Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Spring Time For Beer

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

1781_potapp_flexiblemetal_spring_bigI can’t believe we have made it so far into spring and I haven’t even touched on the seasonals. Even though spring tends to be a free for all in terms of seasonal releases there are two traditional spring beers worth looking for.

Bock

Bock is German for male goat. Sounds appetising huh? Bocks are traditionally malty wheat beers without much in the way of hop flavors. They originated in the area of Einbeck, Germany. Specifically the traditional spring seasonal of bocks is the maibock (pronounced my-bock). Maibocks are usually lager style beers, with a good body, and sweet malt flavors. The color tends to be on the lighter side for a bock. Although you will find bocks as seasonal beers in spring a good maibock is worth a try. Here in Salem The Ram is famous locally for their maibock. Other then that though I’ve been having a hard time locating some good ones that are out now to list for you. If you know of a good maibock on the shelves let me know in the comments.

Irish Stouts

Really stouts are more traditional as a fall or winter beer. But with St Patty’s falling in march there’s a brief space where they become a spring seasonal. In my International Spotlight Ireland post I mentioned that hops were late in making their way to the Emerald Isle. Because of this Irish Stouts tend to have a much roastier grain profile with the bitterness coming from the grain primarily instead of the hops. This style is also known as a dry stout. Although we’ve cleared the seasonal time for these beers there are still some out there. Since Guinness dominates the bottled stout market here in spring the only place you’ll really find American brewed Irish stouts is your local pubs. For Oregon I recommend McMennamins if they are still running theirs.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

liftarn_large_barrelI am ashamed to admit that I have never been to one of Oregons beer festivals, and I’ve lived here all my life. It’s sad really. To be honost prior to this year I didn’t even know there were any festivals outside of Octoberfest and the one at Riverfront Park. However, thanks to the education provided by writing this blog, my friends, and my Uncle Tom I will attend multiple festivals this year. Here’s a list of festivals coming up in April.

Oregon Spring Beer and Wine Festival

This is the big one in April for me, and one of the festivals I will attend. That reminds me, I need to get the day off for it…. This is the festivals 15th year, and supposedly there will be 90+ beers to sample, plus wine, mead, spirits, cheese, artisan chocolate, and probably whatever else they can get in the building . The event is noon – 11:00 on the 10th and 11th at the Oregon Convention Center. Check out their website for more info

Oregon Gardens Brewfest

The Oregon Gardens Brewfest is in the J. Frank Schmidt, Jr. Pavilion on April 25th and 26th. There will be beer sampling, food, live music, and a Homebrew Compitition. The cost is $15 and $5 parking. I’m still not certain about wether I should go to this one. In order to go I’d have to take another day off, and two beer festivals in one month might be a bit to much. So if you happen to be heading out to Silverton that weekend, or you have a free day then head down. For more info on this event check out their website.

Hair Of The Dog Earth Day Sale

I have never tried any beers from Hair of the Dog, but a big beer sale bonanza is good news in my book. The sale is on April 25 starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm at their brewery. For all you greenies out there this would be a good bet for you since Hair of the Dog has gone organic.