Dates Set For 2019 Bend Brewfest

I love Washington beer.  We have some truly incredible breweries here in Washington state; some of the best in the nation in my humble opinion and, while I try to drink local as much as I can, I don’t limit myself to drinking beers from Washington exclusively.  Our neighbor to the South, Oregon, also has some of the nation’s best breweries and I enjoy beers from them regularly.

Some of my favorite Oregon breweries are from the Bend area, which is why I’m pleased to announced that dates have been set for the 2019 Bend Brewfest.  This year’s festival will take place on August 15th thru the 17th in the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

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Spend New Year’s With Worthy Brewing

Do you know how you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve this year?  I usually spend mine at home with some craft beers from my cellar, my family and my dogs – who really don’t like the fireworks we always seem to get in our neighborhood.  If you’re fortunate to not have anxiety-riddled doggies to babysit or if you haven’t made plans yet and are looking for some ideas (and if you’ll be down in Bend, OR), Worthy Brewing Company has an event you might be interested in.

On New Year’s Eve this year, Worthy Brewing is hosting a 5-course beer (or wine) pairing dinner, featuring a cocktail hour before dinner, live music throughout the whole evening, dancing after dinner and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

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Breakside Rounds Out 2018 With Quiescence

Breakside Brewery out of Portland Oregon has a pretty diverse portfolio.  I’ve had quite a few of their beers over the years; everything from their IPAs to their Stouts and Sours and, for the most part, they’ve been pretty solid.

More recently, Breakside has been working to expand their barrel-aged Sour program.  Perhaps you’ve had their In the City of Flowers or their popular Qualia (one of my favorites of the series).  Now, as 2018 draws to a close, Breakside is preparing to release Quiescence – a blend of 13 casks of wood-aged sour beer aged for 12 months in Archery Summit Pinot Noir barrels.

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Alesong Prepares To Release Four New Beers In Eugene, Portland & Seattle

In the craft beer World, some breweries create more buzz than others.  It usually has mostly to do with the quality of their beers.  The greater the perceived quality of the offerings from said brewery, the greater the level of buzz and, of course FOMO.

One such brewery that often creates a buzz around their releases is Alesong Brewing & Blending out of Eugene, Oregon.  Their creations, which are often Belgian inspired and/or barrel-aged, are quite popular – and quite tasty.  I’m a particular fan of their Sour Ales and particularly enjoyed their Peche Sour, which was poured recently during Seattle Beer Week 10 at Brouwer’s Cafe for Sour Fest.  Now, Alesong is preparing to release four new beers, in bottles and cans, on May 27th.

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The Goat The Elk And The Narwhal Are Coming Your Way In This Year’s 3-Way IPA

They’ve been doing it for years.  They keep changing partners too.  Each year you wonder what could possibly make it so… hard… to find.  They give you quick flashes of it at preview events, building up your anticipation, but hold back that final version until they’re ready for full release.

I’m referring of course to Fort George Brewery‘s annual release of 3-Way IPA.  Each year this extremely popular collaboration brew is sought after by IPA fans everywhere, and it can go fast, making it somewhat difficult to find at times.  For this year’s version of 3-Way, Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Oregon has teamed up with Holy Mountain Brewing Company out of Seattle and Modern Times Beer out of San Diego.  All three breweries are well known for making some excellent IPAs, so this sounds to me like the perfect recipe for a collaborative IPA made in hophead Heaven.

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Maiden The Shade Summer IPA And Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack Return From Ninkasi

Spring is being stubborn in the Northwest this year.  With a few  1-2 day exceptions our temperatures have been, on average, lower than they should be for this time of year.  Fear not though, it looks like warmer temperatures will return by mid week and should be sticking around this time.  It’s a good thing too because, though it may still be Spring, Summer seasonals are starting to arrive.

That warmer weather is good news for Ninkasi too as they prepare to roll out their Summer Seasonal Maiden The Shade IPA as well as their Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack featuring: Total Domination IPA, Maiden The Shade IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA and Prismatic Juicy IPA.  This year’s variety 12-pack features bottles and cans.  Both should arrive in early May.

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Homebrew Con Comes To Portland This June

Do you homebrew?  I started homebrewing way back in the late 80’s and I have more than 25 years of homebrewing experience.  Sadly though, when I moved a few years back I didn’t have a good place to brew so I actually wound up selling my 10 gallon, all-grain brewing system rather than let it sit, gathering rust and dust (I’d rather see a brewer put it to good use).  I have every intention of getting back into brewing again – and on an even larger system – but I’ll have to wait a few more years before I can make that happen.

I still have a great interest in homebrewing, even though I’ve allowed me membership to the American Homebrewer’s Association lapse until I have a new system, and I’m often impressed by some of the stellar beers being produced by homebrewers today. Equipment has improved, techniques are evolving all the time and homebrewing is as popular as it ever was, if not more so.  This year marks the 40th year for the National Homebrew Conference (Homebrew Con), and thousands of homebrewers from across the nation will come together in Portland this June 28 – 30 to talk homebrewing, attend workshops, learn new techniques and more.

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Ninkasi Releases Spring IPA Variety Pack

There’s no doubt that, in the craft beer World, the IPA is king.  We’ve got regular IPAs, double IPAs, Red IPAs, fruity and juicy IPAs and just about every other type of IPA you could imagine.  The IPA ‘style’ category could probably use a bit of updating to keep up with all the sub-styles emerging.

With so many choices, selecting an IPA can be a daunting task.  Ninkasi Brewing Company wants to make that choice a bit easier for you so, starting this month, they’re releasing the Spring IPA Variety 12-pack, which includes four different Ninkasi IPAs (3 in bottles and one in cans).

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Worthy Brewing Announces Two IPAs And Reveals Their 2018 Release Calendar

Despite the wide range of styles available to craft beer drinkers, it’s impossible to deny that the IPA is still king.  In fact, just last year, the Brewer’s Association‘s annual craft sales figures showed that at least one out of every five craft beers sold in the U.S. is an IPA.  Even though I try to vary the styles I drink as much as possible, I’m definitely a big IPA fan too as are most other craft beer drinkers I know.

That popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down either.  In fact, it almost seems to be expanding.  Even with the incredible influx of new IPAs that are constantly hitting the market these days, most manage to find their audience and sell out, making way for the next IPA(s) coming down the pipe. I say, keep ’em coming.

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Fort George Stout Month 2018 Is Almost Here

One of the best things about the cold, dark days of Winter are all of the dark, delicious Stouts that come along with it.  Sure, you can drink a good Stout anytime, but Fall and especially Winter are when our palates seem to turn more towards the dark side and crave all those deep, rich, coffee/chocolate/roasty and often barrel-aged flavors that a good Stout provides.

February is Stout Month and Fort George Brewery is ready to celebrate with a full month of events and beer releases.  Don’t worry if you can’t make it down to Oregon for some of the Traveling Carnival Of Stouts events.  They’ve planned 5 events for Washington Fort George fans as well.

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