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NW Coffee Beer Invitational

Saturday, January 30, 2016


You may not realize it, but we here in Portland love our all types of brews, including coffee and beer. This weekend, the two will come together for the NW Coffee Beer Invitational.

The annual event will be held at the Goose Hollow Inn, located at 1927 Jefferson Street. Sixteen talented brewers will create freshly-brewed beer, paired with locally made coffee.

The festival is sponsored by the Goose Hollow Inn, Willamette Valley Hops and Ristretto Roasters.

Each ticket to the Coffee Beer Invitational costs $15 and includes a festival glass and eight taster tickets.

Breweries scheduled to be on hand include: 10 Barrel Brewing, 54˚40' Brewing, Buoy Beer Company, Burnside Brewing Co, Cascade Brewing, he Commons Brewery, Deschutes Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, Everybody's Brewing, Feckin Irish Brewing Co., Fire on the Mountain Brewing, Gigantic Brewing Company, Lompoc Beer, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, Pints Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing.

Live music will be provided by the Austin Stewart Quartet and band the Logger’s Daughter.

For more information, find the NW Coffee Beer Invitational’s Facebook page.


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Rogue Ales Beard Beer

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Wynkoop Brewery Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

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Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale 

Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale has been on the market for a while and is ubiquitous in Portland, as are the other mistakes they brewed to taste like Portland’s biggest tourist trap’s products. Good for Rogue for hopping on the tourist bandwagon by partnering with Voodoo Doughnuts on this uniquely Portland beer. This beer drinker has to admit that drinking this beer forced me to admit that not everything is actually better with bacon.

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Evil Twin Turkish Delight

Me: What does Turkish Delight taste like?

Beer store clerk: Um, it tastes like Turkish Delight.

Me: Um, okay. What is Turkish Delight?

Clerk: Just try it.

Tastes like put coffee and cardamom in my darker ale. Nuff said? I’m not chomping at the bit to try either Turkish Delight or the Evil Twin’s Turkish Delight beer again. It is available locally at Belmont Station if you are interested.

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Bison Brewing Organic Gingerbread Ale

Ginger. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. No I’m not talking about a dessert or even a hot beverage but Bison Brewing’s Organic Gingerbread Ale. Somehow, it works to create a great flavored porter. Yum. Rumor has it that John’s Market still has a few sixers of this one left. 

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Rogue Ales Sriracha Stout

Apparently 2014 was the Year of the Rooster, with millions more discovering Sriracha, a simple staple in Vietnamese restaurants (and a product that has stayed stocked in my fridge since at least 2005). Never one to miss hopping on a bandwagon, Rogue Ales brewed a stout with it. Shocking, right? It tastes exactly like you’d expect: like someone pranked you by sneaking some hot sauce into your otherwise tasty stout when you went to the loo. The only place to find this gem is at Rogue Hall until more is released after the first of the year.


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