This year’s Bend Brewfest has at least 63 breweries pouring beers (starting tomorrow!), with each brewery (and cidery) bringing at least two beers and ciders, and a number of them also bringing a specialty beer for the X-Tap. The posted beer list looks pretty great this year, and as I’ve done for other brewfests, I’m putting together a list of “must-try” beers for this year’s Bend Brewfest. This will actually consist of two lists: a general guide for folks who may not know what to taste first, and my own list of must-trys. I’m not counting the X-Tap beers because their schedule may well preclude when you can attend.
Incidentally, I count three pumpkin ales at this year’s Brewfest—three! Never mind it’s still August, I’m going to have to get them anyway.
|General Guide||My Picks|
|*Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cream Ale – This is a great cream ale and perfect summer beer
*Atlas Blackberry Cider – A favorite that both beer and cider fans will enjoy
*Bend Brewing Ludwig German Pilsner – Great example of the style and perfect for summer drinking
*Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch – A hidden gem, refreshing, super drinkable with the perfect amount of lime
*Crux Outcast IPA – A good example of the style
*Deluxe Brewing Resurrection – Pre-Prohibition-style Pilsner, with a nice corn character
*Deschutes Foray Belgian IPA – This Belgian-styled IPA is eye-opening with a terrific herbal hop flavor
*GoodLife Sweet As – One of the local favorites, you’ll want to see what the fuss is about
*Klamath Basin Backroad Vanilla Porter – A slightly sweet porter than should satisfy cravings for dark beer
*Payette Brewing Outlaw IPA – A nice American-style IPA from Idaho
*Sunriver Brewing Fuzztail Hefeweizen – Delicious cloudy hefe (as it should be)
*The Dudes’ Grandma’s Pecan Brown – I’ve heard good things about this, and brown ales are tough to get right
*Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout – A delicious stout that hits all the right marks
*The Commons Urban Farmhouse Ale – Simply a great example of a Saison
|*10 Barrel Cider Weisse – This is a blend of their Berliner weisse with cider, of which I’ve had a taste but I want to revisit
*Ashtown Chardonnay Barrel Aged Blonde Ale – I haven’t had any Ashtown beers yet and this sounds intriguing
*Burnside Brewing Couch Lager – I’m intrigued both by the name and the fact that it’s a lager (we don’t see enough lagers!)
*Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch – I simply really, really like this beer
*Columbia River Burtonian IPA – Curious to see if it’s a true Burton-styled beer, which should be almost sulfury with minerals
*Double Mountain Cluster Single Hop IPA – Variously known as Clusterf#ck – brewed entirely with one of the older American hop varieties
*Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Yes, the first taste of the season of one of the best pumpkin beers out there
*Flat Tail Little Green – This is a great blend of a “session” IPA and a saison that has no business working as well as it does. Probably my favorite Flat Tail beer
*Juniper Brewing Sippin’ Sauce Saison – I’m pretty curious about this beer from one of Redmond’s newest
*Laurelwood Berliner Weisse – At 3.4% abv, in the true fashion
*North Rim Pumpkin Ale – A pumpkin ale from Bend’s newest brewery! Of course I have to try it!
*Reverend Nat’s Traditional Tepache – A cider-like drink made entirely from pineapple, I’ve been dying to try this since I first read about it
Hopefully this should give you at least a starting point. Enjoy!