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Beer Geek - Coffee Beer & Donuts!

Apr 16, 2015 -- 9:24am

It's the breakfast of craft beer champions!  We hope it's the first of many "Baker's Dozen Coffee Beer and Donuts Festival" this Saturday at Culmination Brewing in Northeast Portland.

It's the brainchild of craft beer and donut lover Brian Yaeger, author of "Oregon Breweries" and a guest earlier this year on the First Edition Beer Geek...

Thanks to our friend Steven Shomler for stopping by with Breakside's Salted Caramel Mocha Stout and cocoa-dusted chocolate espresso bean sprinkled donuts from Portland's Cocoa Donuts...

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week! 

 

 

Beer Geek - The Juggernaut!

Apr 09, 2015 -- 9:24am

Today is the final day for the Kickstarter campaign from Bend-based DrinkTanks.  They are WAY beyond their goal of $75,000 for their "Juggernaut" personal keg!  $292,000 has been pledged so far!

While a $69 dollar pledge will get you your very own 128 oz. super growler with a standard cap, you'll need to pledge $169 to get the growler along with the "Kegulator", the CO2 cartridge and tap system.  Still, it's a great way to transport a decent quantity of craft beer-to-go.

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10,000 craft beer professionals will invade Portland next week for the annual Craft Brewers Conference.  It's an industry-only event that is not open to the public. However, there are a TON of ancillary events that are: beer releases, special tappings, dinners and such.  The Portland Tribune has a nice rundown of some of the events.

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Business Insider is out with its annual ballpark beer survey.  Philadelphia has the most expensive, Arizona the least.  

The survey didn't rank variety or numbers of craft beer on tap.  Safeco Field in Seattle would definitely be near the top.

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week! 

Beer Geek - Spring Beer & Wine Festival

Apr 02, 2015 -- 10:11am

Thanks to my trifecta of guests on today's Beer Geek segment.  Steve Woolard, the man behind the Spring Beer & Wine Festival, along with Tom Sims and Mike Paladino from Sasquatch Brewing in Southwest Portland.

Tom & Mike brought wonderful samples of the 2 beers they will be pouring at the festival: Woodboy IPA and Berry Goldwater, a "Fruity Golden Ale".  Both were delicious!  The IPA is nice and balanced with a bounty of hop flavor and aroma.  The "Berry" is an easy drinker, perfectly accented with blueberries and boysenberries.  Fruit can be overwhelming in a lot of beers this style, but not Berry!  Cheers, Tom & Mike!

And a big Beer Geek congrautlations to Steve the 21st Spring Beer & Wine Festival!  Check it out this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center.  12p-10p Friday & Saturday.  Check out the BEER LIST HERE!

In addition to dozens of craft beers, cider, and local spirits along with food, live music and panel discussions featuring Portland brewers, cider & wine makers, and local chefs.

Find the festival on Facebook and Twitter @BeerWineFestPDX

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week! 

 

Beer Geek - Farmhouse & Wild Ale Festival

Mar 26, 2015 -- 9:19am

Spring is here and that means beer festival season is just around the corner.  

This weekend it's the 3rd Annual Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival at Saraveza in North Portland...  This year's festival will feature 70 different beers along with artisan cheese, charcuterie and pickles.  

Several breweries will be making their Portland debuts at this event; Denver's Crooked Stave, Almanac from San Francisco and Holy Mountain from Seattle....

Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday March 28th and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.  Saraveza is at 1104 North Killingsworth.  First come, first serve off-street parking is available at the PCC Cascade Campus, Lots C&D.  Tri-Met lines #4 & #72 run right next to the festival.  MAX Yellow Line is just a 4 block walk (get off at N. Killingworth stop)...

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week! 

 

 

Beer Geek - Attack Owl IPA

Mar 19, 2015 -- 9:12am

Remember this story from back in February?

First came the warning signs....   

... and then...

... which caught the attention of the national media...

... it's even inspired T-shirts by one of the owl attack victims....

... and now, as heard on the radio this morning, Salem's Vagabond Brewing Company has brewed up Attack Owl IPA!  Let's hope the beer gets as much attention as the signs did, because Salem's craft beer scene is an up and coming place. as owner Dean Howes told Beer Geek listeners this morning, Vagabond just celebrated its 1-year anniversary in January and is now one of a half dozen local craft breweries to call Oregon's capitol city home.

If you head that way, check out Vagabond along with Santiam Brewing, Salem Ale Works, Gilgamesh, McMenamins Thompson & the RAM.

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week! 

 

Beer Geek - New Portland Festival

Mar 12, 2015 -- 8:04am

Just announced this week: the 1st annual Portland Craft Beer Festival is coming up over July Fourth weekend...

This festival will be held at Fields Park in Portland's Pearl District.  It will feature up to 100 beers from Portland-only breweries.  Confirmed participants so far:Alameda, Breakside, Bridgeport, BTU, Columbia River, Fire on the Mountain, Gigantic, Mash Tun, Natian, Portland U-Brew, Stormbreaker and Widmer.

Admission will be $20 which includes a keepsake mug and 10 beer tickets.

Organizers say the festival will be the "unofficial" kickoff to Oregon Craft Beer Month.  For more information, click the link above or check out the "PCBF" on Facebook and Twitter.

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news...  

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