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Eugene Beer Week Starts Tomorrow!

We are just a few hours away from the start of the 2nd Annual Eugene Beer Week. A full event list is up at www.eugenebeerweek.org, to help guide you through the next seven days beer majesty. With over 40 events taking place around town next week, it should shouldn’t (nice catch typo editor) be hard to find something that tickles your widget. As for me, here are my picks for each night:

Monday • 12-9pm • 2009 Critical Hit Barley Wine @ Ninkasi
Ninkasi is kicking off EBW 2012 by tapping a keg of 2009 Critical Hit Barleywine at noon. And for those not in the mood for a barleywine-fueled lunch, swinging by from 6-8pm will net you live music from the Whiskey Chasers and a trivia contest. It is also Ninkasi’s Pints for a Cause night, which means 25% off all pint sales goes to the Cascadia Wildlands.

Tuesday • 7:30pm Brewer’s Dinner @ Falling Sky
A 4-course dinner from Falling Sky’s chef, Corey, paired with 6 of the brewery’s beers, including the Cloud Break Munich Helles, being released tomorrow. Tickets are $65 and are available at Falling Sky.

Menu

Cloud Break Munich Helles

House Charcuterie Plate w/ Upside Brown Mustard • Dr. Optic Standard Bitter

Leafy Salad w/ Market Vegetables & IPA Dressing • Oranjekoorts Belgian Pale Ale

Hop Salt Roasted Salmon, Grilled Asparagus, Meyer Lemon Relish & Herb Butter • Trouble Everyday ISA (India Session Ale)

Lamb Sausage, Bacon-Potato Salad & Sugar Snap Peas • Upside Brown Ale

Strawberry Tartlet w/ Housemade Ricotta and Rhubarb Syrup • Summer Sprinkle Dinkel Beer

Wednesday • 5:30-7pm • Beer and Barrel Education 101 @ Oakshire Brewing
Join Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk for a lesson in barrel-aged beers. Taste some rare treats from Oakshire’s Barrel Program and learn about the fail-licious Hellshire II. This event is limited to 20 people. Tickets are $10 and include food. Contact Amanda (amanda@oakbrew.com) to reserve a seat.

Thursday • 6-11pm • 13th Street Pub Crawl with Oakshire
Grab your bike head down to Hot Mama’s Wings for a pub “crawl” with the Oakshire Crew. Pub Crawl stops include:
Hot Mama’s Wings • 6pm
Cornucopia Maize Lounge • 7pm
Max’s Tavern • 8pm
The Webfoot Bar & Grill • 9pm
Rennie’s Landing • 10pm
Wild Duck • 11pm

Friday • 5:30pm and 8pm • Charcuterie Wars @ 16 Tons Cafe
Continuing the popular Beer vs Wine wars, this time King Estates and The Commons Brewery (formerly Beetje) face off over charcuterie. Once again, Falling Sky’s Corey is handling the food, preparing five courses of charcuterie for the contestants to pair their wares. The menu includes:
Beet Cured Salmon & Pickled Ramps
Country Pork Terrine & Pickled Hop Shoots
Duck Prosciutto & Tarragon Pickled Carrots
Chicken Liver Mousse & Sherry Pickled Shallots
and Lentil Pate & Honey Potted Hazelnuts

There are two sessions, the first at 5:30pm, the second at 8pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at both 16 Tons locations, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday • 12-10:30pm • Sasquatch Brewfest @ Eugene Hilton
Not much I need to say about this one. Doors open at noon and it’s $10 to get through them. Participating breweries include: Firestone Walker Brewery, Nectar Ales Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Blue Dog Mead, 10 Barrel Brewing, Alameda Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing, McMenamins Roseburg Station Brewery, RAM Brewery, Eel River Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, Flat Tail Brewing, Steelhead Brewery & Café, Fire Mountain Brewery, Bridgeport Brewing, 21ST Amendment Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Block 15 Brewing, Stone Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Wakonda Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Vermont Hard Cider, New Belgium Brewing, Bison Brewing, Boneyard Beer, Dick’s Brewing, Pints Brewing, Rusty Truck Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona Brewing, Redhook Brewery, Walking Man Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, McMenamins High Street Brewery & Café, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Caldera Brewing, Fish Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Brewers Union Local 180, Gilgamesh Brewing, Fire Mountain Brewery, Southern Oregon Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, and Stone Brewing.

Sunday • 9am-2pm • Mother’s Day Beer Brunch @ 16 Tons Cafe
After a week spent treating yourself to some of the finest craft beer available, why not grab mom and keep the party going for one more day? The Party Cart folks have worked up a special menu for mom, including mimosas and beermosas.

Well, there you go. Sweet dreams and happy Beer Weeking!
Kevin

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

Actually, I’m a few days late…the wild rumpus began back on Monday with the return of 16 Tons’ Week of Wild. The celebration, which runs 4/23 – 4/29 at both the Taphouse and Cafe, features 30 wild ales on tap and culminates in the 16 Tons 2nd Anniversary Wild Ale Fest.

Some of the tasty, tart treats to travel the taps this week include:

  • Upright – El Coloquio de Cervantes: Barrel Aged Dark Rye Saison with Raspberries
  • Oakshire – Frederic’s Lost Arm Gin Barrel
  • Flat Tail – Wild Five Amber
  • Flat Tail – Put a Bird on Wit
  • Flat Tail – 1st Anniversary Ale
  • Flat Tail – Raspberry Beret
  • Bear Republic – Tartare
  • Cascade – Bourbon Barrel Kriek
  • Cascade / New Belgium – Pater
  • Russian River – Sanctification
  • Russian River – Supplication
  • Verhaeghe – Duchesse De Bourgogne
  • Deschutes – Malhuer Wild Ale
  • Commons – Barrel Aged Urban Farmhouse
  • New Belgium – La Folie

A very fine list indeed, but did you pay particular attention to the first two items? The first, El Coloquio de Cervantes, is a special barrel-aged blend of Upright Six, Upright Eight and raspberries, crafted by Alex Ganum for 16 Tons’ anniversary. The second is a Gin Barrel-aged version of Frederic’s Lost Arm, an Oolong Tea Saison, brewed by Oakshire for 16 Tons’ first anniversary last year.

And while 30 is already a silly amount of wild ales on tap all week long, things kick into overdrive this weekend with the Wild Ale Fest at the Taphouse. At the 2nd Anniversary event, which has no entry fee, you will be able to sample 70 wild ales for $1-3 each.

Cheers to Mike and Jeff on another great year!
Kevin

 

Eugene Beer Week Update: Press Release and Swanky T-Shirts

2nd Annual
Eugene Beer Week
May 7-13, 2012

Taking place all over Eugene & Springfield!

Eugene, OR (April 12, 2012)

Eugene hosts its 2nd annual Beer Week May 7-13. Eugene Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer culture in the Willamette Valley. Venues and Breweries include Ninkasi, Oakshire, Hop Valley, Falling Sky, 16 Tons, The Bier Stein, Izakaya Meiji, Rogue, Cornucopia, Hot Mama’s Wings, the Eugene Hilton, Cascade Brewers Society, Boneyard Beer, Brewpublic, Sasquatch Brew Fest, Deschutes, Hopworks, and others.

Beer week will feature beer tastings, brewer’s dinners, special bottle releases, a home brew competition, and other events celebrating craft beer. Breweries, retailers, bars, restaurants, and beer writers join together helping bring greater awareness of our region’s craft beers. Eugene Beer Week will culminate with the Sasquatch Brewer’s Dinner and Brewfest, which celebrate the life of one of Eugene brewing legends: Glen Falconer.

The grass roots nature of this event brings a focus to Craft Beer and Eugene in a way that few, if any, events ever have. EugeneBeerWeek.org is the hub for the week with detailed information about all of the beer related events taking place. Events will be added to the website as we get closer to May.

For more information: visit eugenebeerweek.org
Contact: Mike Coplin (541) 953-2530, eugenebeerweek@gmail.com

Sponsors include:
Ninkasi Brewing
Oakshire Brewing
Rogue Ales
16 Tons
The Bier Stein
Cornucopia

Marketing Partners include:
Eugene Weekly, The Register-Guard, Travel Lane County, the Eugene Hilton, Brewpublic.com, NewSchoolBeer.com, BeerAndCoding.com, Antsaint.com, KZEL and KNRQ.

Get Involved in Eugene Beer Week!!


And speaking of getting involved, one great way to do so is to pick up your very own Official EBW ’12 T-Shirt.

 

Shirts have been delivered to the Falling Sky Brewing – Fermentation Supply Shop and are available for the low, low price of just $10. Only 144 shirts were printed and interest has been high. If you want to claim one of these little beauties for yourself, I suggest you do not dally.

Cheers!
Kevin

Catching Up…

The three week drought of posts should indicate that I have been up to other extremely important things, namely enjoying getting to know my new son Archer. But it felt like time to spend a few minutes with my other, much more neglected child.

So, what’s new with beer in Eugene? So much I’ll probably only scrap the tip in this post. First off, Falling Sky is open, their beer is flowing and they make a damn fine Pork-belly Cuban Sandwich. Eugene Beer Week is also shaping up nicely, despite me crashing the website for several hours Wednesday night. We shot big, asking $750 dollars for the top level of sponsorship and three businesses have stepped up so far. This put some much-needed funds in the coffers and right now work is being done to funnel some of that money into T-shirts and other EBW branded items. I’ll be sure to post some schwag-shots once they arrive. And once again, I’ll mention that if you are interested in sponsoring Eugene Beer Week, hosting events or just want to know what the hell this fine event is all about, head on over to the official website, eugenebeerweek.org.

On the homebrew front, I picked up a couple 3rd place ribbons from the KLCC homebrew competition for my Dry Stout and Berliner Weisse. I also got my first brew of ’12 in a few weeks back, a Norther German Alt, fermented on Wyeast Bohemian Lager yeast. I tried to get my son involved, but being two months old at the time, holding the mash spoon was the extent of his contributions.

I also have a new MaltMill on it’s way from Jack Schmidling, my first piece of commercial-scale equipment…small comercial-scale equipment. I ordered the iconic Maltmill gear-driven and with case-hardend rollers. This is the same setup the boys at Bonfire used to start their 3-barrel brewhouse and should last me from homebrewer on through to struggling 1.5-2bbl system operator.

And speaking of commercial brewing, we have a pair of new brews from Ninkasi coming out in the first half of April. Commonwealth, a multi-grain session ale brewed with Amaranth, Millet and Teff is being released April 1st, on draft and in bombers. The beer celebrates Eugene’s 150th Anniversary and all profits benefit Food for Lane County and the City of Eugene’s Cultural Services. On April 15th, Helles Belles is returning, this time on draft and in 6-packs. The German-style Helles is brewed using a traditional step-mash and lagered for a full 6 weeks. Belles is the first beer in Ninkasi’s Prismatic Lager Series.

Finally, a beautiful care package arrived in the mail today from Widmer. Inside the reclaimed-wood box were two bottles of Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12, a tulip glass and a little bottle note tag, so notes can be taken on one bottle now, then stored with the second bottle for tasting against Rx2IS ’13 next year. More to come on this one.

Cheers!
Kevin

16 Tons 2nd Annual IPA Fest

You would think that living in Eugene, we could get our fill of hoppy beers any day of the week. Yet, there is still something magical about the word ‘IPA’ that brings out the crowds, tongues begging for liquid lupulin. And this weekend, you can find those crowds at the 16 Tons Taphouse for the 2nd Annual IPA Fest.

Press Release:

India Pale Ale Festival
March 10 & 11 4pm-10pm
Free Entry, Cash for Tasters
16 Tons Taphouse (Corner of 13th & High)

100% of commercially grown hops in the United States come from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Because of near perfect growing conditions, the PNW produces some of the finest hops available. Brewers from around the world use PNW hops to make many classic beers.

Hopheads unite for two epic nights or India Pale Ales served for your amusement. 16 Tons will present these increasingly popular brews in every variety: Red IPA, CDA, Imperial, Triple, Belgian IPA, Single Hop, Continually Hopped, Dry Hopped, Fresh Hopped, Bitter, Citrusy, Piney, Sticky, and downright dank. 70 beers with massive hop character will be available for tasting.

Confirmed beers include: Boneyard Notorious, Dogfish Head 120 Minute, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Avery Maharaja, Hopworks Ace of Spades, Block 15 Six Hop Wonder, and Brewer’s Union Union Dew (cask).

Other breweries include Ninkasi, Oakshire, Hop Valley and many more.

A quick note about this weekend’s event: It looks like Green Flash Palate Wrecker will be a no-show, but there will be Stone Ruination on a Randell and DFH 90 Minute on a HopRocket, both devices that infuse beer with additional hops between the keg and the glass.

Hope you all have a very hoppy weekend!
Kevin