I was perusing the calendar of Oregon beer events over at On Tap, the blog of the Oregon Brewers Guild, when I noticed that, just in the first week of November, there are quite a few beery events in Portland that feature some of my favorite beer styles: strong stouts, doppelbocks, and winter beers.
First up, on Sunday, November 1st the Horse Brass Pub (4534 SE Belmont) celebrates its 33rd anniversary with some powerful, and no doubt delicious, beers. Special beers on tap include Bridgeport 2008 Bourbon Barrel Ebenezer, Deschutes ’08 Black Butte XXI and ’05 Mirror Mirror, Full Sail Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and Rogue Double Dead Guy.
Tuesday, November 3rd the Launch Party for The Abyss takes place at the Deschutes Brewery Portland Pub (210 NW 11th). The Abyss, as you no doubt know, is an imperial stout, part of Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series.
At the launch party the Abyss will be available on tap, and at 2pm wax-dipped bottles will be available for sale (limited to six bottles per person). The first 48 bottles will be signed by Deschutes Brewmaster Larry Sidor.
Friday, November 6th the special beer is the Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock at the Lompoc Sidebar (3901A N Williams).
This beer was brewed in Nov. 2008, transferred into bourbon barrels in Jan. 09, aged for nine months, then cellared for two more in a conditioning take, and bottled this October. It features a malty body with notes of vanilla, raisins, caramel and oak. 8% ABV.
And, in addition to all these beer events, the new German pub Prost! (4237 N Mississippi), adjacent to the Mississippi Marketplace at the corner of North Skidmore and Mississippi, opened just last Thursday.
Grab a bite to eat from one of the carts, and bring it into the pub to enjoy – all they ask is that you buy a beer to accompany it. You’ll have eleven German beers on tap, and around ten in bottles to choose from. And if the carts’ offerings don’t strike your fancy Prost! serves up their own German-style snacks: sausages (sourced locally from The Original Bavarian Sausage), fresh-baked pretzels and sandwiches, with most things under $10.
Really, there’s no excuse not to drink copious amounts of beer this week. Check out the On Tap calendar for even more events.