The Ale List: ‘HMS’ debuts, and more news about brews

FULL SAIL’S Gavin Lord — of “Darkness,” that is. He introduces his Brewer’s Share ale on Dec. 4 and 6 in Portland and Hood River.

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FULL SAIL’S Gavin Lord — of “Darkness,” that is. He introduces his Brewer’s Share ale on Dec. 4 and 6 in Portland and Hood River.

Solera presents new ale, film ‘Bounty’ on Dec. 1

“Her Majesty’s Ship” embarks in Parkdale Saturday.

This ship is not a floating vessel but a new ale from Solera Brewery, made in the English mild style. It’s a low-alcohol ale yet darker than its British inspiration, according to brewmaster Jason Kahler.

“Her Majesty’s Ship” debuts at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a showing of the 1935 “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton.

Combining the mild ale release and the movie celebrates the brewery’s past life, Kahler said.

Before it was a brewery, the 1936 building was a movie theater.

Green Drinks meets Dec. 4 at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe

Gorge Green Drinks concludes the 2012 year on Dec. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St.

Solera Brewery of Parkdale will be providing samples of its seasonal ales and Ovino Market will be sampling its hard cider.

The event is free and open to the public. $5 Donation gladly accepted. Plus, spend $20 and get entered to win prizes.

Double Mountain hosts Avalanche Dogs benefit Dec. 6

Double Mountain Brewery hosts the 2012-13 winter fundraiser for the Mt. Hood Meadows Avalanche Dog program on Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m.

The Shedshakers headline the event.

Participants may enter a drawing for a ski pass for Meadows that can be used this season or next.

Meanwhile, Double Mountain’s Ferocious Five bourbon barrel brown ale (10.9 percent alcohol) is for sale, $10 per bottle; just 60 cases were packaged.

Full Sail releases Brewer’s Share ‘Darkness’ ale

Full Sail will release a new beer in its Brewer’s Share Experimental lineup — “Lord of Darkness,” by brewer Gavin Lord, celebrates that in darkness you can find light.

Full Sail has scheduled two “Meet the Brewer and the Beer” events to showcase this new beer, both from 5-6:30 p.m.

The first event will be at Full Sail at Riverplace in Portland, Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The second is at the Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub in Hood River, on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Proceeds from the sale of Lord of Darkness will go to the nonprofit Groundwork Portland.

Lord’s beer (7.0 percent ABV 70 IBU) is a Cascadian Dark Ale brewed with Midnight wheat, flaked oats, crystal malts and 2-row pale, which he said “pours a devilishly dark ruby and wears a lacy white crown,” and carries notes of blueberry and lemon, spice and of pine.


The Brewer’s Share series is a lineup of small-batch draft beers where each Full Sailor takes a turn hand-crafting their own single-batch recipe and a portion of the proceeds benefit a local charity of their choosing.

Brewer’s Share beers will only be available on tap at Full Sail’s Hood River and Portland tasting rooms.

Lord has chosen to support the Groundwork Portland so every keg of Gavin’s beer benefits this organization.

Groundwork Portland is the primary nonprofit in the Portland metro area focused on brownfields redevelopment and conversion of such land into greenspace, parks, community gardens, and multi-purpose sites.

The next Brewer’s Share Experimental will be a collaboration beer brewed by Leo Torres, package technician, and Eduardo Bello, maintenance supervisor, and is expected in February.


Page A4 — Gov. John Kitzhaber has proclaimed December as “Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month.”

Safety advocates are urging travelers to make smart decisions whether on foot, in a car, or on a bike or motorcycle: plan ahead for safety, and watch out for one another.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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