Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Charlie Herrin

Charlie Herrin
Name: Charlie Herrin

Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Favorite Beer: Gigantic/Three Floyds: Axes of Evil

Favorite Beer Haunt: Baileys Taproom

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? I had two beers that fine evening and which one I had first is debatable. I had Deschutes Pale Ale, and Alaskan Brewing Co's Amber. My first thought was Damn there is good beer available in the US.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Yes, I have an ESB recipe that I formulated and brew. I originally wanted to clone Fullers ESB but once I got started I couldn't help changing a few things to suit my taste. Every time I brew a batch of this my friends somehow realize it's on tap and start dropping by.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I found you online when I was looking for more beer information but I really looked at you after talking to the Dukester.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Sharing my love and admiration for the Craft Beer scene in the US. Always searching for different ways to educate the average beer drinker to the incredible options that await them.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? I know you only asked for one answer but I've got two. One, fix the Three Tier System so it works like it was intended. Two, help bring awareness to what is going on in beer in every state in the union. Tell the stories behind these folks (Brewers) who are poring their everything into the beer they make.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? Where do you begin? I love it all. The incredible folks who bring us their great beers to the fun people who go out and drink them. We are truly spoiled with all of the choices we have.

Where can we find you on the web?
www.thebeertraveler.com
twitter @BeerTravelerTV
Facebook BeerTravelerTV
Instagram @BeerTravelerTV
YouTube BeerTravelerTV

Monday, July 30, 2012

Shout Out To #pdxbeergeeks On New Brew Thursday



Special thanks to Duke Geren aka @Dukester for the shout out to #pdxbeergeeks on the July 26th Episode of New Brew Thursday!  Thank you Duke for sharing the #pdxbeergeeks love.



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Sean Campbell

Name: Sean M. Campbell

Hometown: New York, New York

Favorite Beer: Orval

Favorite Beer Haunt: Higgins, I moved to Portland in 1996 and for many years Higgins had the best on-site beer selection. Of course the food has always been fantastic.

What was the first Craft Beer you ever tried? What did you think? As a college student in Eugene in the early 1990s I starting drinking Rogue ales, I enjoyed the Dead Guy Ale. I thought the craft beers were expensive but worth it, even to a college kid. I was definitely tired of drinking Rainer pounders all the time!

Do you Homebrew? Favorite? I have not homebrewed in several years. I did enjoy trying to make the least expensive good tasting pale ale when I did do it. I plan on using the guys at Portland U-Brew to help me get back into it.

How did you hear about pdxbeergeeks? Through Emily and Chris

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Learning about my favorite hobby drinking and serving beer. There is so much to learn and the more geekey (is that a word?) you get about beer the more enjoyable it is.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? More education about the wide variety of beer styles. It is great that we have so many beer festivals and beer weeks but so many of these events are staffed by volunteers and therefore it is not a place to learn about beer. The wine world has for years offered many tasting classes and beer seems behind the times in this area. We have had some folks in town start beer class series and I hope that trend continues.

What do you love about Portland's Craft Beer scene? The opportunity to meet and hang out with real brewers both professional and amateur. We have so many small brewers with small batch production so we get to try unique beers every week and find out how and why they were made. Some of the best beers I have had this year were made by amateurs including a Saison Dupont clone that was incredible. Good beer can be made in a factory but great beer is made in small batches by hand.

Where can we find you on the web?
www.thebeermongers.com
Facebook: John Beermonger
Twitter: thebeermongers

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Meet the Geeks: Hood River Edition: Josh Pfriem

Watou & Josh outside the brewery
hauling in boxes of hops in the rain.
Name: Josh Pfriem

Hometown: Seattle, Washington, but feeling pretty settled in Hood River, Oregon. It's the good life out here.

Favorite Beer: One that's well made, balanced, full flavored, fits my mood and company. If you are asking what is my desert island beer...than I would have to say Duvel.






Favorite Beer Haunt: My home with my family and friends, but hopefully pFriem Family Brewers will become a close second!

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think: I am pretty sure it was a Fat Tire Amber Ale. It was exciting enough to fall in love with craft beer, start home brewing a couple months later, and change my focus in Business School so that I could open up a brewery some day.

Do you homebrew. If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Wow, that's a hard one. I have brewed a lot beers at home over the years. All the beers that we are brewing at pFriem Family Brewers I have been working on for quite some time at home...so naturally they are my favorite. However, I do remember when I was living in Utah and being on a huge Pale Ale kick. We were traveling a lot and I would get Pale Ales every where we went. My friends all thought I was being ridiculous about it, but than I took all that information and brewed one of the best Pales Ales I had ever tasted. That was a break through beer for me at home and professionally.

How'd you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? This winter Ken (my business partner) and I were checking on our brewhouse being built in Canby and on the way back we had just enough time for a quick beer in Portland. We decided to go check out Commons Brewery for the first time. While there I noticed a bunch of folks rolling in wearing shirts that said pdxbeergeeks. I thought to myself "That's awesome, I love Oregon!"

What does being a beer geek mean to you: It means beer should enjoyed amongst friends and family; beer is a good excuse to bring people together to enjoy community. It also means that beer needs to stay diverse and continue to progress. Beer is best paired with good food, great stories, and laughter.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? It would be to enhance the connection of beer, food, family, community, and culture. I believe that when you link these wonderful pieces together....great things happen and life has the ability to be tremendously rich.

What do you love about Portland's Craft Beer scene: I love that it is part of people's everyday life, that it is emerging and becoming more exciting everyday.

Where can we find you on the web? Sorry you can't….you can find me across the table with a beer, spending time with my family or on my bike, skiing, or climbing mountains. I believe in spending long amounts of time face to face with beers in hands, rather than sharing a beer with a computer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Trip to Pfriem Brewing


Waterfront
Warm summer day, long weekend in the gorge. What else is there to do then visit new breweries? This trip found us in Hood River with a special visit to Pfriem Brewing. Located on the beautiful waterfront, this spacious location will be a good place for family a friends to gather and spend quality time together. Not yet open to the public, it was nice to tour the location before the crowds set in. 


Josh in front of some of his first kegs.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Lisa Morrison

Name: Lisa Morrison

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma (til 15), then Evergreen & Fort Collins, Colorado (til 26) and Portland, Oregon (til I die)

Favorite Beer: My next one. There's something about anticipation …

Favorite Beer Haunt: While I love all the wonderful places we can source great beer here in Portland and
beyond, my vote goes to The Kitchen Pub. That's what we lovingly call our kitchen, because we have two
taps there -- always rotating -- and a well-stocked bottle fridge.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? Redhook ESB. Just thinking about it brings back such
amazing memories. My hubby, Mark, who wasn't my hubby then, and I were on our first real vacation
together in Seattle. It was a wonderfully crappy, rainy day and we were supposed to be heading back
home to Fort Collins. We tucked into The Athenian restaurant near Pike Street Market for lunch. Not
wanting to face reality, we lingered over several pints of Redhook, watching the ferries and ships
crossing the sound in the mist, and we talked and dreamed about living in the Pacific Northwest. Our
lives were completely shaped around that beer and that amazing day. It was one of the most magical
moments of my life.

What did you think? I loved it. Immediately. We were both pretty big into good beer at the time, but had
been limited to only imports because "micros" weren't really very big back then (yep, we're old). I loved
it that the beer was made not far from where we were, and that it had character. When we did finally
get a chance to act on that fateful day's dreams and move out here (to Portland), we quickly began
seeking locally made beer everywhere we went. Never looked back.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I do -- have been for 15-16 years (gulp), but it's
been a while. We keep talking about firing up that kettle again! My favorite homebrew was a Vanilla
Porter I came up with about 9 years ago. I had never heard of a vanilla porter at the time, but thought it
would be a great combination. I used a vanilla bean and added some vanilla paste I had found in a cool
gourmet store I went to while visiting my granny in Houston.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Running into you and talking with you at beer events!

What does being a beer geek mean to you? It means being a Craft Beer Crusader and an Ale Evangelist
(aka "Alevangelist"). It means vigilantly educating people to the ever-expanding, exciting, eclectic and
creative world of well-made beer. There's nothing I love hearing more than when someone tells me "I
don't like beer." That just means I have a chance to show them some beers they don't know they will
love yet. I love turning people on to their soul-mate beer -- one glass at a time.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Never again hearing
those words I just said I so love to hear, "I don't like beer," because everyone would know that there
is a beer (or a hundred beers, or a thousand beers) out there that is just perfect for them. While the
pendulum is finally moving in that direction, we still have a long way to go! It's like steering a cruise ship
with a paddle. But we're getting there.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? It's the big, happy, semi-dysfunctional family this
only child dreamed of being a part of while growing up!

Where can we find you on the web?
Blog: http://www.beergoddess.com
Beer O'Clock Radio:http://kxl.com (and beergoddess.com and iTunes)
Book: (Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest): http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781604690897-0
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeerGoddess

Monday, July 16, 2012

Free Outdoor Screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM @ Burnside Brewing Co.

From press release - This summer the Hollywood Theatre is bringing the party to the Inner Eastside! Our friends at Burnside Brewing Co. have graciously allowed us to set up shop in their parking lot, and agreed to supply our guests with delicious beer and BBQ.

Burnside Brewing Co. and the Hollywood Theatre present a free outdoor screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. The professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action this summer! Relax on a hot summer night, beer in hand, while Indy faces exotic locales, black magic cults, assassins, ritual human sacrifice, a crocodile infested river and his own sidekicks. Taste Burnside Brewing’s refreshing seasonal ales: International Incident Imperial, Red Light District Imperial Stout or their Burnside Lime Kolsch. Their names alone match the adventure! A portion of all food and beverage sales will benefit the Hollywood Theatre marquee project.

Outdoor Screening of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
WHEN: Saturday, July 21st @ 10pm
WHERE: Burnside Brewing Co. 701 E. Burnside Ave.
ADMISSION: FREE!

Link: http://hollywoodtheatre.org/free-screenings-stars-burnside-brewing/

About Burnside Brewing Co. - Located on Burnside St in the middle of Portland’s central eastside, the Burnside Brewing Co. is decidedly in the heart of beervana. Upon entry note first the massive heart wood fir beams placed here in 1927 when the building was contracted. Care was taken to create a lively space anchored by our open kitchen layout and surrounded by our artisan built black walnut and distressed steel bar. Notice each table was created from the very same black walnut tree, felled and solar kiln dried locally. Take a seat and peruse the menu offering cured meats, charcuterie, pickling, and culinary artistry all done in-house, and designed to pair with our handcrafted beers. You’ve never been to a pub like this before!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ICE AXE INDIA PALE ALE BOTTLED FOR FIRST TIME




Mt. Hood Brewing Company Flagship Beer Sold Exclusively At Select Portland-Area Retailers

PORTLAND, Ore  (July 12, 2012) – Mt. Hood Brewing Company has for the first time bottled its flagship beer, the Ice Axe India Pale Ale, which is now available exclusively at select Portland-area retailers Zupan’s Markets and Made in Oregon.

“We’re excited to be one of two retailers selling the exclusive Ice Axe India Pale Ale, a beer with a strong following and unique flavor profile,” said President Mike Zupan. “This beer is local, just like we are, and we know our customers will appreciate finding this exceptional ale at all four of our Zupan’s Markets locations.”
Ice Axe India Pale Ale is Mt. Hood Brewing Company’s flagship beer and is available in 22 oz. bottles for $5.99. It is an aggressively hopped beer with a rich and satisfying flavor profile.

Tasting Notes:
Well balanced to allow the caramel of the malts to be up front with the subtle finish of hops added during the 120 minute boil.



Ingredients:
Malts:  Crystal, Munich, 2-Row Pale, Malted Wheat
Hops:   Centennial, Mt. Hood, Magnum, Golding, Willamette

Profile:
IBU:    60
ABV:   5.7 percent


“Because all of the ingredients in our beers are from the Pacific Northwest, it’s important for us to share them with people who appreciate our roots,” said Tom Rydzewski, Head Brewer at Mt. Hood Brewing Company. “Zupan’s Markets prioritize quality, fresh, local products and we’re happy to partner with them on this exciting venture."

Zupan’s Markets has an expansive selection of the best beer from around the world, with a particular emphasis on craft brews from the Pacific Northwest. Each location includes beer stewards who are on hand seven days a week to help customers select the best beer for the occasion.

Zupan’s Markets hosts weekly beer tastings at all of its stores. To view upcoming events, please visit www.zupans.com/wine/events.

About Mt. Hood Brewing Company
Utilizing the freshest, locally-produced ingredients and Mt. Hood's pure glacial water, Mt. Hood Brewing Company head brewers Tom Rydzewski and Jeff McAllester produce an exciting line up of ales for every palate. Located on the 1st floor of the Ice Axe Grill, the brewery is in the center of High Cascade Mountain action. Founded in 1991, the brewer produces eight distinctive ales through the marriage of pure glacial water and Pacific Northwest grown barley and hops. Oregonians can also find these ales on draft in restaurants and pubs throughout the state. For more information, visit: www.iceaxegrill.com.

About Zupan’s Markets
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for 37 years. Zupan’s Markets, now with four locations, focuses on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visitwww.zupans.com or stay in touch at www.facebook.com/ZupansMarketsPortland.

Meet the Brewer @pdxgreendragon





Meet The ELYSIAN Brewer, featuring a live musical performance by Dave Buhler!

TONIGHT!! 

Thursday, July 12th @ Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
5-8pm

Tonight, come meet some of the wonderful folks that started the ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY!  Green Dragon will have a stellar line-up of Elysian brews on tap and Elysian Founder, Dave Buhler will be on hand to tell the tales of his ales!  As a most awesome additional feature, Dave will also be performing a rare musical solo performance on the patio with songs from his upcoming album, "Buhler, anyone?".  This is not your average "Meet the Brewer" event.  Be there!

Green Dragon Bistro & Pub ~ 928 Southeast 9th Avenue ~ Portland, OR. 97214










Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Along the FLOregon Trail : Dunedin and Fort George Collaboration

There are bi-coastal collaborations lurking below the surface of the craft beer world. Back in late April, a brewer from Fort George in Astoria, Oregon visited Dunedin in West Central Florida to brew a beer together: Vortex on the Bay. Dunedin, Florida’s oldest craft brewery, was opened in 1996, a time when many of Oregon’s craft breweries were already well established. Says Mike Bryant of Dunedin Brewery, “In the Northwest, one of Fort George Brewery's most esteemed beers is their Vortex IPA. The brewery says the beer was designed ‘not to rip the taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigorously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstasy of pleasure.’ Vortex on the Bay is the same recipe, but brewed using Dunedin’s water, yeast culture, and dry-hopping method.”


Bryant talks to us about the collaboration. Simply, it resulted from a love of beer. “Our bartender, Alex Hansen, moved from Astoria, Oregon to Dunedin, Florida last year and has regularly had cans of Fort George's Vortex IPA sent to him since the beer is unavailable this far from Oregon. Naturally, Alex shared the beer he loved with us and we were impressed by Vortex... This was the first time we had ever tasted anything from Fort George Brewery. We were instant fans.”

Alex’s love of the Pacific Northwest beer was the catalyst for a conversation between Mike of Dunedin and Jack Harris of Fort George Brewery shortly after Dunedin Brewery was invited to participate as the first Florida brewery in the Oregon Brewers Festival. Realizing a great opportunity to bring some depth to the Pacific Northwest trip, Bryant and Harris decided they would exchange recipes from Astoria to Dunedin -- and vice versa.

“Instead of creating new recipes,” Byrant continues, “we decided to trade. We would bring Vortex IPA to Florida and Fort George would bring The Rock DIPA to Oregon. The choice of IPA recipes was a simple one; since both breweries are pretty hop-centric.”



Fort George brewer Jason Palmberg travelled to Dunedin in late April for a five day stay, his duffle bag filled with hops. During his stay, the crew brewed The Rock, Dunedin’s Double IPA, and the Dunedin’s version of Fort George’s Vortex. The Floridian version, dubbed Vortex on the Bay, was released in Florida at Dunedin’s 4th Annual IPA Festival on June 2, 2012. Additionally, the original Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery was on hand to sample side-by-side at the fest for comparison.

Bryant and Fort George brewer Jason Palmberg both have family ties to thank for their love of beer. While Palmer’s grandfather was ahead of his time and enjoyed beers of all kinds, Bryant has since joined the family business. As he explains, “Growing up in my family, love of beer was inevitable. My father started when he was a teenager, later developing his hobby into Dunedin Brewery (est.1996). From christening the first fermenting vessels with bagpipes as a young kid to currently managing the business, I've been around craft beer for most of my life.” 



While Bryant’s ties remain in Florida, a group road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California in the Summer of 2004 helped him fall in love with fresh hop flavor and aroma, where he tried his first Bridgeport IPA on cask.  “Nothing compares to a West-Coast style IPA when it hits the nose and tongue. My love affair with beer is mainly a love affair with hops,” says the brewer.

“During our journey to the Oregon Brewers Festival, we will visit numerous breweries across the country. We will be documenting the entire trip and compile the footage into a short film to be released later in the year. Along with video documentation, a few of us will be using Facebook and our blog to post live updates. You can follow us at FLOregonTrail on Facebook and Dunedin Brewery.



Bryant outlines a number of their brewery and bar destinations, including BridgePort Brewing Company, Fort George Brewery, Gigantic Brewing Company, Hair of the Dog Pub, Rogue Ales, Cascade Brewing, Pelican Pub and Brewery, The Fish Tale Brewpub, Lagunitas Brewing, Russian River Brewing, Bear Republic and more.



While in Astoria, they will brew with the Fort George crew. “Day 1 will acclimate us to their brewing system and style. On Day 2, we will brew Astoria on the Rock, our Double IPA recipe. We will also be bringing some kegs of our other beer out to Fort George Brewery to share with their folk, including Vortex on the Bay,” says Bryant. Oregonians can keep an eye out for the Dunedin crew and welcome them in grand Oregon Craft Beer Month style when they arrive. For those attending Oregon Brewers Fest, Dunedin Brewery has created a unique IPA brewed with Florida orange blossom honey, sweet orange peel and plenty of hops. 


“It's going to be delicioussss,” says Bryant. “I'm sure we will conspire together after a long day of brewing and an evening of conviviality. I'm especially excited to visit Fort George and explore their full line-up of recent batches. I'm certain to be inspired and look forward to the possibility of more collaborations in the Northwest.”

Palmberg is looking forward to seeing the crew from Dunedin when they hit the Oregon Trail, and is excited to return the hospitality that he was shown while in Florida. Says Fort George’s Palmberg, “I really enjoyed Dunedin’s Pipers Pale due to the warm weather down there but also really enjoyed The Bard, Dunedin’s Heavy Scotch Ale.”

Dunedin Brewery's 16th Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday July 14th, the day before the epic FLOregon Trail journey begins.  You can find more information about the event, including the 26+ Dunedin Brews that will be on tap here.


In the spirit of continued collaboration, this article was brought to you by Sean Nordquist of Florida’s Beer for the Daddy, and Emily Engdahl of Oregon’s #pdxbeergeeks, diehard fans and supporters of Dunedin and Fort George, respectively.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cooking with Beer! Think Outside the Pint


Attention all #pdxbeergeeks! Do you love to cook? Do you love beer? Check out The Bite of Oregon - Think Outside the Pint contest! The Bite of Oregon is inviting entries from community members wherein their favorite recipes are created including beer! 






Got a mean pork roast marinated in beer? 
Have a cake made with ale? 
Ever enhance brownies with stout? 


The deadline has been extended to July 13 for entries, so if you were toying with the idea of joining in the fun, you're still in luck


Make sure to watch the #pdxbeergeeks Facebook page for more info as it becomes available! 

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Alex Ganum

Alex Ganum
Name: Alex Ganum

Hometown: Detroit

Favorite Beer: Lately, Occidental Hefe, but anything sessionable does it for me like a solid pale ale (like Walking Man Pale Strider) or pils (like Victory Prima Pils).

Favorite Beer Haunt: I'm at the Grain and Gristle several nights a week as I co-own it, and when I get out my favorites are Breakside and Roscoe's.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Bells Porter. It was absolutely delicious and I still enjoy it every trip back to Michigan.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Haven't homebrewed for over three years, but my favorite back then was a fresh hopped brown ale using a grip of Goshie farms willamettes and good old 1056!

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? From several members at various beer events.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Nothing more than simply enjoying beer and craft brewing culture.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? I wish people were a bit more open, even many beer geeks. I'm a firm believer in taking every beer on its own.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? Seemingly limitless bars and breweries, the options are too good to be true. You don't need to seek out anything else.

Where can we find you on the web? www.uprightbrewing.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Van Havig

Van Havig
Name: Van Havig

Hometown: - Since 1988 – Portland, Oregon (Don’t blame me for my parents living in Orange County, California when I was growing up).

Favorite Beer: Yes, beer IS my favorite.

Favorite Beer Haunt: The Victory on SE 37th and Division.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Tough one – that was a long time ago. I would guess it was a Bridgeport Blue Heron or perhaps a Full Sail Golden Ale (remember that one?) I remember really liking it, actually – and thinking I had some sort of sophisticated palette as an 18 year old. HA!

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I haven’t in about 16 years. It’s like how mechanics don’t work on their own cars. Sorry.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Emily Engdahl shops at my wife’s store.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Having an understanding not just about beer flavor and style, but also an understanding of the cultural relevance of beer. Beer has to be understood within it’s own cultural development, as part of a larger human experience. In other words, don’t just judge a beer on it’s flavor (strangely enough).

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Besides the above disassociation of beer flavor from it’s cultural context? By which I mean that ALL beers have merit provided they are well made (which means that they taste as the brewer intended and nothing more). Anyway, to answer the question, I’d want people to get away from the “more is more” perspective and enjoy subtle beers as well as “extreeeeeeeemmmee!” beers.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? All my friends who make beer here.

Where can we find you on the web? I’m usually hiding from the internet.

Monday, July 2, 2012

North American Organic Brewers Festival Recap

Special thanks to guest writer Doug Smith for covering NAOBF for us this year. 

“Summer doesn’t start in Portland until July 5th.” That’s a common phrase heard around here, and the North American Organic Brewers Festival, held the last weekend of June, certainly reinforced that thought. 


Despite the rain, tons of thirsty fest-goers braved the elements to attend “the world’s largest organic brewers festival” at Overlook Park. In return, they were rewarded with 61 organic beers and ciders to try, all served in compostable cups. Lines were short thanks to the restructuring of the beer trailers (and possibly the weather), and everyone seemed to be having a great time.






A few of the standouts:

McMenamin’s Concordia Brewery brought their “School’s Out Organic IPA.” They used Pilsner malt and flaked barley to create a beer very light in color with a distinctive malt profile. Crisp and refreshing, the pungent citrus and evergreen notes kept me coming back for more.

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales featured their “Kili Wit” organic white beer. It is brewed with African Spice, Fuggle hops, barley malt, wheat, oats, and Egyptian coriander to create a complex, yet subtle balance. Good stuff!

Silver Moon Brewing was serving their “Hop Fury” IPA with organic Northwest pale ale malt and loads of Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Summit and Nelson Sauvin hops. This is a beer that definitely stands up to its name. Hops, hops, and more hops!

Fort George offered their “Spruce Budd Ale.” This beer has NO hops, but instead it was brewed using nothing but Pilsner malt and more than 120 pounds of spruce tips (35 pounds per batch). Apparently, the brewers went through quite the agony in making this beer since they were constantly stabbed with spruce needles! Their hard work and suffering was worth it, though. It’s a very unique and refreshing beer, and a nice escape from the lupulin for a change.

The NAOBF is definitely a fest not to be missed. The festival’s creator, Craig Nicholls, improves the event every year, and continues to bring top notch beers, food, and entertainment to Overlook Park. If you haven’t been before, be sure to check it out in 2013!

Christian Ettinger and Jamie Rodriguez