If you’re like us, you’re totally geeked out on the sour beer phenomenon that has swept North America over the past half decade or so. One of the first Northwest regional outposts for great craft beer, Belmont Station (4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR) returns with their week long Puckerfest. Now in its sixth year, Puckerfest promises some of the area’s most tantalizingly tart, savoringly sour, wickedly wild, and flat out funky favorites. This year’s Puckerfest runs from Friday July 13 through Thursday July 20. Belmont Station chief beer officer Carl Singmaster sent out a presser yesterday with the full details, including the beers and breweries that you can expect to find at Puckerfest. Here’s the lowdown:
6th Annual Puckerfest Events lineup announced. The 6th annual Puckerfest—A Celebration of Sour and Wild Beers–takes place at Belmont Station Friday July 13 – Thursday July 20 noon – 11PM Daily. 4500 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215. 503-232-8538 www.belmont-station.com & www.puckerfest.com
Up to 16 sour and wild yeast beers on tap daily. Here’s a list of special Meet the Brewers and Tappings. For daily updates visit the websites above.
Friday July 13 5 – 8PM Oakshire & Flat Tail.
Oakshire Brewmaster Matt van Wyk and Flat Tail Brewmaster Dave Marliave team up to kick off Puckerfest with some special treats. Matt is bringing his Framboise, Skookumchuck Wild Ale, Lost Keg Wild Ale (which Matt says is a “wild amber, lost and then found”), and Gin Barrel Aged Frederic’s Lost Arm (saison aged in Gin barrels with Brett).
Dave is bringing his 1st Anniversary, 2nd Anniversary Flanders Red, Vallee’ Blanche sour wit, and Tamil black session sour fruit/wheat.
Saturday July 14 Noon Gueuze Drafts and Cantillon Bottles
It’s pretty rare to have 3 authentic Gueuzes side by side. We’ll tap a keg of Cantillon Gueuze, Tilquin Gueuze, and St. Louis Gueuze. I remember the days when we had Cantillon bottles for sale constantly. That was before everyone caught on. Our last allotment was so small it seemed the best thing to do would be pour flights so a more folks can taste the brilliance of Cantillon. Flights of Cantillon Geueze, Kriek, and Rose poured from our very limited number of bottles.
Sunday July 15 2 – 5PM Block 15
Brewer/Owner Nick Arzner serves up another of his famously amazing lineups: Golden Canary, 2011 Demons Farm, & 2011 Strawberry Fields, Belmont Station 15th Anniversary (Scotch Ale matured in rare fifteen year old Bourbon casks from Rip Van Winkle Distillery and then blended with select Bourbon barrel Oud Bruins, matured 9 & 24 months), and a special firkin of Golden Canary with Gooseberries
Monday July 16 5 – 8PM Upright
Brewers Alex Ganum, Gerritt Ill, and Bobby Birk present another stunning display of barrel-aging and blending: Fantasia (barrel fermented with Baird Family Orchard peaches and a mix of souring yeasts and bacteria, lambic-esque), Lactovasilios (barrel fermented Berliner-weisse style sour ale), Blend Love (mix of barrel aged wheat and rye beers with raspberries and cherries), De la Seven (one-off variant of Upright’s strong saison fermented with yeast from the De la Senne brewery of Belgium and aged with brettanomyces in Patton Valley wine barrels), Belmont Station 14th Anniversary – a blend of gin and wine barrel aged wheat beer with apricot puree, Barrel aged Five (hoppy saison matured in former Fantasia barrels with the spent peaches), Late Harvest (farmhouse-style brown ale aged in Ransom wine, whiskey, and gin barrels). Plus we’ll sell a limited number of bottles of Belmont Station 14th Anniversary Beer
Tuesday July 17 5 – 8PM Double Mountain
Charlie Devereux and Matt Swihart have led a parade of Puckerfesters each year with their phenomenal Krieks and fresh cherries. Let’s do it again! Can’t wait. More details soon.
Wednesday July 18 5 – 8 PM Logsdon Farmhouse Ales &The Commons
Logsdon Owner/Brewmaster Dave Logsdon will tap Cerasus organic kriek beer, a barrel-aged Flanders style red ale with two pounds of fruit added per gallon of beer & Barrel-aged Seizoen Bretta, farmhouse Saison with Brettanomyces.
The Commons Brewers grace us with Eleanor, Wine barrel aged Farmhouse Ale made with magic (is that a legal ingredient?), BeneTibi, a 100% Brett Lambicus fermented beer with sour cherries and cider pressings, and a special one-off TBA.
Thursday July 19 New Belgium and Cascade
At 3PM we’ll tap an oak pin of New Belgium Oscar, one of the two Foeder-aged sour beers that Lauren and Eric Salazar use as the base blending beers for the Lips of Faith Series and we’ll also have a rare keg of Blackberry Whiskey Sour on tap beginning at noon. The Cascade crew are still deciding what blends they’ll deliver but you know they’ll be great!
In addition to these special Brewers Nights we expect to pour beers from Schooner Exact, Solera, Rock Bottom, Big Al’s, Buckman Botanical, Mikkeller, Bahnhoff, and more. We’ll see how they roll… Check Belmont-station.com for daily tap list and Puckerfest.com for updates.
In order that we can serve everyone as quickly as possible our Biercafe will be Cash Only during Puckerfest.
For more information: Carl Singmaster 503-232-8538