Saturday, July 30
My Friday At The Oregon Brewers Festival
The weather was fantastic, and will remain to be for the rest of the event. In the beginning there wasn't much of a breeze, and the tents felt quite stuffy. I always like to complain about the heat, though, since I am a pale Scandinavian guy who's genetics require a cool and cloudy 60 Deg. F.
But overall, it is a festival which helps our local economy as many who attend it are not from town. The fest brings in a lot of outside craftbeer geeks, and some other not-so-polite douche bags. The fest isn't like hanging out at a local SE pub with kind and polite people always. You get your mix of homies, thugs, jocks, sluts, and downright disgusting drunks... but hey, it's a festival to celebrate craft beer right?
I always go with the intention on enjoying some good beer. And I do of course.. but get a little sidetracked with all of the beautiful women around. Being a 'leg' guy, my jaw is still taking time to fit back into place. Now if they weren't mostly trendy dumb jock sluts, but craft beer loving beer nerds.. that would have been much better. Just remember... personality. Right?
Here are the beers I tried, and recommend:
- Cascade Winter Gose
This was a solid sour which I know many have probably had, but it was a nice start to what followed.
- Cascade Port Barrel Super Sour
I loved it. I love port barrel sours, and this was a solid port barrel-only red prior to it ever being blended with another.
- Fifty Fifty Brewing Imperial Eclipse Stout
This puppy was a fantastic stout.. so good I had 2 tasters.
(These probably won't be tapped again, or will still be rotating this weekend since there are no planned taps at the Buzz Tent.)
I will start with my favorite two that I had.
- Old Market Berried Alive
The Brewmaster Tomas is a bud of mine, and not the reason I really liked the beer. It was brewed with boysenberries, and aged in Pinot Noir barrels. It was light, refreshing, and very tasty.. probably my favorite. I feel Old Market doesn't get a lot of local credit or hype as they should. The sours there are fantastic as well.
- Burnside Brewing Gratzer
This Polish smoked wheat beer was delicious! The perfect amount of wheat and smoke. It really stood out from the other more 'basic' stuff at the fest.
- Boundary Bay Double Dry-hopped Glacier Pale
I just only first tried this brewers IPA a few days before, and thought it was fantastic. This Glacier-Hop only pale was a killer treat. Highly recommended.
- Columbia River Brewing Nyctophobia CDA
I was kind of on a Cascadian Dark Ale kick, and had to try most of them all. This one stood out above many of the others there that were offered.
- Elysian Brewing Idiot Sauvin
A great zesty and fruity IPA brewed with 4 additions of Nelson Sauvin hops. A must try.
- Great Divide Rumble Wood-aged IPA
This beer was solid, but overall didn't do it for me. It has a slightly meaty flavor to it.
- Hop Valley Alpha Centuari Binary Imperial IPA
Name is a bit long, and so was the line for this beer. I could see why, it was nothing short of great.
- Hopworks Evelyn's Imperial Sunshine IPA
I feel bad for never having tried this, but I finally did. It's a great IPA with the perfect balance and hop character.
- Natian Brewing CuDA Cascadian Dark Ale
A smooth and solid CDA. Worth the try for sure.
- Pyramid Discord Dark IPA
They might as well call it what it is.. a CDA. A very solid beer, and something I would like to see in a 6-pack. Didn't quite top the other CDA's though.
- Surly Hell (Munich Helles)
Solid, zesty, grainy, and balanced. Love the brewery. Get it.
- Upright Brewing Offen Weisse
Damn tasty, light, and smooth. Would like some chilled kegs please.
I think I had a few others that were not listed in the guide, but that is what I am going off of a day later. I only made it down for one day, and that's really all I plan to do. It's a fest that is nice to look forward to each year, and I always plan some vacation days for it.
A special thanks goes to Big Al's in Vancouver, WA for their kind gift and help with enjoying the festival.
Posted by Brewmance at 4:02 PM