Winter seasonal beers that celebrate Christian or agnostic holidays are common, but how often (or ever) have you had a Hanukkah (or Chanukah) beer? Portland’s only kosher certified brewery Leikam Brewing has dropped their 2019 Maccabeer, a Hanukkah beer that supports Habitat for Humanity’s House That Beer Built project.
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival, one of Portland’s fastest growing and most anticipated festivals, is returning for its 4th year this June 6 – 8th with a larger selection of beers and the addition of a new Friday evening session. With more than 25 breweries brewing exotic, sour, dark, and light and barrel-aged beers, this fest is not just for lovers of light and fruffy beers, but exciting for beer geeks, too. Tickets are now on sale and the details of the companion homebrew competition have been announced.
With a beer list curated by yours truly, featuring some of Oregon’s best brewers and a few regional big guys as well, I think you can expect something for everyone, even with two cideries this year – 2 Towns and Reverend Nat’s. The PFBF is the first of its kind and also the largest and beer entries use a wide range of fruits, from passion fruit, peaches, and cherries to rhubarb, pears, and blueberries. Some of the participating breweries include: Deschutes, Hopworks, 10 Barrel Brewing, Stone Brewing, Ecliptic, Breakside Brewery, The Commons, Laurelwood, Upright, Elysian, Reverend Nat’s, 2 Towns Cider, and Flat Tail Brewing, with many more TBA. As in previous years, the Portland Fruit Beer Festival is an all-ages event and features local food carts and vendors, as well as a full pub menu inside Burnside Brewing Co. This year’s festival is expanding by adding another session on the evening of Friday, June 6th. This intimate event will be held in Burnside Brewing Co.’s parking lot and will be limited to just 400 advanced tickets. Attendees to this new VIP session get an early preview of the beers, including some special rare tappings, while beating the larger crowds on Saturday & Sunday. VIP session tickets are now on sale for $30. Full beer list, food vendors, and a brand new official Fruit Beer Festival bottled collaboration beer are all still to be announced.
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
Annual Homebrew Competition
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is proud to again partner with the Oregon Brew Crew on our annual Homebrew Competition, sponsored by Burnside Brewing. This is an non-BJCP style competition open to any homebrewer regardless of location or club affiliation. [If you wish to judge, please email Jeremie Landers at firstname.lastname@example.org] Do you make the best fruit beer? Prove it! The main rule is that you must use real fruit whole, pureed, dried or juiced. No artificial extracts or flavorings are allowed. If using fresh fruit, please clean your fruit of any wax or pesticides before use. Entries will be divided into five categories: Light Colored (12 SRM and lower), Dark Colored (greater than 12 SRM), Sour, Spice/Herb, and Hard Cider. The Best of Show will then be determined from the winners of those categories. Your beer will be judged with simple sensory analysis sheets designed to give feedback without regard to total overall score. Prizes for each first place in the three categories are a $20 gift certificate to Burnside Brewing. The Best of Show grand prize will win an additional $50 gift certificate! The winners will be announced on Saturday, June 7th at 2pm during the festival. Entries accepted at Burnside Brewing and F.H. Steinbart’s from Monday May 12 to Friday, May 30th by the end of business with judging to commence the next day Saturday, May 31st (we need judges!). Each entry costs $7, but you get three PFBF beer tickets in return for each entry (to collect tickets your name will be on a list at the festival gates). Please make check, money orders out to “Oregon Brew Crew” with a memo of “PFBF Entry Fee” to be included with your entry. (Submit cash at your own risk.) There are no entry limits. One beer per category please (no spamming multiple categories with one beer). For each entry please submit two unmarked 10 – 22 oz. bottles, each bottle accompanied by a bottle identification form rubber banded to it. On the entry form, please specify all fruit(s) used and (if applicable) all spice/herb(s) used. Recipes are not necessary. Specify the category you’re entering or it may be miscategorized. Entries missing forms or using tape or sticker of any kind will be automatically disqualified without refund. Again this year, the PFBF Dinner will feature a specially crafted menu to compliment the homebrews selected for it. If you would like your beer to be considered for this dinner, and receive free entry to it (a minimum $50 value), please mark in BIG BLOCK LETTERS at the top of your entry form “PFBF DINNER ENTRY”. If your beer is chosen, you must have at least 3 gallons worth of beer, and be willing to donate it to the PFBF. You do not need to enter the homebrew comp in order to be considered for the PFBF Dinner, but you may enter if desired. Burnside Brewing is graciously donating a sum of money to the Oregon Brew Crew for it’s help in the competition. You can show your support and thanks, if you are a licensed OLCC server, by volunteering for a shift to pour beer for them during the festival. Contact Holly Emery-Walen at email@example.com. The general festival info page is here. You can get an OLCC server permit ONLINE. Go here: http://www.oregonrla.org/training/alcoholserver.php If you have any questions about the competition, or would like to judge, please email Jeremie Landers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.