Stone Brewing in Pictures


A few weeks ago, I made a quick trip to San Diego.  While in town, I visited Stone, which was recently named one of the 10 Best Craft Beer Vacation Destinations.  Here's a quote from the article that describes Stone World Bistro and Gardens, "It's an all-in-one beer and food playland.  They built it to be a beer-lovers refuge from the real world."

I couldn't agree more.  In the middle of a suburban industrial park, Stone has created a paradise beyond description.  So I won't attempt to describe it.  Instead, I'll let my pictures do the talking...

Before we left, I paired Stone's 2011 BELGO Anise Imperial Russian Stout with an Arrogant Bastard Brownie Sundae.  More on that later...

Have you visited Stone World Bistro and Gardens?  What did you think of it?  Click to see a few Stone beers that I've profiled.


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Review: Summer Solstice, Anderson Valley


Summer Solstice
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. — Boonville, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Cream Ale
  • Bitterness:  4 IBU
  • ABV:  5.0%
  • Malts:   Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  "Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is not just your average summer seasonal. This unique copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor.  As with all of our products, Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized." — Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the sixth beer I’m tasting as part of my series on summer seasonal brews, and only the second cream ale I've profiled.

The tasting:  Copper in color, clear, with a tan head that dissipated quickly. I love the color—this beer is beautiful in the glass.  Aroma of caramel malt and light grassy hops.  In flavor, the caramel malt is dominant, but there's a bit of sweet molasses lurking beneath.  There's no hop bitterness. Summer Solstice is medium bodied with light effervescence.  After the beer warmed up, I noticed a touch of vanilla in the finish.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  I haven't tasted many cream ales, but I was definitely not expecting this.  Summer Solstice is a malt forward, medium bodied, minimally hopped brew that reminds me more of of a cool fall evening, than of a hot summer day.  Regardless, it was a pleasant surprise and a nice change a pace from the lighter beers I've tasted recently.

Have you tried Summer Solstice?  Do you have a favorite cream ale? 


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Review: Fat Tire, New Belgium


Fat Tire
New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO.


Stats:
  • Style:  Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  18.5 IBU
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Malts:  Pale, C-80, Munich, Victory
  • Hops:  Willamette, Goldings, Target
  • Calories:  155 per 12 oz. 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. can

Description:  "Named in honor of our founder Jeff's bike trip through Belgium, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer's home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Jeff found the Belgian approach freeing. Upon his return, Jeff created Fat Tire and Abbey Belgian Ale, (assuming Abbey would be his big gun). He and his wife, Kim traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire's appeal quickly became evident. People liked everything about it. Except the name. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness." —  New Belgium Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   I drank this on my company's plane on my way home from Phoenix.  First and foremost, the fact my employer provides a free beer (or glass of wine) to employees is pretty darn cool.  The act of serving Fat Tire (and not some industrial swill lager) elevates it to a higher level of greatness!

The tasting:   Amber in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lacing on the plastic cup.   The aroma was dominated by bready and caramel malt, with a hint of yeast.  I didn’t pick up the hops in the aroma.  The flavor mirrored the aroma, with the addition of subtle spicy hops.  Very little bitterness.  I didn't taste any of the spiciness or fruity flavors typical of Belgian beers.  Fat Tire is medium bodied with a slightly effervescent mouth feel.  It finished with a bready malt flavor.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Fat Tire is widely available throughout the country and I think it’s a great gateway to craft beer.  If you’re one of the swill drinkers, give Fat Tire a try the next time you see it.  You may never go back…

Have you tried Fat Tire?  What’s your favorite New Belgium beer?


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Afternoon at North American Organic Brewers Festival


I took Friday afternoon off and headed down to the 7th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival.  This visit was different because my wife and I brought our two young boys with us.  Overlook Park (site of the festival) has a nice playground and I heard that the NAOBF had a kids' area complete with a Root Beer Garden. So I figured we'd give it a try.  First, we stopped at Widmer Gasthaus for a pre-festival lunch and sampler tray.

We arrived at the festival at 2pm.  The skies were slightly cloudy and the crowds were light—perfect beer festival conditions!  My wife entertained our boys at the kids' craft area and I headed back and fourth to the beer tent.  Here's what I tasted, in the order I tasted them:

  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales  Seizoen Bretta (8.0% ABV, 40 IBU):  I'd read about this new brewery and was looking forward to tasting their beers.  It was worth the wait!  This unfiltered saison was conditioned with brettanomyces.  It had a mildly funky aroma and registered medium on my sour-o-meter.  Very nice!  Great way to start the festival!
  • Laht Neppur Brewing  Peach Hefeweizen (5.3% ABV, 17 IBU):   I didn't really taste or smell the peach.
  • Captured by Porches  Aprica Shaarp (0.07% ABV):   My first taste of Kombucha, which is a fermented sweetened tea.  This has a black tea as its base with apricot extract added.  I really liked it!  The black tea and apricot flavors were prominent and it had a nice balance of sweet and sour!
  • Captured by Porches  Quintessence (0.07% ABV):   Another black tea Kombucha, but this one had raspberry and quince.  Great raspberry flavor!  Not as sweet and sour as the Aprica Shaarp.  Both have VERY LITTLE alcohol, so you could drink these all day long!  I'm going to look for and sample more Kombuchas soon....
  • Upright Brewing  Reggae Junkie Gruit (5.4% ABV, 0 IBU):  I tasted this last summer at the OBF and dumped it out.  At the time, I didn't know the gruit style.  My tastes have evolved a bit since then and I now appreciate this style that uses no hops.  Instead it uses lemongrass, peppercorns, and other herbs to provide flavor.    
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery  Horse Tale Ale (5.4% ABV, 48 IBU):  More malty than other other beers I tasted.  It tasted a bit flat and I wasn't crazy about it.
  • MateVeza  Organic Black Lager (5.2% ABV, 25 IBU):  Loads of coffee in aroma and flavor with lots of malt bitterness.  I didn't notice the chocolate.
  • Crater Lake  Root Beer (0.0% ABV):  They were serving this free to kids.  I snagged a taste from my son.  Great licorice flavor complemented by sweet sugary goodness.  I definitely want this again!!

My favorites were Logsdon's Seizoen Bretta and Captured by Porches' Aprica Shaarp. Check out It's Pub Night for more recommendations.

The NAOBF ends today (Sunday, June 26).  If you don't visit beer festivals because you have kids—this is the one to bring them to!  The organizers did a great job of providing activities to keep them busy.  Our boys had a great time making crafts, playing in the park, and loading up on Crater Lake Root Beer!  They're already looking to next year's festival... 



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Review: Pacific Pear Cider, Fox Barrel


Pacific Pear Cider
Fox Barrel Cider — Colfax, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Hard Pear Cider
  • ABV: 4.5% 
  • Ingredients:  Hard Pear Cider, Filtered Water, Pear Juice Concentrate, Malic Acid, Contains Sulfites. Gluten Free
  • Calories:  120 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (provided by Fox Barrel)

Description:  "Naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider. Filtered cold for extra purity, and smoothed with pear juice. With no added colorants, sugar, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. No added malt, spirit, grape or apple alcohols. Naturally elegant and refreshingly adult with a sparkling clean natural pear finish, and a subtle woody complexity, completed by an intense fresh pear bouquet." — Fox Barrel Cider 

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Hard Ciders.  Fox Barrel is owned by Crispin Ciders.  Fox Barrel produces a line of three pear ciders and Crispin has an extensive offering of apple ciders.

The tasting:  Light golden in color, clear, with some effervescence (3-5 bubbles at a time) floating to the top.  Aroma of sweet pear with a bit of apple.  Flavor is all pear (as one might expect).  Pacific Pear is very sweet and slightly tart.  It's light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation throughout the taste.  There's not a lot of depth in flavor—it promises pear and delivers it in spades.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I liked the pear flavor, but Pacific Pear Cider was too sweet for me.  I don't think I could drink more than one in a session.  I might try it on ice the next time to temper the sweetness.

Have you tasted Fox Barrel's Pacific Pear Cider?  What did you think?


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Review: Gold Digger, Southern Oregon Brewing


Gold Digger
Southern Oregon Brewing Co. — Medford, Oregon

Stats:
  • Style:  Northwest Lager
  • Bitterness:  20 IBU
  • ABV:  4.5%
  • Malts:  Rahr 2 row, Briess Pilsner, Weyermann Acidulated   
  • Hops:  Challenger, Crystal, Sterling, Czech Saaz
  • Sampled: 22 oz. bottle  (provided by brewery)
  • Price:  $3.49 ($11.42 six-pack equivalent at grocery store).

Description:  "A crisp, lightly hopped lager that finishes with a subtle citrus note." —  Southern Oregon Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   In the past few months, I've gone from despising lagers to actively seeking them out. Today I'm sampling SOB's Northwest Lager.   

The tasting:   Yellow, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Aroma of sweet bready malt, lemon citrus, and light floral hops.  Flavor very similar to the aroma with a very mild citrus hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation, Gold Digger has a crisp, effervescent mouth feel.  It finishes dry with mild floral hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I liked Gold Digger, but recently tasted and preferred SOB's Na Zdravi Czech Pilsner, which is their seasonal offering available through September.

Have you tried SOB's Gold Digger or Na Zdravi?  Which do you prefer? 


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Review: Curve Ball, Pyramid


Curve Ball
Deschutes Brewing Co. — Bend, OR

Stats:
  • Style:  Blonde Ale
  • Bitterness:  18 IBU
  • ABV:  5.0%
  • Malts:   2-Row Barley, Malted Wheat
  • Hops:  Vanguard, Perle
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $6.99 six-pack at grocery store

Description: "Our deceptively drinkable golden summer seasonal is a crisp, clean-tasting, cold lagered ale. This frosty thirst quencher is the perfect accompaniment to summer adventures."  — Pyramid Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: This is the fifth beer I’m tasting as part of my series on summer seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Medium golden, slightly hazy, with light effervescence, and a white head that dissipated fairly slowly.   Aroma of biscuit malts and spicy hops.  Although this is an ale, the aroma reminds me of a pilsner lager.  Flavor mirrors the aroma.  It leans towards the malty side, but without sweetness.  Curve Ball is light to medium bodied, has a light bubbly mouth feel throughout the taste, and finishes dry with cereal malt.  Very little bitterness throughout. 

Rating: 3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Curve Ball is a solid, but unremarkable Blonde Ale.  If you like your beer slightly malty with little hop flavor and bitterness, give it a try this season.  It's available through July. 

Have you tried Curve Ball? 


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North American Organic Brewers Fest '11


Portland's summer beer festival season is kicking into high gear!  Last weekend brought us the inaugural Portland Fruit Beer Festival.  Next weekend (June 24 - 26) brings us the 7th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival.

Here are the details:



7th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival


Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up 50 organic beers and ciders from around the nation. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children’s area with crafts and face painting.  




The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.  The festival benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank.


The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch glasses made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste, and food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers wear organic cotton, bamboo and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable.  

WHERE
Overlook Park, Portland, Oregon
N Fremont St & Interstate Ave

WHEN
June 24 – 26, 2011
Noon to 9 p.m. Fri & Sat, Noon to 5 p.m. Sun

COST
Admission into the event is free.  The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece.  A full glass of beer costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token (select beers cost double tokens).  Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated MAX ticket, a ticket from the on-site fenced bike corral, or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank.


The full beer lineup with detailed descriptions is shown below.  If you're an organic beer purist, take note of the certification details.  It appears some beers are more organic than others.   Frankly, I'm not concernedI just want it to taste great!  I recently tasted two festival beers.  Click to see my full reviews for  Hopworks' Rise-Up Red and Bison Brewing's Honey Basil Ale.

Are you going to NAOBF?  Which beers are you looking forward to tasting?  In the meantime, Drink Organic. Save the Planet, 1 beer at time...


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Brewery
Beer
Certified
Description
Alameda Brewhouse
El Torero Organic IPA
95% Organic
El Torero is bursting with hops from its big floral, almost orange aroma to its deep lingering bitterness.  Balancing out the Millennium & Palisade hops is a malt bill with generous amounts of Crystal, Munich and wheat malts, giving it a full-bodied mouthfeel that helps to counteract the bitterness from the first hop addition.
Alpenfire Cider
Pirates Plank
Certified Organic
Described as a bold, brash, tannic, no apologies cider, this "scrumpy style" is made with Kingston Black, Wilberie, Dabinett, Yarlington Mill and Granny Smith apples. Think you know ciders?  This one will rob you of your misconceptions!  Voted Northwest Brewing News 2010 Best Cider.
Ambacht Brewing
Ambacht Golden Spiced Ale
95% Organic
This beer takes the brewery's golden ale up a notch with bitter orange peel and grains of paradise added after fermentation. The spice and orange flavors come through crisp and clean. With its extra body, Ambacht Golden Spiced Farmhouse Ale is the brewery's richest beer to date.
Ambacht Brewing
Golden Rye Farmhouse Ale
95% Organic
With the addition of organic rye flakes to the mash, Ambacht Golden Rye Farmhouse Ale is a tasty cousin of the brewery's golden ale. The rye provides an extra layer of depth to the flavor yet lets the peppery spice of the yeast show through.
American Brewing Co
 Hop, Skip & Go Natural
95% Organic
This copper colored pale ale was made with organic two-row, Munich and Crystal malts balanced with a generous amount of Citra hops. It was then dry-hopped in the fermenter. It's smooth with citrus notes in the aroma and finish.
Beetje Brewery
Tonic 42
95% Organic
A refreshing and rustic saison, the simple malt profile and sturdy hop backdrop lead to a thirst quenching ale. Your allocation is 5 liters/day.
Bison Organic Beers
Organic Chocolate Stout
Certified 100% Organic
Bison's most award-winning beer is made from a blend of organic two-row, caramel, chocolate, extra special, roast barley and Munich malts.  This richly textured, roasty dry stout gets a boost of bitterness and charismatic flavor from the addition of cocoa powder in the mash.
Bison Organic Beers
Organic Honey Basil Ale
Certified 100% Organic
This beer is infused with organic honey for its aroma and a hint of sweetness and fresh organic basil to lend a slight herbal note and basil aftertaste for a perfectly refreshing brew.
Kombucha

Captured by Porches Brewing collaborates with Invisible Alchemy to brew kombucha, a traditional Eurasian sweetened tea that’s been fermented. Kombucha has been enjoyed for centuries for both enjoyment and health benefits.  CBP will be serving up four types this weekend: Zinziver – a traditional black tea kombucha with raw ginger added at the finish (ABV 1.3%); Quintessence – a black tea kombucha with raspberry and quince added (ABV .07%); Aprica Shaarp – a black tea kombucha aged longer than usual to give it an extra sharp flavor, then flavored with a bit of apricot extract to sweeten and balance the character of the base tea (ABV .07%); and Veritae – a green tea kombucha, puckered by a boost of lemon (ABV .07%).
Deschutes Brewery
Green Lakes Organic Ale
Certified 100% Organic
Environmental pedigree aside, Green Lakes Organic Ale is a finely balanced beer with a mellow malt profile and subtle hop leading edge. Five types of 100% organic malted barleys and a dose of Liberty and Sterling hops deliver a profoundly satisfying, easy drinking beer.
Eel River Brewing Co
Organic Acai Berry Wheat
Certified Organic
This is a crisp, light-bodied wheat ale brewed with organic Acai berries.
Eel River Brewing Co
Organic IPA
Certified Organic
An organic IPA brewed with two-row and caramel malts and hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops.
Elliott Bay Brewing Co
Black Ops IPA
Certified Organic
This style is based on a solid malt foundation in the tradition of German Schwarzbier. Elliott Bay has added a thick layer of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, due in no small part to the double dry hopping in both the fermenter and conditioning tank.
Elliott Bay Brewing Co
Organic Demolition Ale
Certified Organic
Elliott Bay's house brewed Imperial Pale Ale features a combination of organic pale, Pilsner, Wheat Honey, roast, black and Caramel malts.  It's hopped with Northern Brewer, Chinook, Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo & Cascade hops, then further dry-hopped with Cascade & Chinook.
Fish Brewing Co
Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale
100% Organic
Light bodied and golden in color, Fish Tale Organic Blonde is a matchless companion to the glories of a Cascadian summer.  Brewed with just a schmatering of rye, the beer sports subtle spicy tones that complement the honey sweetness of the pale malt.
Fish Brewing Co
Fish Tale Organic IPA
Certified 100% Organic
Fish Tale Organic IPA is a medium-bodied beer with a rich golden color. The organic pale and Crystal malts lay down a firm malt body, which provides the backbone for an assertive hop profile featuring Pacific Gem and resinous New Zealand hops.
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Spruce Budd Ale
100% Organic
With nothing more than organic Pilsner malt and over 35 lbs of spruce tips per batch, this beer might be the best thing you have ever put in your mouth. It offers hints of spruce, citrus and more spruce, and tastes like a spruce tree. Each sip makes you realize what an adventure into the woods tastes like.
Fort George Brewery & Public House
Quick Wit
95% Organic
This Belgian Wit was made with coriander, lemongrass and dried wild-crafted elderflower to give it a citrusy, floral character. Liberty hops were added to keep the boil under control.
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Rise Up Red
Certified Organic
This full-bodied NW Red is mahogany smooth and hopped to the rafters with locally grown Cascade and Centennial hops.  Raise your pints in the air, RISE UP, gather round, organic beer from the ground!
Hopworks Urban Brewery
 Galactic Imperial Red
Certified Organic
One small sip for man, one giant bottle for mankind. Robust caramel malt flavors battle NW Centennial, Cascade, Magnum and Nugget hops for interstellar supremacy. Throw down your quarters before it's game over.
Laht Neppur Brewing co
Strawberry Cream Ale
95% Organic
Laht Neppur took its base pale ale recipe and added fresh strawberries and some processed puree for a subtle fruit flavor that doesn't overwhelm the senses. Crystal 60 and lactose were added to increase the depth of color and balance the sweetness lost during fermentation.
Laht Neppur Brewing co
Peach Hefeweizen
95% Organic
This is Laht Neppur's base American Hefeweizen recipe with peaches and some processed puree added for a clean, easy drinking summer refresher. Lactose was added to balance the sweetness lost during fermentation.
Laurelwood Brewing Co
Organic Pale Ale
Certified Organic
This pale ale is and easy drinking beer with a crispy finish and a floral aroma that keeps you coming back for more.
Laurelwood Brewing Co
Organic Free Range Red
Certified Organic
This red ale blends 100% organically grown barley malts with loads of fresh Cascade hops. The resulting beer is a medium bodied ale with outstanding balance and flavor.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Seizoen Bretta
Certified 100% Organic
This unfiltered saison is brewed with select yeast producing fruity and spicy flavors that are balanced by whole hop additions and a variety of malted barley, wheat and oats.  Select brettanomyces yeast added during conditioning provides added dryness and crisp complexity.
Lompoc Brewing Co
Notorious I.P.A.
95% Organic
Notorious I.P.A. is a real OG Northwest IPA brewed with organic pale, Crystal and Munich malts along with Simcoe, Perle and Crystal hops. The huge juicy hop aroma makes you throw your hands in the air if you're a true player and reminds you to spread love, it's the Lompoc way!
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
Organic Rose City Red
95% Organic
Light hopping from Fuggles, Summit and Amarillo hops combine with organic two-row pale malts for a medium bodied easy drinking red ale.
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
No Pity Organic Pale Ale
95% Organic
This crisp smooth ale was brewed using Canadian organic malted barley, organic Crystal and organic Carapils malts.  CTZs and Willamette hops were used in the kettle, and the beer was dry-hopped with Cascades.
Mateveza
Organic Black Lager
Certified Organic
This organic black lager is brewed with yerba mate, a South American caffeinated herbal tea.  The yerba mate provides a dry herbal finish and a natural source of caffeine.  Air-dried yerba mate is added to the mash and smoked mate is added to the whirlpool, yielding a beer that is rich and chocolaty yet crisp and refreshing.
Mateveza
Organic Yerba Mate IPA
Certified Organic
This organic IPA is brewed with yerba mate, a South American caffeinated herbal tea.  The yerba mate provides a dry herbal finish and a natural source of caffeine.  Air-dried yerba mate is added to the mash for flavor and bitterness.  Simcoe, organic Centennial and organic Cascade hops provide the flavor and aroma.
McMenamins Concordia Brewery
Oopsopsadilly IPA
95% Organic
The Concordia Brewery is proud to present this whimsical and delightful organic IPA. Brewed strictly with organic grains, there are strong but subtle layers of malt complexity. An abundance of Pacific NW hops bounce around your mouth like a bullfrog jumping from bank to bank.
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
Build a Bonfire
95% Organic
Build a Bonfire was brewed to celebrate the Portland Timbers inaugural MLS season. With a body just crisp enough to beg another swig and a classic Northwest hop-forward balance from Cascade hops, this beer will make you want to fire up a chainsaw in joy!
McMenamins Crystal Brewery
Der Kleine Hipster
95% Organic
Brewed with 100% organic malts, Der Kleine Hipster has a beautiful crystal clear, copper appearance with a thick-white pillowy head. Subtle caramel malt aromas please the nose, while a bready caramel sweetness tickles the palate. A slight bitterness comingles with a lingering caramel flavor for a crisp, light malty alternative.
McMenamins Oak Hills Brewpub
Kerfuffle Organic Kolsch
95% Organic
This is a light bodied but flavorful ale that was brewed using all organic wheat and barley. Fermented cold using a German ale yeast, Kerfuffle Kolsch is slightly fruity with a crisp clean finish. A generous amount of Tettnanger hops add a spicy and herbaceous quality.
Natian Brewery
Makeshift
95% Organic
Organic Palisade hops are used for this single hop schedule in conjunction with organic honey and a complete organic malt bill.  Golden in color and smooth in flavor, this ale personifies the festival by limiting the formula to 100% certified organic ingredients.
Natian Brewery
CoDA - Cascadian Organic Dark Ale
95% Organic
A multitude of hop additions with varying Northwest hop varieties during both the boil and secondary fermentation brings a resiny hop presence in aroma as well as flavor, complemented by roasted undertones imparted from choice dark malts.
New Belgium Brewing Co
Mothership Wit Organic Wheat
Certified 100% Organic
This Belgian-style ale is very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat and some oats used in the mash. Spiced with coriander, orange peel and lemon peel, the crispness and slight twang comes from the wheat and the lively level of carbonation. Organic Hallertau hops provide the aroma.
Oakshire Brewing
Triple Bottom Line
100% Organic
A pale golden ale with a mild fruity aroma, a medium to low body, and a balanced spicy hop flavor from German Tradition hops.
Oakshire Brewing
Organic Subtext
Certified 100% Organic
Loads of organic specialty malts marry with the finest citrusy American hops in this bold yet balanced Pacific Northwest red ale that's certified organic by The Oregon Tilth.
Pike Brewing Co
 Pike Monk's Uncle
Organic Ingredients
Big, full-bodied and complex describe this brew, which features a yeasty nose, fruity esters and malty dryness.  You may note hints of honey, spice and exotic fruits play gently with the senses.
Pike Brewing Co
Pike Dry Wit
Organic Ingredients
This Belgian Wit is a cloudy spun-gold brew with excellent head retention.  It's dry and crisp with a honey-like aroma, a fruity taste from orange peel, chamomile, lavender and coriander seeds, and a clean aftertaste. 
Rock Bottom Brewery
Vandeventer
95% Organic
This Redmond-style CDA features organic pale, caramel and roasted malts topped off with a healthy whack of Northwest hops.  It's hoppy, full-bodied and as black as Satan's heart.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
People's Porter
Certified 100% Organic
The sweet aroma and spicy flavor of Fair Trade organic Guatemalan coffee beans are definitely present in this subtle porter. The beer has a crisp dry finish with a nose that will make you think you are sipping on a cup of coffee. The body is deep and rich with a hint of sweetness and smoky overtones.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Horse Tale Ale
Certified 100% Organic
A spirited salute to the 100th anniversary of the Loof carousel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Horse Tale is a malty red ale with floral hop aromas from the organic Chinook and Ivanhoe hops.
Terminal Gravity
TG Organic Pale Ale
95% Organic
This easy drinking beer is an organic version of TG's new traditional style pale ale.  Moderate hopping creates a fairly dry ale with a lot of malt flavor.
Ukiah Brewing Co
Pilsner Ukiah
Certified 100% Organic
Pilsner Ukiah is a straw-colored Czech Pilsner made with Gambrinus Pilsner malt, New Zealand Motueka hops, bock yeast and water. Simple!
Ukiah Brewing Co
Emancipator
Certified 100% Organic
This is a dark, full-bodied doppelbock with a heavy malt flavor accented by mild hop bitterness. This is the beer that sets you free!
Uncommon Brewers
Golden State Ale
Certified Organic
This Belgian-style golden ale is brewed with toasted poppy seeds. The rich aroma is complemented by bright Pilsner malt and a nutty bite of poppy.
Uncommon Brewers
Siamese Twin Ale
Certified Organic
The Twin is a Belgian-style dubbel brewed with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and Indian coriander.  It's amber bodied and sweet on the palate with floral esters in the nose from a bold Abbey yeast.
Upright Brewing Co
Reggae Junkie Gruit
95% Organic
Reggae Junkie Gruit is a light and herbaceous brew made without hops. Instead, a blend of lemongrass, hyssop, Sichuan peppercorns and bitter orange peel provide aromatics and just enough bitterness to balance the dry finish.
Widmer Bros Brewing Co
Crunchy Dude
95% Organic
This organic pale ale features oats and the addition of 25 lbs of organic granola consisting of raisins, dates, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.  Organic Palisade hops were used to give this ale a nice hop profile and aroma.