Lucky Labrador and Ben Flerchinger
Lucky Lab Big Beer and Barleywine Tastival Fri. 3/8 - Sat. 3/9 12pm - 10pm Lucky Lab Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby

If you think the title of this post is tongue-twisting, wait until you try some of these beers!

Cold and rainy March in Portland begs for big warming beers and every year the Lucky Labrador delivers with their Big Beer and Barleywine Tastival. This year will mark my 7th year in a row at this event and it's always a great time. With over 50 beers rotating through over the weekend, you're going to have to go both days for some pretty long sessions to put a dent in the list. Whether you only drink a couple, or a couple more, these beers are high octane facemelters, so please get a ride to this event.

Festival organizer and  Lucky Lab brewer Ben Flerchinger (pictured above) invited a few media folks to sample some beers that will be featured at the tastival. Ben picked the beers to cover a wide variety of flavors and we dove in:

  • 2011 Terminal Gravity Bucolic Plague Barleywine—Huge malt nose, very thick, mouth-coating, apple, not too hot for 13%.
  • 2011 Reel Ale Ten Squared Barleywine—Towards the bitter side, very Imperial IPA like.
  • 2009 Old Market Barleywine—Brown sugar nose, palm sugar finish, sweetness everywhere, tempered with light bitterness.
  • 2009 Old Crustacean Barleywine—Thinner body, bitterness and yeast flavors, heavy and warming alcohol bite.
  • 2011 North Coast Old Stock—Phenomenal: smooth, perfectly balanced, rummy flavor.
  • 2011 Laht Neppur Barleywine—Made with a wine yeast (most likely chardonnay), this beer is odd and delicious. Unknown ABV (tastes around 9%), nice big start with a quick dry finish. I think this beer will polarize people, but definitely worth a try.
  • 2010 Lucky Lab Bourbon Barrel Son of Old Yeller—Huge vanilla nose, big bourbon and light sherry taste, little to no carbonation.

All of the beers had very unique flavor profiles, indicative of trying to balance such a huge beer. Every brewer crafts theirs a bit differently and discovering these nuances in barleywines is what makes this a great event. See you there!

Pricing

  • 2 tickets and tasting glass for $9.00 (Tasting glass purchase required--or you can bring one from a previous year)
  • 1 ticket = 4 oz.
  • Additional tickets $1.50 (Rare beers 2 tickets)

Barleywines

Year
Brewery
Beer
Style
%Abv
2010
Alameda
Old Alger
Barleywine
11.00
2008
Alaskan
Barleywine
Barleywine
10.40
2010
Anchor
Old Foghorn
Barleywine
9.40
2011
Anchor
Old Foghorn
Barleywine
8.80
2012
Anchor
Old Foghorn
Barleywine
8.20
2011
Anderson Valley
Horn O' The Beer
Barleywine
8.60
2011
Beer Valley
Highway To Ale
Barleywine
10.50
2012
Block 15
Hypnosis
Barleywine
12.00
2012
Boulder
Killer Penguin
Barleywine
10.00
2012
Boulevard
Harvest Dance
Wheat Wine
9.10
2010
El Toro
500
Barleywine
9.30
2011
Firestone Walker
(S)Ucuba
Barleywine
13.00
2010
Great Divide
Old Ruffian
Barleywine
10.20
2012
Great Divide
Old Ruffian
Barleywine
10.20
2011
Hopworks
Noggin Floggin
Barleywine
11.00
2011
J.W. Lees
Harvest Ale
Barleywine
11.50
2011
Laht Neppur
Barleywine
Barleywine
?????
2011
Laurelwood
Old Reliable
Barleywine
10.00
2012
Laurelwood
Old Reliable
Barleywine
10.2
2007
Lucky Lab
Old Yeller
Barleywine
11.40
2009
Lucky Lab
Old Yeller
Barleywine
11.60
2010
Lucky Lab
Old Yeller
Barleywine
11.25
2010
Lucky Lab
Bbl Aged Son Of Old Yeller
Barleywine
9.20
2011
Lucky Lab
Old Yeller
Barleywine
10.90
2012
Ninkasi
Wheat Wine
Wheatwine
9.00
2011
North Coast
Old Stock
Barleywine
11.90
2012
North Coast
Old Stock
Barleywine
11.90
2009
Old Market
Barleywine
Barleywine
10.13
2011
Reel Ale
Ten Squared
Barleywine
10.00
2008
Rogue
Old Crustacean
Barleywine
11.50
2009
Rogue
Old Crustacean
Barleywine
11.60
2009
Sierra Nevada
Bigfoot
Barleywine
9.60
2010
Southern Oregon
arleywine
Barleywine
9.50
2011
Southern Oregon
Barleywine
Barleywine
9.50
2009
Terminal Gravity
Bucolic Pague
Barleywine
13.10
2011
Terminal Gravity
Bucolic Pague
Barleywine
13.10
2012
Uinta
Anniversary
Barleywine
10.40
2012
Widmer
Old Embalmer
Barleywine
10.20

Big Beers

Year
Brewery
Beer
Style
%Abv
2012
Block 15
Super Nebula
Bbl Aged Imperial Stout
11.00
2011
Coalition
Lost Glove
American Strong Ale
8.00
2012
El Toro
Yo
American Strong Ale
8.20
2012
Gilgamesh
Bah
Bbl Aged Hop Scotch
???
2009
Laughing Dog
Alpha Dog
Imperial Ipa
9.00
2012
Migration
Frankie Clause
Imperial Belgian Stout
11.80
2010
New Old Lompoc
C-Sons Greetings
Big C-Note
8.00
2010
New Old Lompoc
Upsetter
Imperial Belgian
9.00
2010
Oakshsire
Sasquatch
American Strong Ale
9.30
2011
Rock Bottom
Bbl Aged Imperial Stout
Bbl Aged Imperial Stout
8.20
2008
Rogue
Russian Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout
11.00
2009
Salmon Creek
Brother Larry
Imperial Belgian
8.40
2009
Terminal Gravity
Festivale
British Strong Ale
8.30
2009
Three Creeks
Rudolph
Imperial Red
8.60
2009
Widmer/Colaborator
Cxi
Pumpernckel
8.50