Get A Beer Education this Week

As you all probably know, it’s Portland Beer Week and as usual their is a Seminar Series sponsored by the Caputo Group that many of you may not know about. While some great casual seminars have already passed, there are three killer ones still to come like tonights Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar, the Sour & Wild Ale Seminar on Thursday and the Branding for Beer Seminar on Friday.

Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar

Wed. June 13th 530-8pm @ Von Ebert Brewing $45 Tickets

Discover the art and skill of barrel-aging in this educational but fun tasting event and seminar presented by Portland Beer Week and the Caputo Group.

The discussion will follow techniques, styles and other theories on aging beer in barrels as well as covering multiple kinds of spirit barrels. Attendees not only get a one-of-a-kind learning experience but will get to sample two specialty barrel-aged beers from each brewer over the course of the roughly two hour seminar. Time will be allotted to ask questions and mingle with the brewers and drink more exquisite barrel-age beer at the end of the talk.

This years speakers and beers:

Darron Welch (Brewmaster, Pelican Brewing Co.)

Mother of All Storms –  Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-Style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spends a year aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel.

Queen of Hearts – The fruity and spicy aroma of the farmhouse Belgian yeast, herbaceous Goldings hops, and the well-rounded malt character of Saison du Pélican pair exquisitely with the latent botanical flavors imparted by Ransom Distillery’s Old Tom gin barrels. In the practice of their craft, distillers only bottle the “heart of the hearts” (the best part of the distillate), which is why we dubbed our Saison “the Queen of Hearts.”

Jake Harper (Assistant Brewmaster, Deschutes Brewery PDX)

Meanstick Rye Maibock – ABV 9.9% IBU 22: 100% aged in freshly emptied Rye whiskey barrels for 6 months. Deceptively smooth and drinkable, floral, slightly herbal, fruity, clean full malt character with a big whiskey nose.

Black Butte Cubed – ABV 14.1% IBU 44: The Imperial Black Butte base recipe, 100% aged in first use whiskey barrels that previously aged Black Butte Whiskey. Notes of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak with a slightly smoky, roasted finish.

Ben Edmunds (Brewmaster, Breakside Brewery)

Braggadocio 2014 – Bourbon Barrel Aged London Porter. Collaboration with Stone Brewing.

Err to Excess 2017 – Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Stout with Hazelnuts and Cacao Nibs

Sam Pecoraro (Brewmaster, Von Ebert Brewing)

OPM – Imperial Stout with cinnamon, chocolate and ancho chilis aged in Port barrels.  11.7% ABV

City of Thunder – Belgian Golden Strong aged in High West Manhattan barrels.  10.2% ABV

Sour & Wild Ale Seminar

Thurs. June 14th 530-8pm @ Culmination Brewing Tickets are $46

This annual seminar expolores wild, spontaneous, mixed culture and other sour and funky ales and how they are made. Featuring a panel of expert brewers who will discuss everything from production, to aging and sampling. Seminar attendees will not only learn about sour ales and talk to the brewers but also get to sample 8+ rare examples of the style from each panelist. Hang out after the seminar to hob nob with the brewers and finish some rare bottles! Tickets are $46 and on sale here.

Featured Panelists:

Paul Arney – The Ale Apothecary

Two/Three – a huckleberry brew aged in 2nd use bourbon barrels

Ponderosa  – A Ponderosa pine version of Sahalie.

Mark Goodwin – Burial Beer Co.

River to Hell Runs Red – Dark Sour Ale with raspberries and blueberries

Oud Bruin Style Ale aged 6 months in our Brunello foudres. Re-fermented upon fruit in Sanctuary Vineyards Tempranillo barrels for 9 months. 75% aged upon raspberries and 25% aged upon blueberries. Bottle Conditioned. 7.5%abv

Separation of Light And Dark on Peaches – Mixed Culture Saison Ale with Carolina Peaches

The conception of our wildest dreams and most simple desires, this Mixed Culture Ale is made with NC barley and wheat from Riverbend Malt and aged in our Brunello Foudre. Dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops this year we have aged the beer atop 2 pounds per gallon of fresh Carolina peaches. 6.0%abv

Josh Pfriem – pFriem Family Brewers

2018 Druif (won’t be released to market until July

Riesling grapes from Brooks Estate Vineyard mixed with our Lambic-inspired base imbue pFriem’s Druif with inviting aromas of fresh bread and berries. Its notes of delicate rose petals, pear and green apple, and its dry, sparkly finish may think its fine wine, but it’s beer— we promise.

Nectarine Golden Ale (2018 World Beer Cup Gold)

We age pFriem Nectarine Golden Ale in fresh Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc barrels, before adding perfectly ripened Flavortop Nectarines, grown right down the road by our friends in Maryhill. After another six months of aging, the resulting aromas of marmalade, graham cracker and citrus zest, and notes of peach nectar, cantaloupe and Sauvignon Blanc practically leap from the glass.

Ben Edmunds – Breakside Brewery

Strawberry Ballyhoo -Blended sour beer fermented and aged on Oregon strawberries

Big Bug Hunter – Award-winning blend of sour beers aged in gin and white wine barrels

Branding for Beer Seminar

Fri. June 15th 530-8pm @ Wayfinder Beer $12 advanced ticket

Learn from some of the best designers in the industry on how to build your visual beer brand using the language of graphics and lettering for a cohesive feel that separates a brand from the rest. This panel of experienced beer branding experts will be lead by Baerlic Brewing owner and former designer Ben Parsons who will us through designing logos fit for merchandise to designing beer labels and cans to telling your story through visual interpretation. Each seminar attendee will receive one free drink ticket exchangeable for a beer at Wayfinder Brewing.

Our panel of experts:

Ben Parsons – Baerlic Brewing owner, former freelancer and designer at OMFGCo

Oceania Eagan, Founder/Creative Director of Blindtiger Design

Bale Breaker Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Fiegueroa Mountain Brewing and more

Harvey Shepard – Oh, Beautiful Beer

Designer and author of Oh, Beautiful Beer the blog and book.

Ian Gordon – Principal Designer/Owner of Gamut SF & PDX

Projects include: SF Beer Week, Fieldwork Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Cellarmaker etc.

Orion Landau – Designer/Graphic Artist for Relapse Records and Wayfinder

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: