Say what you like about Rogue Ales and The Green Dragon over the years, their annual Firkin Fest—the ninth of which is taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, from 11am to 6pm at the Dragon—is one of those Portland events that I wish I didn’t live three hours away from so that I could attend. I mean, a festival dedicated to all cask ales? Yes please! Even better, it’s a fundraising benefit; Noah Smith from Rogue wrote to me, “Proceeds from the event will benefit Buckman Elementary School. Last year we were able to raise $3,000 for the school and we are hoping to increase that number this year!”
The event will feature firkin beers from 30 of Oregon’s top breweries – Firkin beers are unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated in the cask and served at cellar temperature.
General admission session: 11am-6pm ($10)
(General admission includes entrace to the fest, souvenir tasting glass, and 5 taster tickets)
VIF session: 2pm-4pm ($25)
(Very Impressive Firkin session includes general admission and access to 3 special Firkin tastings in the Green Dragon Barrel Room. VIF tickets are limited to 50 people)
Additional taster tickets will be available for $1 each.
Online ticket sales have closed but the site indicated you could still get both type (general and VIF) at the door.
They are expecting firkins from the following breweries:
Bent Shovel Brewing
Montavilla Brew Works
Beer Valley Brewing Company
Green Dragon Brew Crew
Fearless Brewing Company
Three Mugs Brewing Company
Stickmen Brewing Company
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Migration Brewing Company
Plank Town Brewing Company
Red Ox Brewing
Seven Brides Brewing
Twisted Snout Brewery
Ex Novo Brewing
Deception Brewing Company
Rock Bottom Brewery – Milwaukee
Gigantic Brewing Company
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Baerlic Brewing Co.
Base Camp Brewing Company
Fat Head’s Portland
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Should be a fun fest, and one I will need to make time to visit one day.