Festival Preview: OR: 1/21–1/27 Consume darkness during Belmont Station’s “Bigger, Badder, Blacker” week.

No denial from us, the weather around the area has been miserable. Granted we aren’t as unfortunate as those in the Midwest, East Coast, or California. But this shouldn’t stop us from complaining. Yes the clouds are hovering above like a sadistic blanket of depression. And Yes the days are getting shorter, while the nights are getting longer. But this is not reason to reach for that bottle of Vitamin B. Rather this writer would like you to consider Belmont Station’s “Bigger, Badder, Blacker” week.

Starting tomorrow, January 2st, Belmont Station is promoting a different theme or brewery. If you give two cents about dark beer, then I invite you to read the following.

Tuesday, January 21st, All Day

Look for Oregon to be front and center on day one of this year’s “Bigger, Badder, Blacker”, with beers from Block 15, Full Sail, Deschutes, and “more”.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 5pm – 8pm

Wednesday the 22nd is the 145th birthday of Russia’s Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Besides known as a character in Hell Boy, several animated films, and countless stories; Old Rasputin has graced beer labels as the mascot of Russian Imperial Stouts (or Imperial Russian Stouts if that’s your thing).

Stop into the ‘Station and be one of the first 30 people to get a complimentary glass. While you’re at it why not enjoy a glass of limited-edition, Barrel-aged, Old Rasputin VX. And if you’re looking for a way to stave off that ‘buzz’, then you won’t mind trying some of Steven Jones (of Cheese Bar) to pair with the Old Rasputin, Old Stock Barley Wine and Brother Thelonius Belgian Strong Ale. Cheers

Thursday, January 23rd, 5pm-8pm

Stop by and say hello to Green Flash’s Chuck Silva, while sipping on a glass of Silva Stout. But this isn’t a Green Flash brewers night. Rather think of Chuck as an ambassador on behalf of the many beers from California that are sold in Oregon. Which means you should be on the look for for draft offerings from The Bruery, Stone, Bear Republic and “… maybe even a few more, depending on space.”

Friday, January 24th, 5pm – 7pm

This Thursday the Bend’s Deschutes Brewery and Chicago’s Goose Island stop by to celebrate their merger, by collaborating on a Belgian-style Ale. Starting at 5pm the two breweries will be featuring a version brewed at Deschutes and another brewed at Goose Island (Chicago).

Plus both breweries are aware that their Belgian-style Ale isn’t black, which is why they are supplying Belmont Station with a keg of Bourbon County Stout and a keg of Black Butte XXIV Imperial Porter.

Saturday January 25th, All Day

Taking a break from hosting someone’s else’s brewery, the staff will be replacing kegs with beers De Struise Black Albert, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Natale, and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. But your welcome to enjoy any of the other beers, leftover from the previous nights – if they are still online.

Sunday, January 26th, All Day

Look for a double down of beers from breweries Midnight Sun and Nebraska Brewing. If you are up to it, we invite you to try two (2) years of Midnight Sun’s Berserker matched up against two (2) years of Nebraska’s Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout.

Monday, January 27th, All Day

Putting a bookend, to this week of beer debauchery, a limited number of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout bottles will be on sale. Plus Lisa Morrison has confirmed there will be “… two other rare BCS beers recently … sent to Oregon for the first time in two years.” And don’t think that you can show up and buy all the BCS, because the ‘Station is “… pouring flights from bottles of the Bourbon County Stout, the Bourbon County Backyard Rye and the Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

That’s it! Grab a cab, bus, or friend. Just don’t drive to any of these events and then complain we didn’t warn you!


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