Alright, onto the news and what’s happening at Natian. Next week, I’ll be flying down to Dallas to meet with a can manufacturer to approve our new printed cans! This may not be big news to you, but it is for me. For the past year we’ve been using shrink wrap labels on our cans. This process is very time consuming and labor intensive. Really, it’s a big pain in the ass! Having pre-printed cans will save us dozens of hours in the production process and allow us to get the beer out the door faster. You’ll probably begin seeing them at retail outlets sometime in April.
Besides the new cans, we’ve just been keeping busy canning beer and working hard to get into new establishments so that more people are able to enjoy Natian. If you don’t see our cans or we’re not on tap at your favorite bar or bottle shop, drop us a note, let us know where that is and we’ll contact them to change that for you.
We do have several events coming up that you should know about. First of all, if you like your beer green on St. Patrick’s Day, then you will need to visit Hawthorne Hophouse or 15th Avenue Hophouse. They will be serving up special green versions of the Undun Blonde for your enjoyment. The Hawthorne location will also have Lumberjane Stout and the IRA on tap. I’ll be there sometime in the afternoon pouring samples of the Undun Blonde, CuDA and Old Grogham. We’ll post exact times in the near future, so come by, say “Hi” and get some free beer! Both locations will also have Irish themed food menus so you can feel like you’re on the Emerald Isle and celebrate all things Irish.
Next up, will be the Third Annual Buckman-Kerns Brewfest held at East Burn on Saturday, April 6th. We’re happy to be taking part in this festival celebrating the microbreweries of the neighborhood we call home. Not sure exactly what we’ll be pouring yet, but there will be some variety of IPA since they’ve added a Best IPA Contest this year! Stay tuned for updates as the time approaches. I encourage everyone to come out for this year’s Buckman-Kerns Brewfest. It’s one of my favorite events and I always look forward to it because it’s so fun and the crew at the East Burn does an awesome job! Make your plans today.
Our final announcement for now is the 15th Annual Furball being held on Saturday, May 4th at the Portland Art Museum. This is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and is their largest event of the year. This year’s theme is Mew York, Mew York, featuring the look and feel of 1960’s New York City. In addition to tasty Natian beer, there will be food from Elephant Delicatessen, silent and live auctions, a Wall of Wine and special entertainment. Visit the event site today to secure your tickets in advance, I’m told it sells out every year.
That’s all for now folks. Check back often for more news and updates on Natian Brewery happenings. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Cheers friends!