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. Read More
We’re Back!- Maybe you missed us, maybe you didn’t. But after a long hiatus, I just couldn’t resist the temptation to taste beer and report on interesting beer news. Make sure to check this column regularly for fun happenings, new breweries or brews you might want to try, and anything else that’s silly, funny, or beer related. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoy writing it.
McMenamins Black Widow is Here for Halloween-October is here, and you know what that means – cooling weather, changing leaves and time to ditch light microbrews and delve into something darker and heavier. We’ve got just the thing for you, McMenamins dark-bodied Black Widow Porter! Originally created at Thompson Brewery more than 20 years ago, Black Widow has since become a much anticipated Halloween treat at McMenamins properties all over the Pacific Northwest.
This festive pour beckons you to head on in to a McMenamins pub, (the Grand Lodge and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse are not that far from Vernonia) and enjoy its robust black and roast malt flavors with undertones of caramel and licorice.
Black Widow is available on tap and in 22 oz. bottles at all McMenamins locations starting October 15 through Halloween.
If you’re planning to try the Black Widow, you might consider heading to the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (CPR) on October 29th, starting at 6:00 PM, when they are offering a night of “Spooky Ales,” limited-edition beers, including the Black Widow, at happy hour pricing all night long. CPR brewer and Vernonia resident Brady Romtvedt tells us that the other beers they will be pouring that evening are : Read More