One way to welcome in the new year is with some big, bold beers when downtown Portland’s favorite beer bar, Bailey’s Taproom hosts its 7th Annual CellarFest. This year’s CellarFest will take place on Saturday, January 23 from Noon until Midnight with beers dating back to 2006. Admission will be free.
Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect at CellarFest 2016.
Alaskan2006 Smoked Porter ABV: 6.5%
Chewy, smoky, rich and roasty, Alaskan’s annual release is a treat for both dark beer lovers and fans of German rauchbiers. The process of smoking the malts prevents spoiling and preserves its robust character, helping it to evolve gently over time.
AnchorOur Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale)ABV: 5.5%
Every year, Anchor releases its Christmas Ale, a Brown Ale base with a tweaked recipe and different tree needles and spices added to the mash. Ideal for aging and mellow maturation.
Block 15 2013Pappy’s Dark ABV: 10%
A blend of European influences, Pappy’s is a bourbon barrel aged strong ale brewed with six malts of Belgian & British origin. Matured in 9 & 10 year old bourbon barrels for 2-4 months.
Caldera 2011Old Growth ABV: 8.8%
A dense and full-bodied Imperial Stout with black licorice that ages for an entire year before its release; we decided to hold onto it even longer.
Deschutes 2010Streaking the Quad ABV: 10%
This strong Belgian ale is amber in color and full of flavor. The fruity, slightly spicy aroma, enhanced with a subtle touch of bourbon, will leave you warm but thirsty for more.
Double Mountain 2012Goliathon ABV: 11%
A strong dark Belgian ale fermented with a yeast from Inglemunster in Belgium, along with a house yeast from Rochefort, Goliathon is a roasty, malty brew with fruit-forward overtones and just a hint of roasted bitterness.
Firestone 2012Double DBA ABV: 12%
Firestone’s flagship beer brewed to double strength. Immense toffee, vanilla, coconut and caramel malt married with American oak aromas. The first sip develops with sugary caramel, molasses and vanilla, finishing with English toffee and toasted coconut.
Fish 2009 10 Squared ABV: 10%
10 Squared is an intense barleywine with 10 different malts and 10 different hops, brewed to be bold and boozy at 10%. Aging helps mellow the alcoholic burn and cause the malt and hop flavors to intertwine around your tongue.
Flat Tail 2013Wild 5 Black ABV: 7%
An American Wild Ale fermented and aged on oak for a year. Pitch black with notes of licorice and roast complimenting the mouth-puckering sourness from a mixed fermentation with lacto, Brett b and c, and Kölsch yeast.
Fort George 2011Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout ABV: 9.9%
The classic Astoria stout has found a new home in barrels shipped all the way from Kentucky! The rich, dark base beer is the perfect medium through which bourbon can lend its magic, imparting flavors of oak, caramel and vanilla.
Full Sail 2011Black Gold ABV: 11.4%
This Imperial Stout was aged for about 10 months in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. The aging accentuates the robust character of the beer and brings out the depth of flavor from the bourbon, creating an elegantly sophisticated combination.
Great Divide 2009Oak Espresso Yeti ABV: 9.5%
This dense Imperial Stout was given a generous infusion of espresso to add yet another layer of complexity, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile.
Hales Ales 2010Pikop Andropov’s Rushin Imperial Stout ABV: 9.9%
Six different types of malts combine for a dense, chewy blend of espresso and chocolate flavors. Complimented by a complex hop profile, this is an Imperial Stout that lives up to its intense reputation.
Hopworks 2011Noggin Floggin ABV: 11%
This winter warmer features a luscious, fruity, caramel aroma with resinous hops and a malted toffee flavor followed by a warming finish.
Lagunitas 2011Gnarlywine ABV: 10.6%
It’s all crazy caramel and rich toffee in this bracing and bold American-style Barleywine. Each year’s version is dated and built to last for cellaring purposes.
North Coast 2011Old Stock Ale ABV: 11.9%
Old Ale brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England. A classic brew and a personal favorite of the Bailey’s crew.
Rogue 2011Charlie 1981 ABV: 8.5%
Originally brewed and bottled for the 2001 Craft Brewers’ Conference in honor of legendary Homebrew icon Charlie Papazian. This unfiltered strong ale was such a hit, it was released to the public years after. A firm malt backbone forms the structure to hold a massive hop punch.
Russian River 2009Supplication ABV: 7%
Brown Ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.
Stone 2011Vertical 11.11.11 ABV: 9.4%
An amber-hued Belgian Strong Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon and fermented with a Flanders Golden Ale yeast that imparts clove and banana overtones.
Admission is free, as Bailey’s will kick things off at Noon, and celebrate until close. Not down with basement beers? Bailey’s will have a couple of non-cellared brews available as well!
Bailey’s Taproom 213 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.