Pyramid/MacTarnahan's to Relaunch Portland Brewing Co. Beers?
Perhaps so. Pyramid/MacTarnahan's is considering remaking many of the old classics from Portland Brewing Co. before they were bought out. Again, sources indicate that Zig Zag River Lager is definitely making a return appearance very soon. There may be some Bourbon Barrel Blackwatch on the way as well, with more possibly to follow...
Fort George Leaves Mountain Peoples Distribution for Maletis
In a surprising turn of events, Astoria's growing Fort George Brewery has suddenly left longtime local distributor Mountain People's Beer and Wine, just as Ft. George rolls out its new cans. This has gotta hurt, as Mountain Peoples has been a huge advocate of the Astoria brewer and did much to help it during its rise from obscurity. I suppose the reasons for change are obvious, though, as Maletis is a much bigger distributor that contracts with A-B/Inbev. The whole thing is reminiscent of Ninkasi's switch from Point Blank to Maletis several years back. I hope to follow up with more on this story.
Red Hook's New Bottle Size
This rather obvious teaser image shows that Red Hook is set to reveal a new bottle on March 16th in a more stubby, hand grenade-like size. My sources indicate this bottle actually holds no more liquid than the typical 12oz bottle, so other than the variety, don't expect anything groundbreaking. Surprising that they are not just leaping straight to cans like everyone else.
Rock Bottom Considers Bottling Some of Its Beers
This story is a few weeks old, but the Denver Westword reports that Rock Bottom is considering standardizing 3-5 of its beers through all locations and then bottling them to keep a consistent brand. No decision has been made on who would actually brew and package these beers, since Rock Bottom locations are brewpubs and do not have production facilities. The story even suggests that recent merger partners Gordon-Biersch would not necessarily be the bottling partner.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Glen Falconer Brewing Scholarships
The non-profit foundation set up by Quentin Falconer, brother of the late Glen Falconer, benefits brewers with scholarships to attend the Siebel Institute, as well as a chance to brew the annual Legacy Project beer with Walking Man Brewing. Now, with the co-sponsorship of Siebel they are offering two brewing scholarships. Details:
One scholarship is to the World Brewing Academy Web-based Concise Course in Brewing Technology from August to November 2011. The Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The program is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques in order to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry.
The second scholarship allows candidates to apply for one of three two-week Web-based modules from the International Diploma in Brewing Technology Program. This specialty brewing scholarship is intended for those brewers who seek an in-depth understanding of a specific brewing discipline. Candidates must designate which module they wish to attend.
The Concise Course scholarship is open to individuals planning on entering the brewing industry and to professional brewers with no more than three years of brewery work experience. The specialty brewing scholarship is open only to professional brewers. Applicants must be from the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii and California’s northern geographic region (San Francisco Bay/Monterey Bay areas and north). The full application must be received no later than April 20, 2011. Complete details and scholarship applications are available at www.siebelinstitute.com.
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers from the Pacific Northwest to further their knowledge and expertise. For more information on the Foundation please visit www.glenfalconerfoundation.org
Mt. Tabor Brewing Expands, Opens Tasting Room, and Moves to Vancouver
Mt. Tabor Brewing, the startup nanobrewery located in Portland's Montavilla neighborhood, recently had its 1 Year Anniversary, and the company has big changes in store. Currently brewing on just a 1 barrel system in just a production capacity, the brewery has just signed a lease on a new space in Vancouver, WA, that will house a new tasting room and a larger 5 barrel brewhouse.
Rogue Creamery Celebrate Its 75th Anniversary with Special New Beer
Rogue Brewing is apparently brewing a new secret beer to celebrate the Rogue Creamery's 75th anniversary, which will be packaged in 750ml bottles. (via Beer News.org)
For the Love of Beer Kickstarter Campaign
My friend Alison Grayson's documentary about women in the beer industry is nearing completion, and she has started a Kickstarter Page to raise the last amount of needed money to release her baby. Upon publishing, she only needs to raise another $1,100. Donations start at as little as $10, and she's offering donors some pretty cool schwag once the project is complete.
Hopworks Ace of Spades Imperial IPA Returns in Bottles and Draft
What may be HUB's most popular seasonal release, Ace of Spades Imperial IPA, returned to the brewpub's taps yesterday. Bottles of this hop and booze bomb are set to roll out later this week to stores in Oregon and Washington.
Bridgeport Hawthorne Alehouse Closure and Reimagining
Bridgeport Brewing Company recently announced that the pub will close for four weeks starting on March 13th for a renovation. The project appears to be an entire reimagining of the space, with a new menu and, my sources say, an entirely new staff. This does not seem to bode well for the SE location. It seems like the entire lineup of Bridgeport is going through a renovation, with the recent axe on favorites like ESB and the introduction of new beers like Cafe Negro and Kingpin. I am wondering what the brewery's sales numbers were like last year.
Pelican Releases Nestucca ESB, Saison Du Pelican in Bottles, Expands Distribution to Washington
For the first time ever, Pelican Brewery is bottling its Nestucca ESB, noted for its English-style herbal and grassy hops and toasted malt character. The brewery is also re-releasing Saison Du Pelican in 750ml hand corked and caged bottles. Possibly the biggest news is that Pelican is slowly expanding its distribution into Washington, beginning with Vancouver.
Cascade Brewing Saison Festival Announced for May 7th
The Cascade Barrel House is putting on a rare festival of Saisons, the first I have heard of. They will be pouring Saisons from Block 15, Boulevard, Breakside, Buckman, Brasserie Dupont, Cascade, Double Mountain, Green Dragon, Oakshire, Stillwater, Two Rivers Cidery & Upright. The festival runs from Noon to 10 pm and also features live music. Admission is free - to drink, either bring a 14 ounce plastic festival mug from home (like the ones sold at Oregon Brewers Fest, Holiday Ale Fest, or other such events) or purchase a plastic Cascade mug for $3. The event takes place on the production side of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House. Minors are allowed, but not encouraged.
Ninkasi Collaboration Beer with John Maier of Rogue Ales
For this year's annual Sasquatch Brew Fest, Ninkasi owner/brewer Jamie Floyd will be teaming up with longtime Rogue Ales Brewmaster John Maier to bring back an old favorite, Glen's Best Bitter, in honor of the fests namesake Glen Hay Falconer. The brew will use the newly-released Falconer's Flight hops.