March is here, and that means dozens of delicious ciders on tap for Cider Month! We have decided to turn March into a month-long celebration, so that more people and cideries could enjoy and participate.We will be featuring cider from Wandering Aengus/Anthem, Two Towns, Reverend Nat, Carlton Cyderworks, Snowdrift Cider, FinnRiver Farms, Julian, Tieton, Blue Mountain, Two Rivers Cider, Atlas, and more.
At both locations we will offer a flight of eight ciders for $8 (half-price on Mondays) and there are free cider tastings each week at each location, featuring an individual cidery. The particular tastings are listed on our event calendar.
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After a month of 8-flight tastings, and about 800 unique votes, we have two winners. Boneyard’s RPM is the top vote-getter for the second year in a row, and will get permanent Tap 1 status at Hawthorne for 2014. This year we had a close second with Fort George’s Vortex, and we love that beer too, so we decided to split the award and turn over Tap 1 at 15th Avenue to that great beer. Another great reason to love Vortex – you can get it in cans and take it to the mountain!
The third distant vote-getter this year was Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack, which recently received national accolades. Actually, Barley Brown won the online vote but hardly got any votes in the pubs themselves. The beers tasted in both locations all month were: Boneyard IPA, Gigantic IPA, 10 Barrel Apocalypse, GoodLife Descender , Double Mountain Hop Lava, Fort George Vortex, Worthy IPA, Hop Valley Alphadelic.
Here’s the raw data:
|Last year: 2012
||RPM wins again
||Tap 1 at Hawthorne
|Ninkasi Total Domination
||Very close second.
||Tap 1 at 15th Ave.
|10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA
||Distant third, Barley Brown, strong online vote
|Fort George Vortex
||Gigantic moves up
|Vertigo Friar Mike’s IPA
||Newcomer from Bend, of course
||Sixth thru eighth virtual tie.
|3 Creeks Hoodoo Voodoo
We did filter out approximately 10% of the votes, which were duplicates and/or had no emails, etc. So we feel pretty good about these results. One interesting thing – Ninkasi got less than 20 votes this year, but came in second last year. Total Domination is not a bad beer, of course, but you all were rooting for the smaller and newcoming breweries, in general. Also, there are only two Portland breweries on this list, yet Portland has the most breweries and the most people in the state by a long shot…
For those of you who voted for the winners and handed over your valid email, you’ll be getting your $1 beer coupon soon. Check your inbox within the next day or two…
And cheers! Here’s to RPM and Vortex!
She walked here on crutches to get her some IPAs…
Just like last year, we are now conducting a month-long survey of Hophouse patrons, who will be able to choose the top Oregon IPA. All of our customers will be able to vote online or in the pub. Last January, you overwhelmingly picked RPM, a big beer by a newer, small brewery in Bend called Boneyard. We had RPM on Tap 1 most of the year at both pubs – we filled a ridiculous amount of pints and growlers with RPM in 2013.
Will you vote to keep RPM in the top spot, or is there another stronger beer out there? Will it be another up-and-coming Bend brewery, or a beer made here in Portland?
Please vote via the survey, or stop by a pub and fill out a form. One ballot per person – we’ll discard any duplicates.
Like last year, if you do pick the eventual winner, you’ll get a card for a $1 pint of that beer. The winning beer will be announced February 4.
Also this month, within the pubs, we are offering an 8-flight taster of some of your favorite IPA’s. All of these beers are Hophouse staples – loved by us and you alike – and were either top finishers in last year’s polls or are in top demand right now. These beers will be on tap at both pubs all month:
Boneyard IPA, Gigantic IPA, 10 Barrel Apocalypse, GoodLife Descender , Double Mountain Hop Lava, Fort George Vortex, Worthy IPA, Hop Valley Alphadelic.
This is a good opportunity to come see if there is really that big of a difference between the beers, because you can taste them side-by-side. The 8-flight taster will cost only $8. Plus if you love one of these, you can always get a pint or two or fill up a growler.
Widmer Brothers and Hophouse present an ongoing seasonal beer event, beginning on 12/18, featuring three of Widmer’s famed seasonal ales, the Brrrbon series, vintage 2013. Now you can taste all three of these unique, flavorful beers at one event.
Kick-off night is Wednesday 12/18 at 6:00, when Nick Reely from Widmer will be on hand to pour tasters and snifters of all three beers at a discount.
Special pricing available – $5 for the taster flight of all three beers, or $6 for a snifter pour of one of the beers. Prices and flights good while quantities last, hopefully throughout the holiday.
Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’13. This beer is an imperial version of their Brrr seasonal ale, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This smooth winter warmer combines a rich malty sweetness with complex oak, vanilla and caramel characters … 9.5% ABV, 40 ABU.
Vanilla Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’13. The brewers added fresh whole vanilla beans to a few select barrels of Brrrbon ’13, which heightens the vanilla character imparted by the barrels, and adds a delicious layer of complexity to the beer’s oak and caramel character. 10.7% ABV, 40 IBU.
Ginger Barrel Aged Brrbon ’13. The brewers added fresh chopped ginger to the Brrrbon ’13. The addition of ginger complements the oak, vanilla and caramel flavors of the beer, and results in a unique, smooth winter warmer perfect for the season. 10.7& ABV, 40 IBU.
Nick will be on hand pouring the first night (12/18 6:00 – 8:00 PM), and our Hophouse staff will continuing pouring the specially-priced flights and seasonal beers until the taps run dry, hopefully throughout the holiday. We’ll also have several other Widmer specialty beers on tap all month, as part of a collaboration with our Widmer neighbors.
And as always, $10 growler fills on select beers. Come fill up for the holidays!
So in our efforts to expand the local-beer non-can and non-bottle universe, we are going to extend our growler fill sale indefinitely, through the holidays and January, just to see where that takes us.
Each pub will have at least five beers priced at $10/fill, and at least one cider (!!!!) also priced at $10 fill.
Until we run out, the beers to start the sale are:
- Lucky Lab Super Dog
- Alameda Pilsner
- Occidental Hef
- Base Camp Rauch Beer
- Alaskan Sentinal Rye Pale Ale
- Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
- Fearless LOKI Strong Red Ale
- Breakside Wanderlust IPA
- Fort George Quick Wit Belgian Ale
- Uinta Bristlecone Brown
- Ace Hard Cider
Plus there’s another hard cider on at Hawthorne, and then when these run out, of course, we’ll replace them with other brews. We’ll be updating our taplist daily, as usual, but if you really want to know what’s on special, call the individual pubs.
Of course you can taste the options for free, within reason! Good way to see what’s out there.
Cheers! Here’s to enjoying the holiday parties with some fresh, local beer (and cider).
From now until the end of the day Wednesday, most 64 ounce fills at both pubs are $10.
Bring your own growlers, or pick one up at either location.
Also, you can buy a Brauler stainless steel growler for $50 and get a free fill. Great “hostess” gift for Turkey Day.
Fill me up!
Mellow Mood guys blowing glass
Tent is up, Worthy is pouring right now
So here we are at fresh hop beer season, and there are so many to choose from…let’s have a festival!
We are having a party at Hawthorne Hophouse on Saturday October 12 from 1-7 pm. It is called Danktoberfest and we will be featuring a variety of fresh hop beers, both inside and outside in a tent in the parking lot. Born Cosmic will be playing outside from 3-6pm. Jimmy Werbin from Worthy Brewing will be present to pour outside. There will also be a table featuring Cloud Cap games, a table-top game shop in Sellwood. There will be 2 reps present from there to teach people party games throughout the day. There will also be a table featuring products from Mellow Mood and we’re trying to set up a glass-blowing demo.
We will be pouring fresh hop beer from Alameda, Pints, Double Mountain, Oakshire, GoodLife, Crux, Fort George, Full Sail, Reverend Nat’s and others. Other seasonal varieties will also be available. We will also be serving an Oktoberfest style special menu with Brats, potato salad and the like.
There will be a Mug club sign-up area where people can sign up for the new year of the mug club. This year, it will cost $50 for the year with no life time option. The mugs and pours are the same, but the punch card will be different. There will be about 85 Oregon-only breweries on the punch card along with a bunch of write in slots. Mug Clubbers will receive bonuses at 25, 50, 75, and 100.
So stop by on Saturday to celebrate all things dank – no admission charge, kids are allowed, should be a fun time…