North Portland has a newish beer bar and bottle shop called Mayfly that is providing the saintly curated service of craft beer to the underserved Kenton neighborhood. This Saturday, Mayfly is hosting their inaugural Barrel Aged Fest from noon to 11pm.
Mayfly owner Ryan Born tells us, “We tried to keep the styles and abvs varied and not just pack the list with BBA Stouts.”
You can see that variety in the taplist of 12 different hand selected beers from 11 different breweries.
A blend of Super Nebula, Nebula, and Imagine matured in bourbon barrels with Tahitian vanilla pods and organic Peruvian coffee beans. A deeply complex combination with notes of cocoa, chocolate and bourbon and slightly acidic Peruvian coffee beans. Good morning!
Imperial stout matured in 9 & 10 year old bourbon barrels. Additionally aged on house roasted Papua New Guinea & Ghana fair trade cocoa nibs. Complex flavors, with notes of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, roast fig and wood.
This abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging.
Cascade – 2017 Brunch Line 9.6% abv $7.5-8oz. / $4-4oz.
Inspired by the mimosa cocktail, Brunch Line features sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to two years with Willamette Valley-grown Chardonnay grapes, then infused with fresh orange zest.
Ex Novo – Nevermore 11.5% abv $5-8oz. / $3-4oz.
Black Barleywine, fermented with house-smoked figs and cocoa beans. This year’s blend was aged up to a year in Jack Daniels Whiskey and Heaven Hill Barrels.
Ferment – L’or de Noir 8.5% abv $5-8oz. / $3-4oz.
French farmhouse ale aged in pinot noir barrels from the Columbia River Gorge. L’Or de Noir recreates the lost character of the original Bieres de Garde.
Firestone Walker – 2019 Old Man Hatten 10.5% abv $7.5-8oz. / $4-4oz.
A blend of Velvet Merkin, Bravo & Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels. The twist comes from select lots of Parabola & Helldorado that were aged in Woodford Reserve barrels previously used to mature cherry bitters, orange bitters & aromatic bitters.
GoodLife – 2019 Big Winter 11.2% abv $4.5-8oz. / $2.5-4oz.
Imperial Brown ale aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 8 months. Tons of barrel flavor shines through with touches of vanilla, oak and smoooooth booze.
pFriem – Nectarine Golden Ale 6.9% abv $7.5-8oz. / $4-4oz.
Aged in fresh Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc barrels, before adding Flavortop Nectarines, grown in Maryhill. Aromas of marmalade, graham cracker and citrus zest, and notes of peach nectar, cantaloupe and Sauvignon Blanc practically leap from the glass.
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.