The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest Tap List Announced

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 8th, 2017 –The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest features 24 diverse rye beers and 1 cider.

The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 11 am to 9 pm at Happy Valley Station Food Cart Pod (13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015). This year the festival is benefitting New Avenues For Youth.

There is no cost to enter the festival, but a $10 package is required to drink beer. This includes an official tasting glass and four drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 a piece. A majority of the beers will cost one ticket for a four-ounce pour or four tickets for a full glass. A few of the beers may require multiple tickets. Purchase your tickets in advance and save money by gaining additional drink tickets. Get eight tickets and an official rye beer fest tasting glass for $10 online at

As always festival organizer Kerry Finsand tries to curate a beer selection that highlights the impact of rye in a beer. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to try rye beers with a subtle hint of rye while others will feature more aggressive spicy characteristics.

After a few years of unsuccessfully getting a brewer to brew a rare style of rye beer called Kvass, this year it happened. Widmer Brother’s Brewer Thomas Bleigh brewed Kvass is that?, a sour fermented beverage that is traditional in the Slavic and Baltic regions made from old rye bread. The drink is low ABV, salty and tart and comes in at only 1.5%.

This is our first year of ever having a cider in our festival as well. Portland Cider Company has made Brigid, a rye hopped cider (not gluten free) in the hopes of bringing beer and cider lovers together.

If you are not that adventurous enjoy award winning IPA’s or fruit beers, amongst other styles.

You can find the complete tap list with descriptions here: Rye Beer Fest Tap List

What You Need To Know:
-24 beers/1 cider
– 16+ Food Carts
-The event is kid-friendly
-Dogs are allowed outside of the food hall
-The Food Hall is covered and has AC
– Free Crater Lake Root Beer for kids with parent’s showing proof of buying admission into the event.
-Growler fills are available for most rye beers for $10 until 6 pm with Rye Beer Fest admission.
– Starting at 6 pm all of the remaining rye beer will be available for $6 a growler fill (up to 64 oz) that you provide. Get a glass growler (up to 64 oz) filled with the rye beer of your choice for only $8. Growler fills special pricing is available to festival attendees with wristbands the day of and is open to the general public on Sunday.

Transportation Options:
Bus Stop: SE Sunnyside & 147th bus stop close by (ID #12924).

Parking is limited at Happy Valley Station but the adjacent church is graciously allowing us day parking in their lot.

Getting to the rye beer fest is easy with Brewvana. They are offering a VIP Rye Beer Fest experience for $30, which includes round trip transportation from the Lloyd Double Tree, VIP entry, 4 hours at the fest from (11 am – 3 pm), official rye beer fest tasting glass and 12 drink tickets.

Proceeds from Rye Beer Fest will go towards New Avenues For Youth, a local non-profit that supports homeless and at youth-risk in Portland. Representatives from the New Avenues will be on site to answer questions and run a raffle with prizes ranging from event tickets to various brewery apparel. We also want to thank all of our sponsors including General Distributors, Inc, Happy Valley Station Food Carts and all of the participating breweries.

New Avenues:
New Avenues for Youth was established in 1997 by local business and community leaders in response to the growing needs of homeless and at-risk youth in downtown Portland. Our founders believed that every young person should have food, shelter, and access to education and job training and that we must go beyond meeting those basic needs by offering programs that heal young lives and nurture growth and independence. Since 1997, we have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 individuals through a range of services that address basic needs & safety, provide opportunities for education & career, and help youth achieve self-sufficiency. Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.
Beer Heard brings together the people and technology that innovates the craft beer industry. This new blog is a holding place online for its founder, Kerry Finsand’s (Taplister, Portland Beer Week, Rye Beer Fest) passion for craft beer, technology, gadgets, events, and marketing.

Happy Valley Station Food Carts
Happy Valley Station Food Carts is a one of a kind food cart pavilion in Oregon. Boasting over 16+ delicious food carts, heated indoor seating and kids play area HVS is a great place to bring your family and friends for a meal and get together. There are numerous events at HVS including fundraisers, live music, bazaar’s, trivia nights and beer & cider tasting events. We are always trying to plan new and exciting ways to get the community together. SO check our page for News & Events and Happy Valley Station Food Cart Pod.

General Distributors, Inc:
General Distributors, Inc. was founded by Charles A. Fick, Sr. and his brother George Fick, Sr. in 1921. During Prohibition, together they ran “Fick Cigar Co.” and distributed candy, cigarettes, and cigars. After Prohibition repeal, they began selling the Olympia beer brand. The warehouse was located in downtown Portland and had three delivery trucks, three drivers. The current warehouse is located in Oregon City, OR and employs over 120 people and distributes a wide variety of brands. General Distributors Inc., is committed to providing superior service to our customers and suppliers. We strive to represent the best quality beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. It is our goal to create the opportunity for our employees to achieve their professional and financial success.

Columbia Bank:
Wherever you’re headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “hello.” We never forget a name or a face. Real human beings answer our phones. And our commitment to providing all the services required to help build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in our DNA.

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