Seriously though, there are a lot of amazing beers in the world that are infused with fruit and no one should feel ashamed about enjoying them.
From the way it sounds, this is going to be a very special event. It seems that, all too often, seasoned beer drinkers like us end up being vastly disappointed by beer festivals because there is nothing available that you couldn’t buy at the bottle shop up the street. Sure, there will likely be beers at the Fruit Beer Festival that you can find at Whole Foods, but there will also be a sizable amount of one-off beers brewed specifically for the event that you won’t be able to get anywhere else, possibly ever again.
I can’t think of many better reasons to take a little summer trip down to PDX and (hopefully) soak up some sun and sip some suds. And for all the single fellas out there, this event has the potential to be a gold mine. Think of all the ladies that will be pumped to swill some fruity brews. I’d imagine the ratios will heavily favor the gents, read: many more women than men.
Some of you may have read this article where DSR got all kinds of emotional (highly validated) about, quite possibly, the greatest burger in the world. That joint, Le Pigeon, is right across the street from the venue. Just sayin’.
All the fruit imbued fun is going down on Saturday June 11th from 11-9pm and on Sunday June 12th from 11-6pm in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing on, you guessed it, Burnside in Portland, OR.
We came across these details on TheFullPint.com
Featuring more than 20 different beers from over 15 breweries from the Northwest and beyond, the Portland Fruit Beer Festival is a celebration of the wonderful variety that fruits offer and the incredible and unique beers brewers can make with them. The PFBF will take place June 11th and 12th (Friday and Saturday) in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing. The festival welcomes all ages with free entry, and the Burnside Brewing pub will also be open for regular business, offering dinner and overflow seating from the fest. 15 beers will pour outdoors in the partially covered parking lot. A special few taps will be offered next door in the brewery’s production space, featuring extremely rare rotating beers that have very limited availability. Tasting glasses are available for $6 and are required to sample beers at the festival. Tickets are $1 each. A 4oz pour requires 1 ticket, with pints available for 4 tickets on the primary 14-15 beers. The rare rotating taps will range from 1-3 tickets a 4 oz pour. Food options include Tastebud’s mobile wood-fired oven and Burnside’s own outdoor BBQ, and there will be juice and soda for those not partaking in beer and live entertainment.
Beers and Breweries:
Festival organizers approached brewers with the challenge of making original beers using real whole, pureed, or juiced fruits without using any of the extracts or flavorings that have contributed to giving fruit beers a bad name. Brewers stepped up to the plate with beers ranging from Hopworks Belgian Red Delicious Apple Biere to Laurelwood’s Asian fruit and Spice beer. Of course Oregon beer drinkers love the hops and fruit beers are notoriously absent of them, but not this time. Hopheads will likely enjoy Breakside Brewery’s Mango IPA and Alameda’s Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA infused with huckleberries, among others. In all, more than 15 breweries will be participating with over 20 beers to choose from: Burnside Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewing, Ninkasi, Dogfish Head, Widmer Brothers, New Belgium, Upright, Cascade, Oakshire, Block 15, Laurelwood, Fort George, Breakside, Lompoc, Alameda, Double Mountain and Beetje Brewing.
Full beer list to be announced soon.