The big invasion is upon us: this Wednesday, May 22nd, from 5pm-close, we’ll have Elysian beer on twelve of our taps. It’ll be an array of the Seattle brewery’s new and rare brews, including Ambrosia Maibock, Super Fuzz Blood Orange Pale, The Dread Oak Aged Imperial Stout, Krokus Sour Saffron Wheat, Space Dust IPA, and many more. There’ll also be free beer tastings and giveaways, and deals on pints and flights. Join us for a fun time with one of the best and most innovative breweries around!
Sunday, May 19th, is the 31st Annual Irvington Home Tour. It’s the oldest charity home tour in the Northwest, with the admission fee of $25 going to schools, local social services, and charities. Seven or eight homes will be open to the public from 11am-5pm, featuring early-20th-century residential architecture styles; Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Prairie Style, and Bungalow among them. Visit http://www.irvingtonhometour.com/ for more info.
Fifteenth Ave is a sponsor of this neighborhood fundraiser and tour, and we’ll have special brunch and lunch menus from 11am-5pm to celebrate the event.
Send us your pics!
Of you in your Hophouse shirt, you at the Ciderfest (yea!), or you just looking really awesome drinking a beer at the Hophouse. Or many beers. Whatever.
Email us the photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pick our favorites, top ten photo submissions get shirts, top photo taker gets a hoodie and tickets to the next Timbers match. Good tickets. Uncovered, but you’re an Oregonian, right?
Also, for the second half of April, we’ve got a huge selection of Belgians at Fifteenth Avenue – mostly Pfriem, some of it’s pretty rare. So if you love the Belgians, please stop by. Flights are discounted for these beers, all days, until they run out. Even if you think you don’t like Belgians, or are on the fence, this is a good time to try a bunch of them for cheap – 6-flight for six bucks.
By sending us your photos, you’re agreeing to let us use it (but not names or personal info) for marketing purposes.
We’ve got a fun evening coming up this Wednesday, April 17: the peeps from pFriem Brewing will be at Fifteenth Ave from 6-8pm.
In honor of Belgian Beer Week, we’ll have eight of pFriem’s beers on tap: the Wit, Belgian Strong Dark, Blonde IPA, Belgian Strong Blonde, Saison, Belgian Pale Ale, Little Saison, and Super Saison. Get a 6-taster tray and great deals on pFriem beer pours for the night.
pFriem is a relatively new (2012), family-run brewery in Hood River, OR. Their goals for the brewery are to have a business that is interwoven with the family and the community where they live, and to create “a warm, friendly space.” The brews are influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but rooted in the Pacific Northwest.
Come sample the goods and chat up the brewers!
At Hawthorne Hophouse on Wednesday, April 3rd, we’ll be celebrating the official release of Widmer’s Omission IPA. From 6-8pm, get Omission beer (we’ll have their pale ale and lager as well), gluten-free appetizers from the Hophouse kitchen, and gluten-free desserts from Tula Bakery. Widmer is picking up the tab for the treats if you get any of the Omissions!
And we’ll have more Widmer action at Fifteenth Ave on Tuesday, April 23: come in for a Meet the Brewer night and seasonal beer release party, from 6-8pm. Free tastings and beer specials on all four beers being released!
Yes, wrong picture. IPA is so new we don’t even have a picture of the six-pack available. But the Pale Ale is good too!
We are proud to announce the First Annual Hophouse Ciderfest, to take place in the tented parking lot outside of the Fifteenth Avenue location, 1517 NE Brazee, on Saturday March 30, 2013. The event will take place from 2:00 – 8:00 pm.
This festival will promote and feature unique hard ciders from eighteen different cider brands, including new craft cideries such as Bull Run, Portland Cider, Reverend Nat’s, EZ Orchards and Bushwhacker, all of which are making cider within 60 miles of Portland and have started producing ciders for sale within the last year or two. First-run production cider – the first hard cider mass-produced by these fledgling cideries – will be available from Bull Run, Portland Cider and EZ Orchards at this particular event. The cidermakers will be on hand to pour their product, promote their ciders and answer any questions.
Other participants in the festival include Wandering Aengus/Anthem, Two Towns, Carlton Cyderworks, Snowdrift Cider, FinnRiver Farms, Julian, Tieton, Blue Mountain, and Two Rivers Cider.
In addition, limited edition ice wines, limited edition ciders and standard cider from large nation-wide producers like Angry Orchard, Woodchuck, Crispin and Fox Barrel will be available to taste.
Admission is $12, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Or one can purchase a glass and 40 tokens for $40. There will be at least 40 distinct hard ciders available for tasting. Most ciders can be tasted in a 2 ounce pour for one token. A few of the expensive limited edition ciders, poured from bottles only, will require two tokens.
Barbecued ribs and chicken, and grilled corn on the cob will be served at an outdoor grill at the event. A special barbecue sauce using hard apple cider was developed by Hophouse chefs for this event.
Free admission for children. There will be fun activities and hot dogs and juice available for kids.
For the entire month of March, cider tasting is available at each location. A flight of six ciders can be tasted for $8 (half-price on Mondays) and there are free cider tastings each Thursday at each location, featuring an individual cidery. The particular tastings are on the event calendar at oregonhophouse.com.
Join us as we celebrate all things cider during the month of March! This progeny of the noble apple is emerging as a delicious, well-crafted alternative to beer and wine, thanks to the efforts of a plethora of new and established cideries booming in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.
Six rotating taps of cider will be available at both Hophouses; try a tasting tray of six 2.5-oz pours for $8 to enjoy the full spectrum. The main event, Cider Fest, will be on Saturday, March 30th, at Fifteenth Ave; look for another post here and for our mid-month newsletter for all the details!
We’ll also have cider tastings every Tuesday and Tursday throughout the month, at both Hophouses, from 6:00pm-8:00 pm. Featuring many local cider makers and their wares! Check out the schedule below.
Tieton Cider, from Tieton, WA (Thursday, March 7)
Wandering Aengus, from Salem, OR (Thursday, March 14)
Blue Mountain, from Milton-Freewater, OR (Thursday, March 21)
Bushwacker, from Portland, OR (Thursday, March 28)
Angry Orchard, from Cincinnati, OH (Tuesday, March 5)
Reverend Nat’s, from Portland, OR (Thursday, March 7)
EZ Orchards, from Salem, OR (Tuesday, March 12)
Bull Run Cider, from Forest Grove, OR (Thurday, March 14)
Vermont Hard Cider, from Middlebury, VT (Tuesday, March 19)
Two Towns, from Corvallis, OR (Thursday, March 21)
Finnriver, from Port Townsend, WA (Tuesday, March 26)
Carlton Cyderworks, from McMinnville, OR (Thursday, March 28)
The voters have spoken! Boneyard RPM IPA is the top Oregon IPA of 2012, chosen by Hophouse voters throughout the month of January, in an online poll and in the pubs.
Please join us at the Hawthorne Hophouse on Wednesday night, February 13, at6 PM for a party celebrating the tapping of our RPM kegs, the first of probably 100 kegs we will be ordering from them over the next six months. Starting Wednesday, Boneyard Brewing’s RPM will be on Tap 1 at both Hophouses from now until the end of July, Oregon Craft Beer Month. It will be our first non-rotating beer tap in the history of the Hophouses.
The party will include members of the Boneyard brewing team, representatives from the distributor, all Hophouse employees who love Boneyard, plus we’ll have $3 pints, as well as the promised $1 pint for each registered voter who chose Boneyard as the best beer in this contest.
We also have randomly chosen a few additional winners of the contest from the registered voters:
Grand Prize: Winner is David Stodd!
Twice-monthly growler fills of RPM for $1, for six months (twelve fills total).
Second Prize: Winner is Steve Layton!
One new Hophouse hoodie! Want one? More hoodies will be sold online and in the pubs within a couple of weeks.
Third Prize: Winners are Chip Barnett, Lori Conner, Philip Clarke, Jessica Juran, and Scott Rokus!
Hophouse T-Shirts, available for purchase inside the pub for $14 (men’s shirts) and $16 (women’s shirts). Available online soon.
Notes on the contest:
After sifting through all the in-store handwritten ballots and sorting the online ballots, as well as tabulating all the write-in votes, we counted well over 1100 votes. Even given the large number of ballots, there is a strong consensus for the favorite beers.
Boneyard RPM is clearly considered the top IPA in Oregon by our Hophouse patrons. This was true from the first hours in which we published the survey, both online and in the bar itself, during which it garnished 30% of the vote. And even at the end of the month, after fierce online campaigns from other breweries, RPM still finished with over 20% of the total number of votes.
Rounding out the top group of IPAs is Ninkasi Total Domination, Fort George Vortex, 10 Barrel Apocalypse, Gigantic IPA, Laurelwood Workhorse, Lompoc C-Note, Double Mountain Hop Lava, Terminal Gravity IPA, and GoodLife Descender. Also, it should be said that if Laurelwood hadn’t run out of Amarillo hops last year, and there had been more Workhorse available in 2012, that beer would have done much better. Sometimes your favorite beer is here one month and then on hiatus until the next season.
For the write-in beers not included on the list, Fearless Mjolnir did well, but didn’t qualify as it’s a double IPA. And Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack was by far the top write-in beer. Pallet Jack fans might be the most loyal; read what some of the voters wrote: “Pallet Jack IPA – Barley Brown’s! At the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Pallet Jack IPA won the Silver for American-Style IPA (the largest category ever judged at GABF)” and “Barley Brown Fresh Hop Pallet Jack IPA, but since it’s probably all gone, count my vote for Boneyard RPM.”
There were some valid comments about the methodology of the survey itself:
“Maybe you should re-think this and go for some kind of weighted vote based on people’s top 3 picks or something. Because I think—for example—that Luscious Lupulin, which I love, doesn’t stand a chance against something like Total Domination, just because of Ninkasi’s wide availability and so many people trying [it], versus Luscious Lupulin not being found too often.So my single vote right now is influenced by being for something great and that I think has a chance of winning.”
Good point, we’re rethinking the voting process already for next year.
Plus there was criticism about the published list. We included only the top 30 or so IPAs that we sell at our pub on a regular basis, so that means that a beer must be available in kegs and consumed in our bar. Our list is by no means all the IPAs in Oregon; we tend to skip the bigger breweries, and some smaller companies just don’t get on tap at the Hophouse.
As some voters said: ”Other Oregon IPA makers: Breakside, Cascade, Deschutes, Fanno Creek, FOTM, Hair of the Dog, Humble, Mactarnahans, Philadelphia Steak, Rock Bottom, Rogue (really?), Sasquatch, RAM, Astoria, Pelican, Rusty Truck, Wakonda, Wild River, Big Horse, Double Mountain, Full Sail, Ice Axe, Block 15, Calapooia, Eugene City, Golden Valley, Oregon Trail, Pale Horse, Santiam, Steelhead/McKenzie, Standing Stone, Walkabout, Bend, Cascade Lakes, Crux, Barley Brown’s, Beer Valley, Mutiny, and Prodigal Son” and ”This is a great list but is missing an important entry. Captured by Porches Invasive Species IPA has been a favorite of mine for years and should be considered.”
We had a lot of fun doing this survey. It was great hearing from all the smart, funny people out there who love beer as much as we do.
Also, I have to say that the Lockwood family is happy with the results. We love Boneyard, and are glad to be able to fill up with RPM whenever we want during the next six months. What’s better than that?
Leah Lockwood, along with Phil, Nuala and Maeve
rafting down the Deschutes this past summer with a growler of Hop Venom…
So many to choose from...
Yo hopheads, we are collecting votes for the top IPA brewed here in Oregon last year. If you want to vote, you have to sign up for our newsletter (scroll down to right) and we’ll send you a newsletter and survey within two days. Or you can come vote in person at our pubs – all patrons get a ballot when they get their check. There is one vote per person – votes are tied to emails/names and multiple votes from the same name/email are discarded.
The top beer will be on tap for six months on our Tap 1 at both locations, and will be the first non-roting tap we’ve had since we opened either pub. Plus if you vote for the winner, YOU WIN TOO. Either a beer for a buck, virtually free growler fills for the duration, or free schwag.
We are hoping the winning brewers will come to an announcement party on 2/13/13. Consider this – if it’s a newer, smaller brewery, this could give some upstart company a bit of a push. Winning this will help them increase production to brew more beer for us (and it will be a lot) and it may help them get on tap elsewhere in PDX.
So circle 2/13 on your calendar, because we’ll have deeply discounted beer that night, probably even more free stuff, and a lot of fun.
On January 8th, come help us fundraise for two local schools! From 5pm-8pm at Fifteenth Ave Hophouse, 15% of all proceeds will go to the Irvington School (NE 13th and Brazee). And from 6pm-9pm at Hawthorne Hophouse, 15% of all proceeds will go to the Treehouse Nursery (SE 44th, between Clay and Harrison).
It’s a good cause and a good time; hope to see you there!