Event Planner: WA & OR: Diamond Knot (12/21) , Bourbonic Plague ‘08 returns to the Barrel Room (12/22), and By the Bottle (1/15)

image of Bourbonic Plague brown bagging it, courtesy of Portlandbeer.org's Flickr pageThis Thursday as people start to wind down from Christmas shopping and working their butts off, the Cascade Barrel Room (939 S.E. Belmont Street) will be pulling something amazing from their cellar, a 1/4 barrel of Bourbonic Plague circa 2008.

About Bourbonic Plague

The original award-winning version of this Northwest-style sour is the cure for what ails you. Dark malts, spices and black currants with hints of bourbon and vanillin greet you in the nose. Big rich dark fruits, dates, black currants, oak, leather and tobacco dance on the palate. Tart dark fruits and a warming Bourbon flavor finish this off as only Bourbonic can.

At 12.70% this beer needs to be approached with respect and not chugged like you are at a frat party. A word of caution to collectors out there who wish to take this home. There will be no bottles for sale. Sorry.

December 22nd, 2011 (503) 265-8603 4:00 PM - ?
Cascade Barrel House celebrates Bourbonic Plague ‘08
939 SE Belmont St . Portland, OR 97214

But the boys of Cascade aren’t finished. After the passage of Bourbonic Plague comes the arrival of Pre-Bourbonic. If you don’t know what this is you probably won’t be purchasing a bottle of Bourbonic Plague in the first quarter of 2012. But if you are interested in a preview (of sorts. Then you will want to stick around for this beer.

About Pre-Bourbonic Plague

Dark malts, spices and black currants, with hints of Bourbon and vanillin greet you in the nose. Big rich dark fruits, dates, black currants, oak, leather and tobacco dance on the palate. Tart dark fruits and a warming Bourbon flavor finish this off as only Bourbonic can. 11.7% ABV.

Much like Bourbonic Plague ‘08 this beer rests around 11.70% and will be offered up in glasses ($7.50) and tasters ($2).

Finally here is what else is being offered at Cascade’ if Bourbonic / Pre-Bourbonic isn’t your thing.

Also on the Blenders Reserve Taps will be Vintage Helga the Hammered, a buxom spiced blonde that's been sitting in the cellar quietly waiting for a reason to cut loose! Sweet malts, Belgian candi sugar and spices greet you in the nose. Subtle spice notes blend with a touch of malt sweetness ending with a gently warming alcohol finish. Careful, this is one homewrecker of a blonde! 8.8% ABV, $5/teardrop. The four Blender Reserve taps may or may not always have something on them, but when they do, they'll be rare and very limited, so get them while you can!

Also on tap, we have our 2011 Winter Gose, our take on a historic German wheat beer style that was nearly lost to time. The winter version is slightly soured and spiced with rose hips, orange peel, cinnamon and sea salt. Soft, creamy wheat and spice greet you in the nose, while a light spice bite and hints of lemon and roses cross the palate. It finishes off with a soft, lingering sour bite and just a slight dusty fruit note.5.5% ABV and $4.50/Teardrop.  And save the date for January 12 for our "Four Goses of the Apuckerlips" event, featuring all four seasons of Gose!

You'll want to get a glass of our Glueh Kriek while it lasts. Our spiced mulled sour cherry ale is an oak aged blend of Bing and sour pie cherry sour red ales that's been steeped on spices fresh from Grenada and wild flower honey. It's served with a slice of orange at 70 deg. It's like Christmas in a glass before the credit card bill comes due! $6/glass. –source, Cascade Barrel House

For those who live across the Columbia here is an event coming in January to buy tickets ahead of time.

January 15th, 2012 4:00 – 6:00 (360) 696-0012
By the Bottle presents Beerdo 101 Best Tasting & Appreciation
104 W. Evergreen Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98660

In recognition of of Clark College’s Winter course Beer 101, By the Bottle invites you (for $40) to participate in some extra credit.

Expand your knowledge of the many taste profiles involved in the world of beer. Learn what makes each style different and what senses are involved in their complexities. Learn the proper way to taste and fully enjoy various basic styles, including what type of glass will enhance the flavors. Hands on: learn new techniques by doing. Arlene Nunez, BTB owner, will be teaching the class. Sign-up on line, here. Space is limited, must be 21 years old, bring valid photo ID.

December 21st, 2011 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (206) 417-9629
Beer Authority hosts Diamond Knot Brewing
12716 Lake City Way NE Suite A  Seattle, WA 98125

And for those in Seattle we haven’t forgotten to mention a stop over to Lake City at Beer Authority. Often when one thinks of a Bottleshop they recall places like Malt & Vine, Bottleworks, Beer Junction, or Full Throttle Bottles.

image sourced from The Beer Authority's website

But for the folks on the North End there is Beer Authority. Under new management Burc McFarlen continues sharing his love of beer by hosting Diamond Knot’s Pat Ringe. Featured on the bar top is a scheduled cask of Diamond Knot beer (Industrial !Ho !Ho?), as well as a couple of draft beers, to be sure.

Stop in between 6:00 and 8:00 to share a pint, a laugh, or observation about your favorite Diamond Knot beer.

Finally we wanted to take this moment to remind you that Double Mountain Brewing (Hood River, OR) is featuring 4 years of Fa La! La!.

Come sample the last four years of the Fa La La! Tasters will be $2 for a 5-ounce mini-snifter, and $7 for a full flight of four Fas. We'll be putting on one keg of each vintage, so it's definitely first-come, first served. Brewmaster Matt will likely be lurking. And with any luck there may be some left post-Christmas, too. Happy holidays everybody!

December 24th, 2011 11:30 – 2:30 PM
Double Mountain presents Four Years of Fa' La La'!
8 Fourth Street, Hood River, OR 97031

Obviously there are more events than those listed here. So seek one out from our calendar or who knows, there might an event at your favorite bar this week.


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