Oktoberfest 2014 – Saturday 10/4

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Join us Saturday, October 4th, to celebrate this year’s harvest season AND Portland-made craft beer!  We’re bringing together some of our favorite bits of Bavarian tradition with a few fun twists of our own.  Live music and family-friendly games throughout the day mean a good time for your whole crew, but we’re also going to be releasing special, limited-release, firkin-conditioned beers that are sure to make your inner beer nerd cry “Heilige scheiße, das ist gut!”

The highlight of the day for many of the Base Camp crew, however, will be our first annual Weltmeister Human Fussball Tournament.  Yes, that’s right, HUMAN FOOSBALL!  Sign your team of 6 to 10 peeps up for entry in this winner-takes-all, bracketed tournament via our EventBrite site.

Schedule of Events:
All Day: Special Firkin Beers being tapped. Our favorite food carts bringing you delicious food! Deutschland Curry, Gonzo Falafel and Hummus, KOi Fusion will all be there!
11am: Doors Open
11am – 8pm: Support our local vendors! We’ve got a great line-up of local businesses joining us this year! Portland Rock Gym, Ghost Sign Studios, It’s Only Love Athletic Wear, Up Cycle 27 and more!
11am – 3pm: Kinder Karneval Games
3:30pm – 6:30pm: Human Fussball Tournament
7pm – 8:30pm: Doug Stickler Trio
8:45pm: Dance music brought to you by All The Homies

Stay tuned via Twitter or our Facebook page for more info on music lineup, food vendors, beer info, and more!

 

 

Protohop Festival!

Protohop Festival Provides Sneak Peek Into Future of Oregon’s Hops

Base Camp Brewing Company teams up with Indie Hops and Oregon State University’s Hop Breeding Program to showcase some of the Willamette Valley’s most exciting experimental hop varietals.  A limited number of tickets are available– get yours now!
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The brewers at Base Camp Brewing Company have been busy. Over the last three months, this inner-southeast Portland brewhouse has turned out over a dozen batches of single-hopped craft beer, a late-hopped Helles-style lager, from their pilot brewery. Each of these beers features a different experimental hop varietal, developed by Oregon State University’s Hop Breeding Program and provided by Indie Hops.

These protohop varietals are yet to be cultivated on a large scale, representing a segment of some of the Willamette Valley’s most promising future hops. “We feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to work with these hops years before they are commercially available,” says Base Camp’s head brewer, Paul Thurston, “and are stoked to share these flavors of the future with our region’s beer lovers!”

Due to the small batch size of these exceptional beers, a limited number of tickets for admission to the Protohop Festival is available.  To get yours, check out our online sales here or stop by the taproom!  Claim your spot AND save $5 by purchasing in advance.

Solstice Party 6/21

Join Outdoor Project and Base Camp Brewing Co. in Portland on the Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 21, to celebrate the longest day of the year. It’s going to be a BLOCK PARTY, and we’re shutting down SE Oak Street between 9th and 10th avenues. You’ll find tons of delicious food and beer for sale, and there will be music and an outdoor-themed movie in the evening. And the best part is that admission is totally free thanks to sponsorship efforts from our favorite Portland outdoor and media companies!

We’ll be starting at 11 a.m. and going into the night. Stop in for some food and drinks on the way to or from an outdoor adventure, or stay the whole day and celebrate the first day of summer. The event will feature outdoor-themed activities throughout the day that will be open to everyone.

Oregon Wild and Ascending the Giants will also host booths throughout the day, so come meet them and hear their stories about the wonderful work they do. They’ll be selling raffle tickets at the event for a ton of awesome prizes contributed by the event’s Sponsors.

Music

Presented by Vortex Music Magazine, the evening will feature performances by Portland’s Brownish Black and Melville. Melville will get it started at 6 p.m.

Sponsors + Activities Schedule

We will be joined by the wonderful sponsors listed below. Many will have merchandise for sale at the event, so swing by to pick up some deals on outdoor gear for the summer heat or to learn about upcoming classes and events they’ll be hosting. Sponsors include: EvoNext AdventureU.S. Outdoor StorePortland Rock GymRare Earth Adventures, The ClymbDeviationPro Photo SupplyNW AlpineCrossfit RMRPlywerkVita CocoBicycle Transportation Alliance, and Tri Team PDX.

11 a.m.: Out with the old and in with the new, and you are the lucky ones to benefit! Base Camp will be having a massive sale on cases of its adventure-ready aluminum 22s starting at 11 a.m. and going until they’re sold out. The hottest deal of the day will be Northwest Fest at $25 a case. Base Camp will also be extending discounts on In-Tents IPL, Ripstop Rye Pils, and Lost Meridian Wit at $45 a case.  Come and get them while they last! (Brewhouse)

Noon: The Clymb Giveaway #1 (Outdoor Stage)

1 p.m.: U.S. Outdoor Store – Outdoor Adventure Presentation + Slideshow (Tap Room)

2 p.m.: Rare Earth Adventures – Life Hacks Presentation (Patio) | The Clymb Giveaway #2 (Outdoor Stage)

3 p.m.: Events TBA.

4 p.m.: Deviation – Summer Ski Tuning Clinic (Brewhouse) | The Clymb Giveaway #3 (Outdoor Stage)

5 p.m.: Events TBA.

6 – 9 p.m: Performances by Melville and Brownish Black. (Outdoor Stage)

All Day: Hang out and enjoy Base Camp’s delicious brews. Play games including cornhole and hammerschlagen. Eat, drink and get inspired for summer’s outdoor adventures.

Saturday, June 21, at Base Camp Brewing Co. at 930 SE Oak Street in Portland, Oregon. It will run from 11 a.m. until late night, it is free to attend, and it’s open to ALL AGES.

Three new beers for May/June

We’re releasing our Hop in the ‘Pool Late Hop Helles lager this Thursday, 5/8, at 6pm.  But, Base Camp, it’s just a traditional German light lager in both grain bill and fermentation character!  Just you hold on one second, mister– this beer’s singular MASSIVE hop addition happens in the whirlpool, not the brew kettle, for a huge hop taste and aroma with a mellow bitterness.  It’s gonna be rad.

 

Next up is our yet-to-be-named amber kellerbier.  Light, crisp, subtly hopped, and ready for summer.  Stay tuned for release date!

 

Soon after (let’s say this side of mid-June) we’ll make our second installment in our Location Series, paying homage to the smoky, dry hills along the Chetco River in southern Oregon.  Word on the street is we’ll be bottling this bad boy.

 

It’s a good month for beer around Base Camp.  Cheers, all!

Shannon Huffman Polson to Celebrate Book Release Anniversary here at Base Camp Brewing Company

Shannon Huffman Polson will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her memoir North of Hope here at Base Camp Brewing Company, this Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m.

North of HopeFrom the author:

“It all started in Portland. That’s where the phone call came, the one that said I’d lost my father and stepmother to a grizzly bear attack two thousand miles to the north in Alaska’s Arctic. You know that if you read North of Hope, and if not, it comes in the first few pages so I’m not giving it away. But Portland is where it started, at the Sunday market, after I’d bought a picture frame made of blue stones and some hand made soaps.

In the year following that call I sung the Mozart’s Requiem with the Seattle Symphony Chorale under the direction of Itzhak Perlman, and over the anniversary of their deaths, I was on the same river where they had died. I followed each of their last days, the same flights, the same rafting trip. The police had given me back their journal and their maps, only slightly torn by the bear that had ravaged their campsite, and I visited each of their camps, saw the place where they died.

Then I wrote North of Hope. I think of North of Hope as a Requiem, which I included as short movements within the narrative on the river. It came out a year ago- this month is it’s birthday, and I’m privileged to celebrate in Portland where it began. North of Hope was released a few months after my second child arrived, and it is a rebirth, though not without cost. Come toast wilderness and words.”

Much of North of Hope takes place in the Pacific Northwest, and is an unlikely love story with the Alaskan landscape and its inhabitants that claimed the lives of Shannon’s father and stepmother in a rare grizzly attack. Shannon’s moving narrative explores the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy, and her deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage. North of Hope is as much an internal journey as a literal one, and a great piece of writing too. She received her MFA from Seattle Pacific University and is a contributing writer to blogs and publications, including the Huffington Post and High Country News. You can find more information at her website.

 

Double Beer Release TONIGHT

Holy smokes, we’re droppin’ two fine brews tonight!

Our Gold Rush India Oat Common features the fermentation character of a California Common (warm-fermented lager) paired up with a hefty dose of English toasted oats, then topped off with a huge hop bill (ft. Summit, Meridian, Santiam, Cascade, and US Fuggle).  It’s goddamned delicious.

We’re also stoked to release our Lost Meridian Wit, a velvety smooth witbier that gets dry-hopped with a truckload of Meridian hops.  This smooth-sippin’ sessionable wit drinks like a mimosa, due to its dry champagneish (is this a word?) and bright citrusy flavors.  A crowd-and-crew favorite when we released it under its working title last summer, the Lost Meridian Wit is gonna be available on tap OR ready to go in our aluminum 22oz bombers.

Hope to see you in here!  Cheers!

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Ah ah ah!

If only Dr. Arnold knew how to pull up his Task Manager!  If anybody needs to chill out, sit back, and reset, it’s him.  We’ve got just the beer for it:  our Ctrl+Alt+Del imperial altbier, available on draft only!  This monster malty mother was brewed using a modified decoction mash, then fermented with our house ale yeast strain for fruitiness, followed by our house lager strain for a clean, smooth finish.  We’ve taken everything we love about the traditional German altbier but rewired the circuitry, rendering a brand-spankin’ new, updated version.

Celestial Meridian CDL

We’d originally brewed this beer on our Pilot Brewery last fall; since then we’ve been eagerly waiting for the right time to fit it into our production schedule.  And now it’s finally brewed, lagered, kegged, and tapped!

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45 IBUs | 5.1% ABV | 47.6 SRM | 13.0/3.5°P OG/TG

Our Celestial Meridian Cascadian Dark Lager is the latest waypoint in our ongoing Meridian Expedition.  We conceptualize and brew all the beers in this series as different ways to showcase what’s become one of our very favorite hop varietals, the Willamette Valley-grown Meridian hop.  Check out some good info on this and other hop varietals here!

Fruity, floral hops meet velvety, dark malt in our Cascadian Dark Lager.  Loads of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine aroma spin off the top of the pint, thanks to Meridian hop additions at knock-out and in the lager tank.  Light sweetness and toasty, roasty malt provide counterpoint to a solid hop bitterness.  For a beer of this dark color, the Celestial Meridian finishes surprisingly light and clean thanks to its fermentation and lagering character.

Available now on tap at Base Camp’s taproom and at your favorite local beer bar.  If you’ve got a home draft system, we can also hook you up with a dock sale!  This single-batch hoppy dark lager won’t stick around for long.  Get yours now!

Visions of Things to Come

Gather ’round, children, and heed this tale from Head Brewer Paul:

In the wet and wild world of Base Camp lore, there exists a mythic entity known as Baltor, who is, among other things, quite incredible.  Known for happily sloshing about the bountiful countryside and slapping high fives, Baltor was born with superhuman ability to bring together and harmonize all things delicious and wondrous, weaving seemingly disparate things into a cohesive whole.  It is a truly incredible superpower.  Say what you will about those who can fly or meld time and space or what have you; in the world of beer, Baltor is the greatest!

In the early morning hours of halloween day, in the year of our lord, 2013, The Incredible Baltor graced us with an impromptu visit to Base Camp, where he called a super secret meeting of the brewers.  He told us – speaking in a language that we had never heard before yet suddenly and mysteriously understood – that we were chosen by the great congress of the brewing gods to be enlightened, through the wisdom of Baltor, to create an epic brew, combining a smooth, strong, roasty baltic porter lager beer with flavors of rum and bourbon, vanilla and oak, and fleshed out with delightfully fruit forward and complex coffee.

“It cannot be done!  That is too much awesomeness for one beverage!” we cried out in unison, before looking around at each other in shock that we had just cried out something in perfect unison.

“Oh, it can, my children.  It most certainly can,” reassured Baltor in his wonderous superhero language.  “I will show you how.”

And thus it became reality, on that wondrous Halloween day of 2013, we brewed a baltic porter lager beer, as instructed, with domestic vienna, Bavarian debittered roast malt, French Kiln Coffee malt, and 15% Flaked oats to soften and smooth the malt profile.

“I am a huge fan of your proprietary Base Camping procedures, where you add a small portion of young lager beer to the fermented beer to achieve the utmost smooth, crisp, and clean lager character.  You will do this with my namesake beer!” Baltor decreed thunderously.  We complied.

“You will soak house toasted oak in rum and bourbon, adding delightful layers of molasses and vanilla to the wood, and lager the beer on these chips!” he bellowed.

“Yum,” we thought.

“You will get together with the awesome people at Trailhead Coffee roasters, and, after tasting a plethora of different varieties utilized in different extraction techniques, you will decide to brew a hyper concentrated cold extract of their delicious Guatemalan variety, and add this directly to the lagering tank!” proclaimed the great one.

“Well now you’re being a bit bossy, but ok,” we muttered under our breath.

And then, as quickly as he appeared, he was gone, vanishing like a waft of steam into the brewery air.  Silently we appraised one another, and knew, we would never be the same.  Baltor had instilled in us a boldness, a confidence, a capacity for calculated risk taking we would take with us on all our future brewing journeys.  Knowing the situation called for it, we wordlessly flying chest bumped each other, and then went about our day, in awe and stupor, eagerly awaiting the finished product of the beer that could only be named after its super awesome creator-

The Incredible Baltor.

Castings of the bones have revealed that His Magnificence will be celebrated with much aplomb and gaiety, with many sacred gallons both keg’d and bottl’d, on an auspicious ev’ntide neither near nor far.  Look to the skies, children, for signs of that coming Good Day!