With the Great American Beer Festival here once again, it is time to get excited about all the fun to be had in Denver this week! When planning which beers to send to pour at our booth, we sent all of our favorites, Mac's Amber, IPA and our seasonal, Noble... Read more.
Just like that, 2014 has finished and 2015 is here for the next 360-odd days. We will shortly be saying goodbye to Blackwatch Cream Porter , as the days are lengthening once again and spring is just around the corner. After another winter spent enjoying its smooth, sweet and roasty... Read more.
I cannot believe it is January already! How quickly time flies – especially while having fun. With the holidays behind us, cold weather lingers as we wait for the first signs of spring. In the meantime, we have good food and good beer to keep us warm and to help... Read more.
As you have no doubt noticed, we are solidly into that stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day when friends, family and neighbors are baking treats to share, planning a Holiday feast or two, and spending time and money to find something special for all the important people in their... Read more.
Mid October marks the release of an old Portland Brewing favorite, BlackWatch Cream Porter. This porter is loaded with malts (Caramel, Black Roast, Wheat, and Oats) and is lower in IBU's (27) which makes it an ideal candidate for braising meats. In my experience, beers with higher IBUs such as... Read more.
With the next season setting in, the bright colors of summer have faded and darkened to the deep hues of winter. I speak, of course, of beer. Long gone are the blond ales and helles lagers of the summer, replaced by the rich porters, stouts and winter warmers that help... Read more.
Now that we have survived another summer working our tails off to get our beer out to the people of Portland and beyond, it is a good time to celebrate our accomplishments. Conveniently enough, the first weekend in October brings the Great American Beer Festival around once again, and there... Read more.
Drunken Pork Tenderloin with Royal Anne Cherry Gastrique
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on September 29, 2014
Below is the recipe for our Drunken Pork Tenderloin with Royal Anne Cherry Gastrique. Begin with 2# Pork Tenderloin and follow up with the marinade first. After following the directions provided in that section, move forward with the cherry gastrique portion below. Enjoy! Marinade Ingredients: 10 fluid oz. Royal Anne... Read more.
As summer begins to wind down and fall approaches, we can mark the return of a fall favorite here at Portland Brewing, Noble Scot Scottish Ale. This full-bodied and complex ale with subtle notes of caramel and toasted, smoky, malty goodness make this beer a winner to cook with. As... Read more.
As summer winds its way towards autumn and the beers on tap and on the grocer’s shelf start changing once again, it is a great time to highlight the relationship between the beers we release and the season. Brewers think about the weather, where we have come from and where... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month - Brewer Blog Series - Part 3
by Ryan Pappe, Head Brewer on July 22, 2014
Oregon Craft Beer Month is capped off in fitting style with the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. We are thrilled to be serving a special one-of-a-kind beer at the festival this year. We are taking our Raspberry Oregon Honey Beer which is fermented with Oregon-grown red raspberries. This produces a... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month - Taproom Blog Series - Part 3
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on July 22, 2014
Because Oregon Honey Beer is so versatile to cook with, I thought I would share another recipe using this beer. This summer seasonal brew has a crisp quality making it a great choice in marinades. Because Oregon Honey Beer happens to be lower in IBU's, it allows for a smoother... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month – Brewer Blog Series – Part 2
by Ryan Pappe, Head Brewer on July 08, 2014
If you have the evening of Friday, July 11th free, I recommend joining us at the Taproom for a showing of the Oregon Craft Beer Month appropriate film "Beerfest." This raucous comedy will start at dusk (around 9:00pm) on the outdoor patio, and will pair wonderfully with the beer and... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month – Taproom Blog Series – Part 2
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on July 08, 2014
Summer also marks the release of a Portland Brewing seasonal favorite, Oregon Honey Beer. This brew is made with locally sourced white clover honey giving this crisp ale just a touch of sweetness. Because Oregon Honey Beer is low in IBU's (17) it makes for a great beer to use... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month – Brewer Blog Series – Part 1
by Ryan Pappe, Head Brewer on July 01, 2014
July is a special time in Oregon beer circles. Not only is it great weather for drinking beer and spending time outside with friends and loved ones, it is also Oregon Craft Beer Month. This month long celebration of all things malt, hops and yeast culminates with the Oregon Brewers... Read more.
Oregon Craft Beer Month – Taproom Blog Series – Part 1
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on July 01, 2014
June 21st marked the official start to summer and what better way to celebrate than with a cold one, specifically a ZigZag River Lager. This Portland Brewing favorite is brewed with a touch of malted wheat and Nugget and Tettnang hops, giving it a light, balanced flavor which makes it... Read more.
In these last few blogs, I have focused on new or returning year-round and seasonal releases. These have been delicious beers perfect for a wide range of occasions. Here in the brewery, most of our time is spent crafting and perfecting these kinds of beers. Every once in a while,... Read more.
With June upon us and summer weather beginning to shape up around here in the Pacific Northwest, we celebrate the release of an instant classic - Imperial Mac's Amber Ale. This colossal take on our flagship MacTarnahan's Amber Ale is brewed with loads of Cascade hops and massive amounts of... Read more.
Greetings everyone! My name is Joshua Luce. I am Brian's Assistant here at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom. You may have figured this out by now, but we really enjoy our beer here at Portland Brewing, and summer has brought an old friend back to the Taproom, Oregon Honey Beer.... Read more.
It is great working for Portland Brewing, joining a long line of brewers that have been putting out consistent, delicious, hand-crafted beers for decades now. While we are continually innovating, we are also blessed to have access to a long history of outstanding beers. For our summer seasonal release, we... Read more.
Last year we had the wonderful opportunity to revisit a classic beer from the Portland Brewing archives. ZigZag River Lager had not been produced at our brewery for many years before we heeded the call from long-time supporters to brew it once again. Due to the popular response last summer,... Read more.
Spring marks the release of an old Portland Brewing favorite, ZigZag River Lager. Because it has been so well received by the local Portland scene, we are excited to announce ZigZag River Lager will now be available all year round! This clean and easy drinking golden lager has been brewed... Read more.
So often, the new beers get all the attention. Whether a one-off experimental release, or a seasonal that is here and gone in a few short months, beer blogs and taste makers tend to focus on the limited-time-only beers. That is certainly a great way to keep up with brewing... Read more.
With buds beginning to sprout and the days becoming longer, the weather also begins to turn, marking the beginning of spring. March also holds a beer drinker’s most beloved holiday – St. Patrick’s Day! We’re embracing this theme at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom with Irish-inspired specials incorporating the use... Read more.
With springtime fast approaching, the season marks the release of Portland Brewing’s very Rose Hip Gold! This Belgian-style ale, brewed with a generous amount of rose hips, finishes with notes of fruit and spice and a little citrusy bite. Because of these the qualities, Rose Hip Gold makes for a... Read more.
Though the days are still generally cold and dark, spring is here again and we can entertain the notion that fine summer weather will once again return. To help smooth the transition from the dark beers of winter to the light beers of summer, we are thrilled to reintroduce you... Read more.
With the holiday fast approaching, we must take time to celebrate with good friends and family. I don’t think I can think of a better way to celebrate these times than enjoying fabulously delicious malty and or hoppy libations. And, of course, at the center of attention at our festivities... Read more.
As we close 2013, Portland Brewing has one last new brew to introduce to you. Our winter special release is dubbed Royal Anne Cherry Stout, and is a real beauty of a beverage. We have access to such amazing bounty here in the Willamette Valley; sometimes we just have pick... Read more.
With the fall season well under way, the cycle of seasonal beers continues! Mid-October marks the release of an old favorite here at Portland Brewing, BlackWatch Cream Porter. Although most of us might not think to cook with beer when referring to breakfast, BlackWatch Cream Porter is a perfect accompaniment!... Read more.
With the winter brew season in high gear here at the brewery, we find ourselves once again appreciating the history of this venerable institution and the great beers that have come and gone over the years. I say this as we are once again brewing BlackWatch Cream Porter and sending... Read more.
Mac’s Amber Ale – Perfect for Fresh Hopping & Perfect for Cooking
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on September 26, 2013
As summer comes to a close, we can look back and reflect upon all the fun we have had, the beers we have tried, and the food we have enjoyed along with them. The end to summer also means the harvest of one very important and special ingredient. Hops! Although... Read more.
October has finally arrived! That can only mean one thing in the world of US craft beer brewers and consumers, and that is the Great American Beer Festival, held this year from October 10th-12th. This annual event is the biggest stage for craft brewers to showcase their creations, whether they... Read more.
While outside we are still enjoying the beautiful summer weather of the Pacific Northwest, here in the brewery we are hard at work preparing for autumn and the cooler weather it brings. We are thrilled to bring back our Noble Scot Scottish Ale to help everyone with the transition back... Read more.
A Perfect Pairing - Noble Scot And Slow-Smoked Ribs
by Brian Arnest, Head Chef on August 15, 2013
This month marks the release of a new favorite here at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, Noble Scot. Because this Scottish Ale is full-bodied with notes of toast and caramel, and a sweet subtle smokiness, it is a fun beer to cook and pair food with. With the recent purchase... Read more.
Summer is well and truly upon us now, and that is something to celebrate here in Portland. While Portland is rightly renowned for its vibrant beer culture, with beer events and festivals occurring regularly throughout the year, summer is when things really go to another level entirely. And the pinnacle... Read more.
July not only brings nice weather here in Oregon, but also Oregon Craft Beer Month. Portland Brewing is proud to be a part of this wonderful celebration of Oregon craft beer as one of the first craft brewers in Portland, dating back to 1986. We have a great lineup of... Read more.
Here at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, we try to incorporate as many of the PBC beers in our recipes that we can. Among these recipes is our “Beer Can Chicken” one of our best-selling entrées. Instead of using an actual can of beer, we brine the whole chickens for... Read more.
In general, there are four main ingredients in beer: water, malted grains, hops and yeast. It is amazing to consider the range of different beers possible just by changing these basic building blocks. In an effort to offer some details on the complexity of these simple ingredients, I thought I... Read more.
In my mind, there is nothing that goes better with beer than food. In addition to information from Head Brewer, Ryan Pappe, this blog will serve as a link from our kitchen to Portland Brewing’s tasty libations with beer centric recipes, pairings, specials and general happenings here at the Taproom.... Read more.
Hello beer drinking world! We are introducing this new brewer blog to provide more information, history, context, anecdotes and general beer geek insight into the goings-on here at Portland Brewing. I am excited by this opportunity – I have been drinking beer, thinking about beer, working in beer, and generally... Read more.
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