Thursday, December 10, 2015

Coalition and Zupan's release 2nd Farm to Market Beer

PORTLAND, Ore. – Zupan’s Markets and Coalition Brewing announce the second release in their Farm-to-Market collaboration series with Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout. This brew celebrates local, sustainable and artisanal processes and features ingredients from Caffé Umbria and Woodblock Chocolate.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Coalition Brewing on a second beer that showcases the delectable flavors the Northwest has to offer,” said Zupan’s CEO and President Mike Zupan. “Adding quality ingredients from Caffé Umbria and Woodblock Chocolate truly sets the flavor profile of this beer apart.”

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout is complex, supremely drinkable and a great beer for the winter season. Flavors of black barley and Chilean caramel malt are combined with Italian espresso and molten cacao from Tanzania to bring this beer to life.

Zupan’s Markets currently has Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout on its shelves for purchase. A portion of the brew is being barrel-aged in a Bull Run Distilling whiskey barrel for a special release in the fall of 2016.

Beer Profile:
Malts: Flaked oats, Black barley, Chilean caramel, Chocolate
Hops: Nugget, Willamette
Other Ingredients*: Caffé Umbria Gusto Crema (15lbs), Woodblock Chocolate 70% cacao from Tanzania (20 lbs)

Brewery: Coalition Brewing
Location: Portland, OR
Beer: Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving: Snifter Glass (22 oz.)
ABV: 7.5 %
IBUs: 40

A (3/3):Topped by a thick black chocolate colored layer of foam that coats the glass in a thick wall of head as the beer level sinks.  An opaque black beer.

S (10/12): Lightly toasted coffee with sweet undertones.

T (17/20): A mild, but pleasant coffee flavor, with dark roasted complexity from the barley and a lot of sweet chocolate flavor make this beer a true delight.

M (4/5): Very thick and creamy, one sip coats your mouth in a thick layer of this beer. A chocolaty sweetness lingers in your mouth long after the beer is gone.

O (8/10): Overall a great beer, definitely for those who like a stout with lots of coffee and chocolate character.  The sweetness lasted a little longer than I would have liked, but just my personal nit picky preference.

Total: (42/50)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Migration Hosts New Year's Eve party

With the end of 2015 quickly approaching, Migration Brewing would like to invite Portland to celebrate ringing in the the new year at their brewery.  There will be a specialty beer list as well as custom craft cocktails and free champagne at midnight. A great way to bring in the new year with craft beer. Press release below:

Migration Brewing is excited to raise a glass to celebrate another amazing year and welcome 2016 with open arms and open doors. We will be hosting a New Year's Eve party with extended hours and lots of specialty drinks to help ring in the New Year.

The party will start at 9PM and we will be open until 2AM leaving plenty of time to welcome and celebrate 2016.  We will be pouring craft cocktails, whiskey neat or on the rocks, a variety of specialty beers, and a free champagne toast at midnight.

Specialty Beer List:

  • 2015 Frankie Claus aged in a fresh House Spirits whiskey barrel
  • 2015 Frankie Claus
  • 2014 Black Hearted IPA aged in whiskey barrel
  • 2015 Happy Pils
  • 2015 Black Hearted IPA  

So find the outfit that makes you feel like partying, grab a romantic dinner with your better half, and then join us for some drinks and welcome another great year.  We will start at 9PM Dec. 31st and celebrate until 2AM.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fort George Festival of the Dark Arts Returns in 2016

The darkest beer festival you could possibly imagine has returned.  Astoria's Fort George brewing will be hosting their stout only beer festival again this year on valentines day weekend.  I went last year and this beer fest is not to be missed if you like stouts.

Press release below for more details:
Get tickets for the 2016 Festival of Dark Arts starting Saturday, November 14th at This one day carnival of stouts is the centerpiece to Fort George Stout Month, a month long celebration of the darker ales. Ticket holders will be granted entrance into a magical menagerie of dark art and macabre entertainment, all the while surrounded by the boldest collection of rare specialty stouts ever assembled in one place.

Mark your calendar for February 13th. The Festival of Dark Arts begins at noon and ends at 10pm, pouring all over the Fort George campus in Astoria. You’ll be greeted with live music, roaming entertainment, and over 60 unique stouts on tap. Behold artisan demonstrations from the iron forge, tattoo artists, glass blower, ice sculptor, and stout servers. Delight in the fire dancers, tarot card reader, tintype photographer, belly dancers, and much more….all with stout in hand.

All festival information can be found at Entertainment and stout lists will be added as they are confirmed. Stout tasting tickets are $40 (plus service fee). These entitle the bearer to entrance, a festival glass, and 12 tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be available for $1 each at the festival. Admission only tickets for non-drinkers and minors are $10 (plus service fee). Please purchase wisely - all sales are final and there are no upgrades on the day of the festival. Children under 5 do not require a ticket.

In an effort to maintain the intimacy of the festival, only a limited number of tickets are available. However, Astoria will be filled to the brim. Buy your tickets online, book your hotel rooms, then prepare your palate for the overwhelming number of stouts it is about to receive.

Festival of Dark Arts
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Noon to 10pm
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Friday, November 6, 2015

Growlerie 2nd Anniversary Party and Limited Edition Beer Release

This Friday through Sunday The Growlerie will be hosting their second anniversary party.  To celebrate, owner Jamie Agidius has collaborated with Red Ox Brewing for a special release beer, Bing on the Cherry Porter.

Jamie likes to promote local breweries at in his store. So, when the opportunity to collaborate with local nano brewery Red Ox, he jumped at the chance.  Bringing 40 lbs. of Bing Cherries from his families farm, Agidius Orchard in The Dalles.  Using the Red Ox 1.5 barrel brewing system, 3 kegs of this cherry porter were brewed and will probably disappear very fast.

Event Details:
The first keg starts tapping this Friday at 4:30 PM with the official Anniversary Party kicking off on Sunday. There will be drawings for brewery swag as well at tons of giveaways.  The Growlerie is kid friendly until 7 and will feature a Robbie Laws concert from 6 to 9.  Robbie is a regular at the Portland Blues Festival.

Jamie Brewing Bing on the Cherry Porter
Anniversary Weekend Hours:
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
This weekends starts with the below taplist with others replacing them when empty.
  • Red Ox / Growlerie Collaboration - Bing on The Porter
  • Pelican - Tsunami Stout
  • Lauralwood - Porter
  • Ninkasi - Quantum
  • Barely Brown - Hand Truck
  • Boneyard - Wild Ride Fly IPA
  • Three Creeks - Crowd Pleaser
  • Lagunitas - Maximus
  • Crux - Half Hitch
  • Golden Valley - Beaverton Blond
  • Hop Valley - Step Child Red
  • Ex Novo - Pilsner
  • 10 Barrel - Bier du Garde
  • Anderson Valley- Blood Orange Gose
  • Oakshire - Black Jack
  • Santiam - Raspberry Bramble 
  • Also ciders from Jester and Judge, 2 Towns and Blue Mountain. 

The Growlerie is located at 15151 SW Barrows Rd in Beaverton

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Portland Cherry Festivus

Portland's newest beer festival is... Cherry Festivus! With such a domineering beer fest scene in Portland eventually there will be one for every sub-style of beer, although don't hold your breath for Gruit-Fest.  This November 20th and 21st Bazi Bierbrasserie will be hosting their inaugural Cherry Festivus with a huge section of Krieks and other cherry infused beers this fest is sure to delight.

Press Release Below:
What simpler pleasure than nature's finest Cherry? Tart, sweet, distinctly it's own flavor, the Cherry goes well with sweet or savory as well as Beer and Cider. The Cherry may be the world's most popular fruit and there is a world of beers to showcase them. So the creators of uber-popular events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival and the Peche Fest are pleased to announce the first annual Cherry Festivus, a showcase of 25+ beers featuring Cherries and a cider.

The Cherry Festivus will be held with a VIP session on Friday November 20th at Bazi Bierbrasserie in SE Portalnd and a general admission session on Saturday November 21st. This limited, premium event features a collection of rare artisinal beers and ciders that are hard to find or made exclusively for this event. As organizers work to confirm the full taplist they can reveal a handful of special kegs from some of Oregon and the world's best breweries and cidery: Block 15 Brewing, Crooked Stave, De Garde, Upright Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Hanssen's and more.

In addition to beer, the Bazi Bierbrasserie bar will be serving new cherry cocktails and a special food menu including a Cherry Flemish Stew.

Tickets are now on sale for $30 for the Friday 11/20 VIP session that opens at 5pm. In addition to being able to attend the festival a day early, attendees receive a glass and 7 drink tickets. Most items will be 1 ticket per 4oz pour.

Saturday 11/21 Noon to 11pm General Admission tickets are on sale for $20 and you receive a glass and 6 drink tickets.

Additional tickets are available for $2 each. There are only 200 glasses for the festival, there may be passes available at the door on Saturday but to assure entry we recommend purchasing in advance.

Cherry Festivus
Friday 11/20 VIP and Saturday 11/21 General Admission
Tickets at
Facebook event page:

Bazi Bierbrasserie
1522 SE 32nd Ave,
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-8888

Beer & Cider List:

10 Barrel Brewing: Spiral Staircase
A brand new Imperial Porter with Cherries from Brewmaster Tonya Cornett.

Block 15: Kriek
Oud Bruins matured in bourbon barrels with locally grown Montmorency tart cherries.  A blend of three seasons.  7.75% ABV

Breakside: Kriek
strong cherry ale fermented with our house “wild blend” containing three types of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and a saison yeast. 100% keg conditioned for maximum flavor development from the Brett. 7.9% Abv.

The Commons: Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love is our Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Little Brother, aged in second-use Bourbon barrels with Northwest grown sour cherries and Ecuadorian cacao nibs roasted by Woodblock Chocolate in SE Portland.

Crooked Stave: L'Brett d'Cherry 
L’Brett d’Cherry starts as our favorite Golden sour barrels that we blend together into our large oak foeders for secondary fermentation with 4,000lbs of Colorado harvested sour cherries. 6% Abv.

Crooked Stave: Mama Bear's Sour Cherry Pie
We take our Burgundy sour base beer and age it in used Bourbon barrels before blending select barrels into our large oak foeders and additionally aging on 3,000 lbs of Colorado harvest sour cherries. 7% Abv.

Crooked Stave: Nightmare on Brett Cherry
The biggest of the three Cherry beers we made in 2015, we pack all the cherries we can into this beer aging for months in our foeders. The result yields cherry, cascara and coffee aromas and flavors with a light hint of whiskey barrel character to warm the finish. 9.666% Abv.

Culmination Brewing: Kriek
Wheat beer aged in a single Pinot barrel with Brett Brux and Oregon tart cherries. Funky brett aroma, medium red color. Mild tartness. Estimated 7.5% Abv.

De Garde: Cherry Blu Bu
Berliner-weisse style sour wheat beer brewed with Cherries and Blueberries.

Deschutes: The Dissident
The Dissident is an Oud Bruin, a distinctive Flanders-style sour brown ale, with a heavenly aroma and flavor. Our first wild yeast beer, we use Brettanomyces and local cherries to give The Dissident its characteristic sour taste. Our stiffest brewing challenge, it must be fermented in isolation from our other beers for a full 18 months, partly in pinot and cabernet barrels. The words coddled and “worth it” come to mind. 10.7% Abv.

Dogfish Head: TBD

Double Mountain: Devil's Kriek
Cherry season is upon us once again, and that means it’s time to peer into the tanks that have been sitting in the cellar for the last year or so. When we checked in on this slumbering beauty we found her to be funky, refreshingly tart, and devilishly deep crimson. Local Bing and Van cherries from the Double Mountain Orchard from the Columbia Gorge lend the color and a juicy character. Kept at cellar temperature on whole fruit for 12 months, and served in its own glass. 9.3% ABV, 9 BU
ABV: 9.3% IBU: 9

Double Mountain: Tahoma Kriek
The Tahoma Kriek uses a strong Belgian Blonde ale for a base prior to the addition of local Rainier Cherries. Our house yeast strains and Brettanomyces Lambicus, was allowed free reign to develop its sour and complex character, resulting in a stronger, more bracingly tart and juicy ale than the more classic beers in the style. This beauty was kept at cellar temperatures on the whole fruit for 13 months. Best enjoyed with a good cheese and better company. 10.3% ABV, 10 BU
ABV: 10.3% IBU: 10

Ecliptic Brewing: Cherry Porter
A brand new single small batch beer created for and debuting at the Cherry Festivus.

Golden Valley: Cerisely Funky
Golden Valley’s first kriek (cherry beer) was aged on locally grown fruit, all of which was hand-picked by our brewmaster.  Cerisely Funky spent six months conditioning with Brettanomyces in French oak wine barrels, sharing that space over the final few months with 60 pounds of Royal Anne cherries.  Bright cherry, meet Brett funk. OG  1.044 IBU  8 ABV 5.2%

Hanssens: Scharrenbecca
Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.

New Belgium: Transatlantique Kriek
New Belgium Brewing and Old Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries. This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Gert en Jos Christiaens’ brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Oud Beersel’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly. 8% Abv.

Oakshire Brewing: 8
Eight years after brewing our first batch of beer, we felt the need to celebrate our success with the small community of our most loyal supporters. To commemorate this occasion, we crafted this Belgian Ale and matured it in a handful of select pinot noir wine barrels and aged it with Northwest grown cherries . This Belgian Kreik-inspired ale has flavors of  tart fruit, oak, and just a touch of funkiness from the Brettanomyces.  Raise your glass of Oakshire's Brewers Reserve 8, and say it out loud, "Cheers to Eight Years!

Ommegang Brewery: Rosetta
Ale aged on cherries. Traditional Belgian Kriek, pleasingly tart with a touch of sweetness. Brewed exclusively for Brewery Ommegang by Liefmans, a sister brewery, in Belgium.

Pelican: Cherry Poppin Dory (Whiskey barrel-aged Doryman's Dark with Cherries)
Our award-winning Doryman’s Ale is aged for 4 months in wheat whiskey barrels with a blend of two Oregon cherry varietals.
Lose yourself in the complex aroma of ripe cherries and delicate oak while the roasted malts and Northwest hops tie everything together. The sweet cherries pair harmo- niously with the roasted malts while the sour cherries leave a subtle and pleasant
tartness on your palate. The Cascade and Mt. Hood hops provide just the right amount of their wonderfully assertive character to give this beer its clean and balanced finish.

Reverend Nats Hard Cider: Cherried Winter Abbey Spice 
This cider is a take on a very old recipe dating from early 1600s colonial America, with a modern twist of added carbonation. Raisins, unrefined cane sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg were fermented to dryness with oak. This special Cherry Fest keg has the added delight of juice from Washington-grown Montmorency and Hungarian Balaton tart cherries.

Schooner Exact: Cherry Sour (more TBA)

Slaapmutkske: Flemish Old Style Kriek
A newly released sour Red ale with Cherries.

Solera: Kriek
0 IBU, 5% ABV

Upright: Heart's Beat
A barrel-fermented Saison with fresh Cherries added from Baird Family Orchards. The Hearts’ Beat pours intensely red and drinks with a huge tannic quality, showing bits of brett lambicus and orchard yeasts in the flavor.

Vanberg & Dewulf: LambicX Kriek, 2014
The first Kriek Lambic in our LAMBICKX line! Wonderful aroma of almonds, macaroon and cherry stones. Dry, elegant fruit palate. Lightly sparkling to still. Lambics are truly the "wines" of the beer world. Just as wines vary by season, soil, climate, and aging method, lambics (unlike any other type of beer) vary by season, brewery location, barrel size and wood type and length of aging. 6.5% ABV.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ninkasi - Noir Milk Stout Review

Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Location: Eugene, OR
Beer: Noir
Style: Milk Stout with Cold Brewed Coffee
Serving: Spiegelau Stout glass (22 oz.)
ABV: 7.6%
IBUs: 60

A (3/3): Thick foamy, mocha froth head tops this pitch black stout.  As the beer is drank the head covers the glass in a thick layer of bubbles .

S (10/12): Big coffee and dark chocolate aroma waft out of the glass.

T (12/20): Lots of cold brewed coffee flavor right up front, pretty bitter, not from hops as much as the coffee.  Baking chocolate notes are presented between sips. The lactose adds a nice residual sweetness to this beer

M (4/5): A full thick body coats your mouth. Not an overly present alcohol character but noticeable if looking.

O (8/10): Overall a great beer, a little more coffee flavor than I was expecting but not enough to detract from the beer.

Total: (39/50)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bridgeport Announces new addition to year-round offerings

Oregon's oldest brewery has added a new beer to thier year-round lineup. Press release below:

PORTLAND, Ore. – October 16, 2015 – BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, proudly announced today the newest brew in their year-round portfolio, STUMPTOWN CandyPeel IPA.

Portland, the city that started it all for BridgePort Brewing Company, was once known as Stumptown and is now the inspiration behind this new, bold recipe. Brewed with three types of hops, Styrian Golding, Centennial, and Crystal, this is a hop-forward, full-flavor IPA. Styrian Golding hops, the cornerstone of this brew, are added at the end of boil to capture the candy-orange quality and aroma. This flavor-profile is complemented with a dash of orange peel. Vienna malt is used to add a slightly sweet taste and perfect balance providing your taste buds with a fresh-twist to the traditional IPA.

“We’re the oldest brewery, not just craft brewery, in Oregon. With that in mind, we are creating a new line of beers that take us back to our roots as brewers of bold, unique beers,” stated Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton. “STUMPTOWN CandyPeel IPA delivers that true IPA flavor with a twist of citrus. Using three different types of hops, Vienna malt, and a hint of orange peel, this brew is complex, well balanced, and perfect year-round”.

STUMPTOWN CandyPeel Stats
IBUs: 65                    ABV: 6.5%               OG: 15.7                                    Color:  Copper

STUMPTOWN CandyPeel is available in draft, 22 oz. bombers, 12 oz. bottles, and six-packs where BridgePort Brewing is sold. For more information, please visit

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Peche Fest Returns for the third year at Saraveza

Oregon's only festival dedicated to drinking the world's greatest fruit--the peach--returns for its 3rd year on Saturday, October 10,  at Saraveza and the Bad Habit Room. Stuffed with tart and fuzzy peachy goodness, the Peche Fest features 25+ rare peach beers and ciders, food made with peaches, cocktail specials, and a newly added VIP session. 

The 4th annual Peche Fest has the most exciting lineup of rare peachy keen beers ever (and two ciders) like Upright Brewing's Fantasia, Logsdon's Peche 'n Brett, Block 15 Brewing's Peche, Epic Brewing's SOUR Brainless on Peaches, Finnriver Cider's Peach Brett Tart Cider, Double Mountain's Peche Mode and even a new beer from award-winning brewmaster Tonya Cornett brewed exclusively for the fest. Attendees can expect a special peach-infused food menu with savory and sweet treats and a peach cocktail. 

New this year is a VIP session from 1pm to 3pm, featuring first dibs at some of the rarest beers, extra drink tickets, and entry to Saraveza two hours before the main session. General Admission entry begins at 3pm for both Saraveza and the Bad Habit Room and is $10 for a commemorative glass and 2 drink tickets. Most beers will be one drink ticket per pour with additional drink tickets available for $2 each. Advanced tickets available now at

The beer (and one cider) list is nearly complete with a couple of possible last minute additions that cannot be guaranteed yet (like very rare Crooked Stave Colorado Peach beer).

Peach Tap List:

Upright Brewing - Fantasia
Block 15 Brewing - Peche
Dogfish Head - Festina Peche
Hopworks/New Belgium - Peach Sour
New Belgium/Hopworks - Peach IPA
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Peche 'n Brett
Fort George - Eat a Peach
Fort George - Summer Stout
Breakside - TBA
Cigar City/Ecliptic Brewing - Ellipsing the Sun
Double Mountain - Peche Mode
Epic Brewing - Brainless on Peaches
Epic Brewing - Sour Brainless on Peaches
Golden Valley - Pech un Idee
New Belgium - Eric's Ale
De Garde Brewing - Peach & Apricot Bu Weisse (bottle pours)
Finnriver Cidery - Peach Brett Tart Cider
Great Divide Brewing - Peach Grand Cru
Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead - Peach Cobbler
Burnside Brewing Co - Gin barrel-aged Peach Sour
13 Virtues Brewing - Peach Fuzz Pils
Laht Neppur Brewing - Peachy Keen
Ex Novo Brewing - Peach & Apricot Gose
10 Barrel Brewing - Du Peche Mode
Elysian Brewing - Gourdgia On My Mind Pumpkin Peach Ale

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 10th from 3pm to 10pm
VIP HOUR(s):  1pm to 3pm in Saraveza only
WHERE: Saraveza & Bad Habit Room
WHAT: 25+ Peach Beers, Ciders, Food & Cocktail Special

GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 for commemorative glass and 2 drink tickets, $2 for each additional ticket. 
VIP TICKETS: $25 for early entry at 1pm, includes a commemorative glass and 8 tickets and is limited to only 50! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ninkasi Announces two new fall special releases

Ninkasi has just announced two new seasonal releases and they sound fantastic.  One is Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout and the other is a variation on thier Sleigh'r Alt with Brown Sugar and Pumpkin. Both will be available in September and are a welcome addition to the Ninkasi line of beers.

EUGENE, Ore.—Aug. 26, 2015—Ninkasi Brewing Company crafts up two new releases to help welcome the cooler months, capturing favorite flavors of the season. This September, craft beer drinkers will find Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout, and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, a Dark Doüble Alt Ale with pumpkin and brown sugar, in bottles and on tap.

Featuring two distinct brews of the Pacific Northwest, Ninkasi introduces Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout to its Special Release Series. “I have been brewing beers with coffee since the mid-nineties and have always loved the rich creaminess milk sugar imparts on beers and how it melds with coffee,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Last year, we collaborated on a Coffee Milk Stout with Sierra Nevada and enjoyed the beer so much, we decided to brew one of our own.”

Brewed with rich, roasted malts and blended with smooth cold brewed coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, this beer is a satisfying take on a Milk Stout. “The cold brew process allows this beer to have a delicious coffee flavor without the added acidity,” adds Floyd. Noir can be found in 22-ounce bottles, Ninkasi’s 12-ounce Variety 12-Pack, and on draft September through December.

For the pumpkin beer lovers, Ninkasi introduces Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r to its Rare & Delicious Series. Serving up a fall-time rendition of the brewery’s winter seasonal, this Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale is brewed with 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and a generous helping of dark brown sugar.

“Last year we brewed Imperial Sleigh’r and quickly realized it would be the best base for a pumpkin beer,” explains Floyd. “This beer is bigger and bolder with the addition of organic Willamette Valley-grown Pumpkin from Stahlbush Island Farms and a dose of brown sugar for caramelization to round out the flavors.” Featuring artwork by Ninkasi’s Artist in Residence, Neal Williams, Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r will be available in exclusive 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting in September.

Noir Milk Stout
Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.

Style: Milk Stout with Cold Brewed Coffee
Available: Sept. – Dec. 2015
ABV: 7.6%
IBU: 60
OG: 1082
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown, Black, Rice Hulls
Hops: Nugget
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, Draft

Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r
The wicked stepbrother of Sleigh’r hits the town this fall. A burly 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and an ample helping of dark brown sugar were added to each batch, creating a sweet aroma, smooth mouthfeel and a warm finish plus all the toasted malt complexity Sleigh’r is known for. The legend of Sleigh’r lives on!

Style: Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar
Available: Sept. 2015 – Depletion
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 70
OG: 1089
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Nugget
Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin Puree, Dark Brown Sugar
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Friday, August 14, 2015

11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

Photo Courtesy of Timothy Horn 
Its time again for the North American Organic Brewers Festival. Details Below:

Where: Overlook Park 1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227 (intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)
When: August 13-16, 2015 (Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat) (Noon to 5 pm Sun)
What: 56 craft beers, four ciders, two meads and one braggot of delicious organic
Admission: Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full glass of beer costs four tokens and a three-ounce taste costs one token (select beers cost additional tokens). Patrons receive an extra with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the on-site fenced Hopworks Bike Corral or with current ID showing they live in the Overlook zip code (only one extra token per person is allowed).

Description: Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 60 organic beers and ciders from around the world. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a kids area. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.

The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Onsite compost and recycling containers are provided at the event. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable. Vendors at the festival promote sustainable living through their wares and services, and attendees are encouraged to take Tri-Met or ride their bikes to the event.

There is no parking at the event, attendees must park in the nearby Overlook neighborhood. We strongly ask attendees to use Tri-Met or bike or walk to the event. If they must drive, we ask them to be considerate of the neighborhood while attending the event – park politely, don’t litter, and keep the noise level down.

Mass Transit:
The Interstate MAX/Yellow Line "Overlook Park" Station is directly across from Overlook Park and is the second stop from the Rose Quarter transit mall, heading north.

Main Trailers
13 Virtues Brewing Co - You Down With O-R-G? - Pale Ale ABV: 4.8 IBU: 40
13 Virtues took its flagship pale ale (You Down With OPP? Orange Peel Pale Ale) and made it with organic ingredients for the 2015 NAOBF. This is a refreshing NW pale ale hopped with Bavarian Mandarina and Cascade hops and spiced with sweet orange peel.

Agrarian Ales - Field Bier - Saison ABV: 4
"Single malt, single hop and a rotating yeast selection. This farmhand session ale is brewed in the tradition of Wallonia, Belgium and offers thirst quenching nourishment for those hard working field hands!"

Alameda Brewing Co - Yellow Wolves of Thailand - Imperial IPA ABV: 8.2 IBU: 103
"With more than 100 IBUs and Thai basil, fresh ginger, coconut and mangoes added to Alameda's flagship brew, Yellow Wolf has enough eye-popping intensity to satisfy even the most ardent hop heads. It has a bright piney nose and light golden color. It pairs best with sunshine!"

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co - MaddAddamites NooBroo - Gruit Ale ABV: 5.2 IBU: 0
"Gruits are beers brewed with herbs and other botanicals in lieu of hops. MaddAddamites NooBroo Gruit includes many of the botanicals noted in Margaret Atwood’s novel MaddAddam. From its elusive, intriguing aroma to its subtle yet celebratory aftertaste, this light but substantial beer has mysterious undertones of rosehips, elderberries and mountain herbs, with a deeper tone of roots and woodsy bark. Saint Euell Gibbons himself would applaud it!"

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co - Lug Tread - Lagered Ale ABV: 5.2 IBU: 21
"This award-winning flagship beer is handcrafted with spring water and certified organic malts & hops. Lug-Tread is top fermented (like an ale) and then cold aged (like a lager) for a lengthy period. This gives the beer some light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Lug-Tread displays interwoven malt and hop flavors, subtle fruit flavors and a crisp, lingering finish."

Bison Organic Beer - Kermit the Hop - Imperial IPA ABV: 8.5 IBU: 80
"It isn’t always easy being green. Sexy organic hops are hard to come by. Bison scored some organic Simcoe hops and finally brewed its very first Double IPA. With more than three lbs of hops per barrel, Kermit the Hop is bright, citrusy and tongue–tinglingly bitter. Resinous pine coats the tongue and reluctantly gives way to grapefruit and a grassy bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue for days. Drinking green never tasted so good."

Bison Organic Beer - Honey Basil Alew - Herb/Spice Beer ABV: 6 IBU: 12
"Mediaeval Europeans commonly brewed with honey and gathered herbs, roots and flowers. Bison’s Honey Basil Ale carefully infuses caramel malts with fresh whole leaf basil and clover honey, creating an herbaceous, floral and virtually hop-less beer with a soft wisp of honey and just a hint of basil aftertaste."

Coin Toss Brewing Co - Black Hohl Son - Cascadian Dark Session Ale ABV: 4.8 IBU: 45
"A sessionable version of the flagship brew of Coin Toss Brewing, Black Hohl Son is dark and hoppy with a malty backbone and a hint of roast. Two-row, Crystal, Victory and chocolate malts are complemented by Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and CTZ hops."

Coin Toss Brewing Co - Nine Eyes IPA - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 65
"Nine Eyes IPA features a blend of five grains and generous amounts of Galena, Chinook and Cascade hops in the boil. It's then dy-hopped with Equinox and Azacca to make a traditional yet tropical beer. The beer is named for the Pacific Lamprey that are indigenous to Oregon City's Willamette Falls and harvested each year as part of a Native American tradition."

Eel River Brewing Co - Simcoe IPA - IPA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 60
This is an American Style IPA brewed and dry-hopped with 100% Simcoe hops.

Eel River Brewing Co - Açai Berry Wheat - Fruit Wheat Beer ABV: 4 IBU: 5
"Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) Berry Wheat Ale is a light-bodied American Style Crystal Wheat Ale brewed with organic açai berries from Brazil, and a flavorful mix of other berries."

Falling Sky Brewing - Organic Matters Lager - Dortmunder Export ABV: 5.1 IBU: 28
"Because organic matters for all organic matter, the brewers at Falling Sky made this 100% organic Dortmund Export Style Lager, which features a nice hoppy bite that finishes clean and crisp."

Falling Sky Brewing - Dirt Worshiper Pale - Pale Ale ABV: 5.5 IBU: 50
"Dirt Worshiper is an American Pale Ale brewed with organic pale malt and organic Caramunich II, bittered with organic Bravo hops, and finished with organic Bravo, Cascade and Tettenanger. Dirt has been beneath us for far too long. It is time to elevate it to its rightful position. Organically."

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver Black Currant Cider - Cider ABV: 6.5 IBU: 0
"This bright, semi-sweet farmcrafted cider was made with organic Washington apples and organic black currants, adding tart complexity and a beautiful purple blush."

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver Habanero Cider - Cider ABV: 6.5 IBU: 0
"This bright, spicy farmcrafted cider was made with organic Washington apples and organic habanero chilies steeped for several days to achieve the ideal balance of heat and depth."

Fish Brewing Co - Organic Amber - Amber ABV: 5 IBU: 35
"Medium-bodied with an appealing amber hue, this beer's organic pale, Munich and Crystal malts create a gentle sweet character that is difficult to resist. From organic Hallertauer hops come a zesty flavor and aroma that beautifully balance the malt profile."

Fish Brewing Co - Organic IPA - IPA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 42
Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer with a rich golden color. The organic pale and Crystal malts lay down a firm malt body that provides the backbone for an assertive hop profile featuring organic Pacific Gem. The result is a Cascadian treasure.

Fort George Brewery - Quick Wit - Belgian Witbier ABV: 6.1
"This Belgian Style ale is very pale and cloudy in appearance due it being unfiltered and its high level of wheat. It’s brewed using organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander, organic lemongrass and wild-crafted elderflower. There is no bitterness evident in this beer whatsoever, which gives your palate room to explore the smooth wheat malt and tantalizingly exotic spices that will entertain your thirst."

Fort George Brewery - Spruce Budd Ale - Herb/Spice Beer ABV: 4.9
"Made with nothing more than organic two-row malted barley and 200 lbs of spruce tips for ingredients. With each glorious sip you are able to realize what an adventure into the woods taste like. With hints of spruce, citrus and more spruce, these beer tastes like a spruce tree. With the summer heat in full swing, grab a glass of Spruce Budd, find some shade underneath a tree and enjoy life."

FOTM Brewing Co - Shocks of Sheba - IPA ABV: 6.8 IBU: 68
"This Northwest IPA is inspired by KBOO's mainstay Reggae program Shocks of Sheba. As strong as its inspiration, this IPA is made with 100% organic malt and copious amounts of local hops, offering great rhythm and a good vibe."

FOTM Brewing Co - X-Tinguisher - Wheat ABV: 5.5 IBU: 36
"Put the fire out with an ale brewed using organic pilsner, Munich and wheat malts. Fermented with a kölsch yeast, this beer is complemented by the unique Sorachi Ace hop which lends tropical, citrus and pine flavor."

Gilgamesh Brewing - Mamba - Specialty Ale ABV: 6.4 IBU: 1
"A unique malt beverage defined by black tea, bergamot, tangerine peel and rye, Mamba is light-flavored and smooth-bodied with a taste that can only speak for itself."

Hopworks Urban Brewery - Totally Radler - Radler ABV: 2.6 IBU: 15
This traditional style German beer originated in the early 20th century. It is an incredibly refreshing blend of Organic HUB Lager mixed with organic lemon soda. This thirst quencher is low alcohol so it is guaranteed to keep you refreshed while you're on the move.

Hopworks Urban Brewery - IPX Simcoe - IPA ABV: 6 IBU: 60
"This single hop pale ale is made with organic and Salmon Safe Simcoe hops from Yakima, Washington. Filled with pine and citrus aromas, IPX Simcoe is light bodied with dry, malty characteristics, and deep floral and citrus hop flavors. It's the perfect light, summery IPA!"

Kells Brewpub - Purple Sun IPA - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 69
"Buckle up for a wild ride of summer berries, citrus and hops."

Kells Brewpub - Kells Organic Red - Red Ale ABV: 4.5 IBU: 25
Kells traditional Irish Red Ale made lighter and organic.

Laht Neppur Brewing Co - Peachy Keen - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.2 IBU: 18
"This American Amber ale is made with organically grown peaches and organic two-row premium malt, with a subtle hint of cinnamon and clove. It features a very low hop profile. Get a glass and you'll be feeling Peachy Keen!"

Lakefront Brewery - Growing Power - Pale Ale ABV: 6.7 IBU: 35
"Growing Power hits the glass pale copper with a loose, fluffy white head. Grapefruit, pear and floral aromas prevail from organic Cascade, Centennial and Calypso hops, followed by clove esters and spicy phenols. Citrus and clove greet the palate first, with organic caramel and Munich malt rounding out the flavor, adding balanced sweetness and a medium mouthfeel."

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Kili Wit - Witbier ABV: 5.5 IBU: 14
"Kili Wit Farmhouse Ale is a traditionally brewed white beer using 100% organic certified whole hops and local organically grown barley malt, wheat and oats. African spice adds an interesting complexity to this refreshing beer. A portion of the sales for Kili Wit are donated to the K2 Adventures Foundation, which provides educational and medical services for the children of Africa."

Lompoc Brewing - Flower of the Gods - IPA ABV: 6 IBU: 65
"Did you know the Carnation is the flower of the Gods? This golden colored IPA features no carnations, but it does have a floral spiciness with earthy characteristics, and is a perennial favorite at the NAOBF."

Loowit Brewing Co - Gaiabolical - Pale Ale ABV: 5.3 IBU: 45
"Gaiabolical is a tribute to the seductive and destructive beauty of Mother Earth. Made with an amazing balance of 100% organic malts and 100% certified Salmon Safe hops, this pale ale is perfectly suited for a volcanic eruption, catastrophic landslide, massive tornado or any sunny day."

McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Livin’s Easy Summer Lager - Lager ABV: 5.2 IBU: 36
"“Livin’s Easy” is everything you can hope for in a summer lager: light, crisp and refreshing. This golden beauty was made with organic malts and carefully selected hops. The brewers fermented the beer with California Lager yeast, and cold cellared it for a summer release. Pairs best with sunshine!"

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse - Gunga Galunga IPA - IPA ABV: 6.9 IBU: 62
"Organic as the Dalai Lama himself, this IPA is packed with citrus hop flavors and aroma without the upfront, puckering bitterness that can mask the delicate taste profiles of the hops. Any looper will tell you that gunga galunga is a Tibetan expression of peaceful dismay after making an errant golf shot. Raise your glass and experience total hop consciousness, which is nice."

McMenamins Crystal Brewery - Oaken Tower Barrel-Aged Ginger Beer - Wild Ale ABV: 6.9 IBU: 4
"Oaken Tower is a blend of American and French oak barrel aged raspberry-hibiscus ginger beer. The wild micro-beasties in the brewery's oaken tower of barrels imparted a tart acidity and muted funkiness, complementing the flavors from Stewart Brothers’ organic raspberries and Tao of Tea’s hibiscus-ginger herbal blend."

McMenamins Edgefield Brewery - Double Barrel-Aged Pavol the Collector - Baltic Porter ABV: 8.9 IBU: 42
"Named after Pavol Olsavsky, distant friend to the brewery who lives in Košice, Slavakia, this dark, chocolatey, organic lager bomb is a blend of the same base beer – a smooth, malty Baltic Porter – aged in both Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Billy Whiskey barrels and Edgefield Distillery Hogshead Whiskey barrels. All eight barrels were then blended and kegged to create a unique fusion of flavors from vanilla to oak to toffee and beyond. This lager drinks like a much lighter beer but packs a ton of flavor."

Natian Brewery - KnockBack - Amber Lager ABV: 4.4 IBU: 18
This amber lager was brewed with honey malt to accentuate the malt profile. Mexican lager yeast was used to provide the crisp finish associated with this style of beer.

Natian Brewery - Everyday - IPA ABV: 5.5 IBU: 62
"This light bodied American IPA has a strong hoppy flavor and aroma, courtesy of homegrown Cascade hops combined with Palisades, Falconers Flight and Zythos, but is not very bitter. It is an ideal beer for hop lovers that don’t want a hop bomb and can easily enjoy a few in a row."

Nectar Creek Mead - Propolis - Mead ABV: 5.5 IBU: 0
"Nectar Creek Meads are created through a combination of Oregon honey, water and yeast to create a refreshing and one-of-a-kind experience. Luscious Oregon peaches and pure Oregon honey pay tribute to the summer sun in this light and refreshing session mead."

Nectar Creek Mead - Sting - Mead ABV: 6.2 IBU: 0
Fresh ginger and pure Oregon honey combine for a sting of warmth and a tease of sweetness in this refreshing session mead.

Ordnance Brewing - 9131 Brown - Honey Brown Ale ABV: 6.2 IBU: 26
This tasty beverage is brewed as a tribute to the brewer's former life as a Wildland firefighter. The use of organic Vienna malt gives this beer a malty depth that is accented by the use of local honey.

PINTS Brewing Co - Green Line Organic Radler - Pale Ale/Radler ABV: 4 IBU: 25
This is a blend of PINTS' Green Line Organic Pale Ale and Hot Lips Lemon Soda (organic lemons make up the soda). Organic Bravo and Organic Cascade hops provide the extra citrus kick that makes this sessionable summer brew so delicious!

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider - Overlook Heirloom - Cider ABV: 8.9
"Made with a blend of organic Golden Russet and Newtown Pippin apples, then backsweetened with raw, local honey, this once-a-year cider is created especially for the NAOBF. Expect an off-dry, crisp cider, free of cloying sweetness.

Riverbend Brewing - What Does the Fox Say? - CDA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 55
"A dark ale of NW proportions! 100% organic, dark brown in color and hopped with Oregon grown Chinook and Crystal hops. Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!"

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Münster Alt (DRAFT) - Altbier ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
""Alt" is the German word for "old" or "original" and the alt style is certainly older than German lager styles. Unlike altbier from Dusseldorf, alt from the city of Mu?nster is pale golden in color with excellent, herbaceous aroma, delicate fruit-acid palate, and long dry finish."

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Münster Alt (BOTTLE) - Altbier ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
""Alt" is the German word for "old" or "original" and the alt style is certainly older than German lager styles. Unlike altbier from Dusseldorf, alt from the city of Mu?nster is pale golden in color with excellent, herbaceous aroma, delicate fruit-acid palate, and long dry finish."

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Ur-Pils (DRAFT) - Pilsner ABV: 5.2 IBU: 32
"Pinkus Ur Pils is brewed with organic malt and hops and is free of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Pale golden in color and light to medium in body, this PIlsner is dry and well-balanced with a clean hop and malt character. "Ur" translates roughly from German to "original.""

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Ur-Pils (BOTTLE) - Pilsner ABV: 5.2 IBU: 32
"Pinkus Ur Pils is brewed with organic malt and hops and is free of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Pale golden in color and light to medium in body, this PIlsner is dry and well-balanced with a clean hop and malt character. "Ur" translates roughly from German to "original.""

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Hefeweizen - Hefeweizen ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
"This wheat ale is very light in body and color. Crisp, dry, spritzy, and refreshing unfiltered beer. It offers a clean ale-yeast aroma and flavor, without the characteristic yeasty spiciness of a Bavarian wheat beer."

Two Kilts Brewing Co. - Black Brad Pitt - CDA ABV: 7 IBU: 80
"Paying tribute to the brewers' favorite rapper Danny Brown, AKA "The Black Brad Pitt," this beer is smooth and super sexy. Hints of roast and chocolate are complemented nicely with a big hop flavor and aroma. Just watch out for Angelina because she might trying stealing your pint!"

Uinta Brewing Co - Baba Organic Black Lager - Black Lager ABV: 4 IBU: 32
"Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is pitch black in color and exceptionably drinkable."

Uinta Brewing Co - Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale - Extra Pale Ale ABV: 4 IBU: 29
"A lighter bodied pale ale, this EPA is aggressively dry hopped to showcase fresh hop flavors and aromas. It begins with slight malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. Hop character then pounces with citrus and pine notes. The beer finishes dry with an infusion of sweet hoppiness (happiness, too!)."

Vagabond Brewing - Into the Wild - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 60
"Light golden in color, this beer features a dry but rich, malty sweetness with caramel complexity balanced with a spicy citrus flavor. Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade hops offer tropical and spice flavors with a citrusy nose. It's not overly bitter, allowing the hop flavor to be enjoyed."

Vagabond Brewing - Wit or Wit-Out You - Witbier ABV: 5.2 IBU: 16
"This classic Belgian Wit is made with unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and oats. It's hopped lightly with Sterling, while gently spiced with coriander and sweet orange peel. Pouring hazy with a tight white head, this is a great refreshing beer for a hot day."

Viking Braggot Co - Reverence - Braggot ABV: 6.3 IBU: 25
"Certified organic two-row and specialty malts provide a strong malt profile and rich red color. Multiple hop additions, including dry-hopping, give Reverence a distinct, but not overpowering, hoppiness. The star ingredient, orange blossom honey, serves to balance out the hops while providing an inimitable aroma and truly unique taste. Reverence is more than just a beverage – it's a sensory experience!"

Widmer - E. Nygma - IPA ABV: 6.3 IBU: 75
"Who delivers a punch line but is no joker? E. Nygma is a single hop IPA made exclusively with the mysterious but inviting Enigma hops from Australia. This little villain is made with all organic malts to give it a complementary backbone. But let’s not fool ourselves, we know who the star is in this IPA. Enigma hops are shrouded in mystery as even the growers cannot agree on what it smells and tastes like. The brewers get a bit of melon and Pinot Gris. But what only matters in this delicious puzzle is what flavors you can tease out of it. Sit back, relax, and Prost! To finding the answer."

Bottle Garden

Samuel Smith's - Organic Lager - Lager ABV: 5 IBU: 25
"Lightly kilned organic lager malt grown in the UK is the main ingredient, with a substantial addition of organic UK Vienna malt. Bright straw-gold color; medium body. Pure barley malt flavor and herbal hops in perfect balance. Clean and crisp, with brilliant conditioning."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Pale Ale - Pale Ale ABV: 5 IBU: 31
"Wider availability of organic malts has made it possible for Samuel Smith's to produce a classic pale ale from all-organic ingredients. Developed after many test batches and tasting sessions, this classic malt-accented, copper-colored pale ale features subtle fruity esters from the Samuel Smith yeast strain that interact with caramel flavors - from organic crystal malt - and fresh hops."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Chocolate Stout - Stout ABV: 5 IBU: 28
"This beer offers a full body, roasted barley flavor and fruity notes from the Samuel Smith yeast strain, all of which support a lush chocolate aroma, taste and finish."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Apricot Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 14
"Apricots contribute to a stunning fruit beer: the ripe, aromatic bouquet supports a sweet, summery flavor with just a suggestion of stone-fruit tartness. Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale is rich and full-bodied; the color is a glowing hazy orange."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Strawberry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 14
"Strawberries offer a soft and subtle flavour, making the character of this fruit beer extremely sophisticated and refined. The smooth malt and aromatic strawberry flavours merge together in an elegant fashion, with fresh, ripe strawberries shining through."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Raspberry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 11
"A dramatic fruit beer with an intense, mouth-watering fruit character derived from the natural acidity of organic raspberries. Slow, complex fermentation lends structure and depth to this special fruit beer. Smooth body, finishes dry, with a soft raspberry note."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Cherry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 16
High natural acidity makes sour cherries a great choice for creating an ultimate fruit beer. The vibrant cherry character of this beer is perfectly underpinned by deliciously complex beer notes which result from the multiple yeast strains used for fermentation.

Samuel Smith's - Organic Cider - Cider ABV: 50
"Bright straw-gold with excellent clarity, Samuel Smith's Organic Cider has a light body with brilliant conditioning, a crisp clean flavor, and a dry finish. The bouquet is fresh apples, with a soft floral note."

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Oregon Brewers Festival Roundup

This Thursday I went down to the OBF to partake in my annual tradition of embibing great beers at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  The first beer I had at the OBF this year was from the International Tent.  This year the International beers were only 1 token as opposed to 2+ in previous years.  This was a welcome change that allowed people to try beer from afar.  The other noticeable change when I first walked into the fest was the cup.  Instead of the glass from last year this was made out of some type of clear polycarbonate. While obviously not as good as last years glass mugs this was a HUGE improvement from the years prior with the plastic smell and translucent material.  At least you can see the beer and I didn't notice any plastic smell or taste the entire time I was drinking.

Yeastie Boys - Gunnamatta
Yeastie Boys - Gunnamatta - B
A hazy golden beer with a frothy white head. This beer had a sweet aroma with a hint of tea. The bitterness of the Earl Gray tea comes through once drank its rather pleasant and unique beer, definitely worth trying

Pints Brewery - Honey Bunches of Oats B
Hazy golden with a slightly sweet aroma that gives some honey character, but the oats did not come through as expected. Crisp mouthfeel with a medium body.  Pretty good but just not what the name would lead you to expect.

Laht Neppur Brewing Co. - Flaming Peach - A
Immediately loved this beer.  The first smell reminded me of peach cobbler and once I tasted it the flavor combination rocked my taste buds. A similar concept to Burnside Brewing Sweet Heat but turned up!  The sweetness of the peach is mouth watering while the heat from Cayenne pepper stings just the right amount for those not timid to spiciness.  Really a good beer probably my most recommended beer.  I would not expect to be seeing this in bottles any time soon so if you can at least try a taster of this beer.

StormBreaker - Mississippi Red Fresh Hop
StormBreaker- Dry Hopped Mississippi Red - B+
Big thick tan head that remained on this deep red beer for quite a while.  The aroma was that of lightly smoked honey with spices.  Once drank the slightly sweet biscuit-y flavor presents itself along with a moderate hop bitterness. This full bodied beer coated your mouth as it was drank,

Fort George - Summer Stout - B-
I really wanted to like this beer and to an extend I did.  The problem with this beer was too high of expectations.  The name summer stout made me delight with the though of a dark stout beer that met the typical platitude of drinking on a hot day after mowing the lawn. It was for the most part just a dry stout which I guess is better than a big heavy bodied stout for a summer day.  Smells slightly smokey with hints of roasted malts. When you drank it the smoke dissipated for a lightly sweet, roasted flavor.  The beer did have a thinner mouthful which is why I think it was given the summer title.  Pretty good overall, but I was just expecting something else.

Caldera - Dry Hop Mosaic B-
This was a good IPA but didn't blow my mind.  I would have never guessed that this was a dry hopped beer, due to the lack of explosive hop aromas.  Also would have been difficult to guess that it was hopped with the very distinct Mosaic Hop.  I may have been compromised from just drinking the Summer Stout but I didn't think it was very Mosaic forward.  Good beer, again just not what the name had me expecting.

The First Woo of the Day happened at 2:35 PM.

Sixpoint - Little Raspy - A-
Sweet, Raspberry, Good.  Reminiscent of de garde Raspberry Bu.  Not much going on other than the raspberry, but it crap was delicious.

Payette Brewing - Leaning Barn Farmhouse Ale - A
Probably the most accurate representation of a beer style that I had at the fest.  This beer was very good. A golden beer with hazy straw color and a wispy white head.  This beer has a nice lemony, honey aroma with fruity hops and orange peel character. with just the right amount of spices.

Flying Fish Brewing Company - Cold Pressed Pale Ale - A
This is what I was hoping to get from the Fort George Summer Stout. Super light but lots of roasted coffee and chocolate notes.  Also as light and clear as a pale ale, not at all what you would expect from the color.

I didn't keep close track of what I had Friday because I we went down with my coworkers and I didn't want to be "That Guy" ignoring everyone with his notepad and pocket protector.  However, I did fine one beer that I really felt like I needed to heap praise on.

Breakside Brewery - Rainbows & Uniorns - A+
This GABF Gold Medal winning beer was completely missed by me on my first two passes from trailer 1-10.  One of the only beers that I got a full pour of after drinking a sample.  This beer may have had the most accurate name that encompassed the beers aroma and taste.  Freaking fantastic rich tropical fruit with citrus notes.  Great body and moth-feel just super beer.  I wish I was more descriptive but I didn't write anything down.  This beer is great try it if you can.  It WILL Sell out today and tomorrow so get it early.

Monday, July 20, 2015

FULL OBF Taplist and Tap Numbers Released in Record Time!

The Oregon Brewers Festival has released the trailer map for this year earlier than they have ever before. This is extremely exciting because for the first time you'll be able to make a plan of attack days before the festival starts on Wednesday! The trailers are numbered from South to North and the tap numbers by trailer are the same. See Map Below.  Get excited people OBF IS HERE!

Trailer 1   
 1 PINTS Urban Brewery - Honey Bunches of Oats
 2 Maui Brewing Co. - Kihei Kölsch
 3 Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub - Supergoose IPA
 4 Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - Homestead
 5 StormBreaker Brewing - Mississippi Red Dry Hopped Red
 6 Great Divide Brewing - Whitewater
 7 Coalition Brewing Co. - Honey Trap
 8 Walking Man Brewing - Littlefoot ISA
 9 Laht Neppur Brewing Co. - Flaming Peach

Trailer 2   
 1 Gigantic Brewing - Kölschtastic
 2 Bear Republic Brewing Co. - Double Aught
 3 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Pivo
 4 Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Aberrant
 5 Widmer Brothers Brewing - Widmeritaville
 6 Breakside Brewery - Rainbows & Unicorns
 7 Omission Beer - Free Radical Lager
 8 Collaborator - Valley Vanilla Pale Ale
 9 Kona Brewing Co. - Big Wave

Trailer 3   
 1 Fort George Brewery+Public House - Summer Stout
 2 Ecliptic Brewing - Aurora Crimson Saison
 3 Eel River Brewing Co. - Emerald Triangle Session IPA
 4 Burnside Brewing Co. - Smoked Berliner Weiss
 5 Buoy Beer Co. - India Pale Lager
 6 Old Town Brewing - 1-Up Mushroom Ale
 7 Hop Valley Brewing - Pils to pay the Bills
 8 Lompoc Brewing - Saison de l'Evolution
 9 Upright Brewing - Golden Goat

Trailer 4   
 1 Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Hipster Sunburn
 2 Sixpoint Brewery - Little Raspy
 3 Seven Brides Brewing - Crooked Finger IPA
 4 Mazama Brewing Co. - Rasplendent
 5 Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub - Huckleberry Wheat
 6 Uptown Market - USA (Uptown Session Ale)
 7 Wasatch Brewery - Ghostrider White IPA
 8 Port Townsend Brewing Co. - The S.H.I.P.
 9 Boundary Bay Brewery - Double Dry Hopped Sorachi Ace Pale Ale

Trailer 5   
 1 Fearless Brewing Co. - Strawberry Cream Ale
 2 Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - Baby Daddy IPA
 3 Caldera Brewing Co. - Dry Hop Mosaic IPA
 4 Terminal Gravity Brewing - Wallowa Lake Lager
 5 Boneyard Beer - Bone Light
 6 Anderson Valley Brewing Co. - "The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose"
 7 Lost Abbey - Witches Wit
 8 Epic Brewing - Hop Syndrome
 9 Bison Organic Beer - Kermit the Hop

Trailer 6   
 1 Payette Brewing Co. - Leaning Barb Farmhouse Ale
 2 Alameda Brewing Co. - Black Bear Stout
 3 Base Camp Brewing Co. - Hop in the 'Pool Helles
 4 Melvin Brewing  - Hamber
 5 Klamath Basin Brewing - Spud Muffin Pale Ale
 6 Ambacht Brewing - Matzobrau
 7 Green Flash Brewing Co. - Soul Style IPA 
 8 Sunriver Brewing Co. - Oh MANdarin! White IPA
 9 Vertigo Brewing - Lemongrass Wheat

Trailer 7   
 1 Calapooia Brewing Co. - Santiamber
 2 Victory Brewing Co. - Prima Pils
 3 Fish Brewing Co. - Fish In A Barrel
 4 No-Li Brewhouse - Mosh Pit
 5 Fire Mountain Brewery - Paradise
 6 Central City Brewers & Distillers - Red Betty Imperial IPA
 7 Three Creeks Brewing Co. - Hop Damme
 8 Flat Tail Brewing Co.  - Big Green
 9 Flying Fish Brewing Co. - Cold Pressed Pale Ale

Trailer 8   
 1 Fremont Brewing Co. - Summer Ale
 2 Full Sail Brewing Co. - Session IPA
 3 Gilgamesh Brewing - Radler
 4 Sprecher Brewery - Abbey Triple 
 5 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits - Grunion Pale Ale
 6 BridgePort Brewing Co. - Conviction Pale Ale
 7 Deschutes Brewery - Gluten Free
 8 Deschutes Brewery - Red Wheat
 9 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Glancing Blow English Pale Ale

Trailer 9   
 1 New Belgium Brewing Co. - B-Side Peach IPA
 2 Portland Brewing - Super S.M.A.S.H.
 3 Mad River Brewing Co. - Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B.
 4 McMenamins Edgefield Brewery - Quatrophenia ISA
 5 Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Sucks 366
 6 Cascade Brewing - Frite Gaulois
 7 Rogue Ales - Imperial Smoked Lager
 8 Hopworks Urban Brewing  - Evie Radshine 
 9 Worthy Brewing Co. - A Walk on the Wild Side

Trailer 10   
 1 Bent Paddle Brewing Co. - Paddle Break Blonde
 2 Dunedin Brewery - Mango Makrut Paradiso
 3 Boulder Beer Co. - Nothing Too Fancy
 4 Lucky Labrador Brewing - 20th Anniversary IPA
 5 Claim 52 Brewing - Runnermass
 6 Viking Braggot Co. - Gypsy Tears
 7 Bayern Brewing - Dump Truck Summer Bock
 8 GoodLife Brewing Co. - Jay Bird 
 9 Wild Ride Brewing - Quencher

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

It's that time of the year again for the Annual Oregon Brewers Festival.  The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest running craft beer festivals. This beer festival truely reflects all that it is to be portland.  Located on at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the River, this festval attracts thousands from all over the world.

Venue: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

Dates: July 22 through 26, 2015 — "Always the last full weekend in July"

Times: Wed through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9pm
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7pm
Token & glass sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off (8:30pm daily, except 6:30pm Sunday)

Admission: The OBF is not a ticketed event; admission into the festival venue is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2015 souvenir tasting cup is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a 14 oz cup of beer, or one token for a 3 oz taste. Cups and tokens are sold on-site; they are also available up to two weeks prior to the festival at select local locations, including Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. The festival is cash only, and there are eight ATMs on-site.

The Oregon Brewers Festival exists to provide an opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the country. Eighty-nine craft breweries from North America offer more than 40 styles of handcrafted beers to 85,000 beer lovers during the five-day event; two taps are dedicated to gluten-free beer, and a tap is reserved for the Oregon Brew Crew Collaboration project. Another 15 beers will be served by New Zealand and Dutch breweries in the International Beer Garden.

The festival’s focus is craft beer, but there's more than sampling involved. The event also features live music, beer-related vendors, displays, homebrewing demonstrations, and an assortment of food vendors. The Crater Lake Root Beer Garden offers complimentary handcrafted root beer for minors and designated drivers. Minors are welcome at the festival when accompanied by a parent.

The Oregon Brewers Festival strongly encourages responsible drinking, and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail line, located just one block west of the festival on SW Oak Street. Go by bus, train or taxi, just don't drink and drive. The festival also offers free monitored on-site bicycle parking, courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world, and the Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US. A recently completed study estimated the economic impact of the 2014 OBF at $32.5 million for the local economy.

  • 28th year of the festival.
  • 90 handcrafted beers are poured in the main festival; 15 are poured in the International Beer Garden.
  • There are 102 participating breweries: 89 in the main tent (Deschutes has two entries, one Gluten-Free); and five New Zealand (with six beers) and eight Dutch (with nine beers) in the International Beer Garden.
  • Four countries are represented: Canada (1), Netherlands (8), New Zealand and United States.
  • 16 states are represented: California (11), Colorado (3), Delaware (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (2), Idaho (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (1), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Oregon (54), Pennsylvania (1), Utah (2), Washington (7), Wisconsin (1) and Wyoming (1).
  • In the main festival, Maui Brewing Co traveled the furthest at 2,566 miles. Three more were within spitting distance of each other: Dunedin from Dunedin, FL at 2,458 miles (although the brewers road trip their kegs, which is pretty cool!); Dogfish Head in Milton, DE at 2,449 miles, and Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, NY at 2,442 miles away.
  • There are 18 breweries making their first appearance at the festival this year, including Ambacht, Bent Paddle, Buoy, Claim 52, Fremont, Garage Project, Kaapse, Melvin, Panhead, ParrotDog, PINTS, StormBreaker, Sunriver, The Lost Abbey, Tuatara, Uptown Market, Worthy & Yeastie Boys.
  • There are 47 official beer styles represented.
  • The lowest alcohol beer is Claim 52 Brewing’s Runnermass at 3% ABV.
  • The highest alcohol beer is Rogue Ale’s Imperial Smoked Lager at 9.5% ABV.
  • Number of volunteers at the festival: 2,000.
  • Number of anticipated attendees: 85,000 from all over the world.
  • Number of breweries that have participated in the Oregon Brewers Festival since inception: At least 388 (we do not have records from 1989 or 1990, so this is based on all other years).
  • The following breweries have never missed a festival: Bayern, BridgePort, Deschutes, Full Sail & Widmer.

KEY: Brewery - Location - Beer - Style - ABV: IBU:
[!] Unique beer to the Festival
@ First time at the OBF

Alameda Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Black Bear Stout - Export-Style Stout - ABV: 6.8 IBU: 55
This is a surprisingly light-bodied stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. Despite being the same color as the dark side of the moon, this beer has a subtle and intricate mouthfeel. The Black Bear XX Stout has won four medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Ambacht Brewing - Hillsboro, OR - Matzobrau - Belgian Dark Wheat - ABV: 7.8 IBU: 17@
This beer is truly a religious experience. The only beer in the world that uses matzo crackers in the mash (along with rolled oats, two-row, Munich and chocolate malts), it's fermented with Abbey II yeast and keg-conditioned with blackberry honey to create a complex yet smooth beer. Picture a dunkelwiezen made with Matzos and Belgian Yeast.
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. - Boonville , CA - The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose - Specialty Beer - ABV: 4.2 IBU: 5
This beer's grist is 50% malted wheat, mashed with salt water and spiced with coriander and hops. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to subtle fullness. Fermented with both traditional yeast and lactic bacteria, the result is a beer with flavors of guava and peach, followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness.
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits - San Diego, CA - Grunion Pale Ale - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 35
Originating from an employee-only home brew contest, this award-winning hoppy ale is named after the tiny local fish known for late night frolics on shore. A pair of new hop varieties – Mosaic and Calypso – lend summer melon aromas and herbal flavors, balanced by a soft caramel malt sweetness.
Base Camp Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Hop in the 'Pool Helles - Session Beer - ABV: 4.9 IBU: 22
This late hop Helles is fermented with lager yeast, and showcases Base Camp's proprietary lagering cellar techniques that result in a classic pilsner malt character and smooth, clean finish. Unique to this Helles lager, its only hop addition is in the whirlpool, meaning you'll find a huge hop taste and aroma with low bitterness.
Bayern Brewing - Missoula, MT - Dump Truck Summer Bock - Other Strong Ale or Lager - ABV: 6 IBU: 28
Brewed using the old-fashioned decoction mash method, this light, unfiltered lager uses German sauermalt, organic Montana spitz malt, pilsner malt, plus three doses of imported Hallertauer Perle and the rare Tettnang aroma hops. It also uses a yeast strain specially formulated in Germany to make this beer a rare experience.
Bear Republic Brewing Co. - Cloverdale, CA - Double Aught - Bohemian-Style Pilsener - ABV: 5 IBU: 15
In the late 1800s, American brewing pioneers made a pilsener to be proud of, one brewed with 100 percent barley malt and hopped with noble hop varieties. Bear Republic uses Pilsen and Vienna malts and a moderate dose of Hallertauer hops for a rich, smooth, crisp taste.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. - Duluth, MN - Paddle Break Blonde - Belgian-Style Blonde Ale - ABV: 6 IBU: 18@
The unique characteristic for this beer is a Belgian yeast that expresses a subtle spiciness: gentle clove, plum and banana accents, with a refreshing sweetness from the pilsner malt. Brilliant golden in color with crisp carbonation, its hints of citrus and spice emerge from the Czech Saaz and German Tradition hops.
Bison Organic Beer - Berkeley, CA - Kermit the Hop - Imperial India Pale Ale - ABV: 8.5 IBU: 90
It isn't always easy being green and sustainable. Kermit the Hop is a beer that celebrates our farmers growing organic hops, including Centennial in first wort, and Centennial with Simcoe 15 minutes before flame-out and as dry hops. Tight filtration helps remove yeast and provides a smooth, clean flavor.
Boneyard Beer - Bend, OR - Bone Light - Session Beer - ABV: 4 IBU: 20
This India Session Ale is a single hop beer showcasing Mosaic hops. Brewed with pale and pilsner malts, it’s light bodied and golden in color and low in bitterness and ABV for easy drinking. You know what that means? You can enjoy a full glass without wearing out your palate!
Boulder Beer Co. - Boulder, CO - Nothing Too Fancy - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.1 IBU: 36[!]
Inspired by the progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee, this is a sessionable, light-bodied pale ale brewed with pale barley malt and malted wheat for a soft mouthfeel. The unique Equinox hops provide aromas and flavors of fresh tropical fruits with a subtle peppery touch. This beer was brewed in collaboration with Rock Brothers and Cigar City Brewing.
Boundary Bay Brewery - Bellingham, WA - Double Dry Hopped Sorachi Ace Pale Ale - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 4.1 IBU: 6.1[!]
This medium-bodied, double-dry hopped pale ale is hopped entirely with Sorachi Ace hops – added early, middle and late boil, as well as in the fermenter and the keg. The addition of this single variety of hop allows you to fully enjoy the flavors of Sorachi Ace; characterized by lemon, citrus and dill undertones. Enjoy its high hop flavor without the tongue-scraping bitterness!
Breakside Brewery - Portland, OR - Rainbows & Unicorns - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.7 IBU: 25[!]
This session IPA is brewed with flaked rice to create as light bodied a beer as possible with juicy, tropical, dank and fruity hop flavors, alongside notes of pineapple, honeydew, lime and mango. Breakside employed four new hop varietals – Equinox, Calypso, Huell Melon and Eldorado – to achieve these flavors.
BridgePort Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Conviction Pale Ale - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.2 IBU: 34
Conviction Pale Ale is a NW style pale ale brewed using traditional malt styles and Northwest hops. Featuring a complex grist of six malts, including melanoidin and rye, it's bittered with Nugget hops, then aggressively dry-hopped using Crystal hops grown in the Silverton-Woodburn area of the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
Buoy Beer Co. - Astoria, OR - India Pale Lager - American-Style Lager - ABV: 6.6 IBU: 69@[!]
Who says a lager can’t be hoppy? Not the brewers at Buoy. This India Pale Lager is brewed with imported German Pilsen and Vienna malts, dry-hopped with big heaping amounts of Citra and Galaxy hops and then lagered for four weeks at 32 degrees. The result is a beer that is smooth and crisp with a big hop finish.
Burnside Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Smoked Berliner Weiss - Experimental Beer - ABV: 3.1 IBU: 2.2[!]
One of the least-bittered beers at the festival, this beer is all about the pilsner malt and the wheat malt hand-smoked with mesquite and applewood, brewed using a standard single infusion with a short kettle sour. It's cold fermented with the German 1007 ale yeast for a dry, crisp finish.
Calapooia Brewing Co. - Albany, OR - Santiamber - American-Style Amber/Red Ale - ABV: 5 IBU: 30
Named for one of Oregon's many scenic rivers, this is a rich, medium-bodied amber ale. Four different malts (two-row, crystal, DextraPils and acidulated malt) are moderately hopped with Willamette and Cascade hops for a finish rich in caramel and low in bitterness.
Caldera Brewing Co. - Ashland, OR - Dry Hop Mosaic IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 6.4 IBU: 100[!]
This fruity, hoppy American IPA joins premium two-row, light Munich and crystal malts with five healthy additions of Mosaic hops, including in the hop back and dry-hopping for extra hop flavor and aroma. Don't let the amber color fool you – this one has a noticeable hop presence.
Cascade Brewing - Portland, OR - Frite Gaulois - Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer - ABV: 7.4 IBU: 10
This NW style sour ale is a blend of Weizen, Saison and Blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with white Royal Ann cherries, orange peel and a touch of sea salt. Frite Gaulois is designed to be a very mild, summer ale with a light sour tartness.
Central City Brewers & Distillers - Surrey, BC - Red Betty Imperial IPA - Imperial India Pale Ale - ABV: 9 IBU: 90
Red Betty Imperial IPA is dry-hopped with whole leaf hops from the Yakima Valley, combined with Maris Otter English barley, which is floor-malted in age old tradition. Long maturation ensures plenty of flavor, with strong aromatics of grapefruit, tangerine and mango, and a sensational lasting bitterness.
Claim 52 Brewing - Eugene, OR - Runnermass - Fruit Wheat Beer - ABV: 3 IBU: 10@[!]
This Kölsch style pale ale was blended with a housemade lemon-lime soda to create a slight variation of the iconic and thirst-quenching Radler beer. The name is an homage to Claim 52's hometown, Tracktown USA – aka Eugene, OR – substituting the German word for cylist (radler) with “runner” and mass" meaning liter in German.
Coalition Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Honey Trap - Specialty Honey Beer - ABV: 4.5 IBU: 40
This supremely drinkable, crisp and clean seasonal ale will quench your thirst on these beautiful summer days. It features a blend of two-row barley and white wheat, accented with Bee Local honey. Single hopped with Galaxy, notes of tropical fruit intermingle with honey sweetness to create the perfect reason to cheat on your favorite beer. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone.
Collaborator - Portland, OR - Valley Vanilla Pale Ale - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.7 IBU: 20
The Collaborator Project is a collaboration between homebrewers in the Oregon Brew Crew and Widmer Brothers Brewing. This recipe was created by Jodi Campbell, the first solo female winner, and features a dose of vanilla bean in addition to pale, crystal, victory and honey malts. Magnum, Northern Brewer and East Kent Golding hops balance the sweet malt and vanilla flavors.
Deschutes Brewery - Bend, OR - Red Wheat - Dark American Wheat Beer - ABV: 4.5 IBU: 50
This beer is an American style wheat ale at heart, with a relatively neutral yeast character, medium bitterness and a unique hop flavor and aroma derived from several southern hemisphere hops. The use of caramel and roasted malts give a nice malt complexity and red hue that set this beer apart from other American style wheat beers.
Deschutes Brewery - Bend, OR - Gluten Free - Gluten-Free Beer - ABV: 5.6 IBU: 35
What is floral, fruity, packed full of citrus and 100% gluten free? Deschutes Brewery’s gluten free NW pale ale. This tasty beer uses 100% gluten free ingredients, with rice instead of barley in the mash. This beer gets crafty with its use of Nugget, Crystal and Bravo hops, and its sweet blend of Belgian candi syrup. Brewed especially for those who could use a little less gluten in their lives.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, DE - Glancing Blow English Pale Ale - English-Style Pale Mild Ale - ABV: 5 IBU: 35[!]
From the makers of 60, 90 and 120 minute IPA comes a moderately hopped English-style mild ale with a malt-forward flavor. Maris Otter and pilsner malts form the foundation, moderately bittered with Calypso and Citra hops. Another dash of Citras are used for dry-hopping for a little more crispness in the finish.
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom - Hood River, OR - Homestead - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 50
Double Mountain's house Belgian yeast strain sets this beer apart from most other American pale ales, lending phenolic and spicy flavors and aromas, including orange, lemon and a little resinous evergreen. This pale ale is a little lighter on the booze, and highly drinkable. Brewed in honor of the Homestead at Denison University.
Dunedin Brewery - Dunedin, FL - Mango Makrut Paradiso - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.8 IBU: 50[!]
Mango, makrut leaves and grains of paradise give this beer its unique fruity, spicy flavor. Pale malt, light crystal, victory and carapils malts form the grist and give it a light amber color. Summit & Nelson Sauvin hops in the boil provide the bitterness, and Hallertau Blanc hops in the whirlpool yield delicate, floral hop aromas.
Ecliptic Brewing - Portland, OR - Aurora Crimson Saison - French & Belgian-Style Saison - ABV: 5 IBU: 28
Aurora Crimson Saison is a summertime refresher that matches up well with food options at the festival. Its light malt flavor from pale, wheat and acidulated malt is accentuated by a spicy Belgian yeast character and balanced with Sterling hops. Aurora refers to the rhubarb, which also adds a radiant tart character to the beer.
Eel River Brewing Co. - Fortuna, CA - Emerald Triangle Session IPA - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.5 IBU: 37[!]
A crisp, light and refreshing session IPA loaded with notes of resinous pine and tropical fruits from the generous hopping of Magnum, Simcoe and Citra hops. The simple grist of American two-row malt ferments clean with the California Ale yeast, letting the hop flavors and aromas shine through.
Epic Brewing - Salt Lake City, UT - Hop Syndrome - American-Style Lager - ABV: 5 IBU: 33
German pilsner malt, American hops and American lager yeast give this beer a distinctly pleasing bitterness, with hop aromas ranging from sweet and tart to pine. Dry-hopping with Crystal, Calypso and Lemon Drop hops, plus an extra dose of Centennial in the hop back and 30 days of cold lagering add a clean, crisp finish.
Fearless Brewing Co. - Estacada, OR - Strawberry Cream Ale - American-Style Cream Ale - ABV: 4.9 IBU: 16[!]
Though Fearless is best known for its malty, Scottish style beers, once in a while they pull over to brew something just for fun, such as this light colored, light bodied cream ale finished with strawberries. Make a Fearless offering to the Viking gods as you sip this thirst quencher.
Fire Mountain Brewery - Carlton, OR - Paradise - Golden or Blonde Ale - ABV: 6.2 IBU: 36[!]
This is a true German blonde ale, down to the delicate German noble hops. A smooth ale with flavor but moderate bitterness, it's excellent with all foods.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Paso Robles, CA - Pivo - German-Style Pilsener - ABV: 5.3 IBU: 40
Pivo, named for the Slavic word for beer, is a traditional German style pilsner with the American twist of dry-hopping in the lagering tank for two to three weeks. Weyermann pilsner and carafoam malts form the grist, with a hop bill of German Magnum, Spalter Select and Sahir.
Fish Brewing Co. - Olympia, WA - Fish In A Barrel - Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer - ABV: 7.5 IBU: 25[!]
This beer gets its name from being aged in red wine barrels for three months. Pilsner, caramel, wheat and acidulated malts are balanced by Hallertauer hops. A Belgian saison yeast produces spicy esters and mild fruitiness, leaving a crisp, mildly acidic finish, while Brettanomyces Lambicu wild yeast produces cherry flavors. Can you say complexity?
Flat Tail Brewing Co. - Corvallis, OR - Big Green - Specialty Beer - ABV: 8 IBU: 50[!]
A grist of pilsner, light wheat, rolled oats and carafoam are balanced by a triple dose of Mosaic, Equinox and Cascade hops added 15 minutes before knockout, in the whirlpool, and for dry-hopping. A classic Belgian and French saison yeast blend ferments the wort without temperature control, lending peppery, mango and pineapple esters.
Flying Fish Brewing Co. - Somerdale, NJ - Cold Pressed Pale Ale - Coffee Beer - ABV: 4.6 IBU: 15[!]
Proof that you shouldn't drink with your eyes: this golden color beer features an ambitious coffee kick. Pilsner, aromatic, light Munich and honey malts give it the golden color. Cold pressed coffee from Revolution Coffee Roasters in Collingswood, NJ is added after primary fermentation. This is a true breakfast brew.
Fort George Brewery+Public House - Astoria, OR - Summer Stout - Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout - ABV: 5.25 IBU: 45[!]
This stout is just peachy. Really! Organic two-row, honey malt, midnight wheat and black barley give it the rich malt flavor and blackness, balanced with 100% Cascade hops. After an initial fermentation on the clean, crisp Fort George yeast, the beer gets a secondary fermentation on lots of organic peaches.
Fremont Brewing Co. - Seattle, WA - Summer Ale - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.2 IBU: 45@
Tangerine flower in a glass. Endless days distilled into a nectar of barley and hops. One grain, one hop. Simplicity – yet so much more.
Full Sail Brewing Co. - Hood River, OR - Session IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 5.1 IBU: 47
IPAs are insanely popular these days. But let’s face it, sometimes it feels like there’s a hops arms race going on. Enter Session IPA. It pours a deep gold color with aromas of orange and spice that lead to a light malty body with a crisp hoppy finish. Not too hoppy. Not too bitter. Not too malty. Just right. The brewers at Full Sail like to call it Session-ability!
Garage Project - Wellington, NZ - Venusian Pale Ale - Experimental Beer - ABV: 7.5 IBU: 60@
This down-under beer is brewed with spice additions (kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, coriander seed and fresh grapefruit peel) throughout the boil, and then again after primary fermentation. Brewed in collaboration with local Wellington artist Greg Broadmore and his Dr Grordbort" science fiction universe, the goal was to create a beer set in an alternative universe where colonial England traveled to outer space instead of India and created a VPA instead of IPA.
Garage Project - Wellington, NZ - Death From Above - Experimental Beer - ABV: 7.5 IBU: 60@
Brewed as an Indochine pale ale with the goal of melding aggressive American hop character with the sweet tropical heat of Southeast Asian flavors. Vietnamese mint and habanero chili are added during the boil, then the beer is conditioned on Southeast Asian mango, lime juice and Bird's Eye chili.
Gigantic Brewing - Portland, OR - Kölschtastic - German-Style Kölsch - ABV: 4.9 IBU: 20[!]
What makes this Kölsch stand out is the use of whole leaf hops in the Gigantic hop back, lending hop flavor without the bitterness usually associated with this style. Only the finest German pilsner malt enters the mash tun, and it's fermented with a German ale yeast that produces some of the fruity character of an ale, with a clean lager-like profile.
Gilgamesh Brewing - Salem, OR - Radler - Specialty Beer - ABV: 4 IBU: 16
A blend of pink grapefruit juice and a crisp Bavarian lager fermented at kölsch temperatures, this citrus beer blend was created to refresh the body and relax the mind.
GoodLife Brewing Co. - Bend, OR - Jay Bird - Light American Wheat Beer - ABV: 6 IBU: 18[!]
Brewed with 100% Amarillo hops, this light wheat ale pours clear and delicious with huge hop flavors of grapefruit and citrus. A refreshing, thirst-quenching ale on a hot summer day.
Great Divide Brewing - Denver, CO - Whitewater - Light American Wheat Beer - ABV: 6.1 IBU: 35
A good example of this quintessentially American style wheat, this golden ale is made from two-row, white wheat andlLight Munich malts. Moderately hopped with Simcoe and Goldings, its neutral yeast is highly attenuative and accentuates hop flavors.
Green Flash Brewing Co. - San Diego , CA - Soul Style IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 6.5 IBU: 75
This beer's 75 IBUs come primarily from Warrior hops, with Citra, Cascade and Simcoe late in the boil and as dry-hops for plenty of hoppy aroma. Pale malt, crystal malt and Vienna malt create a wort that is fermented clean and dry with a California ale yeast. Hopheads will love this one.
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub - Seattle, WA - Supergoose IPA - English-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 6.9 IBU: 67
Called a benchmark Northwest IPA" by the Tacoma News Tribune, this beer is heavily hopped – but well balanced. It's light amber in color with berry, pink grapefruit and lychee in the aroma. Hops include Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe, providing an exquisite grapefruit finish. It's fermented by an English yeast strain that's over 100 years old.
Hop Valley Brewing - Eugene, OR - Pils to pay the Bills - German-Style Pilsener - ABV: 4.7 IBU: 20[!]
This is an all-German beer made right here in Oregon. Five hop additions, starting with German Magnum at first wort followed by four doses of German Hallertau and Tettnang, give this beer hoppy flavor without excessive bitterness. The grist consists of pilsner, carafoam and acidulated malts, and the yeast is a Southern German lager strain. It's a crisp, slightly bitter beer, with an herbal/spicy noble hop character.
Hopworks Urban Brewing - Portland, OR - Evie Radshine - American-Style Fruit Beer - ABV: 3.7 IBU: 40[!]
Imperial Evie Sunshine is HUB's summer Imperial IPA. The brewers took this hoppy, rich and golden beer and blended it with 50% organic lemon soda to create Evie Radshine, a summer session beer that is light and fruity with just the right amount of hops and body.
Kaapse Brouwers - Rotterdam, NL - Kaapse Koen - Rye Beer - ABV: 8.4 IBU: 86@[!]
Unique to the festival as Kaapse Brouwers makes its Oregon Brewers Festival debut, Kaapse Koen is fermented and lagered on whiskey barrels to lend a slightly sweet hint of smokiness. The rye gives the brew a dry, crisp character and accentuates the beer's aggressive hop profile.
Klamath Basin Brewing - Klamath Falls, OR - Spud Muffin Pale Ale - Specialty Beer - ABV: 5.2 IBU: 30[!]
This spud's for you! Klamath Basin used 300 pounds of russet potatoes sourced locally from a farmer in the Klamath Basin. Besides the spuds, fermentables include premium Northwest two-row, carapils and Vienna malts, balanced by Summit, Cascade, Centennial and Meridian hops. The clean-fermenting American ale yeast produces a medium-bodied, refreshing brew.
Kona Brewing Co. - Kailua-Kona, HI - Big Wave - Golden or Blonde Ale - ABV: 4.4 IBU: 21
Big Wave is a lighter bodied golden ale with a tropical hop aroma and flavor – a smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale, perfect after a day out on the water. The use of caramel malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and a special blend of Millennium, Galaxy and Citra hops provides a bright quenching finish.
Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL, - Sucks 366 - Imperial India Pale Ale - ABV: 8 IBU: 63[!]
A variation of Lagunitas' year round Lagunitas Sucks," 366 has flavors of mandarin orange and tangerine as well as some peppery notes. This beer is very resinous in mouthfeel, like pine sap coating the insides of the mouth, making for a lot of lip-smacking. In other words, this beer is lip-smacking good!
Laht Neppur Brewing Co. - Milton-Freewater, OR - Flaming Peach - Experimental Beer - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 18[!]
Continuing its tradition of showing the fine beers that can be made from peaches, this time Laht Neppur added peach concentrates, spices and even Cayenne peppers to the brew – not with a heavy hand, but just enough heat to complement the sweetness of the peaches. A simple grain and hop bill and a clean-fermenting yeast allow the peaches and spices to shine.
Laurelwood Brewing Co. - Portland, OR - Hipster Sunburn - French & Belgian-Style Saison - ABV: 5 IBU: 18
Traditionally, farmhouse beers were made in France and Belgium to refresh the farmhands in the hot summers days. Hipster Sunburn makes you want to turn your jeans into jorts and cut a deep-V into your dirty white T-shirt. (Kidding! Put those scissors down!) This was brewmaster Shane Watterson’s first Laurelwood beer and is still one of his favorite summer sippers.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Hood River, OR - Aberrant - Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale - ABV: 8.2 IBU: 36
Logsdon uses two different strains of yeast sourced from Belgium for this beer. While one strain provides abbey-like esters and phenols, the other brings a crisp drying character that makes this beer deceptively drinkable despite the high alcohol. The beer is then keg conditioned with organic cane sugar to achieve a velvety carbonation with a thick, long lasting head.
Lompoc Brewing - Portland, OR - Saison de l'Evolution - French & Belgian-Style Saison - ABV: 5.8 IBU: 25
This hazy Belgian style farmhouse ale is dry and crisp with plenty of fruitiness complemented by a spicy bitterness, obtained by adding candied ginger, coriander and dried orange and lemon peel to the kettle at the end of the boil. Saison de l'Evolution represents Lompoc's commitment to change and evolution in the brewing industry and beyond.
Lucky Labrador Brewing - Portland, OR - 20th Anniversary IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 5.7 IBU: 96
Motivated by the acoustic and rhythmic inspiration of Rush, Lucky Lab brewed this IPA to celebrate 20 years of brewing in the world's best beer city. Pale, dark Munich and dextrapils malts create the amber-colored wort, boiled with Amarillo, Simcoe and Summit hops. It's dry-hopped with Cascade and Glacier hops. Did we mention hops? Oh, by the way: hops.
Mad River Brewing Co. - Blue Lake, CA - Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B. - Extra Special Bitter - ABV: 5.4 IBU: 46.3[!]
Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B is a classic English-style Extra Special Bitter. Light and crisp, this refreshing session ale is brewed with mostly pale and aromatic malts and a dash of carastan. Full malty flavor and mouthfeel are balanced by a continental hop profile provided by Fuggle and Golding hops.
Maui Brewing Co. - Kihei, HI - Kihei Kölsch - German-Style Kölsch - ABV: 5.2 IBU: 45
This light, crisp, flavorful ale is brewed with the lightest German pilsner malts; a blend of traditional noble hops from the old world; spicy, citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest; and a true-to-style yeast. This beer will cleanse the palate, refresh, and offer a unique, traditional and fresh flavor that is otherwise nearly impossible to find this far from the Rhine.
Maximus Brouwerij - Utrecht, NL - Salvator - Specialty Beer - ABV: 7 IBU: 47
You know English style IPAs and West Coast IPAs, but why always ales? This one uses a bottom-fermenting yeast at cool temperatures to turn this hoppy classic into a lager. Northern Brewer and Magnum hops in the boil, Cascade and Bramling Cross at flame-out, and Bramling Cross and Centennial as dry-hops give this beer its IPA-like hop character. Lagering keeps the flavor smooth.
Mazama Brewing Co. - Corvallis, OR - Rasplendent - Belgian-Style Fruit Beer - ABV: 5.4 IBU: 13
What could be more refreshing for a summer beer than crisp, juicy raspberries? Add hibiscus and it drinks like a glass of raspberry lemonade, but with a nice head of foam and a light touch of hops.
McMenamins Edgefield Brewery - Troutdale, OR - Quatrophenia ISA - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.6 IBU: 44[!]
Four flaming stars aligned in the night sky, shone their varicolored light upon a silent brewery, and cast a celestial spell upon the brewers. The result is a satisfying, sessionable ale, bounded on four sides by cosmic order, reason, truth and love, that gets the most out of the Simcoe, Galaxy and Meridian hops used throughout the brew and for dry-hopping. This beer is compact, bold and drinkable.
Melvin Brewing - Jackson & Alpine , WY - Melvin - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 7.5 IBU: 60@
Moderately hard mountain spring water soaks the two-row and crystal malts in the mash and runs off into a kettle dosed up three times with hops of the C and S variety. Another dose of the same for dry-hopping, fermented with Chico yeast and bam! Beer, created by a PSU grad.
New Belgium Brewing Co. - Fort Collins, CO - B-Side Peach IPA - Specialty Beer - ABV: 6 IBU: 60[!]
This IPA gets its citrus the most direct way: it's infused with organic peach concentrate, also lending some fruity sweetness. Salmon-safe Bravo and Amarillo hops also contribute some citrusy flavors and aromas as well as a bracing bitterness. Munich and pale malt comprise the grist and give the beer its golden color.
No-Li Brewhouse - Spokane, WA - Mosh Pit - American-Style Fruit Beer - ABV: 7.5 IBU: 15
Northwest two-row pale malt is fermented with loads of cranberry and cherry purees from Oregon Fruit Products. This handcrafted fruit beer contains no flavorings, artificial colors or preservatives – only the highest quality Northwest fruit, malt and hops. This tart fruit beer is a mosh pit of sweet and tart, keeping your taste buds coming back for more.
Oedipus Brewing - Amsterdam, NL - Vogelen - Berliner-Style Weisse - ABV: 4 IBU: 0
Ever tried a dry-hopped Berliner Weiss? Here's your chance. This light-bodied brew is kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with American ale yeast. Oedipus used only a late addition of Cascade hops in the boil and then dry-hopped it with Chinook, Simcoe and Centennial, yielding a 0 IBU beer with a hoppy aroma and a tart finish.
Oedipus Brewing - Amsterdam, NL - Mannenliefde - French & Belgian-Style Saison - ABV: 6 IBU: 25
Szechuan peppers add to the beer's natural pepperiness from its saison yeast, and lemongrass helps balance the Sorachi Ace hops used in producing this Dutch beer. East Kent Goldings are used for a gentle bittering with Citra and Sorachi Ace hops for aroma. Pilsner, wheat and biscuit malts balance its soft hop profile and provide its amber hue.
Oedipus Brewing - Amsterdam, NL - Thai Thai Tripel - Belgian-Style Tripel - ABV: 8 IBU: 25
A Thai spice dish in a beer! A simple mash of 100% pilsner malt is bittered lightly with East Kent Goldings and a dose of Ctitra and Sorachi Ace at flameout. Galanga root, orange peel, coriander seeds, lemongrass and chili pepper give this beer its spicy and peppery character, rather than the traditional sweetness of most tripels, with a hint of citrus fruit.
Oersoep - Nijmegen, NL - Brettalicious - Brett Beer - ABV: 6 IBU: 35[!]
A mash of pilsner, Munchener, oats and malted wheat are moderately hopped with East Kent Goldings and Centennial hops, then fermented in one of Oersoep's four 7,000 liter foeders (wooden barrels). Every foeder maintains a different micro-climate of Brettanomyces yeasts and bacteria. The specific foeder gives its own taste and character to the beer.
Old Town Brewing - Portland, OR - 1-Up Mushroom Ale - Experimental Beer - ABV: 6 IBU: 30[!]
1-Up Mushroom Ale is designed to give extra life to the risk takers of the world. The use of Candy Cap mushrooms gives this unique beer a sweet, wood-aged character that balances nicely with its bitterness and complex frame.
Omission Beer - Portland, OR - Free Radical Lager - Gluten-free Beer - ABV: 4.5 IBU: 15[!]
Free Radical is a gluten-free lager brewed with açaí berry purée and real barley, specially crafted to remove gluten. A traditional berry flavor is highlighted by hints of bitter chocolate finishes in this beer brewed exclusively for the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival. The festival is also the only location Omission beer is available on draft.
Panhead Custom Ales - Wellington, NZ - Johnny Octane - Imperial Red Ale - ABV: 8 IBU: 80@
Continuous whirlpool hop backing gives this Kiwi beer its intense hop aroma and flavor. Chinook, Columbus and Centennial join the wort in the boil, while the dry-hop regimen includes Simcoe, Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin hops. Somewhere in all that hoppiness, a grist of New Zealand ale, light toffee, Shepherd's Delight and Aurora malts compete for attention.
ParrotDog - Wellington, NZ - RiwakaSecret - Imperial India Pale Ale - ABV: 7.9 IBU: 70@
This double IPA showcases two unique New Zealand and Australian hop varieties, Riwaka and Victoria Secret, used in both the boil and as dry-hops. Pale ale, pilsner and light caramel malts give the beer its malty flavor and golden hue, and an American ale yeast ferments it clean so the hops shine through.
Payette Brewing Co. - Boise, ID - Leaning Barb Farmhouse Ale - French & Belgian-Style Saison - ABV: 4.2 IBU: 15
Shade can be hard to come by in the summer, and a barn – even a leaning one – is welcome shelter from the sun. This ale has a light, refreshing flavor with lemon and orange citrus aromas, a touch of tart and a dry finish. Payette brews it in the spring, just in time to make it a part of your summer survival kit.
PINTS Urban Brewery - Portland, OR - Honey Bunches of Oats - Specialty Beer - ABV: 5.3 IBU: 24@[!]
If you are looking for a great breakfast beer, you can stop. Grab a spoon and head over to the PINTS tap! This beer has every pronounceable ingredient from a classic cereal, including American pale two-row, wheat, flaked corn, flaked rice, flaked oats, white sugar, Belgian dark candi sugar and Oregon honey. You can have your cereal and drink it, too.
Port Townsend Brewing Co. - Port Townsend, WA - The S.H.I.P. - American-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 45[!]
This beer is part of a Single Hop Imagination Pale (S.H.I.P.) series at Port Townsend. In this case, the hop is Simcoe – three additions in the boil plus dry-hops, on top of Great Western two-row pale and caramel malts, as well as flaked barley. A clean, hop-friendly California ale yeast ensures the flavors and aromas of the Simcoe shine through.
Portland Brewing - Portland, OR - Super S.M.A.S.H. - American-Style Strong Pale Ale - ABV: 7 IBU: 60[!]
This is an amped up version of Portland Brewing's new summer seasonal – same malt and same hops, but more of them. The malt is exclusively Goldpils Vienna malt, and Simcoe hops are added at three different stages of the boil and in the whirlpool. Portland's house ale yeast gives this beer a crisp, clean flavor.
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub - Pendleton, OR - Huckleberry Wheat - Fruit Wheat Beer - ABV: 5.3 IBU: 18.1
A blend of wild Blue Mountain huckleberries and natural huckleberry flavor are added during the conditioning of this beer to add a tart, Northwest sweetness to this easy-drinking ale. About half the grist is white wheat malt, with the balance made up by pale two-row, Vienna and acidulated malt. CTZ and Mt. Hood hop levels are kept low to let the fruit shine through.
Ramses Bier - Hooge Zwaluwe, NL - Antenne Tripel - Belgian-Style Tripel - ABV: 8.8 IBU: 65
Organic honey from Noli Me Tángere supplements a 100% pilsner malt grist in the boil, which enjoys 120 minutes of continuous hopping with Columbus hops. This beer changes with its temperature: when served cold the hops prevail, but as it warms up the honey will gradually present itself, as will the low concentrations of fruity and estery aromas.
Rogue Ales - Newport, OR - Imperial Smoked Lager - Smoke Beer - ABV: 9.5 IBU: 35[!]
A collision between two German classic styles, Lichtenhainer and Berliner Weisse, this Imperial Smoked Lager was crafted with a special strain of yeast that ferments a high alcohol lager. With a light smoke aroma and flavor up front, a robust body showcases Rogue Farms Liberty Hops and ends with a slightly tart finish.
Rooie Dop & RUIG - Maarssen, NL - Smoked Session Oatmeal Stout - Oatmeal Stout - ABV: 3.9 IBU: 40[!]
Rogue Imperial Smoked Lager is crafted with seven ingredients including smoked malts, Rogue Farms McKercher Wheat and a proprietary strain of yeast. With a robust body showcasing Rogue Farms Liberty Hops, Rogue Imperial Smoked Lager starts with a light smoke aroma and ends with a clean finish.
Seven Brides Brewing - Silverton, OR - Crooked Finger IPA - American-Style India Pale Ale - ABV: 6.3 IBU: 70
When urgent care, safety meetings and electrical tape can’t help you, this will. A pale malt bill provides a base from which local hops smack of lemon and tangelo. Then it's dry-hopped without regard to hop safety!The aroma is brisk and citrusy. Cheers to all of us who have put a finger where it didn’t belong.
Sixpoint Brewery - Brooklyn, NY - Little Raspy - Berliner-Style Weisse - ABV: 4.5 IBU: 7[!]
This tart, light refresher is dosed up with raspberry puree, a great complement to the tartness provided by the lactobacillus. Euro pils, wheat and light Munich malts form a golden base that turns purple when the raspberries are added. Four low doses of Hull Melon hops late in the boil keep the bitterness low, just enough to balance.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - San Francisco, CA - Baby Daddy IPA - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.7 IBU: 35
The first edition of Speakeasy's Session 47 Series, Baby Daddy is an easy drinking unfiltered session IPA. Sunny straw in color and loaded with hops, the aroma and flavor yield citrus and tropical notes: grapefruit, melon, lime, passion fruit and a touch of spice. Baby Daddy has a full balanced body, with a crisp finish and low bitterness – ideal for long afternoons with friends.
Sprecher Brewery - Glendale , WI - Abbey Triple - Belgian-Style Tripel - ABV: 8.5 IBU: 12
One of the few high-alcohol beers on the low-hop side of the spectrum, this beer's 12 IBUs come from the three additions of noble Goldings over a two-hour boil. This award-winning beer's fermentables are Pilsen malt, wheat malt and oats, fermented by a Belgian yeast with high alcohol tolerance yielding fruity, estery complexity. Unfiltered, its clarity comes from being lagered for three months.
StormBreaker Brewing - Portland, OR - Mississippi Red Dry Hopped Red - American-Style Amber/Red Ale - ABV: 5.9 IBU: 29@
An homage to the street this brewery now calls home, this Citra dry-hopped red gives the appearance of an IPA to the nose and with hops apparent on the palate, but it's balanced with caramel flavors for a smooth finish. It's fermented at warmer temperatures to accentuate its hop character and increased fruitiness.
Sunriver Brewing Co. - Sunriver, OR - Oh MANdarin! White IPA - Specialty Beer - ABV: 6.2 IBU: 50@[!]
This IPA is specialty-built for summer with a complex flavor profile: spice and clove from Belgian witbier yeast, bready sweetness from imported pilsner malt and malted wheat, and bright citrus flavors from Mandarina Bavaria hops, fresh orange peel and coriander. This tasty beverage is dry, fruity and mildly tart
Terminal Gravity Brewing - Enterprise, OR - Wallowa Lake Lager - American-Style Pilsener - ABV: 4.75 IBU: 37
Wallowa Lake Lager is a pre-prohibition style pilsner. Light in body, the grist is comprised primarily of six-row brewer's malt, with some two-row malt and flaked maize. Its prominent hop finish comes from Cluster, Crystal and Ultra hops. A neutral yeast leaves the beer clean, crisp and sessionable.
The Lost Abbey - San Marcos, CA - Witches Wit - Belgian-Style Witbier - ABV: 4.8 IBU: 10@
Orange blossom honey, sweet and bitter orange peel and coriander make this Belgian witbier special. Golden in color, light-bodied and refreshing, its grist of two-row, unmalted wheat and rolled oats produce a highly fermentable wort, hopped by Amarillos and turned into beer by the hard-working Belgian Wit yeast. This beer is flavorful, refreshing and very Belgian.
Three Creeks Brewing Co. - Sisters, OR - Hop Damme - Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale - ABV: 7 IBU: 25[!]
This beer offers a bipolar twist on the classic Belgian golden ale. A unique abbey ale yeast, Belgian grown pilsner malt and Styrian Golding hops form the base, which is then dry-hopped in the Northwest tradition using a proprietary blend of the brewer's favorite hops, thus creating a double impact of Belgian and American flavors.
Tuatara Brewing - Wellington, NZ - Sauvinova - International-Style Pale Ale - ABV: 5.2 IBU: 38@[!]
All New Zealand-grown malt and hops are featured in this IPA. Pale and light crystal malts yield the light amber fermentables. The light malt body and neutral American ale yeast allow the intense tropical fruit and passion fruit aromas of its multiple doses of Sauvin hops to shine through.
Uiltje Crafty Beer - Haarlem, NL - CC:Porter - Coffee Beer - ABV: IBU: 50
If you are into coconut, this liquified Bounty bar (think Almond Joy without the almonds) is the beer for you. Chopped up coconut chunks and Guatemalan Antica Pastores coffee provide hints of coffee and full blown coconut aroma. Pale, amber, cara50 and chocolate malts, roasted barley and a bit of heavily peated malt get balanced by Challenger, Simcoe and East Kent Golding hops.
Upright Brewing - Portland, OR - Golden Goat - French-Style Bière de Garde - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 20[!]
Golden Goat is a Bière de Garde, employing the traditionally French method of lager yeast fermentation at an elevated temperature. It's set apart from classic examples by the addition of two ingredients – sun dried black lime and a secret herb grown in arid mountain regions, yielding a smooth yet complex brew.
Uptown Market - Beaverton, OR - USA (Uptown Session Ale) - Session Beer - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 28@
Uptown keeps it simple with two-row, crystal malts, a dash of rye malt and 100% Crystal hops, which give a wonderful citrus, floral note to the beer and nose that some mistake for Mosaic or Citra. Sometimes oldies are goodies, and a hop that has been around since the 90s (while oft-over looked by many brewers) finally gets a well-deserved spotlight.
Vertigo Brewing - Hillsboro, OR - Lemongrass Wheat - Light American Wheat Beer - ABV: 5.6 IBU: 17[!]
An unfiltered American wheat beer brewed with more than 35% white wheat base malt provides a hazy wheaty backbone for the citrus zest in this ale. Lemongrass and lemon peel provide a citrusy aroma and fruit flavor profile, bittered just enough for balance with Sylva hops.
Victory Brewing Co. - Downingtown, PA - Prima Pils - German-Style Pilsener - ABV: 5.3 IBU: 55
Prima is a German exclamation of joy – a recognition of accomplishment that escaped from the brewers' lips the first time they sampled this mighty pilsner. Heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts achieved the bracing herbal bite and smooth malt flavor they sought. All German malt subtleties linger beneath a long, dry finish of this classic quencher.
Viking Braggot Co. - Eugene, OR - Gypsy Tears - Specialty Honey Beer - ABV: 5.6 IBU: 56
Braggot is a hybrid of beer and mead (a honey wine). Viking uses a large amount of Oregon clover honey in each brew – roughly 30-40% of the fermentable sugar – to create the ancient style of braggot you're tasting today. Organic hibiscus flowers lend a berry-like, fruity and floral flavor and aroma, while blueberries add a touch of tart sweetness.
Walking Man Brewing - Stevenson, WA - Littlefoot ISA - Session India Pale Ale - ABV: 4.4 IBU: 55
This golden, hoppy IPA gets its hop character from hop bursting" – all hops added at the end of the boil – with Centennial, Ella and an experimental hop. It's also dry-hopped for three days in the fermenter with Ella and Centennial. Maris Otter, Rahr two-row, Vienna and Munich malts provide the fermentables and golden color.
Wasatch Brewery - Salt Lake City, UT - Ghostrider White IPA - American-Style Strong Pale Ale - ABV: 6 IBU: 50
Two-row pale, Pilsen, Vienna and unmalted red wheat give this beer its white" hue and generous amounts of fermentables. Summit and Cascade hops provide the bitterness and hop flavor. Wasatch's yeast leaves a full bodied flavor in the finished beer, yet dry, with little to no diacetyl. The spiciness you taste comes from cracked coriander steeped during the boil.
Widmer Brothers Brewing - Portland, OR - Widmeritaville - Experimental Beer - ABV: 5.8 IBU: 10
This brew combines the tart, salty sweetness of a Gose and the citrusy, spiciness of a Belgian Wit. The base beer is kettle soured with lactobacillus. Salt, coriander, bitter orange peel and grapefruit peel join the boil. Fresh grapefruit and lime are added before aging in Mezcal barrels, then it's blended with an unaged batch, resulting in a tart, refreshing beer with notes of lime, grapefruit, smoke and saltiness. In short, it tastes like a margarita!
Wild Ride Brewing - Redmond, OR - Quencher - Session Beer - ABV: 4.2 IBU: 20[!]
Quencher is a session beer brewed for the consumer who's looking for an easy-drinking, full-flavored refreshing beer. Premium malts, including two-row, white wheat, carapils, acidulated and light caramel malts are balanced by Northern Brewer hops in the boil, and the tropical Citra hop during the whirlpool. Calamansie lime is added to this ale to bring a pleasant aroma and slight tart flavor, which is then balanced by the addition of ginger. Golden in color, and low in alcohol and bitterness, this beer is approachable and won't wear down your palate.
Worthy Brewing Co. - Bend, OR - A Walk on the Wild Side - Herb and Spice Beer - ABV: 5.5 IBU: 30@[!]
This beer was originally brewed for the Oregon Natural Desert Association and its Beers Made By Walking event. Sage collected in the High Desert of Central Oregon, yarrow and buckwheat add earthy spiciness to the flavor and aromas, complementing the Sterling and Perle hops used for bittering and hop flavor. The saison yeast is estery, peppery, spicy and citrusy.
Yeastie Boys - Wellington, NZ - Gunnamatta - American-Style Strong Pale Ale - ABV: 6.5 IBU: 52@[!]
This is a modern cult classic inspired by the pale ales that traveled from England to the East Indies and all that precious tea that returned on those same ships. Gunnamatta uses judicious amounts of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea to generate a floral and citrus aroma with the quenching dry finish of an iced tea. This is a truly unique new world India Pale Ale with a decidedly old world twist.