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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Worthy StrataSphere IPA

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Press Release

BEND, OR -- Worthy Brewing has launched StrataSphere IPA, a fruity India Pale Ale, which utilizes the new hop Strata, in kegs for distribution across four states, as well as in Worthy’s pub.
Strata, formerly known as X-331, has been an ongoing collaboration between Indie Hops and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Strata is an open-pollinated Perle that expresses many of the oils associated with mango, oranges, and other fruits and herbs.

Roger Worthington, the founder of Worthy Brewing, is also the co-founder of Indie Hops along with his childhood friend, Jim Solberg. They partnered up in 2009 and rebooted Oregon State University’s hop-breeding program with a $1 million donation. Under the leadership of Shaun Townsend, Ph.D, they have developed over 50 new aroma-centric genotypes that thrive in the Willamette Valley terroir.

Strata is the first hop creation to emerge from the OSU-IH aroma hop breeding program. It has superior disease resistance, the promise of substantial yields, and boasts a tropical and herbal flavor profile along with a dual purpose alpha acid level that render Strata a potential stand-alone, one-stop hop.

“I felt like a proud daddy whose baby girl just won the state title in the 100-meter dash, shot put and mile,” said Roger Worthington. “With the hop breeding program, we didn’t want to bring sand to the beach. Our goal was to generate aroma hops tailored to the Willamette Valley —with a unique aroma, high yields and high tolerance to viruses. This was all part of our utopian vision to revive hop farming in Oregon and bring worthy flavors to the craft market. ”

Worthy Brew Master Dustin Kellner was one of the first to experiment with Strata:
"It was an honor to fiddle around and experiment with this hop,” Kellner said. “The aroma Strata gives off and the finish product blew our mind and all expectations. It's a staff favorite and received rave reviews in our pub."
After assisting in the selection of the hop, Kellner and his team brewed four (4) pilot brews in the pursuit of a more perfect IPA. They came up with StrataSphere , an IPA with a tantalizing array of layers. Sensory panelists describe StrataSphere’s hop character as tropical, candied fruit and a light herbal dankness.

“From terra firma -- pineapple, watermelon and a whiff of herbal dankness. From the jungle canopy -- passion fruit, and mango. On the outer rim -- detections of peaches, cotton candy, and juicy fruit gum,” Worthington says about his brewery’s most multi-layered beer.

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Worthy Brewing Company opened its doors in early 2013, delivering remarkably balanced, filtered ales that are hand-crafted using premium ingredients and the pristine water from the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon. Worthy’s campus includes a large outdoor biergarten, full restaurant, and a greenhouse and hop yard onsite for growing estate and experimental hops in conjunction with Oregon State University and Indie Hops. An expansion will be completed in Winter 2017, featuring the “Hopservatory,” with a large telescope, “The Hop Mahal,” a banquet space, “The Beermuda Triangle” expanded indoor seating, and “The Star Bar,” an open air mezzanine bar.

Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Double Mountain Bourbon Chaos Imperial Stout

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Press Release

Hood River, OR ... Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases Bourbon Chaos, the third batch in their barrel aged beer seriesA limited quantity of this special release Imperial Stout is available in the bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River and Double Mountain Taproom in SE Portland.  Bourbon Chaos can be found throughout the Northwest in early February.

“Sometimes it’s best to put a beer to rest, forget about it for a year or so, and then bring it back to life. Well done, father time”- Matt Swihart Brewmaster

Bourbon Chaos
Belgian Style Imperial Stout
11% ABV, 100+ BU 

Description: A year and a half ago, we laid some Imperial Chaos Stout to rest, entombed in an oaken sarcophagus within the friendly confines of our Cellar. It emerges with a robe of velvet draped over its shoulders. Vanilla, caramel, and molasses lead, with fig and blackberry following in the shadows.

About Double Mountain Brewery and TaproomDouble Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Double Mountain Brewery opened with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain Brewery’s unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Double Mountain Brewery’s long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character. They can be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Learn more at www.doublemountainbrewery.com

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Bear Republic Café Racer 15 Double IPA

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Press Release

Sonoma County, CA ... Racing back to shelves this week, Bear Republic’s seasonal release, Café Racer 15 will be returning in style. Marking the official launch of the Double IPA Series, Café Racer 15 makes its arrival for the first time in six-packs.

Originally brewed in celebration of Bear Republic’s fifteenth anniversary, this beer quickly became a brew team favorite. Named in honor of the spirit of the counterculture street racer motorcyclists and our brewmaster’s first racing bike, number fifteen, Café Racer 15 is an assertive Double IPA with an intense grapefruit flavor and faint honey character.
Brewmaster and COO, Richard G. Norgrove, states “We are very excited to release this beer in six-packs and continue its legacy.”

This massive beer features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine, from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops, complemented by a dry malt finish.

Although perfect to enjoy by itself, the hoppiness of the beer pairs well with spicy and savory dishes. Additionally, cheeses such as aged cheddar and Parmesan cheese provide a nice combination. 

A winner of the silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in the Imperial India Pale Ale category and a winner at the 2014 Good Food Awards, Café Racer 15 has proven itself among the ranks of craft beer.
Café Racer 15 is one of Bear Republic’s most sought after beers with vastly limited distribution. It is available for a limited time in draft, 6-packs, and 22 oz. bottles.

Founded over twenty years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company has become one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic Brewing maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

Stop by our brewpub in Healdsburg, CA to grab a pint and take home a 22oz bottle or six-pack too. If you can't make it to the pub, use our Bear Tracker to find Café Racer 15 near you, www.bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker.


Stats:

ABV: 9.75% - IBUs: 100+ - Color: Golden - Double India Pale Ale

Untappd: 4 stars – Beer Advocate: 94/100 – Ratebeer: 99/100

Tasting Notes:

Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Foods, Savory Dishes, Poultry and Pork Dishes, Parmesan Cheese, Aged Cheddar, Sheep’s Milk Cheeses

Overall: Café Racer 15 is an extremely hoppy Double IPA. As you drink, you will notice grapefruit hop flavor and aroma from the aggressive use of Citra hops and pine notes from the Chinook hops. A faint honey character comes through in the malt.
#BEARREPUBLIC   #CAFERACER15  #DOUBLEIPA  #CRAFTBEER   #SONOMACOUNTYALES   #HONESTALES   #INDEPENDENTFAMILYBREWERS
Founded in 1995, we are a family-owned brewery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. Founded by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents, we pride ourselves on heritage. Our love for quality craft beers grew us into the family-owned and team oriented business we are today. Our brewpub is located in historic Healdsburg, California, where cultivation, art, and creativity have thrived for centuries. The brewpub hopes to create an atmosphere that locals can call their own and makes visitors feel at home.

Sonoma County Ales®
Independent Family Brewers

For more information on Bear Republic Brewing Company®, please visit BearRepublic.com or our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and The Bear Blog.

Monday, January 23, 2017

News: Seattle: Join Counterbalance Brewing for their 2nd Anniversary, February 10th and 11th

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Press Release

Seattle, WA ... Counterbalance Brewing Company 2nd Anniversary

Join us Friday and Saturday, February 10-11 for our 2nd Anniversary! Counterbalance Brewing will probably only turn two once, and like any singular occasion, if you miss it, youll never get it back.

New beers, special taproom-only beers, the return of some old friends, and aged beers will rotate on tap throughout the weekend, including the release of Big Bad Wolf Dark Strong Ale, our Second Anniversary Ale. The Big Bad Wolf is a jacked up version of Bad Wolf Dark Ale with cascara (dried coffee cherries) from our friends at Caffe Ladro, coming in at 10.3% abv.

Owner/brewers will be pouring beers Friday and food trucks onsite include Nacho Mamas Food Truck (Friday) and Woodshop BBQ (Saturday). The Counterbalance taproom is open to all ages.

Counterbalance Brewing Company, owned and operated by Jeff Howell and Frank Lawrence, opened its doors and launched wholesale distribution in February 2015. Counterbalance beers are distributed to bars, restaurants, and retail locations throughout Washington by Vinum Importing & Distributing

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News: Seattle: ReedPOP's Emerald City Comicon Dark Heron IPA. Remade by Fremont Brewing. Artwork by Jen Vaughn

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NORWALK, CT ... ReedPOP, the world's leading producer of pop culture events, and Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington today announced they are bringing back the Dark Heron, an exclusive brew created as the Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2017. In the second year of the partnership, the Dark Heron will be rebooted with a new flavor and new artwork provided by local Seattle cartoonist, Jen Vaughn. The IPA was created to tap into the expressive spirit of the heroine and the comic fans who will swarm Seattle for the 15th anniversary of ECCC.

Dark Heron, the heroine exiled from her flock for refusing conformity and daring to express herself differently than the rest, has inspired an IPA which is doing the same. Dark Heron defends the taste buds of her city against the Bland Beer League with a secret weapon of an explosive, international combo of American Experimental Hop HBC 438®, German Super-Hop Huell Melon, and the Wonder Down Under Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Combining their fruity, tropical, and spicy aromas and flavor with the Legendary Northwest malts and a Zap! of Oats, Dark Heron transforms water into a bold, expressive IPA and saves you from another corporate-mandated Bland Beer. Cartoonist Jen Vaughn (Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Plants Vs Zombies: Heroes) revamped Fremont Brewing's heron logo and put her own unique spin on the expressive spirit of Dark Heron to create the heroine. The beer will first be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by Emerald City Comicon and Fremont Brewing on February 2 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden - 1050 N 34th St in Seattle. It will then be available in select stores and bars throughout Washington starting February 3.

BEER SPECS:
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Honey, and
    C-15 malts with Oats and HBC 438®,
    Huell Melon, and Nelson Sauvin hops
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • IBU: 50
"Fremont Brewing is excited to reunite with ReedPOP for 2017's Emerald City Comicon and let fly Dark Heron IPA to defend her city against the Relentless Attack by Bland Corporate Beer on Independent Craft Beer," said Matt Lincecum, CEO of Fremont Brewing. "Sharing a vision of Creativity, Independence, and Passion for excellence, Fremont and ReedPOP are natural allies and hope all guests at this year's ECCC can taste the fun we've had collaborating on this beer again. Welcome Back, ECCC Superfans, You Are Home!"

"After last year's success working with Fremont Brewing on a unique blend of flavors to create a bold tasting beer, it only made sense that we spice it up even more adding new flavors to the Dark Heron IPA and new artwork." said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. "This year's brew will for sure satisfy the taste buds of our diverse and distinct Fans as well as beer connoisseurs of all types."

Starting in 2003, Emerald City Comicon has since become the largest pop culture and comic convention in the Pacific Northwest attracting over 80,000 Fans last year. This year's Show will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from March 2-5. For more information on Emerald City Comicon, visit: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon, UFC Fan Expo and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. (www.reedpop.com).

ABOUT FREMONT BREWING
Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients available. Their beer is distributed in kegs, cans, and 22 oz. bottles throughout WA, OR, ID and the Denver metro area in CO. It can also be enjoyed to-go or onsite every day at their kid- and dog-friendly Urban Beer Garden in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.Fremont Brewing is the third largest independent craft brewery in Washington and its Interurban IPA is the state's bestselling independent IPA in a can. Other beers include Universale Pale Ale, Summer Ale, and cult classics Bourbon Abominable and Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale. Their beer has won numerous awards such as 2 Silver medals in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, the Gold medal in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards, the Gold medal in the 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge, and Rate Beer's 2015 Best Strong Ale in the World and Best Beer in Washington. In addition to its reputation for consistent quality and innovation, Fremont Brewing is a recognized leader in sustainable brewing operations and community engagement. Because Beer Matters! http://www.fremontbrewing.com/welcome

ABOUT JEN VAUGHN
Jen Vaughn is a local Seattle cartoonist happily splashing in the rainy glory of Washington as a narrative designer for video games (Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Plants Vs Zombies: Heroes) by day. You can read more of her work in Cartozia Tales, Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective, Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts and keep your eyes peeled for new original comics, BACKSTORY and DEADWATER in 2017!

News: Oregon: Portland: Coming soon from Great Notion Brewing, a 30bbl brewery, taproom, and kitchen.

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Press Release
Portland, Oregon ... Great Notion Brewing (GNB), best known for hazy, juicy IPAs and “culinary-inspired sours and stouts, has signed a lease with OSB2LAN Management to open a new production brewery, restaurant, and taproom in NW Portland. The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility located at 2448 NW 28th Ave., will be home to a new 30 bbl brewhouse built by Pinnacle Stainless. The facility is slated to open late 2017 with the primary goal of increasing production and meeting demand in the Portland beer market.

In the first quarter of 2017, GNB begins layout design with ZGF Architects, securing necessary permits, and basic construction with Centrex Construction. In the second quarter of 2017, Great Notion hopes to begin construction of their new taproom and kitchen. During this time, co-brewers James Dugan and Andy Miller will lead installation of the new 30 bbl brewhouse from Pinnacle Stainless. In Q3 of 2017, GNB hopes to complete the final touches, including TTB approval, brewing the first batch, and the grand opening of the new facility.

Great Notion will also be purchasing and operating a five head Cask canning line. Cofounder Paul Reiter says “We’ve been overwhelmed by the demand for our Crowlers at Great Notion, so with the addition of a canning line, we’re excited for the opportunity to sell more beer directly to customers in a high-quality packaged product.” Co-brewer James Dugan adds “This expansion will also provide us the opportunity to significantly build upon our existing barrel program. We plan to greatly expand our sour beer production and create a clean room for bourbon barrel aged beers like Double Stack.

Umpqua Bank is slated to finance a new SBA loan for tenant improvements and purchase of the 30 barrel brewhouse from Pinnacle. Aaron Watt of Cushman and Wakefield represented GNB and Nathan Sasaki and Murin Watt of Apex Real Estate Partners represented the owner. Great Notion expects to create about 15-20 new jobs in the Portland area once the facility is fully up and running late 2017.

About Great Notion

Great Notion Brewing is a seven barrel brewpub located in Portland, OR’s Alberta Arts neighborhood offering juicy, hazy New England-style IPAs and “culinary-inspired” sour beers and stouts. The brewery has won numerous accolades, including Silver Medal at Great American Beer Festival for American Sour Ale, Oregon Brewers of the Year on NewSchoolBeer, Top 100 Beers in the World by Men’s Journal and invited to the prestigious RateBeer Best and Extreme Beer Festivals in 2017. Please visit www.greatnotionpdx.comfor more information, or find us on the social networks @greatnotionpdx. New brewpub and production facility coming to NW 28th in Portland in late 2017!

News: Oregon: Portland: Lompoc Brewing suspends Chowder Challenge and expands Black Out Beer Fest hours

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Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore ... Lompoc Brewing has announced that its annual Chowder Challenge will take a hiatus this year to address venue and space issues. In its place, the brewery has expanded its popular Black Out Beer Fest to an all-day event.

The 5th annual Black Out Beer Fest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 from Noon to 10pm at Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave, and in the heated & tented parking lot in front of the Fifth Quadrant restaurant (around the corner at the same address). The event will feature 25 rotating dark beers – including porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest.

Admission into the event is free; tasting packages are required to taste the beers and cost $20, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass mug and eight beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug of beer or one ticket for a taste. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Community Transitional School.
The event will kick off the morning of Feb. 25 with a pre-fest Brunch at Fifth Quadrant from 9am to 1pm, featuring an exclusive brunch menu paired with specialty dark beers.

Black Out Beer Fest ticket sales will take place at the door in Sidebar; advance tickets are not available. The beers will be served in both Sidebar and in the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to the Fifth Quadrant pub. The event is for ages 21 and over, although minors and attendees are welcome inside the Fifth Quadrant pub.

Follow LompocBrewing.com or @LompocBeer on social media for updates to the beer list.

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, much to the chagrin of Californians) creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com and @LompocBeer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!

News: Olympia: Fish Brewing Company announces Spring 2017 seasonals

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With a few days left in January Fish Brewing Company, has released their planned releases for Sprint 2017.

Located in Olympia, Fish Brewing has been in the business of providing locals and supporters across the region with beer and cider since 1994. Realizing the brewery is moving quickly towards that rarest of feats, the 25th anniversary, the brewery has announced the following beers to be released this year.

image sourced from Fish Brewing CompanyLeavenworth Blackbird Island Hopfenweizen *Available February - April

What happens when you mix the fruity character of a German wheat beer with the complex citrus notes of an IPA? Crack open a bottle of our Blackbird Island Hopfenweizen and find out. This extreme wheat beer with a Northwest twist shows how far wheat beer taste can go.

6.1% alc/vol  1.055 O.G.   19 IBUs

Designed as a celebration of hops, the beer pours a deep, hazy gold, with orange highlights, has intense floral, spice and citrus hop aromatics, a lingering hop bitterness, and a banana bread sweetness with hints of clove and vanilla.

image sourced from Fish Brewing CompanySpire Mountain Ciders Habanero Apple *Available February - May

With the classic flavor of our Red Apple Cider, our Habanero Cider adds a tingling heat to mingle with the lasting effervescence. This alluring balance will appeal to heat-heads as well as novices, pairing well with grilled meats on a warm spring afternoon as well as put some warmth under your collar as the evening cools into night.

Fish Tale Ales Reel Ales Belgian-Style Quad Ale *Available February - May

Deep amber in color, enjoy rich caramel, dark sugars and malty sweet flavors that pair perfectly with the flavors of raisins, dates and figs. A smooth and dry finish makes this beer extremely enjoyable
and slightly dangerous. 12% ABV, 35 IBUs

Fish Tale Ales Reserve Rotator Poseidon's Imperial Stout *Available February - May

A heavily roasted flavor that includes dark cocoa, molasses and licorice is its full-bodied hallmark. Poseidon possesses a robust dry nuttiness balanced by a serene sweetness, with Cascade hops for a hint of bitterness. Aged in red wine and bourbon barrels then blended to perfection. 12% ABV, 60 IBUs

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... New Belgium Whizbang American Blonde Ale

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Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo... New Belgium Brewing’s new spring seasonal Whizbang, is a hoppy blonde ale bursting with Mosaic hops riding atop a malty backbone. The result is a full-flavored taste explosion. The beer, which is available now through March in 12 oz. bottles and on draft, is a sessionable spring alternative. The light and refreshing ale has a soft malt base, with vibrant notes of mango, lemon, blueberry, and pine thanks to Mosaic, UK Admiral, and Centennial dry-hopping.

“Whizbang offers a blast of hops, thus the name, yet it’s still crisp and quaffable,” said Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium. “It’s hoppy complexity and balanced drinkability makes it a great go-to beer for the late winter and early spring season.”

Whizbang

Style: American Blonde Ale
Malt Varieties: Pale, Caramel 80, and Munich
Hop Varieties: Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, and Centennial
Color: Bright Golden
Alcohol 5.7% ABV
IBUs: 45

To find Whizbang near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. 

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewBelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

About New Belgium Brewing New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, New Belgium Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

News: Oregon: Portland: Old Town Brewing® (OTB®) releases Wesen Venom to benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

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Press Release

Portland, Ore ... Old Town Brewing® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland nationally recognized brewery, has just released its third limited batch beer in collaboration with Portland-filmed TV series, Grimm®. Wesen Venom (pronounced Vesen Venom), a red wheat lager, will benefit OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and culminate the series’ final season. The beer will be available at both the Old Town location on NW Davis and the brewery location on Martin Luther King Blvd, with $2 of every pint going directly to the Grimmster Endowment at OHSU Doernbecher.

The Wesen Venom is a wheat lager brewed with red wheat and crystal malt, giving the beer a venom red color and hint of sweetness. Don’t be fooled, however, just like venom, the beer packs a bit of a bite thanks to the spicy hops used in the brewing process. This unique lager comes in with an ABV of 5.4 percent and 40 IBU.

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The beer will be officially launch on Thursday January 19, at the brewery located at 5201 NE MLK Boulevard and Taproom on 226 NW Davis St.

We have had so much fun working with the Grimm team over the last three years to develop out of the box beers inspired by the show to benefit such an amazing cause, OHSU Doernbecher,” said owner of Old Town Brewing, Adam Milne. “As a brewery, working with creative people in our community to create high quality beer keeps us excited, and as members of our community, the ability to positively impact people in our own back yard keeps us inspired.”

The beer will be served at this year’s third annual Grimm Gala on January 28, 2017 where Grimm cast members will join together with Comcast and NBC Universal in support of OHSU Doernbecher. Though the event is sold out this year, donations can be directly online in addition to purchasing the Wesen Venom beer.

About Old Town Brewing Co.
Old Town Brewing (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2011 with an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland and the Northwest. OTB is the first brewery in the country to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the LEED Gold brewery, evoking an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability.

Old Town’s award winning brews can be found statewide in Oregon and in Southwest Washington at retailers like New Seasons, Whole Foods, Safeway, Albertsons, and Costco.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003. For more information visit www.otbrewing.com and www.oldtownpizza.com.

Old Town Brewing Awards
  • GABF 2015, Gold, Shanghai’d IPA, English-style IPA category
  • GABF 2014, Silver, Sun Dazed, German-Style Kölsch category
  • GABF 2013, Gold, Cents and Sensibility, Fresh Hop category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Silver, Sun Dazed, German-Style Kölsch category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Bronze, Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Irish Style Red Ale category

About the Grimmster Endowment,
After visiting with patients at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the cast of Grimm were inspired to establish the Grimmster Endowment to provide critical support to OHSU Doernbecher’s most vulnerable patients and families, including help with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services integral to their care and comfort.

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