Monday, July 19, 2010

A look at beers to try at the Oregon Brewers Festival 2010


Looking over the list for the Oregon Brewers Festival here are a few of the beers I'm want to try (or retry).  I was told that this is too long a list, but too long a list is better than no list at all. This is in no particular order:
  1. Boulevard Brewing Co. - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - This very tasty Saison, which is part of the Smokestack Series (the first and only beer of the series on draft so far), is brewed with citrusy Amarillo hops. I know I'll be having a least one.
  2. Boundary Bay Brewery - German Tradition Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale - This beer was brewed especially  for the OBF so I'll be interested to see how it turned out. 
  3. Golden Valley Brewery - Festival Kolsch - I like a good clean Kolsch which can be hard to pull off. I haven't had this from Golden Valley yet but everything I've had from them has been solid, so it's worth a try.
  4. Goose Island Beer Co. - Sofie - Had it in the bottle before and I look forward to trying this on tap as I've said, I enjoy a good Saison. 
  5. Flying Fish Brewing Co. - Exit 4 - A Tripple hopped with Simcoe, Columbus, Amarillo, and Palisade. All hops that I really dig. Looking forward to trying.
  6. Ballast Point Brewing - Sculpin IPA (Buzz Beers) - We have no shortage of good IPAs here in Beervana but this IPA is a tasty change of pace. San Diego style IPAs are very tasty too!
  7. Grand Teton Brewing Co - Tail Waggin Double White Ale - (Buzz Beers) - A Double White Ale from Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve line-up of beers that are usually bottle in 750ml bottles. Worth a try.
  8. Sprecher Brewing Co - Mai Bock - I've enjoyed some beer from Sprecher Brewing. I can't remember if I this was one of them. Always up for a good Maibock! Need to try this one.
  9. Summit Brewing Co - Summit Horizon Red Ale - I've always had solid beers from Summit Brewing. Some of which I have found to be outstanding. Six hop additions using Summit, Horizon, Amarillo hops. Sounds tasty.
  10. Surly Brewing - Bitter Brewer - I always look forward to trying something new from Surly. And we need more session beers in our lives period!
  11. Surly Brewing - Four Anniversary Beer (Buzz Beers) - I told you I liked Surly. This beer is best described as an Iced Double Espresso Imperial Stout. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and smokey roast malt. 
  12. Upright Brewing - Single Cask Anniversary Ale  (Buzz Beers) - I don't know much about this beer, but knowing Alex Ganum, it's going to be good! [Update: It's the Gin-Barrel Age Apricot Anniversary Ale! Sweet, I mean sour!]
  13. Cascade Brewing - Summer Gose - Back on to session beers. Gose beers are traditionally with a coriander, a little salt, and typically a lactic finish. This beer has enough residual sugar to balance out the tartness. Great on a summer day!
  14. Widmer Collaborator - Sunstone Pilsner - A German Pilsner with a Wallonian Farmhouse twist? Hopped with Tattanger Hops. I'm interested.
  15. The Bruery - Oude Tart (Buzz Beers) - I like where they are going with brewing at The Bruery. This sound like a great sour beer. Pretty big at 7.5% abv. too.
  16. Terminal Gravity Brewing - Single Hop Double IPA - Single hopped with Columbus hops. Yes please.
  17. Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. - Barrel Aged Son of Old Yeller (Buzz Beers) - It can be easy to overlook a local brewpub like Lucky Lab sometimes, but this beer was one of my favorites at the Lucky Lab Barleywine Festival this year.
  18. New Belgium Brewing Co. - Imperial Berliner Weisse (Buzz Beers) - Yes Imperial Berliner Weisse is an oxymoron like saying big little beer. I'm willing to see if this beer works out.
  19. Oakshire BrewingBarrel Aged Very Ill Tempered Gnome (Buzz Beers) - Oakshire is doing some really great things these days under the direction of Matt Van Wyk. This beer is no execption!

2 comments:

Bill Night said...

You're becoming a blogging machine! Nice post, Charles. The new layout looks great, too.

I think Sprecher brings that Maibock every year. I seem to remember being a little underwhelmed by it. Still, worth a try.

An Ear For Beer said...

I may have had the Specher Maibock, I don't remember but I do love the beer style, so I'm going to check it out (again).

Thanks for the feedback! It's the words of encouragement from you and a few others that have pulled me out of the rut it was it. Cheers!