Happy Birthday, Old St. Francis School!

with

Live Music by

Freak Mountain Ramblers

Sassparilla

and

Special Birthday Beer Flight

• Parson’s Double Brown

• Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown

• Black Widow

• Rum Spun Black Widow

  • All day! Music 5 p.m. Sassparilla; 8 p.m. Freak Mountain Ramblers |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About Happy Birthday, Old St. Francis School!

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Come celebrate our birthday, marking nine years since the reopening of this landmark as the Old St. Francis School. The Freak Mountain Ramblers will play their hilltop rock at 8 p.m., with Americana favorite Sassparilla opening from 5 p.m. ‘til 7:30 p.m.

About Freak Mountain Ramblers

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Portland's own Freak Mountain Ramblers bring a rollicking brand of rock 'n' roll, bluegrass, alternative country and country-blues to every show they play.

With a lineup including three members of the inimitable and notorious Holy Modal Rounders / Clamtones amalgamation of the '70s and '80s, Freak Mountain Ramblers has its roots in the underbelly of the alternative music scene that existed at that time, both in Portland and across the country. The Freaks have accumulated a loyal following in the Portland area by dependably creating beauty and bedlam at their live shows, and by producing CDs that successfully translate that energy and excitement to disc. Four lead singer/songwriters, each with a distinct character and approach to life and music, provide a dynamic show that packs the rooms with some of the most interesting music fans around.

The Freak Mountain Ramblers are veteran performers packing decades of experience. FMR members have been core musicians of the Holy Modal Rounders, Golden Delicious, the Clamtones, Richard Cranium and the Phoreheads, Prairie Dogs, Swingline Cubs, The Trail Band, and The Fly By Night Jass Band.

"... Freak Mountain Ramblers aren't your typical country western band. Not only have they chucked the slick yippie-ki-yay good looks of contemporary C&W singers for the haggard couture of mountain men, their lyrics have bizarrely warped the genre's storytelling. One song starts as a fable about two fighting neighbors and picks up speed until they have doused each other with gasoline. Strangely addictive and disturbingly fun, the song is sung in sweet tones and set to a galloping swing." - Portland Mercury

website:
http://www.freakmountain.com/

About Sassparilla

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Sassparilla was fermented in the bold-dank regions of Chicago and Pittsburgh and spewed onto the sidewalk of Portland's 24th & Alberta from the mouth of a 5-gallon bucket, with homemade instruments in their clutches: a cigar-box guitar made from Granny's old jewelry box, a washtub bass given a severe beating with a stick, a polka dotted bucket drum kit with rusty break-drum & a hat-box bass. Adding to the mix is a smooth, lulling washboard's rat-tatting - articulated by a man named "Sweet Pea'" and a melodic and blustery fiddle/harmonica duo that dances and interjects like a muscular horn section. With passion, fury, speed, hustle and emotion, the whiskey rains like hellfire, the fingers fly over resonators, and this sextet muster their collective will to never play like cowards.

The result is a one-of-a-kind concoction of homemade, punk-infused, Portland blood-jug holler music.

website:
http://www.sassparillapdx.com/

myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/sassparillajugband

About Special Birthday Beer Flight

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Celebrate OSF’s Birthday with this special beer flight.

 

About • Parson’s Double Brown

The Parson Brown has become a wintertime standard at the OSF McMenamins the last 5 years. Yet this year we decided to enhance the batch a little more. What did we enhance it with? More malts, more hops, more flavor and more goodness! The mellow toffee malt flavors combine well with a light roast character. More hops, especially of the floral varietal, bring on a nice roundness to the beer. Earthy and floral aromas give in to a taste of piney hops that combines a slight bitter and sweet flavor. Higher in alcohol than most other brown ales gives Parson’s Double Brown a slight warmth at the back of your drink and warms your soul when shared with good friends. This particular Parson Brown may be just what you are looking for to take a stroll through a Winter Wonderland.

Malts: GWM Pale, GWM Munich, CaraMunich 40L, Flaked Barley, Baird’s Brown and GWM Chocolate
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Sterling, Amarillo and Santiam

OG: 1.079  TG: 1.018  ABV: 7.9%  IBU: 53  SRM: 15

Buzz Words: Malty, full bodied and Warming!

About • Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown

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Time has slipped by again and we are confronted with a myriad of changes in the season of autumn. It’s the time of year to start savoring the potion of your choice to warm the bones and soothe the soul. And one can’t think of anything better than the McMenamins classic seasonal brew, Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown. This longtime favorite has a chestnut color and medium body that will cast an otherworldly spell over you. The complex malt character, well balanced with Chinook and US Golding hops, will have you walking in a continual reverie. Legend has it that Ichabod Crane downed a few Nut Brown Ales listening to local ghost tales and scary legends at the Van Tassel merry-making party before his fateful trip home. Be watchful and clear-headed on your way home lest you begin to grow fanciful, see shapes and shadows in the night and hear things in the howling wind. It may just be your imagination running away with you or it very well may be the Headless Horseman on his fire-breathing black stallion following you!

Malts: Pale Ale, Flaked Barley, Munich, C15 & C120 Crystal, Chocolate, Roast
Hops: Nugget, US Golding

OG: 1.050  TG: 1.011  ABV: 5.03%  IBU: 16  SRM: 18

Buzz Words: Well-balanced, nutty, fanciful

About • Black Widow

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Originally created at the Thompson Brewery over 20 years ago on October 15, 1991, and made once a year since then, Black Widow has become an expected and welcome Halloween treat at the Thompson Public House in Salem. Starting in 2012, however, Black Widow's web envelopes the entire company, as every McMenamins brewery makes a batch.

Each deep-black goblet of Black Widow is packed full of the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of black and roast malts and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice. Both substantial and sublime, this elixir is sure to slake the most fiendish of thirsts. Open up a creaking pub door, find a seat with friends and family and nourish your inner ghoul with a brew steeped in tradition and mystery. A good howl at the Cheshire moon couldn't hurt, either.

Malts: British Pale Malt, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, 135/165 Crystal, Black and Roast
Hops: Nugget and Sterling
Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root

OG: 1.074   TG: 1.017   ABV: 7.35%   IBU: 38   SRM: 38

About • Rum Spun Black Widow

Each deep-black goblet of Black Widow is packed full of the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of black and roast malts and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice. To further envelop this flavorful elixir the OSF Brewery has added oak spirals that were soaked in our Three Rocks Rum for 3 weeks. These spirals were then added to the Black Widow Firkin where another 4 weeks of conditioning allowed a unique and eerily good concoction. Open up a creaking pub door, find a seat with friends and family and nourish your inner ghoul with a brew steeped in tradition and mystery. May your tricks always be a treat!!

Malts: British Pale Malt, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, 135/165 Crystal, Black, Roast
Hops: Chinook, Sterling Special Aging: Oak spirals soaked in rum Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root

OG: 1.074  TG: 1.017  ABV: 7.35%  IBU: 41  SRM: 38

Buzz Words: Robust, Roasty, Ghoulish

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