latest and last beer in the vaunted apocalypse series, Doom Golden Treacle Pale Ale will soon be upon you. But instead of performing a quick ‘copy – paste’ from a prepared Press Release, we thought we would allow - Dick Cantwell"

Friday, January 4

Beer Review: 21st Amendment Brewing Sneak Attack Saison

"You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didn’t expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. We’re sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.

Sneak Attack is our late winter seasonal beer available from January through March in six pack cans and on draft. The perfect antidote to the big beers of winter, Sneak Attack is crisp, dry and palate cleansing. It pairs perfectly with the rich and warming foods of winter: Bouillabaise, sausages, smoked meats and full flavored cheeses."

Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged 30th Anniversary Bigfoot Barleywine

Here's the buzz. This was slated to be released earlier, but for unknown reasons (legal issues I believe) the beer has been slated for this year. All I know is that I want my hands on it, because I love the beer, and I feel the best beers to barrel-age are either barleywines, or wheats.

"Here’s a new release from Sierra Nevada that I can’t wait to try. Today we have the 750ml bottle label for Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale aged in Whiskey Barrels. This beer celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bigfoot by aging the popular Barleywine in oak whiskey casks for 2-years! Look for this bad boy to come in at 11.8% ABV."

"Over a beer with Sierra Nevada brewer Terrance Sullivan earlier this year, he told me about plans to release a barrel aged edition of Bigfoot in 2012. The North Carolina build tentatively pushed this release into 2013, but the plans remain intact. Sierra obtained a mixture of whiskey barrels (Jack Daniels, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam) for this project. 750 is the bottle size and the labels are painted."

My understanding is that the release won't get distributed to all of their spots on the map. As well, it will only be about a quarter of the production of previous barrel-aged projects.  Any other insight and info would be greatly appreciated.

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013 Coming To The U.S. 1st Time This Spring

After 5 years of making Belgians extremely happy with their special seasonal release a dry-hop version of SAISON DUPONT, Vanberg & DeWulf and Brasserie Dupont are now able to make American drinkers equally happy. Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2013 will be available this May only featuring the famous TRISKEL hop varietal from Alsace.
Triskel is bred from the French Strissespalt and English Yeoman hops. Dupont’s master brewer Oliver Dedeycker describes it as “combining the aromatic notes, mainly floral, of Strisselspalt with the fruity character of Yeoman.” The unusual name, Triskel, was apparently inspired by triskelion, the symbol of the Gauls, those beer drinking ancestors of the French, which represents the three elements: Earth, Air and Water.
Cuvee 2013 will be available in the following formats and pricing:
case 12x75cl (please note bottles will be brown to better preserve dry-hop aroma and flavor)
20L Microstar kegs
30L KeyKegs.
Distributors in the Vanberg & DeWulf network will be able to preorder their supplies of Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping only in January for delivery in April.
97 ON RATEBEER: Described as ” very dense and persistent yellow-tinted head, leaving classical lacerings over hazy orange beer with a mossy sheen. Hop power – if a bit fleetingly – with white candi sugar, and very yeasty esters. Hop presence very clear – but no USA hops, mind you, not citrussy at all. Fresh cucumber flavour, as well as wheaty grain, and mild fruit acids in the finish. Extremely refreshing, well-carbonated, light to medium body.”

Beer Review: Stone Brewing Vertical Epic 12.12.12

"As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertival Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition.

This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it. The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though: this edition is particularly well-suited for prolonging the experience, as it’s as cellarable as any in the series, or more. In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balance *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer…but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. Thanks for coming on this Epic Stone-style journey with us! You can rest assured there will be new adventures to come…"

Thursday, January 3

Beer Review: Southern Tier Brewing Krampus Imperial Helles

Brewed with the spirit of Krampus, the fanged, goat-horned bully that is, as European tradition suggests, the evil sidekick of St. Nicholas and enforcer of ‘the list.’ While St. Nick delivers presents to the good boys and girls, Krampus is there to punish the naughty children. This Christmas season, enjoy a Krampus Imperial Helles Lager and decide whether you are naughty or nice. Finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days, it is the medley of rich, dark malts and aromatic hops that make this a diabolical brew, threatening to warm even the most frigid of hearts.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty when paired with Thai food, sharp cheddar cheese, roasted turkey, beef.

AVAILABILITY: Holiday Seasonal, November release / 22oz / 1/6 keg

Tuesday, January 1

Beer Review: Full Sail Brewing Nut Brown (Pub Series)

Nut Brown Ale – A smooth, malty & easy drinking dark beer.

After a long day on the mountain carving turns in deer powder, snowboarders and skiers make their way down the mountain to warm up and relive all those great runs in our pub. Our British style nut brown ale helps fuel the stories of deep powder and epic yard sales. The combination of 2 row pale, crystal and chocolate malts impart an array of malt and chocolate flavors in a medium bodied ale with an extremely smooth palate. Brown Ale drinks easy. Fuggle and Mt.Hood hops contribute a slightly spicy aroma and finish to complement this beer’s malt character.

ABV 6.0% IBU: 31