BenFest & DIY Invitational – Beer Events Week of September 7

It’s fresh hop season and Ninkasi and Baerlic (and almost every other brewery in the region) have beers made with hops fresh from the fields, a style invented in the Northwest and one in which Oregon and Washington lead the world…Ninkasi’s Green Haze is a fresh-hopped pale ale brewed with 400 pounds of fresh Centennial hops per batch. Celebrating the annual hop harvest, Green Haze is full of citrusy and floral hop character and available on draft for a limited time. Baerlic offers three fresh hop beers: Pioneer Bitter; Hellesner Helles Fresh Hop Ale; and Fresh Hop Early Bird Pale Ale.

BenFest at Gigantic Brewing, DIY Invitational at Growler’s Taproom and the rest of Portland area beer events for the week of September 7th.

Pints for Pits
4 pm-Midnight Friday Sept. 8, Lompoc Sidebar, 3910 N. Williams Ave;
The Lompockians are sponsoring a fundraiser for Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, whose mission is to save lives by keeping dogs out of local shelters through spay and neuter assistance, owner and shelter support programs, and community education. You can meet organization reps, drink Lompoc beer including their just released Oktoberfest, win raffle prizes, and learn more about this good-hearted organization. Lompoc will donate 10 percent of sales from that day to pit bull rescue.

DIY Invitational
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9 and Sunday Sept.10, Growler’s Taproom, 3343 S.E. Hawthorne St.; free admission.
Southeast Portland’s new pub and beer garden honors Oregon’s self-distributed breweries, cideries, kombucha and soda makers with the DIY Invitational: A Two-Day Celebration of Self-Distributed Beverages. All 30 of the pub’s beer taps, five cider/mead taps and kombucha and soda taps will be pouring drams from companies who make, sell and deliver their own goods without the help of a wholesale distribution partner.
The event is the brainchild of Growler’s bartender Jim Parker, who has worked for several self-distributed breweries and last year organized a series of Selfie-Fest Roadshow tap takeover events. The idea, he says, is threefold: To show appreciation to the number of fiercely independent self-distributed breweries in the state; to educate beer drinkers on the distribution system. “Most people don’t realize, when they look at a tap list, that some of the brewers up there had to work harder and beat longer odds to get their beer on that board,” he said.
Beers will be available in 4-, 12- and 16-ounce pours. During the fest, brewers will also be competing in the Growler’s Intergalactic Cornhole Championships in the beer garden.

BenFest BEN4LIFE. (photo by Matt Wiater)

Eighth Annual BenFest
1-8 pm Saturday Sept 9, Gigantic Brewing 5224 SE 26th Ave.;$30 includes admission, glass and 10 tix. 21+ only
Portland’s has a boatload, a burgeoning bounty of brewers named Ben, so why not have a festival about it? BenFest rapidly became a favorite event of the Portland beer year and this year’s — the eighth– has a job to do: earlier this year one of our favorite Bens — Ben Flerchinger, longtime brewer with the Lucky Lab, Gigantic and 54-40 — died suddenly so this year’s edition will serve as the fundraiser for his family to help with end of life expenses. Even though, BenFest and the beer community will not be the same without him, organizers are making this year’s celebration the biggest yet. Besides the breweries with a Ben participating, many awesome brewers are also sending great beer.

Beer and Cider line up:
Agrarian Ales (Ben Tilley) – “BEN Hits the Ground!,” Belgian Dark Strong
Baerlic Brewing (Ben Parsons) – “BEN the Rules, Don’t Break Them,” India Pale Lager Ale (you read that right)
Breakside Brewing (Ben Edmunds) – “First Blanche,” Witbier
Deschutes Brewing (Ben Kehs) – “BLended Saison,” Saison
Gigantic Brewing (Ben Love) – “SOLID! BENmosa,” Juicy Pale with pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit juice
Laurelwood Brewing (Ben Dobler) – “BEN There, Done That,” Kolsch
Occidental Brewing (Ben Engler) – “BEN,” Barrel Aged Doppelbock
54’40° Brewing – “Brewing Of Mice and BENs,” Cask conditioned version of Half Cocked IPA with added Citra leaf in cask
Cider Riot! – “BENcider,” traditional pub draught cider
Coin Toss Brewing – “BENvention,” Imperial Mild
Ecliptic Brewing – BENith Grapefruit Gose
Kell’s Brewery – “AmBENtions az a ridah,” Blood Orange American Wheat
Lucky Lab Brewing – “BENedict Palmer,” American Lager w/ fresh lemon and iced tea
Montavilla Brew Works – “Where the Helles BEN’s Beer?” Helles
pFriem Family Brewers – “SchwarzBEN,” Schwarzbier
Sasquatch Brewing – “BEN There, Freshed That”, Centennial Fresh Hop Pale
Three Creeks Brewing – “Stampede Strong Ale,” American Strong Ale

Special Pours:
2 pm: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 2013 and 2014 vintages, 3 tickets for a 4oz pour.
3 pm: Gigantic Brewing Massive! Ben Flerchinger Edition, Barleywine aged on Macallan Scotch Barrels, 3 tickets for a 4oz pour.
4 pm: Russian River 2013 Consecration, Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants, 4 tickets for a 4oz pour.
5 pm: Upright Brewing, 2015 Tanner 16 Old Ale aged on Port finish Whiskey casks, 3 tickets for a 4 oz pour.

Lompoc Oktoberfest and Hot Rack IPA Release
1 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9, Lompoc Sidebar, 3910 N. Williams Ave;
Lompoc Oktoberfest is one of my favorite iterations of the style, a 5 percent German style lager that is pale orange in color with a clean malt flavor balanced by a touch of Perle hops. A portion of the grain used was roasted in the oven at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, giving a slight biscuit flavor. There will also be German themed food specials available at the event.

Hot Rack IPA is the “Pride of Cascadia” winning entry from the third annual Timbers Army Duane Graf Memorial Homebrew Competition, held earlier this year. Brewed with winner Chuck Macaluso, this 7 percent rye IPA is pale orange in color and features a big grapefruit aroma and flavor that finishes slightly spicy. Sidebar will also host a viewing party that day for the New York City FC vs. Portland Timbers beginning at 2:30 p.m.

11th Annual Slabtown Community Festival
11 am-5 pm Saturday Sept. 9, McMenamins 23rd Ave. Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman St.; all ages OK, 21 and older to sample.
The bottle shop crew will be pouring samples of Ruby, Hammerhead and their seasonal cider, plus root beer for the kids at the festival site in the parking lot at NW 23rd/Thurman St. Inside the Bottle Shop, all apparel and McMenamins logo items will be 20% off during the event… and there will be a McMenamins Passport Discovery Hunt – solve the clues, get a prize, and be entered to win an overnight stay at one of McMs historic hotels.

OP Wurst Brewers Series
4 pm Saturday Sept. 2, OP Wurst Division, 3384 SE Division St.;
The Olympia Provision Brewer’s Series continues every Saturday through Oktoberfest — September 30 — at OP Wurst Division. This weekend features the rare beers of Charles Porter’s Little Beast Brewing. Also: live music, food specials, patio games and giveaways.

One Way or Another Release Party
5-11 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 12, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.;
Cascade Brewing and Bruery Terreux are each releasing a version of their long-awaited collaboration beer, One Way or Another,  a blend of sour triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with regional ingredients including Oregon marionberries and California Meyer lemons (7.9% ABV). Last spring, the crew from Bruery Terreux visited Cascade, AKA the House of Sour, to discuss the blend and to brew the first batch of what was to become One Way or Another. The following week, Bruery Terreux replicated the same recipe in their brewery in Anaheim, Calif. The two brewery projects feature different labels and graphics to delineate between the two. Tuesday’s release party features both collaboration beers, plus seven Bruery Terreux beers on tap, vintage Cascade Brewing bottles for sale, and a special live tapping with members of the Bruery Terreaux team.