One of McMenamins gorgeous and inviting properties is its Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (CPR). Located in suburban Hillsboro, CPR encompasses 6 acres that features buildings that date back to the 1850’s. On site is a brewery, distillery, restaurant, bars and green space.
Tomorrow, Saturday, July 15th, McMenamins will celebrate the 151st birthday of Cornelius Pass Roadhouse with the 16th annual Roadhouse Brewfest. With over 20 beers pouring, including barrel-aged and sour beer offerings, and over 10 ciders pouring, the annual Roadhouse Brewfest is always a treat. These offerings are from McMenamins and a few guest breweries that include Ambacht Brewing, Culmination Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, Golden Valley Brewery, Heater Allen Brewing, Leikam Brewing, Little Beast Brewing, Three Mugs Brewing, Uptown Brewing, Vanguard Brewing and Vertigo Brewing.
The festival will take place from Noon until 9:00pm. All ages are welcome and entry is free. To drink a Roadhouse Brewfest ticket package is required. This package includes a festival glass and 10 drink tokens for $17.00. Additional tokens are $1.50 each. One token is good for a 4-ounce taster or 4 tokens for a full pint.
Here’s the lineup of beers and ciders.
Belgian Dark Wheat Beer flavored with cacao. Dark in color, light in body, with just a hint of chocolate. May I have another please?
ABV: 7.00% IBU: 17
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery
Creekside Cream Ale
Need a refreshment? This Cream Ale is the color of the sun, shining through thin clouds with a fluffy white head. Enjoy the faint scent of flowers blowing in the breeze as you take a sip of this full-bodied and oh-so-clean brew. Breathe out and repeat. Special Ingredients: Lactose
Malts: Gambrinus Pilsen, Golden Promise, Flaked Barley
Hops: US Golding
ABV: 4.64% IBU: 12
The Red Rhino is a Red Ale rich in color and flavor. It has just the right combination of Crystal Malt to give this ale its signature deep red hue. Red Rhino is hopped with pungent Centennial and Cascade Hops and in an attempt to round off this pure “C Hop” beer, Centennial Pellets were added toward the end of fermentation.
Special Techniques: Dry-Hopped with Centennial Pellets
Malts: Maris Otter, Organic Crystal 60, Crystal 135/165, Chocolate Malt
Hops: Centennial, Cascade
ABV: 6.00% IBU: 82
Culmination Brewing Co.
Good Intention Lager
A quintessential warm weather beer, our German-style Helles is light and quaffable featuring notes of crisp dry malt.
ABV: 5.30% IBU: 15
It’s a bear! It’s a dog! No, it’s Squirtie! Whatever he is, Squirtie is most definitely the beloved mascot of the Fulton Pub. Then- manager Paul Hehn sketched his likeness 25+ years ago and he’s been coming around ever since to celebrate the Fulton’s anniversary on May 5th. Squirtie 2017 is a Single Hop Pale Ale chock full of Mosaic Hops from start to dry-hop! A malty body and assertive hoppiness carry this annual offering into hop-fueled bliss. This is a great beer to toast this year’s anniversary of the pub’s opening back in 1988.
Special Techniques: Dry-Hopped
Malts: Baird Maris Otter, Baird 30/37 Carastan
ABV: 6.20% IBU: 57
Heater Allen Brewing
Das Bier Kolsch Style
Bright and clean, Das Bier is perfect for those hot Oregon days. It has a crisp malt character with a touch of hop bitterness.
ABV: 5.10% IBU: 25
A storm has been brewing and it’s finally available for your consumption. With a song of ice and fire–featuring Idaho 7, Citra and Ekuanot Hops–the Stormborn IPA presents itself with sweet tropical fruit flavor and aroma. Crisp and refreshing with just the right bitter bite, this American IPA will keep you cool in the shade or out in the sun. Don’t fear the storm…enjoy it! Special Techniques: Dry-Hopped
Malts: Premium 2-Row, Munich, Crystal 15
Hops: Chinook, Idaho 7, Citra, Ekuanot, Mosaic
ABV: 6.32% IBU: 90
John Barleycorns Brewery
Singled Out: Citra Double IPA
The Singled Out Series, made locally at John Barleycorns, allows you to taste and appreciate a single hop variety at a time. This Double IPA was brewed exclusively with a brewer’s favorite, Citra Hops. This variety has a large range of flavors and aromas that span from traditional Northwest citrus notes like grapefruit, to tropical fruit flavors like melon and gooseberries.
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Caramel Vienna
ABV: 8.77% IBU: 85
Our Grateful Red reminds us of a scarlet begonia. This ale will ripple through your taste buds with the fragrance of Chinook, Willamette and Columbus Hops. We use five different malt varieties and four hop varietals for this hoppy Red.
ABV: 7.20% IBU: 65
Three Mugs Brewing Company
Mo’ Berry Honey Ale
This brew combines the delicate flavor and aroma of orange blossom honey with the awesomeness of Northwest blackberries, which contribute a unique purple hue. Combined with a light pilsner malt base, an easy touch of Cascade Hops, and a bit of sweetness from Honey Malt, the result is a very drinkable brew; light enough for summer but flavorful enough to enjoy all year long.
ABV: 6.90% IBU: 7
Our Imperial Oatmeal Red has a deep red color with an intense balance of Newport Hop bitterness, soft malty backbone, and a succulent creaminess on the palate courtesy of the oatmeal addition. The up-front bitterness returns at the end to complement the oats and lingers ‘til the next sip.
ABV: 8.50% IBU: 50
A Northwest-style IPA brewed with an abundance of Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe Hops. Pale, Victory and Crystal Malts provide the backbone that complements the bold citrusy hop character and aroma. Dry-hopped with more than a pound of hops per barrel.
ABV: 7.20% IBU: 72
West Linn Brewery
Cacao Crackdown Porter
A veritable cornucopia of malts set an opulent backdrop for the raw Ecuadorian cacao nibs added at the end of this brew’s fermentation. Subtle hopping lends just a hint of bitterness while retaining a malt-forward balance. Vanilla beans suggest a sweetness expected from chocolate confections, without contributing a saccharine sweetness that would otherwise mask the ethereal experience within.
Special Ingredients: Cacao Nib, Vanilla Bean
Malts: Pale, Oats, Chocolate Malt, Munich, Brown, Crystal 40, Crystal 120, Roast
Hops: US Golding
ABV: 5.55 IBU: 16
This boasts a light malt body, a mild hop spice and dry grainy finish. Great by itself or paired with your favorite entrée or appetizer, this light refreshing ale is for those seeking the light color of a domestic lager with the flavor and richness of a craft brew. It’s not a sin to like something light, so go ahead and confess your love of thirst-quenching and crisp beer with a pint of Confessional Kölsch!
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Rice, Dextrapils, Vienna
Hops: Crystal, Idaho 7, Perle
ABV: 5.30% IBU: 28
Barrel Aged Beers:
2016 Whiskey Widow
The Black Widow has emerged from her hiding place and is spinning a whole new web! Whiskey Widow is a darkly sublime Porter that’s been aged in a Hogshead Whiskey barrel. The result is a dark elixir, rich with oaky smoothness, a bold bourbon aroma and hints of vanilla.
This is truly a dark beauty that packs a vicious bite!
Special Techniques: Barrel-Aged in Hogshead Whiskey Barrels
Special Ingredients: Licorice Root
Malts: British Pale, Wheat, Munich, Flaked Barley, Crystal 135/165, Roasted Barley, Black Barley
ABV: 7.61% IBU: 42
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery
Whiskey Peach IPA
We celebrated the latest bottling of Billy Whiskey by taking freshly emptied barrels and filling them with a dry-hopped IPA and 84 pounds of peach puree. Sweet Whiskey and ripe peach are present in the nose of this hazy brew. Sip and revel in the three-way dance of fruit, wood and hops. Finally, savor the long, refreshingly bitter finish that begs another taste.
Special Techniques: Aged in Fresh Billy Whiskey Barrels, Dry-Hopped
Malts: 2-Row, Superior Pilsen
Hops: Centennial, Citra, Idaho 7
ABV: 6.84% IBU: 72
Barrel-Aged Cherry Widowmaker
This is a special, limited beer, pulled from the Imperial Black Widow Porter batch from last Fall. We’ve aged this beer in one of Edgefield Distillery’s Hogshead Whiskey Barrels for almost a year, with an addition of tart cherries. You’ll likely notice flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, rich oak and toffee, with a fruity tartness for good measure!
Special Techniques: Hogshead Whiskey Barrel Aged
Special Ingredients: Licorice Root
Fruit: Tart Cherry
Malts: British Pale, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, Crystal 135, Crystal 165, Black, Roast
ABV: 7.16 IBU: 39
Oak Hills Brewery
Billy’s Barrel-Aged Black Widow
Each deep-black goblet of this McMenamins seasonal is packed full of the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of Black and Roast Malts, and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice. Both substantial and sublime, this elixir is sure to slake the most fiendish of thirsts. This particular batch of Black Widow, having been aged in a Billy Whiskey barrel, contains additional notes of molasses, hazelnuts and oak.
Malts: Bairds Pale, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, Bairds Crystal 135/165, Bairds Roast, Bairds Black
ABV: 7.35% IBU: 41
Carina Peach Sour
Carina Peach Sour Ale takes its name from the constellation Carina, the keel of the ship Argo in the southern sky. Loaded with fresh peach flavor, Carina is a Sour Ale perfect for any time of year. The use of Pale Malt makes for a crisp character, while Lactobacillus gives Carina a tart and refreshing finish.
ABV: 5.50% IBU: 10
Golden Valley Brewery
Wheat Tart is brewed from German Pils Malt and Malted Wheat, and lightly kissed by Tettnanger Hops in the mash. Kettle- soured with Lactobacillus Buchneri. Unadulterated by syrups or fruit. Pucker up!
Little Beast Brewing
Tart Wheat Ale brewed with Belgian malts, Noble hops and chamomile flower. Fermented with a blend of unique Saccharomyces yeast and conditioned with Lactobacillus.
ABV: 6.00% IBU: 8
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
Bodhisattva of Compassion
A sour blending project made from Sacrilege Sour Cherry Cider aged in Cascade Barrel House barrels, heirloom Golden Russet aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin barrels and pyro-concentrated Newtown Pippin aged in Le Vin de Grand Jon barrels.
Red Don is a moderately sour beer with a beautiful red-amber hue. This very limited release was inspired by a trip to Belgium that the owners took in the 1990s, exemplified by fruit characteristics of plum, prune, raisin, raspberry and cherry, and followed by some spicy notes. It was brewed as a collaboration with Loyal Legion and a small portion of the batch has been put into Whiskey barrels for aging.
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Inspired by the Flemish beers of Belgium, La Mûre is 6.9% ABV, bone dry, and holds complex fruit character. La Mûre is aged in local Pinot Noir barrels with Lactobacillus for over a year, resulting in a strong backbone, light oak flavors and a wild lactic tang. ABV: 6.90%
Alter Ego Cider
The Dark Royale
This Black Currant cider is an intriguing blend of apples and black currants, with concentrated aromas of cassis, roses and black raspberries. This cider bursts with flavors of black cherry and plum, with just a hint of sweetness. It finishes with a delicate earthy undertone and a refreshingly bright and tangy zip.
Watermelon Gose Cider
Anthem Dry Cider blended with a generous amount of fresh watermelon, topped with local sea salt and coriander to bring some Gose-inspired sour notes. Very refreshing, extremely crush-able, and totally summer in a can.
Bauman’s Cider Company
Logan Berry Cider
Logans are generally one of the first cane berries of the season, and making this sweet, fruity cider floods me with memories of picking them behind where our farm store is today. Logans can’t be picked with a machine as they are too delicate and soft, and those attributes come out in the cider as a sweetness from start to finish.
Bull Run Cider
Dry Hop Cider
Our Dry Hop is a true product of the Northwest, a region that’s world-renowned for growing amazing apples and hops. Northwest-grown Palisade Hops were infused in this cider for over two weeks. Palisade Hops bring fourth pleasant earthy and floral notes with just hint of citrus. Medium sweet with bright acidity, you’ll find this to be a wonderfully refreshing cider. ABV: 6.70%
A Strong & Passionate Fruit
Brought to you straight from the great brain of our cidermaker Angie Watkins, this dry Apple Cider is like a tropical island vacation in a glass. Passionfruit is combined with our dessert apple juice prior to fermenting, so all the sugars from the added fruit are fermented out. The result is a bright, tart, fruit-forward cider that is still dry, crisp, and refreshing. Close your eyes and believe in summer!
Barrel-Aged Perry Cider
Unfiltered and aged six months in neutral oak barrels, this Perry is made from true Perry Pears, giving it a natural tannic complexity and bright acidity. In the glass it’s cloudy and pale yellow, with a spicy bouquet of dried hay and lemon blossom. On the palate it’s dry, with a full, rich mouthfeel. Notes of apricot and grilled pineapple meet subtle hints of ginger, brine, and leather.
Portland Cider Company
We blend our delicious cider with the juices of orange, strawberry, pear, passionfruit, elderberry and lime to get our Sangria Cider. It’s your new favorite fruit punch, for grown-ups!
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
¡Viva La Pineapple!
This cider starts with a base of traditional Tepache, made with fresh Costa Rican pineapples, to which is added refreshing Granny Smith apples. It’s finished with a tea made from cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Presenting akin to a Summer Shandy or Radler due to a partial fermentation of the pineapples.
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Calville Blanc Barrel Fermented
Single Varietal Cider made from Calville Blanc D’Hiver Apple barrel-aged. Earthy, smooth, sharp cider, but not puckering high. Apple fruit forward with subtle honey notes. Soft yellow, gold toned, clear.
Throughout the day there will be live music from Noon unitl 9:00pm.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.