Happy Spring everyone!! We’ve made it through the dark, gray, dreary days of winter unscathed, and we hope you have too. The clocks have sprung forward and it’s time for renewed optimism as the days grow longer and we welcome the sun’s rays with open arms. Although, as we Portlanders all know, don’t expect the rains to stop until about July 4th. Then we can all officially declare it summer!
Okay, first off, how was your St. Patty’s Day? We trust you reveled in all things Irish for the day, including corned beef and cabbage, wearing lots of green and drinking some Irish beer! I’m not talking that stout made in Dublin. I’m talking about Lumberjane Stout, an American stout made by an Irishman right here in Portland! It was flowing all St. Patty’s day at the Hawthorne Hophouse. Word on the street is that Lumberjane makes for one delicious car bomb too!
Many thanks to Leah, Phil, the and entire Hophouse staff as they were gracious enough to host us for some free tastings, in addition to having the Undun Blonde, Lumberjane Stout and our new Handful IRA on tap. Thank you also to all the great people who came out to celebrate with us!! You all made it a very fun and memorable day.
The printed cans arrived last week. YAY! Here’s a picture in case you missed it on Facebook.
Now we have the enviable task of filling them all with delicious Natian beer for your thirsty mouths. It’s hard work, yes. But totally worth it when we see you enjoying a ‘Pint In A Can’ at your favorite bar or restaurant. Canning for us a very time-consuming process, as we do it all by hand with a dual filler and single can seamer. Here’s a picture to show you exactly what I’m talking about.
It’s not pretty and it’s not sexy, but we are definitely unique in this regards. There are many “handcrafted” brews out there. But I doubt any of them mean it as literally as we do here at Natian Brewery. I’m not knocking any of the other guys who have canning lines to pump out dozens of cans per minute. Shit, I’d LOVE to have that ability! It would make our jobs a hell of a lot easier. I’m just saying that we’re doing things a little differently at Natian, and we’re proud of that fact.
The big event coming up is the Buckman-Kerns Brewfest, hosted by the EastBurn. It’s going down this coming Saturday, April 6th from noon to 8 pm. Eight breweries located in the Buckman-Kerns neighborhood will be battling it out to see who our neighbors (you, the attendees) think makes the Best IPA! We’re excited for the challenge and thank you in advance for your vote. In our opinion, this is the best little beer festival in all of Portland so we hope you can make it and join the fun. Click the image below for all the details. We look forward to seeing everyone Saturday at the EastBurn, cheers!!