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Friday, December 19, 2014

Industry News: Brewie meets $100,000 Indiegogo goal and introduces new perks to meet "stretch goal"

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Until now, making your own craft beer has been difficult, cumbersome and expensive. That’s all about to change — thanks to Brewie, the world’s first fully automated home-brewing machine.

We’ve reached our funding goal on Indiegogo in only 10 days, collecting $100,000 worth of pledges from almost 200 funders. This means that Brewie will become a reality for all our backers, including everyone who pledges before the campaign ends on Jan. 31, 2015.

With an award-winning design, Brewie lets you make your own craft beer at the push of a button. You can use our ready-made recipes or experiment with 23 different parameters, such as temperature, time or water amount. Brewie's smartphone app monitors the whole brewing process for you.

We’ve introduced new perks, such as Brewie Pads that contain all the ingredients you need to brew your own beer, and 5-liter (1.3-gallon) kegs where you can store your brew as it ferments.

As soon as our Indiegogo campaign reaches our new stretch goal of $200,000, we will add a new feature to all Brewies that will allow you to add hops at four times in the brewing process rather than only twice!
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Industry News: WA: Seattle: Now open for business "The Bergschrund" in Ballard

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From General Mercantile to metal-fueled tavern, postal address 4818 17th Ave NW, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, has hosted many types of businesses.

Constructed in 1907 on the corner of Leary Way and 17th Avenue N.W. the two story building was originally home to a General Mercantile, before transitioning into "John's Offshore Tavern". Eventually the 'Tavern would change ownership in 1963, renaming itself to Bit Shagaths (later renamed to The Bit Tavern). The Bit Tavern name would remain, until its sale in 1999. Renamed as The Bit Saloon, the new bar owner upgrade its liquor permit to support hard liquor (aka, spirits). In 2010 the former General Mercantile building would experience another ownership change, as the new owners took over and renamed the building to "2 Bit Saloon". Unfortunately the owners of the "2 Bit Saloon" were forced to close their doors in October of 2014. 

Today, the cavity left by "The 2 Bit Saloon" has been filled by "The Bergschrund", a beer-themed bar, in Ballard's 'brewery district'

Co-owned by Northwest Peaks Brewery owner Kevin Klein, The Bergschrund will showcase Northwest Peaks beers, in a family friendly setting. On top of local beers, the bar will provide guests with pizza (for purchase) or allowance of outside food (from nearby food trucks, delivery, or takeout).

As it turns out, the new agreement will allow NW Peaks' Klein to recover the tasting room, expand production, and (in the near future) upgrade the hospitality area for visiting guests.

For the time being The Bergschrund will be open Thursday and Friday (from 4pm to 10pm), Saturday (from 2pm to 10pm), and Sunday (from 12pm to 8pm). For more information visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theBergschrund or stop by during regular business hours.

The Bergschrund is located at 4818 17th Avenue NW in Seattle, WA.

Festival News: WA: Port Townsend's Strange Brewfest returns for an 11th year

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Next January, the town of Port Townsend will host an annual event, unique to Port Townsend.

On Friday (January 23rd) and concluding Saturday (January 24th), Strange Brewfest returns to the local American Legion Hall. So far the event has 'strange' contributions from over 60 breweries.

Strange Brewfest is fast approaching! We've decided to turn Port Townsend upside down, by turning all of our amps up to 11 this year!

We're celebrating 11 years of bringing wildly creative potations to the peninsula. Our goal has been, and always will be, to exceed your festival expectations!

Unlike previous years, the festival organizers are expanding the amount of space available.

$30 gets you a souvenir tasting glass, 4 tasting tokens, and a wristband to get you in for both days. Additional tasting tokens $1.50

To purchase tickets or learn more about Strange Brewfest, goto http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

Festival News: OR: Portland: Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children's Cancer Association MusicRx program

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.

Heated tents, coupled with mild temperatures outside, provided so much warmth that the coat check took in a record number of garments – great news for the Children’s Cancer Association. All the proceeds brought in from the coat check, the Crater Lake Root Beer Garden, a raffle, and sales of the festival’s classic pin up girl posters and temporary tattoos are annually earmarked for the non-profit. At the festival’s conclusion, organizers count all the funds, round up to the nearest $1,000, then double it, and double it again. Festival organizers are excited that this year’s donation will make an immediate impact on the holiday needs of the Music Rx program.

The Northwest’s only outdoor winter beer festival featured 54 beers, ciders and meads in the main lineup, all of which were made or blended specifically for the event, or were vintage offerings not commonly served in the region. The event is billed as an opportunity for brewers to connect with their fans, and this year’s lineup did not disappoint.

While all the products were well received, a few rose to the top in terms of popularity, including Hopworks’ The Incredible Abominable of the Enchanted Barrel Forest (Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale), Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion (Double IPA), Fort George’s Santa’s Dinner Jacket (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale), Old Town’s Bluth’s Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen (Chocolate Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen) and Finnriver’s Stone & Pome Cider (Barrel Aged Plum and Peach Cider).

Three of the most talked about beers were Eel River’s Gargantua II (Whiskey Barrel Vanilla Imperial Strong Ale Blend), McMenamins Edgefield’s Lord of Misrule (Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Mocha Stout), and Feckin’s Top O’ The Feckin’ Mornin' (Imperial Espresso Milk Porter).

The festival also featured nearly 40 specialty kegs throughout the event, including a six-year vertical of The Abyss by Deschutes Brewing, and a 2009 cask of JW Lees & Co Harvest Ale. There were two separate meet-the-brewer events, the first with Stone Brewing’s Kris Ketcham and Dr Bill Sysak; and the second with Bear Republic’s Peter Kruger and Roger Herpst.

Attendees were treated to the aroma of fresh roasted nuts from Family Tree Nut Co., and hearty fare from Urban German Grill and Bunk Sandwiches. The 11th annual SundayBeer Brunch, a separate ticketed event held at the festival site on Sunday morning of the event, was a sold out affair featuring vintage beers not in the festival and special large format bottles paired with a European style buffet.

The Holiday Ale Festival is a five-day event that annually starts the Wednesday following Thanksgiving. Dates for next year are Dec. 2 through 6. For more information, visit www.holidayale.com.

Brewery News: MA: Beecher's Cheese & Samuel Adams collaborate for the holidays

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BOSTON, November 19, 2014– Craft beer and artisanal cheese each have a large and loyal fan base on their own and this holiday season two worlds will collide with Samuel Adams and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, an award-winning New York City and Seattle-based cheesemaker, who are uniting craft beer and cheese through unique do-it-yourself cheese soaks, recipes and pairings. The brewers at Samuel Adams worked closely with Beecher’s founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier to infuse Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese with Samuel Adams Boston Lager and developed dishes and pairings that any foodie or craft beer lover can replicate, bringing the experimentation with Samuel Adams beer and Beecher’s cheese to homes nationwide.

Cheese and craft beer lovers will be able to replicate Beecher’s DIY Samuel Adams soaked cheese, which showcases Boston Lager’s piney, citrus and herbal notes and adds complexity to a rich cheese like Dulcet, a double-cream cheese with clean, lightly tangy and creamy character. Soaking the cheese, which involves immersing it in beer and other ingredients for three days, imparts unique, complex flavors, and is an easy way to spice up holiday get-togethers. For easy holiday entertaining, Dammeier and the Samuel Adams brewers also developed a series of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Winter Lager -infused recipes, as well as a cheese pairing guide for each brew in the Samuel Adams Winter Favorites Variety Pack, which is just hitting shelves for the holiday season and currently available nationwide.

Jennifer Glanville, Samuel Adams Brewer and Director of Brewery Programs shares her thoughts on craft beer and cheese:
“Craft beer is a versatile companion for artisanal cheese, whether it’s infused into the cheese, added to a cheese-based recipe, or paired with it as an appetizer. There are thousands of flavor compounds from the hops, malt and yeast used in Samuel Adams Boston Lager which provide a variety of flavors when combined with different types of cheese. Boston Lager creates a wonderful marriage of flavor when featured in recipes or infused into cheese, enhancing the richness of the cheese with its subtle Noble hop character and beautiful piney, citrus and herbal notes. Our Winter Favorites brews also pair wonderfully with Beecher’s delicious offerings. These pairings and cheese creations will easily elevate entertaining to another level this holiday season.”

What Kurt Beecher Dammeier, Beecher’s Founder has to say about the similarities between brewing and cheesemaking:
“Brewing and cheesemaking are both ancient arts and I think of them as cousins of the culinary world. They are both derived from our earliest attempts to preserve food and drink, and they require high levels of skill, precision and the best ingredients possible to create a quality product. Today’s brewers and cheesemakers are aided by advanced machinery, but at the heart of their endeavors they are utilizing the same techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Craft beer and artisanal cheese is a natural and delicious combination.”

How to create your own Samuel Adams Boston Lager-soaked cheese:
Kurt Beecher Dammeier has crafted recipes for four different varieties of Samuel Adams Boston Lager-soaked cheese.  These “washes” not only add complex flavor to the cheese but are also visually appealing and range from deep purple to pink. These recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining or casual get-togethers with friends.

For each soaked-cheese, boil 32 ounces of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and respective sweetener (honey or maple syrup) to a simmer for five minutes, add the remaining ingredients, and cool the mixture before adding in Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese to soak for three days, stored in a refrigerator. For more information and complete recipes, visit www.samueladams.com.

·         Variety #1: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Blueberry Juice (16 oz.), Vanilla Extract (.5 tbsp.), Almond Extract (.5 tbsp.), Honey (1 tbsp.)
·         Variety #2: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Pomegranate Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Hazelnuts (1.5 tbsp.)
·         Variety #3: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Cranberry Juice (16 oz.), Honey (1 tbsp.), Ground Pecans (2 tbsp.)
·         Variety #4: Boston Lager (32 oz.), Apple Cider (16 oz.), Maple Syrup (6 oz.), Whole Black Peppercorns (.5 tsp.), Rendered Bacon Bits (.5 cup)

For easy and impressive holiday entertaining, Samuel Adams Winter Favorites Beers and Beecher’s Cheese Pairing Notes:
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager + Beecher’s Flagship
    • On its own, Flagship showcases a tangy sharpness, which becomes softer and mellower when paired with Boston Lager. Caramel malt flavor from Boston Lager goes well with similar caramel flavors in the cheese. Hints of nut and brown butter are also apparent on the palate.
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager + Beecher’s Flagsheep
    • Winter Lager enhances the flavor of Flagsheep. The cheese’s round, butterscotch notes and dry texture go well with the winter spices in the beer.
  • Samuel Adams White Christmas + Beecher’s Flagship Reserve
    • This pairing is an explosion of flavor, with Flagship Reserve bringing the crisp flavor and winter spices of White Christmas to the forefront. The beer and cheese are complementary, coming together to provide beautiful citrus flavors.
  • Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale + Beecher’s No Woman
    • The spicy, savory flavor of No Woman really pops when paired with Old Fezziwig Ale. The jerk spices in No Woman linger on the palate.

Winter Lager Beecher's No Woman Cheese Fondue

Ingredients:
1 cup Samuel Adams Winter Lager
8 ounces ​​Beecher’s No Woman cheese, shredded
8 ounces ​​Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey

Method:
In a heavy saucepan or fondue pot, bring the beer to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-low so the beer is gently simmering.
Combine the shredded cheeses with the cornstarch. With the heat on low, add cheese mixture, Dijon mustard and honey to the beer all at once, whisking continuously until the cheese is smooth. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately.

Learn more:
·         For additional information and to locate a Samuel Adams retailer visit www.samueladams.com
·         For more information on Beecher’s Handmade Cheese visit: http://www.beecherscheese.com/

Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, and Old Fezziwig are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

ABOUT THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY:
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen.  Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America.  That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit.  Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer.  It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients.  Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market.  The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

ABOUT BEECHER’S HANDMADE CHEESE:
Founded in 2003, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is an urban cheesemaker operating out of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and New York City’s Flatiron District. Visitors to Beecher’s glass-walled cheesemaking kitchens witness first hand the crafting of their signature favorite, Flagship cheese, as well as many of the other award-winning cheeses Beecher’s has to offer. By starting with fresh, pure milk from local farms, and applying the traditional methods used by cheesemakers for thousands of years, Beecher’s cheeses are free of artificial ingredients making them just as delicious as the milk they are made from.

Everything produced by Beecher’s, from the handcrafted cheeses to the delicious side dishes and crackers, is free of all artificial preservatives, coloring and flavor enhancers.  Beecher’s is part of the Sugar Mountain family of businesses whose mission is to “Change the Way America Eats.” To that end, one percent of all sales is donated to the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation (www.purefoodkids.org), founded by Beecher’s in 2004, empowering kids to make healthy food choices for life.

Beecher’s products are available through its website, cafés and New York City restaurant (The Cellar), and at retailers nationwide. For more information, visitwww.beecherscheese.com.

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Samuel Adams, Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Old Fezziwig are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

Brewery News: OR: Hood River: Full Sail Brewing wins 14 medals at this year's World Beer Championships, including 9 Gold and 5 Silver.

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image courtesy Full Sail Brewing Company
image courtesy Full Sail Brewing Company

Hood River, Oregon – Nine gold and five silver medals from the World Beer Championships have just been added to Full Sail Brewing Company’s impressive list ofawards and accolades. Every single beer entered by Full Sail has earned gold or silver medals at this year’s competition.

“To take home a silver or gold for every one of our beers is such an extraordinary accomplishment. At Full Sail we believe that brewing is the perfect blend of art and science and this sweep acknowledges the passion and commitment to quality that we bring to every brew with our 27 years of brewing. Balance, elegance and Session-ability are our defining brewery characteristics and we’re thrilled to once again earn the highest awards for our beers,” said Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. “We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we’re honored when we do. Our customers are the ultimate judges and we strive to consistently brew all our beers with them in mind. Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support.”
2014 WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS— GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

2014 WORLD BEER CHAMPIONSHIPS— SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

The World Beer Championships are a blind tasting competition conducted by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) of Chicago, Illinois.  The competition included beers from many highly respected brewers from around the world including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States. Tasting notes from the competition are available at www.tastings.com.

About Full Sail Brewing Company: Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 27 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 150 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pilsner, Pub Series, Session, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.  The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pintgrab a bitetour the brewery, or just soak up the view

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Dec. 16, 2014) – Age an India pale ale? Really? Stone Brewing Co. is releasing a beer that defies all we thought we knew about consuming hoppy beers at their freshest, particularly the West Coast-style IPAs for which Stone is famous. While nearly every IPA on the planet should be drunk as fresh as possible, that is not the case with Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA. Intended for aging until at least December 26, 2015, this unique IPA is inoculated with Brettanomyces (Brett), a wild yeast that will transform the beer over time in fascinatingly and deliciously unpredictable ways when stored under proper cellaring conditions. Beginning today, the Brett IPA will start arriving in 750-milliliter bottles at retail accounts in select states.

In 2012, Stone introduced a beer with an unprecedented, ultra-short shelf life: Stone Enjoy By IPA. That beer educated fans on the importance of drinking IPAs fresh by prominently displaying a revolutionarily short (35 days from bottling) “enjoy by” date of expiration on the front label. Always intent on challenging the status quo and elevating awareness of all things beer, the Stone Team had an idea that would counter the modern American craft-brewing concept of consuming IPAs fresh, and proposed developing an IPA intended for aging—one that would evolve and become a completely different beer.

Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele, the guy who wrote the book on IPAs, was up for the challenge and formulated a recipe. Steele decided to use hops and malt bills similar to Stone Enjoy By IPA’s recipe, but there the similarities end. The Belgian yeast strain Ardennes was used in the base beer and then Brett was added post-primary fermentation before the bottles were corked and caged. Over time, the Brett is anticipated to contribute fruity funkiness, earthiness and subtle tart characteristics to the beer.

“Over the course of a year, we anticipate the beer will have greater carbonation and a creamier body, with a dry finish, more complexity, and farmhouse characters,” explains Steele. “Each edition of Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA will be closely monitored and tasted once a month by our team in order to make sure the flavors are maturing appropriately. We are asking our fans to follow proper cellaring tips to ensure the most optimal results.”

Bottles of Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA should be kept at 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit, because anything below 50 degrees will render Brettanomyces dormant, and anything above 70 degrees may lead to the development of off flavors. Additionally, beer meant for aging requires storage in a dark space, as bright light or sunlight can alter the hops, resulting in a skunky flavor. Stone encourages fans to wait until the “enjoy after” date before consuming to help the beer reach its full evolutionary potential.

Depending on how Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA and future batches of the unique beer are stored over time, individual results may vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.

Name: Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA
URL: stonebrewing.com/enjoyafter/122615
Stats: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs
Availability: Limited 750ml bottles, beginning December 16
Hops bill: Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Calypso and Cascade
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Find beer: find.stonebrewing.com



About Stone Brewing Co.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co.is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 10 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multi-faceted company will be the first American craft brewer to own and operate its own brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin late 2015. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and The Stone Blog.


Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now ... Odin Brewing's Northern Darkness Baltic porter

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Inspired by the desolation of a Northern European winter, we reached into the depths of our souls to bring forth Northern Darkness Baltic Porter. The rich, roasted malt character of this robust lager makes a perfect companion while stoking your winter fires. Hoist your horn and drink deeply while enjoying the darkness of winter. Skål.

Style: Baltic Porter
ABV: 7.2%
SRM: 32
IBU: 20
Hops: Apollo, Willamette
Malts: Vienna, C120, C60, Pale Chocolate,
Midnight Wheat, Flaked Oats

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Portland's Burnside Brewing Co. celebrates their 4th year, December 28th

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Portland, OR - Burnside Brewing Co. celebrates an amazing 4 years on Sunday, December 28, from 6-11pm with the release of two new beers and a party at the brewpub featuring ree food, live music ,and $4 beers all day.

A staple of Oregon's thriving brewpub culture, Burnside Brewing Co. has become known as one of the top places to grab a bite as well as a brew. Focused on easy-drinking brews that can be simple or complex but always meant to be paired with food, the brewery takes the same approach to the pub menu with indigenous and handcrafted ingredients. Popular items continue to be the “Cohiba” duck confit cigar, housemade sausages, and pub burger. The Burnside beer list ranges from the easy drinking Oatmeal Pale Ale to the GABF gold medal winning Sweet Heat, which features an amalgamation of apricots and scotch bonnet peppers. Recently the brewery has turned out a new take on "Hot Chocolate," a stout with chocolate and habanero peppers that is paired perfectly with Chef Jimmy's grilled tuna featuring stout braised leek coulis, fresh herbs, lemon preserve, pickled fresno pepper, and cocoa nibs.

"The last four years have flown by and the brewing industry continues to change at a torrid pace, especially here in Portland. We expect to stick to our philosophies of food-friendly beers while being unafraid to take chances in the brewhouse," remarked co-founder/owner Jay Gilbert. Burnside Brewing launched its first canned beer in 2014; the best-selling Couch Select Lager has been a tremendous success in stores and will be followed up by a new beer in cans in 2015, as well as more new one-off and seasonal beers in 22oz bottles. Looking forward to the anniversary and the impending 5th year, Jay Gilbert exclaimed, "we feel like we're hitting our stride as a brewery. Here's to many more years brewing and selling beers with my best buddies. Cheers!"


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On Sunday, December 28, from 6-11pm Burnside Brewing Co. will host live music from Big Wet County and Oleana at the pub, as well as a special tapping of the brewery's 500th batch, "NW Red Cedar IPA," and a firkin of a new release, "Highbury Bitter." In honor of the four year anniversary there will be free hor d'oeuvres, prizes, and $4 beers!

Batch 500 is a Cedar IPA based on the popular one-off brewed for Beers Made By Walking. To celebrate making it halfway to 1,000 brews, Burnside has brewed a Northwest-style IPA aged on Western Red Cedar. Fermentation with a Northwest ale yeast provides a gentle, fruity aroma to complement the generous use of Amarillo and Meridian hops. The cedar lends a dry, piney, and resinous finish to this NW inspired nectar.

Highbury Bitter is inspired by our love of all things pub culture, and our favorite squad, this strong bitter reminds us of a rainy day at the old grounds.  English Maris Otter and caramel malts provide a biscuit, bread, and caramel base to balance the fruity London ESB yeast. UK Challenger and East Kent Golding hops round out this traditional English recipe. One-Nil to the Arsenal! 5.814% ABV and 37 I.B.U.’s

Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Oakshire Brewing announces return of Hellshire Day and release date of Hellshire V

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EUGENE, OR ... – Oakshire Brewing will release Hellshire V, the brewery’s fifth barrel-aged beer under the Hellshire label, on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  To celebrate this release and the craft of barrel-aging, Oakshire will host a Second Annual Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest at its Public House, on Madison Street in Eugene.  The beer festival will include offerings from Oakshire’s barrel-aging cellar, as well as dozens of barrel-aged beers from breweries around the country.  Sales of 22 oz. wax-dipped Hellshire V bottles will be available at the festival at Oakshire’s Public House, beginning at 11 a.m.

Regarding the Hellshire V release, Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk said, "We received some very nice Knob Creek Bourbon barrels at the beginning of the year and formulated a Strong Stout that will marry perfectly with the bourbon and vanilla notes from the barrels. This year's blend tastes great."
The Hellshire Day & Barrel-Aged Beer Fest will include live music by local bands and food served up by local food carts.  Entry fee to the festival will include a commemorative Hellshire V tasting glass and sampling tokens, with more available for purchase.  

Last year’s breweries at the festival included:
Oregon: Ninkasi, Block 15, Breakside, Flat Tail, Boneyard, Hopworks, Double Mountain, Logsdon, Cascade, The Commons, De Garde. 

National: Crooked Stave, Anchorage Brewing, Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, Pizza Port Carlsbad, 5050, Beachwood BBQ, Firestone Walker, Elliot Bay, Two Brothers Brewing, Haymarket Brewing, Half-Acre, Off Color Brewing, Pipeworks Brewing, Trinity Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, Cigar City Brewing, Three Floyd’s and Surly. 

For the latest festival updates, follow us on Twitter {https://twitter.com/Oakshire}, visit us on Facebook {https://www.facebook.com/oakbrew} or stop by http://oakbrew.com.

About Oakshire Brewing: Craftsmanship Defined
Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, OR, is small batch community inspired brewery founded in October 2006 with the goals of brewing the highest quality craft beer while providing exceptional customer service. Oakshire has become regionally and nationally recognized for consistently brewing fresh, unique and delicious beers in Oregon's lower Willamette Valley. The name Oakshire represents our core values: Strength, like the enduring oak; Independence, which fuels our innovation; and Community, remembering our place within the whole. Oakshire’s Brewing’s Public House and tasting room is located at 207 Madison Street and the brewery and barrel-aging facility are located nearby at 1055 Madera Street, both in Eugene, OR.

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