Oregon Garden Brewfest beers & breweries

Oregon Garden BrewfestAs promised, here’s the current beer list that will be pouring at this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest. I have to say I think this is a particularly good list, and instead of making general recommendations—I don’t think you will go too wrong if you know the styles of beer you like—I am putting in bold beers and/or breweries that I am planning to seek out (mostly because they are new and I haven’t tried them yet, or in a few cases are very good and I haven’t had them in far too long). Your mileage may vary, but take a look.

10 Barrel Brewing (Bend, OR)

  • Project Failed Red (5.7%)
  • Pub Beer (German-style Pilsner, 5%)

2 Towns Ciderhouse (Corvallis, OR)

  • Cherry Bl’awesome (Hard Sour Cherry Cider, 6%)
  • Serious Scrump (Dry English Cider, 11%)

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, CA)

  • Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (4.9%)
  • Brew Free or Die IPA (7%)

7 Devils Brewing (Coos Bay, OR)

  • Blacklock Oat Porter (Robust Porter, 5.6%)
  • Lighthouse Session Ale (Blonde Ale, 4.2%)

Alameda Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA (8.2%)
  • P-Town Pilsner (German-style Pilsner, 4%)

Amnesia Brewing (Washougal, WA)

  • Damnesia IPA (6.7%)
  • Crystal Red (6%)

Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA)

  • Sculpin IPA (7%)
  • Calico Amber (5.5%)

Base Camp Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Ripstop Rye Pils (Rye Pilsner, 5.7%)
  • Lost Meridian Wit (Dry-hopped Witbier, 5%)

Blue Moon Brewing (Golden, CO)

  • Blue Moon Belgian-Style White Ale (5.4%)
  • Blue Moon Valencia Amber Ale (5.9%)

Boring Brewing (Boring, OR)

  • Big Yawn IPA (7.2%)
  • Hot Scotch (Strong Scottish with peppers, 8%)

BridgePort Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Trilogy 1 Dry-Hopped Pale Ale (5.2%)
  • Mettle and Mash series TBA (9%)

Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Oblique Black and White Coffee Stout (6.2%)
  • Raspberry Wheat (4.5%)

Coronado Brewing (San Diego, CA)

  • Islander IPA (7%)
  • Orange Avenue Wit (California Wit, 5.2%)

Crispin Cider (Colfax, CA)

  • Crispin Cider (Apple Cider, 5%)
  • Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear (Blackberry Pear Cider, 5%)

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend, OR)

  • Outcast IPA (8%)
  • Half Hitch Mosaic Imperial IPA (10%)

Deluxe Brewing (Albany, OR)

  • Deluxe Resurrection (Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, 5.5%)
  • Pure Sin Schwarzbier (4.7%)

Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR)

  • Kolsch (5.2%)
  • Hop Lava IPA (7%)

Eel River Brewing (Fortuna, CA)

  • California Blonde (5.8%)
  • Organic IPA (English Style IPA, 7.2%)

Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA)

  • Super Fuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale (5.4%)
  • Immortal IPA (6.3%)

Falling Sky Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Feckin Irish Brewing (Oregon City, OR)

  • Feckin Stoned IPA (6.2%)
  • Irish Oatmeal Porter (5.8%)

Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA)

  • Beers TBD

Fish Brewing (Olympia, WA)

  • Organic Amber Ale (5%)
  • Hodgson’s Bitter End IPA (6.5%)

Flat Tail Brewing (Corvallis, OR)

  • Tailgater (Kölsch Style Ale, 5%)
  • 6 am Stout (American Coffee Stout, 6.5%)

Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR)

  • Suicide Squeeze IPA (Session IPA, 4.5%)
  • Divinity Fruit Beer (5.1%)

Georgetown Brewing (Seattle, WA)

  • Manny’s Pale Ale (5.2%)
  • Lucille IPA (6.8%)

Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Gigantic IPA (7.3%)
  • Firebird (Smoked Hefeweizen, 5.9%)

Gilgamesh Brewing (Salem, OR)

  • Mamba (specialty tea-infused ale, 6.5%)
  • Oedipus IPA (5.9%)

Golden Valley Brewery (McMinnville, OR)

  • Geist Bock (German style Helles, 6.5%)
  • Bald Peak IPA (6.5%)

GoodLife Brewing (Bend, OR)

  • Comatose Imperial IPA (9.5%)
  • Sweet As Pacific Ale (6%)

Goose Island Brewing (Chicago, IL)

  • 312 Urban wheat Ale (4.4%)
  • Goose Island IPA (5.9%)

Hop Valley Brewing (Springfield, OR)

  • Citrus Mistress IPA (6.5%)
  • Hop Valley Pale Ale (5.4%)

Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing (Chippewa Falls, WI)

  • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy (4.2%)
  • Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Imperial IPA (8.2%)

Kell’s (Portland, OR)

  • Kell’s Irish Style Red (4.6%)
  • Miley Citrus India Session Lager (dry hopped lager, 4.2%)

Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma, CA)

  • Lagunitas IPA (6.2%)
  • Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale (Imperial Mild Ale, 9.8%)

Laurelwood Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Laurelweizen Bavarian Hefeweizen (4.9%)
  • Free Range Red (6.1%)

Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery (Hood River, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Mazama Brewing (Corvallis, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Nectar Creek Honeywine (Corvallis, OR)

  • Ginger Session Mead (6.2%)
  • Raspberry Session Mead (6.2%)

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)

  • Snap Shot Sour Wheat (5%)
  • Spring Blond (Belgian Blond ale, 6%)

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Sping Reign American Pale (6%)
  • Pravda Bohemian Pilsner (5%)

Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR)

  • Watershed IPA (6.7%)
  • Smokin Hell (Smoked HellsBier, 5.1%)

Old Town Brewing (Portland, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, CO)

  • Dale’s Pale Ale (6.5%)
  • G’Knight Imperial Red IPA (8.7%)

Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, OR)

  • The Governor Maibock (7%)
  • Beer TBD

Plank Town Brewing (Springfield, OR)

  • Reggie English IPA (5.5%)
  • Odd Fellow Wit (3.6%)

Portland Cider Company (Portland, OR)

  • Kinda Dry Cider (7%)
  • Sorta Sweet Cider (4.5%)

RAM Brewery (Salem, OR)

  • Jimmy Hoppa’s IPA (7.1%)
  • Big Horn Hefeweizen (5.2%)

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland, OR)

  • Hallelujah Hopricot Cider (6.9%)
  • Revelation Newtown Pippin Cider (6.9%)

Rusty Truck Brewing (Lincoln City, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Salem Ale Works (Salem, OR)

  • Misery Whip IPA (6.1%)
  • Hootenanny Honey Basil Delicious (4.2%)

Santiam Brewing (Salem, OR)

  • Pirate Stout Rum Barrel Aged Stout (7.9%)
  • Spitfire Extra Special English Pale Ale (6.2%)

Sasquatch Brewery (Portland, OR)

  • Oregon Session Ale (Cream Ale, 4.7%)
  • Celilo CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale, 8.5%)

Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton, OR)

  • Beers TBD

Shock Top (St. Louis, MO)

  • Shock Top Belgian White (5.2%)
  • Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat (5.5%)

Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)

  • Hoptimum Imperial IPA (10%)
  • Ovila Saison with Mandarins and Peppercorns Belgian Style Saison (7.5%)

Silver Moon Brewing (Bend, OR)

  • Voodoo Dog ISR India Session Red (5.5%)
  • Nelson The Spacefish IPA (Rye India Pale Ale, 7.8%)

Stella Artois (~Belgium)

  • Stella Artois Belgian Lager (5%)
  • Stella Artois Cidre European cider (4.5%)

Stone Brewing (Escondido, CA)

  • Beers TBD

Twisted Snout Brewery (Toledo, OR)

  • Razorback RyePA (Rye IPA, 6%)
  • Raspberry Truffle (Meritage, 5.8%)

Uptown Market Brewery (Portland, OR)

  • Uptown Session Ale (Indian Session Ale, 4.5%)
  • Stop Work Stout Irish Dry Stout (5%)

Vagabond Brewing (Salem, OR)

  • Wild Ride IPA (6.3%)
  • Down and Out Stout (7.2%)

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks (Salem, OR)

  • Anthem hops
  • Anthem Cherry

Woodchuck Hard Cider Company (Middlebury, VT)

  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber (5%)
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Raspberry (5%)

The next Session: Brewery history

The Session for May has been announced, and to be more specific than my title, it’s actually on local brewery history. Our host, Reuben Gray of The Tale of the Ale, writes:

In Session 87, I want you to give your readers a history lesson about a local brewery. That’s a physical brewery and not brewing company by the way. The brewery doesn’t need to still exist today, perhaps you had a local brewery that closed down before you were even born. Or you could pick one that has been producing beer on the same site for centuries.

The only thing I ask is that the brewery existed for at least 20 years so don’t pick the local craft brewery that opened two or three years ago. This will exclude most small craft breweries but not all. The reason? There’s not much history in a brewery that has only existed for a few years.

Also, when I say local, I mean within about 8 hours’ drive from where you live. That should cover most bases for the average blogger and in many, allow you to pick one further away if you don’t want to talk about a closer one.

For someone (like me!) who happens to be writing a book about beer and brewing history, with specifics covering certain breweries, this would seem to be a no-brainer. However, obviously I don’t want to write about one of the breweries that will be in the book—I have to keep something for the book, after all—plus the fact that Reuben wants the brewery to have existed for at least 20 years puts a damper on that somewhat. There are only two breweries in Central Oregon that qualify—and they’re going into the book.

But, we have the “within eight hours’ drive limit.” That’s actually kind of silly to me because I wouldn’t consider anywhere I can drive to in eight hours as “local.” For perspective, from Bend (Oregon) that would cover all of Oregon, pretty much all of Washington, most of Idaho, and much of Northern California and Nevada. So, pretty much all of the Pacific Northwest and then some. Though I suppose it could be fair to say “local” to the PNW…

Anyway, write up your local history on Friday, May 2 and post a link to Reuben’s Session post that day, or shoot him an email.

Oregon Garden Brewfest details

Oregon Garden BrewfestThe 10th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest is taking place this weekend, and this is definitely one you are going to want to visit. I’ve attended the last two years (I’ve been fortunate to get a media pass) and I’m not missing this year’s either.

The venue is simply stunning: the Oregon Garden is an 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing an amazing variety of flora. You can spend hours roaming the gardens, and entry to the Garden is included with your Brewfest entry if you’re interested in checking it out. (You won’t be sorry.)

Here are the details for the Brewfest:

  • Friday, April 25: noon to 11pm
  • Saturday, April 26: noon to 11pm
  • Sunday, April 27: noon to 5pm (minors welcome)

Advance admission (buy tickets online here):

  • 1-Day Ticket: $15, includes admission on any single day, a tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets.
  • 3-Day Ticket: $35, includes admission all 3 days, a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.
  • VIP Ticket: $50, includes admission all 3 days, a tasting glass, 35 tasting tickets, a Brewfest T-shirt, and a voucher for one item at the Oregon Garden Resort food booth.

At the door:

  • 1-Day Ticket (sold noon to 5pm Fri. & Sat., all day Sun.): $15, includes admission on any single day for all hours of the festival, a tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets. Must purchase before 5pm.
  • 1-Evening Ticket (sold 5pm to 11pm Fri. & Sat.): $20, includes admission on any single evening, a tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets.
  • 3-Day Ticket: $35, includes admission all 3 days, a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.
  • Silverton Resident 3-Day Ticket: $25, includes admission all 3 days, a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Must show proof of residency.
  • VIP Ticket: $50, includes admission all 3 days, a tasting glass, 35 tasting tickets, a Brewfest T-shirt, and a voucher for one item at the Oregon Garden Resort food booth.
  • Designated Drivers: $5 (includes a bottle of water)
  • Minors: Anyone under 21 is not allowed on Friday or Saturday, but is allowed all day on Sunday (noon to 5pm). Minors are $5 on Sunday, and children 4 and under are free.
  • Garden members receive a $3 discount on tickets purchased at the door. No discount is available online.

Tastes are one ticket each, with a full pour costing four tickets. You can buy additional tickets for $1 apiece (standard for brewfests).

There will be 65 breweries (as well as meaderies and cideries) offering some 130 different beers, ciders, and meads to sample. On top of that, they’ll have a “special” tap as well: “We will also have a rotating tap at the festival, presented by The Gallon House. Follow them on Facebook to find out what’s on tap throughout the festival!

You can view the current beer list here (it’s a PDF); I’ll re-post that here soon, along with some suggestions to keep an eye out for. I don’t know what sort of beers will show up on this rotating tap, if they’re going to be something like the “X-Tap” that some festivals are using now, or what exactly. But worth keeping an eye on.

Keep an eye out for food, as well, an important part of any serious brewfesting. But remember, it is festival food, cart/booth style, with a limited variety of options so if you’re wanting something more substantial you can always head into Silverton and find a place to sit down for a meal as well (you have a number of good options just a few minutes away from the Garden). Here’s what they have listed for the fest:

  • Adam’s Rib Smokehouse – BBQ & Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Al Forno Ferruzza – Pizza
  • Bakke Brothers Jerkey
  • Cucajuba – Smoothies & Gyros
  • Family Dogs Corn Dogs – Corn Dogs made with buffalo meat & organic cornmeal
  • Northwest Cigars [Not food, but you'll find this among them]
  • Oregon Garden Resort – Poutine, Sausages & Smoothered Fries
  • Perennial – Flatbreads
  • Sweet Oregon Rain – Kettle Corn

Finally, Friday and Saturday there will be live entertainment, 12 bands in all across two stages:


  • 5pm JSwift Band - Salem, Main Stage - A mix of modern country with alternative and classic rock influences
  • 6pm Andrew Hussey & Marty Leeds of Jamalia - Eugene, Garden Stage - A unique blend of soul, wit and multi-layered harmonies
  • 7:30pm Dead Wood Standing - Silverton, Main Stage - Loud, fast Americana with a slight garage rock/punk vibe
  • 8pm The Great Hiatum - Eugene, Garden Stage - Dance rock collective
  • 9:30pm Sassparilla - Portland, Main Stage - Indie Roots, Roots Punk, Americana
  • 9:45pm Casey Neill & The Norway Rats – Portland, Garden Stage - Post-punk rock with elements of Scots/Irish tunefulness, feral abandon, and heartland rock


  • 5pm Melville - Portland, Main Stage - Indie rock founded on openness and a collaborative spirit
  • 6pm Massy Ferguson - Seattle, Garden Stage - Americana that leans more toward rock than country
  • 7:30pm Bike Thief - Portland, Main Stage - Indie Rock-Post Rock-Chamber
  • 8pm Redwood Son - Portland, Garden Stage - West Coast Americana with hook-laden Roots-Rock and Alternative Country
  • 9:30pm The Builders & The Butchers – Portland, Main Stage - Folk Rock
  • 9:45pm Tango Alpha Tango – Portland, Garden Stage - A fusion of blues and rock with funky bass lines and psychedelic keys

Oregon Beer News, Week of 4/21/2014

Oregon BeerHere is the news in beer from around Oregon for the week of April 21st. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the week, with general news first then broken out by day—so check back from time to time for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest kicks off this weekend in Silverton at the Oregon Garden—their 10th annual edition of this picturesque beer festival! It runs from noon to 11pm Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5pm Sunday. Admission is $15 for one day which gets you the tasting glass plus five tickets, and there are various price tiers if you’re planning on attending longer (and you can pre-purchase here). This is a great festival you’ll want to attend if you can. Keep watching the blog, I will be posting additional articles on the fest throughout this week.

Changes are in store for this year’s FredFest, taking place Sunday, May 4 at Hair of the Dog Brewing in Portland. The primary change is the splitting up the day into two sessions, the first from 1 to 4:30pm and the second from 5:30 to 9pm. The beers will be the same for both, and there is a limit of 300 tickets available for each, which cost $60 (available here). And from the press release: “While it started as a surprise 80th birthday party for the world-renowned Portland beer writer, FredFest has become a significant fundraiser for the nonprofit organizations that FredFest selects each year. This year’s fundraising recipients include:The Hair of the Dog “house” charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind; International Medical Corps, in memory of Mark Wilson, the husband of Hair of the Dog’s Wendy Sprints, and the Oregon Brew Crew’s OSU Bob McCracken Scholarship, for Fermentation Sciences students.” Get your tickets now if you want to attend!

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The Spring Beer & Wine Fest starts today in Portland

Spring Beer & Wine FestThe 20th annual Spring Wine & Beer Fest kicks off at noon today at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Admission is free today only for the first 500 guests when the doors open.

If you’re not lucky enough to be among the first 500, you can purchase a ticket package online; or at the door, prices are:

  • Admission . . . . . . . . . . .. .$8.00
  • Souvenir beer glass . . . . $10.00
  • Souvenir wine glass . . . . $6.00
  • Plastic Beer mug . . . . . . .$6.00
  • Sampling tokens . . . . . .. .$1.00

Apparently this year only, since it’s the 20th anniversary, you can actually “Bring your favorite SB&WFest souvenir glass from past years to use” which is a good deal. Another new feature (touted on their home page) is growler filling stations, for which you can get one of their growlers filled for $16. (A natural extension of the growler craze of the past several years.)

The Fest runs all weekend, with a bit of a trade show air to it (or so I understand; it’s one of the festivals that I’ve never been to), where attendees can not only try beers, wines, and spirits, but also cheeses, chocolates, and other gourmet foods, and a variety of other goods and services (cutlery, jewelry, hats, trips, etc.). They’re hosting a good-looking list of breweries and cideries pouring some good stuff.

At 20 years this is one of the longer-running beer fests in the state, definitely worth a look if you haven’t been.