McMenamins Hillsdale Brewfest

Participate in the olympics, the Mcmenamins olympics of beer aka Battle of the Brews at the Hillsdale Brewfest on Feb. 24th. The Fest offers spectators/drinkers the chance to directly influence the results by judging each’s brewer’s ale-leticism in the form of taster trays. After sampling the 22 McMenamins-made varieties, fans cast their ballots for winners as brewers compete for the coveted title and gold medal belt.

More from a press release:

Hazy IPA’s and fruity beers are the trend this year, and were made specifically for the brewfest. Other one-off beers range in styles from Pale Ales, Pilsners, Porters and more. New this year to the festival is live music! The Coastline will jam from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This event is a McMenamins classic – as it takes place at the first brewpub in Oregon, which paved the way for future craft breweries in the state.

Below are a few competing beers that will be on tap this year, as well as more specific information about the event and check out where you can see the full list of beers competing!


Cascadia Haze New England IPA

Edgefield Brewery

Hazy, dank and excessively dry-hopped, Cascadia Haze was made with Unmalted Wheat and Flaked Barley to assist with haze formation, dry-hopped with huge amounts of Cascade Hops, and the water chemistry was tweaked to lessen bitterness and let hop flavor shine.

Johnny Flipflops Tropical Sour

Crystal Brewery

A tropical sour features a tart bite balanced by flavors of tropical and mango.


Just Peachy

Old St. Francis Brewery

A nice, light, malty Cream Ale with some peaches and lactose for a fruity and smooth beer all the way down.

Event: 25th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. – close

Place: Hillsdale Brewery & Public House

Address: 1505 S.W. Sunset Blvd., Portland, OR 97239

All ages welcome, 21 and over to drink

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