Thursday, June 11, 2015

Portland Fruit Beer Festival Preview

 This Friday through Sunday Burnside brewing hosts the annual Portland Ruit Beer festival.  I had the opportunity to try some of the beers that will be at the fest this year and I for one am extremely excited to try more.  This years festival has been expanded into an adjacent lot adding 40% more area.
    I tried a lot of great beers and that was just a fraciton of the ones that will be at the fest.  Should be a great time this weekend.

John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing describes
his Ultra Violet Blackberry Sour
Ecliptic Brewing - Ultra Violet Blackberry Sour Ale
Brewed with Oregon blackberry puree from Oregon Fruit Products and kettle soured with Nancy's Greek yogurt and Belgian yeast. The result is a tart and crisp sour ale with great blackberry flavor. 7.5% ABV

Burnside Brewing - Peaches of Immortality
Brewed by Natalie Baldwin, this kettle soured peach farmhouse ale is cold infused with french lavender.  The peach character comes from Oregon pureed peaches. giving it a dry, crisp and refreshing tart peach flavor. When I tried this beer it was still young and needed some finishing but was still great as it was.  The lavender was present but not too in your face. 6.2% ABV 3 IBU

Laurelwood Brewing - There Gose the Neighborhood. 
Gose (Go-suh) is an old German wheat beer style that uses salt and coriander to spice the beer. For There Gose the Neighborhood, Jacobson Seasalt from the Oregon coast was used.  Sea salt, over table salt, gives a much more brine-y flavor that is not as sharp as table salt.  The fruit portion of this beer is a boysenberry puree from Oregon Fruit, and it compliments the salt and coriander nicely. 5.1% ABV 8 IBU

Alameda Brewing - Berried by Night CDA
With over 130 lbs of blackberries and 7 different hops including Ella, Centennial, Citra, Cascade and Azacca this beer was one of the most unique beers of the evening.  Lots of hop flavor and aroma, took the lead on this beer but the blackberry was definitely present in the flavor profile.  Adding fruit to this beer was achieved by adding 85% of the berries in the boil with the rest going into the fermenter. This multilayered beer had another dimension with the roasted malt, not enough to take away from the main players of the fruit and hops but enough to add to the complexity of the beer. A truly unique beer that is an absolute must try for any hop lover at the Fruit Beer Fest.

Fort George Brewery - Pucker Pi Beer
Jack Harris talked about the kettle soured version of their strawberry and rhubarb Pi Beer. With 40 lbs of 30 lbs of rhubarb achieved a pH of 3.52 after the addition of Nancy's greek yogurt to the kettle.  A very fruit forward beer with not much given from the about even grain bill of wheat and Pilsner malt.

2 Towns Ciderhouse - Peach Saison Cider
Tart Fresh pressed NW apples and Oregon white peaches have been fermented with French Saison yeast giving it a spicy and phenolic taste.  This beer had lots of peach aromatic and tasted like a biting into an apple.  The beer uses 2.5 lbs of peaches /gallon.

Widmer Brothers Brewing - Fresh Strawberries
This tart Farmhouse saison was a collaboration with CODA brewing from Aurora, Colorado.  Using a saison as a base they added fresh strawberries and then kettle soured the beer with lacto to increase the tartness and balance out of the sweetness of the fruit.  Wyeast 3726, French Saison, Yeast was used to add a subtle spiciness. to the aroma and flavor.

Oakshire Brewing - Stone Free Cranberry Ginger Wild Ale
Stone free is a blend of Brett fermented Berliner Weisse and a wine barrel aged sour golden ale aged on cranberries and ginger.  It's a deep pink beer with a tart fruit, funky and bready aromas. Stone Free has both sweet and tart flavor with a mild spicy ginger and crispy and dry tangy finish. The ginger and cranberry are both nicely layered and present in both the aroma and flavor.  Another Nancy's yogurt, kettle soured beer, with 1 lb of Oregon Fruit Company puree added at a rate of 1 lb/gallon. The name comes from the cranberries ability to rid the body of kidney stones.

And finally last but not least:

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider - Ghost Chili Tepache Pineapple Cider
A collaboration with Burnside brewing this is the perfect balance of spice and sweet.  The spice was just enough to give you a slight heat in the back of your throat but not enough to start a brow sweat. This is an extremely limited beer at the festival only, there will also be 60 cases of bottles available to purchase at the fest.  If you go to the festival definately try this, Amazing!

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