Update. Next Publication is: Under Strange Suns, available digitally August 2015, print version due December 2015, Twilight Times Books.

Oregon Brewers Festival 2015

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I am preempting this web log, once again, with beer commentary. Friday I pedalled to the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival, the 28th installment of the venerable zymurgical institution. I purchased my tasting glass and tokens and got to it. Here, then, are my notes. Keep in mind I was sampling tasters, not consuming entire glasses. I’m pretty sure my notes would be even less legible had I done the latter.

Epic Brewing, Hop Syndrome. Slightly bitter Bud. Not memorable, but a reasonable way to ease into the afternoon. Pairs well with curly fries and catsup. (American Style Lager. ABV 5.0. IBU 33.)

Bison Organic Beer, Kermit the Hop. Firmly in my wheelhouse. Moderately hoppin Imperial IPA with distinct grapefruit notes. Pretty good, especially following the not-so-epic Hop Syndrome. (Imperial India Pale Ale. ABV 8.5. IBU 90)

Anderson Valley Brewing Co., The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose. Refreshing session beer, reminiscent of a chilled white sangria. I can easily see a sixer of this on a sunny day. (Specialty Beer. ABV 4.2. IBU 5.)

Boneyard Beer, Bone Light. Managed to pull of an ISA without tasting like a can of Coors crammed with hop buds. Refreshing, balanced. On par with Anderson Valley. A solid session ale for those of us who like our hops. (Session Beer. ABV 4.0. IBU 20.)

Boundary Bay Brewery, Double Hopped Sorachi Ace Pale Ale. Remember what I was saying about a can of Coors crammed with hop buds? Yeah, this is that. (American-Style Pale Ale. ABV 4.1. IBU 6.1.)

Port Townsend Brewing Company, The S.H.I.P. A fair beer. Sort of a baseline beverage – all the rest can be measured as above or below P.T. It’s…fine. (American-Style Pale Ale. ABV 5.5. IBU 45.)

Old Town Brewing, 1-Up Mushroom Ale. Just like printed on the tin. “Earthy” in an aggressive, borderline unpleasant fashion. (Experimental Beer. ABV 6.0. IBU 30.)

Widmer Brothers Brewing, Widmeritaville. I need salt on the rim, maybe a paper umbrella. Look, if I wanted tequila and lime, I’d be at the liquor store. (Experimental Beer. ABV 5.8. IBU 10.)

Ambacht Brewing, Matzobrau. Complex, a lot going on in this beer, but the parts blend harmoniously. Good stuff. (Belgian Dark Wheat. ABV 7.8. IBU 17.)

Central City Brewers & Distillers, Red Betty Imperial IPA. Big, hoppy, red Imperial IPA. Similar to Bridgeport’s Kingpin, but packing a bigger wallop. (Imperial India Pale Ale. ABV 9.0. IBU 90.)

Klamath Basin Brewing, Spud Muffin Pale Ale. See “Old Town Brewing.” Wash the damn potatoes first. (Specialty Beer. ABV 5.2. IBU 30.)

Sprecher Brewery. Abbey Triple. For a Belgian Trippel it is surprisingly thin. Not bad, exactly, but I expect a more robust, almost honey-like, consistency and mouthfeel from a Trippel. (Belgian-Style Tripel. ABV 8.5. IBU 12.)

Sunriver Brewing Co., Oh MANdarin! White IPA. Salted citrus. Not for me. (Specialty Beer. ABV 6.2. IBU 50.)

Viking Braggot Co., Gypsy Tears. Interesting in concept, not so successful in practice. I’m not discounting the style out of hand. But this version is like flat cider. And not in a good way. (Specialty Honey Beer. ABV 5.6. IBU 56.)

Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sucks 366. Just beyond the edge of my hop appreciation. So close. I want to like it more than I do. (Imperial India Pale Ale. ABV 8.0. IBU 63.)

Garage Project, Death From Above. Welcome Kiwis! I can taste the chilis, but they don’t overwhelm the hops. Good, but one-and-done. (Experimental Beer. ABV 7.5. IBU 60.)

Panhead Custom Ales, Johnny Octane. Biscuity, flavorful, well-balanced. Nicely played, New Zealand. (Imperial Red Ale. ABV 8.0. IBU 80.)

And last, Yeastie Boys, Gunnamatta. “Tea, Earl Grey, cold and hoppy.” (American-Style Strong Pale Ale. ABV 6.5. IBU 52.)

I’ll leave you with some photos from the event and my bike ride back toward home.

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