Taps Around Town- One of my favorite places to have a pint in the Vernonia area is The Birk where they feature beers exclusively from Astoria Brewing Co. The last time we were out there, Mike and Wendy were pouring a really nice variety that included Strawberry Blonde, Volksweissen, Solar Dog IPA, Old Red Beard Amber, and Poop Deck Porter… a little something for everyone to go along with their dinner menu and fantastic lineup of great live music. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night. Head to The Birk… it’s not that far!
Upcoming Events: Holiday Ale Festival- One of our favorite ways to welcome the winter weather and herald the holiday season is to head to Portland for the annual Holiday Ale Festival. This year’s five day fest, from Wednesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 7th marks the 19th year for gathering under the clear tents in Pioneer Courthouse Square and tasting over 50 specially created and limited release rich, complex and robust beers and ales. It’s a special treat to kick off the holiday season!
Speaking of the Holidays- Many Oregon Breweries produce what have now become a yearly tradition-seasonal beers for the holidays, some of which are available right here in Vernonia at R&S Market. Right now you can grab a six pack of Ninkasi Sleighr, a dark double alt ale; Pelican Brewing Company’s Bad Santa, a Cascadian Dark Ale, Deschutes Brewing’s Jubel Ale, and Widmer Brothers’ Brrr.
From Our “What Will They Think of Next?” Department- Rogue Ales has announced they will release Sriracha Hot Stout this December. Made with, yep, that’s right, the spicy Thai sauce, sometimes called Rooster Sauce, this beer is sure to provide a real kick for those brave enough to give it a try. Made by Hong Fuy Foods, Sriracha is a paste made with garlic, chili peppers and distilled vinegar. Micro brewers are always looking for that next interesting ingredient to add to their brewing process to create an unusual recipe. Maybe hot sauce is the next big thing?