Portland Fruit Beer Fest: Rare Beer Taplist Announced
Saturday June 11th 11am-9pm Sunday June 12th 11am-6pm Portland Fruit Beer Festival Burnside Brewing 7th and East Burnside Portland, OR 97214
Fifteen more beers were announced today for the First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival! These rare beers are an addition to the inaugural list announce a couple of weeks ago. This festival is shaping up to be a great event. More news to come: we'll talk about other partnerships and activities at the festival as well as report back from the media preview happening this weekend.
Oakshire: Gin Barrel Aged Blackberry imperial Stout Our Imperial Overcast Espresso Stout was aged with for two months in an Old Tom Gin Barrel from Oregon's Ransom Spirits. Oregon grown blackberries were added giving the finished beer hints of Gin botanicals and a mild blackberry fruitiness which balances the sweet chocolate and roast flavors from the beer. 9.5% Upright: Gin Barrel-Aged Four with Strawberries Upright's flagship wheat beer aged with Oregon strawberry puree in a Ransom Distillery Old Tom Gin barrel. The otherwise straightforward brew picks up a mix of the fruit character and the unique botanical notes that only come from the one of a kind local gin casks. 5%
Hopworks: Chili infused Survival Seven Grain Stout Hopworks Head Brewer Ben Love added a unique blend of chili peppers to 3 small kegs of their Survival Seven Grain Stout. Each keg picked up its own flavors off the different peppers isolated. Those kegs were later blended to taste for the ultimate chili pepper infused stout made just for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival.
Lompoc: Cherry Fechter: Our Fools Golden fermented in a Maryhill Vineyard Cabernet Franc barrel with 35 pounds of sour cherries. It is clean crisp with a bright pink color and a slight sourness in the finish.
Widmer: 2009 Cherry Oak Doppelbock Cherry Oak Doppelbock is a rich ale, cold-fermented with dark sweet and red tart cherries, then conditioned on new, heavily toasted American oak. The result is a dark lustrous brew with up-front malty sweetness and cherry fruit notes completed by caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted oak undertones. The complex flavor profile balances the impressive 9% ABV and 40 IBUs.
Coalition: Wheat from the Tree An American style wheat aged 2 months in a St. Josef's chardonnay barrel, this beer has light notes of bartlett pears and wine grape, with a sweet and tangy finish of fresh mandarin and tangelo. Starting at 4.4% abv, this beer spontaneously fermented to ~5.2% with the addition of 60 lbs of fresh fruit.
New Belgium: Peach Love Love is the base beer used for New Belgium’s sour series of beer like La Folie. This super sour single barrel beer was aged in Whiskey Barrels with Peaches. 8.5%Abv. Ultra rare!
Block 15: 2010 La Ferme’ de Demons (the Demon’s Farm) Black farmhouse ale brewed with Belgian Pilsner, French Wheat, Candi Sugar, roast malt and farmhouse yeast. Aged for over 8 months in three barrel types; Pinot Noir, Oregon Oak, and Bourbon with Brettanomyces. After barrel aging and blending, this dark ruby black ale is further matured with a touch of Oregon Tart Cherry. A demonic brew to quench only the most sinister thirst. 8.75%alc/vol 31 IBU’s.
LOLA/Lucky Lab: Cherry Kolsch This brew is a first for the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) crew with no less than a dozen women breaking a sweat on a sunny day in April at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall on NW Quimby. Under the watchful eye of Lab Brewdog Ben Flerchinger, this beer was originally brewed with Golden Promise and flavored with Munich, Wheat & Honey malt. Then CTZ hops were added for bitterness and Fuggles for aromatics. A Kölsch yeast was used to give it a bready, lemony, and mildly dank character. Cherry LOLA is the side project of the LOLA Kolsch. Five gallons of LOLA Kolsch were kegged off and conditioned with black cherry juice for a delightfully sweet and mildly tart flavor. This beer was brewed by the ladies to be enjoyed by everyone!
Cascade: Apricot Our Apricot has the intense aroma of Goldrich and Rival apricots, slow-ripened before being introduced to the beer. Based on a Belgian Tripel, this beer went through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels, then rested on the fruit for four months before finishing. 8.5% ABV
Cascade: Kriek Our Kriek spends over six months in lactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels. This NW style sour red ale is fermented for eight months with fresh whole Bing and sour pie cherries. 7.3% ABV
Double Mountain: Devil’s Kriek It is with great pleasure that we brew Devil's Kriek once a year at cherry harvest, and let it develop its intensity for a full twelve months, until it's time to do it again. This year's batch is intensely dark and fruity, thanks to over 70 lbs. per barrel of Bings (twice what we used last year) from Matt's orchard in Odell. The light sourness comes not from sour cherries, but from Brettanomyces "wild yeast", which slowly add the tang and a host of other funky flavors. A brown ale base provides a tasty counterpart to the fruit. 8.3% ABV
Breakside: Brewer’s Bramble Inspired by the classic bramble cocktail, this beer was aged in an Old Tom Gin barrel with blackberries, lemon peel, and juniper berry.
Breakside: Whiskey Ginger This beer finds its origins in a cocktail called Six Lengths Ahead, which was on the original drink menu at Portland’s cocktail hotspot Beaker and Flask. This beer also aged in a Whippersnapper barrel and has blueberries, fresh ginger, lime peel, and a touch of grenadine.
He’ Brew: Origin Pomegranate Ale Brewed with the juice of over 10,000 luscious pomegranates, ORIGIN is a complex, rich and balanced Imperial Amber Ale with a truly unique character. The pomegranate juice is added during fermentation, leaving only the residual sugars, which serve to balance the hop bitterness. 8% Abv
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