Firkin Fest 2009

There's a lot going on this week. Let's get to it!

Tuesday (2009-04-28) Green Dragon's Meet the Brewer: Laurelwood's Chad Kennedy 6PM to 8PM

Featured Beers:

  • Green Mammoth Imperial IPA: The Imperial version of Laurelwood's popular Organic IPA, with Cascade Ahtanum and Amarillo hops.
  • Saison: To create this unique beer, Laurelwood used Organic malted barley, white wheat malt, oats, maize, and Belgian candy sugar. Subtle notes of citrus are added by the use of orange and lemon. Most of the character of this beer is thanks to the yeast, a strain for the Ardennes region of Belgium.
  • Espresso Stout: Two great tastes that taste great together. Brewed with thre-quarters of a pound of Stumptown coffee per keg, this opaque creation features a smooth java flavor and aroma.

Wednesday (2009-04-29) Deschutes Brewery Mirror Mirror Barleywine and Red Chair IPA Release 5pm

SSIA. Portland and Bend pubs.

Thursday (2009-04-30) Full Sail Tasting and Meet the Brewer at Belmont Station 5-7pm

Taste the wide range of bottled Full Sail beers, including the latest Brewmaster Reserve Keelhauler Scottish Ale. Brewmaster John Harris will tap a keg of Black Gold Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. The Keelhauler will be on draft too!

Friday and Saturday (2009-05-01/02) Cheers to Belgian Beers at the Lucky Lab Noon - 10pm

Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival started in 2007 as a celebration of Belgian style beers, with participating brewers all producing beers from the same strain of yeast. The 2009 event marks the first year that all Oregon Brewers Guild members, including breweries outside the Portland Metro area, will be eligible to participate.

This year's yeast will be Wyeast 3822 Ingelmunster Ale (formerly known as Wyeast 3822 Dutch Castle), which is a unique Belgian ale yeast that produces spicy/phenolic aromas that are tart and dry on the palate, for a complex beer.

After sampling all the Belgian style ales, attendees will vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice Awards.” To the victor goes the spoils, and in this case the winning brewery earns the right to host next year’s event, select the yeast strain and pick the 2010 charity beneficiary. Lucky Lab won the 2008 competition and has chosen to donate all the profits of the 2009 festival to the Oregon Humane Society. Saturday (2009-05-02) Deschutes' Portland Pub First Birthday Noon - 6pm

Deschutes Brewery's Pub in the Pearl District is celebrating its first birthday on Saturday, May 2nd, from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. Bring the whole family for birthday cake and menu specials. Deschutes Brewery is located at 210 NW 11th and Davis in the Pearl District. (503) 296-4906