Tuesday, February 26

Elysian Brewing Releases New Beer: Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale

"Grok this: what if the world were an orange--a blood orange--and there were Citra and Amarillo hop cones orbiting all around it, with just a dusting of blood orange peel, and it was all, like, an atom? Heavy, right? Well dig this: just to keep things a little blurred around the edges, the mad chemists at Elysian Brewing have come up with Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale. It'll be available at groovy taverns, restaurants and stores beginning April 1 in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft. 

You've heard the story before: the Man's been throwing his weight around again, muscling people all over town with super-uninteresting beer. Enter Superfuzz, a one-beer crusade against the oppressive ordinary. He can relate to other ales, with an easygoing blend of Northwest Pale, Munich and Dextri-pils malts, but where the hops and the blood orange come in, he's a complicated guy. Worldly German Northern Brewer and Cascade bitter and flavor the beer, but it's the combination of Citra, Amarillo and Blood Orange peel in the finish, topped off with pureed and concentrated blood orange in the fermenter that land the biggest blows. Call it Orangesploitation, Superfuzz is serving notice. Starting gravity is 14°P/1.056, and alcohol a mellow 5.3% by volume."
-Dick Cantwell
Draft, 22oz Bottles, Six-Pack

Wednesday, February 6

Winter Mash Fest 2013 At Loowit Brewing

Want to check out a ton of delicious home brewed beer from locals around Vancouver? Last year I attended and there were certainly some wonderful and very complex beers available. One of a kind beers from one of a kind people! Good stuff!. This is a local word-of-mouth event, so tickets are limited.

What is Mashfest? It is a small scale, not-for-profit homebrewed beer tasting festival. It is not open to the general public, but by invitation only.  The "invitation only" part is a Washington State Liquor Control rule. 

Zwickelmania! Local Craft Brewery Open House

Hood River, Or – Ever wonder what really goes on in a brewery?  Well here’s your chance.  On Saturday, February 16th, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 5th annual Zwickelmania Brewery Open House. Hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), Zwickelmania is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers.

Four local breweries, Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, Pfriem Family Brewers and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales will be opening their brewhouse doors for the event. 

Full Sail Brewing Releases Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Hood River, Oregon –  After over a year of aging deep in the cellar of  their brewhouse, Full Sail Brewing will release their 2013 vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged offering, Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. This highly anticipated release from the Brewery’s vintage barrel series has been a Full Sail brewing tradition since 1998. Every year since, the Full Sail crew brews an imperial style dark ale and fills roughly sixty oak bourbon barrel casks, then waits patiently for a year.

According to Full Sail Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson, this beer was brewed in December of 2011 and  has since aged  in Kentucky Bourbon casks from Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam. This extended aging presents hints of vanilla and allows the Stout to pick up the flavors of the wood, bourbon and oak. The aging combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for an extraordinary and wonderful taste experience. It has a strong roasted malt character and a full body. Chocolate and caramel nuances blend with the hops for a smooth Imperial Stout. It cellars well, Limited availability in 22oz. bottles and draft. Available February 2013 until it’s gone! ABV 9.6% IBUs: 40 (Formerly known as Black Gold) 

Brewery Announces a New Video, Full Sail Brewing: Beer, Water & Responsibility

Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing has just announced the release of their latest video “Full Sail Brewing: Beer, Water & Responsibility.  A great brew begins with great water. Full Sail is located in Hood River, Oregon at the base of Mt. Hood, where pristine water literally flows from the springs on the mountain. The video was filmed at and around the brewery, celebrating both the breweries exceptionally low water use and the beauty of the environment that inspires this commitment to preserve this valuable resource.

“When we look out from our brewery we can see both the Columbia River and the snow-capped peaks beyond, highlighted up against the clear blue skies. We feel so lucky to work in this truly amazing place. It would be impossible to live and work in the Columbia River Gorge and not be inspired by the sheer beauty of the place.  It's not hard to figure out what would attract us to this setting. And it is our love for this environment that drives our sustainable practices, so pure water, local ingredients and responsible processes are poured into each and every pint,” says Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson.

Lompoc Brewing Announces Black Out Beer Fest

Come over to the Dark Side and enjoy a dozen dark beers; event is a prelude to the 7th annual Chowder Challenge

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing will host the Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 11pm at the Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature a dozen dark beers from Lompoc and special guests Breakside Brewing, Columbia River Brewing Co, The Green Dragon and Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Beers will be served throughout the Fifth Quadrant Pub, Sidebar Barrel Tasting Room, the Brewery bar and in the tented parking lot. There will also be live music and food specials. Admission into the event is free.
On tap from Lompoc will be 2008 Bourbon Barrel Aged Pagan Porter, 2009 Le Chat Noir, 69 Baltic Porter, Bourbon Barrel Aged 69 Baltic Porter, Rosemary Stout, 2011 Monster Mash, 2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash. The event will also featured the release of Lompoc's Cherry Stout, aged for 16 months in Merlot barrels with 45 pounds of sour cherries.

The Dick's Imperial Red Ale Stikes Back!

Dick’s is proud to release our highly anticipated Imperial Red again for the 2013 spring season!

CENTRALIA, WA – The wait is over. The Imperial Red is back! The Dick’s crew is happy to bring back the highly anticipated Imperial Red since its original release in 2011. The Dick’s Irish Ale will also be available this season just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!