Monday, July 30, 2007

Portland Beer Month: Reflections

Coming to the end of another Portland Beer Month, I thought it might be fun to look back and reflect....

It's been quite a month!

We had Puckerfest at Belmont Station, where locals had a chance to experience some Belgian styled Sour beers.

Concordia Ale House has taken over the IPA Fest and comp. I noticed the entries were less than at the previous Rose and Raindrop location, but was nice having this fest/tasting/comp continue.... Who will take on the Cask fest??

Our own Dean of Beer, the witty and ageless Fred Eckhardt provided a tasty night of beer and chocolates.

We also had a Sausage and Beer pairing, and other local beer events.....

The highlights of the month have become the Portland International Beer Festival and the Oregon Brewers Festival with it's Brewers Brunch and Opening Brewers dinner.

It appears the PIB fest has been pulling away from the pact, when it comes to providing a huge selection of interesting and diverse international beers. We can only predict this event will continue to grow to the size of the OBC, while increasing and educated the local palate!

As a local beer event hound, I riddle through a number different web sites and receive info from all over the Northwest. This year was no exception, but I started noting a strange trend... After receiving lists of beers being poured at the Sasquatch Brew Am, Brewers Brunch and the Brewers Dinner; I then looked at the OBF beer list. It appears to me that these smaller events had the real diverse and interesting brews, while the OBF seemed to be inundated with IPA's, Imperial IPA's and very few other beer styles. Maybe, a Pilsner or a Maibock here and there, but in general, not a lot of diversity. I heard complaints last year about the off balance line up too.... The OBF seems to have something for everybody with the exception of a diverse beer selection. There's food, tents, water misters, vendors, live music and other attractions. Everything for a great Beer fest, with the exception of a great beer line up! I think the OBF should be throwing a bone to the OBF attendees too....


Are we creating different playing fields??? The OBF for the general Public or the smaller Beer events for the brewers and those on a short list?? From the beer lists I've received, the interesting and diverse brews are going to these small venues and what left over goes to OBF. Not to say the beers at the OBF have less quality! The OBF is pouring quality beers, just not very interesting or diverse.... Mostly Flagship beers. I had four out of town beer guys come up for the OBF, but after they looked at the list of beers being served at the other events they were fairly disappointed with the selection at the OBF....

Looks like us cutting edge beer drinkers will have to be quicker the trigger to get into these smaller beer events. ;-}

Speaking of "Cutting Edge," Don Younger's "Over the Edge" beers and pub listings were sorely missed this year....

While attending a Private Party I had the wonderful chance to experience a sampling of Hair of Dog's small batch of Doggie Claws aged in JJ Lee's Calvados Casks! Densely rich and complex with wonderful oak... Wow! This is the kind of beer I hope to find at a beer fest.... Interesting, diverse and something different. A couple more of these beers could have easily replaced the Northwest Standard Hoppy IPA's on the OBF list..... ;-}

Friday, July 20, 2007

2007 Oregon Brewers Festival - Beer List

It's time again for the annual Oregon Brewers Festival!

Looking like it'll be a HOT weekend for drinkin'! Make sure you stay hydrated and drink lost of water!

See you there!

Dr. Wort

Here's your 2007 beer line up!

21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco CA
Watermelon Wheat
Fruit Beer

Alameda Brewhouse
PortlanOR
El Torero Organic IPA
American Style IPA


Alaskan Brewing Co
Juneau AK
Alaskan IPA
IPA


Amnesia Brewing
Portland OR
Dry Hopped Dusty Trail Pale Ale
Pale Ale


Anderson Valley Brewing Co
BoonvilleCA
Summer Solstive Cerveza Crema
Cream Ale


Ballast Point Brewing Co
San DiegoCA
Yellowtail Pale Ale
Kolsch


Bayern Brewing
Missoula MT
Bayern Pilsner
German Pilsner Lager


Bear Republic Brewing Co
Healdsburg CA
Racer X
Double IPA


Bison Brewing
BerkeleyCA
Organic Chocolate Stout
Dry Foreign Style Stout


BJ's Brewing
PortlandOR
c'est bon blonde
Belgian Blonde


Boulder Beer Co
BoulderCO
Sweaty Betty Blonde
German Weiss Beer



Boundary Bay Brewery
BellinghamWA
Galena Single Hop Pale Ale
Pale Ale



Brewery Ommegang
CooperstownNY
Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
Farmhouse Saison


BridgePort Brewing Co
PortlandOR
Haymaker Extra Pale Ale


Butte Creek Brewing Co
ChicoCA
Organic Pilsner
Pilsner


Calapooia Brewing Co
AlbanyOR
Yankee Clipper IPA
IPA


Cascade Brewing at the Raccoon Lodge
PortlandOR
Razberry Wheat
Fruit Beer


Collaborator
PortlandOR
Rawkin Bock
Bock



Deschutes Brewery
BendOR
19th Anniversary Golden Ale
Belgium Style StrongGolden Ale



Diamond Knot Brewing Co
MukilteoWA
Industrial IPA
Imperial IPA


Dick's Brewing Co
CentraliaWA
Dick's Lava Rock Porter
English Porter


Eel River Brewing Co
FortunaCA
Organic IPA
IPA



Elysian Brewing Co
Seattle WA
Prometheus IPA
West Coast IPA


Eugene City Tracktown Ales
EugeneOR
Honey Orange Wheat
Wheat/Fruit


Fearless Brewing Co
EstacadaOR
Fearless Scottish Ale
Scottish Export


Fifty Fifty Brewing
Truckee CA
Donner Party Porter
Porter


Flying Fish Brewing Co
Cherry HillNJ
Bourbon Barrel Abbey Dubbel
Belgian Style Dubbel


Four + Brewing Co
Salt Lake CityUT
Wildfire
Organic Extra Pale Ale


Full Sail Brewing Co
Hood RiverOR
Full Sail LTD 02
Pale Bock


Golden Valley Brewery
McMinnville
OR
Red Thistle Quercus
Pinot oak barrel aged red/ESB


Grand Teton Brewing Co
VictorID
Bitch Creek ESB
ESB


Great Divide Brewing Co
DenverCO
Titan IPA
IPA


Green Flash Brewing Co
VistaCA
West Coast IPA
West Coast IPA


Hale's Ales Brewery
SeattleWA
"El Jefe" Weizen Ale
Bavarian Style Hefeweizen


Hazel Dell Brewpub
VancouverWA
red Zone
Pale Ale


Hopworks Urban Brewery
PortlandOR
Hopworks Organic IPA
Organic American IPA


Klamath Basin Brewing Co
Klamath FallsOR
Crater Lake Golden Ale
Golden Ale


Kona Brewing Co
Kailua-KonaHI
Wailua Wheat
Wheat Ale brewed with tropical passion fruit


Laurelwood Brewing Co
PortlandOR
PNW Pils
Strong Pilsner


Lompoc Brewing
PortlandOR
SummerAid
Golden Ale



Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
PortlandOR
Triple Threat IPA
IPA



MacTarnahan's
PortlandOR
MacTarnahan's Amber Ale
Northwest Style Amber Ale


Mad River Brewing Co
Blue LakeCA
Steelhead Double IPA
IPA


Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub
TigardOR
Farmer's Daughter
Belgian Saison Golden Strong Ale



McMenamins Fulton Pub & Brewery
PortlandOR
Monkey House
Northwest IPA



Michigan Brewing Co
WebbervilleMI
Celis White
Belgian Wit



New Belgium Brewing Co
Fort CollinsCO
Skinny Dip
Summer Lager


Ninkasi Brewing Co
EugeneOR
Believer
Double Red Ale

North Coast Brewing Co
Fort BraggCA
**PranQster Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Belgian-Style Abbey Ale


Old Market Pub & Brewery
PortlandOR
A Midsummers White
Belgian Wit


Oregon Trail Brewery
CorvallisOR
Oregon Trail Wit
Belgian/Oregon Style Hefeweizen


Pelican Pub & Brewery
Pacific CityOR
Heiferweizen
Belgian Style Witbier


Philadelphia's Steaks and Hoagies
PortlandOR
Betsy Ross Imperial Golden
Imperial Golden Ale



Pike Brewing Co
SeattleWA
Pike IPA
IPA


Pyramid Breweries
PortlandOR
Thunderhead IPA
American Style IPA



Ram Restaurant and Brewery
SalemOR
Double Exposure IPA
Double IPA



Redhook Ale Brewery
WoodinvilleWA
Long Hammer IPA
IPA



Rock Bottom Brewery
PortlandOR
Velvet Pale Ale
Pale Ale



Rogue Ales
NewportOR
Rogue Imperial Porter
Imperial Porter



Russian River Brewing Co
Santa RosaCA
Pliny the Elder
Double IPA



Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
ChicoCA
Summerfest beer
Pilsner Style Lager



Siletz Brewing
SiletzOR
Spruce Ale
Other



Silver City Brewing Co
SilverdaleWA
Whoop Pass Double IPA
Imperial IPA



Snipes Mountain Brewery
SunnysideWA
IPA
IPA



Spanish Peaks/BlackDog
PolsonMT
Black Dog Ale
Amber Ale



Sprecher Brewing Co
GlendaleWI
Mai Bock
Blonde Bock



Standing Stone Brewing Co
AshlandOR
Standing Stone Double IPA
Double IPA


Steelhead Brewing Co
EugeneOR
Full Count Pale Ale
American Pale Ale


Stone Brewing Co
EscondidoCA
**Stone 07/07/07 Vertical Epic
Saison/Belgium Farmhouse ale



Terminal Gravity
EnterpriseOR
TG Triple
Abbey Triple



Trumer Brauerei-Berkeley
BerkeleyCA
Trumer Pils
Germany Style Pilsner



Victory Brewing Co
DowningtownPA
Prima Pils
Pilsner



Widmer Brothers Brewing Co
PortlandOR
Noggin Grog
Imperial

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Beer Bloggers to Meet

Dave from Blog Sober has the full details. Bloggers and Beer blog readers are getting together at 3-5 PM. Sunday, July 29. Belmont Station Bier Cafe, 4500 S.E. Stark St..

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Brouwers Cafe - Event Update

July

Christmas In July, Friday July 13th

Just because it's going to be in the 80's and 90's this week, doesn't mean you can't pretend it's the Holidays again. We've cellared a handful of our favorite seasonal releases and they're going on tap this Friday.

Look for Maritime Jolly Roger, Scaldis Noel, Gouden Carlous Noel, Sierra Celebration, Delirium Noel, Great Divide Hibernation, Corsendonk Christmas, Baron Liberator, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, and more

August

New Belgiums Tour de Fat
Saturday August 11th

Ride your bike on down to the parking lot across the street from us and enjoy New Belgium Brews, Bicycles, & Bands. Check out the website for it here. It all begins at 11am.

Keep the party rolling with us, just across the street. We're sure to have something special going on inside Brouwers!

September

Hopfest 2007! Friday September 7th

Can a beer be too-Hoppy? If you answered no than make sure not to miss this one. It all starts the first Friday of September and goes until they are all gone.

As always, expect to see special Hopped-out IPA's that you've never had before, and may never have again!

November

Brouwer's Big Wood Festival

Brouwer's is kicking off their first ever Big Wood Festival! We're putting together at least a couple dozen wood-aged beers special for this event.

Thanks for the interest in Brouwer's CafÈ. Cheers.


Portland International Beer Festival

This coming weekend!

Expand your beer palate and knowledge! I huge variety of beers from all over the world. Nice selection of Belgian beers and more!

Go to their web site for more info and Beer LIST!

Here's some basic info:

Dates and Times
Friday July 13 4pm-10pm
Saturday July 14 12pm-10pm
Sunday July 15 12pm-7pm
Cost
Beer drinkers pay $20 for 10 beer tickets and official PIB glass.
More tickets available for $1 each
All beers are 4oz. servings
Each beer costs 1, 2, or 3 tickets depending on "swank factor"


Re-Entry Policy
Same-Day: Free
(must have glass & wristband. NO exceptions)


Fair Warning
With this many great beers, it’s hard to keep them all in stock
throughout the weekend. Please come early to avoid missing
out on the Best of the Fest. Selections may be limited on
Sunday. There are no refunds for unused tickets or because
certain beers are out of stock. If we are out of your favorite
beer, it is most likely because Jack Hooley drank it all.


Free darts, chess, checkers and backgammon!
Check back for more info on:
Great Food
Cigar Bar

Green Dragon Update


I don't know who to credit this info, but I found it while trolling the beer blogs.... Looking foreword to the opening!

The Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub will open in late summer of 2007. We will be a three-ring circus of libation sensations: part brewpub, part bistro, part coffee house. Oh, and did we mention the distillery that shares our building? In fact, The Green Dragon will anchor what we like to call Libation Alley, a 13-block area that already boasts two other breweries and two other distilleries... with another distillery on the way. We will have a constantly rotating selection of more than 20 beers on tap, featuring our own beers as well as a selection of the finest local, national and international craft beers. But don't expect a "greatest hits" list of all the flagship brands you can find at every other pub in town. We will have the most eclectic and obscure draft list in town. Our menu steers clear of standard pub fare like burgers and fish and chips in favor of beer-friendly foods such as mussels and frites and cajun meatloaf sandwich. On the liquor shelf, you won't find the familar faces of Jack, Jim, Jose and Johnny, but you will find artisan-distilled offerings from IntegritySpirits, House Spirits, New Deal, Indio, Rogue, Clear Creek and more. Our coffee selections will rotate just as frequently as beer offerings with all of the local roasters making an appearance. Our motto? Expect the unexpected. We take our name from a famous tavern/coffeehouse in Boston called the Green Dragon, where Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty planned the Boston Tea Party and set in motion the American Revolution. We're out to revolutionize the Portland pub experience. We're revolting... won't you join us? To get on our mailing list or find out how you can join our Founders Club or our Mug Club, send an e-mail to pdxgreendragon@yahoo.com

Monday, July 9, 2007

Laurel wood: No smoke, but still Painful Play Areas

We just got the Anti-Smoking bill passed for Portland.... Do we have to start an Anti-Play area ban for children too??

First, let me say a few things. I have children and bring them to pubs that allow children. You wouldn't know they are even in the building! They sit, they talk with each other and they eat. You know, like adults or well behaved children.

I don't think we need to BAN children from Pubs. I think need to encourage some public etiquette!

When I grew up, my parents were pretty lay back, but considerate to others. That's an important coupling of words, so I will repeat! CONSIDERATE TO OTHERS!

Our parents (or at least mine) wouldn't take children to a restaurant if we were going to instill indigestion on all the other patrons with loud outbursts and wails. This is just the beginning! It would have been considered extremely rude to allow your children to walk up and down the aisles talking, wailing and slobbering all over a toy. Not to mention dangerous for the servers carrying plates of food with a limited view. God forbid, you allow your child to climb over a booth or bother another patrons!

I think it's obvious where I'm going with all this..... These PUB Play Area's are parent crutches which allow the parent to sit at booth with friends, have a meal and drink up, while the children are entertained inside and OUTSIDE the play areas.

...and lets' talk about unhealthy atmosphere.... All those children with little sticky uncleaned hands, sneezing and coughing on each other. Bring those germ ridden toys back to the table, please!

In the past, here's some of my experiences.

A. A child fell from the top of play area onto a train table. Screaming and wailing for 3 minutes until Mom was done discussing how to cure cancer with her mom friends.

B. A child crawled over the top of my booth, sat in the booth next my children and picked green snot from nose and wiped it on the table..... Mom??? No where to be found!

C. While in the middle of a conversation with my table group, a diaper leaking dirty handed child came up and put his finger in my food! I nicely shooed him away and went over to talk to "the parents." They sat a table with about 10 other irresponsible half drunken boobs. When I told the parents what had happened, they just laughed. I politely asked for the money for my lunch since it was now uneatable and was refused with a upturned nose and scowl. I then went to the manager and complained. I did get my meal for free, but no one seemed to get the point when I complained about CONSIDERATION FOR THE PATRONS.

If Laurelwood REALLY wants to sponsor a Play Area.... I would suggest a sound proof "supervised" glass booth with toys and games for the children. A handy antibacterial hand lotion on entry could help too. A parent would check the child in with the Play area and check them out when done... I've seen grocery stores and theaters have such provisions, why not have it in a pub? If Laurelwood truely wants to give children a place to play, I think they need to go ALL THE WAY and do it right. Consideration to ALL patrons should be the #1 goal.

I enjoy Laurelwood's pubs for the beer and the food. I just wish we all could go and eat in peace. I know I'm not the only one!

That said, here's my review of the new Laurelwood Pub on Sandy:

The new layout is divided into three areas. A large bar and lounge area which is "play area" free, but was not free from two waddling toddlers.... ;-)

Second, a smallish entry area with about 10 booths and a tiny play area that bleeds easily into the Bar area. This whole area can visualize the bar area and part of the brewery.

Third, a separate room with windows looking out onto Sandy with a large play area for the kids. In total, I'm not sure it's that much bigger than the 4oth ave pub.

Decor is very similar to 40th st pub with unfinished ceiling with wiring hanging down. Looking more unfinished, than industrial warehouse look. Just kind of looks like they ran out of money to finish the ceiling.... ;-}

The addition of two new standard beers was a welcome sight! The Hooligan Brown was very tasty with a gritty nuttiness, slight roasty and strong malt base. Hop are held back as they should be. The Workhorse IPA is just another Hoppy IPA. Well made with a firm complex malt base and huge citrus hop blast in the nose and mouth.... Do I sound bored? Well.... Just a little tired of the same old thing! Big hops, nice malt base..... can't we use these descriptors for too many Northwest beers??? When will the Northwest move on and advance their palate to something beyond a bushel of hops and a firm malt base??? Laurelwood will even have three IPA's on tap at the same time! All just slight different variations of the same thing.... That said, they can be very diverse are have been very successful at brewing other beer styles..... There other styles other than IPA.... ;-}

The food was deja vu! Same menu. Food can be inconsistent, but this day my food was well prepared and hot...

I found the Play areas to be strangely empty, although there were children in the pub. Most children were in their seat with their parents and quiet. Wow! Does half a mile make that much of difference? Maybe the view of Rheinlander is a reminder of responsible decorum... ;-}

Friday, July 6, 2007

Laurelwood to Open New Brewery & Daycare??

There are a handful of breweries just waiting to open their doors...... Hopworks and Green Dragon are in the works. Ninkasi has found it's home and Laurelwood will be opening their expanded brewery and pub this weekend..... I know I'm curious to check out the new digs and will probably make a Sunday patronage.

Not since Bridgeport's re-opening of the Russel Street Pub and Brewery have people been so curious of a new opening. Will the pub be suited for the people of Porland? The everyday Joe? The heart and soul of the beer world, the real bread and butter???? OR Will it be Disneyland with Beer? Lets' hope the expansion is for the people who truly enjoy quality beer and food in an mature atmosphere....... Maybe, at the very least, a sound and saliva proof glass cage with Tinker Toys and other germ infested, snot ridden items..... ;-}

Well....Here's the official write up from the Top Dogs.....

Due to everyone's overwhelming support, we have been able to expand to a bigger, better space! Our new Pub & Brewery will be located at NE 51st and Sandy Blvd., next to the Rheinlander.

Our original Pub & Brewery at 40th and Sandy will close Tuesday night to re-open in mid-July as Laurelwood Pizza Co. We will still feature antibiotic and hormone-free meats on our pies, organic tomatoes for our sauces and try to incorporate Laurelwood beer into everything we do. Watch for us later this month!

The new Laurelwood Public House & Brewery will open sometime this weekend. We can't give you a date (since we don't know) but it will be over this weekend.

FAQs

Will we still brew at the original location? YES

Can your new location not have a play area so the adults without kids can be away from the children? NO

Will your new location be family friendly with a play area like we've come to love? YES

Will you have outside dining? YES

Will the beer lineup change? YES

Can I still buy a keg at the original location? NO

We will continue to brew at 40th and Sandy for that pub. Our new location will be a little more adult friendly, but still feature play areas for the kids. You'll have to see the new layout and decide for yourself. Our outside deck might not be open this weekend but next week at the latest. Our beer lineup is changing for the better. We are featuring a couple of new beers by our Head Brewer Chad Kennedy. We think they are great. One of them you know as the IPA that won last year's taste-off. Come in and check out the new Laurelwood for yourself. We think you'll be pleased by what we've done.

Thanks again for all your support over the years.

Cheers!

Mike DeKalb, Cathy Woo-DeKalb.

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