Sike! You’ll have to find yer own boozy Easter eggs. Here’s an opinion:
The big Oregon beer news this week involved two lauded lager brewers. The decocting duo Lisa Allen (Heater Allen) and Kevin Davey (Wayfinder), who have been mashing together for quite a while now (as in collaborating, of course), have purchased Heater Allen Brewing from Lisa’s father, founder Rick Allen, and are forming the Gold Dot Beer label as a top shelf wing and beergarden business side of the brewery. Davey recently left Wayfinder in the capable hands of former Breakside R&D brewer Natalie Baldwin. (For more on her, check out this excellent profile on New School Beer)
The news of Gold Dot’s formation was dropped by Craft Beer & Brewing (unclear why they chose a national outlet, rather than local). In the concise article, by long-time beer writer and author Joe Stange, Davey states that Gold Dot’s lagers will be more expensive, and, oddly, that he and Allen are “not homebrewers with a trust fund.” Duh! Maybe it’s ’cause I’m from Eugene, but I know zero homebrewers with trust funds, and as many people who want to pay more for excellent lagers than they already are. Right now, a half-liter of beer at Mahr’s Brau Pils in Bamberg is the equivalent of $4.16, and it doesn’t taste much better than that.
I knew I couldn’t type this without sounding like I’m shitting on people I know, like, and respect. I’m breaking the Bambi rule: if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Thus is the dichotomy of Beerstone: I enjoy judging beer, but dislike sounding judgy; I have plenty of critical opinions, but I avoid blithe cut-downs because I sincerely dislike that attitude around beer or anything else. I want this to be a place of support, joy, and information, and am now apologizing sideways for feeling indignant, protective of my fellow local beer writers, and, frankly, a bit offended. Fuck it, let’s go bowling:
Alesong & Friends: Breakside Brewing – Join us for a wonderful afternoon of tasting and education with Ben Edmunds of Breakside. 3-6pm. Full details & tickets
Oakshire, 6-10pm – Tuesday Beer Release: Line Dry Rye. Returning after nine years, the highly requested Line Dry Rye is nostalgic and fresh, all at once.
The Bier Stein, 6-8pm – Tapping into Community w/ Hop Valley benefitting RISE Services.
Oakshire, 11am-10pm – Oakshire Inspires: Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah. Nurturing and Restoring Lands in the Greater Mount Pisgah Area since 1989. The Friends believe that people and nature are intertwined. They’re self-funded non-profit of nearly 1,000 members and volunteers investing their time, talent, and money so people and nature can thrive together in the Greater Mt. Pisgah Area. $1 per pint donated
The Bier Stein, 5-7pm: Thursday Tasting Series feat. The Wheel
A Beer Club, 2pm – Barleywine Bonanza. More of a “Zwanze Day” style event where everyone buys a bottle and shares with others. Bring a food dish (think tapas or appetizers), buy a Barleywine, share and enjoy. We ask that you arrange for sober transportation to and from here. As always, we encourage bringing a bottle to share, but will limit this to 1 bottle for each bottle purchased. The list of available Barleywines and prices is available here at A Beer Club. It includes Bwizzles from Anchorage, Fremont, Side Project, Holy Mountain, The Lost Abbey, Angry Chair, Forager, Alesong, Mason, Matchless, Horus, TreeHouse, and more!
It’s so great that Eugene is having a moment of silence on March 17th. Absolutely no beer events due to the mayor proclaiming it a Grand Day of Sobriety. I’m sure the Barmuda Triangle will be quiet. #blessed