Puckerfest is Here!!

Let's see...this past weekend brought us the IIPA Fest and the Portland International Beerfest.  Next weekend is Oregon Brewfest.  What on earth is a beer geek to do in the interim?!?  Well, worry no longer.  Belmont Station brings us the 5th Annual Puckerfesta week long celebration of sour beers, which started today.

I tasted my first sour last fall at Cascade Brewing Barrel Houseand have been crazy about them ever since. My local bottle shop recently held a sour beer tasting, which gave me an opportunity to try several at one time.  Puckerfest will be even better!  My wife and I plan to attend on Thursday night.

The week's schedule is listed below.  For more details and the latest tap list, click here.  Are you going to Puckerfest?  What are your favorite sour beers?

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MONDAY JULY 18  5 - 8PM FLAT TAIL Meet the Brewer

  Brewmaster Dave Marliave will be here to jump start Puckerfest with three very special beers:
Corvaller Weisse, a blend of 2 Berliner weiss barrels, one fermented with a traditional Lactobicillus/Kolsch yeast blend, the other with 100% Brettanomyces. Aged on Oak for over 4 months.

KSA (Kitchen Sink Ale), a no boil, barrel fermented, brown rye with cacao nibs, gotu kola, and cherry juice, blended 6-1 with Saison de la Tail.

Flat Tail 1st Anniversary Ale, a mash hopped blonde fermented in barrel, blended and re-oaked with French spirals.

TUESDAY JULY 19  5 - 8PM  DOUBLE MOUNTAIN Devil's Kriek Night

  Every year the highlight of Puckerfest is Double Mountain night when Brewer/Owners Charlie Devereux and Matt Swihart present their Devil's Kriek. This year they'll have Devil's Kriek 2011, vintage Devil's Kriek, and Rainier Kriek 2011. And of course, Matt, Charlie, and fresh cherries too!

WEDNESDAY JULY 20 6 – 9PM  UPRIGHT Meet the Brewer Night and Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Beer Release.

  Alex Ganum & Gerrit Ill have a host of special treats for us. First off is the Bottle release of Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Ale, a special blend of four Upright beers, including three aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels, two with brett and lacto and one with apricot puree! The Belmont 14th Anniversary ale will also be on draft throughout Puckerfest.  Also on tap:

Blend Love, the debut of batch 2, a mix of barrel-aged raspberry Six and two barrels of Four with raspberry, cherry and strawberry.

Lambicus Six batch 2, a single cask wine barrel aged Six with brett lambicus and a pinch of currants and cherry, over 1 year old, pretty sour and aggressive, very limited

1st Anniversary Ale, a keg we cellared of their apricot ale aged in Old Tom Gin barrels

THURSDAY JULY 21 5 – 8PM  BLOCK 15 Meet the Brewer Night

  Brewer/Founder Nick Arzner and Brewer/Lead Cellarman Matt Williams are sharing some of their extraordinary barrel aged beers with us:
Ferme de La Ville 2011 Farmhouse ale brewed with a touch of rye, wheat, golden naked oats & locally gathered honey blended with barrel and Brett matured farmhouse ales aged 9 & 12 months then cellared an additional 3 months. This is a special preview of this year’s Ferme ahead of Block 15’s bottle release August 6th.

Wonka's Wit 2010 Vintage.  Belgian style Wit spiced with orange peel, coriander, and locally gathered honey matured 7-14 months in Pinot Noir barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus.

Golden Canary 2011. A blend of open and closed fermented barrel matured golden ales from our Wild cellars, matured 6-20 months.

Enchanted Oud Bruin inspired brown ale matured 15 months in 2nd run bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces and lactobacillus.  This is a special preview just for Puckerfest of the unblended release scheduled for Spring 2012.

SATURDAY JULY 23 4-7PM  BIG HORSE Meet the Brewer.

 Brewmaster Jason Kahler will be here as we pour three of his fantastic soured ales: Cuvee du Ferme, a blend of Rye Saison, Sour Mash Wheat, and two year old Golden with Pedio & Lacto, plus Bear’s Choice Oak aged Sour, and Kriek!!!

Sunday July 24 Drink Up. Drain the kegs. Take your Tums!!!

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