Cheers to Belgian Beers

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. Since 2008, Oregon brewers have won medals in the Belgian-Style or Sour Ale categories every year at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup (that’s seven years in a row for those who are counting). The 2014 Cheers to Belgian Beers currently features 56 beers from 50 brewing companies with more beers expected by the day of the festival.

For the 5th year, the festivities will be at Metalcraft Fabrication, 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 food from the Bunk Truckwill be available after noon on Saturday. If you need to pick up some official Timbers Army merchandise for the match on Sunday, the No Pity Van will be onsite as well. 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: Metalcraft Fabrication 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.

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Beer List Online-Click on this Link

Beer Program with DescriptionsClick on this Link

Homebrew Competition info

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
Flocculation: medium
Attenuation: 73-77%
Temperature Range: 65-75° F (18-24° C)
Alcohol Tolerance: approximately 12% ABV

View the Dart throw results by clicking on this link.