Archive for October, 2009

Take the Yeti Challenge this Thursday!

October 26, 2009

If there’s one beer style that makes the cold, wet gloom of autumn and winter worth it, it’s probably the Imperial Stout. Dark, dense and strong, these are beers sporting complexities arguably unrivaled in beerdom, and one of the best examples of the style is Great Divide’s Yeti, a monster of a cold weather stout if we’ve ever seen one.

Clocking in at a whopping 9.5% alcohol, the Yeti is coffee and toffee, caramel and molasses; it’s a beer as thick as concrete and as black as Satan’s heart. And this Thursday the 29th, you can sample a variety of rare draft Yetis right off the taps and decide which is your favorite.

The Yeti Off ’09 starts at 4 PM and will last until the last drops have been drained from the kegs. We’ll be pouring five ounce samples of Oak Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti for just $6. Drop by to taste one of the most versatile Imperial Stouts available and judge for yourself which Yeti is king of the mountain.

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Hop Farm Trip and Fresh Hop Beers!

October 12, 2009

Way back in August, when the weather was still warm and the leaves still on the trees, the kind folks over at Full Sail put together an all-day excursion to a couple of the local hop farms in Oregon during harvest time. I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to tag along and witness the process by which everyone’s favorite beer ingredient goes from vine to pint. With the fresh hop season upon us, I decided it was the perfect time to post my experience up here on the blog.

But since there are too many photos for our blog space to handle, I’m linking to an outside website called Picasa. You can check out a slideshow of the photos with an explanation of the hop harvesting process HERE.

And after you’ve finished drooling over all those photos of fresh hops, why not drop by Bailey’s for a pint of fresh hopped beer? Currently, we’re tapping Deschutes Hop Trip, Rogue Chatoe, and Hopworks Sodbuster. And today only (Monday the 12th), we’re offering discounted pints of Upright’s Fresh Hop of Bel-Air from the Firkin, a fresh hopped Saison!

As if that weren’t already enough, more fresh hop beers are on the way! In the coming weeks, here are some of the tasty brews you can expect to find at Bailey’s:

  • Fort George CoHOPerative
  • Vertigo Hop Harvest
  • Standing Stone Wet Hop Amber
  • Barley Brown’s Baker City Wild Wet-Hopped American Strong Pale Ale
  • Silver Moon Hoptoberfresh
  • Double Mountain Killer Green
  • Beer Valley Fresh-Hopped Black Flag
  • Oakshire Red Nugget

Brewpublic Event Tomorrow!

October 9, 2009

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday October 10th, we’ll be hosting Brewpublic’s First Anniversary (details below). Unless you hate beer, don’t miss it!

Brewpublic Takes Over Bailey’s Taproom!

October 2, 2009

Bailey’s Taproom will be yet another victim of blogger/beer afficionado Angelo De Ieso’s mad grasp for world beer domination on Saturday, October 10th. Head blogger for Brewpublic, good friend of the bar, and all-around ale maniac, Angelo appears at first to be a soft-spoken, modest fella with a peculiar predilection towards Boston-area sports teams. But make no mistake, this man knows where the dead bodies are buried.

How else can you explain his ability to singlehandedly procure kegs of the rarest, most innovative beers in the state from breweries that usually wouldn’t allow this stuff to leave their brewpub, let alone hitch a ride all the way to downtown Portland? Whether Angelo has dug up some fresh scandal or conspiracy in these brewer’s lives from his many years of investigative beer reporting or he has simply mastered the fine art of the Jedi mind trick, we can’t say for certain; what we do know, however, is that this list of high-octane one-of-a-kind brews pretty much speaks for itself:

  • Cascade Brewing 5 Barrel Thread
  • Barley Brown’s Baker City Wild Wet-Hopped American Strong Pale Ale
  • Caldera Rose Petal Imperial Golden Ale
  • Vertigo Midnight Harvest Fresh-hop Ale
  • Standing Stone Wet-Hop Amber Ale
  • Block 15 Bourbon Barrel-aged Fat Monk Dubbel
  • Hopworks Oregon Oak Aged Diablito
  • Seven Brides Imperial Marzenfest
  • Oakshire Collaborative Evil Belgian-inspired Strong Pale
  • BJ’s Enfant Terrible
  • Walkabout Jabberwocky Strong Ale
  • Hop Valley Vanilla Porter
  • Beer Valley Gone Fishin’
  • Roots Organic Oak-aged Island Red
  • Double Mountain Belgian Brown Ale
  • Upright Fresh Hop of Bel-Air
  • Full Sail Lupulin Fresh Hop Ale
  • Lucky Lab Bourbon Barrel-aged Irish Red Ale
  • New Old Lompoc Barrel Fermented Centennial IPA
  • Full Sail Vesuvius
  • Fort George CoHOPerative Fresh Hop Ale

Granted, hearing Angelo speak for these beers is almost as much fun as drinking them. You can check out his analysis of each of the above brews, along with all the most pertinent information about them HERE.

As far as what you can expect at Bailey’s that day, we’re going to just keep doing what we do best. In other words, no entrance fees, tickets, or taster pours. We’re serving up these bad boys in full 20 oz pints (or 10 oz glasses and taster trays if that’s your thing) at the usual hours (4 to midnight) at our usual prices (mostly…).

A few pints of rare local brew is the perfect way to celebrate the first year of Brewpublic and dish dirt with its lead blackmailer–I mean, blogger–Mr. Angelo De Ieso.