Friday, May 22, 2015

Portland Brewing Celebrates New Rose Festival Partnership with Special Brew

Velvet Majesty Kicks Off Exclusive Craft Beer Sponsorship

Portland, Ore. (May 22, 2015) – Portland Brewing unveils a limited-edition beer to kick off a perfectly paired, three-year partnership with the Portland Rose Festival. Velvet Majesty White Pale Ale is an ode to the festival’s official 2015 collector’s edition rose, “Velvet Majesty.” Like the century-old Rose Festival, this draft-only beer celebrates Portland’s tight-knit community, the beginning of summer, and the flower for which the Rose City is known.

Velvet Majesty features a bright citrus flavor, courtesy of a new hop as unique as Portland: the Lemon Drop. Combined with lemon peel, this hop makes for a robust and refreshing pale ale. Named after a beautiful magenta rose with a white center, Velvet Majesty is sure to quench Portland’s thirst this Rose Festival season.

The exclusive festival brew is only available from May 22 through June 7 at CityFair and RoZone along Tom McCall Waterfront Park. You can also find it on tap at select Portland-area pubs, growler stations, restaurants and Portland Brewing’s Taproom for a limited time.
Beer lovers can also sample Velvet Majesty alongside Portland Brewing’s brew masters at two-hour tasting sessions each Saturday during the festival.

                                  What:      Tastings & talks with the brewer
                                  When:     May 23, May 30 & June 6, from 3–5pm
                                  Where:    Portland Brewing’s CityFair Pop-up Pub

Portland Brewing’s Pop-up Pub near the CityFair entrance is the place to be for non-stop music and entertainment throughout the festival. In addition to Velvet Majesty, Portland Brewing’s summer seasonal S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale, its IPA, MacTarnahan’s Amber, and Pyramid Hefewiezen will flow from the taps at CityFair and RoZone pouring stations.

About Portland Brewing
Founded in 1986 by craft brewing pioneers, Portland Brewing was a forerunner of the Portland craft beer movement. Driven by a love for brewing great beer for the people of Portland, Ore. and beyond, Portland Brewing is committed to delivering the best every time. From unique small batches, to seasonal brews and new year-round offerings, beer drinkers can expect variety, innovation, quality and great-tasting beer in 2015 from a company that, simply, brews with a passion for beer. Portland Brewing is located at 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland, OR 97210. For more information about Portland Brewing Company, head to their websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Migration Brewing Company - River Guide Rye IPA

Got a ticket to rye'd...
I had to take my wife's car to Les Schwab to get a slow leak in the right front tire fixed. Just so you know, I don't have a car of my own. We are a single vehicle household, so when the tire guy told me it would be at least an hour and a half before they could get the Family Truckster into a bay, I had to quickly come up with a plan to fill the time. Sitting around in the waiting area with all the other schlubs for two hours, breathing in all that new tire smell? Not this guy!

Luckily, I live in Portland, Oregon, the best damn beer town in the entire world. All I had to do was DECIDE which brewpub to hike to--and I had a number of awesome choices, all within easy walking distance or a short bus ride. I opted for Migration Brewing, which was 0.3 miles away. Seriously, with about 60 breweries in Portland proper, I can plan all of my chores around whatever tasty craft beers I want to drink. Ah, what a life.

I walked over to Migration and called up my buddy Brian along the way. When I arrived, I opened a tab and ordered myself a River Guide Rye IPA. The menu board advised that the beer comes with a 6% ABV and 58 IBU's. The beertender presented me with a perfect pour.

The beer was served in a shaker pint with a cold-hazed, coppery orange color and a white, foamy head. The head retention was impressive. Creamy clumps of thick lacing were left behind and stayed around for the entire drink.

Aroma was indistinct citrus hops and some bready, yeasty malt in the background. I didn't pick up a lot with my nose on the initial uptake.

Taste delivered much bang for the buck. Bitter hops tang with the flavors of grapefruit rind and orange. Spicy rye malt taste was present and accounted for--nice! Pleasant herbal notes in the mix, too.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Hops bitterness and spicy rye left on the palate at the end. This beer tasted--fresh. Each fresh flavor was distinct and nuanced but balanced against each other quite nicely.

Overall, this is a fantastic rye IPA. The spicy kick of rye is probably not for everybody. I really love it, though--in beer and whiskey. River Guide Rye IPA suited my tastebuds. I liked it so much, I went back for another pint. I'm giving this one a very respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hopworks Urban Brewery Expands Its Core Line With Release of HUB Hard Cider

Portland, Ore - May 20, 2015 - Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of HUB Hard Cider in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Beginning June 1, the cider can be found throughout HUB’s distribution networks in Oregon and Washington, with a wider distribution beginning in the summer. In Portland, the release of the cider is celebrated with three release parties at local taprooms.

Nearly two years in the making, HUB Hard Cider represents HUB’s first packaged departure from beer. Receiving a winery license in August of 2014, HUB immediately began honing in recipes and testing them at both Hopworks’ brewpubs.

As brewers we have had a lot of fun crafting this delicious cider with the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest,”  said HUB Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “We use our beer brewing experience and knowledge to bring a fresh approach to cider making. Our cider is simple and delicious and we are proud to serve it alongside our organic beer.”

With a goal of making a year round cider with high-organic content, HUB Hard Cider is proudly made from 60% organic apple juice concentrate and 40% fresh pressed apple juice. The cider juice is sourced entirely from the Northwest.

HUB Hard Cider is a semi-dry hard apple cider, straw colored with fresh apple aromas. Slightly tart with a Champagne-like acidity, HUB Hard Cider finishes slightly sweet and fruit-forward. The cider is naturally gluten-free and is 6.8% ABV. HUB will also offer HUB Hard Cider in 22 oz. bottles this summer.

HUB Hard Cider Release Parties
To celebrate the release of HUB Hard Cider in cans, Hopworks is throwing three release parties in Portland. Each party will have games, giveaways, and cider on tap.

  • Mon. June 1, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Produce Row Cafe - 204 SE Oak St., Portland
  • Wed. June 3, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Roscoe’s - 8105 SE Stark St., Portland
  • Tues. June 9, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Hop & Vine - 1914 N. Killingsworth St., Portland

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), a certified B Corporation, strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. In 2015 Hopworks expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider and will open its third pub at the Pine St. Marketplace in Downtown Portland. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.