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Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Portland Beer Festivals

Barrel Aged Beer Festival
Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview

I love beer festivals and I delighted to attend a media preview for the Barrel Aged Beer Festival happening this Saturday Jan 26 at Rock Bottom Brewery and I have to say – I was impressed!

We tasted through a number of the beers that will be poured at this event and Wow! I really enjoyed them.

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Gypsy Lovers Imperial Stout

Of the beers we sampled during this media preview, my favorite was the Gypsy Lovers – an Imperial Stout aged in a Rose City Distilling Rye Whiskey Barrel. This was a stunningly delicious barrel aged beer!

I also particularly enjoyed these 4 other beers that will each be poured at this Portland beer festival –

Reckless Rabbit – a barley wine that was barrel aged for 12 months in a Port Wine Barrel.

Pagan Love – a Doppelbock that was barrel aged in a Rose City Distilling Whiskey Barrel for 12 months.

5th Dimension – a Belgian Quad that was aged in a Pinot Noir Barrel. Todd won a gold medal for this beer at the 2018 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB).

Portchata – A Porter that was aged in a Jim Beam Barrel. I was not sure if I would like tasting horchata flavors in a beer, however it worked and I liked it very much!

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler


Sometimes there are food offerings at a beer festival that you can purchase separately, at this event the ticket price INCLUDES a buffet of wonderful food!

The buffet table will feature a charcuterie plate, meatballs, chicken skewers, mini sliders, veggie quesadillas, and a chocolate fountain!

Here is my suggestion – get a pour of the Gypsy Lovers Imperial Stout and have it with some chocolate from the chocolate fountain!

When you factor in getting 10 each 4 oz. pours of barrel aged beer, and the food that come with your $35 ticket – this festival is a screaming deal!

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Brewmaster Todd Britt

Rock Bottom Brewery Brewmaster Todd Britt brewed each of the beers that will be poured at this festival.

During this festival Todd will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about the beer, and he will also be giving tours of his brewery.

For more information about this Portland beer festival see this link here –

My name is Steven Shomler I love the wonderful beer festivals we have here in Portland!


Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Preview by Steven Shomler

Barrel Aged Beer Festival Rock Bottom Brewery 2019 Portland Beer Festivals

North American Organic Brewers Festival

2015 North American Organic Brewers Festival Preview

2015 North American Organic Beer Festival

2015 North American Organic Brewers Festival Preview by John Lovegrove

Oh boy!

We here at Portland Beer Festivals  are excited about the 11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival!

When this festival started in 2003, there were only a handful of organic breweries. Craig Nicholls started Roots Brewing shortly after that first festival, and the NAOBF began proper in 2006. A high profile opening by Hopworks in 2007 drew more attention to the organic beer movement and the festival has gone from strength to strength since.

This year the NAOBF moved from June to August!

As always, we’ll be taking the Yellow Line MAX to the festival at Overlook Park and we recommend you do the same. More details can be found at the links

Overlook Park is located at 1599 N Fremont St. Portland, Oregon 97227


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Festival Facts –

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Beers You Need To Try When You Go! 

Here are a selection of the beers I am most looking forward to!!!

13 Virtues You Down With O-R-G? | Orange Peel Pale Ale | 4.8% ABV, 40 IBU

Agrarian Field Bier | Session Saison | 4% ABV: Single malt, single hop

Alameda Yellow Wolves of Thailand | Imperial IPA | 8.2% ABV, 103 IBU

Beau’s Lug Tread | Lagered Ale | 5.2% ABV, 21 IBU

Beau’s MaddAddamites NooBroo | Gruit Ale | 5.2% ABV, 0 IBU

Bison Honey Basil Ale | Herb/Spice Beer | 6% ABV, 12 IBU

Bison Kermit the Hop | Double IPA | 8.5% ABV, 80 IBU

Coin Toss Black Hohl Son | Cascadian Dark Session Ale | 4.8% ABV, 45 IBU

Coin Toss Nine Eyes IPA | IPA | 6.5% ABV, 65 IBU: dry-hopped with Equinox and Azacca

Eel River Açai Berry Wheat | Fruit Wheat Beer | 4% ABV, 5 IBU

Eel River Simcoe IPA | American IPA | 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU

Falling Sky Dirt Worshiper Pale | Pale Ale | 5.5% ABV, 50 IBU

Falling Sky Organic Matters Lager | Dortmunder Export | 5.1% ABV, 28 IBU

Finnriver Black Currant Cider | Contemporary Fruit Cider | 6.5% ABV, 0 IBU

Finnriver Habanero Cider | Contemporary Spiced Cider | 6.5% ABV, 0 IBU

Fish Brewing Organic Amber | Amber | 5% ABV, 35 IBU

Fish Brewing Organic IPA | IPA | 6.7% ABV, 42 IBU Pacific Gem

Fort George Quick Wit | Belgian Witbier | 6.1% ABV

Fort George Spruce Budd Ale | Herb Beer | 4.9% ABV: two-row and 200 lbs of spruce tips

FOTM Brewing Shocks of Sheba | IPA | 6.8% ABV, 68 IBU: inspired by KBOO vibe

FOTM Brewing X-Tinguisher | Wheat | 5.5% ABV, 36 IBU

Gilgamesh Mamba | Specialty Ale | 6.4% ABV, 1 IBU: black tea, bergamot, tangerine and rye

Hopworks IPX Simcoe | Single Hop IPA | 6% ABV, 60 IBU

Hopworks Totally Radler | Radler | 2.6% ABV, 15 IBU

Kells Organic Red | Red Ale | 4.5% ABV, 25 IBU

Kells Purple Sun IPA | IPA | 6.5% ABV, 69 IBU: summer berries, citrus

Laht Neppur Peachy Keen | Fruit Beer | 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU

Lakefront Growing Power | Organic Farmhouse Pale Ale | 6.7% ABV, 35 IBU

Logsdon Kili Wit | Witbier | 5.5% ABV, 14 IBU: K2 Adventures Foundation

Lompoc Flower of the Gods | IPA | 6% ABV, 65 IBU

Loowit Gaiabolical | Pale Ale | 5.3% ABV, 45 IBU

McMenamins Concordia Livin’s Easy Summer Lager | Pacific NW Lager | 5.2% ABV, 36 IBU

McMenamins Cornelius Gunga Galunga IPA | IPA | 6.9% ABV, 62 IBU

McMenamins Crystal Oaken Tower Barrel-Aged Ginger Beer | Wild Ale | 6.9% ABV, 4 IBU:French oak barrel

McMenamins Edgefield Double Barrel-Aged Pavol the Collector | Baltic Porter | 8.9% ABV, 42 IBU

Natian Everyday | Organic American IPA | 5.5% ABV, 62 IBU

Natian KnockBack | Organic Amber Lager | 4.4% ABV, 18 IBU: honey malt

Nectar Creek Mead Propolis | Session Mead | 5.5% ABV, 0 IBU

Nectar Creek Mead Sting | Session Mead | 6.2% ABV, 0 IBU: ginger

Ordnance 9131 Brown | Honey Brown Ale | 6.2% ABV, 26 IBU

Pinkus Müller Münster Alt | Altbier | 5.1% ABV, 20 IBU

Pinkus Müller Ur-Pils | Pilsner | 5.1% ABV, 20 IBU

PINTS Green Line Organic Radler | Blend Pale Ale/Radler | 4% ABV, 25 IBU

Reverend Nat’s Overlook Heirloom | Cider | 8.9% ABV, 0 IBU: honey

Riverbend Brewing What Does the Fox Say? | CDA | 6.7% ABV, 55 IBU

Two Kilts Black Brad Pitt | CDA | 7% ABV, 80 IBU

Uinta Baba Organic Black Lager | Black Lager | 4% ABV, 32 IBU

Uinta Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale | Extra Pale Ale | 4% ABV, 29 IBU

Vagabond Into the Wild | IPA | 6.5% ABV, 60 IBU

Vagabond Wit or Wit-Out You | Witbier | 5.2% ABV, 16 IBU

Viking Braggot Reverence | Braggot | 6.3% ABV, 25 IBU

Widmer E. Nygma | Single Hop IPA | 6.3% ABV, 75 IBU, single hop Enigma hops from Australia

I hope to see at the 2015 North American Organic Brewers Festival!

John Lovegrove



2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Preview

Oregon Brewers Festival 2015
2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Preview By John Lovegrove

The 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival kicks off Wednesday, July 22nd on the banks of the Willamette River downtown.

We at Portland Beer Festivals will be there taking in the sights and suds.

In 1987 Art Larrance, along with Bridgeport Brewing Ponzi’s and the Widmer Brothers organized the first festival which was immediately a runaway hit, more than selling out all the beer they could get their hands on, and triple the number of expected patrons showed up.

Here we are in 2015, welcoming over 100 different beers from around the United States, plus by special invitation this year we celebrate with 5 of New Zealands best breweries, and some returning brewers from the Netherlands.

Personally I’ve been at opening day 18 years straight and it’s one of the best days of the year!OBF remains one of the best deals! The first OBF in 1987 cost $1 for the cup, and 2 tokens for a full pour, one for the half pour. This year, at $7 for the cup and still only $1 per token. Not bad for 28 years of inflation!


The OBF’s Brand New Mobile Website

One of the greatest innovations this year is – their brand new mobile website listing all the details, all the beers, and for the first time in which trailer to find each beer. They’ve done a great job with the site and it’s saved to my iphone.

OBF Glass 2015

Beers You Must Try at OBF!

I’ve put together a list of my MUST TRY beers:

Brewery Beer Style Trailer
Ballast Point Brewing Co Grunion Pale Ale (Employee contest) American Style Pale Ale 8
Boundary Bay Brewery Double Dry Hopped Sorachi Ace Pale Ale American Style Pale Ale 4
Breakside Brewery Rainbows & Unicorns Session IPA 2
Collaborator/Widmer Vanilla Valley Pale Ale American Style Pale Ale 2
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Glancing Blow English Pale Ale English-Style Pale Mild Ale 8
Dunedin Brewery Mango Makrut Paradiso Session India Pale Ale 10
Fearless Brewing Co Strawberry Cream Ale American-Style Cream Ale 5
Fish Brewing Co Fish in a Barrel Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer 7
Flying Fish Brewing Co Cold Pressed Pale Ale Coffee Beer 7
Garage Project Death from Above Experimental Beer INT
Garage Project Death from Above Experimental Beer INT
GoodLife Brewing Co Jay Bird Light American Wheat Ale 10
Klamath Basin Brewing Co Spud Muffin Pale Ale Specialty Beer 6
Lagunitas Brewing Co Sucks 366 Double IPA 9
Laht Neppur Brewing Co Flaming Peach Experimental Beer 1
New Belgium Brewing Co B-Side Peach IPA Specialty Beer 9
Old Town Brewing Co 1-Up Mushroom Ale Experimental Beer 3
Panhead Custom Ales Johnny Octane Imperial Red Ale INT
ParrotDog RiwakaSecret Double IPA INT
Port Townsend Brewing Co The S.H.I.P. American-Style India Pale Ale 4
Sunriver Brewing Co Oh MANdarin! White IPA Specialty Beer 6
Tuatara Brewing Sauvinova International-Style Pale Ale INT
Viking Braggot Co Gypsy Tears Specialty Honey Beer 10
Widmer Brothers Brewing Widmeritaville Experimental Beer 2
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta American-Style Strong Pale Ale INT

Details about the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival

Event Name – 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

– Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon

 July 22-26, 2015 — “Always the last full weekend in July”

– Weds through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9 pm
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7 pm
Token & mug sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off: this is 8:30pm every night except 6:30pm on Sunday.

For more  details go to  –

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I hope to see at the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival!

John Lovegrove

The 2015 Portland Craft Beer Festival Preview

Portland Craft Beer Festival 2015-3The 2015 Portland Craft Beer Festival Preview!

In case you are wondering, the Portland Craft Beer Festival is a brand new beer festival!  July, 2015 will be year one for this Portland beer festival!

This event will take place Friday July 3rd 4-10 PM, Saturday July 4th Noon – 10 PM, and Sunday July 5th Noon – 7 PM, at the Fields Neighborhood Park , 1099 NW Overton St. Portland, Oregon.

The Fields Neighborhood Park is great place to hold a beer festival!

Friday and Saturday are 21+ only and Sunday is all-ages family day.

City Of Portland Only

What makes this event distinctive is that it will only feature beer brewed in the city limits of Portland. Not only will Portland beer will be served, so will cider, wine and cheese, but only cider, wine and cheese made in the City of Portland.


The food vendors will be Bunk Sandwiches, The Dump Truck, Farm to Fire Pizza, Urban German and, on Sunday only – Ruby Jewel Ice Cream.

The Breweries 

Here is a list participating breweries

10 Barrel Brewing
13 Virtues Brewing
Alameda Brewing
Baerlic Brewing
Back Pedal Brewing
Base Camp Brewing
Breakside Brewery
Bridgeport Brewing
BTU Brewery
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Burnside Brewing
Cascade Brewing
Coalition Brewing
Columbia River Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Culmination Brewing
Deschutes Brewery
Ecliptic Brewing
Ex Novo Brewing
Fat Heads Brewery
Fire on the Mountain Brewery
Gigantic Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Humble Brewing
Kells Brewing
Laurelwood Brewing
Lompoc Brewing-5th Quadrant
Lucky Labrador Brewing
McMenamins Brewing
The Mash Tun Brewery
Migration Brewing
Mt. Tabor Brewing
Natian Brewery
Occidental Brewing
Old Town Brewing
Pints Brewing Company
Portland Brewing
Portland U Brew
Pyramid Brewery
Rock Bottom Brewery
Royale Brewing
Sasquatch Brewing Company
Stormbreaker Brewing
Upright Brewing
Uptown Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing

Cider, Wine, and Cheese

The cider, wine and cheese featured at the Portland Craft Beer Festival will also be made right here in the City Portland!

Cheese — Ancient Heritage and Portland Creamery

Cider – Cider Riot! and Revenrend Nat’s

Wine – Coopers Hall and Hi Wheel.



The cost of admission is $20.00 that includes a mug and 10 beer tickets. One beer ticket gets you a 4 oz pour and 4 beer tickets gets you a full pour. Additional beer tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 per beer ticket.


For More Info about The Portland Craft Beer Festival

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Facebook – www.facebook.comPortland-Craft-Beer-Festival

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Cheers! Hope to see you at a Portland Beer Festival!

Steven Shomler


2015 Portland International Beerfest Preview

Portland International Beerfest 2015 Image

2015 Portland International Beerfest Preview By John Lovegrove

The 2014 Portland International Beerfest was one of my festival highlights of last year. A return to their original Holladay Park location (next to Lloyd Center MAX) was fantastic, and they’re at Holladay Park again this year.

The beer lineup last year was incredible. Not only some rare and unusual beers from overseas, there was an impressive selection of Oregon and American barleywines, quads and barrel aged beers, more than any other festival in Portland I can recall.

With temperatures reaching 100 this weekend, some solid beers from around the world are just what you need to cool off.

Before I get to the beers, I HIGHLY recommend buying your tickets in advance. Their online “Big Deal” is $35 for the glass and 30 tickets. If you show up at the gate, it’s $25 for glass and 10 tickets, so a $10 savings. 

As with many festivals, it’s a 4oz pour – but depending on the beer it’s 1 to 7 tickets per sample. Some of the best beers are in the lower 1-3 ticket range. Last year I splashed out on a couple of 7 ticket beers.


Photo by Wolf Linderman
Photo by Wolf Linderman


With over 200 beers lined up, it’s a daunting task to narrow down your options. I tend to stick with the draft options, as many of the bottles are available at various times of the year at the better bottle stores around town.

Here are 20 beers that I am particularly looking forward to:


Against the Grain Bloody Show (Mikkeller collab) Fruit (non Lambic) – 5.5% ABV, 17 IBU (KY, USA)

Against the Grain Rico Sauvin IPA – 7.6% ABV, 68 IBU (KY, USA)

Almanac Brewery Farmer‘s Reserve Blackberry Sour Ale – 7% ABV, 10 IBU (CA, USA)

Anderson Valley Heelch O’Hops Imperial IPA – 8.7% ABV, 90 IBU (CA, USA)

Deschutes Beerfest Triple IPA – Unknown ABV/IBU (OR, USA)

Double Mountain Aging Experiment # 13 (Barrel Aged) – 9.9% ABV, 30 IBU (OR, USA)

Ecliptic Hypernova Triple IPA (Beerfest Exlusive) – 10% ABV, 90 IBU (OR, USA)

Crux Fermentation Project Banished Freakcake Oud Bruin – 10.5%, unknown IBU (OR, USA)

Fremont Brewery The Sister Imperial IPA – 8.5% ABV, 95 IBU (Wa, USA)

Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout – 12.1% ABV, 35 IBU (CA, USA)

Plank Town Hobbit’s Habit (barrel-aged) Old Ale – 7.2% ABV, 24 IBU (OR, USA)

Plank Town Hobbit’s Little Helper (barrel-aged) Old Ale – 8.4% ABV, 24 IBU (OR, USA)

Plank Town Unobtanium Double IPA – 8.5% ABV, 100 IBU (OR, USA)

Plough Monday  Imperial Breakfast Porter – 9.9% ABV, 30 IBU (OR, USA)

Sound Brewery HuMonkulous Triple IPA  – 10% ABV, 90 IBU (WA, USA)


BrewDog Jack Hammer India Pale Ale (English IPA) – 7.4% ABV, 100 IBU (Scotland)

Scotch de Silly Cognac Barrel Scotch Ale – 9%ABV, 15 IBU (Belgium)

Andechs Doppelbock – 7.1% ABV, 25 IBU (Germany)

Weltenburger Kloster Barock Munich style dunkel – 4.7% ABV, 22 IBU (Germany)

Straffe-Hendrik Heritage BA Quad – 11% ABV, 22 IBU (Belgium)

Portland International Beerfest is at Holladay Park at Lloyd Center.


Fri June 26, 12pm-10pm 

Sat June 27, 12pm-10pm 

Sun June 28, 12pm-7pm

Full details and advance purchase “Big Deal” here:

John Lovegrove

For more information on the Portland International Beerfest and links to their website etc go to —


2015 Portland Fruit Beer Festival Preview

Fruit Beer Fest 2015

2015 Portland Fruit Beer Festival Preview By John Lovegrove

Growing up I never ate rhubarb. My Dad always said it was the most disgusting food and not fit for human consumption. Even as an adult I can’t remember trying it, going so far as to turn my nose up at it and/or smack talk rhubarb behind it’s back.

My dad also doesn’t approve of beer.

He’s going to be very disappointed that one of my favorite beers at the upcoming Portland Fruit Beer Festival is a Kettle Soured Strawberry-Rhubarb Wheat Ale from Fort George named Pucker Pi.

At a preview event for the upcoming Festival, I tasted a few of the offerings and here are my top 5, in no particular order.

Laurelwood Brewing: There Gose the Neighborhood

Very Refreshing. I could drink this all day. Every flavor is subtle, just a touch of sea salt to accentuate every flavor.

ABV: 5.1% IBU: 8

Alameda Brewing: Berried By Night

A solid CDA, with a really great hop Aroma. Uses 7 different hops: Summit for bittering, then Citra, Cascade, Ella, Hull Melon, Centennial and Azacca.

25 pounds of berries per barrel, yet still very balanced fruit, roast and hop flavors.

7.4% ABV. 75 IBU

Fort George Brewery: Pucker Pi Beer

My Dad’s worst nightmare. He hates rhubarb and beer. This one won’t change his mind. It’s a kettle soured version of last years Pi Beer, very easy to drink though, and really tasty.

4.9% ABV

Burnside Brewing/Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider: Fruit of the Garden of Good & Evil

This is bound to be the big hit of the festival. It’s approximately 2/3 Burnside’s Sweet Heat (Apricot and Scotch Bonnet Peppers) and 1/3 Reverent Nat’s Tepache (Pineapples and Spices), with extra Ghost Peppers to kick it up a notch. It’s a slow burn and a great aftertaste. Perhaps save it until last, because it’ll wreck your palate for a good 20 minutes. 

Honorable mention:

Try a side by side(r) taste of Burnside Brewing: Peaches of Immortality (6.2% ABV 3 IBU) and 2 Towns Ciderhouse: Peach Saison Cider 6% ABV).

One’s a Kettle soured peach farmhouse ale and one’s a cider, but both use peaches and French Saison Yeast so they’re a brother and sister that compliment each other nicely.

Best Named Fruit Beer

Didn’t try it, but the best named beer by far:

Stormbreaker Brewing: I AM FROOT

‘Nuff said.

John Lovegrove

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