Bend Brewfest: Beers to try

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 AleThis is a great cream ale and perfect summer beer
*Atlas Blackberry CiderA favorite that both beer and cider fans will enjoy
*Bend Brewing Ludwig German PilsnerGreat example of the style and perfect for summer drinking
*Burnside Brewing Lime KolschA hidden gem, refreshing, super drinkable with the perfect amount of lime
*Crux Outcast IPAA good example of the style
*Deluxe Brewing ResurrectionPre-Prohibition-style Pilsner, with a nice corn character
*Deschutes Foray Belgian IPAThis Belgian-styled IPA is eye-opening with a terrific herbal hop flavor
*GoodLife Sweet AsOne of the local favorites, you’ll want to see what the fuss is about
*Klamath Basin Backroad Vanilla PorterA slightly sweet porter than should satisfy cravings for dark beer
*Payette Brewing Outlaw IPAA nice American-style IPA from Idaho
*Sunriver Brewing Fuzztail HefeweizenDelicious cloudy hefe (as it should be)
*The Dudes’ Grandma’s Pecan BrownI’ve heard good things about this, and brown ales are tough to get right
*Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double Latte Coffee Milk StoutA delicious stout that hits all the right marks
*The Commons Urban Farmhouse AleSimply a great example of a Saison
*10 Barrel Cider WeisseThis 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 AleI haven’t had any Ashtown beers yet and this sounds intriguing
*Burnside Brewing Couch LagerI’m intrigued both by the name and the fact that it’s a lager (we don’t see enough lagers!)
*Burnside Brewing Lime KolschI simply really, really like this beer
*Columbia River Burtonian IPACurious to see if it’s a true Burton-styled beer, which should be almost sulfury with minerals
*Double Mountain Cluster Single Hop IPAVariously known as Clusterf#ck – brewed entirely with one of the older American hop varieties
*Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin AleYes, the first taste of the season of one of the best pumpkin beers out there
*Flat Tail Little GreenThis 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 SaisonI’m pretty curious about this beer from one of Redmond’s newest
*Laurelwood Berliner WeisseAt 3.4% abv, in the true fashion
*North Rim Pumpkin AleA pumpkin ale from Bend’s newest brewery! Of course I have to try it!
*Reverend Nat’s Traditional TepacheA 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!