3rd Annual Cherry Festivus: A Cherry Beer & Cider Celebration

Bazi Bierbrasserie in SE Portland is set to become the new Thirsty Monk next year, but before that the place is going out with a bang with the 3rd annual Cherry Festivus, a celebration of cherry beer and cider with chocolate pairings and cherry food and cocktail specials. Held just in time for the holiday season, the 3rd annual Cherry Festivus will take place with a limited ticketed VIP session on Fri. Nov. 17th and general admission and walk-up entry on Sat. and Sun. November 18-19th. This year’s mini-fest features more than twenty-five rare beers and ciders made with cherries in a variety of beer styles and cherry varieties, from light and golden Rainier cherry farmhouse ales to tart pie cherries, rich black cherries and even barrel-aged stouts with local bing cherries. Fest-goers also have the opportunity to pair locally made artisan chocolate from Xocolatl de David with their beers in pre-selected individual pairings or beer and chocolate flights.

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The 3rd annual Cherry Festivus beer and cider lineup is not just kriek’s, but beers in a variety of styles from dark, rich and barrel-aged to Belgians and sours.

Beer & Cider Taplist

Alesong Brewing & Blending: Cherry Parliament
We initially matured this unique wild ale on Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. It was then moved into second use bourbon barrels with bing and lapin cherries from Hood River, OR, to provide tart and sweet flavors that marry with the mild oak and funkadelic yeast complexities. Ya dig? 7.4% Abv.

Almanac Brewing: Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch
Sour red ale aged in wine barrels with Bing, Rainier, and Montmorency cherries and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. 7.54% Abv.

Almanac Brewing: Cherry Picker
Cherry Picker is our newest fruit-forward Brettanomyces ale. After hand-selecting our best Brett beer barrels with the brightest fruit character, we added Balaton and Montmorency cherries picked from the very highest tree branches, closest to the sun, for maximum ripeness. We then blended the components back together, fusing Brett funk with cherry pie aromas to create a rich, crimson, cherry bomb of a beer. 6.9% Abv.

Bend Brewing: Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter
A blend of year-old and fresh baltic porter aged on Montmorency cherries for three months. 9.5% Abv.

The Bruery: Sans Pagaie
A take on a Belgian-style kriek, which is a sour blonde ale aged in barrels with cherries. The base beer has a subtle funk, which melds gently with the fruit giving this beer flavors reminiscent of coconut, vanilla yogurt and of, course, fresh cherries. A complex beer, perfect for a warm California day in the park with a slice of homemade cheesecake. 6.6% Abv.

Beachwood Blendery: Careful with that Cherry, Eugene
Belgian Lambic-style sour ale brewed with Cherries.

Burnside Brewing: Cherry Sweet Heat
A one-off cherry infused version of Burnside Brewing’s Gold medal winning Sweet Heat, a wheat beer brewed with apricots and scotch bonnet peppers. This special version with the extra sweet and tart twang of real cherries!

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer: Petit Sour 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. 5.5% Abv.

Culmination Brewing: Kriek Noir
A dark Lambic-style cherry sour ale.

De Garde Brewing: Kriek
Double Mountain Brewing: Devil’s Kriek

Engine House No 9: Wild Tacoma Cherry
American Wild Ale with Bing Cherries 5.8% ABV
Deliciously tart wild ale with a brilliant red tone blended from 1-3 year old barrels of our house “Wild Tacoma” mixed culture ale. Racked onto whole Bing cherries from our friends at Diamondback Acres in Chelan, Washington. Crisp, and refreshing with a slight hint of barrel character.

Fort George Brewing/Finnriver Cidery: Shady Grove
A blend of deep red, fruity, tart and funky saison with wild yeast and brett aged in oak wine barrels with a dark black cherry cider, also aged in French oak wine barrels.  It’s a union of sour cider and sour saison aged in wine barrels. 6.5% Abv.

Fremont Brewing: Cherry 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.

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: Krieke 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. 9.9% Abv.

Lompoc Brewing: Kriektucky
Golden Ale aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill Distillery Bourbon barrels on 45 lbs of sour cherries. 5.5% Abv.

Marble Brewing: Cherry Gose
Sharp acidity meets subtle sweetness balanced with clean salinity. Beat the heat with this Red Cherry infused Gose! 4.6% Abv.

Oakshire Brewing: Heart Shaped Box
Bourbon barrel-agedimperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, espresso and sweet cherries. 12% Abv.

Ommegang Brewery: Rosetta
Ale aged on cherries. Traditional Belgian Kriek, pleasingly tart with a touch of sweetness. Brewed exclusively for Brewery Ommegang by Liefmans, a sister brewery, in Belgium. 5.6% Abv.

pFriem Family Brewers: 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. 5.6% Abv.

Portland Cider: The Queen’s Kriek
We’ve combined Belgian & English traditions with fresh Oregon Cherries and classic beer making techniques to create a dynamic Kriek-style cider.  Aged for over 6 months, with at least 1 month in charred oak barrels for tons of body, character and depth. Dry, and lightly tart, with a little fizz; Truly a cider fit for the Queen.

Prairie Artisan Ales: Vape Tricks
Sour ale aged on cherries. 5.9% Abv.

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

Ruse Brewing: Kriek
Flanders red base primarily fermented in stainless with our house ale strain then transfered into pinot noir barrels from Violin Wine on top of 100+lbs/cask of Bing cherries from amazing fruit growers Baird Family Orchards. All bacteria and yeast sourced from the skins of the fruit. 6.2% ABV.

‘t Hofbrouwerijke: Anarkriek, 2016 vintage
Belgian Strong Dark Ale with cherries. 8.5% Abv.

Upright Brewing: Shades
Shades also uses cherries from Baird, although in this case we’re talking Rainiers, which don’t alter the color of the beer. This is deceiving, because it’s loaded with fruit flavor–employing over 100 pounds per cask–although this blend only comprised six barrels. Upright brewers used two different lots of cherries, one notably sweet and the other tart, and inoculated the casks with three different brettanomyces strains. The beer was aged and conditioned just like the Hearts’ Beat, but the brett was pushed further to produce a funkier aromatic profile with a bit more acidity. Both beers are named after a Charles Mingus composition from his album “The Black Saint and Sinner Lady.” 8% Abv.

Wander Brewing: Addo Kriek
European specialty malts. German Noble hops. Mixed culture fermentation. Foeder aged for 9 months followed by 3 months of aging on Montmorency cherries. Crimson hued. Dark tart fruit, oak, clove, effervescent, sour. Dry. 7.3% ABV // 5 IBU // 18 SRM

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery: Sebastian Cherry
Tart and lush with rich, pie spice-like notes, our Sebastian Cherry is a blend of several oak-aged Sebastian saisons refermented in the cask with local Montmorency cherries. Try it with with any rich pork dish or even a ripe & aromatic bleu cheese. 6.4%abv

VIP Session Tickets are now on sale for Friday, November 17th from 5 – Midnight for $30 and include a collectible branded glass and 7 drink tickets.

General Admission Tickets for Saturday, Nov. 18th 1pm – Midnight & Sunday, Nov. 19th 1pm – 9pm are $20 and include a collectible branded glass and 6 drink tickets.

3rd annual Cherry Festivus facebook event page.

3rd annual
Nov. 18-19, 2017
1522 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
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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