Brewery News: OR: Heater Allen Brewing raises 8,000 for McMinnville Education Foundation

image of 2009's Sandy Paws sourced from The Beer SpotOn Saturday July 7th, on the grounds of Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, Heater Allen raised 8,000 for the MEF. Now in it’s 4th year, Heater Allen’s Sandy Paws label auction was a rare opportunity for someone to see their pub grace a beer bottle.

This year’s winning dog will be a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy on this year’s Sandy Paws (style to be named later). Unfortunately you will have to wait till November 10th to see it. Unfortunately the event itself (beer release) is also a fund raiser, with tickets sold in advance. But if you call up the brewery at (503) 472-4898 or (503) 435-9119, they might have a few tickets left for sale.

Congrats goes out to the McMinnville Education Foundation and Heater-Allen for another successful &
unique fundraiser.


About Heater-Allen Brewing

We are a small artisan brewery located in McMinnville, Oregon.  We specialize in producing distinctive all-malt lager and other German and Czech style beers.  We use only the finest, most appropriate malts, hops, water and yeast in our beers.  While our lagers are similar to those made in Germany, they are our own unique interpretation of the style.

Lager beers are fermented at lower temperatures than ale, using yeast that has adapted to cooler fermentations.  Low temperature fermentations create fewer “yeasty” aromas, esters, and flavors that are so common in ales.  We brew lagers because we enjoy their smooth malty and hoppy character.

We take no short-cuts in our beer making. This means using the best possible ingredients, from German malt and German, Czech, and Oregon hops, to McMinnville's naturally soft water. We use a German-style step-mashing process that allows us to reduce the protein content of our beer, that when combined with long, low temperature lagering, results in maltier and naturally clearer beer without filtering.  Our beers are conditioned in the fermenter, and bottled without filtration. This creates a finer 'bead' (smaller bubbles) and a smoother texture, but means that there may be a little bit of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle.  Finally we self-distribute our beer.  This allows us to deliver our beer to market faster and with less opportunity for exposure to the things that can compromise beer flavor - excess heat, light, or age.  Where possible, we try to sell directly to the consumer, because this insures that our customers receive the beer in the best possible condition.

Brewer Rick Allen started making beer as a hobby 22 years ago. With encouragement from family and a number of friends, Rick founded Heater Allen Brewing in 2007. Rick's daughter, Lisa joined Heater Allen as Assistant Brewer in 2010.

Please browse our website to find out more about our specialty beers and our company.

About McMinnville Education Foundation

McMinnville is a community that makes the welfare and educational needs of its children a priority. Building on that tradition, the McMinnville Education Foundation was established in 1998 to provide support and enrichment learning experiences for the students of School District #40. The programs that the Foundation supports go beyond limited funding options of public school.

Our mission is to expand the range of educational opportunities available to students in the District and to encourage excellence, innovation, and creativity in our educational system.

The volunteer board of directors of the Foundation is comprised of community-minded individuals including parents, educators, and business leaders.

The founding directors contributed funds to establish the endowment; additional community donations and support have boosted the endowment to approximately $308,000. The Foundation is well on its way to achieving its endowment goal of $500,000 by 2016.

Complementing these long range goals, fundraising efforts and generous donations provide the creation and existence of dynamic programs that enhance student learning.

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