“The goal of the Rye Beer Fest is to bring attention to the use of rye in beers while creating awareness for a good cause,” according to festival organizer, Kerry Finsand. “Rye beers can be earthy, tart, or spicy. This fest will feature a curated tap list consisting of a variety of beers styles utilizing this impactful grain. Expect rye beers ranging from Saisons, IPAs to the traditional German style of Roggenbier.”
In years past the Rye Beer Fest has been held at Spirit of 77 and for the past few years at EastBurn. This year Finsand decided to move the fest out to the Happy Valley Station Food Cart Pod that offers 3,800 square feet of indoor temperature controlled seating. This suburban food cart pod currently features 13 food carts along with 30 Taps, a beer cart that serves 30 offerings of beer and cider.
Entry to the Rye Beer Fest is an affordable $10.00 in advance that includes a tasting glass and 8 drink tickets ($11.47 after fees). At the door it’s the same price but attendees will only receive 4 drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each. A majority of the beers will cost one ticket for a four-ounce pour or four tickets for a full glass. A few of the beers may require multiple tickets. Purchase your tickets in advance here for the best value.
Rye Beer Fest Brewery and Beer List:
Brewery: Yachats Brewing
Beer Name: Ryedonkulous
Style: Farmhouse rye
Description: A crisp rye beer brewed with experimental hops and aged in barrels
Brewery: Back Pedal Brewing
Beer name: Simple Machine
Description: A soft and lightly citrusy lager to start off the summer pedaling season. Get your bike out of the garage and let the elegant and simple machine liberate you from the constraints of daily life as you ride through our beautiful city and countryside. This Rye Lager is mostly Pilsner malt with 11% Rye Malt. Gently hopped with Mandarina Bavaria.
Brewery: StormBreaker Brewing
Beer name: Boysenroggenbierry
Description: This German style Roggenbier was aged on 125 lbs of boysenberries. Try lifting a 125 lbs of boysenberries, it’s heavy, which give it a big berry aroma, with a hint of clove from the hefeweiss yeast. A spiciness upfront gives way to a sweet, yet slightly tart, fruity berry flavor, finishing dry and refreshing. And it looks amazing too!
Brewery: Reuben’s Brews
Beer name: Blood Orange American Rye
Style: American Wheat/ Rye
Description: This american style rye beer is brewed with blood orange and fermented with a Kolsch yeast giving it notes of tangerine, rye spice, and a dry finish.
Brewery: Founders Brewing
Beer Name: Red Rye IPA
Description: Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.
Brewery: Worthy Brewing
Beer name: Stoker Red Ale
Style: NW Red
Description: Passionate about spicy fruit flavor? Stoker is fuel for your firebox. Tantalizing lemon, tangerine, pear, and rye aroma. Empowering fruit and
flower flavor. Seaworthy rye spiciness with sturdy citrus sweetness. Worthy keeps your ship running, you tell it where to go. Keep your stoke alive.
Brewery: Breakside Brewery
Beer name: Imperial Porter
Description: A strong porter brewed with rye and Ceylon cinnamon; a collaboration with our friends at Reuben’s Brews in Seattle
Brewery: Baerlic Brewing Company
Beer name: Cooper and the Rye
Style: Barrel Fermented Mixed Cultured Rye Ale
Description: Brett, Lacto, Rye, Oak. A touch of sweet, spice, and acidity. Some bright fruit notes on the palate and in the finish. You may want another to find out how deep its story goes.
Brewery:Zoiglhaus Brewing Co
Beer name: Rockin’ Roggen
Description: German Roggenbier is a rarity, even in Germany, but we wanted to take something fun to the Rye Beer Fest, so here it is! The Bavarian Weizenbier yeast provides the banana and clove aromatics (yes, we did do a ferulic acid rest!). The rye, wheat and barley malts give it a light breadiness with a touch of spice. The hops are there to keep it all together, spicy and grassy. Rogg’ on, Dude!
Brewery:PINTS Brewing Co
Beer name: Free Ryeder
Description: Rye beer fermented with our house Kölsch strain, it offers spice from the rye malt that we paired up with a variety of German hops.
Brewery: Vagabond Brewing
Beer name: Code Name: Pinetra
Description: Pinetra is a fragrant IPA that blends the tropical fruit-forward character of Ekuanot with the spicy, resinous stickiness of Chinook hops. The resulting beer is a face-full of spice and pine dankness over a bed of lush, tropical delights.
Brewery: Widmer Bros Brewing
Beer name: O’Ryely
Description: Rye IPA using three types of rye and spicy hops to amp up the spice ingredient quotient!
Brewery: Widmer Bros Brewing
Beer name: Kvass is that?
Style:Kvass .Sour fermented beverage made from Rye Bread
Description: Sour fermented beverage that is traditional in Slavic and Baltic regions made from old rye bread. The drink is low ABV, salty and tart.
Brewery: Ross Island Brewing
tRYEsome IPA is a deceptively light bodied ale for ringing in at 7.5% ABV. Its aroma has notes of pine and spice which complements the following flavor. The straw colored appearance comes from the Vienna malt. Cascade hops lend their traditional West Coast flavor and aroma. Prost!
Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer Name: Bee Here Now
Style: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
Description: Organic Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale with rye, organic GloryBee clover honey and red clover blossoms.
Brewery: Ordnance Brewing
Beer name: RX Pale Ale
Style: Rye Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6 %
Description: Pouring a light straw color, this ale gets its spicy flavor from a healthy dose of rye malt. The rye spice combines nicely with a Citra and Mosaic aroma present a beer that is perfect for day’s end be it after work or a long day of outdoor pursuits.
Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing
Beer Name: Hop Shovel
Style: American IPA
Description: Hop Shovel is dry, but with a soft and rounded mouthfeel achieved by using a high proportion of wheat and rye. Hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali provide an abundance of flavor and aroma.
Brewery: Pono Brewing Company
Beer name: Divine Rye’t
Style: Rye IPA
IBU:62 (Haven’t dry hopped it yet so it may be more)
Description: A Rye IPA (RIPA) that has a beautiful reddish hue to it using both malted rye and crystal rye with a combination of Mosaic and the new BRU-1 experimental hops that have notes of pineapple.
Brewery: Sedition Brewing Co.
Beer name: Rye IPA
Style: Rye IPA
Description: This American IPA is brewed with flaked and malted rye, providing a dry, grainy foundation for a clean, spicy hop bitterness.
Brewery: Oregon City Brewing
Beer name: Rye’ll Bee Bock
ABV: 7.5 %
Description : Maibock made with malted Rye and Local Meadowfoam honey from the Salem OR area. A strong lager with caramel sweetness and spiciness from the rye. Like the Terminator, the flavors just keep coming and coming…
Brewery: Bent Shovel Brewing
Beer name: Belgian Rye
Style: Belgian Blonde w/Rye
Description: This golden copper ale showcases delicious Belgian yeast character typical of the Ardennes region. Brewed with Belgian malt and rye this limited production malt focused ale drinks crisp and light with aromas of spice and complex fruit.
Brewery: Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Beer name: Grapefruit Stonefly Session Ale
Style: Dry hopped unfiltered rye ale with fruit
Description: Our classic unfiltered rye beer made with 20% rye malt along with a splash of honey malt, Crystal hops, and dry hopped with Experimental 0331. This special version made just for the Rye Beer Fest features the addition of grapefruit puree.
Brewery: Hop Haus Brewing
Beer name: Roadrunner Rye
Style: Smoke / Rye
Description: A subtle salute to the German rauchbier style, the smoky rye ale incorporates both cherrywood and beechwood smoked malts to bring out a very smooth, slightly sweet smoke flavor complimented by the spice of the milled rye – balanced out with Chinook and Willamette hops. The result is a wonderful, easy drinking smoky rye ale that will leave you feeling like a crafty and speedy Sonoran desert roadrunner.
Brewery: Alpine Beer Company
Beer Name: Nelson IPA
Style: Golden Rye IPA
Description: Named after Nelson Sauvin, an outstanding hop varietal from New Zealand. The hop is introduced through the brewing and dry-hopping of this complex and well-balanced IPA. A hazy straw hued ale, Nelson is topped by bright white beer foam and offers a tropical hop aroma. The pine and fruity hop notes linger, but are well-balanced by the smooth, malty addition of European rye malts. Enjoy this stunning and multifaceted, yet mellow IPA.
Cidery: Portland Cider Company
Beer name: Brigid
Style: Rye hopped cider
ABV: 6.5% ABV
Description: The celtic goddess of unity, craft, and new growth. Said to have kept an apple orchard in the otherworld, Brigid has inspired us to create a drink that brings beer and cider lovers together. A poetic blend of fresh apple and old country hops give way to a lightly sweet rye finish. We hope this cider pleases Brigid, her powerful father Dagda, and you! **NOT GLUTEN FREE**
A portion of the proceeds from Rye Beer Fest will go towards New Avenues For Youth, a local non-profit that supports homeless and at youth-risk in Portland. Representatives from the New Avenues will be on site to answer questions and run a raffle with prizes ranging from event tickets to brewery apparel.
For the kids, there will be some activities in the designated Crater Lake Root Beer Kids Zone including; toys, art, games and free Crater Lake Root beer with parent’s showing proof of buying admission into the event.
Getting to the rye beer fest is easy with Brewvana as the bus touring company is offering a VIP Rye Beer Fest experience for $30, which includes round trip transportation from the Lloyd Double Tree departing at 10:00am, VIP entry, 4 hours at the fest from (11 am – 3 pm), official rye beer fest tasting glass and 12 drink tickets. If you prefer public transportation choose the SE Sunnyside & 147th bus stop close by (ID #12924).
Starting at 6 pm all of the remaining rye beer will be available for $6.00 a growler fill (up to 64 oz) that you provide. If you don’t have a growler of forgot to bring one, a glass growler (up to 64 oz) filled with the rye beer of your choice for only $8.00. Growler fills special pricing is available to festival attendees with wristbands the day of and is open to the general public on Sunday.
Stay up to date on the Rye Beer Fest by following its Facebook Page and make sure to use hash tag #ryebf17 on all of your social media.
Rye Beer Fest Happy Valley Station 13551 SE 145th Ave. Happy Valley, OR 97015
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.