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Beer Geek - #10barrelpdx

Apr 10, 2014 -- 9:41am

This is great news for Portland.  10 Barrel Brewing Company, based in Bend, will open a brewpub in the Pearl District later this summer.

Brewpublic broke the story earlier this week, a day before the "official" annoucement.  

To me, it goes to show just how sustainable the craft beer industry is here in Portland.  Every time someone wonders if the industry has reached its limits, something like this happens.  This industry is like no other:  a rising tide lifts all boats.  10 Barrrel, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding in 2008, realizes the potential of opening a new location right smack in the middle of Beervana: Rogue is right across the street, Bridgeport and Deschutes are within walking distance.  And as Brewpublic points out, newcomer Fat Head's is also opening nearby.  Long live Beervana!

My only request for 10 Barrel is that their All-American Cheeseburger Pie is on the menu in Portland!

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 for breaking craft beer news during the week!

Beer Geek - Captain Neon and the Emerald City

Apr 03, 2014 -- 8:03am

Big news this week for McMenamins up in Seattle.

Mike and Brian McMenamin announced plans to renovate the historic Anderson School in Bothell, Washington, a Seattle suburb on the north end of Lake Washington.

The will give it the groovy treatment they've done to such places at Portland's Kennedy School, the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, and the Oregon Hotel in McMinnville.

What's unique about this project is that it's a crowd funding effort... on steroids!  Investors with a net worth of at least $1 million dollars or an annual income of at least $200,000 are eligible to participate.  They'll receive an 8% return on their money.

Anderson School, which was built in the 1930's, will be converted into a 72 room hotel.  The complex will feature restaurants, small bars, a brewery & movie theater.   The development will mean 150 to 200 full and part-time jobs.

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Also heard on the radio this morning, "Craft", a movie about the craft beer industry, premieres at Portland's Hollywood Theater TONIGHT: two showings, 7 p.m.. and 9:15 p.m.  Director Craig Nobel will be at tonight's showing and will host a Q&A afterwards.  The movie, shot at craft venues across the country, features interviews with some local folks, including Mike Wright, owner/brewer at The Commons...

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Last but not least, from the We Are Not Making This Up Department, there's now a craft beer for Trekkies... 

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 for breaking craft beer news during the week!

Beer Geek - Lents Brewpub

Mar 13, 2014 -- 9:23am

As you've probably heard, the Portland Development Commission will help finance a new brewpub & outer Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood.

The city wants new development that it's willing to spend nearly a million dollars on the project.

As far as the Beer Geek is concerened, the more breweries, the better.  The company behind the business, Z. Haus LLC, already operates Pints Brewing Company in Portland's Old Town. They brew solid beer and were smart enough to go to the city for help. Whether you agree with the decision on the money or not, the move is good for Portland's beer scene.

Read the PDC memo requesting board approval of the project

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Only 132 days until the 2014 Oregon Brewers Festival and the BEER LIST is already out!  Love to see relative newcomers like Corvallis' Mazama Brewing and McMinnville's Grain Station on the list.  Plus it's always fun to see names I don't recognize right off the bat like The Dudes Brewing and Wild Ride Brewing...

Cheers!

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 for breaking craft beer news during the week!

 

 

Beer Geek - Mark Your Calendars

Mar 06, 2014 -- 9:36am

Malt Ball is tomorrow and Saturday at Portland's Wonder Ballroom.

12 bands plus craft beer from 25 local breweries.  If you are a music and beer love, this sounds like a great event.  3 sessions over 2 days.

Participatinig breweries: 13 Virtues, Ambacht, Burnside, Coalition, Crux Fermentation Project, Deshutes, Full Sail, GoodLife, Ninkasi, Portland, Seven Brides, Stickmen & Worthy.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 2 UPCOMING EVENTS:

Kell's Irish Festival is Friday March 14 thru Monday (St. Patrick's Day) March 17th.  Plenty of food, fun & craft beer at Kells Irish Pub on SW 2nd Avenue & Kells Brewpub at 210 NW 21st. 

Head to Hood River on Saturday March 14th for Double Mountain's 7th Anniversary Party.  11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  $5 admission, which gets you a souvenir tasting glass.  Kid-friendly until 6 p.m.

... while you're headed up the Gorge, check out Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks.  I've been hearing plenty of great things about them since their launch, when owner Dan Hynes stopped by our studio last October...  plus they've just added a food truck called "Pirates Fish & Chips"...

Cheers!

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 for breaking craft beer news during the week!

Beer Geek: Beer Brawl VII & Firkin Fest

Feb 27, 2014 -- 7:46am

Two events of note this weekend:

Beer Brawl VII is now thru Sunday at Concordia Ale House in Northeast Portland.  This year's blind tasting is IPA v. Imperial IPA v. Stout/Porter.  Oregon won the battle last year but the home team isn't a guaranteed winner EVERY year, as Washington has proved. 

7th Annual "Firkin Fest" is Saturday at the Green Dragon in Southeast Portland.  30+ cask conditioned beers from: Rogue, Hopworks, Sasquatch, Trackdown, Coalition, Breakside, Fort George, Burnside, Alameda, Newport, Base Camp, Rusty Truck, Pints, Old Town, Migration, Two Kilts, Pelican, Lucky Lab, Second Street, Seaside, Double Mountain, Three Mugs, Deschutes, Green Dragon Brew Crew, Fearless, FOTM, Vertigo, Worthy, Issaquah, Bridgeport & 13 Virtues....

Beer Geek: WA Beer Open House

Feb 20, 2014 -- 8:38am

Last week the Beer Geek previewed Zwickelmania, the annual President's Day weekend open house for Oregon breweries.

This week is Washington's turn to show off its fermenters!

The Washington Beer Commission's 2014 Washington Beer Open House is Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m.  

As with Zwickelmania, this is a great chance to get to know your local brewery or experience a new one (or two or three)!  You'll find everything from barrel tastings to seasonal releases.  Many breweries will have music and special food too.

Three Vancouver breweries are participating: Mount Tabor, Loowit and Dirty Hands.  All 3 are in downtown Vancouver within walking distance of each other.

More information at washingtonbeer.com and on Facebook.

This is a big weekend at Portland's Lompoc Brewing.

Black Out Beer Fest is Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Sidebar on North Williams.  $15 gets you a souvenir glass & 10 tokens.  Beers confirmed to date include Alameda’s 2012 Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout; Breakside’s Salted Caramel Stout; Cascade’s Diesel Barrel Aged Imperial Stout; Ecliptic’s Export Stout; Lucky Lab’s CDA; pFriem’s Belgian Stout; and Lompoc’s Sour Stout, Batch 69 Baltic Porter, 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash, 2010 Merlot Barrel Fermented Batch 69 Baltic Porter and the release of Cherry Wood Porter.

Saturday is the 8th annual Chowder Challenge at Lompoc's Fifth Quadrant (on North Williams next to Sidebar).  12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Clam chowder from a dozen local restaurants and brewpubs goes head-to-head in a blind tasting competition.  At stake is the coveted Chowder Cup!  This is a must if you are a chowderhead.

Cheers!

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 for breaking craft beer news during the week!

 

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