BOTTLE SHARE AT 15th

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Day Drinkers, UNITE!
15th Ave will be hosting a private bottle share event on Saturday, the 30th of August at 10AM.

Prior to the restaurant opening, we are inviting beer lovers to come share stories and favorite bottles, new or old, with fellow PDX beer aficionados.

Fun and snacks galore, Please bring yourself, a bottle to share, and a healthy appetite for bubbly beverages.

21 and over only, please! Set your alarm, we’ll see you there!

BAERLIC – Brewer of the Month

baerlicHello, Beer Lovers!
Come to Fifteenth Ave this month to help us welcome and congratulate one of Portland’s newest breweries (and our dear friends!) Baerlic Brewery! We will feature rotating beers from Baerlic all month long, including Cavalier Classic Cream Ale, Invincible IPA, Ultra Summer Ale (USA), Eastside Oatmeal Pilsner, Noble Stout, and Primeval NW Brown Ale. All these beers are available for sale in Growlers for $10 a fill, and eligible for Happy Hour pricing – (just like all the delicious brews crafted in PDX!)
On Thursday August 21st, the Baerlic family will join us at 6pm to chat, drink, and maybe hand out some cool shwag!
Come share a pint with us, and support great local beer!

PDX PALATE-PALOOZA!

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Think you know Portland beer? Now, you’ll have the chance to find out!
For the second year in a row, Oregon Hophouse will be hosting a blind tasting event, The PDX Palate-Palooza! In conjunction with Portland Beer week, June 5-15th head on over to Hawthorne, or 15th Avenue to test your skills!
Participants will buy a flight of 12 beers for $15, and will have a chance to match the beer and brewery to the sample. Each flight comes with an answer sheet and a list of the beers provided.
Once the entries are sorted out, the finalists will be invited back to Hawthorne Hophouse on July 8th and given a complimentary flight of 8 beers from the day’s taplist to again try and correctly identify them.
The stakes are high! First place winner will receive a lifetime Mug Club Membership, and a Stainless Steel Brauler. Second place will win a one year Mug Club Membership and a Stainless Steel Brauler, and the third place winner will receive a Stainless Steel Brauler.

Get ready, beer lovers! Do your research!

March is Cider Month at the Hophouse!

cider-monthMarch 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.

The last weekend of March we will be offering Cider Specials until the kegs are gone.  Join us to celebrate the beautiful ciders of the region and beyond!

RPM, Vortex are Top Oregon IPA winners!

Beer type poster sidewaysAfter 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 2013 Winners notes:
Boneyard RPM Boneyard RPM wins again Tap 1 at Hawthorne
Ninkasi Total Domination Vortex Very close second. Tap 1 at 15th Ave.
10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA Barley Brown Distant third, Barley Brown, strong online vote
Fort George Vortex Gigantic Gigantic moves up
Vertigo Friar Mike’s IPA Worthy Newcomer from Bend, of course
Gigantic IPA Double Mountain Sixth thru eighth virtual tie.
3 Creeks Hoodoo Voodoo Laurelwood
Oakshire Watershed 10 Barrel

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!

 

January is IPA month!

She walked here on crutches to get her some IPAs...

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’s Brrrbon on tap at 15th Ave

Widmer-BrrrbonWidmer 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!

$10 GROWLER FILLS – forever?

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:

  1. Lucky Lab Super Dog
  2. Alameda Pilsner
  3. Occidental Hef
  4. Base Camp Rauch Beer
  5. Alaskan Sentinal Rye Pale Ale
  6. Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
  7. Fearless LOKI Strong Red Ale
  8. Breakside Wanderlust IPA
  9. Fort George Quick Wit Belgian Ale
  10. Uinta Bristlecone Brown
  11. 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).

 

GROWLER FILL SALE ON NOW!

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!

Fill me up!

Pumpkin Beer Six-Flights – only $6 !

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