The 2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival beer list is out and man, there are some interesting beers! They run the gamut from extremely light Goldens to heavy hitting Porters. All beers include fruit in some manner. While a few will showcase a subtle hint of fruit, others could be a punch in the mouth. Whatever the case, you won't see most of these beers anywhere else but at the Festival, so that's excuse enough to join the party! And if you needed more excuses, there will also be a homebrew competition and the rare beer rotating taplist has yet to be unveiled.
But, I don't want to spoil all of the surprises. Elii will be covering the details of the festival, so be on the lookout for a preview post from her in the week before the festival. In the meantime, check out the cool spotlight videos on Laurelwood's Cascara Obscura and The Commons Brewery's Saigon Saison. Watch and learn about some of the reasons that this beer was conceived and brewed!
10 Barrel Brewing: Raspberry Sour
Raspberry Sour will slap you in the face with raspberry tartness then slaps you again with an undeniable sourness. It ends refreshing and dry daring you to take another drink. ABV: 5% IBU: 4
Alameda Brewing Company: Huckleberry Hound
Huckleberry Hound is a light bodied, sessionable India Pale Ale with a new twist.... HUCKLEBERRIES! Take German Pilsner malt, American hops, an ale yeast strain, northwest huckleberries, artfully brew with them and you will have this amazing beer. This isn't any wimpy fruit beer, it really is an IPA with 6.5% ABV and 55 IBU”S. It is just the perfect beverage to kick off the warm days of summer, whether you are out in the mountains gathering berries or relaxing on the river. Just watch out for the black bears. Malts: 2-Row, Pilsner. Hops: Millenium, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade ABV: 6.5% IBU: 55
Bend Brewing Company: Ching Ching
Ching Ching is a whimsical take on a German Berliner Weisse. It is effervescent with a Swee Tart tanginess. Pomegranate and hibiscus make this a perfect summer thirst quencher that just might push the boundaries of what you consider beer. Bronze medal winner at the Great American Beer Fest 2011. ABV: 4.5% IBU: 4
Block 15 Brewing Company: Tropical Storm
Farmhouse style ale brewed with Pilsner malts, Palm Sugar and Nelson Sauvin Hops. Conditioned with yellow papaya and blended with a one year old barrel of Ferme de la Ville Provisions.
Boneyard Beer Company: Femme Fatale
Raspberry Tart Ale. Red to brown in color, 12.5lbs per barrel raspberry pitched into the fermentation. Influenced by Belgium sour brown and Flanders red. ABV: 6.2% IBU: 12
Breakside Brewery: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
A malty golden ale made with whole strawberry rhubarb pies (crust included) in the mash, kettle, and fermentor. ABV: 6% IBU: 20
Burnside Brewing: Red Light District
An Imperial stout brewed with 44 pounds of Belgian chocolate and 400 pounds of strawberries aged in Pacific Rum barrels
The Commons Brewery: Saigon Saison
Light colored, full bodied saison. The spicing and fruit additions should be refreshing and be indicative of Vietnamese cooking. ABV: 5.75% IBU: 16
Deschutes Brewery: Extinction Stout
Raspberry Stout. Deep velvet chocolate malt decadence folded with delicate raspberries. This stout combines two of life's finer flavors into drinkable glory. ABV: 9.5% IBU: 65
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: Festina Peche
A tart and refreshing wheat beer. Festina is fermented with loads of peaches and makes a great summertime thirst quencher. ABV: 4.5%
Gluten-free with gusto. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit in this sorghum-based beer are balanced by vibrant strawberry and honey notes.
Elysian Brewing Company: Yuzu's Belgian-Style Golden Ale
Light. Refreshing. Good. Yuzu's is made with 100% pale malt, Turbinado sugar and Belgian Golden ale yeast. Bittered with Magnum and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Organic dried lemon peel is added at the end of the boil, and yuzu juice is added both pre- and post-fermentation. Starting gravity 12°P (1.048). ABV: 4.5%
Flat Tail Brewing Company: Strawberry Rhubarb Corvaller Weisse
Our Corvaller Weisse fermented 100% in barrel, then refermented on stainless with fresh strawberries and local rhubarb.
Fort George Brewery and Public House: South
South, a Strong Summer Fruit Ale Brewed simply, yet deftly with only Organic Pilsner malt, South is aged in Argyle Pinot Noir barrels for two months then conditioned in a bright tank with 100 pounds of frozen raspberries creating a stunning sunset hue that evokes tropical transcendance. The oak gives complexity to the body and a little Cascade and Amarillo are the spice that reminds us there can be bitterness in paradise. ABV: 7.5% IBU: Mild to Medium Bitterness (Note the qualitative rather than quantitative bitterness rating)
Gigantic Brewing Company: Hot Town, Summer in the City
Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty. Imperial Black Saison aged with a myriad of chili peppers. A beer that will prepare you for the zombies, concrete and fire.
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Belgian Apple Beer
Belgian Golden Apple: 70% Organic 2 Row, 30% Organic Wheat, OG: 14. Apples are organic apples sourced from Hood River. ABV: 6.5% IBU: 10
Laurelwood Brewing Company: Camera Obscura
Belgian Style Dark ale/dubbel. 18 Plato, Fruit is Hawaiian Cascara, i.e., the cherry off of the coffee bean. ABV: 7.8% IBU: 25
Lompoc Brewing: Bomb.com
A blend of 3 different beers; Kick Axe fermented in Maryhill Winery Port barrels with tart cherries, Cherry Bomb, and Lompoc Wheat Wine. It has pleasant notes of vanilla and berry fruit, a light mouthfeel, and a tartness coming from the sour cherries. ABV: 6%
Lucky Labrador: Lychee Lager
A light lager flavored with lychee.
New Belgium Brewing: Hip Hop Saison
Our Valentine's Day beer brewed with raspberries and rose-hips. Fermented with a French Saison yeast, a little tart, a little sweet, really delicious. ABV: 7.5%
Ninkasi Brewing Company: Cherry Bourbon Renewale Porter
Renewale Robust Porter that has been aged in Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrels with cherries. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, pleasant fruity esters and a smooth malt creaminess combine to create a flavorful, drinkable and true-to-style Robust Porter. The bourbon barrels bring out vanilla and a hint of coconut while the cherries brind fruit to the nose and a subtle tartness. ABV: 5.9% IBU: 38
Oakshire Brewing: Whack & Unwrap
Orange Chocolate Porter. A creamy Chocolate Porter with hints of juicy oranges. ABV: 6% IBU: 20
Upright Brewing: Levinator
The Levinator is a barley based bock brewed with Bavarian weisse yeast, lending the characteristic fruity and spicy character beers fermented with it are known for. It's matured in two wine barrels with Oregon black currant puree for an extra fruity and snappy profile. ABV: 7.2%
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Marrionberry Hibiscus Gose
Gose is a traditional cloudy German style of beer that balances tart and slightly salty features with a soft malt background. Our unique take uses a healthy dose of Oregon-grown Marrionberries as well as organic dried Hibiscus flowers for a tart, floral profile with clove and coriander flavors to round it out. Goseanna! Original Gravity - 11.8o Plato. Fruit – Oregon-grown Marrionberries. ABV: 5.4% IBU: 15
2 Towns Ciderhouse: The Bad Apple
Semi-Dry Cider, hand crafted in Oregon with all Northwest ingredients, The Bad Apple is a rich & bold cider with notes of fruit and vanilla. This complex cider is aged on brandy-cured Oregon White Oak. The Bad Apple is surely a cider to savor. ABV: 10.5%
Bushwhacker Cider: Brookland Sour
The Brookland Sour is a cherry cider, made with Oregon apples. The cherries used are tart and sour, and then the batch was dry oaked. Fermented with London ESB yeast, the juice was first infected with lactobacillus, to try and get as much sour flavors. The cider name comes from the original name of the neighborhood that Bushwhacker is located in. ABV: 10.5%