They served 10 ales, and I tasted these:
- House, Upright Brewing Co. Made especially for the fest, this is a Scottish Ale with a spicy twist.
- Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale, Black Raven Brewing Co. Loads of bourbon flavor and less malty sweetness. Very nice!
- McShagger Scottish Ale, Cascade Brewing Co. This one had a bit of smokiness to it, very smooth.
- Hoppy with Woodsman, Schooner EXACT Brewing Co. You can't have a beer fest in Oregon without a hoppy beer. At 60 IBUs, this was it. While the Scottish Ale style is generally mildly hopped, this provided a nice change of pace.
- Brigadoonery Scottish Ale, Coalition Brewing Co. I sampled this after I drank a Cascade sour ale (see below). I expect Brigadoonery is good, but palate was out of whack after drinking the sour.
|Cascade's Fruit Loops|
If Cascade holds the festival again next year (and I hope they do), I expect they'll improve the overall traffic flow. The fest was held in the production side of the facility and it was packed! Beer was served in a small area towards the back and there were long lines.
Overall, I enjoyed the festival. I like the idea of an event dedicated to a particular type of beer and I hope to see more smaller, style-focused festivals like this. Also, big kudos to Cascade for allowing customers to reuse old beer festival mugs! Three dollars saved on a mug = three beer samples. Thanks guys!
One last thing, Stone Porridge was great! Check out the short video clip below of Brewmaster Ron Gansberg jamming with his band.