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Cameron Merrill’s Legacy Toy Drive
The 6th annual Cameron Merrill’s Legacy Toy Drive begins 12/1! The downtown pub will be accepting NEW and UNWRAPPED toys to be donated to Doernbecher and Randall Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care units. The drive runs until the 21st. See Katy’s HotSchedules message for more details, as well as the web site event posting here.

Holiday hours for all three locations are as follows:

  • Tap Room: Monday, Dec. 24 - CLOSED; Tuesday, Dec. 25 - CLOSED; Monday, Jan. 7 - CLOSED (Holiday Party!)

  • Pub: Monday, Dec. 24 - CLOSING EARLY at 4pm; Tuesday, Dec. 25 - CLOSED; Monday, Jan. 7 - CLOSED (Holiday Party!); Potentially another day or two of closures TBA

  • Caves: Monday, Dec. 24 - CLOSED; Tuesday, Dec. 25 - CLOSED; Monday, Dec. 31 - CLOSED; Monday, Jan. 7 - CLOSED (Holiday Party!)

Wandering Aengus Cider Tasting and Tour
Each year, Block 15 takes a quick day trip up to Salem to tour the Wandering Aengus Cider facility for a fun tour and tasting of some bourbon barrel aged cider that will eventually be blended into the Blind Tiger cider that we offer during Bourbon Month in February. This year's tour will take place on Monday, January 7th at 11am (we will leave Corvallis at 10am) but do not fret, we will be back in town with plenty of time to prepare for the Holiday Party later that day! To sign-up for the tour, please follow this link and fill out the form to put your name on the sign-up list. If you have any questions, please shoot Alex Goodwin a HotSchedules message!

Resilience IPA
We joined Sierra Nevada and independent breweries around the country in supporting the Butte County community by brewing Resilience IPA. We will be donating 100% of our Resilience IPA sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund to support those impacted by the Camp Fire. Sierra Nevada has put together a cool interactive map showing all the different breweries/tap houses participating!

Pray for Snow
We are participating in Pray For Snow events in partnership with two local radio stations (NRQ and KZEL). These events will be at the tap room on the 2nd Thursday of the month, beginning in November and ending in March. Pray For Snow is a live event focused on snow-based activities (skiing, snowboarding, etc.) with lots of prize giveaways ($20k total in prizes over the five months of events), games, contests, etc. There will be some dope Block 15 specific giveaways at this week’s event, including signed Fresh Pow prints, Fresh Pow merch, and Block 15 glassware and stickers. We expect this to bring in a good number of folks new to Block 15 from around the region.

STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to Paige! She is now Block 15’s new Event Manager.

Manager review feedback needed:
It is time to do Laura’s review as a new pub manager.  Please take some time to give Laura some feedback on areas she is doing well in her new role, and areas you would like her to focus on improving. Complete your review here. Reviews need to be completed by December 14th.

BLOCK 15 ACCOLADES

Ocean Blue acknowledged all the hard work we've been putting in to reduce single use plastics, and waste more broadly, in an article posted on their web site last week. They also talked about our beach clean-up held this past June. Thanks Ocean Blue!

Our beer was recently given some love by both the Oregonian (in their Civil War Battle of the Breweries article) and famed beer writer Jeff Alworth (in his Best of 2018 article). Check out both writeups to see how well our beer is being received out in the wild! (They’re short reads, so you’ll only have to invest a few minutes total.)

THE CORVALLIS HALF MARATHON & 5K

The Corvallis Half Marathon & 5K is quickly approaching! The 5k is Saturday April 14th and the Half Marathon is Sunday April 15th. Block 15 encourages you to participate! In support of this, we will be covering the registration cost of any Caves or Block 15 employee who participates.

You must request, and be approved for, that time off of work by February 28th.

If you would like to register for one of these runs, please check in with your scheduling manager first. Sarah and Laura will be giving Kristen A. a list of all staff members who are approved for that time off.  She will then message all approved staff with a code that will allow you to register for free!

Please note this 'offer' is only good for those of you who participate.  If you register, but don't participate, you will owe Block 15 the registration fee, so make sure to only sign up if you are committed to running!

For event specific information, please visit the Corvallis Half Marathon website. Let Kristen know if you have any questions.

BLOCK 15 AND CAVES HOLIDAY FORMAL

You and a guest* are invited to the Block 15 and Caves Holiday Formal!

 *(If your guest is a former employee, please check with Nick or Kristen ahead of time)

What: Please join us for cocktail appetizers, drinks, live music, high fives, and a white elephant gift exchange (wrapped gift less than $20 in value, no alcohol or drugs)

When: Monday January 7th, 6:30pm-11pm

Where: The Corvallis Marriott Ballroom
(400 SW 1st St. Parking available in their garage)

Adults only, please

Hotel room discount link


CAVES HAPPENINGS

Monthly Tasting Series // Sunriver Brewing Co.
Wed, 12/12 from 5-7pm

Caves will be pouring beers from Sunriver Brewing Co. with small plate food pairing specials from our kitchen. We will have a representative from Sunriver to talk about the brewery, and beers.
Beer selections: Vicious Mosquito IPA, Shred Head NW Winter Warmer, Paddy’s Irish Stout, and Karaoke Gold Japanese Lager.

Santa’s Folly
Sat, 12/15 All Day

All day offerings of holiday cheer include:

  • Caves-aged eggnog with bourbon, brandy, and rum

  • A collection of holiday beer with special cellared selections

  • 9-1pm - Pictures with Santa Claus and sugar cookie treats

  • 9-11pm - Holiday bingo and ugly sweater contest hosted by Bad Santa (Garrison)


WHAT’S GOING ON TAP SOON?

Dates are subject to change based on tap availability.

PUB

  • Fri 12/14: ----

  • Tues 12/18: Ol’ Saint Nick (replacing Figgy Pudding)

  • Fri 12/21: Resilience IPA (replacing TC Huckleberry)

  • Tues 12/26: Hoppy New Year! (replacing Hoppy Holidays)

TAP ROOM

  • Fri 12/14: ----

  • Tues 12/18: Ol’ Saint Nick (replacing Autumn Farmhouse)

  • Fri 12/21: Resilience IPA (replacing TC Huckleberry)

  • Tues 12/26: Hoppy New Year! (replacing DAB Lab MO$AIC)

UPCOMING BOTTLE / CAN RELEASES

  • Wed, 12/26: Hoppy New Year! Available in 16oz. cans.

UPCOMING / IN PROCESS BEERS

  • Hoppy New Year! - IIPA

  • Doppelbock - Strong German lager

  • Turbulent Consequence, Cherry Pit - Spontaneously fermented ale matured on cherry pits

EVENTS

BLOCKOUT = tap takeover

**Be sure to share/like the Facebook events to spread the word!

  • Sat 12/1-Fri 12/21 - Cameron Merrill’s Legacy Toy Drive

  • Wed 12/12 - Caves Monthly Tasting Series with Sunriver Brewing from 5-7pm (Hi Adam & Aaron Bean!)

    • Additional information can be found above, and you can also check out the Facebook event here!

  • Wed 12/12 - BLOCKOUT at ABV Public House in Hillsboro, OR from 5-8pm

    • Check out their Facebook event here!

  • Thurs 12/13 – Pray For Snow at the tap room from 7-9pm

    • Additional information can be found above!

  • Sat 12/15 - Santa’s Folly at Caves all day long!

    • Additional information can be found above, and you can also check out the Facebook event here!

PROMOTIONS

Holiday Packaged Beer Promo
We will be running a holiday packaged beer promo where people can buy $20 worth of packaged beer and receive a free glass. If someone buys $50 worth of packaged beer, they will receive two free glasses. The appropriate buttons will be in the respective POS’ at each location, so ask a manager if you have questions.

2015 Autumn Farmhouse Employee Fire Sale
We’re going to be selling off a chunk of cellared 2015 Autumn Farmhouse to employees by the case at a whopping discount. Stop by the tap room to pick up bottles for $12/case (12 bottles per case).

THE PEOPLE’S  PINT / DINE OUTS

We are currently partnering with Corvallis Environmental Center for The People’s Pint Tap. The designated beer is Hypnosis at the pub and Fresh Pow at the tap room.

The People’s Pint Tap in November raised over $600 for Samaritan Veterans’ Outreach!

The TR dine-out on 11/27 raised $400 for the Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation!

NEXT PUB DINE OUT

Partner: Cameron Merrill’s Legacy
When: Tuesday, December 18

NEXT TAP ROOM DINE OUT

Check back in February!

*There will be no dine-outs for either the pub or tap room in January so we can focus on donations for the Resilience IPA program!


BREWERY HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to Danny, who has been promoted to full time in the brewery! Movin’ on up!

The brewery is also hiring for a Packaging Manager. The job description can be found here. Interested/qualified applicants can apply at www.block15.com/brewjobs.


PUB SPECIALS / MENU UPDATES

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DECEMBER MONTHLY SPECIALS

*For descriptions and pricing for each item and additional pictures of plating, please see this write-up.

Brewer’s Board

Apricot Chicken Sliders

Festivus Burger

Mushroom & Stout Beef Stroganoff

MONTHLY SPECIAL PROCEDURES

Please visit this link to see detailed instructions on December monthly special procedures.

BREWER’S PROVISION

Nick Arzner’s Fried Stuffed Olives - Green olives stuffed with seasoned pork, prosciutto, and parmesan; then breaded and fried. Gloria! Is the perfect beer to pair with this flavorful appetizer. The carbonation will scrub the fatty sausage while zippy hops stand up and complement the briny olives. The herbal notes of the beer should also pair well with the seasonings. A perfect beer to wash down this crispy and satisfying dish.

NEW MONTHLY DESSERTS

  • Bakery Bar

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Figgy Pudding

  • Spiced Apple Pavlova

OTHER MENU NOTES

Look for new allergen lists at both the taproom and pub!

FALL COCKTAIL MENU

*For descriptions and pricing for each cocktail please see this write-up.

Black Currant Cobbler

Pear Flower

Strawberry or Blackberry Drop

Cherry Limeade

Bloody Mary

Manhattan

1895 Old Fashioned

Vodka Collins

Iced Hazelnut Coffee

Hot Spiked Cider

White Chocolate Cherry