Track Town Ales in Eugene has a newbrewer at the kettle - Sam Scoggin.
Scoggin was born near Seattle but spent most of his life in the Portland area. After moving to Eugene for college he started home brewing during his free time. He soon realized that brewing was a passion, so after earning an associates degree, Sam left for England to take a three-month course in Sunderland for a diploma in British Brewing Technology. He was an intern at several English craft breweries, learning about English brew systems, casks, and the art of ale. In 2012 he landed a position at Walking Man brewery in Stevenson, Wash. While at Walking Man he worked under Cory McGuiness, and then James Landers who came from Portland Brewing Company.
The experimental stage included moving to larger quarters at 3028 N.E. Sandy Blvd. In December, the owners added a cooler with room for about 1,000 more bottles, in addition to the 20 taps, according to Dan Miner of Hollywood Beverage.
WINE CAPITAL DUNDEE TO ADD NEW NANO BREWERY, "DECEPTION"
Dundee, center of Oregon’s wine universe, was overdue for a brewery. Brian Wheatley is co-owner and brewmaster of a new nano-brewery in Dundee, “Deception.” Ben Hoffman is the other owner and head brewer.
The moniker is exactly opposite of what their beer will be, according to Hoffman.
“While many things around us are not what they seem, our beers hide nothing,” said Hoffman. He said he intends to create true and honest, hand-crafted ales.
After two years of planning, Deception will open this spring at 1174 S.W. Highway 99W in Dundee, former home of a wine gift and tasting room. The building was purchased by Jody Kroft of the nearby Red Hills Market, who is leasing the space to Wheatley and Hoffman.
“The inception of Deception has been an aspiration of two lifelong friends for a very long time, but isn’t opening a brewery every man’s dream? Well, there are moments where the time is ripe to act on those dreams and we finally decided that the time is now,” said Hoffman.
FULL SAIL AND DESCHUTES WIN KUDOS IN INTERNATIONAL CONTESTS
These breweries aren’t getting older, they’re getting better. Beers from Full Sail Brewing in Hood River and Deschutes Brewing in Bend are among winners of several international beer awards this winter. Both breweries were among those established in the 1980s in Oregon – Deschutes in 1988, and Full Sail in 1987.
Blind judging for the World Beer Awards are held in heats in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The finals for that judging, called “World’s Best” awards, are held in Norfolk, U.K.
Full Sail’s Amber Ale won the “World’s Best” in the American Brown Ale category. Full Sail’s Session Premium Lager also earned a gold medal in the “Americas Best” awards, in the regional competitions.
Deschutes Brewery also fared well in the same competition. Deschutes River Ale was named the World’s Best Bitter and The Americas Best Bitter (in the up to 4 percent category).
Among other Deschutes beers earning medals in the World’s Best competition was The Dissident, Obsidian Stout, The Abyss and HopHenge Experimental IPA.
In the World Beer Championships, a blind tasting competition held by the Beverage Testing Institute In Chicago, Full Sail medaled on every lager it entered, despite competition from brewers around the world. Lagers winning gold included Session Premium, Session Fest Premium, LTD O6 Black Bock, LRD O4 Pale Bock, LTD O3 Bohemian Pilsner, 26 Cascade Pilsner and Bid Daddy Js Imperial.
Full Sail beers winning silver at the World Beer Championships included Session Black Premium Lager, LTD 07 Oktoberfest, LTD 05 Vienna Lager and Vendell Veizen Weizen Bock.
Deschutes held its own at the European Beer Star 2013 in Germany, one of Europe’s largest beer competitions. The Abyss took home a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category. A total of 1,512 beers from 40 countries participated in the 2013 competition.
At the Brussels Beer Challenge, Deschutes won gold for its Obsidian Stout and silver for The Abyss and Deschutes River Ale.
And on the topic of getting better: Deschutes Brewery in Bend last year expanded its brewery and now has a total of 10 new 1,300-barrel fermentation tanks, giving it the capacity to brew up to 460,000 barrels annually. Currently, it produces about 250,000 barrels and distributes in 21 states.
A Redmond-based ownership group will open the first of three new breweries in Central Oregon this spring. Wild Ride Brewing is under construction now at the 334 S.W. 5th St. in Redmond, according to Brian Mitchell, one of the owners.
The partnership is converting a vacant lumber warehouse into a production and destination brewery. Already, the design has earned the architect, Ambient Architecture of Bend, “Best Commercial Remodel” accolades from the High Desert Design Council.
The 8,650 square-foot brewery will produce and distribute beer from a 20-barrel brewhouse. The group is also building a 1,000 square-foot tasting room and patio area attached to the brewery. The partnership also includes brewmaster Paul Bergeman, the former brewing manager for Kona Brewing Co. in Hawaii. Bergeman has also brewed for Laurelwood Pub and Brewery in Portland.
“Ultimately, we expect we’ll be brewing our beers and opening our doors to the public in the Spring of 2014,” said Mitchell. He expects the brewhouse equipment to be delivered this month.
Look for updates at Wild Ride Brewing’s Facebook page and on Twitter (@WildRideBrewing).
Former Boneyard Brewer Ian Greene, of Bend, has been hired by Ex Novo Brewing, a new brewery under construction in Portland. Greene has a degree in brewing and distilling from Heriot Watt in Scotland, and has worked for Stone Brewing in California, Voss Bryggeri in Norway as well as Boneyard.
Ian will begin work on the ground floor, helping in the design/layout and assembly of the new brewery, said Joel Gregory, founder and president of Ex Novo. “He’s confident and creative and wants to brew the best beer in the world -- I believe he’ll put Ex Novo on the map in this already great brewing city of Portland.”
Ex Novo, when it opens in May, will be the first non-profit brewery of its kind, according to Greene and Gregory.
Ex Novo’s mission is to donate 100% of its profits to organizations that are working to affect positive social change in Portland and beyond. More information about Ex Novo is at their website, www.exnovobrew.com.