Eugene Craft Beer Roundup, Sept. 19

Governor Gifts, Mystery Brews, Single-Batch Fest & Fresh-Hop Releases

Ninkasi Gives Beer to Oregon Governor

22oz-Bottle-ORB-2013-200x800On Sept. 18, Ninkasi Brewing Company co-owner Nikos Ridge presented Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber with a custom-bottled Ninkasi beer. The beer is a collaboration between Ninkasi Brewing Company and Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.

The beer will be used as a promotional tool, says Ninkasi, “something interesting to spark conversations at foreign and domestic tradeshows, follow-up thank you gifts to recruitment meetings, delegation gifts, business development events, and more.”

Mystery Wort Brew-off at Claim 52

Members of the Cascade Brewers Society homebrewing club are participating in a “mystery wort brew-off” at Claim 52 Brewing on Saturday, Sept. 21. Starting at 9 a.m., each brewer discovers the composition and strength of the 6.5 gallons of mystery wort that they each must use to brew a beer of their design.

Brewers may bring ingredients to use (such as hops, non-pumpkin fruits, yeasts, spices and sugars), with specific limitations. Once brewed, beers will ferment at home. Brewers must create a recipe on-site. Any additions or processes performed off-site, must be declared on brewing day.

Beers will age for approximately 2 months, and will be judged at a judging event at Claim 52 in November (date TBD).

Claim 52 is located at 1030 Tyinn St., Suite 1, Eugene.

Oakshire Brewing Single Batch Bierfest

The Oakshire Public House hosts their first Fall Bierfest. Approximately 30 breweries will converge on 207 Madison Street on Sept., 21 (the first day of Oktoberfest) to showcase their small-batch or single-batch beers, including fresh-hop beers, Oktoberfest beers and pumpkin/squash beers. The Fest runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and also includes live music and food for purchase.

Participating breweries include:

  • Hop Valley
  • Block 15
  • Ninkasi
  • Lagunitas
  • Tracktown
  • Rogue
  • Upright
  • Breakside
  • High Street
  • Silver Moon
  • Goodlife
  • Viking
  • 2 Towns Cider
  • Fifty/Fifty
  • Widmer
  • Base Camp
  • Hopworks
  • Falling Sky Brewing
  • 10 Barrel
  • Steelhead
  • Sky High
  • Mazama

For more information, see Oakshire’s Facebook event page

Ninkasi Releases 2 Fresh Hop Beers

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Ninkasi Brewing has released 2 fresh hop beers as part of their Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series:

  • Total Crystalation IPA was based on the ever-popular Total Domination IPA, and adds in 500 pounds of fresh Crystal hops from Sodbusters farm in Salem, OR.
  • Hop Fraiche Fresh Hop Pale Ale was brewed with 500 pounds of fresh Sterling hops from Goschie farms in Silverton, OR.

Be the first to try Hop Fraiche! Ninkasi taps the first keg of Hop Fraiche at the Ninkasi Tasting Room (272 Van Buren St., Eugene) on Friday, Sept. 20. Join Ninkasi brewers and hop grower Gayle Goschie from 5:30-7pm.

Both beers available throughout Oregon (limited quantities available in Washington and California) for a limited time.

Fresh-hop beers are “our tribute to the harvest,” says Jamie Floyd, co-owner and founding brewer of Ninkasi. “We use fresh-harvest hops picked the same day they go in the lauter tun.”

Tap-Total CrystalationTo ensure the hops remain at their highest quality, Ninkasi’s team of brewers travelled to 2 local farms to select hops for each brew. Less than 80 miles from the brewery, the team harvested 1,500 pounds of fresh Crystal hops from Sodbusters Farm in Salem to produce 3 batches of Total Crystalation, and 500 pounds of fresh Sterling hops from Goschie Farm in Silverton for a single batch of Hop Fraiche.

“Over the years we have built great relationships with the farmers who cultivate our hops,” explains Floyd. “Fresh hop beers bring us together; we travel to the farms to select the hops and honor the harvest by spending time to see the hard work that goes into growing one of our most-loved ingredients.”

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