The idea of Firkin Fest was compelling. How often can you chose from 30 firkin beers in a single day? GermanFest had its own charms—14 Teutonic styles from 20 Oregon breweries. Tough choice!
In the end, my decision was easy. I didn't want to pay $30 to Firken. Bailey's $15 fee was right up my alley. Turns out I made a good choice. For more on Firkin Fest, check out the coverage from my colleagues at Beervana and The New School.
I sampled 8 different brews at Bailey's GermanFest. Here they are in the order I tasted them. I didn't take detailed notes, so comments in italics were those provided on the beer menu.
|Block 15 Berlinerweiss|
- Block 15 Berlinerweiss (3% ABV): I'd been looking forward to tasting this style and Block 15 did not dissapoint. It had the most amazing pale color. Tart, low in alcohol, and very refreshing!
- Flat Tail Corvaller Weisse (3.5% ABV): Another Berlinerweiss, but on steroids (in a good way). It didn't have the same vibrant color as Block 15's, but had a higher level of tartness and funky flavors. I liked it a lot! In Germany, this style is served with a choice of flavored syrups. I tried a syrup, but preferred it plain.
- Breakside Kellerbier (5.1% ABV): Yeast flavor and aroma are low to medium. Balance of malts and hops.
- Cascade '10 Autumn Gose (5% ABV). Another tart beer from the local masters of sour. Acidic/tart. Golden in color. Citrus flavors present. Salt added. I tasted salt in the finish, but probably wouldn't have noticed it had I not read the description.
- Alameda Rye Not? (4.9% ABV). I love the spicy and sour flavor of rye in beer. This Roggenbier started sweet and finished tart. I actually brewed my own Rye beer on Sunday. More on that later.
- Bend Doppelbock (7.5% ABV). Sweet malt, chocolate, and a creamy mouth feel.
- Vertigo Zen Dunkelweizen (5.5% ABV). Sweet maltiness. Brown in color. Very low hop bitterness.
- Upright Engelberg Pils (5.5% ABV). I didn't sample this at Baileys, but at Upright the next day. I'm learning that I actually might like pilsners! I've come a long way...
My favorite was Flat Tail's Corvaller Weisse—and I went back for a second pour. This was the first Flat Tail beer I ever tasted and I want to learn more about this brewery.
Anyway, excellent job by Bailey's in pulling off a great event! The crowd was a nice size, wait times were low, the prices were great, and the beer selection was incredible. I'll be back next year.
|GermanFest Beer Menu|