|More freezing fog this am; chance of freezing rain 1pm-3pm|
|Portland schools open on time this morning|
|Lewis & Clark dorm evacuated overnight, when sprinkler pipe breaks|
|One of 2 cooling systems knocked out on Int'l space station|
|Searches end for Japanese hiker on St. Helens, missing plane in Idaho|
|Woman killed in midnight Gresham crash; no ID yet|
This is absolutely my favorite time of year for beer. I just can't get enough Winter Warmers, Baltic Porters, Christmas-themed, crazy-named big beers that come around this time each year.
Now that Portland's Holiday Ale Festival is behind us, I'm happy to report the 2nd annual Vancouver Winter Brew Fest is coming up this weekend: Friday Dec 13th thru Sunday Dec 15th at Esther Short Park.
Organizer Brian Davis joined me on the radio this morning to talk all about it..
Check out the beer list below... I LOVE the fact that Vancouver is quickly developing its own craft beer identity. Mount Tabor has been a mainstay downtown for several years, but check out the list below... 6 breweries from the 'Couve & one from Washougal. Fantastic!!!
|West Highland :: Westie Strong Ale|
This true Scottish Ale is malty and sweet, with just a hint of hop flavor. Mightier than your average Scottish Ale, this Westie is no trifling pint! ABV: 9%, IBU: 16
|Heathen Brewery :: Accelerant IRA|
The complex body of Pale, chocolate, crystal and Carastan malted barley gives this a rich coffee flavor followed with a chocolate bitter. Warrior and Willamette Hops may be camouflaged but they are tastefully apparent.
6.5% ABV, 60 IBU
|McMenamins :: Old Kris Kringle|
Sweet and spiced, this rich stout is a festive holiday ale
OG: 1.065 TG: 1.011 ABV: 7.1% IBU: 59 SRM: 47 / Buzz words: Dark, Sweet, Spiced
|Mt. Tabor Brewing :: Rocket Blonde|
Enter Rocket Blonde: a winter warmer strong enough for the season but light enough to leave room for milk and cookies
7.1% ABV, 33 IBU
|Loowit Brewing :: Storm Shadow Imperial IPA|
Striding forth with intense hops and a full malt body deftly intertwined in a deadly dance, Storm Shadow strikes without warning and eviscerates your palate./ ABV 8.5%, IBU 90+
|Dirty Hands :: New Deal Amber Ale|
A dark golden ale using Washington-grown 2-row as the base malt. Bravo, Apollo, Crystal, and an experimental hop combine to yield a clean bitterness with hints of citrus / ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 45.7
|Railside :: Wnter Ale|
Medium bodied, smooth amber ale. This seasonal amber is brewed with a tasty balance of malt and hops then spiced with a touch of cinnamon, coriander, lemon and orange zest / ABV: 6.5%
|10 Barrel Brewing :: Pray for Snow |
Strong Ale: Big malty aroma with a Munich character give way to a slight caramel & toffee mixed with spicy noble hop aroma, all wrapped together with a medium-bodied mouth feel.
7.1% AV, 60 IBU
|2 Town Cider House :: Nice & Naughty|
Celebrate the winter season with this festive holiday cider. Crammed full of cheerful winter flavors, this cider will spice up your cold, dark nights. Go ahead, and put a little naughty in your nice / ABV: 10.5%
|Burnside Brewing Co. :: Permafrost|
It's a big strong ale brewed with 7 different malts and copious amounts of Columbia and Amarillo hops pillowed in the middle to give this warming brew a chewy complex malt body and a unique fruity juicy hoppiness throughout
8.3% ABV, 77.4 IBU
|Coalition :: Shenanagins | Barley Wine|
Complex yet approachable, big and bold, yet highly drinkable, with delightful malt sweetness and fruit notes. Warning:this beer may lead to mischief, high jinks and tomfoolery! / ABV: 9.8%, IBU: 70
|Eel River :: Climax Noel|
This robust Imperial Red Ale is a hop showcase, with hints of toffee and caramel flavor notes. You can count on a nice, warm drinking experience. / ABV: 9.2%, IBU: 62
|Elysian :: Bifrost Winter Ale|
This ale smells alluringly sweet like caramel apples with a little spice and orange zest. Bold and balanced taste with citrus and earthy hop bitters and finishes dry with a bit of fruit / ABV: 7.6%, IBU: 60
|Firestone Walker :: Velvet Merlin|
A decadent oatmeal stout offers rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout/ ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 27
|Fort George Brewery :: Java the Hop|
Mornings are for coffee. Evenings are for beer. As you raise this pint there is no doubt what you are getting - a coffee IPA. May the Fort be with you! ABV 6.5%
|Georgetown :: Lucille IPA |
Floral, citrusy and awesome. Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille / ABV: 6.4%, IBU: 22
|Goose Island :: Honker's Ale|
With a fruity hop aroma and a rich malt middle, this balanced and immensely drinkable beer is not only one you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again./ ABV: 4.3%, IBU: 30
|Hop Valley :: Festeroo|
Baby, when it’s cold outside, wrap yourself up in this seasonal English-style Old Ale brewed with a slightly spicy combination of malts and leafy hops / ABV: 7.8%, IBU: 60
|Kona :: Pipeline Porter|
Try this smooth, dark beer with a roasty aroma and earthy complexity, brewed with 100% Kona coffee. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew. / ABV 5.3%, IBU: 23
|Laht Neppur Brewing :: Spiced Peaches 'N Cream Ale|
Honey, Cinnamon and Nutmeg have been added to our base Peach Hefeweizen recipe to celebrate the arrival of the Holiday Season / ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 18
|Laurelwood :: Vinter Varmer Winter Ale|
This strong ale is a blend of six malts and four hops creating an ale with deep caramel character, spicy hop flavor and a dry roasty finish. It's spelled differently because it's Vonderful! / ABV: 6.%, IBU: 49
|Lompoc Brewing :: Blizten|
This spiced Golden ale is a light and refreshing blend of malt and hops! Brewed with Crystal hops malted wheat, malted rye, allspice, and tangerine peel. / ABV 5.8%
|North Coast :: Old Rasputin|
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers, Old Rasputin is a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish / ABV: 9%, 75 IBU
|Ninkasi :: Tripel|
Ninkasi's take on a Belgian Tripel, brewed with yeast that contributes a spicy, clove-like aroma with citrusy and floral notes. / ABV: 9.2%, IBU: 35, OG 1084
|Oakshire Brewing :: Ill Tempered Gnome|
American Brown Ale: Take a little gnome home this winter! He’s a malty, hoppy brown ale of pure winter deliciousness
6.8% ABV, 65 IBU, 15.5 Plato
|Occidental Brewing :: Lucubrator Doppebock |
This rich and dark malty lager balances caramel, melanoidin and a touch of roast malt. Its initial subtle sweetness mellows nicely with subsequent sips. / ABV?
|Oskar Blue Brewing :: Old Chub |
Scottish strong ale features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don't dig dark beer / ABV 8%
|Pelican Brewing Co. :: Bad Santa|
Toasted malt and roast character blends seamlessly with the alluring herbal hop aroma that comes from copious amounts of Fuggle hops / ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 70
|Phat Matt's Brewing :: Phat Matts Porter|
Bright roasted malts, some dark chocolate and cocoa with s light hop flavor and a lightly sweet finish. ABV: 7%, IBU: 30
|Portland Cider :: Sorta Sweet|
Like biting into your favorite apple, this is sweet without tasting sugary. Full of apple flavor. Absolutely delicious and dangerously easy to drink! / 6.0 ABV
|Scuttlebutt :: 10 Below|
In the syle of an Imperial Dunkelwess, this beer has a crisp citrus aroma and medium body with a rich chocolate finish . Hops: Mt. Hood and Anerican Sazz / ABV: 7.4%, IBU: 22
|Southern Oregon Brewing :: Old Humbug|
A traditional winter ale with specialty malts that deliver a rich balance of biscuit, caramel, chocolate and subtle fruit notes
8.2 % abv, Color: 26 SRM IBUs: 77
|Virtue :: Red Streak|
An English Dry cider, made from only apples, never concentrate, showing a balance of apple flavor, tannin and acidity / 6.3% ABV
|Widmer Brothers Brewing :: Brrr|
The deep red body fills your glass and a citrusy hop aroma fills your nose. Then caramel and chocolate malts reward you with a perfectly balanced, malty sweet flavor and velvety finish
7.2% ABV, 50 IBU
|Hopworks Beer :: Abominable Winter Ale|
Made with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops and six organic malts. “A-Bomb” has a complex floral, spicy and citrus hoppiness backed up by just the right amount of malt sweetness.
7.3% ABV, 17 Plato, 70 IBU
|Finnriver Ciders :: Cranberry Rosehip Cider|
Winter seasonal cider featuring a lively fermented apple base with tart, organic cranberries and wildcrafted rosehips. Succulent herbal notes and crimson color / ABV: 6.5%
|Seven Brides Brewing :: Drunkle|
Fresh hazelnuts from Silverton are then roasted and smoked on the Traeger barbecue added during the conditioning, they impart an aroma and complimentary flavor to the rich malt.
6.5% ABV, 25 IBU, 15 SRM
|Vertigo :: Left Nut Brown|
American brown ale brewed with Golden Promise base malt, tempered with an abundance of Crystal 120L, Munich and chocolate malts to give it a malty richness. / ABV 8.0%, 32 IBU
As heard on the radio this morning, winter beers are starting to appear on tap and in bottles. And if you are like me, you can't wait for the 2013 Holiday Ale Festival in Portland's Pioneer Square. Hands-down my favorite festival of the year.
Earlier this week, the following "tease" appeared on the HAF Facebook page: "We've got a beer mashed with toasted marshmallows & a small addition of cocoa nibs in the kettle. Oh yeah, and it's fermented with a few whole raspberries #OhMyGod"
It may be November, but there's still time to have a little peach with your beer! Fest De Peche is Saturday at Saraveza on NE Killingsworth. A dozen one-off peach-based beers along with cider & mead. Plus peachy items on the menu too!
The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 6:40 on KPAM. Follow me on Twitter for craft beer updates @timhohl
As heard on the radio this morning, you can help restore a piece of Portland beer history.... Bottler's Tomb at the Lone Fir Cemetery in Southeast Portland...
This month's edition of the Oregon Beer Growler has a nice background story on Bottler's Tomb and the efforts underway to restore it....
If you'd like to get involved or for more information, contact Peri Muhich at Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery: 360-772-3245 or PeriMuhich@oregoncc.org
Thanks to Dan Hynes from Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks for coming on the radio this morning. The Grand Opening of their tap room is this Saturday, October 19th, from 11 a.m. until Midnight.
The Columbia River Gorge is a HAPPENING place for craft beer these days... here's my best crack at a list... I think this covers!
Thunder Island (Cascade Locks)
Full Sail (Hood River)
Double Mountain (Hood River)
Phreim Family Brewers (Hood River)
Big Horse (Hood River)
Logsdon (Hood River)
Solera (Parkdale) -- OK, so it's not technically in the Gorge but if you've already driven to Logsdon, keep going south on Highway 35; the view from the back deck is one of my favorite beer drinking spots in Oregon...
Walking Man (Stevenson, WA)
Everybody's Brewing (White Salmon, WA)
Backwoods (Carson, WA)
Acadian Farms (Carson, WA)
... wow that's quite the list!!! Is there a better place on earth for a craft beer drinker to live than Oregon and Washington???
Be sure to follow me on Twitter @timhohl for breaking craft beer news. The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 6:40 a.m. on AM 860 KPAM...
The wonderful once-a-year bounty of fresh hop beers & festivals continues....
What better place to sample this unique style of beer than in hop country itself. The St. Paul Fresh Hops Festival is this Saturday!
As you heard on the radio from Dave Fleming at Willamettte Valley Hops, they'll have at least 20 participating breweries plus cider, food, a band & it's family friendly too.
Participating breweries include: Alameda, Base Camp, Burnside, Coalition, Fecken, Fire on the Mountain, Full Sail, Gilgamesh. Long Brewing. Lucky Lab, Migration, Old Market, Old Town Pizza, Pints, Sasquatch, 13 Virtues & Widmer.
It's a great collection of breweries big and small, with some newcomers too. I hadn't even heard of Long Brewing in Newberg until today!
Easy to get there: take Woodburn exit of I-5 & go West or drive south on Highway 211 from Newberg.
As heard on the radio this morning...
The Portland Fresh Hops Festival is tomorrow/Friday & Saturday at Oaks Park.
PUMPKIN BEER ALERT! 16 Tons Cafe in Eugene is hosting a Pumpkin Ale Festival tomorrow...
Finally, the Examiner has a story on how the craft beer industry could be affected by the Great Government Shutdown of 2013. Nice to know Uncle Sam is still collecting taxes while the government is closed. Sarcasm intended.
Follow me on Twitter @timhohl for breaking craft beer news all week... if you have a story idea for the beer geek, drop me an email: email@example.com