Twenty years in, McMenamins Thompson Brewery & Public House continues to host its annual Barley Cup Brewfest. This year’s event will take place this Saturday on June 10th from 11:00am until 1:00am.
On tap will be eight McMenamins beers, six guest beers, three McMenamins ciders, and three guest ciders. The guest breweries include Vanguard Brewing Company, Vagabond Brewery, Salem Ale Works, Xicha Brewing Company (brewed in collaboration with Salem Ale Works), Seven Brides Brewing, and Sasquatch Brewing Company.
All of these breweries will be aiming to win the coveted Barley Cup Trophy. McMenamins is pitting pints from the best local breweries against each other in its annual taster’s choice competition. Jen Kent, head brewer at Thompson Brewery, will release her Gaia Imperial Stout in honor of the competition, combining blueberry, lemon peel and black pepper with dark notes of chocolate and coffee kiln malts in a one-of-a-kind brew.
Guests can purchase a Brewfest glass that includes 10 drink tokens for $17.00 to sample many of the Barley Cup beers and try to determine which one is their favorite brew. Then the winner of the Barley Cup will be decided by a popular vote among all attendees and the winning brewery will have their name and beer name forever engraved on the Barley Cup Trophy.
Here’s a list of what to expect on tap during Saturday’s Barley Cup Brewfest.
Oak Hills Brewery
Izard of POG IPA
As a constantly emerging style, New England IPAs only utilize hops that impart a tropical, juicy
sweetness rather than the classic bitter, dank or citrusy flavors that can come from bittering hops. These hazy brews maintain a creaminess all their own. Our New England IPA is infused with POG: passionfruit, blood orange and guava. Pog was originally invented by Mary Soon in Maui in 1971 and its original mascot was the “Izard of Pog,” a medieval looking gnome with a magic wand and stars around its head.
Enjoy this juicy, tropical POG IPA and give a salute to the Izard.
Special Techniques: Dry-Hopped
Special Ingredients: Lactose
Fruit: Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Guava Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Rolled Oats
Hops: Chinook, Mosaic, Zythos
OG: 1.062 TG: 1.015 ABV: 6.06 IBU: 10 SRM: 5
Vanguard Brewing Company
Brewed in collaboration with Clancy’s in Sherwood, this delightful Imperial Porter was made with 100 pounds of local clover honey and blackberry. The result is a dark, smooth, medium-bodied beer with a tart blackberry finish.
Malts: 2-Row, Oats, Crystal 60, Carafa III, Roasted Barley
OG: 1.082 TG: 1.021 ABV: 8.00 IBU: 28 SRM: 25
There She Gose
This is tart, fruity and righteously delicious. The sour, salty base beer lays down the funky
refreshment, while a heavy dose of passionfruit & guava turns the whole thing into a wall-to-wall tropical fiesta, with tart, ripe notes adding beautifully to the profile. It’s a marvelous mix of elements that collides with your mouth, like a fruit-filled asteroid of flavor, traveling at supersonic speed to the party.
Malts: Pilsner, 2-Row, Malted Wheat, Carafoam, Acidulated Malt Hops: Sterling
OG: 1.053 TG: 1.008 ABV: 6.00 IBU: 20 SRM: 4
Salem Ale Works
Son of a Son of a Sawyer
To the tune of Son of a Son of a Sailor: As the Son of a Son Of A Sawyer I went into the woods for adventure. Expanding my mind about a beer’s design, and what was allowed to be tendered. As a dreamer of dreams and a brewer by trade, I have raised up many a pint. I added hef yeast to this Pale Ale beast and tropical hops to excess.
Son of a son, son of a son, son of a son of a sawyer. I’m not in a rut, I added coconut, one step ahead of the lawyer.
Malts: Rahr Pale Ale
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra
OG: 1.048 TG: 1.012 ABV: 4.70 IBU: 18 SRM: 5
Xicha Brewing Company
With special thanks to Salem Ale Works for collaborating on this project, Summer Hewn Saison celebrates the return of summer with soft malt flavor and strong citrus notes, complemented by fresh mango and strawberry sweetness. Fermented with a blend of Belgian ale yeasts and generously dry-hopped, pour the glasses and let this fruity Saison welcome you and your crew to the long-awaited days of the summer.
Malts: Rawr Pale
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra
OG: 1.048 TG: 1.012 ABV: 4.70 IBU: 18 SRM: 5
Seven Brides Brewing
Mosaic and Orange IPA
This is a great tasting IPA that combines citrusy hops with real citrus fruit, resulting in a
magnificent blend of unique citrus aromas that will have you reminiscing of chasing the ice cream truck for your favorite orange creamsicle.
ABV: 6.00 IBU: 60
Sasquatch Brewing Company
This IPA was loaded with local Oregon Hops and finished with a heavy hand of Citra Hops. ABV: 6.80
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery
Edelweiss Helles Bock
Helles Bock is a relatively recent addition to the Bock family and a lighter color than a traditional dark Bock. Brewed on the last day of January, this golden gem tastes better and better as it ages. There exists a perfect balance between the big malt backbone and hop bitterness which together masks the high alcohol content. Inspired by a year of studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria, with the hills full of the sounds of Griswolds. Prost!
Malts: Pilsen, Vienna, Wheat
Hops: Nugget, Perle
OG: 1.067 TG: 1.007 ABV: 7.74 IBU: 14 SRM: 4
Pales in Comparison
This crisp, hop-forward Northwest Pale Ale showcases delicate aromas of orange blossom and
fresh rain. A mild, straw-colored malt body bolsters hop notes of pine, melon and grapefruit before fading to a dry, resinous finish. Perfect for a sunny day on the patio, this light and approachable Pale Ale makes all others pale in comparison.
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Vienna, Carastan 30/37
Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, Meridian
OG: 1.055 TG: 1.006 ABV: 6.32 IBU: 61 SRM: 6
John Barleycorn’s Brewery
Singled Out: Citra Double IPA
The Singled Out Series at John Barleycorns allows you to taste and appreciate a single hop
variety at a time. This Double IPA was brewed exclusively with a brewers favorite, Citra Hops. This variety has a large range of flavors and aromas that span from traditional Northwest citrus notes like grapefruit to tropical fruit flavors like melon and gooseberries.
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Caramel Vienna
OG: 1.080 TG: 1.012 ABV: 8.77 IBU: 85 SRM: 5
High Street Brewery
The Gold Whisperer
This is a moderately bitter, slightly spicy little ale. It was designed for easy-drinking on these long spring and summer nights. Enjoy.
Malts: Briess Pale, Crystal 15
Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe
OG: 1.053 TG: 1.006 ABV: 6.00 IBU: 40 SRM: 5
Gaia Imperial Stout
In honor of the Greek Goddess Gaia, we bring forth to you a lovely, dark gift. Soft notes of
blueberries, lemon peel and mixed peppercorn lay over notes of chocolate, a slight sweetness and coffee. The unique blend of gifts from the earth, integrated with the beer, will make for happy tastebuds. Special Ingredients: Mixed Peppercorn
Fruit: Blueberry, Lemon Peel
Malts: Bairds Pale, Munich, Crystal 60, Chocolate Malt, Roast, Coffee Kiln Malt Hops: Chinook, Cascade
OG: 1.090 TG: 1.016 ABV: 9.55 IBU: 27 SRM: 43
West Linn Brewery
Bittersweet Orange Wheat
This light summertime beer will provide the perfect pint to sip in the sun. Sweet Spanish orange
peel is perfectly complemented by Amarillo Hops that provide additional flavor with hints of tropical citrus. The middle of summer is bittersweet, but a pint of this Wheat will keep you in the moment.
Special Ingredients: Sweet Spanish Orange Peel
Malts: Pilsen, Wheat Hops: Chinook, Amarillo
OG: 1.047 TG: 1.006 ABV: 5.29% IBU: 18 SRM: 3
This Vienna Lager is a medium-dark beer with a light toasty aroma and smooth malt flavor.
Horizon, Sterling and Tettnanger Hops provide a soft continental hop bitterness to counterbalance the malt. Lager yeast, cool fermentation, German malts and cold-conditioning produced a beer with a hint of sweetness and a clean, soft finish.
Malts: Pilsen, Vienna, Munich, Carapils, Dark Crystal, Blackprinz
Hops: Horizon, Sterling, Tettnanger
OG: 1.056 TG: 1.009 ABV: 6.06% IBU: 22 SRM: 13
New West Cider
Black & Blue
Our “True Love” is juicy, jammy and packed with Oregon blackberries and blueberries. Not too sweet, not too dry; the perfect berry cider.
1859 Cider Co.
Full-bodied with strong green apple, rose petal and fresh-cut pine. Tropical fruit forward flavors of orange rind, pineapple, passionfruit and papaya; finished with banana and honey notes. ABV: 5.12
E.Z. Orchards Cider
Hawk Haus Cider
Hawk Haus Cider is a pre-Prohibition style North American Cider. The apple blend is Jonathan and Yarlington Mill, all grown at E.Z. Orchards. The cider is produced using our traditional fermentation method. This cider is naturally carbonated and is not pasteurized or backsweetened. Hawk Haus Cider honors the Kestrel Hawks that nest and hunt in the orchard. ABV: 6.90%
Barrel-Aged Perry Cider
Unfiltered and aged 6 months in neutral oak barrels, this Perry is made from true
Perry Pears, giving it a natural tannic complexity and bright acidity. In the glass, it’s cloudy and pale yellow, with a spicy bouquet of dried hay and lemon blossom. On the palate it’s dry, with a full, rich mouthfeel. Notes of apricot and grilled pineapple meet subtle hints of ginger, brine, and leather.
ABV: 7.20% McMenamins Edgefield
Dark garnet in color, the aromas of fresh blackberries burst from the glass. The slightly tannic and tart blackberry component is balanced out by a small amount of residual sugar, while the fermented apple rounds out the mid-palate and finish.
McMenamins Estate Cider
Our barrel-aged McMenamins Estate Cider is made from fresh-pressed Heirloom Apples
picked from Edgefield and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. Rich and layered, this complex, unfiltered, barrel-aged dry cider is stylistically similar to those made in the Basque region of Spain. The cider is strong and tart, with a rustic nose encompassing baked apple and a hint of caramel. On the palate, the farmhouse character comes through.
It is bright and spicy, with citrus notes and an undercurrent of fresh-baked bread.
Special Techniques: Solera System ABV: 6.50%
Beyond the beers and ciders pouring there will be brewery tours from Noon to 5:00pm, distillery tastings from 3:00 to 7:00pm and live music in the evening beginning at 7:00pm.
McMenamins Thompson Brewery & Public House 3575 Liberty Road S. Salem, OR 97302
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.