AUG/SEP 2005 | REGIONAL | PACIFIC
By Lisa Morrison
You Say You Want a Revolution, Astoria?
This just in: Reliable sources in the northern coastal city
of Astoria, Ore., have confirmed that a bunch of Rogues have
been frequenting the area, setting off rumors that this fair
city might become the northern Oregon outpost of Rogue Nation.
Meanwhile, Rogue's owner, Jack Joyce, told the Celebrator
Beer News that Rogue will be lending its name to an upcoming
establishment in this fair coastal town. Further details were
not available at press time. Watch this column for updates
and more rumor mongering…
The north coast sports an enthusiastic and growing beer culture,
which will be evident at the first-ever Buoy 10 Brew Fest
on September 2–3 at the marina in Hammond, Ore., just
south of Astoria. The event will feature local music and fresh
seafood, plus samples from at least a dozen breweries. The
festival runs Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The $5 admission fee includes a plastic
tasting mug. Call 503-325-6311 for more information.
The British Rogue Show
And speaking of Rogue Ales, congrats are
in order! Rogue won a history-making four out of 11 gold medals
awarded at the 2005 International Beer Competition in England
— and its Mocha Porter grabbed the Supreme Champion
title. It was an unprecedented medal-haul at the competition
and a chance for Oregon to shine internationally in a competition
that focuses not only on the beer but also on its packaging.
"I'm not sure how many [British] consumers currently
realize they need to try a Mocha Porter or a smoky rauchbier
brewed in the Pacific Northwest," said Graham Holter,
editor of OLN, a weekly news magazine for the U.K. take-home
drinks trade. "But hopefully, when they see the striking
… bottles on the shelves and crack them open, they will
be convinced there is a lot more to life than pilsner."
A Rogue Revolution (and revelation) might be a bit easier
for our British friends to achieve, as Rogue plans to export
as many as 60,000 cases a year across the pond. Don't despair
that all that beer is leaving our fair land. Rogue plans to
fill the gap by importing some award-winning British microbrews.
Rogue recently began distributing two beers from the Freeminer
Brewery in the U.K.: Waterloo Red and Trafalgar IPA, which
is based on an 18th-century recipe. Both beers are made with
hand-turned, floor-malted barley, and all ingredients come
from within 30 miles of the brewery.
Freeminer has won numerous awards, including Champion Beer
of Britain in two categories at the Great British Beer Festival.
The brewery was established in 1992 near the site of the New
Dunn Iron Mines, from which the brewery gets its name. Freeminer,
in turn, distributes Rogue in the U.K. Think of it as Rogue
Nation's own Fair Trade Agreement.
Oregon Breweries Stand Up Down Under
BridgePort Brewing Company received seven
medals at the 2005 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA),
held May 5 in Melbourne. BridgePort won a medal for every
beer it entered.
Ropewalk Amber Ale, BridgePort's newest brew, received a gold
medal at the competition. Three silver medals were awarded
for BridgePort IPA, Pintail Copper Ale and BridgePort ESB.
Bronze medals were given to Blue Heron Pale Ale, Black Strap
Stout and Ebenezer Ale.
A professional panel of industry experts judged a field of
793 entries from 107 breweries across 31 countries for the
AIBA — the world's third-largest annual international
beer competition. Rogue Ales took gold at
the same event for its Saison d'Winter, which was brewed by
Arlen Harris during his all-too-brief stay at the Eugene City
brewery (he's now brewing at the Issaquah, Wash., facility).
In the last issue, we told you about Pelican's
trifecta win at the same competition, but it bears repeating.
The small coastal brewery won the Grand Champion award and
the Champion Beer award for Doryman's Dark and received the
Champion International Brewery award.
Congratulations to the
Oregon brewers that successfully strutted their stuff
in the land down under!
Are You on the Edge?
If not, you're taking up too much space, according to Horse
Brass publican Don Younger, who is expanding this year's On
the Edge Tour, a celebration of Oregon breweries that takes
place during Oregon Beer Week and the Oregon Brewers Festival
The Edge features all the Oregon breweries that didn't make
it into the Oregon Brewers Festival. This year, the OBF promised
Oregon breweries that they would be included in the festival
if they got their applications in on time, but many small
breweries still found the entry fee cost-prohibitive. This
year's Edge features a lot more bars, taverns and pubs across
Portland. Look for a brochure at the OBF and at fine beer
establishments for details, as they are evolving every day.
It's a great way to discover some excellent brews and breweries
that often fly under the "beer-dar."
If you're looking for a way to escape the heat and the crowds
at the OBF, you might also want to consider taking a jaunt
across the Morrison Bridge (no relation) to the Rose &
Raindrop on Saturday, July 30, for a double and imperial IPA
competition. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. More information
is available at roseandraindrop.com.
A full review of all the great activities taking place during
the first-ever Oregon Beer Week (as proclaimed by the governor,
even) can be found in the last issue of this fine brewspaper.
Drink a Beer, Save a Turtle
Roots Organic Brewing Company has brewed
up a hopalicious way to help a threatened species. All proceeds
from the release party of Organic Pond Turtle Pale Ale were
donated to support the Future for Wildlife Program at the
Oregon Zoo. After the party, 20 percent of all Pond Turtle
Pale Ale sales will go to the program, which is a collaborative
effort to reintroduce the western pond turtle into the wild.
In the program, conservation scientists “head start”
newly hatched turtles that were gathered from wild sites,
nurturing them at both the Oregon Zoo and Seattle's Woodland
Park Zoo for about 10 months. Once the turtles are big enough,
they are returned to their homes and monitored for safety.
Roots has plans to do more to assist in conservation efforts.
Co-owner and brewer Craig Nicholls says he wants to work with
other local brewers in an ongoing project in which breweries
would create beers to benefit other programs at the Oregon
Zoo. Is there a Naked Mole Rat Rauchbier in our future?
New Kids in Town
Brewpub denizens might recognize a familiar fuzzy face behind
the bar at the Concordia Ale House, which recently opened
its doors at 3276 NE Killingsworth Street in Portland. Former
Oregon Brewers Guild executive director and current New
Brewer and Zymurgy Editor Jim Parker is moonlighting
there a few times a week. In addition to slingin' suds, Parker
is helping to round out the already mind-boggling selection
of draught and bottled beers at the fledgling tap house.
Concordia comes by its roots honestly. At one point, the
space was home to a pre-Prohibition tavern called The Pink
Elephant. Check out the original mural of beer-drinking pink
elephants that was painstakingly cleaned up and preserved
as you enjoy the likes of Delirium Nocturnum (appropriately
enough) on draught. Make sure to arrive hungry, too. Concordia
serves up some of the best pub grub around. We took my parents
there for dinner a week or so after it had opened, and they
still haven't stopped talking about how good the food was.
You gotta love a hamburger that arrives "stabbed"
by a big knife for cutting it in half. You'll want to use
that knife, too. The burgers are large!
Moviegoers have been sneaking beer into the Clinton Street
Theater in Southeast Portland probably as long as that elephant
mural up north has been in existence. But those days are over,
thanks to the opening of Clinton Street Brewing,
a tiny startup that is attached to the august movie house.
You can sample from the brewery's initial offerings plus guest
micros (and Miller, sigh). But the best part is you can toddle
on over to the theater with your pints in hand — even
for the weekly midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror
Picture Show” every Saturday. Dammit, Janet! Why didn't
we do this sooner?
Lisa Morrison (aka the Beer Goddess) does
The Time Warp and enjoys craft beer in her hometown of Portland,
all across the great state of Oregon… and beyond!