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Beer Geek - Cheers to Belgian Beers

May 07, 2015 -- 9:38am

Thanks to Brian Butenschoen with the Oregon Brewers Guild for coming on the radio this morning to talk about the 9th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival. It's happening tomorrow and Saturday, May 8th and 9th in North Portland.

It's a great chance to experience the amazing flavors and styles of Belgian beers.  Unique to this festival is the fact that nearly every beer is brewed with the same Belgian yeast strain.  Equally unique is the way they make sure that nobody brews the same beer: a dart throw determines each beer's color and style!  How wonderfully Beervana!  CLICK HERE for this year's beer list...

The festival has a great venue, too: MCF Brewing Systems, formerly Metalcraft, on N. Tillamook just off Interstate (and the MAX Yellow Line).  It's like getting to drink beer in the brewery factory!  Plenty of space in the warehouse and an nice outdoor area too.

What: Cheers to Belgian Beers, Belgian-Style Beer Fest

When: Friday, May 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.and Saturday, May 9th from noon to 8 p.m.

Where: MCF Craft Brewing Systems, 723 N Tillamook St., Portland – Map

How: Admission is free. There is a $15 charge for a stemmed glass and five taste tickets, which is required to taste. Additional tastes are $1.  CASH ONLY. This is a 21 and over only event.

Also making craft beer headlines this week:

Sasquatch Brew Fest Announced

Portland Ranked Best Beer City in America

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 - Fred Fest 2015

Apr 30, 2015 -- 12:24pm

Cheers to Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess and owner of Belmont Station, for coming on the radio this morning to talk about Fred Fest 2015!

If you didn't already know the name, Fred Eckhardt is the elder statesment of Portland craft beer.  As Lisa said on the radio, the industry wouldn't be what it is without the foundation laid by Fred in his writings. knowledge, and personality.  Happy 89th birthday, Fred!

As always, it's an incredible lineup of beers.  As you heard, Lisa is particuarly excited about 10 Barrel's Peanut Butter Imperial Porter, brewed specially for this festival by another beer goddess, Tanya Cornett...

Fred Fest is this Sunday.  1-5 p.m. at Hair of the Dog in SE Portland.  Tickets are still available via HOTD's website.

Check out the PODCAST HERE!

Also making craft beer headlines this week:

Portland's Unipiper Gets Own Craft Brewed IPA

Pelican Plans New Brewpub in Cannon Beach

Portland Getting First Church-Affiliated Brewery

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 - $1,000,000 Donation

Apr 23, 2015 -- 9:34am

As heard on the radio this morning, the Oregon State University Fermentation Science Program is thrilled by the $1,000,000 donation from Carlos Alvarez, CEO of Gambrinus, the Texas-based company that owns Portland's Bridgeport Brewing Company.  As OSU Professor Tom Shellhammer told us, there's a lot going on at OSU that supports the craft brewing industry...  from the Fermentation Science Program itself to groundbreaking research on hops and barley.  

The Beer Geek is happy to shine the spolight on the good work happening in Corvallis!  

Check out the podcast here.  The segment starts right after the 18 minute mark.

 

  

Also making headlines this week:

Portland Business Journal: "Portland Brewer says it makes more beer with less water"

The New School: "Captured By Porches Opening Gresham Brewpub" 

Old Town Brewing signs distribution agreement with Maletis

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 - 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! 

 

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