Archive for July, 2009

AnniBREW 2: Survival Guide

July 31, 2009

With over 16 barrel-aged beers to get through, you’ve got quite the adventure on your hands tomorrow. And as every good adventurer knows, preparation is key. Here are a few steps you can take to get the most out of the fest:

1. Eat Before You Arrive: Bailey’s has never been the place for a hot, hearty meal, but tomorrow, our usual snack items disappear and while Santeria is available across the street, you may have trouble snagging a table to eat it at. Fill up on a good breakfast or early lunch and take a break for another meal later in the day if you’re planning to conquer all the taps.

2. Bring Cash: Plastic cards won’t do you any good tomorrow. Bailey’s is tucking away the credit card machine and going cash-only at the door to keep things running smoothly and to ensure you get your beer as quickly as possible.

3. Show Up Early: Last year got crowded very, very quickly and didn’t really let up the whole night. If our recent burst of business this summer is any indication, it could be even busier this year. Show up early and you’ll be able to grab a spot at the bar or at one of the few spots around where we’ll have tables and chairs (we’ll be removing some of them to allow for greater standing room space).

4. Devise A Strategy: Last year, several beers blew over the course of the night. While the majority of the beers this year are bigger kegs that are unlikely to run empty, there are a few that are likely to go before the end of the night (specifically, the Block 15, Cascade, Firestone, Lompoc, and Russian River). Review the list and decide which beers you most want to try and order those first while your palate is still fresh. By knocking out the favorites right away, you’ll be able to slow down and explore the other beers without fretting that they’re going to blow at any minute.

5. Take Water and Food Breaks: Barrel-aged beers are delicious going down, but kind of disgusting coming back up. We’d recommend not putting yourself through that experience (especially in our bathroom). Fill up your snifter with water after every beer to a) clean the glass in preparation for the next beer and b) keep yourself hydrated. And schedule a time halfway through your session when you can grab dinner somewhere and then return to the bar after. All you need to reenter is your snifter glass.

If you follow these steps, you’ll be well on your way to barrel-aged bliss tomorrow at noon. See ya there!


Bailey’s Taproom on Television!

July 30, 2009

A few months back, the cast and crew of the TNT television show Leverage descended on downtown Portland for a few days to shoot scenes for their sophomore season. In the season premiere episode, “The Beantown Bailout Job”, Bailey’s Taproom shares some screen time with actor Timothy Hutton.

After leaving Big Pinky, Hutton sees Bailey’s (in costume with a garish neon “BAR” sign) across the street and is just about to drop in for a pint of delicious microbrewed beer when a car loses control, turns into a computer generated image, jumps 50 feet into the air, turns back into a real car, and lands on its back. I was rooting for Hutton to ignore the crashed vehicle and grab an IPA at Bailey’s, but instead, he rescues a precocious girl and her father while some bad guy steals a briefcase from the backseat and escapes into Mary’s Club.

If you’re curious to check out the footage for yourself, it’s only the first three minutes of the show and it’s available for free online here.

Personally, I think Bailey’s could have a future in Hollywood. What do you guys think?

AnniBREW 2: The Basics

July 30, 2009

There’s been so much information bouncing around about AnniBREW 2 that even I’ve been having trouble keeping it all straight. So for your convenience and the sake of clarity, here’s a basic breakdown of what the event entails:

What: AnniBREW 2 celebrating Bailey’s 2nd anniversary. More than 16 rare barrel-aged beers will be available for tasting.

When: This Saturday, August 1st, from 12 Noon until 10 PM.

Where: Bailey’s Taproom, of course! 213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR.

How (Much): $10 entrance fee includes a souvenir glass and three tickets. All additional tickets cost $1 each and all tastes cost 1 ticket.

Why: Why not?

The Forecast Calls for a High Temperature of 107 Degrees Today

July 29, 2009

And we have air conditioning and cold beer.

Just sayin’.

AnniBREW 2 Snifter Glass

July 29, 2009

Bailey's anniversary glass

Check out this year’s second anniversary snifter! For just $10, you get one of these beauties and three taster tickets for filling it. And at the end of the night, it’s yours to take home with you!

We recommend displaying it on a pedestal somewhere.

Start Your Drooling

July 27, 2009

Here they are, folks! The 16 confirmed barrel-aged beers we’ll be tapping for our second anniversary!

  • Block 15 Super Nebula – Imperial Stout (Bourbon)
  • The Bruery White Oak – Wheat Wine (Bourbon)
  • Cascade Bourbonic Plague– Sour Porter Blend (Bourbon)
  • Double Mountain Terrible Two – Brown (Bourbon)
  • Firestone Parabola – Imperial Stout (Bourbon)
  • Fish ’04 Leviathan – Cask Barleywine (Oak)
  • Fort George Illuminator – Doppelbock (Bourbon)
  • Full Sail Amber – Amber (Bourbon)
  • Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood – Old Ale (Sherry)
  • Hopworks DOA – Strong Ale (Bourbon)
  • Lompoc Pagan Porter – Imperial Porter (Bourbon)
  • Lucky Lab Beljamin – Belgian Golden (Chardonnay)
  • Oregon Trail Porter – Sour Porter Blend (Pinot Noir)
  • Rock Bottom Maude Flanders – Sour (Sparkling Wine)
  • Rogue John John – Maibock (Whiskey)
  • Russian River Consecration – Sour (Cabernet Sauvignon)

But, wait! That’s not all! There are a few more Mystery Beers we’ll also be tapping the day of the anniversary. But I ain’t saying what they are…

AnniBREW 2 Brewery List and Pricing

July 17, 2009

AnniBREW 2 is just two weeks away, which means it’s time to pull the curtain back on a few more details. Here is an almost complete list of the breweries that will be supplying our barrel-aged bounty of beers at this year’s event:

  • Block 15
  • The Bruery
  • Cascade
  • Deschutes
  • Double Mountain
  • Firestone
  • Fish
  • Fort George
  • Full Sail
  • Hair of the Dog
  • Hopworks
  • Lompoc
  • Lucky Lab
  • Oregon Trail
  • Rogue
  • Russian River

So far, that’s 16 breweries, which is one more than we had last year, and if all goes as planned, we might be announcing a couple additional breweries to this list in the coming days.

Entrance to the event will cost just $10, which includes a complimentary Bailey’s 2nd anniversary snifter glass and three tickets. Unlike some—nix that, every—beer festival we could name, all tastes at AnniBREW 2 will cost just 1 ticket, and all additional tickets will cost just $1.

For the math challenged, here’s a basic rundown of your costs, depending on the kind of person you are:

  • “I like beer, but what the hell is barrel-aged beer?” (3 tastes + snifter glass)= $10
  • “Barrel-aged beer is delicious indeed, but I can’t spend all night drinking it; I’ve got a wife/husband/kid/dog  to get back to.” (5 tastes + snifter glass)= $12
  • “Barrel-aged beer? Whatever other plans I had for tonight are hereby canceled. I’ll apologize later.” (10 tastes + snifter glass)= $17
  • “I hate my liver and am trying to kill it.” (over 16 tastes + snifter glass)= $23 and up

AnniBREW 2

July 10, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009.

Write that date on the ceiling above your bed, emblazon it on your toothbrush, tattoo it across your chest, but whatever you do, don’t forget that August 1st is when Bailey’s 2nd Year Anniversary Party (or as I like to call it, AnniBREW 2) rolls out.

As anyone who showed up for our first anniversary can attest, it’s the strongest lineup of beers we have on all year (and that’s really saying something). And just like last year, we’ll be tapping barrel-aged beers exclusively, most of which are exceptionally rare and difficult to find anywhere else, let alone all in one place at the same time.

For the uninitiated, barrel-aged beers are rich, complex, and surprisingly smooth beers that have been allowed to age in various kinds of wooden barrels that previously contained whiskeys or wines. The process results in some of the most flavorful beer you’ve ever tried in your life.

While Geoff doesn’t want to give away too much about the anniversary too early, here’s just a small taste of some of the beers we’ll be tapping:

  • Double Mountain Terrible Two
  • Full Sail Black Gold
  • Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood
  • Lompoc Pagan Porter
  • Russian River Consecration
  • 2004 Cask Conditioned Fish Leviathan

I can’t tell you much more than that right now or Geoff will go all slasher psycho on me, but keep your eye on this blog in the coming days for the latest details…