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Winter Solstice is upon us! Celebrate!

Ladies and gentlemen, vixens and rakes! We approach the threshold of Winter and welcome the return of sunnier times. We Homo sapiens have been celebrating this most wonderful time of the year for as long as we’ve been building stone calendars and marking the movement of the sun and stars. It goes back long before the vassals of the Egyptian monarchy constructed the pyramids, perhaps even before the agricultural revolution really caught on. Whatever the circumstances, it is a tradition with a long history of joy and celebration and we’re continuing that grand tradition this weekend here at Calapooia Brewing.

A few years back I received an email from a musical duo called the Peculiar Pretzelmen. They quickly become one of Calapooia Brewing’s most anticipated, returning musical guests and once word was out, they packed the house every time. Since then, front-man, ring-leader, master of ceremonies, lead-singer/guitarist/percussionist, Kevin Incroyable has moved to Seattle, gotten married, and started a new band called, L’Orchestre D’Incroyable. Kevin’s irresistible presence, infectious energy and wry wit is the centerpiece in this spectacular ensemble of musicians and performance artists. Kevin is like a blend of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and Jon Stewart. L’Orchestre D’Incroyable is folk and it’s punk. It is gentle and reflective as much as it is brash and irreverent. It is both hands flipping off the sky, tears streaming down its face and over its smiling lips.

L’Orchestre D’Incroyable plays Calapooia Brewing Company on Friday, December 20th at 9 pm. Don’t miss it!

On Saturday, June 21st, Walk The Plank returns to bring us more of their genre-bending electric jazz. It is a tilt-a-whirl ride of mind altering music from which you will emerge changed…in a good way. Page Hundemer, Mark France and Brian Bucolo are virtuosos of the Willamette Valley, bringing you a blend of musical forms that will keep you guessing. Disparate themes ride the ether, never crossing, then finally intersecting and suddenly there is harmony, as if it was there all along. This is another show not to miss. It is guaranteed to delight any seeker of musical truth. It is beautiful and ugly and dissonant and funky and you will enjoy the ride.

Walk The Plank plays at Calapooia Brewing Company on Saturday, December 21st at 8 pm. Be there!

PreXmas Thaw at Calapooia Brewing

Greetings good sirs and madams. Yule-tidings and Well-Winter-Wishes this festive season. Most of us in the Valley have experienced record coldness, icy roads, busted pipes and joy already this December and Christmas hasn’t even arrived yet. We’ve got what you need to recover from your cabin fever and shopping-stress blues at the Calapooia Brewpub this weekend.

Wild Hog in The Woods will ease us into a significant thawing of roads and spirits on Thursday the 12th starting at 7pm. If you haven’t heard these guys yet, the wintertime is the perfect time, as they remind us of cold nights around the hearth during days of Christmas past, before television and even radio. Come warm your cockles with a fine brew, a hot meal and quality entertainment.

Friday night brings us Salem band, Blue Evolution. BE is a bluesy homage to such bands as the Allmann Brothers and The Grateful Dead. Their easy-going rock is solid and they can shred when they choose. They play at 8 o’clock on Friday night and there is no cover.

On Saturday night, come hear the roots-rock sound of Cascade Rye. Jake Payne, his partner Kalyn Rich, and their talented ensemble perform stripped down rock and roll with a nice healthy dusting of southern spice.

This is a triplet of musical warmth not to be missed on this chilly weekend.

Cheers, y’all!

Paulrus

Calapooia Closed For Thanksukkah.

Calapooia Brewing Company will close at 6pm Wednesday the 27th and will reopen at our normal time of 11:30 am on Friday the 29th.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to those who light the menorah, Happy Hanukkah!

Cheers!

Calapooia Crew

November Ends in Crescendo!

Here at Calapooia Brewing Company, we send November off with a musical fanfare to remember!

Two superstar veterans of the humble Calapooia stage return this weekend:

On Friday the 29th, local blues diva Vicki Stevens teams up with Portland blues guitar legend Sonny Hess to form The Stevens Hess Band. Those of you in the know will remember Vicki as a star that really lights up a room with the power of her presence and will whip your spine with her puissant vocal stylings. Sonny Hess brings the licks to match Stevens’ vocals and it is a show that will certainly NOT dissapoint. The show starts at 9 pm and there is NO cover!

Following that, on Saturday the 30th, don’t miss Oregon’s own, Norman. If one were to imagine the soundtrack of the Oregon experience, the music of Norman would  be a strong contender. Pairing melancholy turns of phrase with sunny guitar riffs and the occasional intercession of synthesizers, Norman seems to encapsulate the Oregonian spirit. With our feet planted in the soil of the earth and our eyes wandering about the starscape (when the clouds allow), we Oregonians straddle a present fully alive with old sensibilities and future potentials. Norman strides that middle space and they seem poised to continue striding onto the international stage. Norman is truly a product of a modern Portland that is itself enjoying  mainstream notoriety.

Norman has been playing the Calapooia stage for 5 years now and for this band that makes it’s base the micro-brew capital of the world, Calapooia is the brewing company front man Eric Nordby calls home. That has led to the brilliant collaboration between Eric and our brewing team to make a beer to fit the album, Eventyr, which had just come ready for release. It is a wonderful partnership that brings good music and good beer together for you to hear and to taste.

So come on down to Calapooia Brewing this Saturday and hear and taste for yourself. Showtime is 9pm and there is no cover.

Cheers!

Paulrus

November Science Pub!

Hi Everyone,

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) and Calapooia Brewery would like to invite you all to Dangerous Leaking Radioactive Places a presentation by University of California Davis Professor of Chemistry and Geology, and Bill Casey.
Description:  In this eye opening, and often funny talk, professor Casey will review some aspects of the world’s experiments with actinide elements, including our attempts to control them and store them safely.  Professor Casey considers his talk non-ideological, and states that his goal for this talk is for listeners to understand the risks and hazards of our nuclear legacy.

Bio:  Bill Casey is an Professor in the Chemistry and Geology Departments at the University of California Davis. He received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, worked as a staff scientist at Sandia National Lab from 1985 to 1990, and has been at UC Davis since 1991. Professor Casey researches reactions between water, rock and minerals. Many weathering phenomena involve reactions with water on mineral surfaces, something which can be mimicked in the laboratory by studying the aqueous chemistry of metal aquo clusters by heteronuclear NMR and MS. Other interests include crystal growth, general cluster chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, and chemistry from an environmental aspect. Professor Casey’s research is supported in part by the CSMC.

 Where: Calapooia Brewery, 140 Hill St NE, Albany OR

When: November 6th, Trivia starts at 6:30 PM

Win a Prize!!! The CSMC will have prizes for the top five trivia competitors.

Check here for a list of all upcoming CSMC Science Pubs: http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/tag/science-pub

Check here for a list of all upcoming Calapooia Brewery events: http://calapooiabrewing.com/blog/

Cheers,

Andy Bedingfield

Director of Education and Outreach

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Materials Science Institute

University of Oregon

Hi Everyone,

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) and Calapooia Brewery would like to invite you all to Piezoelectrics: Putting the “Squeeze” on New Materials a presentation by OSU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michelle Dolgos.

Description:  Piezoelectric materials produce an electric field when a strain is induced and vice versa.   These types of materials are not as well known to the general public when compared to things like batteries, fuel cells, and magnets, but they have more applications than you might think.  This talk will describe what a piezoelectric is and the requirements for making a piezoelectric material, common as well as surprising (and wacky!) applications, and problems with the materials that scientists are working on today.

Bio:  Michelle Dolgos is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at OSU.  She got her B.S. in Chemistry from Hillsdale College in Michigan and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the other OSU (Ohio State University).  After she finished her Ph.D. she moved abroad for three years and worked as a postdoc at the University of Liverpool before moving to Oregon.  In her spare time she enjoys trail running, reading, hiking, and cooking when she can, and her newest hobby is watching Dr. Who.

Where: Calapooia Brewery, 140 Hill St NE, Albany OR

 When:October 9th, Trivia starts at 6:30 PM

 Win a Prize!!! The CSMC will have prizes for the top five trivia competitors. 

 Check here for a list of all upcoming CSMC Science Pubs: http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/tag/science-pub

 Check here for a list of all upcoming Calapooia Brewery events: http://calapooiabrewing.com/blog/

 Cheers,

 Andy Bedingfield

Director of Education and Outreach

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Materials Science Institute

University of Oregon

A Treat for Jazz Fans this Saturday!

Check it out cats! If you like to have your mind blown by crazy good music, come check out what we’ve got cookin’ this Saturday at the ‘Pooia! Experimental jazz duo The Van Meyers (Kevin Van Walk and Doug Meyers)are joined by Mark France and Dave Trenkel of Xenat-Ra for a very special evening of musical awesomeness.

Calapooia Brewing Company at 8 o’clock.

No Cover!

Funky Reggae and Ramblin’ Bluegrass!

Hey out there in beer-guzzler land! Just want to let you all know that there will not be a Science Pub next week as Andy Bedingfield is busy attending to his primary duties at the Center for Sustainable Materials Science at the UO campus. Science Pub will return in October, so watch for it.

In other news, we have some musical treats for you this week!

Rusty Hinges return after summer hiatus to their first Thursday of the month slot, and we welcome them back!

On Friday we have a rare treat, live from Eugene, it’s those funky soul brothers of reggae, Sol Seed!

And on Saturday, saddle up and prepare for a rompin’ ride with The Crooked River Ramblers!

Cheers!

Paulrus

Hi Everyone,

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) and Calapooia Brewery would like to invite you all to“Astronomy in Oregon – Boldly going where Few Astronomers Have Gone Before!

ABSTRACT

Dr. Scott Fisher, a faculty member in the UO Department of Physics, will speak about what is it like to be a modern professional astronomer and how he plans to bring cutting-edge astronomy to the state of Oregon. In this informal Science Pub talk (which is filled with great pictures and videos) Dr. Fisher will talk about “A Day in the Life of an Astronomer” and some of the most recent discoveries in the realm of astronomy. He will also speak about how he plans to connect schools in Oregon (from K-12 to UO and OSU) to the largest telescopes in the world through a proposed “Remote Observing Center”. Finally, there will definitely be time for a rousing game of “Stump the Astronomer!” where Dr. Fisher will field questions from the audience on topics related to astronomy. Please come on down to “look up” for an evening of fun and informative astronomy.

 

BIO

Dr. Fisher is a new faculty member in the UO Department of Physics. Previous to his appointment at UO, Dr. Fisher was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he awarded grants to fund projects in astronomy. Many of the projects he funded were related to not only front-line research projects, but also science education and outreach to students and the public. Before that position, he spent 10 years living in Hilo, Hawaii where he was a permanent member of the staff of the Gemini Observatory, the 4th largest telescope in the world. At Gemini he supported scientists from around the globe with their research projects and was the lead Outreach Scientist for the observatory. Here at UO Dr. Fisher is excited to teach introductory level astronomy classes to non-majors, and to work on setting up research and internship opportunities for students at large telescope facilities located around the planet. When Dr. Fisher isn’t spending time “looking up”, you can find him at various Duck sporting events, tramping around looking for Geocaches, or living it up anywhere the neon is shining and casino chips are flying!

 

Where: Calapooia Brewery, 140 Hill St NE, Albany OR

When: August 14th, Trivia starts at 6:30 PM

Win a Prize!!! The CSMC will have prizes for the top five trivia competitors.

Check here for a list of all upcoming CSMC Science Pubs: http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/tag/science-pub

Check here for a list of all upcoming Calapooia Brewery events: http://calapooiabrewing.com/blog/

Cheers,

Andy Bedingfield

Director of Education and Outreach

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Materials Science Institute

University of Oregon

1252 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403

Prepare your scurvy selves, for the genre-blending, mind-bending, water-dancing sounds of WALK THE PLANK, this Saturday at 8 o’clock. These aren’t the rollicking sea shanties you’d expect from a band with that name. It isn’t music you’d chant with your fellows as you pull on the sheets to get the sails a crackin.’ But it is music that will set your mind a sailin’ ’round the horn and ’round the Norway maelstrom and ’round Perdition’s flames before it gives you up.

This is an E-ticket ride, it starts at 8 pm, and it’s free! This Saturday!

Cheers!

Paulrus