Cheers to Belgian Beers is back for its 9th year in 2015. The Belgian-style Ale Festival will feature a single yeast strain for the beers entered, determined by a dart throw to diversify the color and strength of the beers. When Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers started in 2007, it was to help introduce Oregonians to the breadth of style and flavors of beers brewed in Belgium. From 2008-2014, Oregon brewers won medals in the Belgian-Style or Sour Ale categories every year at the Great American Beer Festival or the World Beer Cup. (that’s seven years in a row for those who are counting).
For the 5th year, the festivities will be at MCF Craft Brewing Systems, 723 N. Tillamook in Portland, a maker of brewing systems and fermentation tanks for the rapidly growing craft beer industry in Oregon, as well as for craft brewers around the United States. The outside area will be tented and food from Philadelphia’s Steaks & Hoagies andUrban German will be available on Friday and Saturday and we will see if we need food from the Bunk Truckon Saturday. If you need to pick up some official Timbers Army merch, the No Pity Van may be onsite as well. Card carrying Timbers Army 107ists get a discounted price on admission – just show up with your card and cash. People are encouraged to take public transportation (the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops 1 block away and the Yellow Max Line stops 2 and 3 blocks away) or ride their bike (we will have bike parking outside for 100+ bikes). Parking is available on the street between Broadway and N. Graham St.
Please don’t park in front of any neighboring businesses with no parking signs. CASH ONLY.
What: Cheers to Belgian Beers, Belgian-Style Beer Fest
When: Friday, May 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.and Saturday, May 9th from noon to 8 p.m.
Where: MCF Craft Brewing Systems, 723 N Tillamook St., Portland – Map
How: Admission is free. There is a $15 charge for a stemmed glass and five taste tickets, which is required to taste. Additional tastes are $1. This is a 21 and over only event-sorry parents with minors.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/869891483057068//
Social Media Hashtag: #ctbb
DART THROW RESULTS
The Annual Dart throw for CTBB 2015 was held Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 6pm at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland. View or Download the Results
Beer List Online from 2014Click on this Link
Beer Program with Descriptions-from 2014Click on this Link
Cheers to Belgian Beers Yeast Strain:
1762 | Belgian Abbey II™
An excellent yeast strain for use in Belgian dark strong ales. This strain has a relatively “clean profile” which allows a rich malt and distinctive ethanol character to shine. Delicate dried fruit esters can be produced when used at higher fermentation temperatures or in a high gravity wort.
Origin: Abbaye du Nortre Dame
Temperature Range: 65-75° F (18-24° C)
Alcohol Tolerance: approximately 12% ABV