Feast Portland Tasting Panel Focuses on Farmhouse Ales


Portland’s third annual Feast festival of food and drink returns this September, and with it new seminars and beer tasting panels brought to us by Bend’s Drink Tank and Portland’s own Imbibe Magazine. The New School got an exclusive preview of one of these new events, which focuses on the rise in popularity of Farmhouse Ales with an expert panel.


Old MacDonald Had a Brewery
Saturday, September 19, 2015
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

European-style farmhouse ales are going mainstream across America. From breweries that grow their own grains to family farms that have just recently gotten into the brewing biz, get a taste of what these farm-raised brews have to offer.
Panelists: Josh Bernstein, Christian DeBenedetti, Dave Logsdon

At Feast Portland’s tasting panels, Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe, local and national beverage industry experts guide an intimate group of attendees through a tasting of premium beverages. Feast panelists share their extensive knowledge along with a few good stories as they explore new trends in the wine, beer and cocktail world.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 15th at 9am PST on feastportland.com!



Joshua M. Bernstein is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author who writes about food, spirits, travel and beer. So much beer. Over the last 15 years, the full-time freelancer—yes, he occasionally drinks IPAs in his pajamas—has written for scores of newspapers, magazines and websites including Bon Appétit, Men’s Journal, New York, Details, Wine Enthusiast, Saveur, Draft and Imbibe, where he’s a contributing editor. Additionally, he’s the author of Brewed Awakening, his deeply reported take on the global craft-beer revolution, and The Complete Beer Course, which will turn just about anyone into a beer expert. When he’s not writing, riding his bike, walking his dog, Sammy Bernstein, or hanging out with his wife, Jenene, and daughter, Violet, Joshua also runs beer events and tours in New York City. Next time you’re in town, come on one of his homebrew tours. What’s not to love about drinking apartment-brewed beer in a New Yorker’s tiny kitchen?




In the summer of 2014, after more than a decade as a freelance writer for publications including Bon Appétit, Outside, The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, and GQ, and oblivious to the back-breaking process he was about to tackle, Oregon native DeBenedetti began building a small brewery on his family’s historic hazelnut farm in 2014, setting up shop in a hundred year old barn then wildly popular with several species of non-domesticated forest creatures. Together with head brewer Jordan Keeper, his brewery focuses on an array of Belgian-style beers using well water, farm-raised fruits and nuts, and at least one species of native yeast cultivated from an old Italian plumb tree. He is also the author of The Great American Ale Trail (Running Press, 2011), to be expanded in a new edition for 2016, and coauthor of a cookbook, BEER BITES (Chronicle Books), coming in October, 2015, cowritten with Andrea Slonecker.



David Logsdon is the founder of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Brewery, the first artisanal farm brewery located in the United States and a founding member/owner and the first brewer at Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon. He has worked in all aspects of the brewing and beverage industry from brewery start up, product formulation, laboratory manager, packaging development and marketing. He lives in Oregon where he graduated with a Science Degree in Food Science & Technology and is a course instructor at the American Brewers Guild. David is a member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, American Society of Brewing Chemists, The Brewers Association, and former Vice President of the Governing Committee for the American Home Brewers Association and the Oregon Brewers Guild Board of Directors, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Brewers. Beer Competition judging experience includes 9 years as Chief Judge of BrewNZ, Judge Captain at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup Competitions.

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Samurai Artist

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