As has become annual tradition, The New School presents the New Oregon Breweries Showcase as part of Portland Beer Week on Monday, June 13th, 2016, at Bailey’s Taproom. While this event is still quite a ways off, we thought we would give you a little preview of some of the breweries featured and advanced notice to mark your calendars.
The New Oregon Breweries Showcase will feature 10-11 breweries that have opened within a year from the event, most just opened in 2016. These are not just from the Portland area, but from all across the state. Each brewery will have 2-3 different beers on tap at the beginning of the day with a meet-the-brewers and owners session from 5-8pm. There is no cover charge.
The lineup and beer list is still being formed, but we are excited to be featuring these up and coming new brewers:
Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery
When we first broke the story about Christian de Benedetii’s family farm set farmhosue and wild ale brewery, we called it the most anticipated opening of 2015. A year later, we call it the most anticipated of 2016 and look forward to finally trying these long awaited ales.
Alesong Brewing & Blending
Founded by former Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk, Alesong Brewing & Blending is one of the most anticipated new brewery openings in the state. It helps that Matt and his partners will be focusing on barrel-aged, barrel-fermented, and wild ales. While the crew fills barrels, plan a Southern Willamette Valley wine country tasting room, and prepare for the first bottle release in late summer, Alesong is excited to debut a host of ‘soft release’ pilot beers during PDX beer week.
We first wrote about this ambitious startup last August of 2015 and the brewery has been slowly releasing beers to the public with growler fill hours at the brewery. Technically the brewery has not opened yet, but the crew is readying a full buildout of a public tasting room at its location in Tualatin while building a separate taproom in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. Ancestry Brewing has a 10bbl brewhouse and the brewers have experience with Bellingham, Washington’s popular Kulshan Brewing. It’s one of the more major brewery openings of 2016.
Friend of The New School Shaun Kalis has been working on his startup farmhouse-inspired brewery for years, and I remember attending a brew day and trying his homebrews years ago. He recently began making his beers commercially available through an agreement with Culmination Brewing. Ruse’s Translator IPA, Architect Saison and Multibeast brett saison have already garnered good reviews, although they are hard to find.
Public Coast Brewing
The quiet but beautiful ocean town of Cannon Beach is getting a new brewpub called Public Coast Brewing in the old bar that used to be The Lumberyard. Legendary brewer and now consultant Fred Bowman is working on the project that will feature a head chef turned brewer, brewing on a 10bbl brewhouse. The brewpub project is named in honor of Oregon’s public coastline.
Freebridge is the first brewery in The Dalles in one hundred years. Opened in early February in the historic The Mint Building on Main Street, the new 10bbl brewery and tasting room is a fresh new destination in the area with an experienced brewer from Full Sail and Everybody’s Brewing. Freebridge has not yet began to distribute its beers, so this may be a first for its brews in Portland.
Great Notion Brewing
So far the most buzzed-about brewery opening of the last year is Great Notion, which took over the old Mash Tun space on NE Alberta. Great Notion quickly gained a fan following for its New England/Vermont-style “Juicy” IPAs and bold flavors like the super maple syrupy Double Stack Stout, a fruited saison, and an in-the-works barrel aging and sour beer program. Plus, the crew has refreshed the space and upgraded the food menu to to truly make Great Notion a destination. These days the place is popular enough that you can rarely find the beer outside of the pub, so this is one of the few chances to try it on the westside.
New Oregon Breweries Showcase
Monday June 13th
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/215129608852964/
213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
More New Breweries To Be Announced….