By Kerry Finsand
A Benefit For We Love Clean Rivers, Inc. June 8 at the Spirit of 77
Taplister, a website that helps beer geeks find their favorite beers on tap and discover new ones in Portland and beyond announces the first ever Rye Beer Fest, a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, We Love Clean Rivers Inc.
The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at the Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 8, from 4-10 p.m. and will feature special one-off rye beers like Hopworks’ Fight for your Rye’t to staples such as Upright Six and Oakshire Line Dry Rye. In addition to rye beers, there will be rye whiskeys paired with the rye beers that were curated for the fest. Entry to the event is free. Beers will cost $1 for a 4-ounce sample, $2.50 for a 10-ounce pour of beer and $5 for a 20-ounce pint. The price of the whiskeys is to be determined.
Event highlights include:
4-6 p.m.- Meet The Brewer, some of the breweries who brewed the fine beers for this fest will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. During the meet the brewers Rye cocktails will be available as well.
Starting at 5 p.m. and on every hour We Love Clean Rivers will be doing a raffle drawing. Tickets cost $2 each or $10 for 15. Prizes range from NRS boating swag to Smith Optics sunglasses.
While you are enjoying your drinks, watch extreme kayaking and rafting videos on the big screen.
A percentage of the proceeds of this event will benefit We Love Clean Rivers Inc., a nonprofit that is dedicated to cleaning high-use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community and partnering with local environmental, recreation, and educational organizations. To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out www.ryebeerfest.com
Complete Beer List:
Burnside Brewing- Meridian Rye– A new draft-only Spring seasonal, brewed with 45% Roggenmalz (German Rye), coriander and Meridian hops. Slight nuttiness from the rye is balanced with undertones of fresh spice, berries, nuts and tropical fruits flavors created by the heavy additions of Meridian hops and coriander. (ABV 6.06% IBU 21)
Upright Brewing- Six– Six is a rye beer displaying the great spicy notes the grain is known for along with a deep caramel core and delicate bubblegum note rooted in its open fermentation. Despite it’s dark color, the beer finishes quite dry and refreshing. (ABV 6.7% 25 IBU)
Firestone Walker Brewing– Wookey Jack- This Black IPA contains rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. (ABV 8.5% 60 IBU)
Oakshire Brewing- Line Dry Rye– This Pale Ale with American hops give a crisp bitterness and slight citrusy flavor. Clean and refreshing, ending with a small note of honey. (ABV 5.3% IBU 35)
Bear Republic Brewing- Ryevalry– This Double IPA is brewed with large quantities of American hops and fermented with a Belgian ale yeast to create a bitter, hoppy, and spicy ale that is sure to delight. (ABV 8.2% 70 IBU)
Pints Brewing- Red Brick Rye– American Pale Ale with Crystal and Glacier hops which provide a fruity hop presence while the rye malt and Nugget hops balance the earthy malt base. (ABV 5.2%)
Calapooia Brewing- Rock Hard Rye – Rye malt and a hefty amount of 100% Zeus hops contribute a uniquely fresh and surprisingly smooth hoppy quality to this beer. (ABV 6.5% IBU: 60)
Two Kilts Brewing- Red “Rye” der – (ABV 5.6% IBU 45)
Laurelwood Brewing- Wry Pale Ale – A Pale Ale with a hint of rye that was brought back from retirement for this fest. (ABV 5.6% IBU 40)
Breakside Brewery- Breakside Kellerbier – Breakside’s interpretation of a Franconian ‘cellar beer’ includes a portion of chocolate rye malt that gives the beer special complexity and flavor. This unfiltered, brown ale was lagered for over a month to develop its smooth, rich flavor. (ABV 5.1% IBU 35)
Fort George Brewery- Quiet Rye-it– Pale Ale – A hoppy pale ale with Zythos hops that produces a citrus and pine taste. (ABV 6.1% IBU 72.4)
Worthy Brewing/Good Life Brewing- Good and Worthy– Belgian Rye Ale, brewed for this fest as a hoppy session ale and bringing together Good Life and yet to be opened Worthy Brewing. (ABV 4.3%)
Short Snout Brewing- Rye-teous Dude– Rye Stout with chocolate rye. (ABV 6% IBU 35)
The Commons Brewery- Enkel Belgian Pale Ale (ABV 5.5% IBU 20)
Occidental Brewing- Roggenbier– An old world style beer with hints of spice. (ABV 5% IBU 22)
Hopworks Urban Brewery- Fight for your Rye’t– A session-able rye and chocolate malt mild beer. (3.5% ABV, 20 IBU)
Migration Brewing/Lompoc Brewing- A` wry Wit– Refreshing wit beer with hints of coriander and grapefruit. (5.9% ABV 28 IBU)
Read more about some of the best rye beers in our previous post “Rye: The Killer Cereal”