The 6th annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival announces their largest beer & cider list yet, with more participating breweries and cideries than ever before. The festival also makes a new home at a larger and greener location in the North Park Blocks. Twenty-Nine Breweries and Seven Cideries combine for Thirty-Six regularly pouring taps, plus a selection of rare and rotating tap lines that will shift through even rarer small kegs throughout the festival. All together over 60 different beers will be poured.
This year’s beer/cider list is also the most diverse and regional yet, with more breweries from across the country but still a majority from Oregon. The brewery list highlights Portland favorites like Burnside Brewing, Hopworks and Breakside Brewery. From south of Portland comes Deschutes, Ninkasi and Sunriver. From Washington and California, Fremont Brewing, Lagunitas and Ballast Point Brewing enter the festival for the first time. There are also brand new buzz-worthy breweries like Culmination Brewing and 54-40 Brewing.
A world class selection of local food vendors will be on-hand to soak up the beer and cider and provide sustenance. Covering four of our favorite beer drinking food groups: HOT LIPS Pizza, Sausages & Pretzels from Urban German Grill, BUNK Sandwiches and Fifty Licks Ice Cream. Hot Lips will also have their all natural fruit sodas for non-alcoholic refreshments for adults and kids.
The three day, all-ages festival is open to the public and underage or non-drinkers at no extra cost. Tunes will be provided by all-star DJ’s each day and an alternative Burnside Brewing Co. can garden will offer affordable and crushable non-fruit beers to the masses.
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is now seeking OLCC certified volunteer pourers with special double ticket bonuses for some shifts. Fill out the form to volunteer here http://www.fruitbeerfest.com/?page_id=811
MAIN FESTIVAL BEER/CIDER LIST:
Alameda Brewing: Saison and Black
Saison with black currants
Inspired by amber saisons of France and the English tradition of combining black currants with beer, we brewed this tangy, garnet colored ale for your summertime enjoyment. Starting with a Belgian pilsner malt base, we add specialty Belgian malts for a nutty, fruity flavor, wheat malt for body and black currants for a bright, earthy berry sharpness. The French saision yeast finishes dry, keeping you coming back for another and another. 7.9% ABV
Block 15 Brewery: Guelah Papaya (IPA with Papaya puree)
IPA brewed with Citra, Azacca, & Galaxy Hops, conditioned on yellow papaya and then dry hopped with Citra, Azacca, and Halleratau Blanc Hops. A tropical fruit jam session. 7.3% ABV
Breakside Brewery: Lightning Punch
Sour ale fermented with a mixed culture of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus and lemons. Dry hopped with an experimental hop from Roy Farms that smells like fresh Oregon strawberries. I’m lovin’ it. 5% Abv and 5 IBUs.
Burnside Brewing: Guanabana Gose
House lacto-cultured Gose carefully soured in the kettle and brewed with a delicate balance of noble hops and Jacobsen sea salt. A cold side infusion of fresh lime zest and soursop purée gives this beer a refreshing twist. Abv 4.5%, ibu 10
The Commons Brewery: Butterflies Hovering
Saison with pineapple and kaffir lime leaves ABV: 5.9%
Culmination Brewing: Sun Rey
Sun Rey is a tea radler brewed with Jasmine Pearl tea lime and raspberries and kettle soured with lacto for a tart and refreshing summer sipper. 4% ABV and 5 IBUs.
Deschutes Brewery Passion Fruit IPA
Passion fruit concentrate was used in this brew contributing tropical, tart fruit character. Juicy citrus aroma and flavor is highlighted by fruity hop aromatics and delightful caramel malt notes in the background. 6.4% ABV and 62 IBUs.
Ecliptic Brewing: Blood Moon India Session Ale
Blood Moon India Session Ale is named after the color of the Moon at the peak of a Lunar Eclipse. Blood Moon has a bright orange color from the Blood Orange used to brew it. Lime zest and 100% Citra hops are also added to make this beer pop with zesty citrus flavors and aromas. ABV 4.5 IBU 65
Ex Novo Brewing: Cactus Wins the Lottery
Berliner Weisse with Prickly Pear. Pink and sour with a sweeter fruity finish. 4.2% Abv.
Fat Head’s: Apricot IBUsive IPA
Our IBUsive IPA aged on apricots for a month. 7.2% Abv and 75 IBU’s.
Fort George: Chasing the Dragon
Light bodied blonde Kettle sour, with Dragonfruit, and black currant added post-fermentation. Slight sweetness with a tart finish. Enjoy chasing the dragon to the bottom of your glass! ABV: 5.4%
Gigantic Brewing: Gigantic & Juice
Gigantic IPA with Pineapple, Tangerine and Grapefruit juices. 6.7% Abv and 70 IBUs.
Hop Valley: The Fruit Man 2016
This beer is a first in a series of fruit beers, and is brewed to blend the boundaries of both “fruit beer” drinkers, and “Hop Forward” beer drinkers. It is an American wheat ale hop bursted and dry hopped with copius amounts of simcoe and mosaic hops, and peach and apricot pureed and added to the fermenter to accentuate the qualities of these two varieties. Fruit and hops in harmony, two fruits two hops, one beer, one love! 6.25 % Abv and 25 IBUs.
Hopworks: POG IPA
The unofficial drink of Hawaii. Blend of Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava mashed together with a NW style IPA. 6.3 % Abv.
Laurelwood: Kiwi Wit (Name TBD)
A small portion of this beer was soured which will give it a nice tartness. The grist is pilsner malt, lots of various types of wheat, and a bit of rolled oats. It uses Mosiac and Galaxy hops to help accentuate the kiwi. This is about all we know right now, other than it should be ready, or close to it, by the media event. Hope this information is helpful. 5.1% ABV, 20 IBU’s
Lompoc Brewing: Raisin Hell
This Oatmeal Raisin Rye is reddish in color with a malty body and a chewy, raisin flavor. Malted rye and rolled oats were added to the mash with 60 pounds of raisins added to the fermentor. 6% ABV
Ninkasi Brewing: Ginger & Juice
Ginger and Apricot Farmhouse Ale
Crisp and complex, this Saison is crafted in the traditional farmhouse- style with subtle hints of real ginger and apricot. Distinctively fruity and slightly peppery with an energetic effervescence, Ginger & Juice finishes dry and satisfying, perfect after a long day’s work. 5.5% Abv 25 IBUs
Stormbreaker Brewing: When I Fruit, I Fruit for the Timbers
Log slices? Cantaloupe slices? This beer is what we hoist over our heads after each goal. We aged this crisp, light, easy drinking blonde ale on 180 lbs. of cantaloupe, which extenuates the flavors of stone fruit and citrus. And even though they ‘Can’t Elope’, it’s the perfect marriage of beer and fruit. ABV: 5.2%
Sunriver Brewing: Blueberry Pancake Pale Ale
This beer combines the doughy, bready and biscuit character of three outstanding British pale malts along with a healthy dose of NW blueberries. The resulting brew is reminiscent of a stack of blueberry pancake. Beer for breakfast anyone? 5.8% Abv.
Upright Brewing: Jasmine Pearl Pils
a delicately layered beer based on the classic German lager style but with the addition of Townshend’s Dragon Pearl Jasmine tea and both whole dried lemons and lemon peels. The beer is light, floral and fruity with a satisfying finish.
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Le Ferme de Pêches
Belgian Style Spelt Farmhouse with Peaches
6.2 % ABV 24 IBU
RARE/ROTATING BEERS & CIDERS LIST:
(Subject to change, these small kegs will rotate throughout the 3 day festival.)
Bend Brewing: Plum Provisional Sour
Bend Brewing: Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter
Fat Head’s: Gin Barrel Aged Prickly Pear Saison
Hopworks: Smoke Cherrywood and Cherry Doppelbock
Breakside: Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Rye Beer w Coconut
Hop Valley: Pinot barrel aged Blueberry Saison
pFriem: Oude Kriek
Cascade: Orange Crusher
Cascade: Grapefruit Wheat
Burnside: Lime and a Coconut
Golden Valley: Cerisely Funky
Golden Valley: Bramble in the Barrel
WHAT: Portland Fruit Beer Festival
WHEN: Friday June 10th 11:30am – 9pm, Saturday June 11th 11am – 9pm, Sunday June 12th 11am – 6pm
WHERE: North Park Blocks (downtown Portland) entrance at NW Davis Street between 8th & Park ave.
PRICE: $25 (includes a branded cup & 12 drink tickets). Advanced ticket purchasers get 3 Extra Drink Tix at http://portlandfruitbeerfest.merctickets.com
LINKS: FruitBeerFest.com, Portland Fruit Beer Festival on Facebook, @FruitBeerFest on Twitter, @FruitBeerFest on instagram.