Beers Made By Walking Release Party
2016 Beers Made By Walking Release Party
Thursday, December 1 from 5 to 8pm
Calling all locavores and beer lovers: the 2016 Beers Made by Walking event is nearly here! On Thursday, December 1st at 5pm, everyone’s invited to taste five special beers and a cider at The Bier Stein and the Tap & Growler. The fermented beverages will highlight local wild ingredients and reflect the influence of our watershed landscape on the creative minds of our local brewers.
2016 Beers Made By Walking Eugene Tap List
Pouring at The Bier Stein:
Agrarian Ales – Grandfather River, Grandmother Sage
Style & Stats: Blended Herbal & Wild Ale, 5.2% abv
Description: It was a short walk to the back of the barn to get the necessary ingredients for this true river beer. A spontaneous fermentation provided by white sage amplifies the air in the Willamette Valley floodplain. River sage, yarrow, and spruce tips add to the riparian delight.
Claim 52 – “We Smoked it All”
Style & Stats: Oregon White Oak-Smoked Imperial Stout
Description: “The Oregon White Oak is a defining plant of Willamette Valley's oak savannah. We sourced a log from Elmira and used it to smoke 110lbs of 2-row barley for our imperial stout. We also used 100% Oregon harvested sea salt for our kettle adjustments.”
Falling Sky – Under the Confluence
Style & Stats: Blended Ale
Description: Taking inspiration from Green Island, where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet, we blended two beers to create a complex “ecosystem” of flavors. Two thirds of the blend is A Beer Called Graff, a brown ale with Jonagold cider and spruce tips. One third is Zig Zag Smoked Ale, which uses house mulberry smoked malt.
Pouring at Tap & Growler:
Oakshire – Beers Made by Walking 2016
Style & Stats: Botanical Gose with sea salt and coriander, conditioned on blackberries, peppermint, Dawn Chorus tea, nettle tea, green Rooibos, and organic rose petals. 4.5% ABV, 10 IBU
Description: “Inspiration comes from one of our favorite fruits of the season: blackberries. We have worked with tea in the past, but never peppermint or Stinging Nettle. We thought a traditional Gose would a great foundation for the remaining ingredients. This is a unique beer to anything we have brewed in the past, and are excited to see the outcome of the ingredients we chose to work with.”
WildCraft Ciderworks - Wild Foraged Flower Sangria
Style & Stats: Dry Cider, ~7.1% abv
Description: “This dry cider is made from an heirloom apple blend aged in American Oak for 9 months. The addition of 8% Oregon grape (urban foraged) & mock orange blossom wine (harvested from Hagen Confluence Farm in Cheshire) brings floral tannins to this full bodied cider, and results in a flavor combination similar to a flower sangria. Enjoy the Wild!”
More about Beers Made By Walking Eugene
For the second year running, the McKenzie River Trust hosted three summer walks on their protected lands for brewers to gather inspiration for a special beer. This year, The Bier Stein is joining forces with Eugene’s Tap & Growler to present the six fermented beverages brewed for this year’s Beers Made by Walking, dividing the beers between each location at 5pm on Thursday, December 1st. The participating businesses are Agrarian Ales, Claim 52, Falling Sky, Oakshire, and WildCraft Ciderworks. Plus, there will be free samples of a homebrewed beer! 100% of the proceeds from each BMBW beer tapped that day will be donated to the McKenzie River Trust, which helps people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon. Additional support for the event was provided by Ninkasi Brewing.
The walks took place on Green Island at the confluence of the Willamette and McKenzie rivers; the Hagen family’s Confluence Farm near Monroe; and the Andy Reasoner Wildlife Preserve in the Long Tom River watershed. Though the brewers are not permitted to harvest herbs from the protected properties, the professionally guided walks provide information about native, edible, and medicinal plants. The goal is to create a beer that reflects the land via creative choice of ingredients and/or production method.
Beers Made by Walking started out as a passion project by Eric Steen (now Marketing Manager for Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland). He connected brewers in a region with a local environmental nonprofit, which organized walks for inspiration. The resulting beers were tapped all at once, giving people the opportunity to taste the brewers’ interpretations of the landscape. The program has been quite successful, with organized walks and fests in Portland, Seattle, Eugene, Corvallis, Raleigh, Bellingham and beyond, and an annual outdoor festival in Denver during the week of the Great American Beer Festival. Though Steen has mostly handed off organization roles to the nonprofits that host the walks, his idea has produced an incredible range of beers that would not have existed otherwise, including the award-winning Sagefight from Deschutes Brewery in Bend.