29th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival Preview

For 2016, the Oregon Brewers Festival will use a 12 oz. clear styrene plastic, free of BPA and phthalates mug. (image courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Festival)
For 2016, the Oregon Brewers Festival will use a 12 oz. clear styrene plastic, free of BPA and phthalates mug. (image courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Festival)

It is that time of year again when 80,000 people descend upon Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland for the nation’s longest running craft beer festival. The Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) returns for its 29th year from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, July 31. Each day gate open at 11:30am and taps will be pouring from Noon to 9:00pm Wednesday through Saturday and Noon to 7:00pm on Sunday.

Prior to all of this fun the 2016 Oregon Brewers Brunch will take place prior to the Oregon Brewers Parade. This year’s brunch, hosted by Laurelwood Public House & Brewery at the Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland is sold out. However Rogue Ales is hosting an overflow brunch at its near by Green Dragon that will take place from 9:00am to 11:30am. Tickets are $15.00 each and more info can be found here.

2016 Rogue OBF Brunch

At 11:30am the Oregon Brewers Parade will begin at Melody Ballroom for its march from 615 SE Alder Street. Led by this year’s Grand Marshall, Lisa “The Beer Goddess” Morrison, the parade will cross the Hawthorne Bridge over the Willamette River ending up on the grounds of Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The parade is free to participate and is open to all ages. The parade will be led by the funky sounds of Portland’s Transcendental Brass Band.

One of the hidden treats of marching in the parade is that it allows one to get a great spot to watch the OBF opening ceremonies and to receive the ceremonial beer. To do so one must have an OBF wristband on that will be available at the start of the parade from 11:00 to 11:30am on Wednesday. You will have to have your ID checked to get a wristband. Those with wristbands will enter the festival grounds at Pine Street Esplanade and Naito Parkway. Those without a wristband will have to get in line and have their ID checked at any of the other three OBF entrances.

For the 29th edition, 88 beers from various craft breweries from across the nation, many of which are serving beers that are special to the OBF, will be pouring. The weather gods look to be in our favor this year as well. After last year’s damp festival, this year’s forecast looks to be dry with temperatures in the upper 80’s and low 90’s. Just make sure to stay hydrated!

One of our highlights from recent OBFs, International Beer Garden, will make its triumphant return for its third year with beers from four different countries and two continents. For 2016 there will be over twenty beers pouring that includes six breweries from Japan – Baird, Iwate Kura Beer, North Island, Shiga Kogen, Shonan and Y Market; seven breweries from The Netherlands – De Molen, Frontaal, Maximus, Oedipus, Oersoep, Oproer and Van Moll; one brewery from China, Jing-A; plus two breweries from Germany – Brauerei Nothhaft and Lang Bräu. Each day brewers from each of these breweries will be at the festival to discuss their beer and to learn more about the beers and breweries of Oregon.

Cascade Brewing's Ron Gansberg and John Foyston.
Cascade Brewing’s Ron Gansberg and John Foyston during the 2015 Oregon Brewers Festival.

On Thursday, July 28, there will be a Meet the Japanese Brewer session from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Belmont Station. The brewers that will be in attendance include Chris Poel of Baird Beer, Wataru Sato of Iwate Kura Beer, Takeshi Tagaya of North Island Beer, Riku Oba and Eigo Sato of Shiga Kogen, Takashi Tsutui of Shonan, and Makoto Kachi of Y Market.

Then next Tuesday, August 2, look for the brewers from The Netherlands to be hosting an event at Base Camp Brewing from 4:00 to 10:00pm. There the brewers will be pouring their collaborations that they have done with some of the area’s local breweries. Look for Bea Brinkman and Menno Olivier from Brouwerij de Molen, Roel Buckens from Brouwerij Frontaal, Marcel Snater and Ewald Visser from Brouwerij Maximus, Rick Nelson from Oedipus Brewing, Bart-Jan Hoeijmakers and Mark Strooker from Oproer Brouwerij, and Erwin Van Moll from Van Moll Eindhoven in attendance.

2016 Oregon Brewers Festival Logo

When totaling all of the breweries in attendance at OBF, there will be 103 total. Of these beers, 87 are from the United States and the other 16 beers are from The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and China that makes a total of five countries participating at OBF to make it a truly international festival. Twenty-seven breweries will make its debut at OBF. These breweries include 54° 40′ Brewing Co, Aslan Brewing Co, Baird Beer, Brouwerij Frontaal, Coin Toss Brewing Co, Culmination Brewing Co, Doomsday Brewing Co, Everybody’s Brewing, Feckin Brewery, Iwate Kura Beer, Jing-A Brewing Co, Lakeland Brewing Co, Lang Bräu, North Island Beer, Ordnance Brewing, Riverbend Brewing, Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Schooner Exact Brewing Co, Seaside Brewing Co, Shiga Kogen Beer, Shonan Beer, Slanted Rock Brewing Co, Three Mugs Brewing Co, Thunder Island Brewing Co, Van Moll, Y Market Brewing, and Zoiglhaus Brewing.

Here is the complete 2016 OBF beer lineup with descriptions including if the beer is brewed specifically for OBF as there are 53 of theses at the 2016 OBF. Even though many of the beers are not brewed specifically for OBF, there are quite a few that are rare to being available in Oregon. So make sure to choose wisely and return to the festival throughout the week. (Thanks goes out to OBF public relations extraordinaire Chris Crabb for providing all of the beer and brewery details.)

2016 Oregon Brewers Festival BEER-OMETER
2016 Oregon Brewers Festival BEER-OMETER

54° 40′ Brewing Co.
Washougal, WA | 54-40brewing.com | @5440brewing
70% Ultra Pilsner | German-Style Pilsner
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.8 FG: 1.9 ABV: 5.1 IBU: 30
Beer Description: Mmm…Ultras! Northwest grown Ultra hops are the standout in this bright, refreshing German-style Pilsner. This beer is best enjoyed out of a Crowler while floating down the Washougal River, but under the sun on the banks of the Willamette ain’t bad neither. Pony up for a full mug, folks, and enjoy your beer.
Brewery Description: Established in the fall of 2015 at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, 54° 40′ Brewing offers sessionable beers for the Pacific Northwest. Its taproom and outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy easy-drinking pints with family and friends. A variety of charcuterie and small bites are available, as well as a rotating variety of food trucks on-site throughout the year.

Ambacht Brewing
Hillsboro, OR | ambacht.us | @ambachtale
Golden Rye Summertime Ale | Rye Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 14.2 FG: 1.5 ABV: 6.9 IBU: 17
Beer Description: Ambacht Golden Rye Summertime Ale is a Belgian-inspired rye ale. Low in bitterness and golden in color, it gains a touch of fruitiness from the yeast and sweet notes from the honey used to keg-condition the beer. This one is balanced, smooth and flavorful.
Brewery Description: Ambacht’s handcrafted ales are Belgian-inspired and influenced by the bounty of the region. Ambacht ales are made using local, organically grown ingredients; and mashed at a low temperature, giving them a refreshing dryness with a clean, toasty flavor from organic malts. Ambacht bottle conditions its ales with Pacific Northwest honey for a sweet top note.

Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco, CA | anchorbrewing.com | @anchorbrewing
Anchor Mango Wheat | Fruit Wheat Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 11.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 4.5 IBU: 20
Beer Description: An infusion of all-natural mango from Amoretti in secondary fermentation preserves the fruity aroma and ensures that this wheat beer ferments dry with Anchor Ale yeast. The sweetness of the mango is balanced by modest hop bitterness provided by Haas Experimental and Cascades.
Brewery Description: Anchor is America’s first and oldest craft brewery, with roots dating back to the California gold rush. In 1965, Fritz Maytag took over Anchor and forever changed the American beer industry by pushing brewing boundaries while upholding traditional brewing methods. Today, its beers are handmade from an all-malt mash in its traditional copper brewhouse. Its process combines the time-honored art of classical craft brewing with carefully applied, state-of-the-art modern methods.

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Boonville, CA | avbc.com | @avbc
Briney Melon Gose | Gose
Unique to festival: No
OG: 9.5 FG: 1.8 ABV: 4.2 IBU: Not Provided
Beer Description: This beer’s special ingredients are a combination unique to the festival: salt and coriander, true to this Belgian-style, and natural watermelon puree to balance the tartness from kettle-souring with lactobacillus bacteria. But more than 95% of this beer is Rudy Nebs: that’s Boontling speak for pristine Boonville mineral water. This one is low in alcohol, so don’t shy away from grabbing a full mug!
Brewery Description: Anderson Valley was founded in 1987, making it one of the oldest craft breweries on the West Coast. Sitting on 35 lush acres in Boonville, the brewery grounds include picnic groves, horse pastures and a famous disc golf course, while its Tap Room is where Anderson Valley residents and friends of the brewery come to meet. Proudly solar powered and sustainable, Anderson Valley is a unique world class brewery.

Aslan Brewing Co.
Bellingham, WA | aslanbrewing.com | @aslanbrewing
Disco Lemonade | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: No
OG: 10.0 FG: 1.5 ABV: 4.4 IBU: 1
Beer Description: Originally brewed in collaboration with the Bellingham Homebrewers Guild, this sour brew is a refreshing beer brewed to a style that dates back to the Middle Ages and is often referred to as “The People’s Champagne.” The tartness of this beer will bring out hints of lemon, while the generous amount of wheat will round out the body, lending a remarkable similarity to lemonade.
Brewery Description: Aslan Brewing’s mission is to produce and distribute world-class organic ales, lagers, and soda-pop using local resources, sustainable and low-impact practices, and responsible sales techniques in order to promote a healthier, happier, and more environmentally conscious community.

August Schell Brewing Co.
New Ulm, MN | schellsbrewery.com | @schellsbrewery
Hefeweizen | South German-Style Hefeweizen
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.5 FG: 3.3 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 12
Beer Description: Brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts, Schell uses an authentic weizen yeast that gives the beer a predominately fruity ale character with notes of banana and clove, a slight citrus-like tartness, and a bready wheat backbone. Refreshingly light with a higher than normal carbonation level, the beer’s unfiltered yeast left in suspension makes this straw-colored beer appear cloudy.
Brewery Description: August Schell Brewing Co. was founded in 1860, on the wooded hillside bank of the Cottonwood River in New Ulm. Specializing in German-style lagers and ales, Schell is the second oldest, family-owned and operated brewery in the U.S.

Baird Beer
Shuzenji, Izu-shi, Japan | bairdbeer.com |
Pacific Porter | Baltic Porter
Unique to festival: No
OG: 18.8 FG: 4.3 ABV: 8.2 IBU: 40
Beer Description: This is the Baird Beer Pacific Ocean version of a classic Baltic porter, part of its Brewers Passion series of beers that includes one-offs and recurring yearly releases. Caramel and roasted malts contribute to a body that is chewy and rich but not thick or cloying. Dryly piquant flavor notes of molasses and licorice register just before giving way to a pleasingly warm, alcohol-tinged finish.
Brewery Description: Baird Brewing was founded in 2000 by the husband and wife team of Bryan and Sayuri Baird. It is a family company born of a deep passion for beer and a great reverence for brewing history, tradition and culture. Its motto is “Celebrating Beer,” meaning the comprehensive enjoyment of beer in a way that enhances the overall experience of life.

Baird Beer
Shuzenji, Izu-shi, Japan | bairdbeer.com |
Four Sisters Spring Bock | Maibock
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.0 FG: 4.0 ABV: 7.4 IBU: 40
Beer Description: Four Sisters is brewed in the spirit of a German maibock, specifically the bock beer that was brewed in the city of Einbeck in the 13th Century. In keeping with that tradition, Four Sisters is triple-decoction mashed and contains a moderate portion of Japanese unmalted wheat. Refreshing, wholesome, hearty and robust. What more could you want from a Bock beer?

Base Camp Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | basecampbrewingco.com | @basecampbrewing
Mango Helles | Specialty Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.8 FG: 2.6 ABV: 4.9 IBU: 22
Beer Description: Brewed especially for the festival, Base Camp Mango Helles combines the process and tradition of the Helles-style light lager with the tropical fruity goodness of Willamette Valley-grown hops and organic mango purée. Both the hop and mango additions are carefully timed in the brewing process, providing tons of flavor and aroma without excessive bitterness or sweet fructose.
Brewery Description: From its DIY brewhouse in the heart of eastside Portland’s brewery district, the Base Camp family has been making and sharing top-quality, innovative craft beers since 2012. Look for Base Camp on tap, in cans or aluminum bottles in the beer aisle, or swing by the taproom.

Bayern Brewing
Missoula, MT | bayernbrewery.com | @bayernbrewery
Citra Charged Dump Truck | Maibock
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 6.0 IBU: 28
Beer Description: Decoction mashing – heating a portion of the wet grains and re-mixing them back into the mash – combined with cold fermentation, long lagering, keg conditioning, moderate doses of bittering hops, and dry hopping with Lemondrop and Citra gives Dump Truck an extra smooth ride. German sauermalt and organic spitz malt, and a strain of yeast especially designed for Bayern, account for the unique malty flavor.
Brewery Description: Montana’s oldest operating craft brewery, Bayern Brewing offers traditional German beer styles, using traditional German brewing techniques and German brewing equipment, with oversight from two German master brewers, and in strict accordance with the 1516 German Law of Purity (Reinheitsgebot).

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Duluth, MN | bentpaddlebrewing.com | @bentpaddlebeer
Venture Pilsener | Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.4 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 37
Beer Description: Brewed with pristine Lake Superior water, this straw-colored pilsner takes on characteristics of Bohemia, Northern Germany with a touch of American inventiveness. Moderate doses of German Tradition, Saaz and Sterling hops added at multiple points during the boil provide a flavorful, but not overly bitter, balance to this golden, malty brew. Refreshingly crisp with a gentle floral hop aroma.
Brewery Description: Bent Paddle Brewing is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth. The brewery is owned by two married couples, Bryon and Karen Tonnis and Colin and Laura Mullen. The brewers use the amazing water of Lake Superior to brew the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible.

Bison Organic Beer
Berkeley, CA | bisonbrew.com | @bisonbrew
Kermit the Hop | Imperial India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.5 FG: 3.0 ABV: 8.5 IBU: 90
Beer Description: It isn’t easy being green; sexy organic hops are hard to come by. But Bison obtained organic Simcoe and brewed its first Double IPA. With more than three pounds of hops per barrel, Kermit The Hop is bright and citrusy with tongue-tingling bitterness. Resinous pine coats the tongue and reluctantly gives way to grapefruit and a grassy bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue for days. Drink green!
Brewery Description: Founded in 1989, Bison is an artisinal company dedicated to brewing balanced, drinkable and 100% organic beers with an interesting twist. Bison strives to lead by example, educating that one need not sacrifice the pleasures of everyday living to be green.

Boneyard Beer
Bend, OR | boneyardbeer.com | @boneyardbeer
Skin n’ Bones | Session India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: Not Provided FG: Not Provided ABV: 4.0 IBU: 20
Beer Description: Brewed with pale and pilsner malts, this single hop session ale is crisp and refreshing with a mild hop character. The Mosaic hops were added mostly in whirlpool to maximize hop flavor and keep the bitterness moderately low. The English ale yeast leaves the beer clear with some residual sweetness.
Brewery Description: Boneyard Beer is a grassroots, owner-operated brewery that has been creatively pieced together “from the boneyard” – the place where old/unused equipment goes to rust. The brewery opened to the public in May of 2010 with a 20-barrel system and is currently in the process of a major expansion. Its second production facility, also in Bend, features a 40-barrel brewhouse (second-hand, of course).

Boulder Beer Co.
Boulder, CO | boulderbeer.com | @boulderbeer
Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.5 FG: 2.6 ABV: 6.5 IBU: 52
Beer Description: Pulp Fusion blends the beauty of an IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice of blood oranges. It shines with a bright, golden color and finishes smooth without lingering bitterness. This commingling of aromatic hops and zesty blood oranges is a blood bath of citrus flavor! Pairs well with a Royale with cheese. Or, you know, festival food.
Brewery Description: Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Co. is Colorado’s first craft brewery and primarily brews ales, satisfying the taste of locals and tourists alike. Shake Chocolate Porter, Mojo IPA, Hazed, and seasonals beers like Pulp Fusion can be found in 36 states throughout the country.

Boundary Bay Brewery
Bellingham, WA | bbaybrewery.com | @boundarybay
Escape Velocity | Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 14.2 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.2 IBU: 41
Beer Description: This double dry hopped, medium-bodied ale is brewed entirely with Galaxy hops added to the early, middle and late boil, the fermenter and keg. Two-row and Munich malts create a golden wort fermented with a Northwest ale yeast, producing pleasant esters and balancing the high-hop flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Escape Velocity is out of this world and leaves you feeling cool and refreshed.
Brewery Description: Independently owned and operated since 1995, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro is proudly celebrating 21 years in craft beer. Located in a historic 1922 warehouse, Boundary Bay houses a 17-barrel system, lively brewpub complete with a taproom, family-friendly bistro, deck and two beer gardens with live entertainment all summer long. It is a destination and community hub for both locals and out-of-towners alike.

Brauerei Nothhaft
Marktredwitz, Franconia, Germany | brauerei-nothhaft.de |
Rawetzer Premium Export Festbier | German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.2 FG: 1.2 ABV: 5.4 IBU: 23
Beer Description: Brauerei Nothhaft is proud to be able to give visitors of the festival the opportunity to try out a traditional Franconian craft beer, with recipes passed down over the ages within the Nothhaft family. Pilsner, Munich and carapils malts provide the fermentables and the golden color, balanced by Hallertauer and Tradition hops.
Brewery Description: Brauerei Nothhaft was founded in 1882 by Otto Nothhaft, and remains a family business, run today by the fifth generation of brewers with the sixth generation growing up. The brewery makes 14 different specialty beers ranging from Hefeweizens to Zoigls. Brauerei Nothhaft is truly an old and traditional craft brewery in the best possible way.

Breakside Brewery
Portland, OR | breakside.com | @breaksidebrews
Pomegranate Gose | Fruit Wheat Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.3 FG: 2.5 ABV: 4.6 IBU: 8
Beer Description: This pink-hued wheat beer was brewed with traditional gose ingredients of salt and coriander, with a balancing sweetness provided by pomegranate. The inclusion of wort soured with lactobacillus gives this beer a refreshing tart edge. Tart, juicy and thirst-quenching, its moderate alcohol levels mean you can go back for more.
Brewery Description: Breakside Brewery opened in Northeast Portland in 2010 as a restaurant and pub brewery that gained attention early on for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers, while also winning a first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011. In 2013, Breakside expanded to Milwaukie with a 30-barrel production brewery with barrel rooms for wild and sour fermentations and a 24-tap tasting room.

BridgePort Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | bridgeportbrewing.com | @bridgeportbrew
BridgePort Cream Ale | Cream Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.8 FG: 4.0 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 18
Beer Description: This is a low-alcohol ale designed specifically to have a smooth, full mouthfeel that finishes with a fruity aroma from Mosaic hops. Two-row pale, malted white wheat and carafoam oats form the sweet grist, balanced by Nuggets and Meridian hops in the boil. A Scottish ale yeast provides a somewhat fruity character.
Brewery Description: BridgePort Brewing Co. is Oregon’s oldest craft brewery established in 1984. Famous for developing one of craft brewing’s first IPAs, BridgePort and its pub are a favorite destination in Portland’s popular Pearl district.

Brouwerij de Molen
Bodegraven, The Netherlands | brouwerijdemolen.nl | @molenbier
Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell & Damnation) | Imperial Stout
Unique to festival: No
OG: 24.0 FG: 7.7 ABV: 10.0 IBU: 102
Beer Description: Hel & Verdoemenis means Hell & Damnation, and yes, Hell & Damnation is what you get. As dark as Hell itself, this beer is loaded with dark malts, yielding aromas and flavors of coffee, pure cacao and blackberries. At 102 IBUs, it’s a very bitter beer, but balanced with huge malt character so the bitterness does not dominate.
Brewery Description: Since 2004, Brouwerij de Molen has produced high quality craft beers and is well known among beer lovers for its wide range of regular and seasonal beers, barrel-aged beers and one-off batches. It annually produces around 45 different beers, varying from light bitters to heavy barley wines and imperial stouts.

Brouwerij Frontaal
Breda, The Netherlands | brouwerijfrontaal.nl |
Nebula | Smoke Porter
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.5 FG: 5.5 ABV: 6.5 IBU: 45
Beer Description: This beer, though as dark as midnight, avoids the acridness common to many dark ales by steeping the dark malts in the wort for 60 minutes instead of including them in the mash. The result is a smooth, sweeter, malty porter with a hint of smoke from the Rauch malt. Chocolate, brown and carafa malts round out the grist, and the balancing bitterness comes from Chinook and Brewer’s Gold hops.
Brewery Description: Brouwerij Frontaal is a up and coming microbrewery that focuses on massive IPAs, thick stouts and delicious sour ales.

Brouwerij Maximus
Utrecht, The Netherlands | brouwerijmaximus.nl | @maximusbier
Tenhop White | Wheat Beer without Yeast
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.9 FG: 3.0 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 35
Beer Description: This beer gets its name from the 10 hop varieties used variously in the kettle, whirlpool and fermenter – yet it’s not a bitter beer. Balancing all those hop varieties is a complex grist of pilsner, wheat, Munich light and dark, Vienna and caramel malts. Unlike most wheats made in the U.S. and Bavaria, this Dutch wheat has no yeast remaining in suspension, providing a golden clarity in your glass.
Brewery Description: Maximus was established by Ewald Visser, Arend-Jan Van Dieën and Marcel Snater in 2012. The brewery has a wonderful design sense that draws the beer lover in. Peruse its beer list and even in Dutch, you can tell what kind of magic the brewers are wielding with their brew kettles.

Buoy Beer Co.
Astoria, OR | buoybeer.com | @buoybeer
Dragon Weisse | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 8.0 FG: 1.5 ABV: 3.5 IBU: 6
Beer Description: Brewed with German pilsen malt and malted white wheat, this Berliner weisse was made tart using a kettle souring process. A light dose of Perle hops in the boil provides just enough bitterness, and the brew was dry hopped with Calypso hops. Dragon fruit puree was added during secondary fermentation, giving the beer flavors of kiwi, pear and melon.
Brewery Description: Buoy Beer Co. focuses on brewing traditionally made European-style lagers and Northwest influenced ales while always keeping an emphasis on balance. The Brewery and Taproom occupies a former fish cannery built on pilings in the Columbia River, creating an ambiance perfect for enjoying a pint.

Burnside Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | burnsidebrewco.com | @burnsidebrewco
Cedar IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 16.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 7.4 IBU: 75
Beer Description: This is a traditionally brewed Pacific Northwest IPA with a unique twist: the addition of cedar in conditioning tanks (no, not Beechwood). Pilsner malt, wheat and caramalt form the malty base. The cedar is joined with a blend of Meridian and Amarillo dry hops, which are also used in four additions to provide a balancing bitterness, hop flavor and aroma.
Brewery Description: When Burnside Brewing opened its doors in 2010, the vision was concise: focus on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the culinary experience. Brewmaster Jason McAdam is a creative trendsetter in brewing, bold enough to take risks and smart enough to leave a creative impression on your taste buds. The brewery thinks outside of the box, aiming to produce food friendly beers that span the spectrum of ales lagers.

Caldera Brewing Co.
Ashland, OR | calderabrewing.com |
Caldera White Ale | Belgian-Style Witbier
Unique to festival: No
OG: 10.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.3 IBU: 17
Beer Description: This refreshing Belgian-style white ale features a grist of premium two-row, unmalted wheat, oats and acidulated malt, balanced by doses of Hallertauer hops. It’s fermented by WLP400 yeast, the original yeast used to produce wit in Belgium, for a slightly phenolic and tart profile.
Brewery Description: Caldera Brewing Co. is dedicated to producing uncompromised quality ales, lagers, sodas and cuisine. In 2005, Caldera became the first craft brewery on the West Coast to brew and can its own beer, helping to start a revolution. Today, six of Caldera’s most popular beers are available in cans, with several more currently available in 22 oz. bottles, and there’s more on the way.

Cascade Brewing
Portland , OR | cascadebrewing.com | @cascadebrewing
Seshsimilla | Session India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.4 FG: 1.6 ABV: 5.2 IBU: 38
Beer Description: This East Coast-style imperial session IPA was brewed with Patagonian malt, wheat and a touch of oats to cradle the crushing citrusy hop-forward combination of El Dorado, Citra and Motueka hops. It was fermented with a neutral and clean fermenting yeast with a dry sense of humor.
Brewery Description: Under the direction of Brewmaster Ron Gansberg, Cascade Brewing has pioneered the Northwest sour ale, winning accolades and awards for its barrel-aged, lactic-fermented sour beers, which complement its well-crafted ales on draft year-round. The Cascade Brewing Barrel House features no fewer than 18 sours on tap, while the Raccoon Lodge, located in the West Hills, features a tap list of 13 beers, including five sours.

Coin Toss Brewing Co.
Oregon City, OR | cointossbrewing.com | @cointossbrewing
Orange Sunshine | Session India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 48
Beer Description: Orange Sunshine is Coin Toss Brewing’s inaugural festival beer, brewed with two-row pale malt and hopped with Meridian and Nugget. Five pounds of zest from Heirloom and Navel oranges were added at flame-out, and juice from more than 200 oranges was blended in post-fermentation, making this beer as bright and cheerful as a sunny July afternoon at the OBF.
Brewery Description: Coin Toss Brewing Co. is committed to crafting the finest beers in honor of the region’s illustrious history. The Coin Toss moniker is a nod to the fateful event that determined Beervana’s name; although Asa Lovejoy may have lost that toss to Francis Pettygrove, the brewers at Coin Toss would like to reach through the years and tell him: Heads or Tails? It’s Beer. You Win!

Collaborator/Widmer Brothers
Portland, OR | oregonbrewcrew.org/competition |
We’d Rye’d Like Kings | Session India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.2 FG: 3.0 ABV: 4.9 IBU: 71
Beer Description: This ruby-colored session IPA has substantial hop aroma and flavors of tropical and citrus fruits balanced by subtle, grainy flavors from pale, chocolate and flaked rye malts. Two-row pale, crystal and special B malts round out the grain bill. Apollo hops go into first wort. Nelson Sauvin, Triple Pearl, Columbus and Citra join the wort at flame-out; it’s also dry hopped with Citras.
Brewery Description: Now 17 years running, Collaborator is one of the oldest collaborations in the nation between a craft brewer (Widmer Brothers) and homebrewers (the Oregon Brew Crew). Homebrewers design the beers and compete to win the opportunity to have their beer made and distributed by a world-class craft brewery.

Culmination Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | culminationbrewing.com | @culminationbrew
Deutschland-Down Under | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 9.0 FG: 1.0 ABV: 4.5 IBU: 10
Beer Description: A classic Berliner weisse recipe gets a goose from a liberal addition of fresh kiwis. Mildly bittered from moderate doses of late and whirlpool additions of Topaz, the fruit’s tangy melon flavor tangos with the sour wheat base of the Berliner weisse for a refreshing summer sessionable thirst quencher.
Brewery Description: Culmination opened its doors in 2015 with the goal of bringing together friends, family, food and beer. It continues to produce hop-bursting IPAs, noble and refreshing Saisons and is beginning to release barrel-aged beers from its growing cellar of barrels and foeders. Come to the tasting room to try its constantly revolving menu designed to pair with a diverse lineup of ales and lagers and all things in-between.

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR | deschutesbrewery.com | @deschutesbeer
Sagefight | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.5 FG: 3.3 ABV: 8.0 IBU: 75
Beer Description: Citrusy hops go head to head with resinous sage and juniper berries in a flavor battle royale. The grist of two-row pale, C-40 and Munich malts finds balancing bitterness in Bravo, Millennium Extract and Centennial hops. The yeast yields distinct fruit esters and a malty, complex profile.
Brewery Description: Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brewpub in Bend. Family and employee owned, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse, innovative line-up of beers including the popular Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA, and The Abyss. With a second brewpub in Portland’s Pearl District, the focus continues to be on crafting the best beer and food possible.

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR | deschutesbrewery.com | @deschutesbeer
Gluten Free | Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.0 FG: 2.9 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 45
Beer Description: This beer is made gluten-free by replacing the fermentables with rice, honey, tapioca and candi syrup. Bravo hops at the start of the boil, Crystal 30 minutes before cast out, and more Bravo in the hopback are accented by Meridian in the fermenter. This beer is crisp and light-bodied with citrusy hops, a hint of honey and a refreshingly tart finish.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, DE | dogfish.com | @dogfishbeer
Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale | Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 13.0 FG: 3.8 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 30
Beer Description: Dogfish Head’s original and most approachable beer, Shelter Pale Ale is brewed with a premium barley and Northwestern Willamette and Columbus hops for a fine malt backbone and a slightly nutty flavor. It’s a versatile and quaffable beer named Shelter Pale Ale because it’s a place you can come home to. It just made sense for this Dogfish original.
Brewery Description: Delaware’s first brewpub, Dogfish Head produces “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” The original brewery, founded in 1995, produced only 12-gallon batches; in 1999, the company moved into a 100,000-foot former cannery, and has recently expanded again, tripling its size. Dogfish Head brews nearly 40 styles of beer that are sold in more than 25 states, plus a half-dozen kinds of hand-crafted spirits.

Doomsday Brewing Co.
Washougal, WA | doomsdaybrewing.com | @doomsdaybrewing
Cascadia Fault CDA | Black Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 6.2 IBU: 65
Beer Description: The Cascadian Dark Ale style is exclusive to the Pacific Northwest. Referred to by outsiders as Black IPA, this ale is bittered with Chinook, Simcoe and Cascade hops, and aggressively double dry hopped with Cascades. Its beast of a backbone arises from a complex grist of two-row, C120, carafa 2, Vienna and Munich malts.
Brewery Description: Doomsday Brewing’s passion is about creating great craft beer for customers while changing the perception of what real beer tastes like. Like many breweries, it constantly produces new styles with local hops, malts and yeast, never sacrificing quality for quantity. Every palate is unique and Doomsday has something out there for you!

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Hood River, OR | doublemountainbrewery.com | @doublemountain
Randall Knife | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.8 FG: 1.7 ABV: 7.0 IBU: 50
Beer Description: Randall Knife was named in honor of the late, great Guy Clark who penned a classic tune by the same name. Fitting for this classic Northwest IPA, with its big, complex malt bill of pilsner, carahells, caramalt, crystal and acidulated wheat. Nicely balanced, its 50 IBUs derive from Mosaic hops in the boil, Citra at knockout, and Citra, Mosaic and Challenger in the hopback.
Brewery Description: Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom opened in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, and has a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain’s unique location lends to brewing with pure-clean glacial water with regionally grown hops, and ingredients. Its unfiltered and long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character.

Drake’s Brewing Co.
San Leandro, CA | drinkdrakes.com | @drakesbeer
Foraging Raccoon IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.6 FG: 2.6 ABV: 7.0 IBU: 70
Beer Description: Foraging Raccoon focuses on new styles of hops and a simplified malt bill that allows hop aroma and flavor to take priority. Toasted rice flakes and golden naked oats lighten the malt impact and improve head retention. Whirlpool additions of EXP 07270 hops produce a honeydew/melon scent, and dry hop additions of El Dorado, Hallertau Mandarina and Lemondrop provide a blended citrus and tropical fruit aroma.
Brewery Description: Drake’s Brewing Co. is fiercely independent, family-owned and passionate about brewing beer with integrity. Drake’s brewers work tirelessly toward the common goal of bringing people together over great beer. With the gritty artisan spirit that embodies the East Bay community it calls home, Drake’s has been honing the perfect union of hops and grain since 1989.

Ecliptic Brewing
Portland, OR | eclipticbrewing.com | @eclipticbrewing
Carina Peach Sour Ale | Sour Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.5 FG: 1.5 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 10
Beer Description: 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.
Brewery Description: Situated in the North Mississippi Avenue district, Ecliptic matches its innovative, high-quality beer with equally ambitious and delicious food from a varied menu. The name Ecliptic unites owner/brewmaster John Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. The philosophy of Ecliptic is to push the limits in the brewhouse and create a sense of place in both the restaurant and the beer it creates.

Everybody’s Brewing
White Salmon, WA | everybodysbrewing.com | @everybodysbrew
ISSR | India Style Session Red
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.5 IBU: 49
Beer Description: Innovation sets this beer apart. Starting with cold fermentation more typical of a lager, this ale is whirlpool double-hopped, and dry hopped four times with Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria and Citras. Dark Belgian candi syrup is added to the grist of American pilsner, three types of crystal, carared and wheat malt – yet it still comes in at a moderate 4.5% ABV. The flocculent English ale yeast produces a moderate ester profile.
Brewery Description: Founded in 2008, Everybody’s Brewing prides itself on making both traditional style beers, while also pushing creative limits to invent new and innovative brews. Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, its beautiful pub is known for its amazing food and stunning view of Mt. Hood.

Ex Novo Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | exnovobrew.com | @exnovobrew
All of the Things | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.2 FG: 2.5 ABV: 4.1 IBU: 8
Beer Description: This German-style sour ale starts with a grist of imported pilsner and wheat, with very moderate amounts of bittering hops. An addition of passion fruit and the subtle tropical back-end heat of habanero, finished with a copious dry hop addition of fruit-forward hops, makes for an explosive aroma. Kettle soured with lacto culture, this truly has all of the things that make a beer unique.
Brewery Description: Located in the Eliot neighborhood of Portland, Ex Novo has been brewing a wide variety of great beers since 2014. It is the first nonprofit brewery in the nation, set up to donate 100% of net profits to charity.

Fat Heads Brewery
Portland , OR | fatheadsportland.com | @fatheadspdx
Sunshine Daydream | Session India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 45
Beer Description: A light-bodied session IPA with aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, this beer’s golden color and medium body are derived from pale, victory, C15 and carapils malts in the grist, while Centennial and Citra provide the delicious citrusy hop character. The California ale yeast keeps it clean, smooth and crisp.
Brewery Description: Fat Head’s opened in the Pearl District in 2014. The brewpub has 278 seats throughout the bar and dining room and 42 rotating tap hands that serve beers from Fat Head’s as well as guest breweries. The brewery features a 10-barrel brewhouse that makes Fat Head’s signature beers as well as some of its own local creations, including Zoobomb Dortmunder and Ultra Pis North German-Stlyle Pilsner.

Fearless Brewing Co.
Estacada, OR | fearless.beer | @fearlessbrewing
Strawberry Cream Ale | Cream Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.0 FG: 1.0 ABV: 4.7 IBU: 17
Beer Description: Fearless Strawberry Cream Ale has the smooth, approachable body of a cream ale with a hint of strawberries. A summer thirst-quencher, it sold out fast at last year’s OBF. Brewed from the magical water of the Clackamas River, some call it light and refreshing, but most call it STRAWBERRILICIOUS!
Brewery Description: Ken and Bennett Johnson realized their dream 14 years ago when they opened Fearless Brewing Co. in rural Estacada. Located at the base of the majestic Mt. Hood National Forest and on the Clackamas River, Fearless is a favorite stop for outdoor recreationists who enjoy beer painstakingly and lovingly crafted from “the magical waters of the Clackamas River.”

Feckin Brewery
Oregon City, OR | feckinbrew.com | @feckinbrewing
Feckin Session | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.5 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 55
Beer Description: This hoppy IPA packs flavor without too much alcohol. Chinook, Equinox and Citra in the boil, with more Citra hops in the fermenter, provide lip-smacking hop balance to the grist of two-row, crystal, dextrin, Vienna and Munich malts. The clean-fermenting American ale yeast lets the balanced hop and malt backbone shine. Pretty Feckin good.
Brewery Description: Feckin Brewery makes small batch craft ale above the beautiful Willamette Falls. Its brews have Irish roots in their character but also have big Northwest influences, including heavy dry-hopping and flavorful hop additions.

Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Somerdale, NJ | flyingfish.com | @jerseyfreshale
Love Fish | Belgian-Style Dubbel
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 16.8 FG: 3.4 ABV: 7.1 IBU: 10
Beer Description: Local cherries are infused into this beer after primary fermentation by its Trappist Ale yeast, which adds fruity esters (plum and raisin) along with notes of almond. Low doses of Styrian Goldings hops balance the grist of pilsen, Munich and chocolate malts. This was a silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.
Brewery Description: Starting as the web’s first virtual brewery in 1995, Flying Fish became a New Jersey’s first craft brewery the next year and hasn’t looked back. In 2012, it moved into a new facility with many sustainability features, to brew beer in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. Its beers are eight-time medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival, the most of any New Jersey brewery.

Fort George Brewery
Astoria, OR | fortgeorgebrewery.com | @fortgeorgebeer
Dirty Snowball | Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 5.0 IBU: Not Provided
Beer Description: Wisps of lemon peel and a pungent grapefruit aurora emanate from this bright pale ale. The wort brewed from two-row barley, flaked oats and crystal malts was fermented by London ESB yeast to accentuate the malt flavor. Packed tight with Comet hops, Dirty Snowball will leave a trail of zesty citrus across your tongue.
Brewery Description: Fort George Brewery crafts original beers distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub in Astoria or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy.

Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hood River, OR | fullsailbrewing.com | @fullsailbrewing
Capsize Imperial Pilsner | Pilsner
Unique to festival: No
OG: Not Provided FG: Not Provided ABV: 7.0 IBU: 60
Beer Description: Building on its award winning Cascade Pilsner, dry hopped Capsize Imperial Pilsner brings even more Northwest hoppiness/happiness; Capsize is an aromatic hoppy delight. A clean malt profile well balanced with moderate bitterness sets the stage for a blend of Northwest hop varietals to shine. Generous additions of Cascade, Crystal and Citra hops provide notes of citrus, pine and spice to this golden lager.
Brewery Description: Perched on a bluff in Hood River, overlooking the mighty Columbia River and the peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Its brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World‘s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction.

Georgetown Brewing Co.
Seattle, WA | georgetownbeer.com | @georgetownbeer
Gusto Crema Coffee Ale | Coffee Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 4.9 IBU: Not Provided
Beer Description: Eighty pounds of coffee beans were cold-brewed and added to this beer, making it the perfect wake-me-up for the festival. Very light amounts of Sterling hops were used in the kettle to keep hops out of the way of the coffee flavors and aromas. The grist of two-row, Munich, flaked corn and flaked oats was fermented by the brewer’s house ale yeast, which contributes a slight fruitiness and body.
Brewery Description: Georgetown Brewing Co. was founded in 2002 by Manny Chao and Roger Bialous. Since then, it has become one of the largest draft-only breweries in the country. Privately owned, Georgetown employs 50 people all dedicated to making and selling delicious draft beer that’s distributed in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Northern California.

Gigantic Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | giganticbrewing.com | @giganticbrewing
Le Petit Bâtard Abeille | Belgian-Style Table Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 9.4 FG: 1.0 ABV: 4.6 IBU: 14
Beer Description: This beer uses single origin High Desert honey gathered from hives located in Eastern Oregon. High Desert wildflowers like sage, rabbit brush, larkspur, buckwheat and phlox dominate this extraordinary honey. A wort of all pilsner malt, lightly hopped with noble varieties, was fermented by French saison yeast, yielding an estery, peppery, spicy and citrusy beer with a silky, rich mouthfeel.
Brewery Description: Gigantic Brewing Co. is an independent, crafty brewery located Southeast Portland. Brewer/owners Ben Love and Van Havig are veterans of the Oregon brewing community that hold themselves to a simple principle: never give an inch. They vowed to start small and (stubbornly) stay small, focusing their efforts on making exceptional beer, rather than a lot of beer. When you drink Gigantic, know that they didn’t just put their names on the label – their effort, imagination, and dry wit are in every bottle as well.

GoodLife Brewing Co.
Bend, OR | goodlifebrewing.com | @goodlifebrewing
Road To Helles | Munich-Style Helles
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 18
Beer Description: The term Helles or Hell in German can be translated to “bright,” “light” or “pale.” One look at this beer and you’ll know the brewers nailed it. Lightly hopped, but refreshing and low in alcohol, it’s a summer thirst-quencher.
Brewery Description: GoodLife Brewing Co. opened in 2011 in Bend, where the craft brewing culture is vibrant and growing. This beautiful home in the Pacific Northwest is very supportive of local craft beer and has been remarkable testing ground for beer to be distributed regionally. It strives to make exceptional beers by blending special brewing techniques, unique ingredients and the best quality hops and malt available; having great water also helps!

Great Divide Brewing Co.
Denver, CO | greatdivide.com | @greatdividebrew
Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison | Saison
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.2 FG: 2.4 ABV: 6.3 IBU: 20
Beer Description: Nadia Kali is an inspired saison with cross-cultural influence. Its ruby pink glow comes from a generous infusion of hibiscus, while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be.
Brewery Description: Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Great Divide Brewing Co. has landed an impressive amount of acclaim, including earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate’s Top Rated Beers: Colorado. At Great Divide, “Bold Character” is not just a catchphrase, it’s the philosophy behind what the company brews, how it thinks and what it believes.

Green Flash Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA | greenflashbrew.com | @greenflashbeer
Passion Fruit Kicker | Fruit Wheat Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.9 FG: 2.9 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 5
Beer Description: Passion Fruit Kicker is a bright, highly quaffable wheat ale that allows its natural ingredients to shine – particularly the post filtration additions of passion fruit and white tea. It captures the sweet aromas of ripe passion fruit with a tart kick on the finish. Low in bitterness and light in body with an unfiltered appearance, it finishes crisp and refreshing with a lingering sweet-tartness.
Brewery Description: Green Flash Brewing Co. has been a pioneer in the craft community since 2002, producing world-class ale and lagers for the adventurous beer lover. Coming from a place of intense passion for the craft, Green Flash is known for creating cutting edge brews with bold, distinctive flavor profiles. Taste enlightenment!

Hopworks Urban Brewery
Portland, OR | hopworksbeer.com | @hopworksbeer
Hellifiknow | India Pale Lager
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 13.5 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.9 IBU: 70
Beer Description: HUB exposed all ingredients in this beer to large amounts of disco music throughout the entire brewing process. This bright and shiny India Pale Lager is made with Idaho 7 hops and Salmon-Safe, organic Crystal hops from the Northwest alongside organic malted barley. Stop thinking, just dance.
Brewery Description: Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Hopworks is a family owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of the Best Green Companies To Work For In Oregon.

Iwate Kura Beer
Ichinoseki, Japan | sekinoichi.co.jp |
Japanese Herb Ale Sansho | Herb and Spice Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.5 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 19
Beer Description: With its nose of sage, papaya and pine forest, this unique beer smells as fresh as spring rain, even after its nearly 5,000-mile journey. The addition of sansho peppercorns – the berries of a spiny Asian shrub – lends floral and berry sweetness rather than heat or spice.
Brewery Description: Iwate Kura Beer is unique in that it is a cooperative brewery rather than a company. Launched in 1996, Iwate Kura Beer has the backing of five different companies. Like other countryside breweries, Iwate Kura Beer also has its history in sake manufacturing from its parent company, Sekinoichi Shuzo. All Iwate Kura Beers are fermented at room temperature and also do not undergo pasteurization or filtration at any time during the brewing process.

Jing-A Brewing Co.
Beijing, China | jingabrewing.com |
Hu-tong Clan CDA | Black Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 19.5 FG: 3.0 ABV: 9.0 IBU: 75
Beer Description: This imperial Cascadian dark ale brings the ruckus with a heavy dose of late-addition hops and fresh Chinese ginger. Originally brewed in collaboration with Boneyard Beer, it’s dark, strong, and bitter, and it gets testy if you ignore it. So fill your mug and join the ruckus.
Brewery Description: Jing-A is one of China’s leading craft breweries, founded in 2013 by longtime Beijingers Alex Acker and Kristian Li. It is known for its interpretations of classic beer styles as well as its experimental beers, which often showcase local Chinese flavors through the use of spices and herbs, fruits, and even special fermentation agents such as baijiu qu.

Jing-A Brewing Co.
Beijing, China | jingabrewing.com |
Guizhou Smoked Chili Porter | Porter
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.5 FG: 3.0 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 25
Beer Description: Winner of the silver medal at the Asia Beer Cup 2015, this porter features beechwood-smoked malt and the slow burn of dried, smoked hot chili peppers from Guizhou Province, China. Go international!

Jing-A Brewing Co.
Beijing, China | jingabrewing.com |
Eightfold Path Imperial Stout | Imperial Stout
Unique to festival: No
OG: 22.0 FG: 5.5 ABV: 8.6 IBU: 65
Beer Description: This imperial stout features eight different malts, including hand-roasted Tibetan barley, for notes of dark cocoa and coffee. Brewed in collaboration with 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and Elysian Brewing, it’s higher in almost everything compared to most beers: alcohol, hop bitterness, and dark, sweet malty goodness.

Jing-A Brewing Co.
Beijing, China | jingabrewing.com |
Koji Red Ale | Red Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 25
Beer Description: Koji Red Ale is an experimental ale made with Koji sake rice, wasabi root and ginger. The result is a blushing red color, a fruity aroma and barrel-like notes. There’s no other beer like it at the festival.

Laht Neppur Brewing Co.
Waitsburg, WA | lahtneppur.com |
Flaming Peach | Fruit Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.9 FG: 2.1 ABV: 5.8 IBU: 17
Beer Description: Cayenne and jalapeño peppers join cinnamon and ginger root to give this beer its heat, balanced by a heavy dose of peach concentrate and lactose for added smooth sweetness late in the boil. Goldings hops added only at the transfer of the wort to the boil kettle for moderate bittering. The result is a complex, spicy beer in which nothing dominates and each of the flavors can be identified individually.
Brewery Description: After homebrewing for more than 20 years, brewer Court Ruppenthal came to the Walla Walla Valley and opened a 3.5-barrel brewery in 2006, with nearly a dozen regular beers on tap. He’s a small, one-man operation, dedicated to making lower-hopped ales that are unique and fun to experience.

Lakefront Brewery
Milwaukee, WI | lakefrontbrewery.com | @lakefront
Lakefront SMaSH Ale | Golden Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: Not Provided FG: Not Provided ABV: 5.2 IBU: 14
Beer Description: The secret to this beer is in its name. SMaSH is an acronym meaning Single Malt (Vienna) and Single Hop (Willamette). The color is a soft gold with citrusy, woodsy and herbal hop flavors. The malt gives a medium light body with sweet, caramel and biscuit flavors. SMaSH Ale is an easy drinking beverage on a summer day – a flavorful session ale.
Brewery Description: Two homebrewing brothers started Lakefront Brewery in 1987, and since its inception, the brewery has developed a reputation for brewing quality traditional and innovative beer styles, being an industry leader in organic and gluten free beers. In addition, the Lakefront Brewery tour has become internationally known for the fun experience it provides visitors.

Lakeland Brewing Co.
Lakeland, FL | lakelandbrewingcompany.com |
Lipstick On A Pig | Herb and Spice Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 14.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 7.6 IBU: 18
Beer Description: This beer is “dry spiced” rather than dry hopped. Black peppercorns and basil provide a spicy character and aroma, while strawberries add a subtle sweetness and ever so slight pinkish hue to its golden haze. Mild but spicy Saaz hops in the boil keep the bitterness low and the flavor high. The American ale yeast ferments to a soft, clean profile with hints of nut and a slightly tart finish.
Brewery Description: Lakeland Brewing Co. is a 15-barrel brew house and taproom located on Lake Mirror. The brewery produces seven core beers year-round, as well as a number of seasonals. Beer and beer-centric food can be enjoyed in its taproom or on its lakefront patio.

Lang Bräu
Wunsiedel-Schönbrunn, Franconia, Germany | lang-braeu.de/en |
Schwarz & Weiss | Specialty Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 18.1 FG: 1.7 ABV: 7.5 IBU: 60
Beer Description: Schwarz & Weiss (black & white) is a meeting of traditional German brewing art and the fantastic new influences from the U.S., especially dry hopping and flavor hops. This brew combines a pale bock with a dark bock with a mash of Munich, pilsner and dark caramel malt, with Hallertauer hops for bittering. It is then dry hopped with three different flavor hops, Hallertauer Perle, Saphir and Cascade.
Brewery Description: Lang Bräu was founded in 1853 in the center of the picturesque little town of Schönbrunn at the foot of the Fichtelgebirge Mountains. While Lang Bräu makes a set of 16 different traditional beers, the young brewmaster Richard likes to experiment with new tastes and to venture out in the area of craft beers with beers. Stay tuned for what is to come!

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Portland, OR | laurelwoodbrewpub.com | @laurelwoodbeer
Gose | Gose
Unique to festival: No
OG: 11.0 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 10
Beer Description: Lactobacillus bacteria ferments and acidifies this beer, giving it a tart, lemony flavor, while coriander and Jacobsen sea salt from the Oregon Coast lend a rich sea salt flavor. A small amount of Sterling hops were added to help balance this hazy, light, refreshing wheat beer. Its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.
Brewery Description: Laurelwood is a family-owned brewery and public house founded in 2001 by Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb. Laurelwood’s award-winning line-up, including the popular Workhorse IPA and Free Range Red Ale, can be found on draft, in bottles and cans throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, California, British Columbia and Japan.

Lompoc Brewing
Portland, OR | lompocbrewing.com | @lompocbeer
Trouble Maker | Lager
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.3 FG: 3.0 ABV: 4.9 IBU: 1
Beer Description: There’s one in every crowd, and no surprise that this year’s is Lompoc. Pale malt, caramel pils, wheat and flaked barley comprise the grist, with a complex hop bill of Horizon, Goldings, Saaz, more Goldings, Cascade, more Saaz and more Goldings. Imperial Organic L17 Harvest Strain yeast creates all the trouble you’ll need, but keeps the alcohol manageable, so you can manage the troublemaker in your crowd.
Brewery Description: A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest.

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA | lostabbey.com | @lostabbey
Serpent’s Stout | Imperial Stout
Unique to festival: No
OG: 24.0 FG: 4.5 ABV: 11.0 IBU: Not Provided
Beer Description: A portion of Serpent’s Stout was fermented in bourbon barrels, then blended back into the original beer, lending sweetness to this dark brew. Roasted barley, chocolate malt, caramel, flaked barley and extra dark crystal malt are double-mashed in the tun. Centennial and Magnum hops are added to the boil to balance the sweetness. Despite all the malt and the deep color, the beer finishes very clean and dry.
Brewery Description: Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards. Its beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles.

McMenamins Edgefield Brewery
Troutdale, OR | mcmenamins.com | @captainneon
Boom Gose The Dynamite | Gose
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.1 IBU: 6
Beer Description: The salinity that accentuates the body of this beer is provided by Oregon Flaked Sea Salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. This brew was kettle soured with a pure lactobacillus culture, which works hand in hand with Imperial Organic Yeast’s “Citrus” strain to provide a delightful tartness. The combined use of wheat and barley malt deliver the backbone of the beer while hibiscus, dried ginger and Tettnanger Hops play off of the acidity and contribute floral aromas and flavors of bright citrus.
Brewery Description: Since its first brew in 1985, McMenamins has produced more than one million kegs of beer and now has 25 breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Due to the nature of handcrafting, no two McMenamins batches are identical. Science and technology provide the backbone for the craft, but it is the unique qualities of each brew house, and the individual brewer’s crafting style, that ensures you will enjoy a plethora of creative brews.

Melvin Brewing
Alpine & Jackson Hole, WY | melvinbrewing.com | @melvinbrewing
2×4 DIPA | Imperial India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 22.5 FG: 3.8 ABV: 10.0 IBU: 100
Beer Description: 2×4 DIPA has a stupid amount of CTZ, Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops, particularly at the dry hop stage (Citra, Simcoe), layered on a light malt base that gives way to notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. While there are many great beer styles from the past, think of this as a beer from the future. Don’t hate, party.
Brewery Description: The current Great American Beer Festival Small Brewpub of the Year, Melvin has big ideas and even bigger barrels of hops. It’s expanded from a three-barrel to a 30-barrel system after winning gold medals for Melvin IPA and 2×4 DIPA at GABF and gold at World Beer Cup for 2×4 DIPA (plus back to back Alpha King awards). With more than 50 years of experience in all corners of the Melvin Clan, there’s some true mad science behind it all.

Mt. Shasta Brewing Co.
Weed, CA | weedales.com | @mtshastabrewing
Lemurian Lager | Lager
Unique to festival: No
OG: 11.0 FG: 3.5 ABV: 6.0 IBU: 21
Beer Description: This golden lager is bright, clear – and vegan! It uses a silicate based fining agent for brite tank clarification rather than the traditional isinglass. Three weeks of cold lagering, including a week of dry hopping, make this golden brew crisp and clean, balanced between the flavors of malt and flavorful Saaz hops.
Brewery Description: Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. derives its name from the majestic mountain rising above it. The brewery was retrofitted from the historic Medo-Bel Creamery in 2003 to provide a unique destination for microbrew enthusiasts. Mt. Shasta brews refreshing, traditionally crafted ales and lagers using clean mountain spring waters.

Natian Brewery
Portland, OR | natianbrewery.com | @natianbrewery
50 Shades of (Earl) Grey | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 18.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 8.1 IBU: 60
Beer Description: This beer’s unusual innovation is at the same time a time-honored brewing technique – of a different sort. An infusion of cold brewed Earl Grey tea leaves during secondary fermentation provides a unique tannic flavor and an added edge of bitterness to balance the high sweetness and alcohol levels. Think of it as a Portland-style Long Island Iced Tea.
Brewery Description: Founded as a nano-brewery in 2009, Natian was the smallest brewery at the OBF for a number of years. Today it is a 10-barrel manufacturing brewery making a number of Northwest favorites and looking for an off site tasting room. Founder Ian McGuinness continues to brew like mad to get his beers into the pubs, and the brewery still prides itself on doing things a little differently.

New Belgium Brewing Co.
Fort Collins, CO | newbelgium.com | @newbelgium
Lemon Ginger Berliner Weisse | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 9.5 FG: 1.6 ABV: 4.5 IBU: 4
Beer Description: Given its name, this beer looks like it should: hazy yellow with light foam and lacing. You’ll notice aromas of lemon zest, ginger ale, candy ginger and fresh ginger, grape esters, herbal/grassy notes and subtle malt character. The flavor starts lactic/citric sour and moves into a light sweetness, finishing with a lingering sourness. Light bodied, it finishes surprisingly dry with subtle lingering spice.
Brewery Description: From Fat Tire to Skinny Dip, New Belgium brews the gamut of rich-tasting beers friendly to your health and that of the planet’s. From wind-power to bio-diesel, and recycling heat to recycling water, the company know it’s not just about brewing great beers, but making sure that future generations can too. This beer was brewed at New Belgium’s Pilot Brewery on an 8.3-barrel system used for research and development.

New Holland Brewing Co.
Holland, MI | newhollandbrew.com | @newhollandbrew
Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Mexican Spice Cake | Imperial Stout
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 23.0 FG: 6.0 ABV: 11.0 IBU: 31
Beer Description: Looking for a sweeter, less hoppy beer? Vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa nibs and chili peppers add sweet complexity to this brew, with a grist of two-row, black prinz, dark Munich and chocolate malts. Nugget, Willamette and Brewer’s Gold add flavor and aroma with little to no bitterness. It was aged for three months in bourbon barrels for an added kick of sweet vanilla flavor.
Brewery Description: New Holland Brewing Co. was founded in 1997 with the dream of bringing craft beer to the western coast of Michigan. Nearly 20 years later, it remains dedicated to bringing a flavorful experience to consumers in more than 30 states. From the bourbon and barrel flavors of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged stout to the floral, crisp flavors of Knickerbocker Gin, there is an adventure for every glass and palate at New Holland.

Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Eugene, OR | ninkasibrewing.com | @ninkasibrewing
Grapefruit Sour | Sour Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 13.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 14
Beer Description: This beer is soured in the kettle using lactobacillus brevis and lactobacillus delbruekii. It is then fermented with Ninkasi’s house ale strain, adding character and esters to the flavor profile. On the cold side, 100 percent grapefruit concentrate is added to give this beer a citrusy character and even more sourness. Other than that, it’s a simple beer: two-row and wheat malt with crystal hops.
Brewery Description: Ninkasi Brewing Co. was founded in 2006 with the goal of brewing boldly flavored high quality ales and lagers while also celebrating in the cultural richness of human civilization. The brewery features a music studio that produces music for bands up and down the West Coast and its Beer is Love Program supports non-profit organizations in the initiatives they pursue.

No-Li Brewhouse
Spokane, WA | nolibrewhouse.com | @nolibrewhouse
Big Juicy | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.0 FG: 3.7 ABV: 6.1 IBU: 55
Beer Description: Bright citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas lead the way on this big IPA. A light malt foundation of pale two-row, malted wheat and caramel provides a platform for the Citra, Belma, El Dorado and Azacca hops’ tropical and citrus flavors to shine. Mellow bitterness just balances the fruity notes in this hop forward, golden colored IPA.
Brewery Description: Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is locally-owned and community-minded, crafting Spokane-style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. No-Li has won 18 international awards, including being named the 2016 WA Large Brewery of the Year at the WA Beer Awards and the NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year.

North Island Beer
Ebetsu, Japan | 2002cb.co.jp |
Coriander Black | Herb and Spice Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.6 FG: 3.5 ABV: 6.1 IBU: 21
Beer Description: This beer’s simple name tells you its two greatest secrets: it’s a black ale, spiced with coriander seeds. The big body, black color and high alcohol levels come from pale ale, caramel, chocolate and wheat malts, fermented by an American ale yeast. Cascade hops in the first wort and at knockout provide moderate hop bitterness to balance the big malt character. In essence, it’s a coriander-spiced Cascadian dark ale.
Brewery Description: North Island Beer is based on Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido, producing a lineup of six regular beers and numerous limited releases throughout the year. Styles range from a locally-sourced weizen to a hop-forward IPA. The brewery is known for its Coriander Black, a stout-base making use of coriander seeds, creating a flavor not often found in the craft beer world.

North Island Beer
Ebetsu, Japan | 2002cb.co.jp |
India Pale Ale | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.8 FG: 2.4 ABV: 7.3 IBU: 94
Beer Description: You may not be familiar with North Island’s beers, but you’ll recognize the style and process. Its “four by four” hop schedule included four additions of four very Northwest IPA style hops: Cascade, Galena, Chinook and Citra, including in the whirlpool for maximum hoppy aroma and flavor. Pilsner, pale ale and caramel provide a massive malt base to carry that big hop load, fermented fairly dry by an American ale yeast.

Oakshire Brewing
Eugene, OR | oakbrew.com | @oakshire
Sun Made Cucumber Berliner Weisse | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: No
OG: 9.5 FG: 1.8 ABV: 4.0 IBU: 12
Beer Description: Cucumber juice and pulp processed in-house from real cucumbers are added to this beer, providing a cucumber and melon aroma with tart and cucumber flavors. A house lactobacillus culture is used to decrease PH through this beer’s lactic acid production. Straw colored in appearance, its low alcohol, balanced flavor and clean, dry finish make this an exceptional summer session beer.
Brewery Description: Pronounced oak-shyer, this brewery’s name represents the strength of an oak and the community of a shire, an old name for a rural county. Oakshire exists to create and share great beer experiences. Within its Core, Pilot and Vintage programs, Oakshire’s brewers produce handcrafted beers in a remarkable variety of styles for your enjoyment.

Oedipus Brewing
Amsterdam, The Netherlands | oedipus.com |
Mannenliefde | Saison
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.5 FG: 1.4 ABV: 6.0 IBU: 25
Beer Description: Mannenliefde is Oedipus’ flagship beer, a fresh saison that aims to free beer from stereotypes and preconceptions with its hints of lemon grass, Szechuan pepper and fruity Sorachi Ace hops. Pilsner, wheat and biscuit malts comprise the grist, and it’s fermented by a belle saison yeast, yielding fruity esters in the aroma and a dry finish.
Brewery Description: A fast growing craft brewery, Oedipus was founded by four friends with a focus to create a diversity of beers with new and high quality flavors that dare the consumer. The beer is brewed in Amsterdam Noord, where the brewery also has a taproom for guests to taste its beers and enjoy its events.

Oersoep Brewery
Nijmegen, The Netherlands | oersoepbrouwerij.nl | @oersoepnijmegen
Schnappi | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: No
OG: 10.0 FG: Not Provided ABV: 3.5 IBU: 15
Beer Description: This refreshing, fruity and tart Berliner weisse was dry hopped with Equinox for tropical flavors. Pilsner, wheat, oat and Munich malts comprise the grist, and a modest dose of Equinox and Celeia hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the tart sweetness. Kettle soured, it was pitched it with Oersoep’s Wild At Heart, a Foudre beer with lactobacillus and brettanomyces, and fermented using a Belle Saison yeast.
Brewery Description: Oersoep finds inspiration in ancient brewing methods and traditions, to which it adds its own twist. The back of the brewery houses four huge wooden barrels, measuring three meters in height, and several smaller casks. The beers in these casks are left to ferment for anywhere from three months to three years until the flavor is perfect. It puts just as much care into its regular saisons and IPAs as well.

Ohio Brewing Co.
Akron, OH | ohiobrewing.com | @ohiobrewing
Buckeye Blonde | Belgian-Style Witbier
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.5 FG: 2.2 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 21
Beer Description: Coriander, dried orange peel and fresh ginger spice up this golden witbier, whose body and sweetness emerge from a grist of Belgian pilsner, American pale, two-row carapils and Belgian wheat malts. German Tettnanger and Czech Saaz hops provide the authentic mild noble hop bittering, aroma and flavor. The yeast produces a phenolic, somewhat banana flavor which is typical of Belgian wheat beers.
Brewery Description: Established in 1997, Ohio Brewing Co. has a new brewpub in the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron. Come view its new seven-barrel brewhouse, savor a house beer at its 30-tap pub and enjoy its spent grain crust pizza or other tasty menu items!

Old Market Pub and Brewery
Portland, OR | drinkbeerhere.com | @ompbrew
Weizen It Cloudy? | South German-Style Kristall Weizen
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.5 FG: 3.0 ABV: 5.2 IBU: 14
Beer Description: This kristall weizen is brewed with 50% wheat malt, along with organic two-row, Munich, pilsen and acidulated malt. Czech Saaz hops do the bittering and help the Willamettes add hop flavor and aroma. The goal is to bring the great flavors and drinkability of a Bavarian-style weissbier to the Oregon Brewers Festival. To add to the drinkability, the weissbier is filtered to make a kristall weizen.
Brewery Description: The Old Market Pub & Brewery, one of Oregon’s first wave of breweries, has been brewing quality organic ales since 1994. Visit the original pub to enjoy a stellar beer lineup and extensive pub food menu. Families are always welcome in the large dining areas. Or check out its second location, the Broadway Grill & Brewpub in Northeast Portland.

Old Town Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | otbrewing.com | @otbrewingco
Kentucky Refresh-Mint | Herb and Spice Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.3 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.3 IBU: 20
Beer Description: Ya’ll are gonna have to read this with your best Kentucky accent out loud to yo’ friends, you heah? Ah do declay-ah. It appears that these here brewers aged this brew on some local mint and bourbon wood to invoke the taste of a Mint Julep beer. There’s not so many hops, so if yours is a, shall we say, delicate palate, and you favor the taste of mint juleps, why, do give this one a try.
Brewery Description: Old Town Brewing opened in 2011 with an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland and the Northwest. It has since has won a number of medals, and is also known for being the first brewery in the country to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers. Visit its LEED Gold brewery, which evokes an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability.

Omission Beer
Portland, OR | omissionbeer.com | @omissionbeer
Oscura | Mexican-Style Amber Lager
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.6 IBU: 18
Beer Description: Omission brewed a gluten reduced amber lager reminiscent of those light, refreshing beers from south of the border because everyone likes sitting on the white sand beach watching the world go by. Omission uses regular brewing malts, including pilsner, Vienna, melanoidin, caramunich and flaked corn, but employs a special process to remove most of the gluten.
Brewery Description: Omission had a mission: to be the first craft beer brand in the U.S. to focus exclusively on brewing great tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, like malted barley, but crafted to remove gluten. With more than 10 awards in both gluten-free and traditional craft beer competitions, it likes to think it’s succeeded. Try all three of its main styles: IPA, pale ale and lager.

Oproer Brewery
Utrecht, The Netherlands | oproerbrouwerij.nl | @oproerbrouwerij
Black Flag | Black Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.7 FG: 2.6 ABV: 6.5 IBU: 75
Beer Description: This beer is a hybrid of an IPA and a stout: dark in color, full-bodied, but also chock-full of hop bitterness and flavor. A grist of pale, amber, caracrystal, chocolate and rye malts with some roasted barley, all steeped in Utrecht tap water, get balanced by Cascade, Cascade and more Cascade hops. A clean American-style yeast allows the malt and hops to shine.
Brewery Description: Oproer Brewery was formed by two former Dutch breweries who have been at past OBFs: Rooie Dop and RUIG Bier. The brewers are constantly experimenting with flavors to make beers that they want to drink. “We are not following trends. We make trends.”

Ordnance Brewing
Boardman, OR | ordnancebrewing.com | @ordnancebrewing
Bloops | Fruit Wheat Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.1 FG: 3.8 ABV: 4.6 IBU: 21
Beer Description: The fruit in this wheat beer: blueberries! Lactose is also added to the malt base of white wheat, pale malt, dextrapils and carawheat for a light-bodied, golden brew, which is then bittered with Nugget hops and finished with Cascades. A reverse osmosis process treats the water, rebuilt with calcium chloride and gypsum. The house ale yeast ferments clean and allows the other ingredients to shine.
Brewery Description: Founded in 2014, Ordnance is located along the majestic Columbia River in the quaint town of Boardman – smack dab in the middle of a beer desert. As such, the owners, brewer and brewery itself are uninhibited, driven to work together for a common cause, a unified mission: brew distinct, honest and simply enjoyable beer.

Payette Brewing Co.
Boise, ID | payettebrewing.com | @payettebrewing
8 Second Rye’d | Imperial Rye Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 18.5 FG: 3.5 ABV: 8.0 IBU: 70
Beer Description: Unlike a real rodeo, the aroma of passion fruit, peaches and mangos fills the air with this beer. After mashing crystal, pale and rye malts, Citra hops give the brew a tropical fruit nose and flavor with a spicy, rye kick. This is a sessionable beer, which means this might be your first, but it won’t be your last Rodeo.
Brewery Description: Founded in Boise in 2010, Payette Brewing Co. is proud to be Idaho’s largest brewery. The brewery currently runs a 60-barrel brewing system and offers six year-round beers, seasonal releases, plus its Ales of No Return series and its limited barrel aged bottle Hoop & Stave series. Payette just finished construction on its second production facility and tap room located in downtown Boise along the Boise River.

Pelican Brewing Co.
Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach, OR | pelicanbrewing.com | @thepelicanpub
Chongie Saaz | Bohemian-Style Pilsner
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.0 FG: 1.4 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 45
Beer Description: This refreshing Bohemian Pilsner showcases spicy Czech Saaz hops paired with Weyermann Barke Pilsner and Vienna malt to create an incredibly clean profile with snappy bitterness and excellent drinkability. Chongie Saaz gives a nod to Pelican’s brewery rep, Maia Chong, who described the perfect summer brew – and Pelican made it.
Brewery Description: Oregon’s only oceanfront brewpub, Pelican Brewing was founded in 1996. With the vision and expertise of Brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican has won more than 300 awards, including Champion Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year (World Beer Cup 2014). Visit its three locations to experience award-winning beers and elegant beer cuisine, in a family friendly atmosphere.

pFriem Family Brewers
Hood River, OR | pfriembeer.com | @pfriembeer
Mango Sour | Sour Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 7.5 FG: 2.3 ABV: 3.5 IBU: 6
Beer Description: This kettle-soured Berliner weisse is infused with mango fruit to sweeten the tartness obtained from the lactic fermentation process. This creates a fruit forward beer that is light, tart and dynamic.
Brewery Description: Founded in 2012 and located in the heart of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, pFriem Family Brewers is inspired by the great brewing traditions of Belgium while remaining true to its Pacific Northwest roots.

PINTS Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | pintsbrewing.com | @pintsbrewing
Lemon Curd ESB | Extra Special Bitter
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 13.9 FG: 3.6 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 40
Beer Description: PINTS has created an intriguing blend of Old Europe and the Orient. An English-style ESB is paired with the zesty playfulness of Meyer lemon peel (originally from China) and English lemon curd. The crisp malt backbone allows the interplay between citrus flavors and aromas contributed by the lemons and the El Dorado hops used in the finish. The Scottish Ale yeast strain highlights the malt notes and mild esters.
Brewery Description: PINTS is proud to call itself an Old Town brewery and tap room. There may be more architecture firms than blacksmiths in the neighborhood now, but Old Town retains its flannel-clad identity. Stop in and you’re likely to see brewers muscling sacks of grain, stirring the mash tun or shoveling out the spent grain once the process is done.

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Salem, OR | theram.com | @theram
Will You Cherry Me Sour Ale | Sour Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 13.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.6 IBU: 10
Beer Description: Brewed in the “Cherry City” of Oregon, this kettle soured ale offers the flavor of sweet cherries that ride over a crisp, light malt character. The pale and wheat malts support the cherries with little competition from the low hop character. Slightly sweet, subtly sour and ultra refreshing, this beer is a summer thirst quencher.
Brewery Description: The Ram Restaurant and Brewery is an employee owned, family-friendly, chain of brewpubs, with an award-winning lineup of ales and lagers complemented by superior quality food served with gracious hospitality. Its commitment to quality has been awarded with loyal guests and a multitude of industry awards. Bigger, Better, Fresher!

Riverbend Brewing
Bend , OR | riverbendbrewing.com | @riverbendbrewi1
Oregonized Love | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 16.0 FG: 4.0 ABV: 6.5 IBU: 65
Beer Description: An ode to Northwest hops and everything the Riverbend brewers love about Oregon, this IPA is built to be loved by festival-goers. Simple malts work in harmony to support a complex array of citrus, pine and spicy hop flavors and aromatics.
Brewery Description: On a stretch of street adjacent to the Deschutes River, Riverbend Brewing brewed its first beer in 2013. Operating just across the parking lot from the pub, its team works diligently on a 10-barrel brewing system to craft a wide selection of flagship and rotating beer options ranging from Pilsner to IPA and even a few barrel-aged specialties.

Rogue Ales
Newport, OR | rogue.com | @rogueales
Habanero Cherry Imperial Golden Ale | Golden Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: Not Provided FG: Not Provided ABV: 8.0 IBU: 30
Beer Description: Rogue’s 26th beer brewed especially for OBF was crafted with habanero peppers, cherries and Rogue Farms Liberty hops. The habaneros were hand-smoked by Rogue brewmaster John Maier over cherry wood to impart a subtle smoke flavor and leave a lingering heat while the Montmorency cherries lend a tart finish and a brilliant reddish hue.
Brewery Description: Rogue is a Revolution that expresses itself through handcrafted ales, porters, stouts, lagers, braggots, meads, ciders, sodas and spirits. Known for creativity, flavor and variety, the brewery produces more than 40 beers, many of which are available at three locations just a stone’s throw from the festival: the Rogue Distillery and Public House, Rogue Hall and the Green Dragon.

Rusty Truck Brewing Co.
Lincoln City, OR | rustytruckbrewing.com | @rustytruckbrew
Licensed to Kill IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 15.7 FG: 2.5 ABV: 7.0 IBU: 79
Beer Description: Crosby Hop Farm’s top secret brand new hop is called “the 007.” Only a few chosen brewers were granted access to this new hop. Brown in hue, this Northwest-style IPA finishes dry and clocks in at 7% ABV and 79 IBU. That’s all you need to know; if we tell you more, we’d have to kill you.
Brewery Description: A cool climate, access to wonderful water and the best Oregon grown hops makes the Oregon Coast a great place to brew great beer. Rusty Truck Brewing strives to use the best possible ingredients and old-fashioned hands-on brewing methods to make small batches of unique, distinctive and great tasting brews.

Sasquatch Brewery
Portland, OR | sasquatchbrewery.com | @sasquatchbrew
Nancy Cherrygan | Fruit Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 15.0 FG: 1.9 ABV: 6.9 IBU: 16
Beer Description: This kettle soured golden wheat ale is brewed with three varieties of local Northwest cherries: Rainier, Bing, and Montmorency. It’s soured with lactobacillus yeast from Nancy’s Greek yogurt, using a special two day brew schedule – the first for the kettle souring, and the second for the boil, chilling and pitching.
Brewery Description: Sasquatch brews its beers on-site on a seven-barrel system with the quality ingredients and care that Oregonians expect. It prides itself on being a friendly place for neighbors to unwind and enjoy great food and handcrafted beer with family and friends. Look for its second location in Northwest Portland later this summer.

Schooner EXACT Brewing Co.
Seattle, WA | schoonerexact.com | @schoonerexact
Hopvine IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.8 FG: 2.8 ABV: 6.1 IBU: 60
Beer Description: Brewed in a post-modern Northwest IPA fashion, this beer’s lightly sweet malt base balances the barley, crystal and Munich malts with Chinook and Columbus hops for bittering and huge late additions of Citra hops for flavor and aroma. The American Ale yeast is high attenuating and produces low levels of esters. Full of flavor, this beer is like drinking straight off the hopvine.
Brewery Description: Schooner EXACT was conceived in 2006 as the brainchild of three friends over a batch of homebrew; their mission was to provide quality craft beer for the neighborhood. A year later, the first beer began to flow to the public through pubs, alehouses, and restaurants. Today the brewery boasts a 10-barrel system, small taproom and family friendly restaurant.

Seaside Brewing Co.
Seaside, OR | seasidebrewery.com | @seasidebrewery
Honey Badger Blonde | Golden Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.2 FG: 5.6 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 14
Beer Description: This light, crisp ale features Vienna lager malts, some two-row, a touch of wheat, honey and 100% Mt. Hood hops. It’s commonly referred to as Seaside’s lawnmower beer, except that the lawns there are all sand. Which is hard to mow. But it’s excellent for lying back and sipping a great brew.
Brewery Description: Seaside Brewery is the first and only brewery in the world-famous beach town of Seaside on the stunning North Oregon Coast. The brewpub and 15-barrel brewery is located in a carefully restored 102-year-old historic Seaside City Jail building. There’s a fire pit, dog friendly patios, parking and a full service brewpub. Drink Coastal. Think Global.

Shiga Kogen Beer
Nagano, Japan | tamamura-honten.co.jp |
No. 10 | Imperial India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.2 FG: 2.6 ABV: 7.5 IBU: 78
Beer Description: “Miyama Nishiki,” a homegrown sake rice, forms part of the huge fermentables bill in this imperial IPA. The beer’s name serves dual purposes: it’s Shiga’s 10th IPA, and was originally brewed for its 10th anniversary. Raise your mug in celebration!
Brewery Description: Located in Nagano, Japan, Shiga Kogen Beer is an offshoot of 210-year-old local sake maker Tamamura Honten. The company began brewing craft beer in 2004 using locally sourced hops in response to the dwindling numbers of skiers on the nearby slopes. Shiga Kogen annually hosts Snow Monkey Beer Live, a popular craft beer and music festival.

Shiga Kogen Beer
Nagano, Japan | tamamura-honten.co.jp |
Isseki Sancho | Strong Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 21.0 FG: 3.8 ABV: 9.5 IBU: 87
Beer Description: This big, dark brew from Japan was aged two months in Ichiro’s Malt whisky barrels from Japan’s newest distillery, Chichibu Distillery. It is rather dry because of the high attenuation achieved by the saison yeast as well as the bitterness of hops, tasting more like a full-bodied red wine. The beer achieves an excellent balance between the saison flavor, hop aroma, roast malts and not too oaky flavor from the barrels.

Shonan Beer
Chigasaki, Japan | |
IPA Mosaic | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.0 FG: 2.0 ABV: 6.0 IBU: 45
Beer Description: This brewery has won the World Beer Cup five times, and it could be because nearly 95% of its beer is comprised of underflow snowmelt from one of the world’s highest mountains, Mount Tanzawa. It’s almost unfair to add malt and hops, but they do, and the result is a crisp, hoppy India Pale Ale made in strict accordance with Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law.
Brewery Description: Kumazawa Brewing is a small, but well-known sake producer in Chigasaki, about 45 minutes south of Tokyo. Kumazawa Brewing first started making sake in 1872 with fresh spring water from the local Tanzawa Mountain range. Its Shonan Beer, first produced in 1996, was introduced just after the deregulation of the craft beer licensing laws and has since flourished.

Shonan Beer
Chigasaki, Japan | |
Weizenbock | Weizenbock
Unique to festival: No
OG: 17.5 FG: 4.0 ABV: 7.0 IBU: 12
Beer Description: Wheat comprises half of this beer’s malt profile. With a fine head, this Weizenbock’s yeast allows it to give off banana and clove aromas and flavors. By using a small amount of caramel and roasted malts, and coming in at a slightly higher alcohol level than other wheat beers, this Weizenbock offers a rich, full-bodied taste.

Slanted Rock Brewing Co.
Meridian, ID | slantedrock.com | @slantedrock
Señor Jalapeacho | Chili Pepper Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 10.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.5 IBU: 17
Beer Description: This brew is a low alcohol, session beer with a balanced flavor profile. A moderate dose of jalapeño peppers make it a little bit spicy (but not too much), while dehydrated peach powder adds a sweet, fruity character. A simple grist of two-row, white wheat and carapils malts and a single dose of Willamette hops in the boil allow the peach and pepper flavors to emerge without any one flavor dominating.
Brewery Description: Slanted Rock Brewing Co. was founded in Meridian in 2011 by Bob Lonseth, Alesa Lonseth and Vincent Melxchor. The brewery offers five year-round selections and multiple seasonal and specialty beers. Slanted Rock is committed to brewing a wide variety of craft beers using only the finest ingredients available.

Squatters Craft Beers
Salt Lake City, UT | squatters.com | @squattersbeers
Bumper Crop | Herb and Spice Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 13.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 5.5 IBU: 12
Beer Description: Like summer in a glass, Bumper Crop starts with the gentle aroma of freshly gathered lavender and features local Utah honey for a soft, slightly sweet finish. Premium two-row, pilsner, honey and victory malt are hop-balanced with Galena for bittering and U.S. Golding for aroma. It simply tastes bee-yootiful.
Brewery Description: Founded in 1989 as the first brewery in Salt Lake City, Squatters was ground-breaking and 27 years later, continues to innovate with high-quality craft beers. It also embraces a Triple Bottom Line philosophy of People Planet Profit, where supporting a healthy community is a priority, just one more reason it’s a Utah staple and inter-mountain favorite.

Stone Brewing
Escondido , CA | stonebrewing.com | @stonenorthwest
Gose Gose Gadget | Gose
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: Not Provided FG: Not Provided ABV: 4.1 IBU: Not Provided
Beer Description: This Gose has a slightly cloudy straw color with off-white foam and aromas of fruit, funk, lemon zest, salt and a light hint of smoke. There’s some sourness (lemon and lime, sour patch kids) in the flavor, with savory and salty notes. The finish is tart and salty, with a hint of smoke, overripe fruit, lemon and peach – leaving your mouth salivating for more.
Brewery Description: Stone Brewing is the 10th largest craft brewer in the U.S., and with breweries in Richmond, Virginia & Berlin, Germany, it joins artisanal brewers across the world in the quest to show the public that there are more – and better – choices beyond the world of industrial beer.

StormBreaker Brewing
Portland, OR | stormbreakerbrewing.com | @stormbreakerpdx
Handfuls of Hops v.OBF | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 15.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 6.7 IBU: 62
Beer Description: You’d think that a beer whose first hop addition is 30 minutes from the end of the boil – about 2/3 of the way through – would have a low hop profile. Not this time! That’s just the first of three big flavorful doses of Chinook, Simcoe and Centennial hops, which continue into the whirlpool. Oh, and dry hopped with Amarillo. Yeah, there’s some malt. How do you think it got to 6.7% alcohol?
Brewery Description: This rising Portland brewery has been receiving great reviews for its original draft beers, enticing beer and whiskey pairings, classic cocktail list, and mouth-watering food menu. Cozy up to the bar or enjoy a pint at one of the best outdoor beer gardens in the city.

Sunriver Brewing Co.
Sunriver, OR | sunriverbrewingcompany.com | @sunriverbrewingcompany
High Desert Diesel | Imperial India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 17.8 FG: 3.0 ABV: 8.0 IBU: 80
Beer Description: This is a big beer in every way: hops, malt, alcohol, flavor, aroma, mouthfeel – you name it. Its earthy, citrusy character derives from its grain bill of two-row, carared and carafoam malts, and nine hop additions, including Apollo, Falconer’s Flight, Nelson Sauvin and Citra in the fermenter. The American Ale yeast ferments it clean and crisp.
Brewery Description: Sunriver Brewing Co. joined the Central Oregon brewing community in 2012 and takes pride in brewing the highest quality ales and lagers. Its award-winning beers are brewed on a 15-barrel brewhouse located in the resort community of Sunriver. The brewery recently earned a gold medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup for its Fuzztail Hefeweizen.

Terminal Gravity Brewing
Enterprise, OR | terminalgravitybrewing.com | @tgbrew
Über Östën | Berliner-Weisse
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 9.9 FG: 0.9 ABV: 4.8 IBU: 19
Beer Description: This extremely sessionable sour Berliner weisse-style beer goes down easy and quenches your thirst on these warm festival days. A light tartness coming from lactobacillus in the kettle and hints of fresh citrus fruit derived from experimental hops keep this beer on the lighter side and provide a refreshing experience.
Brewery Description: Located in Enterprise, Terminal Gravity embodies the spirit of the nearby Wallowa Mountains. It brewed its first IPA in 1997, and for the last 19 years, it has continued to brew great beer. You can find Terminal Gravity on draft and in 12 oz. bottles throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii.

Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Sisters, OR | threecreeksbrewing.com | @threecreeksbrew
Berry Infused FivePine Chocolate Porter | Chocolate Porter
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 15.7 FG: 4.2 ABV: 6.2 IBU: 55
Beer Description: Three Creeks’ popular year-round FivePine Chocolate Porter was given an Oregon summer infusion for the OBF with the addition of raspberry and boysenberry, layering flavors of fresh jam into the slight roastiness and underlying chocolate sweetness.
Brewery Description: Since 2008 Three Creeks Brewing Co. has served as the gateway to Central Oregon Beer and adventure, operating two breweries, a family friendly brewpub and small tasting room in historic Sisters. Three Creeks’ dedication to quality ingredients and Northwest style beers has helped it become recognized as one of Oregon’s fastest growing breweries.

Three Mugs Brewing Co.
Hillsboro, OR | threemugsbrewing.com | @3mugsbrewing
Mo’ Berry Honey Ale | Specialty Honey Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 14.8 FG: 2.6 ABV: 6.7 IBU: 7
Beer Description: 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.
Brewery Description: Family-owned and operated, Three Mugs Brewing Co. was founded on the motto, “Awesome Beers, Awesome Friends.” Father and son brewers – Jay & Josh – make the magic, with Beerista Wendy (Mom) behind the bar in the brewery’s taproom. The brewery is small but mighty, brewing a dozen regular beers, plus up to 10 experimental or one-off beers at any given time.

Thunder Island Brewing Co.
Cascade Locks, OR | thunderislandbrewing.com | @tibrewing
Cairn Cream Ale | Cream Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 11.5 FG: 2.0 ABV: 4.9 IBU: 16
Beer Description: This pale, straw-colored ale is low on hops and big on flavor. Premium two-row barley, flaked corn and flaked rice make up the creamy and full flavored malt profile, balanced by just enough Falconer’s Flight hops at the beginning of the boil. Moderate in body and alcohol, you can go back for more of this easy drinking offering.
Brewery Description: Thunder Island Brewing Co. is an adventure-based brewery handcrafting beer in Cascade Locks, 40 miles east of Portland. It makes original beers inspired by a love for outdoor adventures, with a nod to local history and a respect for all that the scenic Columbia River Gorge has to offer.

Upright Brewing
Portland, OR | uprightbrewing.com | @uprightbrewing
Wit | Belgian-Style Witbier
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.5 FG: 1.8 ABV: 5.1 IBU: 16
Beer Description: Upright Wit uses a sour mash, distinct amaro-like bitter orange peel, coriander and open fermentation with a blend of two yeast strains to yield a unique profile for the classic Belgian style. A single dose of mid-boil Sterling hops provides the moderate, balancing bitterness. The beer is light but flavorful with a pleasant creaminess from both wheat and oats, but finishes extra dry.
Brewery Description: Upright Brewing specializes in farmhouse-inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with a Pacific Northwest twist. The name references the primary instrument of Charles Mingus, a musician whose compositions defy categorization. At Upright, the recipes and processes are decidedly unbound, making for true hybrid styles that share Mingus’ spirit of exercising creativity and craft.

Van Moll
EIndhoven, The Netherlands | vanmolleindhoven.nl |
Luikse Vechter | Luiks Bier
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 14.0 FG: 3.0 ABV: 6.0 IBU: 40
Beer Description: Taste a bit of European history with this forgotten Dutch beer style made with more than 50% malted spelt. Van Moll kept the malt bill of this brew true to its traditional Low Country roots, and specifically those from the Liege area: 55% spelt malt, unmalted wheat and only a small percentage of malted barley (pilsner and Munich). Centennial and Tettnanger hops combine wonderfully with the crisp, peppery taste of the spelt.
Brewery Description: Van Moll is Jaap Hermans & Erwin van Moll, two men with a passion for beer, brewing in the heart of Eindhoven. Their enthusiasm for beer teeters on the brink of madness: they drink beer, taste beer, brew beer and read beer. The more they learn, the more they have to learn. They exchange recipes with other independent brewers around the world, because hundreds of independent brewers means hundreds of wonderful beers.

Vertigo Brewing
Hillsboro, OR | vertigobrew.com | @vertigobrew
Apricot Cream Ale | Cream Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 10.8 FG: 1.0 ABV: 5.1 IBU: 13
Beer Description: Apricots are added toward the end of this beer’s fermentation, lending a sweet fruit character to the brew. The grist of pale, caramel, dextrapils and flaked barley produces a golden, medium-bodied brew. The American Ale yeast strain ferments dry and finishes soft, smooth and clean, and late doses of Saaz and Mt. Hood hops keep the hop bitterness from masking the fruit flavor.
Brewery Description: Vertigo Brewing was founded in 2008 as Hillsboro’s first nano brewery; its taproom opened in 2012. Founders Mike Haines and Michael Kinion’s passion for brewing outstanding craft beer has fostered the brewery’s growth, producing around 1,000 barrels last year. Vertigo beer can be found in 22 oz. bottles and draft throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Viking Braggot Co.
Eugene, OR | drinkviking.com | @vikingbraggot
Shield Maiden | Specialty Honey Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 14.0 FG: 2.5 ABV: 6.2 IBU: 18
Beer Description: Shield Maiden is a fruity, French farmhouse-inspired braggot brewed with local raspberry honey and then conditioned on raspberries. The French Saison yeast combined with a simple grist (pilsner, wheat and spelt malts) and hop bill (Nugget and Cascade) allows for the honey and yeast character to shine through and create a light and refreshing summer braggot.
Brewery Description: Viking Braggot is a nano-brewery and tasting room in Eugene specializing in braggot, an ancient brew pioneered by the Vikings that combines honey and beer ingredients. Viking Braggot has taken this traditional style and updated it with modern craft beer influences.

Widmer Brothers Brewing
Portland, OR | widmerbrothers.com | @widmerbrothers
A Beer Has No Name | Black Ale
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 11.0 FG: 3..5 ABV: 4.2 IBU: 44
Beer Description: A Beer Has No Name. It has no discernible style. It is what we make of it. It wears the mask of CDA but teases the palate with coffee, oats, lactose and orange zest. It is dry hopped with things called X527 and Jarrylo. It is a light, sessionable summer beer in disguise. It will sneak up, surprise the taste buds, and leave on the wind.
Brewery Description: Widmer Brothers helped create the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when Kurt and Rob Widmer began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. In 1986, Widmer introduced the original American-style Hefeweizen, which elevated the brewery to national acclaim. Since then, the brewery’s iconic Hefe, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016, has grown to become Oregon’s favorite craft beer.

Y Market Brewing
Nagoya, Japan | craftbeer.nagoya |
Yellow Sky Pale Ale | Fruit Beer
Unique to festival: No
OG: 12.7 FG: 1.3 ABV: 6.1 IBU: 18
Beer Description: This beer is a modified version of Y Market’s wildly-popular “Purple Sky Pale Ale.” This yellow version incorporates the peel of the yuzu fruit, a citrus fruit commonly found in Japan, to create a deliciously fruity pale ale. Crisp pale, two-row and sour malt form the grist, buttressed by a bit of dextrose. Citra hops create a nice balance with the citrus, and leave a refreshing finish.
Brewery Description: Founded in 2014, Y. Market Brewing’s goal is to make beers that elate first-time drinkers, “wow” current drinkers, and create enjoyable and casual gatherings among good friends. The brewers continue to challenge themselves to make delicious and unique beers that impress them as much as they impress others. It is their hope to share the fun and excitement that beer brings with as many people as possible.

Y Market Brewing
Nagoya, Japan | craftbeer.nagoya |
Hysteric IPA | India Pale Ale
Unique to festival: No
OG: 15.0 FG: 1.5 ABV: 7.3 IBU: 53
Beer Description: This is a traditional Northwest-style IPA, made with international ingredients, in Japan. The malt bill of (UK) crisp pale ale and crystal, (German) carapils and carahell, and two-row are hopped with U.S. Simcoe, Citra and Chinook in the kettle, and New Zealand’s Motueka as well as more Simcoe and U.S. Mosaic. And the yeast? A nice, local Wyeast Northwest Ale yeast. It’s like a trip around the world in a glass.

Zoiglhaus Brewing Co.
Portland, OR | zoiglhaus.com | @zhaus_lents
Birra Pazza al Pesto | Experimental Beer
Unique to festival: Yes
OG: 12.5 FG: 2.3 ABV: 5.0 IBU: 17
Beer Description: Birra Pazza al Pesto translates to “Crazy Pesto Beer,” according to Italian-born and raised Giuseppe Vaccarello, a friend of the brewmaster. In English: it’s a light American wheat beer infused in the whirlpool with the glory of pine nuts, parmesan cheese, basil, freshly crushed garlic and a dash of olive oil. It was also “dry basiled” with more fresh basil for your aromatic enjoyment.
Brewery Description: Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. has its roots in Zoigl brewing culture, a centuries-old tradition in Germany, where guests are served in what is literally the living room of the pub owners. The brewery is up and running in the Lents neighborhood and excited to take part in this year’s festival!

2016 Oregon Brewers Festival Live Music Listing

When you want to take a break from some of the beers and get out of the tents, venture to the center of the festival grounds to take in some live music. There will be five days of free music in downtown Portland at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Wednesday, 7/27

  • 12:30-1:45 – Weekend Assembly
  • 2:30-4:00 – Kitchen Dwellers
  • 4:45-6:15 – Marv Ellis & WE Tribe
  • 7:00-8:45 – Yur Daddy

Thursday 7/28

  • 12:30-2:00 – Stolen Rose
  • 2:45-4:00 – Rabbit Wilde
  • 4:45-6:15 – Skerik’s Bandalabra
  • 7:00-8:45 – Five Alarm Funk

Friday 7/29

  • 12:30-1:45 – JoyTribe
  • 2:30-4:00 – Counterfeit Cash
  • 4:45-6:15 – Boys II Gentlemen
  • 7:00-8:45 – Scott Pemberton

Saturday 7/30

  • 12:30-1:45 – Kory Quinn & Al Scorch
  • 2:30-4:00 – Soul Vibrator
  • 4:45-6:15 – Grand Royale
  • 7:00-8:45 – Hillstomp

Sunday 7/31

  • 12:30-1:45 – Black Lodge
  • 2:30-4:15 – Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection
  • 5:00-7:00 – World’s Finest

Entry into OBF is free but to sample the plethora of beer, a 2016 OBF 12 oz. souvenir-tasting mug is required. The cost for this year’s mug is $7.00 and wooden tokens for are $1.00 each that are required to purchase beer. One token is for a sample and four tokens are required for a full 12 oz. mug of beer. OBF is cash-only and there are eight ATMs located on the festival grounds. If you want to get a head start on this year’s OBF, mugs and tokens can be purchased in advance at Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. Minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

2016 OBF Map

Making your way to OBF is an easy task by taking Tri-Met with its MAX Light Rail or one of its Bus Lines. The closest MAX stop is the Oak/SW 1st Stop on its Red and Blue Lines. For those riding bicycles to OBF, Hopworks Urban Brewery will once again host its secured bike corral on the northeast side of the festival grounds along the Willamette River.

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29th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway
Portland, OR