Monday, February 27th, 2017

Portland Cider anniversary, Sweet Jane IPA and Guinness ’stache

Ron Swarner

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Pelican-Brewing-Company-Blackbird-SchwarzbierMORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, FEB. 27 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom beer ’stache. …

Portland Cider toasts to four years with an all-day party at its new taproom and cidery in Clackamas Saturday, March 11. The party kicks off with a 5K Cider Run in partnership with Oregon Brewery Running Series at 11 a.m., and is family-friendly until 8 p.m.  The afternoon and evening round out with live music, a special food menu and food truck, screen printing of commemorative shirts and cider releases, including Bourbonator, a bourbon barrel-aged dry cider, and an aged kriek-style cider made with Oregon cherries called The Queens Kriek.

Deschutes Brewery released a comprehensive media update including new beer news:  Swivelhead Red (March); Cultivateur (March); Hop Slice Summer Ale (April) and Passionfruit IPA (May, draft only).

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom is releasing seasonal Sweet Jane IPA in bottles and draft in early March. This is currently available on draft and in bottles at the downtown Hood River Taproom and Southeast Portland Taproom in the Woodstock neighborhood and throughout the Northwest and British Columbia next month.

Next month, Pelican Brewing Company will drop Blackbird Schwarzbier, the Oregon coast brewery’s version of the classic German black lager. The lager is the third installment in the Lone Pelican Small Batch Series created to offer limited-production beers that explore new techniques, ingredients and under-represented styles.

Craft beer sought to destroy it. They derided the style, mocking it as “fizzy yellow beer.” But credit where it’s due: Pilsner undeniably changed the beer world, and it’s still a tasty brew no matter who says otherwise (even craft brewers have come around in recent years).

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has announced a new in-flight innovation: Betsy Beer, a beverage specifically brewed with the “ingredients, aroma and necessary carbonation to taste great both in the air and on the ground.”

Anyone who has ever had a pint of Guinness knows what a Guinness ’stache is. That mustache of foamy goodness that’s left after your first sip is perhaps as iconic as the beer itself. Because it is so iconic, Guinness has decided to harness the power of the Guinness ’stache for good. From now through March 19, Guinness is giving you the chance to donate money—just for drinking Guinness and getting proof of it.