16 Beers at Oregon Brewers Festival

  
I attended OBF on Thursday afternoon. In my five hours at the fest, I managed to taste 16 three ounce samples. Since I only sampled ~18% of the beers, I don't think it's appropriate for me to publish a list of beers to try and avoid. Instead, I'll share some of my random thoughts and observations about OBF '14:  

  • Slightly overcast days (as long as it's not raining) are ideal for beer festivals. It was cloudy for portions of the afternoon, and the lack of excess heat and sun worked for me.
  • Beer geeks like to take notes. I was surprised by the number of people that were carefully recording their thoughts as they tasted their beer. 
  • I love drinking beer out of glass (rather than the plastic mugs of yore)!  I missed OBF last year (the first year glass was allowed) due to the Beer Bloggers Conference. So this was my first time drinking beer at OBF with a glass. It really enhanced the experience! Not only does plastic obscure the beauty of the beer, it smells.
  • SOUR BEER RISES! I think three Berliner Weisse beers were served this year. This tart style was virtually unknown to most beer drinkers a few years ago. In addition, several beers used sour mash techniques, and a few were made with Brett (short for Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that is the mortal enemy of the wine makers). These developments make me happy!
  • More water = more beer.  I carried a re-fillable water bottle with me and drank about 6 oz. after each sample. Good hydration also means no hangover. Win-win.   
  • Lines were virtually non-existent until 5pm. Once lines are about 10 people deep, I'm outta there!
  • OK, if you MUST know, my favorite taste of the day was Oakshire's 7. This Baltic Porter was aged in barrels with tart cherries. Simply amazing! This was served in the Speciality Tent and is likely long gone. If you ever come across it again. Don't miss it!
  • Overall, I enjoyed all of the beers I tasted. I usually dump a few. But not this year.
  • There were so many others I wanted to sample. Unfortunately, my time and liver are finite.

Until next year...

What were your favorites tastes? Any unique OBF observations?


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Evening at McMenamins' 13th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest


I've been visiting McMenamins' Cornelius Pass Roadhouse frequently over the years. It's located close to my work, and is a convenient spot to meet co-workers for Happy Hour. However, in all that time, I've never visited their annual on-site beer fest. That finally changed this past weekend when I attended the 13th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest.

They had 10 beers on tap. Not a large number compared to most brewfests, but the taplist was well thought out and offered a broad diversity of styles. Also, for the first time, they invited breweries from outside the McMenamins' family to participate. Vertigo, Heater Allen, Two Kilts, and Three Mugs were some of the guest breweries.

The space is what surprised me. Although I've been visiting the Roadhouse for years, I never ventured outside behind Imbrie Hall. They've got some large open spaces and beautiful landscaping in their backyard! This was a family-friendly festival and my kids had a great time playing on the grounds, while we supervised (with beers in hand, of course).

I enjoyed all the beers I tasted. A few of them are shown in a photo below. A special shout-out goes to my favorite beer of the day, the Roadhouse's own Grapefruit Session Ale brewed by Chris Oslin and Brady Romtvedt. This 4.6% ABV light-bodied blonde ale had plenty of bright grapefruit hop flavors, but without overwhelming hop bitterness. I don't know if grapefruit was actually used to make this beer, but I could taste grapefruit rind. My wife doesn't like overly hoppy beers, and she loved it.

Overall, it was a great evening! I'll be adding future Roadhouse Brewfests to my crowded summer beer fest calendar. If you'd like to learn more about the McMenamins' brewing philosophy, check out the short two-minute video at the end of this post. If you're into small-batch beers, it's definitely worth a view.







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OBF '14: The Mobile Site


Oregon Brewers Festival 2014 opens today at noon! There are plenty of beers to try and a lot of ground to cover, so I like to have a plan of attack. Normally, I'd print the taplist, mark the beers I plan to taste, schlep the list and a pencil around the fest with me, and cross off the beers as I taste them. As you can imagine, a plastic pocket protector would complete the outfit nicely.

This year, I'm trying something new. OBF has a mobile site that has everything you need in one place! You can see full descriptions for each of the 88 main tent beers. In addition, you can sort beers by name, trailer, color, alcohol content, and bitterness. You can even rate the beers, and create your own personal tasting list. I think it might even do your taxes for you.

So check out the OBF Mobile Site by visiting http://coaster.me/home. For those of you that insist on doing it the old-fashioned way, the complete list of beers is below.

The taplist looks great! So pace yourself, drink plenty of water in between beers, and have great time!


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Oregon Brewers Festival
2014 Taplist

Brewery
City
State
Beer Name
Beer Style
10 Barrel Brewing Co
Bend
OR
Cider Weisse
Berliner Style Weiss blended with green apple cider
13 Virtues Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Hoptimal Results Imperial IPA 
Imperial IPA
21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco
CA
Hell or High Watermelon Wheat
Wheat Beer
Alameda Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Waterfront Park Extra Pale Ale
Extra Pale Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co
Juneau
AK
Hopothermia Double IPA
Imperial IPA
Amnesia Brewing Co
Washougal
WA
Crystal Red
NW Red Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Co
Boonville
CA
Summer Solstice
Summer Cream Ale
Ashtown Brewing Co
Longview
WA
Blackberry IPA
NW IPA w/Fruit
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
San Diego
CA
Sculpin IPA
IPA
Bayern Brewing
Missoula
MT
Bayern Amber
Amber
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Cloverdale
CA
Grand-Am
American Pale Ale
Beer Valley Brewing
Ontario
OR
Heavy Sugars Honey Ale
Honey Ale
Boneyard Beer
Bend
OR
Bone-A-Fide
Pale Ale
Boulder Beer Co
Boulder
CO
Shake
Chocolate Porter
Boundary Bay Brewery
Bellingham
WA
Double Dry Hopped Mosaic Pale Ale
Pale Ale
BridgePort Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Trilogy 2: Aussie Salute IPA
IPA
Caldera Brewing Co
Ashland
OR
Caldera Toasted Coconut Chocolate Porter
Porter
Cascade Brewing
Portland
OR
Raspberry Wheat
Fruit Beer
Central City Brewing
Surrey
BC
Red Betty Imperial IPA
Imperial IPA
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa
FL
Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse
Berliner Weiss with Fruit
Collaborator
Portland
OR
Czech’d Out Pils
German-style Pilsner
Coronado Brewing Co
Coronado
CA
Orange Avenue Wit
California Style Witbier
Crux Fermentation Project
Bend
OR
Off Leash NW Session Ale
NW Session Ale
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
Dechutes Brewery Gluten Free
NW Gluten Free Pale Ale
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
Ester the Farmhouse Maiden
Saison
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale
Olde English Strong Ale
Drake's Brewing Co
San Leandro
CA
7x70 IPA
West Coast Style IPA
Dunedin Brewery
Dunedin
FL
Moon Reflects on Hibiscus
White IPA w/ Hibiscus Flowers
Ecliptic Brewing
Portland
OR
Perihelion Crimson Saison
Saison brewed with Rhubarb
Eel River Brewing Co
Scotia
CA
Emerald Triangle IPA
West Coast Style IPA
Elysian Brewing Co
Seattle
WA
Perfesser
Belgian Blonde Ale Fermented with plums and Brettanomyces
Ex Novo Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Black & Wheat
Fruit Wheat
Fearless Brewing Co
Estacada
OR
Peaches and Cream Ale
American Style Cream Ale with Peaches
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Paso Robles
CA
Easy Jack
Session IPA
Fitger's Brewhouse
Duluth
MN
Hoppulujah IPA
North Shore Style IPA
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Astoria
OR
The Optimist
American Style IPA
Full Sail Brewing Co
Hood River
OR
Full Sail Cascade Pilsner
NW German Pilsner
Gigantic Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Who Ate All the Pies?
Strawberry Rhubarb Gose
Gilgamesh Brewing
Salem
OR
Radtke Radler
Radler
Golden Valley Brewery
McMinnville
OR
Young Franken Stein
Kellerbier
GoodLife Brewing Co
Bend
OR
Nothing As It Seems
Coffee Blonde
Grain Station Brew Works
McMinnville
OR
Epernay Weiss Beer
Champagne Wheat Beer
Green Flash Brewing Co
San Diego
CA
Citra Session IPA
Session IPA
Heathen Brewery
Vancouver
WA
Megadank
Hop Centric IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Portland
OR
Belgian Apple
Belgian Style Fruit Beer
Kells Brew Pub
Portland
OR
Billy Ray Citrus
Cascadian Dark Session Lager
Klamath Basin Brewing Co
Klamath Falls
OR
Breakfast Blend IPA
IPA Brewed with Espresso
Kona Brewing Co
Kailua Kona
HI
Castaway IPA
American Style IPA
Laht Neppur Brewing Co
Waitsubrg
WA
Peach Pie Heffy
American Hefeweizen with Fruit & Spice
Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee
WI
Wisconsinite Summer Weiss
Weiss Beer
Laurelwood Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Pale Pony ISA
India Session Ale
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Hood River
OR
Straffe Drieling
Belgian Style Tripel
Lompoc Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Pamplemousse IPA
American Style IPA
Lucky Labrador Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Hopperopolis
Portland Style Pale
Maui Brewing Co
Lahaina
HI
Lorenzini Blood Orange Double IPA
Double IPA brewed with Blood Orange
Mazama Brewing
Corvallis
OR
Rasplendent
Raspberry Hibiscus Wit
McMenamins Concordia Brewery
Portland
OR
Double Helix Double IPA
Double IPA
Natian Brewery
Portland
OR
Portland Fog
Organic NW Golden Ale
Nimbus Brewing Co
Tucson
AZ
Old Monkeyshine Ale
Strong Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Co
Eugene
OR
Oktoberfestbier
Fest Bier
No-Li Brewhouse
Spokane
WA
Empire No. 8 Session IPA
Session IPA
North Rim Brewing
Bend
OR
Skyline
Belgian Pale Ale
Oakshire Brewing Co
Eugene
OR
Citrafonix
American Pale Ale with citrus
Old Market Pub & Brewery
Portland
OR
Cherry Derive
Kriek
Old Town Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Yosteamite Sam
Oregon Common
Omission Beer Co
Portland
OR
O’Shandy
Grapefruit Shandy Session IPA
Paradise Creek Brewery
Pullman
WA
Huckleberry Pucker
Berliner Weisse
Payette Brewing Co
Garden City
ID
Blood Orange IPA
Fruit IPA
Pelican Brewing Co
Pacific City
OR
Phil's Pils
Pre-Prohibition American Pilsner
pFriem Family Brewers
Hood River
OR
Hoppy Wheat
American Hop Forward Wheat Beer
Port Townsend Brewing Co
Port Townsend
WA
Extra Special Hop Diggidy
IPA
Portland Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Raspberry Oregon Honey Beer
Honey Beer with Fruit
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
Pendleton
OR
Huckleberry Wheat
Fruit Wheat Ale
Rock Bottom Brewery
Portland
OR
Cascadian Kölsch
Cascadian Kölsch
Rogue Ales
Newport
OR
Rogue Doppelsticke
Doppelsticke
Scuttlebutt Brewing Co
Everett
WA
Jalapeno Tripel
Belgian Style Tripel infused with Jalapeno & Serrano Peppers
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Chico
CA
Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout (Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Co)
Coffee Milk Stout
Sixpoint Craft Ales
Brooklyn
NY
Barrel Aged 3Beans
Coffee Cacao Baltic Porter
Sprecher Brewery
Glendale
WI
Abbey Triple
Belgian Tripel
Stone Brewing Co
Escondido
CA
Stone Liberty Station Witty Moron
Black Wit
Terminal Gravity Brewing
Enterprise
OR
Terminal Gravity IPA
IPA
The Dudes Brewing Co
Torrance
CA
Grandma’s Pecan Brown
English Style Nut Brown Ale
Three Creeks Brewing Co
Sisters
OR
Goldminer’s Daughter Pre-prohibition Common Ale
California Common Ale
Upright Brewing Co
Portland
OR
Old News Saison
Saison
Vertigo Brewing
Hillsboro
OR
Fresh Razz Wheat
Wheat beer with Fruit
Viking Braggot Co
Eugene
OR
Pineapple IPA
IPA-style braggot
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Portland
OR
Widberry
Black Raspberry Ale
Wild Ride Brewing
Redmond
OR
Whoopty Whoop Wheat
American Wheat with Lemon Peel