Hops, Apples, Honey, and Rice Tour with Brian Yaeger & Brewvana
Local beer writer Brian Yaeger can be called many things; troublemaker, raconteur, beer writer, questionable father but who knew expert on all things alcoholic yet gluten-free? Next week he leads his own tour on the Brewvana Brewery Tours Bus that explores everything made from fermented apples, honey and rice.
The special tour is Monday, April 9, from noon - 5:30 p.m. Space is limited and tickets are $85.
The tour begins at Buschwhacker Cider, the only cidery in Portland. Cidermaker Jeff Smith will lead a discussion of “hard” ciders, a segment of the beer market currently enjoying tremendous growth of 25%. The second stop will be Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill. Yamhill County is home to some 280 wineries, but only this one specializes in honey wine and meadmaker Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor will guide guests in discussion and sampling. Next, the bus stops at Saké One in Forest Grove. It is Oregon’s only saké brewery (saké is brewed like beer and is therefore not “rice wine”). Lastly, what’s a Brewvana tour without going to a brewery? The tour concludes at Harvester Brewing, a new brewery in Portland and the only one dedicated to brewing gluten free beers that are proving a hit even among non-Celiacs. Brewmeister James Neumeister will lead the tour and tasting.
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About Brian Yaeger:
Yaeger is the author of "Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey," about the people and places that constitute the brewing industry. He lives in Portland, freelancing as a beer and travel writer contributing to Willamette Week, All About Beer Magazine, Draft, Beer West, and more. Yaeger and his wife open their spare apartment to beercationers at at Inn Beervana. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Yaeger