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Friday, January 23, 2015

Festival News: OR: Silverton: Oregon Garden announces news dates for the “Oregon Garden Brewfest”

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SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden has announced a new date for its popular Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Growl Movement. The 11th annual event, traditionally held in the spring, will take place June 19 through 21 this year, coinciding with Father’s Day. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 130 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from more than 65 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday.

“We have moved Brewfest to June in hopes of better weather and to more fully showcase the beauty of the Garden,” said Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We encourage guests to grab a beer and take it with them as they explore our 80-acres, and by mid-June the Garden will look spectacular.”

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from a dozen regional bands on two stages, local food, and a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-garden-brewfest-2015-tickets-13448706443.

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public this spring.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com/Packages.htm or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Growl Movement and sponsored by Venti’s Café, Wave Broadband, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest/.

Breaking News: WA: Seattle: Anheuser-Busch is purchasing Elysian Brewing Company

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Below is a copy of the statement from Anheuser-Busch and Elysian Brewing Company.

St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.
“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”
Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and Head Brewer added, “Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience.”
Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume.
“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The team has spent their careers brewing distinctive beers in the thriving West Coast beer community and building unique venues that celebrate beer. As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”
In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol HillElysian TangletownElysian Fields and Elysian BAR.
Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Elysian Brewing Co.
Elysian Brewing is a Seattle, Wash., based brewery founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell, Joe Bisacca and David Buhler. Elysian’s first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed more than 350 beers since it opened. The brewer currently distributes its brands in 11 states: Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York, as well as internationally in Vancouver BC and Alberta, Canada; Taiwan; Australia and Japan. For more information, check outwww.elysianbrewing.com or be social at fb.com/ElysianBrewingCompany and @ElysianBrewing on Instagram and Twitter.
About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is hand-crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
A copy of the Press Release can also be found here. http://newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/anheuser-busch-and-elysian-brewing-announce-purchase-agreement-2/

Festival Reminder: WA: Seattle: Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow returns February 6th - February 21st

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Earlier in the month this writer updated the Happening Today calendar, to support a unique event - Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow. What I didn't do was provide clearer guidance on why.

Centered on the familiar concept (that more is better), the Hop Mob is the antithesis to any 'session' beer festival. With over 30 contributing breweries, this year's festival will be showcased at 7 different locations in Western Washington.

"To brew a good Triple IPA, brewers use a substantial amount of malted barley, which provides the elevated alcohol content. To balance-out the malty sweetness and give the beer it requisite hoppy character, brewers rely on substantial quantities of hop. In Washington, hope sare more than an ingredient; they're a way of life. The Yakima Valley produces between 75 and 80 percent of the nation's hop crop each year and some of the farms are operated by families that have grown hops for four and five generations." -Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow

Starting February 6th, the 'Road Show' visits Brouwer's Cafe (at 400 North 35th Street in Seattle, WA), to showcase over 30 different Triple IPAs. Available serving sizes are 6 or 12 ounces, along with flights upon request. The event starts at 3pm and will continue throughout the night.

Additional dates and locations are as follows:

  • Participating brewers will be at the Flagstick Pub (at 15 Lake Street in Kirkland, WA), February 8th. That Sunday, Flagstick will feature several Triple IPAs from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Thursday, February 12th, from 6pm; Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (located at 8564 Greenwood Avenue in Seattle, WA) hosts numerous Triple IPAs and brewers.
  • Saturday, February 14th, Special Brews (in Lynwood, WA at 14608 Washington 99) will sacrifice their draft space from noon to close.
  • Monday, February 16, Beveridge Place Pub (at 6413 California Avenue S.W. in Seattle, WA) hosts the next leg, from 2pm to close.
  • Wednesday, February 18th, from 11am; The Red Hot (in Tacoma, WA at 2914 6th Avenue) is your next destination.
  • Concluding Saturday, February 21st; the owners of Pike Brewing host a "festival style" event, featuring 6 (4 ounce) Triple IPAs for $18, with each additional (4 ounce) beer costing $2. Included in your $18 is 15% off of food in the pub. The "Hop Mob Finale" starts at 5pm and is located at 1415 1st Avenue in Seattle, WA.

For more information, visit http://www.wahopmob.com.  

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Elysian Brewing & Harpoon Brewing best their breweries on the Super Bowl.

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Press Release


It's a tradition among governors, mayors and other pillars of the community to place bets on the outcomes of big games. But brewers have something pretty directly related to the experience of watching sporting events, and especially the Super Bowl--beer. In keeping with friendly tradition, Elysian Brewing of Seattle and Harpoon Brewery of Boston have placed a bet on Super Bowl XLIX. In case anyone in either of those two cities has been living under a rock without cable, the Seattle Seahawks will be facing the New England Patriots in the University of Phoenix stadium on Sunday, February 1. The products of big brewers like Anheuser-Busch might dominate the ad airwaves, but it will be the beers of Elysian and Harpoon that are on the line in the bet between pioneering craft brewers.

The bet involves three kegs of beer from each brewery crossing the country in opposite directions, to be poured in the breweries' taprooms the week after the big game. The loser will be required to fly the flag of the opposing, winning team until the beer is gone. Like so much in the craft side of the brewing industry it's a friendly competition--even the losers win, by getting to drink the beer of their cross-country friends and colleagues. One of the beers Elysian is sending, in fact, is called Loser, first brewed for the 20th anniversary of Seattle's indie record label, Sub Pop.

The Patriots, of course, are no strangers to Super Bowl appearances having won three in relatively recent memory. And the reigning champion Seahawks are the first team since the Patriots roughly ten years ago to win the Super Bowl one year and make a repeat appearance the following year. It'll be the battle between an established AFC dynasty and an NFC dynasty in the making. Whoever comes out on top, the folks at both Harpoon and Elysian will be drinking excellent beer, both that of their own making and their friends from across the country.


ABOUT ELYSIAN
Three-time Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Elysian Brewing Company operates four neighborhood restaurants and a production brewery in Seattle, Washington. Known both for classic styles and for flexibility and innovation, Elysian has brewed over 350 different recipes since opening in 1996. While Elysian's brewers use a variety of unusual ingredients, they are seasonally notorious for their pumpkin beers. Each year Elysian hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, where dozens of different pumpkin beers are poured, some of them from giant pumpkins. WWW.ELYSIANBREWING.COM

HARPOON BREWERY
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon's line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO White beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 12th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit WWW.HARPOONBREWERY.COM

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Lompoc Brewing hosts “Black Out Beer Fest” February 20th.

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Press Release

image  courtesy Lompoc Brewing

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing will host its third annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from craft breweries including Alameda, Breakside, Burnside, Cascade, Ecliptic, Fort George, Gigantic, Hopworks, Lucky Lab, pFriem, The Commons, Three Creeks, Upright, Widmer and one yet to be named. There will also be live music and food specials.

Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to Sidebar on Williams. The event is for ages 21+.

BEER LINEUP (WILL BE UPDATED ON THE WEBSITE AS MORE DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE)
Alameda Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout 
Breakside Salted Caramel Stout 
Burnside Red Light District
Cascade Dark Day CDA 
Ecliptic OORT Imperial Stout
Fort George PB&J Stout
Gigantic Saboteur Baltic Porter
Hopworks TBA
Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter
Lompoc Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter
Lompoc Jitterbrew Stout
Lompoc TBA
Lucky Lab Accidentally Iced Porter
pFriem Oatmeal Stout
The Commons TBA
Three Creeks Tenpine Double Chocolate Porter
Upright TBA
Widmer TBA
Brewery TBA

For more information about the event, including beer descriptions, visit www.lompocbrewing.com.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brewery News: OR: Bend: “Deschutes Brewery Donates More than $285,000 to More Than 500 Nonprofits in 2014”

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Press Release

… Bend, Oregon - Each year, Deschutes Brewery dedicates $1 per barrel sold to nonprofits throughout its distribution area as part of its commitment to building a healthier society. In 2014, this came to more than $285,000 going to organizations that provide services for the environment, children, families, animals, education and those supporting arts and cultural activities. In addition, the brewery donated an extra $37,000 in beer to support charitable events throughout the year.

“In 2014, our community involvement program reached more deserving nonprofits than ever before,” said Erin Rankin, Donations Coordinator. “This year we are looking forward to increasing our impact not only with our growing funds for giving, but also the enhanced partnerships we are creating to help these organizations gain exposure in their communities.”

In the coming year, Deschutes Brewery will draw from a giving fund of $335,000; approximately $1 per barrel sold in 2014. In addition, the brewery has two brand-new programs for charitable giving that launch in the New Year, encouraging participation from its fans and helping give charitable organizations greater exposure:

  • Community Pints. Both the Bend and Portland pubs will donate $1 per pint sold every Tuesday of the month to a selected charity. In the Bend tasting room, $2 per growler fill on Tuesdays will go to the same selected charity. Check the company website for details on monthly charities at www.deschutesbrewery.com/events.
  • Street Pub.  Deschutes will be traveling to seven select cities, bringing a block party experience to communities outside of O regon. There will be a charitable match fund set up for local nonprofits at each of these events; look for more details and a complete schedule coming soon.

Deschutes Brewery donated to more than 500 nonprofits in 2014! Larger contributions included support of organizations like the Freshwater Trust; Deschutes River Conservancy; Deschutes Children’s Foundation; J Bar J Youth Services; High Desert Museum; Bend Area Habitat for Humanity and many others. Although the bulk of the funds donated stayed in Oregon, the brewery also supported nonprofits like Milwaukee Riverkeeper and West Michigan Environmental Action Council in expansion states, as well as, organizations such as Friends of the Los Angeles River and San Diego Coastkeeper in existing markets.

A cross-departmental team of twelve passionate individuals helps to guide community giving for the company, carefully evaluating where donations can have the most impact. Employees are also encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities each quarter.

About Deschutes Brewery
Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work in 2013 and 2014, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. The brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

Festival Reminder: WA: Seattle: 2015 Washington Cask Beer Festival is just around the corner.

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Press Release

(Seattle, WA) … - The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. More than 40 Guild member breweries are expect to participate and delight cask enthusiasts and hop heads with their superb creations. As most Cask Fest fans have come to expect over the years anything goes when it comes to the beer lineup. There will be over 100 cask-conditioned beers to choose from ranging from classic ESB, English Mild and Bitter to highly experimental and brilliantly unique brews. To pay homage to the traditional English method all beers are required to be naturally conditioned without artificially introducing CO2, and poured via a hand pump or by gravity.

Cask Festival is an important fundraiser for the Washington Brewers Guild, a lobbying arm of the Washington brewing industry that represents a growing number of breweries that call Washington State home. The event is particularly important as the Guild prepares for the upcoming legislative session. In addition to being a fundraiser the event also supports the organization’s mission to strengthen the community of Washington brewers and facilitate brewer education by providing an avenue to collaborate and polish their craft in the form of cask-conditioned beer.

2015 Washington Cask Beer Festival

DATE

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Session 1: 12-4 pm

Session 2: 6-10 pm

Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before each session ends.

LOCATION

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

ADMISSION

$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available

Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes.

Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.

Separate ticket required for each session.

21 and over only.
Tickets are on sale online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org. This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase it strongly recommended.

BEER

Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to sample over 100 mostly exclusive or limited release cask-conditioned beers from 40+ Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. All beers will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine and the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors.

Also featured at the event is the Herbert’s Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by the Washington brewers in honor of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington beer icon.

BENEFICIARY

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.

Festival News: OR: Salem: Salem Winter Brewfest is January 30th & 31st

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Press Release

Salem Winter Brewfest logo courtesy Bite & Brew Salem

Salem, OR – Warm up your winter at the inaugural Salem Winter Brewfest, featuring more than 60 craft beers on tap, plus food and live entertainment – all located inside a heated tent on the Capitol Mall grounds,  across the street from the Oregon State Capitol Building (900 Court Street NE).  The Brewfest will be held Friday, January 30, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, January 31, noon to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the following Salem area breweries and taphouses: Gilgamesh Brewing, Salem Ale Works, Santiam Brewing, Vagabond Brewing, b2 Taphouse, Westside Taphouse and 2 Sparky’s Taphouse.

The 2015 Salem Winter Brewfest is presented by The Bite & Brew of Salem and sponsored by Columbia Distributing. For more information, go to www.salemwinterbrewfest.com.

Brewery News: CO: New Belgium and Stay Wild Magazine present “West Coast Slow Ride Adventures”

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Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo., January 19, 2015 – In honor of Slow Ride Session IPA, New Belgium Brewing’s latest year-round release, the brewery has teamed up with Stay Wild Magazine to offer beer lovers the chance to win one of four West Coast adventures, plus festival passes, camping and rad gear for two.

New Belgium Brewing will get the winners there and back, but first they must prove they’re up for the adventure by tagging their most epic travel photos with #WestCoastSlowRide. The first adventure up for grabs is a New Belgium favorite – the Red Rock Rendezvous.

Sure, you’ve been to Vegas before, but probably not like this. Trade in the slots and dice for painted desert canyon walls and world-class climbing for all levels of explorers. Hundreds of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts gather for an amazing weekend of camping, workshops, gear demos, clinics and, of course, cold craft beer at Red Rock Rendezvous.

Winning the #WestCoastSlowRide Red Rock Rendezvous adventure is any adventurer’s dream. The winners will travel in style with:

  • A full camp setup from TICLA – because you gotta be comfy and cozy after a long day of climbing;
  • A full camp kit from Stanley – because you’ll need some sturdy storage for all those sessionable IPAs;
  • An ENO Double Nest Hammock – to help you kick back and relax after all the exploring;
  • And a Yakima rack for your vehicle – because you’ll need a way to transport your two, brand-new Fat Tire cruisers! Yes, TWO!

So get adventuring and tag those photos with #WestCoastSlowRide for the chance to win. New Belgium’s panel of judges will choose the winners on Feb. 28, 2015. Also, keep an eye out for more West Coast Slow Ride adventure prizes and #GoSlowMo with Slow Ride IPA.

Red Rock Rendezvous
Dates:
March 27 – 29, 2015
Location:
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park – Las Vegas, NV

2015 West Coast Slow Ride Adventure Series

Red Rock Rendezvous – Las Vegas, NV
March 27 – 29, 2015
Winner chosen February 28

High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA
July 3 – 5, 2015
Winner chosen in April

Doe Bay Music Festival – Orcas Island, WA
August 2015
Winner chosen in May

Yosemite Festival – Yosemite National Park, CA
September 22 – 28, 2015
Winner chosen in June

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com. For more information and to read the fine print regarding the 2015 West Coast Slow Ride Adventures, visit http://www.newbelgium.com/westcoastslowride.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
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 nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Festival Reminder: OR: Portland: Travel Portland and Base Camp Brewing present “Collabofest”

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Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore. — … — Travel Portland, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, is partnering with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of the organization’s larger “Portland is Happening Now” winter tourism campaign.

In a program spearheaded by Base Camp, 10 Portland breweries have paired up to create 10 different #PDXNOW brews. Each pair shares a particular beer style, but individual breweries have crafted their own interpretations, utilizing local ingredients to showcase the brewing talents found around the clock in Portland. The #PDXNOW beers will be available at the breweries’ respective taprooms from Jan. 24 through Feb. 28. Also available, while supplies last, will be the #PDXNOW “Beerport” passport with tasting notes on each of the beers.

“Portland is the ultimate destination for beer lovers. With more craft breweries than any other city on the planet, Portland is the craft brewing capital of the world,” said Courtney Ries, Travel Portland marketing director. “This limited-availability series showcases a variety of breweries in town, and we hope this encourages beer lovers to visit Portland before they miss this exclusive collection.”

“This initiative typifies the collaborative spirit Portland is known for,” said Ross Putnam, co-founder of Base Camp Brewing Company. “Portland has an amazing craft beer scene that has made this city home to some of the best beers in the world. We’ve very much enjoyed working with this group of exceptional breweries to create a #PDXNOW collection that both tourists and locals are sure to love.”

Here’s a look at the #PDXNOW brews, which debut on Jan. 24:

Shared Theme

Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer

Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer

Amber

Base Camp Brewing Company

Bridge Builder Bock

Coalition Brewing Co.

Mutual Fermentation

Hefeweizen

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hop-Lic Kellerweizen

Baerlic Brewing Co.

Baer-Works Radlerweizen

Gose

Breakside Brewery

Juggling Plums Gose

Fat Head’s Brewery

Weiss Weiss Baby

Belgian

Ecliptic Brewing

Downkriek Cosmic Storm Belgian Sour

StormBreaker Brewing

Upkriek Cosmic Storm

Gose

Gigantic Brewing

Quadtastic B² + G + EX = #PDXNOW

Ex Novo Brewing Company

Gose Either Way

Launch Event: #PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest, Jan. 24, noon–8 p.m.

Beer lovers will be able to meet the brewers and sample all 10 limited-edition beers in one location at the kickoff event. The family-friendly celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 8 p.m. at Base Camp Brewing Company (930 S.E. Oak St., Portland). Collabofest will cover two city blocks, feature iconic food trucks Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill, and host a free, all-ages ski and snowboard rail jam (7-10 p.m.), presented by local clothing brand All The Homies and complete with fresh snow trucked in from Mount Hood.

Collabofest Tickets

  • $20 for general admission, which includes a plastic mug, #PDXNOW Beerport and 10 pours
  • $35 for VIP entry, which includes a Klean Kanteen Collabofest steel pint cup, #PDXNOW Beerport,10 tickets (each good for a 5-ounce pour), tokens for two full pints and early admission at noon
  • Prices will increase by $5 on the day of the event

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.travelportland.com/article/collabofest.

Portland is Happening Now
The Portland is Happening Now campaign highlights three of Portland’s top tourism draws: tax-free shopping, the city’s robust culinary community (and the opportunity to enjoy it during Portland Dining Month) and the innovative craft beer scene (Portland has over 60 craft breweries, more than any other city in the world).

The campaign kicked off in Seattle in November with the unveiling of a giant handcrafted cuckoo clock featuring chainsaw-carved Portland icons such as Mount Hood, salmon, beer, bikers, Portlandia, Sasquatch, roses and rivers, among others. The tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in America at more than 24 feet tall and nine-and-a-half feet wide, this unique work

represents the fact that something interesting is happening in Portland every hour of every day. The clock is on display at Portland International Airport until the end of March.

Winter Deal Wheel Offers Visitors Free Stuff
As if tax-free shopping weren’t enough, the Portland is Happening Now Deal Wheel highlights a dozen of the many discounts and deals around Portland available to winter travelers, including free dining, shopping and beer-related items. Visitors who book a Portland hotel stay for travel through March 31, 2015, on TravelPortland.com will be given access to a downloadable coupon pack that features more than 85 coupons valued at more than $1,000.

The items travelers can redeem without a purchase (deals are good through March 31, 2015) include the following:

  • Bunk: One FREE sandwich at any Bunk Sandwich or Bunk Bar location
  • Columbia Sportswear: One FREE Portland is Happening Now shopping tote by Portland Garment Factory at the downtown or airport location
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery: One FREE ceramic mini-growler from Portland Growler Co. (beer not included) at the North Williams Avenue or Southeast Powell Boulevard locations

March is Dining Month in Portland
Each year, Portland’s culinary leaders offer three-course dinners for $29 every day of the week during the month of March. Portland Dining Month showcases award-winning chefs and restaurants while making culinary exploration of one of the nation’s most talked-about food destinations even more affordable. In 2015, Portland Dining Month will feature more than 100 restaurants, including farm-to-table icons such as Paley’s Place and Higgins Restaurant alongside some newer stars like Smallwares and Ned Ludd. Find more information about the promotion and participants at TravelPortland.com/diningmonth. Portland Dining Month donates a portion of the proceeds from each reservation made through OpenTable to the Oregon Food Bank.

About Travel Portland
Travel Portland is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Portland, Oregon. Its mission is to strengthen the local economy by marketing the Greater Portland region as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. For more information on Travel Portland, visit TravelPortland.com.

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