Deschutes/HotD Collage Beer Dinner

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by guajolote, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Interesting (and probably delicious!).

    This momentous occasion celebrates the release of our collaboration beer with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company. The first beer brewed in our Conflux Series, Collage is comprised of four very distinctive brews - The Dissident, The Stoic, Fred & Adam - each 100% aged in a myriad of barrels ranging from Rye Whiskey, Cognac, & Sherry to Pinot Noir, Bourbon and American Oak.
  2. IpeeA

    IpeeA Jan 22, 2010 Missouri
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    Ah. Ma. Zing.
  3. ggfunk

    ggfunk Mar 29, 2010 Oregon

    Do want.

    EDIT: I just don't know if I "$85" want.
  4. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    That's a steep price there.........could put that money towards a case of Collage.
  5. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Honestly, for a five-course, prix fixe dinner with (probably very awesome) beer pairings, it's really not that steep. I went to a few dinners similar to this when I lived in Chicago--with pairings that were nowhere near as good as these--that cost at least $100 per person. I'm not saying that $85 isn't a lot of money for most people to drop on dinner, I'm just saying that for what you're getting, it's a pretty good price.
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  6. pkasten

    pkasten Jun 17, 2005 Oregon
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    We understand that $85 is a lot of money for most of us, but please keep in mind that the price includes tip and that 25% of the $85 is being donated to the Oregon Food Bank, so we're certainly not out to maximize profit on this event. You'd be hard pressed to find a six-course meal of this quality at that price even without your beer and tip included.
  7. stupac2

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    This is true. I love beer pairing dinners, but the ones I've been seeing lately are closer to $200 a ticket. I've seen prices ~$85 twice (and gone to both).
  8. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    I agree...I'm just trying to convince myself not to go. It's going to be a tough one!
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  9. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    "Oak Plank Wild Salmon - green garlic gnocchi, morels, brown butter
    Paired with The Stoic (100% aged in a Rye whiskey barrel from Heaven Hill)"

    That course especially makes the price of admission look worthwhile Paul. Not particularly a fan of The Dissident, but a 100% rye whiskey barrel aged batch sounds really interesting. Never met a gnocchi I didn't like either. It appears you've outdone yourself.
  10. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    Looks awesome. I assume no vegetarian option?
  11. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    Do any of you guys know if tickets are sold out yet? I'm having a hell of a time buying my ticket, no one is answering emails or voicemail over there it seems.
  12. ajramirez1

    ajramirez1 Apr 9, 2011 Washington

    F the food ill go opening day on my lunch and snag the 3 beer limit
  13. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    If you're "ill" just call in sick to work that day and pound Collage at the pub from open to close!
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  14. Mahlik

    Mahlik Aug 21, 2010 Oregon

    Did you end up getting a hold of someone at Wildwood? I called Shelly at Wildwood and bought my tickets yesterday. I think they are about to sell out if they aren't already.
  15. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    Yep, got my ticket yesterday afternoon. She said that there are 9 spots left.
  16. LoPo87

    LoPo87 Mar 9, 2012 Oregon
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    I got my seats yesterday as well.
  17. Shmeal

    Shmeal Nov 9, 2009 Oregon
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    Slightly off topic, but I noticed that there is a 3 bottle limit on Collage at the Portland pub. What do you guys think on the chances that Collage will hit the big stores like Fred Meyers? If Collage is distributed anything like Abyss was, making a run at Freddies might be the way to go.
  18. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    I'm hoping for a joint release between Michael and Collage at HotD on a Saturday. Especially since I'm out of town on the 15th.
  19. LoPo87

    LoPo87 Mar 9, 2012 Oregon
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    The HotD chick I spoke with a week ago told me it would only be released at both brewpubs and Deschutes would get much more than HotD.

    Which Saturday is Michael being released? And is there a bottle limit or expected sellout??
  20. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    No release date for Michael, yet. It was only blended 2-3 weeks ago.
  21. LoPo87

    LoPo87 Mar 9, 2012 Oregon
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    Ahhh...I see now that I cannot read. You said you wish it would be released with Collage on "A" saturday....not just saturday.
  22. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    I'm going to step out on a limb here and say yes and yes. I hope you have a tent, because that's when the line is going to start.
  23. LoPo87

    LoPo87 Mar 9, 2012 Oregon
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    Ahhh so you are saying it will be as serious as Adam Ftw ehh?
  24. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    Worse. HotD releases in general just seem to draw a bigger crowd with a longer line then the release before. I'm expecting the trend to continue.
  25. Sarlacc83

    Sarlacc83 Mar 2, 2008 Oregon

    I sincerely hope you're wrong, but I suspect you're not. However, the one thing about Michael is that it doesn't really trade well, and I don't expect that to change, so that might offset some of the crush. Cherry Adam and Matt 2010 were practically barren releases, as well, so here's hoping Adam FTW was the outlier because of its mammalian reputation.
  26. Danner316

    Danner316 Mar 19, 2011 Washington

    Deschutes said they were distributing very limited quantities and IIRC Malt & Vine in Redmond said their Deschutes rep said they would be getting one case.

    As for the dinner, I'm looking forward to heading down from Seattle. I am a bit bummed that my DD has to pay the full price, but more beer for me!
  27. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    I won't be wrong if I'm the one in a tent! ;)
  28. postymcposterton

    postymcposterton Oct 21, 2010 Oregon

    called out of town for work on the 14th, can't make the dinner now... :(
  29. Danner316

    Danner316 Mar 19, 2011 Washington

    If any of you need a spot, or know someone who would like a spot, I've had one open up. Just get in touch via beermail and we'll set something up.
  30. jtmartino

    jtmartino Dec 11, 2010 California
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    I'm going to Bend this week too early! NOOOOOooooooooo.......
  31. gklover1

    gklover1 Oct 18, 2009 Colorado
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    Any chance a lowly CO boy can hook up a trade on this thread?

    ISO: COLLAGE!!!!!!! (Pls BM if you would...:oops:)
  32. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I'll be in the Bend the weekend after... wonder if it will still be around...
  33. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Feb 21, 2012 Oregon
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    A little off subject, but it looks like this will be brewery only releases? Will none see distribution to the bottle shops around pdx?
  34. csano

    csano Sep 21, 2010 Washington

    I think it's going to see distribution. It'll be very limited, though. 99 Bottles in Federal Way has said that they expect to get some.
  35. pkasten

    pkasten Jun 17, 2005 Oregon
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    We've had a handful of seats open up. There are now ten seats available for the dinner. Please make reservations through Shelly Jones ( // 503.225.0130).
  36. NWer

    NWer Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Very tempting - main logistical hurdle getting to Fairfield Inn at airport afterward. Is a cab best choice?
  37. oregonskibum

    oregonskibum Mar 14, 2009 Oregon

    What an incredible experience. I think my favorite beer was the Dissident and the best plate was the 1 1/2 inch slab of melt-in-your-mouth "bacon". And for those who questioned the value, the special surprise pour at the end of the evening put any doubt aside. They announced batch #1 Adam, but I also heard it was a batch #1 Fred based on the actual bottle opened, which would make more sense given the taste. And just as rare.

    Either way, Wildwood, HotD and Deachutes did a great job putting together the event. One of the most memorable beer events this year.
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  38. oregone

    oregone Jul 2, 2008 Oregon

  39. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    A fifteen year old beer as an 'extra'? :eek: Ballin'!
  40. teddyarrowhead

    teddyarrowhead Oct 23, 2009 Oregon
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    It was indeed Fred batch #1. I asked one of the waiters if I could have a bottle to take home, and if not, just to see it to take a picture. After bringing one out that just had 'Fred' on it, our table insisting that that the label should have 'Adam' instead, cavemanlawyer noticed the #1 under the 'Fred', brought it to Alan's attention, and he made the announcement.

    Regardless, what a phenomenal dinner all around. Cooking/serving that salmon on staves from the barrels the beers were aged in was a brilliant touch. I managed to put mine in my camera bag before they retrieved the plate - that'll go on a shelf and will surely be a Q&A piece and a reminder of that total deliciousness for years to come.

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