Monday, March 25

Widmer Brothers Launches Alchemy Ale

Brewery Showcases Alchemy Hops in Latest Year-Round Release

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mar. 25, 2013 –Widmer Brothers Brewing has introduced the newest addition to its year-round, core line-up: Alchemy Ale, a beer that features the brewery’s proprietary Alchemy hop blend.

The Alchemy hop blend was developed by a local hop merchant and Widmer Brothers brewers in 2006, and has become a key ingredient in every Widmer Brothers beer. Since its development, the brewing team has experimented with a variety of recipes designed to showcase the unique characteristics of the super high alpha Alchemy hop blend. After exploring several recipes, hop additions and styles, the recipe for Alchemy Ale emerged as a favorite among Widmer Brothers brewers.

Wednesday, March 20

Beer Review: Deschutes Brewing Deschutes River Ale

"Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci.

Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal.

Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal
Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget

Releasing March 4th in 6-packs and draft."

Golden/Blonde Ale
Alc. 4% | IBUs 28
140 Calories, 12 oz serving

Friday, March 15

Deschutes Brewery Releases First Class of ’88 Collaboration Beer

Class of ’88 Barley Wine is the first beer in the series, brewed by Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Co. and Rogue Ales to celebrate their shared 25th anniversary

12 March 2013 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company and Rogue Ales have teamed up to create a traditional barley wine as the first in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ’88 collaboration series. The series will include a number of commemorative beers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of craft breweries around the country that were founded in 1988.

The Class of ’88 Barley Wine was based on the guidelines published in renowned beer connoisseur Fred Eckhardt’s The Essentials of Beer Style, which was originally published in 1988. Each of the three breweries working on the project brewed their own interpretation of that original recipe.  The three resulting barley wines have a common heritage and ingredients, and brewers from Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company and Rogue Ales teamed up at each respective location to brew the beer(s).

“Working collaboratively to create this barley wine has been an adventure for all of us,” said Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery. He spent time at both Rogue and North Coast as they brewed their versions of the beer together. “Sharing ideas and partnering to celebrate this landmark date in our shared histories promises to result in some extraordinary beer. The best part of the process, for me, was the camaraderie experienced spending time at each other’s facilities.”

Tuesday, March 12

Ninkasi Brewing Company Releases New Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout in 22oz. Bottles

Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout Available on Shelves Year-Round Starting in March

EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 28, 2013—Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the debut of its new Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, available on shelves in 22oz. bottles starting in March and remaining on shelves year-round throughout the entire Ninkasi distribution footprint. As a new member of the Ninkasi Flagship Series, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout will offer customers a tasty, more decadent alternative to the favored Oatis Oatmeal Stout.

“Aged on whole natural vanilla beans, Vanilla Oatis is a unique and delicious take on our traditional Oatmeal Stout,” explains Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company co-founder.

To create this brew, whole vanilla beans from Eugene’s Singing Dog Vanilla were added to the fermentation tank, essentially dry-hopping the beer with an intoxicating vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout will take the place of its predecessor, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, as the newest Ninkasi offering available in 22oz. bottles. Oatis Oatmeal Stout will remain on draft and in 12oz. bottles but will only be found in 22oz. bottles in Ninkasi’s mixed 4-packs throughout the year. 

Celebrate By The Bottles 7 Year Anniversary

By the Bottle 7th Anniversary Events

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
20% discount on selected beers throughout the bottle shop, including Vintage Ales, noon to 9pm.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Stone Brewing Company Vertical Epic, EPIC Tasting Event
6p to 8p
Tasting fee: $10.00, cash only
To our knowledge, there has been no other tasting event of this kind at any other bottle shop in our area. Please join us and Erin Grey Kemplin, with Stone Brewing, to sample her Stone's Epic series of beers that were only brewed once, and will never be brewed again.

The Stone Vertical Epic Series are beers that were designed by Stone Brewing to be enjoyed over the years to experience how beers cellar and evolve over time. If you are cellaring any of Stone Brewing's Vertical Epic series of beers and have wondered, "What's this tasting like now the time I should open it?" Well, now is your chance to sample them without having to open up your own personal stash-what a fantastic opportunity!

These Vertical Epic vintage years will be available for sampling: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Special pricing for these bottles, to go, or to consume on-site, will be available during the tasting. Oh my goodness! For vertical tasting notes on these vintage ales, click here.

Rogue Ales St. Patricks Day Rogue Nation Warehouse Sale

Widmer Brothers and Portland Timbers Limited Edition Release

Green & Gold Kölsch Brings Together Portland Craft Beer and Soccer

PORTLAND, Ore. – Feb. 28, 2013 Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Timbers Army have teamed up to brew Green & Gold Kölsch, a limited-edition beer for the 2013 Portland Timbers season. The new beer will be available throughout the Portland area, and in select markets in Oregon and Southwest Washington, beginning on March 3, opening day for this year’s Portland Timbers season.

Green & Gold Kölsch is the creation of longtime Timbers Army member Abram Goldman-Armstrong, who won the “Full 90” category of the 2012 Timbers Army Homebrew Competition with this recipe. Goldman-Armstrong has been brewing variations of the Kölsch style since becoming acquainted with it in its native Cologne, Germany, while attending the 2006 World Cup; he entered his latest version of the style into the competition, which incorporated his homegrown Hallertauer hops.