The 2nd annual Kriekfest (not to be confused with Portland’s Cherry Festivus) returns to Parkdale, Oregon, adjacent to Solera Brewery, on Saturday, June 24th 2017. This year’s outdoor, partially covered event will feature a selection of thirty different cherry beers and ciders, not just krieks, and adds eleven new participating brands, including some wine.
Parkdale is 60 miles east of Portland. Highway 35, which runs from the riverside town of Hood River and is nicknamed the Fruit Loop for its fertile farms, including abundant cherry orchards. The host venue, Solera Brewery, offers breathtaking views of iconic Mt. Hood and the surrounding orchards. Kriekfest 2017 tickets are now available at merctickets.com/go/Kriekfest. They are $25 [including 8 tickets for 4-ounce pours (starting at 2 tickets) and a commemorative glass] online and limited to 750. The event is expected to sell-out again, but if available admission will be $30 at the gate (4945 Baseline Rd.) on Saturday, June 24, 2017. A package that includes transportation from Portland to Parkdale and back via the Brewvana bus is available online for $100 and includes 3 extra tickets. A limited number of rooms are available at Hood River Inn when mentioning “Kriekfest” until June 1. Designated drivers and minors will be admitted free.
Kriek, Flemish for cherry, is a four-centuries-old style of spontaneously-fermented, lambic ales aged on cherries (pits and all). World-class examples imported from Belgium for Kriekfest include Brasserie Cantillon, Brouwerij Drei Fonteinen, and Hanssens Artisanaal. Cherry-growing regions are natural for such beers so it’s no surprise the Hood River Valley’s Belgian-inspired breweries make excellent krieks. The breweries in the Gorge featured at the fest include hosts Solera plus Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Pfriem Family Brewers, and Double Mountain Brewing . Combined with the fecund Willamette Valley, Oregon cherry farmers harvest over 13,000 acres of cherries.