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.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ecliptic Brewing Releases UltraViolet and Aurora in Bottles

Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, has released the two newest additions to its seasonal and specialty beer lines, UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale and Aurora Crimson Saison, available in bottles now.

“We’ve had a lot of fun creating these two new summer releases, both of which are great hot weather thirst quenchers,” said owner and head brewmaster John Harris.  “The response to both beers has been really enthusiastic, and we’re excited to make these available to our wider distribution network in bottles.”

About UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale
This beer is brewed with Oregon Blackberries, soured in the brewhouse and fermented with Belgian yeast.  The result is a tart and crisp sour ale, with ripe blackberry flavors radiating through it like cosmic rays traversing the universe. Available in limited edition 22 oz. bottles.
IBU: 11
ABV: 7.5%

About Aurora Crimson Saison
Aurora is named after the colorful cosmic rays seen in the northern sky. This Saison is brewed for summertime refreshment. A light malt flavor is accentuated by the spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The crimson comes from the addition of rhubarb, which adds a radiant tart character to the beer. Hopped to balance with Sterling hops. Available in 22 oz. bottles.

IBU: 28
ABV: 5%

Ecliptic beers are available in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma) and Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham).