The full beer list for the 2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival has been released alongside a behind-the-scenes, making-of style video for one of the beers, Laurelwood's 'Cascara Obscura'.
Expanding from 15 regular entries at last year's fest, the 2012 edition has 25 entries--24 beers and one hard cider. That number doesn't include the addition of a super-special batch of cider from Bushwhacker Cidery, Brooklyn Sour, that is limited to just 2 kegs. The list should please many, with its range from classic fruit beer flavors like cherries, to exotic offerings like papaya, to bourbon barrel-aged and sour beers. There will be something for everyone.
Last year one of my favorite beers was Block 15's beer brewed with guava. This year Block 15 has switched it up a bit with a beer made with papaya, based a similar sounding partially barrel-aged recipe. I can't wait to try it.
Two of the most popular beers from last year, Widmer's Gose and Alameda's Huckleberry Hound, are back but slightly tweaked. Last year the original Gose from Widmer used raspberries, but this year's has marionberries. The Huckleberry Hound was an Imperial IPA last year, but now it's been toned down to a regular-strength IPA.
Ninkasi is sure to sell out fast with its first-ever bourbon barrel-aged beer featuring the base of this year's Renewale, which was a smokey porter I loved. I bet it will be sublime with the addition of bourbon and cherries.
Breakside Brewery is trying something crazy as usual by throwing whole strawberry rhubarb pies into the beer at every stage, from mash to boil to fermenter.
The Commons Brewery, fresh off its World Beer Cup medal, has a really tasty sounding exotic beer inspired by Vietnamese cooking and featuring mangos, Thai basil, lemongrass and lime.
The Beer List:
10 Barrel Brewing: Raspberry Sour
Alameda Brewing Company: Huckleberry Hound
Malts: 2-Row, Pilsner. Hops: Millenium, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade
Bend Brewing Company: Ching Ching
Block 15 Brewing Company: Tropical Storm
Boneyard Beer Company: Femme Fatale
Breakside Brewery: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Burnside Brewing: Red Light District
The Commons Brewery: Saigon Saison
Deschutes Brewery: Extinction Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
1. Festina Peche
2. Tweason’aleGluten-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
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).
Flat Tail Brewing Company: Strawberry Rhubarb Corvaller Weisse
Fort George Brewery and Public House: South
IBU: Mild to Medium Bitterness (Note the qualitative rather than quantitative bitterness rating)
Gigantic Brewing Company: Hot Town, Summer in the City
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Belgian Apple Beer
Laurelwood Brewing Company: Camera Obscura
Lompoc Brewing: Bomb.com
New Belgium Brewing: Hip Hop Saison
Ninkasi Brewing Company: Cherry Bourbon Renewale Porter
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.
Oakshire Brewing: Whack & Unwrap
Upright Brewing: Levinator
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Marrionberry Hibiscus Gose
2 Towns Ciderhouse: The Bad Apple
Bushwhacker Cider: Brookland Sour
Those are just a few of many many beers I am dying to try.
The pertinent info:
2012 PORTLAND FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL F.A.Q.
Friday June 8th Pre-Fest Homebrewers Dinner 6 - 9pm
Saturday June 9th 10am - 11pm VIP Hour
Saturday June 9th 11am - 9pm
Sunday June 10th 11am - 6pm
Purchase Advanced Tickets: http://portlandfruitbeerfest.strangertickets.com/
7th & E. Burnside on the North side of the street. Taking place between Burnside & Couch streets on 7th and in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing Co. at 701 E. Burnside Portland, OR 97214