|Matt Radtke explains Mamba|
The 17th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest kicked off yesterday at the Oregon Convention Center. Today is your last chance to attend! It starts at noon and ends at 11pm.
While beer is prominent, this fest also focuses on wine, spirits, and food. So there's something for everyone. My plan was to sample beer that isn't widely available. I present a few for your consideration:
|Henry Gorgas, Fire Mountain|
Fire Mountain Brewery: Owner and Brewmaster Henry Gorgas makes beer...and airplanes. Talk about one stop shop! Check out the smooth Steam Fired Stout.
Gilgamesh Brewing: Not a fan of IPAs? Can't stand bitter beer? Then try Mamba. It's a 0 IBU brew that made with Earl Grey Tea and rye.
Ninkaski Brewing: Check out the Vanilla Bean Oatis. This is NOT being served at the Ninkasi booth. Look for it at the MDA Charity Table.
|Ninkasi's Jamie Floyd|
Firestone Walker: If you don't know FW, it's time to get acquainted. Pale 31 is fermented (not just aged) in oak barrels. They won Gold and Silver medals for their Pale Ales at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.
Fort George Brewery: Quick Wit is a Belgian-styled wheat beer full of pepper, citrus, and spice.
10 Barrel Brewing: You've had IPAs, but an ISA? India Summer Ale has the aroma of an IPA, but less bitterness.
In between your beer, grab a few bites of food—and vodka...
Brownies From Heaven: Rich and chocolaty! The raspberry and blue cheese (yes, in the brownie) varieties are amazing. Pair them with a stout for a match made in heaven.
Cheese Galore: You'll find plenty of booths serving amazing artisan cheese. I tried several.
Dry Fly Distilling: I'm not a big vodka drinker, but they make it smooooth!
So check out the Spring Beer & Wine Fest. It ends tonight at 11pm. Ride the MAX, it will take you to the doorsteps of the Convention Center!