I have been really enjoying the latest releases from 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Corvallis. The recent release of Rhubarbarian in cans & bottles made my top summer beer/cider list, and the new "Cot in the Act" apricot cider is delicious. The latest in 2 Towns' limited release series, Cot in the Act makes for another delicious summer quencher and has that juicy tartness of apricot that I crave with a little sweetness but no cloying qualities.
Oregon's largest and perhaps most traditional annual Oktoberfest celebration happens in the town of Mount Angel this September 11-14th, where a significant part of downtown is dedicated to German-run traditional businesses. This year's celebration has organizers comparing and choosing the best possible selection of beers for Oktoberfest attendees. A wide variety will be made available in 4 different biergarten venues. Choices will range from German beers brewed in the same tradition for centuries to some very new limited releases.
For perhaps the first time ever, the Oregon Brewers Festival started with a bleak and rain-soaked first day. But, like Noah from the Bible, we built an ark out of old OBF plastic cups and counterfeit tokens to sail those seas. While some looked upon the grey clouds with doom, I thought upon a great cleanse that would wash away the infamously frat boy-heavy, unclean masses to make way for the enlightened beer geeks. Parting the seas like Moses, I adorned traditional Portlandian rain attire and braved the wild of Tom McCall Waterfront Park and have returned with the gospel, handed down to me from above on digital tablets.
The Oregon Brewers Festival continues through this Sunday, now with fewer biblical rain showers.
Double Mountain Brewery has announced the return of its beloved Belgian-style sour Kriek ales to bottles this year. The limited release of the 2013 vintage of Devil's Kriek and Tahoma Kriek will be available on draft and in custom-designed 375ml (12.7oz) split champagne bottles for purchase at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, located in downtown Hood River, on Saturday, July 26th upon opening at 11am. Starting July 28th, a limited supply of bottles will be sold in specialty bottle shops throughout the Northwest.
"Four Years of Bens" should be the tagline as the the strangest and most eccentric beer fest in Portland returns. BenFest will be held this year at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom on Thursday, July 31. BenFest serves as the official closing ceremony of Oregon Craft Beer Month and features new or special-release beers from each of the seven Oregon brewers named Ben.