PORTLAND, Ore. — The 3rd annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival will be held on June 8th and 9th during Portland Beer Week and feature over 25 participating breweries and more than 40 delicious beers. Highlighting the spectacular flavors and variety that fruit can offer from locally grown Oregon berries to exotic and rare you have never experienced anything like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival.
Taking place outdoors in front of Burnside Brewing Co. on 7th and E. Burnside for it’s 3rd year with even more space with the addition of the 7th street closure the PFBF is one of the most centrally located and family friendly festivals in the state. The all-ages festival has something for everyone including hard cider for the gluten intolerant, killer food from the Burnside Brewing kitchen and juices and sodas for the non drinker. The brewery and beer list this year is more diverse than ever featuring Oregon locals and regional favorites. The beers this year range from a hoppy Mango IPA to a sour Currant and Raspberry Baltic Porter. Lighter beers get their due with an OJ infused Pilsner, Blood Orange Wit and Sour Cherry Wheat. On the stranger side the fest will feature a Sour Cucumber beer a Kiwi ale and a Beer/Cider/Mead hybrid 3-way collaboration. Barrel-aged beers also get their due with special brews from Upright Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, Burnside Brewing and more. If your a cider fan you can look forward to Marionberry and Rhubarb infused hard ciders. As usual nearly all of the beers at the Portland Fruit Beer Festival are brewed exclusively for this event and may be the only place to try them.
Participating Breweries more to be announced:
Beer Valley Brewing
Block 15 Brewing
Burnside Brewing Co.
The Commons Brewery
Crooked Stave Brewing
De Garde Brewing
Double Mountain Brewing
Falling Sky Brewing
Fort George Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Lucky Lab Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing
2 Towns Cider
Widmer Brothers Brewing
VIP Early Entrance $28
Allows for 1 hour early entry at 10 am on Saturday, June 8th, as well as entry anytime during the duration of the festival. Also includes 5 extra tickets for a total of one festival glass and 17 tickets. Plus special beer tappings at 10am on Saturday.
General Admission $20
Purchase your regular entry tickets in advance and bypass the cash lines going straight to the front. Includes one gold flaked festival glass (required for tasting) and 12 drink tickets, each good for one 4oz taste (some beers require 2 tickets).
Additional tickets are $1 and good for 4oz of beer (with some exceptions) and a full pint cor 4 tickets unless it’s a 2 ticket beer.
Annual Homebrew Competition
For the 3rd year the Portland Fruit Beer Festival presents an all Fruit Beer Homebrew competition. This is an non-BJCP style open competition; any homebrewer, club or not, from any state, may enter. Fruit beers are among the more challenging beers to brew and there are many different methods and theories behind how to best utilize fruit, from fresh to puree, dried and juiced the options are numerous. To keep the categories of entry simple we have narrowed down the style guidelines to 5 distinct categories of fruit beer (Light, Dark, Sour, Spice/Herb) and are adding Hard Cider to the competition this year.
For ingredients, the rules are that you must use real fruit, whole or pureed. Natural juice (concentrated or diluted) is acceptable, however no extracts or artificial flavorings will be allowed. It is also suggested that you clean your fruit of any wax or pesticides before use, if applicable. As usual, no illegal ingredients.
This year entries will be divided into five simple categories: Light Colored (12 SRM and lower), Dark Colored (greater than 12 SRM), Sour, Spice/Herb and Hard Cider. The Best of Show will then be determined from the winners of those categories. Your beer will be judged with simple sensory analysis sheets designed to give feedback without regard to total overall score. Prizes for each first place in the three categories are a $20 gift certificate to Burnside Brewing. The Best of Show grand prize will win an additional $50 gift certificate! The winners will be announced on Saturday, June 8th at 12pm during the festival.
Entries will be accepted at Burnside Brewing and F.H. Steinbart’s from Sunday, May 19th to Friday, May 31st by the end of business with judging to commence the following Saturday, June 1st. Each entry costs $7, but you get three beer tickets and a 16oz gold flaked glass in return! Please make check or money orders out to “Oregon Brew Crew” with a memo of “PFBF Entry Fee”. There are no limits to the number of entries any one brewer may enter, but any one beer must be entered into only one category (no spamming multiple categories with one beer). Each entry must consist of two unmarked 10 – 22 oz. bottles accompanied by a AHA bottle ID form: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_
Like last year Burnside Brewing will be holding a Pre-Fest Homebrewers Dinner on Wednesday June 5th 6pm at East Burn. We will pour some of the best homebrewers fruit beers at the private dinner. If you can provide up to 5 gallons of your fruit beer homebrew competition and would like to be considered for the dinner please write it in on the form. Accepted applicants will get a free ticket to the dinner with fellow homebrewers and probrewers including Jason Mcadam from Burnside Brewing and Stone Brewing co-founder Steve Wagner who will present early samples of their first ever fruit beer a Mango IPA. More dinner details TBA.
Burnside Brewing is graciously donating a sum of money to the OBC for it’s help in the competition. You can show your support and thanks, if you are a licensed OLCC server, by volunteering to pour beer for a paid shift during the festival.