APR/MAY 2005 | REGIONAL | WEST
Brew News You Can Use
BridgePort Brewing Company "Becomes Legal"
BridgePort Brewing Company turns 21 this year and is celebrating
with a big public party.
“As Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, all birthdays
are significant, but turning 21 is especially momentous, as
it represents a rite of passage in relation to adult beverages,”
explained Paula Johnston, marketing manager for BridgePort
Brewing. “It’s a milestone that calls for a celebration.”
The brewpub shut its doors in late 2004 for a 10-month remodeling
project, but that won't stop the birthday bash. Instead, BridgePort
is relying on the kindness of its neighbors to provide the
location for the "BridgePort Double Down" party.
The theme will be Blackjack (get it — 21?), and there
will be blackjack tables, special prices on pints of BridgePort
ales, food for sale by Pazzo and a midnight toast. Four bands
will be on hand to keep toes tapping: Nicole Campbell, Rye
Hollow, Dirty Martini and Groovebox.
There is no cover for the all-ages event, which will run
from 4:00 p.m. to midnight on April 30 at the Jackson Machine
building on the corner of NW 14th and Northrup (1115 NW 14th)
in Portland's Pearl District.
Put on your dancing shoes and hope that Luck's a lady on
April 30 as BridgePort celebrates 21 years of beers and cheers.
Kona Brewing Company Brews Nation's First-Place Homebrew
Kona Brewing Company's brew staff on Hawaii's Big Island recently
invited America's Homebrewer of the Year, Rod Romanak, into
its brewery to recreate his award-winning Positively Porter.
Romanak was proclaimed Homebrewer of the Year at the American
Homebrewers Association's National Homebrew Competition in
"We were very proud of Rod when we found out he had
been honored as the best homebrewer in the U.S.," said
Kona Brewing Company Director of Brewery Operations Rich Tucciarone.
"It was a pleasure to brew with Rod and re-create his
Romanak's porter claimed the first-place medal in the robust
porter category at the competition. Then it went on to be
declared the best homebrew beer submitted in all categories.
Some 4,443 homemade beers were submitted by 1,058 homebrewers
in 46 states and three countries.
Positively Porter is a dark, smooth beer, strong in roasted
malt flavor and aroma, with roasted coffee overtones and a
slight taste of ripe figs — a character imparted by
the extra special malt used in the brew. Romanak is president
of the Kona Coast Barley Boys homebrew club in Kailua-Kona
on Hawaii's Big Island.
"Next to getting the award in Las Vegas among fellow
homebrewers, being asked to brew my beer at Kona Brewing Company
was one of the greatest honors," said Romanak. "To
go from brewing one-half of a barrel to 20 barrels is overwhelming.
Kona Brewing Company's brew staff did an amazing job of bringing
in the exact specialty grains and whole hop flowers to duplicate
A batch totaling 20 barrels of Positively Porter was brewed
in early January and is being tapped exclusively at Kona Brewing
Company's two restaurants on the Big Island and Oahu.
"Hawaii's homebrewers are some of our most loyal customers.
We've always valued their feedback and support," said
Tucciarone. "It was great fun to be able to scale up
Rod's Positively Porter recipe and let all our customers try
it. I'm positive this is going to be a popular beer at our