Mighty Mites - A Session Beer Festival
Presented by: Beervana and Coalition Brewing Saturday, August 27, noon until the beer runs out Coalition Brewing Patio (Behind the pub at the Grilled Cheese Grill) 2724 SE Ankeny Street

Higher gravity beers are the norm out here. In fact, for the 450+ beers we track made right here in Portland, the mean ABV is 6.58%. Jeff Alworth, writer of PDX's esteemed Beervana blog, brings us the Mighty Mites Festival at Coalition Brewing, an event in conjunction with this year's inaugural PDX Beer Week.

Jeff knows beer. If he is standing on top of Mt. Hood, shouting about beer, you'd better be listening. In fact, even if he is rambling to himself about beer underneath the Burnside Bridge, he deserves an attentive audience.  The Mighty Mights Festival is all about great and low ABV beers, many below even 4%.  Check out the official press release below to see the great participating breweries.

UPDATE: This festival is looking for volunteers, please contact Jeff Alworth at the_beerax@yahoo.com


There is a pernicious assumption among beer fans that in order to bristle with flavor, a beer must be strong. The notion has led to rampant escalation in alcohol content—the steroid era of good beers. But it doesn’t have to be so. Throughout history, brewers have regularly packed intense flavors into small beers. To show just how lush and varied a small beer can be, Jeff Alworth of Beervana and Coalition Brewing are hosting the first annual Mighty Mites fest—a celebration of little beers with big flavors. All the beers are below 4.5% ABF, and many are below 4%.

The fest is a part of the line-up of the first annual Portland Beer Week, a celebration of the best beer city in America. Entry to the fest is free, and pours are $1 for four ounces of tasty session ales. Fest goers should bring a mug or glass from a previous fest; some will be available on-site as well. There will be music and tasty food in the form of sandwiches from the conveniently-located Grilled Cheese Grill.

The Beers The fest features a dozen beers specially designed to highlight flavor and intensity. Breweries include Block 15, Hair of the Dog, Oakshire, Upright, Double Mountain, Coalition, Fort George and more. Beers include a Berliner weisse, a smoked porter, a Belgian wit, a small saison, and an example of traditional “small beer” made with the second runnings of a high-strength mash. Fest organizers will announce the complete line-up before the fest.

Beer geeks love “extreme” beer. Come to the Mighty Mites fest and see extreme taken in a whole new direction.