Beyond simply selling beer, we want to educate and expose people to the dizzying array of beer, cider and mead available in Oregon. To facilitate this, we frequently offer free tastings, "Meet the Brewer" nights, theme weeks, and other special events. These events offer an excellent way to learn about styles and the brewing process, as well as meeting the folks responsible for creating your favorite adult beverages. Unless otherwise noted, all events listed as "tastings" are free and open to everyone over 21 years of age.
Famed homebrewer-turned-pro Jamil Zainasheff brings his Heretic Brewing beers to Oregon for the first time ever! Bottles will be available and Jamil will be on hand to chat, and even sign bottles you bought. Jamil is bringing in Evil Twin Imperial Red Ale, Evil Cousin West Coast Imperial IPA, Gramarye Rye Session Pale Ale, Chocolate Hazelnut Porter and Shallow Grave American Porter. In the biercafe, we will be pouring the Evil Cousin, Gramarye and Chocolate Hazelnut Porter, plus a special keg of Torment Dark Belgian-Style Ale.
Jamil's name might be familiar to many craft beer fans and homebrewers. He is the host of "The Jamil Show" and "Brew Strong" on The Brewing Network. What's more, Jamil has brewed every style of beer described in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines and contributed to the guidelines revisions of 2008. He has also co-authored two books on beer and homebrewing: "Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew" (with John Palmer) and "Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation" (with Chris White).
Spokane's own No-Li Brewhouse just released its Defacto Barrel Aged Imperial Black IPA and we are celebrating with a release party and a bottle tasting. No-Li will be in-house with a tasting of the Defacto, a blend of Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey and Triticale Whiskey barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout and Jet Star Imperial IPA. They also will be tasting the Wrecking Ball and the Jet Star so you can taste the original beers that went into Defacto (and maybe even make a little blend of your own)! Additionally, in the biercafe, we will be pouring another new No-Li beer, Crony, a Northwest Brown Ale dry-hopped with Simcoe hops.
The crew from Old Town will be in house to help launch their first bottle release. Come try a taste of their first two bottled beers: their flagship Shanghai'd IPA and Sun Dazed Kolsch, a silver medalist at last year's World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. Additionally, we will have the Sun Dazed on tap in the biercafe!
Grateful Deaf's Ken Fisher brings another one collaboration with Brewers Local Union 181 for a fundraiser to help him pay for a hearing interpreter on his gypsy brewing journey to Europe this summer. This time, he and Ted Sobel offer a Cascadian Light Ale, a session CDA, if you will, based on his award-winning Hoppy Cat CDA he brewed in Italy. Come enjoy a pint!