PORTLAND, Ore. (May 15, 2018) – The Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, which showcases Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers, has announced the initial brewery and beer lineup for this year’s event. The 12th annual festival will take place June 1 and June 2 at The North Warehouse at 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.
What makes the Cheers to Belgian Beers festival unusual is that nearly every beer is made using the same primary yeast strain—Precious—a classic Belgian yeast that features a very mild phenolic character balanced with moderate fruitiness. This year, brewers were also given the option to add a secondary aging strain, Suburban Brett, a brettanomyces yeast that shines when used in wood barrels, producing complex and balanced aromas of sour cherry and dried fruit.
To ensure diversity among the beers submitted—as well as show off the creativity of Oregon’s craft brewers—the color and strength of each brewery’s beer was determined by a dart throw held earlier this year. Depending on where the dart landed on the board determined whether that brewery would brew a Belgian-style beer that was light or dark in color, with amber as the midpoint; and low or high in alcohol, with six percent being the midpoint. Breweries that hit a bullseye got to select their own color and strength.
The festival is donating $1 from every ticket package sold to The House That Beer Built, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and the local craft beer industry. This exciting new collaboration celebrates the strength and creativity of Oregon’s craft beer industry, along with its passion for community involvement. Participating breweries and businesses pledge to raise funds with the goal of collectively raising $75,000 to fully sponsor a home for a Portland family. Learn more about Habitat’s work at Habitatportlandmetro.org.
Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place inside The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Urban German Grill and Monk’s Deli; Brewed Oregon will be selling Oregon craft beer gear and apparel. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.