The 4th Annual Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be return for the 3rd year to EastBurn. The fest will take place on Friday June 12th, from 4:00pm to 2:00am and will feature 22 different rye beers.
While sampling these various rye beers its great to know that profits from this year’s fest will support Dawn to Dusk Paddle Fund for the Children’s Cancer Association. Dawn to Dusk is an endurance-paddling event where paddlers do laps for 12 hours around Ross Island in downtown Portland to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Association.
Each year the festival organizer, Kerry Finsand, likes to assist with brewing one of the beers for the fest. This year Finsand had the privilege of brewing with Lompoc Brewing’s Spencer Gotter. The collaboration beer is called Lemon Rye-zome. For this summer inspired beer they used Sorachi Ace Hops and Lemongrass.
Here’s the beer list for Friday’s Rye Beer Fest.
Almanac Beer – Saison Dolores
Dry-hopped Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with barley, rye, and wheat with a spicy, earthy flavor
Style: Saison | ABV | 6.8% | IBU 30
Baerlic Brewing – Rye Pale Lager
We fermented this Common with a lager yeast at a higher temperature to accentuate the fruity esters that the yeast produces. The aroma and flavor has hints of spice from the rye and a slight honey and apple flavor and aroma from the high temperature fermentation. Enjoy this beer on the hottest days and the warm summer nights. Cheers from Baerlic!
Style: Common Ale | ABV 5.2% | IBU 25
Barley Brown’s – Rye’d It Out
Rye Amber Ale. Brewed using 3 types of rye malt, Rye, Chocolate Rye, and English Cara Rye, with a base of Pilsner and Marris Otter Malts. Warrior and Cascade Hops give balance to this complex, yet easy drinking beer.
Style: Rye Amber | ABV 5.8% | IBU 40.
Brannon’s Brewery – Deputation Imperial Red Ale
Strong red ale brewed with a generous addition of rye malt. Slight flavors of toasted caramel and raisins go perfectly with a lingering amount of cherry smoked malt.
Style: Imperial Red Ale: | ABV 8%| IBU 50
Brannon’s Brewery – Barrel Aged: Deputation Imperial Red Ale
A dry warmth of rye whiskey intermingles with scents of smoke and ripe cherries. Hints of dark caramel and rye malt complement the natural character of the charred oak barrel.
Style: Barrel Aged Rye: | ABV 8%| IBU 50
Breakside Brewery – Abby Wit
Witbier with wheat and rye made with chamomile, coriander and orange peel and fermented with an Abbey yeast. Conditioned on ginger with our house Brettanomyces culture.
Style: Abby Wit | ABV 6.7% | IBU 10
Buoy Beer – India Rye Red Ale (IRRA)
A fusion of three beer styles, Buoy IRRA balances six malt varieties–including a generous amount of spicy rye malt–with whirlpool and dry-hop additions of Galaxy hops.
Style: India Rye Red Ale | ABV, 7.3% | 66 IBU
Ex Novo Brewing – Saison Lillis
Rye, Oats, Wheat, Pilsner and Spelt malts make up a rounded grain profile, combined with the spicy orange notes of Sterling hops. Fruity esters and a dry peppery finish.
Style: American Farmhouse Ale | ABV 5.3% | IBU 19
Fat Head’s Brewery – Blitzkrieg Bock
A gold color with rich malt flavor from caramel molt that compliments the moderate level of hops that are used in this traditional German lager. Rye malt rounds this beauty with a dry, lightly spicy finish.
Style: Bock | ABV 7.6% | IBU 28
Firestone Walker Brewing – Wookey Jack
A unique twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale style. Wookey Jack offers true hop aroma to rival most IPAs, with pungent citrus and herbal hop nuances, a hint of peppery rye and earthiness on the nose. Big roasty malt flavors with balanced hop bitterness and spicy rye offer a full and complex texture with a refined bittered finish. A truly different IPA for dark beer fans.
Style: Unfiltered Black Rye IPA: | ABV 8.3% | IBU 80
Fremont Brewing – Oola Gin Barrel Aged Rye Saison
Aged in OOLA gin barrels for 6 months, this twist on the traditional saison adds in rye to give an earthy balance to our fruity Belgian yeast.
Style: Barrel Aged Rye Saison | ABV: 7.3% | BU 30
Green Flash Brewing – Road Warrior
Our Imperial Rye IPA is brewed in the name of our Road Warriors—the sales team who tirelessly hit the streets, traveling from town to town and pub to pub sharing the Green Flash experience. Road Warrior™ charges full flavor forward. Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts pave the way for Mosaic and Amarillo dry hopping to boldly shine through in the finish. Raise a glass to those who never settle!
Style: Imperial Rye India Pale Ale | ABV 9% | IBU 80
Hopworks Urban Brewery – Fight for your Rye’t
With 35% rye malt in the grain bill, this beer is velvety on the palate and has layers of chocolate, fruit and caramel, but is not sweet.
Style: Malt Mild | ABV 3.6% | IBU 18
Lompoc Brewing – Lemon Rye-zome
A lemon blast awaits you with this citrusy pale ale. Sorachi Ace Hops and Lemongrass were used in this summer inspired brew. Perfect for when you choose to blow off doing yard work this summer. This beer was brewed in collaboration with the Rye Beer Fest founder Kerry Finsand.
Style: Pale Ale: | 6.2% ABV
Ninkasi Brewing – The Devil Went Down to Oregon
In a collaboration spanning Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley to Virginia’s heartland, Steve Crandall and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone Brewing took the bet and gave the Devil his due when our founding brewer, Jamie Floyd, came ‘a-calling. What the trio first described as “a sort of West Coast, German-Style Roggenbier” turned into an Imperial Dark Rye, offering an elevated alcohol percentage and a crisp, lager-like finish from the Alt yeast fermentation. Give the Devil his due!
Style: Imperial Dark Rye | ABV 7.2%| IBU 65
Reuben’s Brews – Tea Time IPA
An Imperial IPA with flaked rye and rye malt, with a citrus and floral hop profile, which is complimented by Earl Grey tea additions. Cheers!
Style: American IPA | ABV 8.4% | IBU 80
Sierra Nevada Brewing – River Ryed
Born out of our love of the water and a passion for riding the rapids, River Ryed IPA is a class-five rush of flavor. This hop-forward beer features intense citrus and herbal hop flavor balanced by the peppery spice of rye for a dry and delicious end to a rafting journey.
Style: IPA | ABV 6% | IBU 50
Short Snout Brewing – Rye-teous Dude
American Stout brewed with Malted Rye, Flaked Rye, and Chocolate Rye. Roasty with a nice rye bite in the finish.
Style: American Stout | ABV 6% | IBU 70
Sixpoint Brewery – Righteous
Made with rye malt to provide a distinct earthy character, this ale is seasoned and dry-hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Complex and slightly spicy, this beer’s got something for both malt-lovers and hopheads.
Style: Rye IPA | ABV 6.3% |IBU 57
Thunder Island Brewing – Rye CDA
Roasted malt character meets the classic IPA bitterness with a hint of spiciness from an addition of American Rye. This beer is dry hopped with Equinox, which lends a dank, juicy hop aroma and flavor.
Style: Rye CDA | ABV 6.3% | IBU 62
Uptown Brewing – Shepard in the Rye (100% Rye Ale)
This is one of the only commercially brewed all Rye beers ever made. If you like rye beers then this one is for you. It’s probably very different than you’re imaging with a light crisp body, and a hearty earthy flavor that compliments a very unique hop. A once in a lifetime chance to try this beer will have you coming back for more.
Style: Rye | ABV 5.25% | IBU 40
Vagabond Brewing – Modern Love Rye
A Hoppy Rye ale brewed with 20% malted rye and hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe. This beer pours a beautiful orange pint with a tight off white head. Showcasing notes of pine, citrus and spice, this beer is bursting with hop flavor and a dry balanced finish.
Style: Rye Ale | 5.8% ABV | 60 IBU
For this year’s fest there will be an admission fee of $10.00. This fee includes a commemorative rye beer fest pint glass and eight beer tickets. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 each. One ticket is good for a 4-ounce sample, while 4 tickets will is good for a full pint.
In addition to rye beers, there will be rye cocktails, rye themed food and live music will start at 8:00 pm from Weekend Assembly, a five piece, cross-genre, cross-generational musical project. Weekend Assembly blends roots rock with blues, country, folk and indie music. Kids are welcome upstairs until 9:00pm and there will not be an entry fee for non-beer drinkers.
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.