In its 18th year, the Spring Beer and Wine Festival opened its doors today to beer, wine, spirits, cheese and chocolate enthusiasts from all around. For only $25 you can try a wide variety of locally made food and drinks, listen as some of Portland's best and smartest give you their tips and tricks, and enjoy live music.

Early this morning, I was lucky to be able to attend this years media preview for the festival. We were all warmly welcomed, given mugs, and led on a tour by the lovely Lisa Morrison. She had selected a few vendors to stop by, all of which were absolutely delicious. Flyer's Brewing was one of our first stops, their Pacemaker Porter had a nice bitterness that made it stand out amongst other sweeter porters. Laurelwood's Green Mammoth Imperial IPA was appealing to everyone, even those among us who dislike IPAs! Other than beer, you can find sake, wine, gin, and whiskey. Among my favorite drinks outside of beer were Big Bottom Whiskey, asian pear sake from Sake One, and Oregon blackberry wine from HV Cellars Winery.


At the festival, make sure you stop and try the many amazing local cheese and chocolates offered. Cypress Grove Chevre offers some of the best goat cheese I've ever tried. The Purple Haze with lavender was a favorite all around. Lillie Belle Farms is nationally known for their amazing chocolate, offering an extensive variety from ghost chili chocolate to lavender caramels—all of which are unique and simply delectable.

This years Spring Beer and Wine Festival is a must attend. You'll feel like royalty after you try all these amazing drinks and luxurious treats. Join the other festival goers tonight April 6th and tomorrow April 7th until 11PM for delectable drinks, fanciful food, and priceless learning experiences like beer and chocolate or beer and cheese pairings taught by local experts. You won't want to miss this, if you need more convincing check out the list of beers that are being poured this weekend below!

Brewery Booth Beer
Astoria Brewing Company 5 Bitter Bitch
Lincoln Lager
Belgium Beers 155 Stella Artois, Leffe,
Blue Moon Brewing Company 16 Belgium White Ale
Summer Honey Wheat
Pilsner Urquell 17 Pilsner Urquell
Burnside Brewing Co 3 Oatmeal Pale Ale
Sweet Heat
Calapooia Brewing Co. 24 Chili Beer
Riparian IPA
Cantastic 36 Ft. George, Oskar Blues
Big Sky
Cascade Lakes Brewing Company 34 Blond Bombshell
Cyclops IPA
Collaborator 10 Steel Bridge Porter
Sour Pale Ale
Columbia River Brewing Co. 4 IPA War Elephant
Rose City Wheat
Dessert Beers 156 Lindemans Framboise
Oakshire Espresso Stout
Eel River Brewing Co. 38 Earth Thirst IPA
Organic Porter
Fire Mountain Brewery 7 Steam Fire Stout
Bogart NW IPA
Firestone Walker Brewery 31 Union Jack IPA
Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
Flyers Brewery 11 Pacemaker Porter
Afterburner IPA
Gilgamesh Brewing 13 Vader
Goodlife Brewing Company 27 Decender IPA
29'er India Brown Ale
Harvester Brewing F Gluten Free Pale Ale
Gluten Free Seasonal
Hopworks Urban Brewery 6 Organic Red Ale
Limited Release IPA
Kona Brewing Co. 35 Longboard Lager
Koko Brown
Laurelwood Brewing Co. 22 Organic Free Range Red
Green Mammoth Imperial IPA
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales 30 Seizoen
Kili Wit
Lompoc Brewing Co. 40 California Steaming
Spring Bock
Long Brewing LLC 21 Kolsh
Mt. Tabor Brewing Co. 18 Hudson Bay CDA
Ninkasi Brewing Co. 157 Total Domination IPA
Spring Reign
Oakshire Brewing 33 Line Dry Rye
Watershed IPA
Pelican Pub & Brewing 25 Kiwanda Cream Ale
Dorymans Dark Ale
Portland U-Brew & Pub 1 NW Wit
Last Unicorn IPA
Redhook Brewery 9 Pilsner
Nut Brown
Rusty Truck Brewing Co. 14 Roadwrecker IPA
Taft Draft Toffee Porter
Seven Brides Brewing 29 Becky's Black Cat Porter
Frankenlou's IPA
Shock Top 154A Belgium White
Stone Brewing Co. 19 Epic 11.11.11
The Cidery 39 Ace, Original Sin, Aspall
Walking Man Brewing 8 Nomadic ISA
Iron Man IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing 2 W'12
Oatmeal Porter