Ep. 313 – Portland U-Brew and Unicorn Brewing

In the Sellwood district we return to Portland U-Brew and Unicorn Brewing to visit with new owner/brewer Zach Vestle. Joined by Civic Taproom's GM Peter Gordon, and our old friend Lenny Hoffman for some discussion on local impact of neighborhood pubs and changing beer styles. These guys discuss how interactions, events and finely curated selections are just the begining of how to stay ahead of the curve with local consumers and growing beers trends. John is working late, Ryan feels musically nostalgic, Bronwyn enjoys an old school beer, and Damian is further inspired to homebrew again. Testing the fence and challenging customers at ground zero for brewers on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 4/9/2019




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Publish Date: 5/21/2019


We decided to do the bottleshare at Brew Happy Headquarters this week while and invite some of our friends over for some Brew Happy times with Jason Rizos of Funhouse Brews. Jason enlightens us about a new distributor in town called High Road Distrbution, and give us some insight into his process. John brings a surprise from Great Notion Brewing, Damian stumbles through some production hurdles, Ryan wants to turn his garage into a brewery, Bronwyn gets excited about a certain collab beer by Ruse/Moksa. Small scale batches and Marionberry madness on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 5/14/2019


McMenamins Mondays are back! Ringlers Annex Bar is one of our favorite spots, Jose is one of our favorite bartenders, and Warren Wills is one of our favorite guests, and he's back to give us another "Warren Report". He's got updates for us about Mad Cow Brewing, Leikam Brewing, Dirty Pretty Brewing, Back Pedal Brewing, Culmination Brewing, and Upper Lip and Tin Bucket Taproom have a joint anniversary. We also get to enjoy McMenamins Berlinerweisses traditionally presented by Jose with fruit flavors "a la carte". Ryan is interested in an evening milking, John brings a cigar/eggroll hybrid, and Damian answers a question from our audience. Brew News, ambulance drive-bys, a good fortune surprise, and special sauce on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 5/7/2019


Tank fabricators are essential to a growing industry, but not many have their own experimental brewhouse. Labrewatory is the playground that showcases what brewers can do when they buy from Portland Kettle Works. Owner, Thad Fisco met a need almost ten years ago and still loves making new systems and learning more way to innovate new designs. Head Brewer, Dr. Nick Herrera may be the new guy, but he is bringing keen insight and experience to the table, with his balanced Belgian styles and love of IPAs, he's pretty sure there is still room for more variety. Ryan apparently loved the new Avengers movie, John swipes right to smash an IPA, Bronwyn drops the Burnside bomb about the Mikkeler move, and Damian brings a treat from Grains of Wrath that he bought during Nano Fest. Custom made tanks, experimental ideas, and well defined beers, on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 4/30/2019


We return to Rogue East, and get the crew together for a recap. Also back by popular demand, Belching Beaver beer, tales of Omaha's craft beer goodness, and another Staley Stance by Clay Staley, this time on pub food. Ryan talks about his juicy goodness, Clay likes to bathe in yeast, John jumps at the Rogue's Rolling Thunder Whiskey, Bronwyn gets wistful about Backwoods' salmon spread, and Damian says farewell to his favorite Rogue cook. Nebraska love, peanut butter, pairings, and daring food requests, on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 4/23/2019


On the Eastside of Portland we head out to Von Ebert Brewing's Glendoveer location. Joined by Owner Tom Cook and brewers Sean Burke, Sam Pecoraro, and Cameron Murphy we discuss a reemrgence of lagers, steadfast interest in innovative IPAs, and differences in consumer demand on a local scale can tell us about beer. John is back with news from Vancouver Brewfest, Bronwyn has a sour for dessert, Ryan brings a Wayward treat, and Damian goes gaga for Grisettes. Dog treats, Lagers, and Llamas, oh my, on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 4/16/2019


We kick off April in Vancouver, on the ExoBus touring Washington has to offer, from Final Draft to Grains of Wrath, joining us is Mike Bolt from Final Draft Taphouse, Michael Perozzo from Zzoom Media, Ben Davenport from Thirsty Sasquatch, Michael Hunsaker from Grains of Wrath, and driven by Ben Luca from ExoBus. We travel from Final Draft to Grains of Wrath on this intoxicating adventure of delicious delights. Learn about these fantastic folks and what their businesses are bringing ot the table. Damian learns about Bavarian mis-marketing, John gets reacquainted with some of his favorite IPAs, Bronwyn posts up behind the camera for our upcoming video, and Ryan gets to ride on his friend's new bus. Scenic beer tours, poutine, and Washington beer on this episode of Brew Happy!

Publish Date: 4/2/2019


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