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Beer Geek - Winter Craft Beer in the 'Couve

Dec 10, 2015 -- 9:25am

If you didn't get enough craft beer cheer at the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, go check out this weekend's Vancouver Winter Brewfest at Esther Short Park.  

It features a great beer lineup from various Washington breweries you don't regularly see in Portland along with a fantastic list of holiday beers from no fewer than TWELVE breweries that are cranking out fantastic beer in the greater Vancouver area.  I think the craft beer scene in Vancouver is growing faster than anywhere else in the region right now.

 

Also happening this weekend: Occidental Brewing Company's Humbug Lager Fest.  It's Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.    It will feature a wide variety of lagers (light to dark, easy drinking to strong and bold) from Occidental and other local breweries.

 

Finally a shout-out for the Beer Geek's friends at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom in Southeast Portland.  They are celebrating the "21 Days of Festivus" by posting daily giveaways on their Facebook page. Winners will receive prizes ranging from $5 gift cards and swag from local breweries.  The awesome Grand Prize is a , a $1 growler-a-week for all of 2016!  There will be special tappings too.  Stop in and say "hi" to Alex & Shawn.

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 Geekl - How Much Is Your Craft Brewery Worth?

Nov 19, 2015 -- 7:39am

How about one BILLION dollars?  New York-based Constellation Brands, which owns big brands including Corona, Robert Mondavi wines and Svedka vodka, is buying San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing for 1-billion dollars.  Yes, that's billion with a "B"!

Over in Central Oregon, Bend Brewing Company is selling, but not to a beer giant.  A Denver couple named Packy and Leslie Deenihan is buying the family run company and plans to keep it that way.

Beer Geek - A Very Special 30th Anniversary

Oct 22, 2015 -- 7:50am

As heard on the radio this morning, it's been 30 years since an historic moment in Beervana History: the first batch of "Hillsdale Ale" was brewed at McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery in Southwest Portland...

This weekend you can enjoy a pint of the beer that started it all for Brian and Mike McMenamin.  The "new" brew was dervied from a combination of old brew sheets from Hillsdale and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, which also brewed "Hillsdale Ale" back in 1986 and 1987...

Check out some Hillsdale Ale Fun Facts from the Beer Geek's friends at New School Beer....

Also at McMenamins--TODAY ONLY--for every piint of McMenamins Ale sold, $1 will be donated to the UCC Strong Fund, which was created by Greater Douglas United Way and the UCC Foundation to help meet the needs of those affected by the Umpqua Community College shooting...

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 - Killer Pumpkin Fest

Oct 15, 2015 -- 10:04am

As heard on this morning's radio segment, Portland's Killer Pumpkin Festival is coming up this Saturday at the Green Dragon.  Around 50 pumpkin beers on tap...  

Next Tuesday, October 20th, its Killer Chris Fest at Beermonger's in Southeast Portland...

Up in the Seattle area, the McMenamins empire is expanding with the opening of McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Washington.... looks like another fantastic craft beer destination along the lines of Edgefield, Kennedy School, and the Grand Lodge...  

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 - Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives

Oct 08, 2015 -- 8:20am

The Beer Geek knows all about the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University...

But I just learned this week about another craft beer venture underway in Corvallis, and it's pretty cool!

The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives was founded by OSU Archivist Tia Edmunson-Morton back in 2013.  It's goal is to document and preserve the story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon....

A crowdfunding effort is underway to raise $5,000.  The money will go toward the preserving of documents, cover travel expenses for researchers to conduct oral history interviews & help pay for special events to share the archive with the public...

Check out the PODCAST of this morning's radio segment here...

 

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 - Fresh Hops!

Oct 01, 2015 -- 7:10am

This is the Beer Geek's favorite time of year in Oregon.  Beautiful fall weather & a plethora of fresh hop beers!

We should have both at favorite festival of the year this Friday and Saturday.

It's the Portland Fresh Hops Festival at Oaks Park...

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