Cheers to Belgian Beers is back for its eighth year in 2014. 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 fourth 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 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.and Saturday, May 31st 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.
Interested in volunteering on Saturday night?http://www.oregonbrewersguild.events-connect.com/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/738875656165289/
Social Media Hashtag: #ctbb
Beer List Online-Click on this Link
Beer Program with DescriptionsClick on this Link
Cheers to Belgian Beers Yeast Strain:
YEAST STRAIN: 3538 PC | Leuven Pale Ale 4Q12
This vigerous top fermenting Belgian style strain produces a distinct spicy character along with mild esters. Phenolics developed during fermentation may dissipate with conditioning. This strain is an excellent choice for a variety of Belgian beer styles including pales, dubbels and brown ales.
Origin: Leuven, Belgium
Temperature Range: 65-80F (18-27C)
Alcohol Tolerance: 12% ABV