Cherry Festivus Reveals 25+ Rare Cherry Beer & Cider Taplist

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We are only a week away from the 2nd annual Cherry Festivus – a celebration of cherry beer and cider, and today we have the full taplist reveal. Best of all, there are still tickets left for the Friday only VIP session at Bazi Bierbrasserie in Portland. The regular session will have general admission available at the door Saturday and Sunday November 19-20. If you like cherry beers and chocolate pairings, this fest is for you and should make a great kickoff to the holiday season.

10 Barrel Brewing: Cherry Baltic Porter
Inspired by a chocolate cherry cordial, this imperial Baltic porter was aged over montmorency cherries. 30 IBUs, 9.8% Abv.

 
Almanac: Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch
Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch takes everything you love about our regular Dogpatch Sour and turns it up to 11. We started with our base red sour ale and added a ridiculous amount of Bing, Rainier and Montmorency Cherries to each barrel for a juicy, intense cherry flavor that exudes summer.  Then we added in whole Madagascar vanilla beans, building on oak’s natural vanilla flavor.  The final blend creates a delicate balance of fruit and oak that keeps you coming back for more.  Pair this summer sipper with game bird, fruit sauces and still-warm pie. 7.5% Abv.
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Cantillon: 100% Kriek Lambic
Cantillon is the brewer of Belgium’s most authentic lambic. This kriek 100% lambic is blended lambic beer brewed with cherries. 5% Abv
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Crooked Stave: Petit Sour – Tart Cherry
Tart Cherry is the fourth varietal in our Petite Sour series. This 5.5% ABV beer pours a rich red, with a snap of tartness from the addition of the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of sour cherries, after being primary fermented in oak with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.

Culmination Brewing: Kriek Mythology 2016 
This light bodied Kriek is a blend of two thirds tart pie cherries and one third sweet cherries. The base beer was conditioned in pinot barrels for 6 months, then conditioned on whole cherries for 2 months which lends aromas of dark fruit and baking spice. 7.0% Alc. by Vol.
De Garde: Petit Kriek
A wild Saison inspired beer. Like all of our beer, this was run through our coolship and naturally fermented in oak foeder. After fermentation and aging in oak on the lees, it was transferred to secondary oak tanks along with fresh Oregon cherries (Brooks and Lapin) from Baird Family Orchards. The secondary fermentation with cherries provides a bold fruit character and vivid color as well as a moderate increase in acidity and alcohol.
6.9% abv

Double Mountain Brewery: ’15 Tahoma Kriek
American Style Brett Beer – 10.3%, 10 BU
The Tahoma Kriek uses a strong Belgian Blonde ale for a base prior to the addition of local Rainier Cherries. Our house yeast strains and Brettanomyces Lambicus, was allowed free reign to develop its sour and complex character, resulting in a stronger, more bracingly tart and juicy ale than the more classic beers in the style. This beauty was kept at cellar temperatures on the whole fruit for 13 months. Best enjoyed with a good cheese and better company.

Ecliptic Brewing: Third Orbit Anniversary Porter
Ecliptic’s third orbit around the sun is on October 20th. To celebrate they brewed an Imperial Porter with a gravity warping amount of cherries. A blend of seven malts along with Columbus, Amarillo, Chinook, and Cascade hops complement the chocolatey cherry flavors.  ABV 9% IBU 50Fort George: Tempest  

Imperial Amber French Saison with Cherries & Vanilla. Peppery esters from the French Saison yeast, layers of cherries and vanilla bean, punctuated with a dry finish. 8.4% Abv.

Fremont Brewing: Cherry edition of Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Star

A one-off Cherry infused Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels. Blend of 24, 12, and 6 month bourbon-barrel Dark Star. 14.5% Abv.

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Great Notion: Orchard Reserve
Saison fermented for 10 months in French Pinot Noir barrels with our house sour culture. The beer is conditioned with Tart Montmorency cherries from Michigan.

Hi-Wheel: Cherry Basil
Fizzy cherry citrus wine infused with fresh basil.  6.8% ABV

Logsdon: Kriek Vier
A quadrupel based beer with intense Kriek flavor aged for 4 months in bourbon barrels with cherries. This beer was compiled by the Logsdon crew of 4 with 4 of our initial seizoen yeast strains and 4 more cultures of Brettanomyces and lactic bacteria. Krieke Vier is a big beer with great flavor intensity and incredible cherry complexity that is smooth and easy to drink.

Logsdon: Cerasus
This is our organic kriek or tart cherry beer, a barrel-aged West Flanders style Red Ale with two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. Both sweet and tart Oregon cherries are added to our oak aged Far West Vlaming during the aging process with a combination of several yeast strains and lactic bacteria to develop a secondary fermentation. The crystal malts, oak tannins, and fruit develope into a soft well rounded beer of Burgundian character. The beer will increase in acidity as it ages providing additional character. 8.5% ABV, 18 IBU

New Belgium: Love Cherry Felix

This is a single source from one special foeder of perfectly soured Felix, our light base beer aged in cherry whiskey barrels from Leopold Brothers Distellery.

pFriem: Oude Kriek
Adding fresh, Hood River cherries to our barrel aged lambic ale makes us happy, but 10 months later, flavors of cherry pie and the dry, tangy finish are even more satisfying.

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Propolis Brewing: Prunus
Grenache barrel aged golden brettanomyces saison with cherries. This is a rare “pre blend” ale straight from the barrel.

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider & Walking Man Brewing: Spiced Cherry Stout Snakebite

My Winter Abbey Spice cider always plays well with others, this time with Walking Man Brewing’s Cherry Stout. The list of ingredients and flavors is long but decidedly wintery: chocolate, cherry, raisins, pie spices, coffee, apple, molasses, oatmeal. Festival exclusive. This is a beer-cider blend and as such is NOT GLUTEN FREE.
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Russian River: Supplication
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

Solera Brewery: Kriek
0 IBU, 5% ABV

Swift: O’Dell All Sour Cherry Cider – 2014/2015 Blend
This is a cherry cider time machine. In 2014 and 2015 we made single batches of dry cider and aged them on copious amounts of Montmorency, Balaton, and Early Richmond sour cherries. We named the cider after our cherry grower in O’Dell, Oregon who gave us nearly every bushel they harvested. Pucker up and let your taste buds enjoy the cherry harvests gone by and long cool nights drifting in a sea of cider. 6.5% ABV – Semi DryThree Magnets: Sour Cherry Helsing
Pollinator cherries and our flagship saison aged for 10 months in Spanish varietal oak white wine barrels. 7.2% Abv.

Upright Brewing: Heart’s Beat
A bold fruit beer fermented entirely in oak casks full of dark cherries, the Hearts’ Beat bridges elements from the world of wine with its tannic structure and varietal depth showcasing Oregon’s finest fruit. 7% AbvUpright Brewing: Shades
The sister beer to the Hearts’ Beat, both of which being named after gems by Charles Mingus, the Shades instead uses Rainier cherries and shows heavier development of wild yeasts for an overall funkier profile. 8% AbvWander Brewing: Sour Cherry Millie
Sour Cherries and lactobacillus. Pours a hazy rose color. Refreshingly tart and effervescent, finishes dry. Aromas of red licorice and cherry blossom accompany flavors of lychee and Japanese plum. 4.4% Abv.
The regular festival session kicks off Saturday, November 19th but there is a special VIP session on Friday November 18th with very limited advance tickets on sale now for $30 that include a collectible glass and 7 drink tickets. General Admission festival tickets are $20 which include a special collectible glass and 6 drink tickets and good for entrance November 19th and 20th.
Additional tickets are available for $2 each. There are only 200 glasses total available for the festival, there may be passes available at the door on Saturday but to assure entry we recommend purchasing in advance.
Friday Nov. 18 – VIP Session 5-11 PM
Saturday Nov. 19 – General Admission 3-11 PM
Sunday Nov. 20 – General Admission 1-7 PM
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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

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