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Bailey’s Taproom Debuts UKFest and Baerlic Makes New Hausbier

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Downtown Portland’s Bailey’s Taproom is introducing a new broadly regional themed beer event with the UKFest that focuses on English-style American beers, and Baerlic Brewing will debut new Bailey’s Hausbier series “All Gold Everything”.

Bailey’s will host the UKFest on Saturday, February 18th as the pub continues celebrating its 10th anniversary year. Baerlic Brewing’s “All Gold Everything” is the brewery’s take on a British Golden Ale, also know as an English Summer Ale. This beer will be a light-drinking session ale to debut on firkin, live most of its life on a regular CO2 tap, and finally the last of the batch will be poured as cask inoculated with wild yeast to replicate the Stock Ale of England’s pub past.

According to a recent announcement from Bailey’s, the reason and inspiration for the new British influenced beer fest and collab is a backlash to the new fangled trendy American beers. From the press release:

America has become the epicenter of craft beer culture. We push the envelope with styles and blur the lines of tradition to create beer that’s as exciting as it is delicious. But with the popularity of so many extreme flavors (hops galore, sours, adjunct-heavy dark beer) we’re beginning to see a backlash. We’ve been focused on the exotic for so long that we’ve forgotten our roots.”

Before there was a craft beer bar in every neighborhood, beer fanatics frequented English-style pubs for an alternative to the yellow, fizzy stuff. Simple, malt-driven styles, great for long sessions of imbibing were the preferred pint fillers. As hops grew to steal the beer spotlight in the States, the word “malty” became beer geek kryptonite. The irony is that those pale & bitter ales from across the pond are at the foundation of our American beer revolution. This house was built on English yeast, noble hops, & Marris Otter malt and it’s time to revisit just what inspired those early American craft brewers to borrow from the Old Country. With German & Belgian styles getting a lot of love the past 10 years in American craft, exploring the styles from the United Kingdom in-depth seems like the final frontier in our palate-wrecked environment.

 

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Thus we bring you UKfest; A nod to our crafty forefathers where Irish, Scottish, & English styles get a day of appreciation. Bailey’s Taproom has curated a draft list of American interpretations which blend traditionalism with twists on the classics for a mix that plays to a wide range of tastes. Cheers!

 

UKfest Draft List:

 

CiderRiot! – Plastic Paddy

Liberty – Stonewall

Baerlic/Bailey’s – All Gold Everything (Hausbier 2)

Magnolia – Aliciella

Heretic – Bitter Truth

Breakside – Bergamot Special Bitter

Hop Valley – Mild at Heart

Double Mountain – Nitro Black Irish

StormBreaker – Oatmeal Stout

Machine House – Burton-style IPA

Stone – Emperial IIPA

Fat Head’s – ESB

Cascade Lakes – Painted Racer

Ancestry – Cafe Brown

Kells – Irish Red

The Commons – Dark Mild

Falling Sky – Coffee Dark Mild

Ex Novo – Scotch Ale with Heather

Gigantic – Mons Meg

Goodlife – Scotch on Scotch

Culmination – Trumpet Major

Against the Grain – Buffalohead

Firestone Walker – Bravo

Montavilla – 2015 Old Fellowship

Pelican – Mother of all Storms

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

2 Comments

  1. sabes

    February 8, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Ummm….Ireland isn’t part of the United Kingdom

    • bill

      February 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom and it counts enough for me to put on a fun event celebrating Western European beer culture.

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