Oregon Brewers Festival: 3 Tasting Flights!

Photo courtesy of Oregon Brewers Festival
The Oregon Brewers Festival starts today!  I've been looking forward to OBF and have written about the beer lineup and most popular styles, OBF facts & figures, and the Buzz beers.

Today, I address a dilemma that you may soon face...  Which of the 86 beers are you going to drink?  Odds are, you probably won't drink all of them.  So you'll need to make some decisions.  In the past, I've been absolutely baffled when staring at the sea of taps.

Don't despair.  I've got suggestions for you!  I've sketched out three tasting flights that cover different levels of beer enthusiasm.  Be advised that I have not tasted all of these beers.  You can download the complete list here if you want to print it and take it to the festival.  In the downloadable list, I explain why I added each beer to the flight, show the basic stats, and provide space for you to jot tasting notes.

Off we go...

Flight #1:  Craft Beer Newbie:  You just want to try some of the typical styles.  Nothing too crazy.

Offen Weisse
Upright Brewing Co
Alaskan White Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co
Razz Wheat
Vertigo Brewing
Golden Cap
New Holland Brewing Co
Hoopla Pale Ale
Boulder Beer Co
Double Mountain Pilsner
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Jamaica Sunrise ESB
Mad River Brewing Co
FivePine Porter
Three Creeks Brewing Co
Single-Wide IPA
Boulevard Brewing Co
Discord Dark IPA
Discord Dark IPA

Flight #2:  Beer Explorer:  You're know the basic styles, and want to take your exploration to the next level.

Summer Solstice Cervesa Crema
Anderson Valley Brewing
Black & Red
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Daily Dose Summer Ale
Oakshire Brewing
Helles Belles
Ninkasi Brewing Co
Dark Mexican Lager
Big Sky Brewing
Pepe Nero
Goose Island Beer Co
Wasatch Summerbrau Lager
Wasatch Beers
CoCoNut Porter
Maui Brewing Co
Donner Party Porter
FiftyFifty Brewing Co
Deschutes Brewery
Great Divide Brewing Co
Hop Rod Rye
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Double Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co

Flight #3:  You're a Beer Geek and proud of it!  At festivals, you only drink unique, one-off brews.

Mint Kölsch
Gilgamesh Brewing
Surly Brewing
Jackalope Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Beer Valley Brewing
Girl Beer
Boneyard Beer
Foggy Bog Cranberry Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Gluten Free NWPA
Deschutes Brewery
Bruce/Lee Porter
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
Zitrone Kölsch
10 Barrel Brewing
Zombie Flanders
Rock Bottom Brewery
Altered State
Hollister Brewing Co
Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter
Laughing Dog Brewing
Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale
Fort George Brewery and Public House
Siamese Twin Ale
Uncommon Brewers

So click here to download the flights, drink plenty of water between beers, eat well, take Tri-Met, and have a great time.  Cheers!

Which flight would you drink?  Would you make any changes?

7/29 update:  Check out my Day 1 recap of OBF.

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  1. Maybe I'm a big Caldera homer, but for me the best IPA was the Hop Hash they made from pure lupulin.

  2. I missed Hop Hash. I actually stayed away from the hop-heavy beers at OBF this year. I like hoppy beers, but have been exploring other styles recently.


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