Today Portland’s 2nd annual Cherry Festivus, reveals their 25+ strong taplist of Cherry beers and ciders one week ahead of the November 18 – 20th event. The celebration returns to Bazi Bierbrasserie with chocolate pairings this year. VIP session tickets for Friday are still on sale but will sell out, General Admission for Saturday and Sunday will be available at the door or advance.
From the organizers of the Portland Fruit Beer Festival comes this more intimate unique tasting event that focuses on one of the world’s most popular fruits, with rare and one-off beers and ciders plus cherry food specials and cherry cocktails. The major addition this year, artisinal chocolate pairings and even a cherry beer flight with an optional chocolate pairing flight.
Highlights of this years three day tasting event include a special Randall version of Ecliptic Brewing’s Third Orbit Anniversary Ale, this Imperial Cherry Porter will be poured through a device called a Randall that will be filled with even more cherries plus chocolate for a one time only treat. Also from Oregon, cherry beers from Upright Brewing, Fort George, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Double Mountain and Culmination.
The regular festival session kicks off Saturday, November 19th but there is a special VIP session on Friday November 18th with very limited advance tickets on sale now for $30 that include a collectible glass and 7 drink tickets. General Admission festival tickets are $20 which include a special collectible glass and 6 drink tickets and good for entrance November 19th and 20th.
Additional tickets are available for $2 each. There are only 200 glasses total available for the festival, there may be passes available at the door on Saturday but to assure entry we recommend purchasing in advance.
Friday Nov. 18 – VIP Session 5-11 PM
Saturday Nov. 19 – General Admission 3-11 PM
Sunday Nov. 20 – General Admission 1-7 PM
Culmination Brewing: Kriek Mythology 2016 $140 1/6
Double Mountain Brewery: ’15 Tahoma Kriek
American Style Brett Beer – 10.3%, 10 BU
The Tahoma Kriek uses a strong Belgian Blonde ale for a base prior to the addition of local Rainier Cherries. Our house yeast strains and Brettanomyces Lambicus, was allowed free reign to develop its sour and complex character, resulting in a stronger, more bracingly tart and juicy ale than the more classic beers in the style. This beauty was kept at cellar temperatures on the whole fruit for 13 months. Best enjoyed with a good cheese and better company.
Ecliptic Brewing: Third Orbit Anniversary Porter
Ecliptic’s third orbit around the sun is on October 20th. To celebrate they brewed an Imperial Porter with a gravity warping amount of cherries. A blend of seven malts along with Columbus, Amarillo, Chinook, and Cascade hops complement the chocolatey cherry flavors. ABV 9% IBU 50
Fort George: Tempest
Imperial Amber French Saison with Cherries & Vanilla. Peppery esters from the French Saison yeast, layers of cherries and vanilla bean, punctuated with a dry finish. 8.4% Abv.
Great Notion: Orchard Reserve
Saison fermented for 10 months in French Pinot Noir barrels with our house sour culture. The beer is conditioned with Tart Montmorency cherries from Michigan.
Logsdon: Kriek Vier
A quadrupel based beer with intense Kriek flavor aged for 4 months in bourbon barrels with cherries. This beer was compiled by the Logsdon crew of 4 with 4 of our initial seizoen yeast strains and 4 more cultures of Brettanomyces and lactic bacteria. Krieke Vier is a big beer with great flavor intensity and incredible cherry complexity that is smooth and easy to drink.
This is our organic kriek or tart cherry beer, a barrel-aged West Flanders style Red Ale with two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer. Both sweet and tart Oregon cherries are added to our oak aged Far West Vlaming during the aging process with a combination of several yeast strains and lactic bacteria to develop a secondary fermentation. The crystal malts, oak tannins, and fruit develope into a soft well rounded beer of Burgundian character. The beer will increase in acidity as it ages providing additional character. 8.5% ABV, 18 IBU
pFriem: Oude Kriek
Adding fresh, Hood River cherries to our barrel aged lambic ale makes us happy, but 10 months later, flavors of cherry pie and the dry, tangy finish are even more satisfying.
Solera Brewery: Kriek
0 IBU, 5% ABV
Three Magnets: Sour Cherry Helsing
Pollinator cherries and our flagship saison aged for 10 months in Spanish varietal oak white wine barrels. 7.2% Abv.
Upright Brewing: Heart’s Beat
A bold fruit beer fermented entirely in oak casks full of dark cherries, the Hearts’ Beat bridges elements from the world of wine with its tannic structure and varietal depth showcasing Oregon’s finest fruit. 7% Abv
Upright Brewing: Shades
The sister beer to the Hearts’ Beat, both of which being named after gems by Charles Mingus, the Shades instead uses Rainier cherries and shows heavier development of wild yeasts for an overall funkier profile. 8% Abv