2017 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $23.9 Million for Local Economy

A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $23.9 million.

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Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017

Jeff Dense, professor of political science and craft beer studies at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students administered 908 on-site interviews between July 26 and July 29, 2017.

The study utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County. The 2017 OBF generated an estimated $15.3 million in direct, $4.4 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) and $4.1 million in induced (expenditures by employees from wages paid by companies in direct contact with tourists) economic impact. The $23.9 million economic impact for the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival constituted a 18% decrease from the 2016 edition of the event which can be attributed to a 15% decrease in total attendance.

Respondents were queried on a range of demographic factors, along with estimates of expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, expenditures at the festival grounds and retail purchases.

Two of the most significant findings unearthed by the study are the number of women (44.2%) attending the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival, along with a precipitous decline (38%) in lodging expenditures by OBF attendees, despite a 6% increase in the percentage of out-of-town visitors.

“Women are the key to the future of the craft beer industry,” Dense said, adding “The lodging industry should take heed to the increasing number of cost conscious visitors who are availing themselves of the vacation rental lodging market and staying with family and friends while attending craft beer festivals and other community events in Portland.”

Other findings of the study include:

  • Visiting OBF patrons spent an average of $532.
  • Nearly half (48.7%) of attendees were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington (9.9%) and California (9.7%) were highly prevalent at OBF.
  • Food and drink ($6.9 million) accounted for the largest share of OBF patron expenditures, followed by the lodging industry ($5.9 million).
  • Half (47.2%) of patrons were attending OBF for either the first or second time.
  • OBF generated $1.3 million in indirect business taxes for state and local government.

Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017 but like seriously having fun.

ABOUT THE OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL
Founded in 1988, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the longest running beer festivals in the country. The event annually draws tens of thousands to Waterfront Park in downtown Portland to celebrate independent craft beer. The Oregon Brewers Festival always includes the last full weekend of  July; next year’s dates are July 26 to July 29, 2018. Learn more at OregonBrewFest.com or follow @OregonBrewfest on social media.

Public Coast Brewing – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Earlier this spring, a college buddy of mine, Lauren, came to visit from the East Coast.  Like any good Oregon tour guide.  We spent a drizzly day on the Oregon Coast, looking at Haystack Rock and wondering if it was rain or sea mist getting us damp.  (I think it’s a combination of both).  We stopped for lunch at Public Coast Brewing, a new addition to Cannon Beach and a brewery I’ve been wanting to check out for some time now.  As an extra treat, we got a tour and samples from headbrewer, Will Leroux.

He’s a: Woodworker. Forager. Farmer. Beekeeper. Bearded (of course.) Trained as a chef, Will was eager to try out his home-brewing skills on a larger canvas. Ryan (Public Coast’s owner) and Will hatched a plan to bring Ryan’s vision for his own brewery to life. Will’s talent with flavors was a huge bonus: together, they could brew beers that were seasonal, original, classic or a little bit twisted.

About Public Coast Brewing Company:

Public Coast Brewing is a 10bbl Brewhouse with one 20-barrel fermenter and two 10-barrel fermenters. They serve from two 20 barrel bright tanks and three 10-barrel brights.

As one of the only true public coastlines in America, the Oregon coast is free and open to everyone, all 363 miles of it. Public Coast brewing honors that same welcoming spirit by making craft beer that’s both delicious and approachable.

At Public Coast, everyone is welcome: families, kids, dogs, and beer lovers of all stripes. Kick back on their patio, grab a stool at the wrap-around bar, or watch the beer being made through the giant windows.

Their giant mural was designed and painted by Portland-area artist Zach Yarrington. Zach drew his inspiration from our high and low tide inspired logo, and Public Coast Brewing’s motto, “Beaches forever. Beer for everyone.”

Here is what we tried:

  • N.W. Red – 5.1% ABV ​39.8 IBU​ – An easy-drinking pint that balances toffee and caramel sweetness with a roasted dry finish.
  • Oswald IPA – 7.6% ABV​ 74 IBU​ – A “beast” of an IPA! This is what the hop heads are after. Huge floral, citrus, earthy nose and flavor.
  • Black Stack Stout – 5.8% ABV​ 40.4 IBU​ – Public Coast’s version is full of chocolate and coffee notes. Smooth and a bit drier but creamy, on nitro.
  • People’s Pale – 5.7% ABV 37.7 IBU –  Got Amarillo hops for this pale party.
  • ’67 Blonde Ale – 5.0% ABV​ 19.1 IBU​- An easy drinker “gateway beer” (considered a golden ale in some circles). Clean, crisp and light.
  • Uncle Fred Heff Weisse –  5.6% ABV​ 13.6 IBU​ – Public Coast’s German wheat is named after brew master Fred Bowman. An easy drinker, carbonated and refreshing, with banana and cloves.  This legit smelled like banana bread – minus the chocolate chips!
  • Weizenbock – ​ 8.4% ABV​ 20 IBU​ – Mmmm…is that banana bread I smell? Nope, it’s Public Coast’s spicy, warm-from-the-extra-alcohol, malty-licious Weizenbock.
  • Imperial IPA – 8.8% ABV​ 86 IBU​ – An Imperial IPA is a fitting tribute, possessing a commanding quality, dry hopped with Lemon drop, Simcoe and Jarryllo Hops.
  • Boysenberry – This was a test beer.  Wicked good!
  • Tangerine IPA – ​ 5.95% ABV​ 47 IBU​ – A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.  I really liked this – even for an IPA.
  • American Brown Ale – 5.3% ABV​ 27.6 IBU​ – A classic American Brown Ale with a touch of hop bitterness and a nutty flavor from the roasted malts. Creamy, smooth and refreshing.

Ever been to Public Coast?  What did you think?  What was your favorite beer?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

[Please note – While my thoughts are my own, Public Coast did supply me and Lauren with free beer for the tasting.]

Oregon Garden Brewfest 2017 Recap

I’ve been super lucky to have attended a few awesome years of the Oregon Garden Brewfest!  As the 2017 Oregon Garden Brewfest fast approaches.  I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of the previous Oregon Garden Brewfests:

11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest

2015 Brewer’s Tasting Dinner

Sunshine at the Oregon Garden Brewfest 2015

Oregon Garden Brewfest 2014

Tiffany and I enjoying the OGBF 2014!

Brewer’s Tasting Dinner OGBF 2014

 

Anyone going to the Oregon Garden Brewfest?  Or the Oregon Brewer’s Dinner?  Would love to see you there!

Brewer’s Tasting Dinner offers the ideal way to kick off the Oregon Garden Brewfest

A limited number of tickets to the event are still available

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden will kick off this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Restaurants, with the 6th annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The popular event will take place on June 15, the eve of the festival, at 7pm at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public at $60; tickets and more information are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewers-tasting-dinner-2017-tickets-28794852178.

The Brewer’s Tasting Dinner serves six courses, each featuring a small-plate paired with a unique beer from one of six selected breweries. This year’s featured breweries include Agrarian Ales from Eugene, OR,Burnside Brewing Co from Portland, OR, Gilgamesh Brewing from Salem, OR, Mazama Brewing Co. from Corvallis, OR Pelican Brewing Co. fromPacific City, OR, and Wolf Tree Brewery from Seal Rock, OR.

Representatives from each of the breweries give a presentation about their beer during the dinner, which is attended by brewers participating in the festival, industry insiders and beer aficionados.

A special overnight package is available at the Oregon Garden Resort, which includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner and tickets to Oregon Garden Brewfest, starting at $259. Packages can be booked at oregongardenresort.com or by calling 503-874-2500.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour south of Portland, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 16 through 18 and will feature 60 breweries pouring 120 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. There’s also live music and a variety of food and artisan vendors. The festival will again be held in the Rediscovery Forest, and attendees are welcome to explore the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday evening; minors are welcome until 5pm on Saturday and all hours on Sunday.Admission ranges from $15 to $50; all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets.Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

New this year is a family-friendly Father’s Day Fun Run that will start at 9am on Sunday, June 18th, and take place fully inside The Oregon Garden, winding through Garden paths and among 60,000 annual flowers planted in the Garden. Participants will receive admission into the festival, a t-shirt and a full glass of beer after the run. For more information visit: oregongarden.org/brewfest-5k/.

The Oregon Garden is also offering campsites on Garden property, just a short walk from the Oregon GardenBrewfest. Guests can choose between walk-in sites, RV sites and car-camping sites. Camping starts at just $120, and requires purchase of a 3-day festival pass.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Restaurants and sponsored by the Oregon Lottery,Renewal by Andersen, Goschie Farms, Imperial Bottle Shop, Kona Ice, DrinkTanks, Crater Lake Soda,Cascade Mt. Realty, Republic Services and North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.

Who’s going to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner would love to sit down and have a pint with you?

Spend the Weekend at the Oregon Garden Brewfest Presented by Venti’s Restaurants

Sunshine at the Oregon Garden Brewfest 2015

The 13th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest adds camping, an artisan market and a Father’s Day 5K run!

SILVERTON, Ore. April 17, 2017 —The Oregon Garden is excited to announce the additions of camping, an artisan vendor market and a Father’s Day 5k run to their 13th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Restaurants taking place over Father’s Day weekend, June 16-18, 2017. New this year, attendees will have the option to camp inside The Oregon Garden, providing a unique way to fully enjoy the 120 handcrafted beers, ciders and meads available.

Event hours are 3pm to 11pm Friday, noon to 11pm Saturday, and noon to 6pm Sunday. The event will feature local food carts throughout the weekend, along with an artisan market featuring local vendors selling handmade goods. Bands from across the region will be performing live each day of the event.

The new family-friendly Father’s Day 5K run will start at 9am on Sunday, June 18th, and take place fully inside The OregonGarden, winding through Garden paths and among 60,000 annual flowers planted in the Garden each year. Participants will receive admission into the festival, a t-shirt and a full glass of beer after the run. For more information visit: http://www.oregongarden.org/brewfest-5k/.

“We’re so excited to announce all of these unique additions to our annual Oregon Garden Brewfest,” says Sara Hammond, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “We’re always looking for new ways for guests to experience the Garden, and camping and our Father’s Day 5K will encourage them to venture and explore more areas than they ever have before.”

The Oregon Garden is offering 150 campsites, located on Garden property, just a short walk from the event. Guests can choose between walk-in sites, RV sites and car-camping sites. Camping starts at just $120, and requires purchase of a 3-day festival pass. Keeping with the festival feeling, community camp fires will invite  guests to gather around and enjoy the evening.

Advance admission pricing starts at $15 and includes options for a one-day ticket, 3-day ticket or VIP ticket. All admission packages include a souvenir pint glass and tasting tickets. Minors are allowed from noon to 5pm on Saturday and all day Sunday. For more information about pricing for camping, the Father’s Day 5K and admission options, please visitwww.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest. Tickets and camping spots are available for sale now at https://nightout.com/events/oregon-garden-brewfest/tickets.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious getaway, there are also hotel rooms available at the Oregon Garden Resort, located just steps from the festival. Brewfest hotel packages start at $229 and include breakfast and event tickets. For more information and to book your package, visit www.oregongardenresort.com/special-pkg or call 503-874-2500.

Oregon Garden Brewfest is still looking for vendors to fill spots in the new artisan vendor market. To apply to be a vendor this year, visit https://oregongarden.wufoo.com/forms/kw979oz0648m7y/.

Help the Garden kick-of the festivities at the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner on Thursday, June 15 at 7pm. Enjoy a six-course plated dinner paired perfectly with unique beers chosen from six breweries. This is a fun opportunity to meet local brewers and mingle with fellow beer lovers.Only a limited number of tickets are available at $60 per person. To purchase tickets, visithttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewers-tasting-dinner-2017-tickets-28794852178.

The Oregon Garden Resort is also featuring a special Brewer’s Dinner overnight package starting at $259 that includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner, admission to Brewfest, food vouchers redeemable at the Oregon Garden Resort food booth and breakfast. Book online at www.oregongardenresort.com/special-pkg or call 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Restaurants and sponsored by the Oregon Lottery, Renewal by Andersen, Goschie Farms, Imperial Bottle Shop, Kona Ice and North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visitwww.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.

About The Oregon Garden: The Oregon Garden is a stunning, 80-acre botanical garden, showcasing the area’s natural wonders. Less than an hour south of Portland, the Garden features 20 specialty gardens, including the Children’s Garden, Northwest Garden and Conifer Garden. The Garden aims to provide an educational experience for gardeners of all skill levels and ages. In addition, the Garden is pet-friendly, offers a tram tour April – October and is adjacent to a Resort. There are also special events throughout the year, including Oregon Garden Brewfest and Christmas in the Garden. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

I’ll be there!  Will you?  Let me know if your planning on attending.  Would love to see you!

Inaugural Organic Craft BrewFest rebranded as BrewFest in the Park

This is one of my all time favorite brewfests!  Added bonus – I love the Timbers!  Who’s going?
PORTLAND, ORE – The Organic Craft BrewFest has been rebranded as the first annual BrewFest in the Park. The event will take place as previously scheduled, June 23 through June 25, at Portland’s Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Friday and Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.
The festival was rebranded to eliminate confusion with the previously held NAOBF/Organic Beer Fest, which opted to not put on its event this year.
BrewFest in the Park will serve more than 60 organically brewed craft beverages, including beer, cider and mead. There will also be food carts, vendors, the Crater Lake Soda Garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children’s area with face painting and activities – all taking place in a beautiful park setting.
BrewFest in the Park coincides with the Sunday Parkways North Portland route on June 25 from 11am to 4pm; the family is welcome to stop by after the ride, park the bikes in the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral and enjoy some refreshing craft beverages, including handcrafted soda. Picnic blankets, chairs, non-alcoholic beverages and outside food are allowed at the event.

The organically brewed styles at the event range from ciders to cream ales, ambers to lagers, and fruit beers to IPAs. All the products have been brewed using a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, per USDA guidelines. Some are certified organic, while most are one-off products made with organic ingredients. A list of participants, their products, and their organic status can be viewed on the website at http://BrewfestinthePark.com/participating-breweries.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, and early purchasers receive an additional five tasting tickets. Advance packages cost $25 per individual and include the festival mug, 15 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & mug). Packages at the door cost $25 per individual and include the festival mug, 10 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & mug). Advance packages are on sale now through Bold Type Tickets at http://merctickets.com/events/43891630/brew-fest-in-the-park.

Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $5 at the door, which includes handcrafted Crater Lake Soda and a bottle of water; designated drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol. Minors under the age of 21 receive free admission, but must be accompanied by a parent. Leashed dogs accompanied by responsible owners are welcome.

Most products cost one ticket for a taste and four tickets for a full mug. Select products, including some beers and most meads and ciders, will cost extra tickets. Additional drink tickets are available at the festival for $1 apiece.

The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. Patrons receive an extra ticket with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (only one extra ticket per person).

This festival benefits the Timbers Army 107IST (Independent Supporters Trust), whose mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. The 107IST is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland.

Cider Summit PDX returns to Portland June 16 & 17

Region’s largest cider tasting festival kicks off Oregon Cider Week
The seventh annual Cider Summit PDX, the region’s largest hard cider tasting festival, will take place June 16 and June 17 at The Fields Park, 1099 NW Overton St. in the Pearl District. Event hours are June 16 from 3pm to 8pm (VIP session starts at 2pm) and June 17 from Noon to 5pm. The last pour is 15 minutes prior to the close of each session.
Cider Summit PDX will showcase more than 150 ciders, including regional favorites and international classics, from the industry’s leading cidermakers, many of which will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the tastings poured into the commemorative festival glassware. The event also serves as the official kick-off to Oregon Cider Week.
“Artisanal cider has become one of the fastest growing segments of the craft beverage market in recent years,” noted event co-founder, Alan Shapiro. “The Cider Summit exposes thousands of cider lovers and the cider curious to these artfully crafted beverages.”
The event will feature a variety of food vendors, a Dog Lounge, and live music featuring several of Portland’s legendary blues artists.
Tickets are now on sale at http://www.cidersummitnw.com/portlandtickets.html. General admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and six tasting tickets and costs $25 prior to June 1, $30 prior to June 16, or $35 at the gate. GA tickets will also be available starting June 1 at World Foods (NW), World Foods (SW), Cider Bite Taphouse (Pearl), Umpqua Bank (Pearl), and selected bottle shops throughout the City.
VIP tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, exclusive entry from 2pm-3pm on June 16, and 10 tasting tickets; VIP tickets cost $35 prior to June 1 or $40 prior to June 16. VIP tickets are available online only, with limited quantities.
Designated Driver tickets are available at the gate for $5 and include a bottle of water. No alcohol may be consumed with a Designated Driver ticket. All tickets allow re-entry on Friday and Saturday with a wristband and the tasting glass.
Once inside, most cider samples cost one ticket for a 4-oz. sample; select ciders may cost extra. Additional tasting tickets are available onsite for $2 each. Minors are not allowed at the festival, no exceptions.
Several of the cidermakers will participate in the third annual Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge, creating pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Product’s puree; attendees vote on their favorites via text, and the winners are announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday.
For more information, visit CiderSummit.com, Facebook.com/CiderSummit or follow @CiderSummit on Twitter, hashtag #CiderSummitPDX.
I’ll be there!  Will you?

Cheers to Belgian Beers festival releases brewery lineup, beer descriptions

I’m getting wicked excited for Cheers to Belgian Beers!  Are you?

The 11th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival has announced an initial beer list of over 50 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers. The event will take place June 2 and June 3 at The North Warehouse, 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday. The event is for ages 21 and over.

A list of this year’s participants, including beer names and beer descriptions, is available at http://oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb/. The majority of beers have been made using Imperial Organic Yeast strain Gnome B45, a yeast that produces peach and apricot esters with a spicy phenolic character. The beers made from this yeast run the gamut in styles and regions, including a mango lassi Belgian-style blonde ale from Bend, brewed with mango, salt and cardamom; a Belgian-style strong dark ale from Cascade Locks made with plums and soured with lactobacillus; a Belgian-style beer from Portland made with stroopwafels; a blackberry sour ale from Yachats; and a Belgian-style golden strong ale from Corvallis.
To ensure diversity, the color and strength most of the beers at the fest were predetermined by a dart throw earlier this year. Depending on where the dart landed on the board, the brewer was directed to brew a Belgian style beer either light or dark in color, with amber as the midpoint; and either lower or higher in alcohol, with six percent being the median.
General admission costs $20, which includes a beer goblet and eight drink tickets. Advance tickets are on sale now at Mercury Tickets, http://www.merctickets.com/events/42335109/cheers-to-belgian-beers-2017. Purchasers can use promo code CTBB17 at checkout to get 20 percent off tickets; this discount is available until May 12 at 5pm.
Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place inside The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Urban German Grill and Oregon Deli Co., and Oregon craft beer gear and apparel is available through Brewed Oregon. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.
Cheers to Belgian Beers is produced by the Oregon Brewers Guild and sponsored by Boelter, Country Malt Group, Imperial Organic Yeast and the Portland Mercury. Follow @OregonCraftBeer on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, #ctbb17.
About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild comprises 159 brewing companies, 118 associate/supplier members and more than 3,950 enthusiast members known as S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit OregonCraftBeer.org.
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Are you going to Cheers to Belgian Beers?  If so, leave a comment and let me know!

Dead Lizard Brewing Company – Orlando, FL

Beckie, Karl and I at Dead Lizard Brewing Company

About a month ago, I had the chance to tag along with my bestie to Florida.  She worked a bunch, I read a bunch and daydreamed about checking out the local beer scene.  After doing some research, I realized that Florida doesn’t have a ton of craft beer and Orlando is a city of chain restaurants.  That is why I was so excited to find Dead Lizard Brewing Company!  So bestie Beckie and I met up with college bestie Karl for a few beers and dinner.  While Dead Lizard doesn’t have their own food, they are totally cool with you ordering pizza and eating it there.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company is a local micro-brewery located near downtown Orlando. Their beers are big, bold and full of flavor, yet subtle and distinct. For three generations their family has been enjoying and sharing home-brewed craft beer with family and friends, and now they are sharing it with those downtown.

Aside from being completely ignored by the staff.  Here is what we tried:

  • Urban Iguana Double IPA
  • Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale
  • Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale – This was my favorite of the bunch.  Definitely felt like a Florida classic with the hint of key lime.
  • Komodo “KoKo” Dragon Stout – Second favorite of the group – this beer had a strong coffee flavor that we all were digging.
  • Uncle Pudgy’s Two Fisted Porter
  • Lil’ Tiny Baby Skink Session IPA
  • Purple Skink IPA
  • Trippy Pippy’s Red Dread Ale – Red ales are always a great choice.
  • Anole Nut Brown Ale

Ever been to Dead Lizard Brewing Company?  What did you think of the beers?  What is your favorite brewery in Orlando, Florida?

Beer Review: Uinta Brewing Free Form IPA

Everyone loves coming home to a beer.  A few weeks ago, that happened to me.  I got home from work, walked up my steps and there sitting on my doorstep was a four-pack of Uinta Free Form beers.  I snapped a few photos, cracked open on, started reading the letter from Isaac Winter (Head Brewer at Uinta) and then texted my roommate, who’s gluten free.  Over the course of a few nights, I finished off the four-pack and can honestly say that I really want to visit the least beer’d state (Utah) and check out this brewery.  And for a gluten free beer, Free Form is pretty good.  Definitely a hot summer day, drinking beer.  Can’t wait to try the Blonde Ale next.

Here is what Unita has to say about the beer:

Salt Lake City – After an extensive research and development process that lasted nearly two years, Uinta Brewing Company has added two gluten-free offerings to its beer portfolio with Free Form IPA and Free Form Belgian-Style Blonde Ale. Brewed to appeal to all beer drinkers, but produced with naturally gluten-free ingredients, Free Form can be enjoyed worry-free and sacrifice-free by all gluten-conscious consumers, not just those with specific dietary restrictions.

“We take pride in crafting high-quality beers in a variety of styles so that everyone can experience a Uinta, and Free Form is a natural extension of that,” said Steve Mills, CEO of Uinta Brewing Co. “Our brewing team set out to make gluten-free beer that didn’t compromise on taste, and we weren’t satisfied until both criteria were achieved.”

Brewed with millet and buckwheat, Uinta’s Free Form offerings are naturally gluten-free and have not been gluten-reduced by enzymes. Additionally, the brewery has implemented rigid testing procedures to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. Each batch of Free Form will be tested a minimum of two times prior to release: once by an external certified lab and once in house using Glutenox Detection, which can detect gluten as low as 5 parts per million (ppm). Free Form consistently measures below 10 ppm for gluten content, a level below that of current dietary labeling guidelines for gluten-free products.

 Uinta’s Free Form offerings showcase Uinta’s sense of adventure and commitment to carefully crafted beers for all consumers and occasions. Both brews will be available in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles through Uinta’s distribution territory by the end of spring 2017. 

About Free Form Beers

Free Form IPA Free Form Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
Availability: Year-round Availability: Year-round
ABV: 4% • IBU: 63 • SRM: 5 ABV: 4% • IBU: 20 • SRM: 6
Ingredients: Millet, Buckwheat Ingredients: Millet, Buckwheat, Coriander
Hops: Citra, Ella, Cascade Hops: Sterling, Opal
Description: Citra and Ella hops impart a bright and tropical essence to this exceptional tasting, sessionable India Pale Ale. Description: Hints of coriander and Belgian yeast character partner perfectly with Sterling and Opal hops in this sessionable Blonde Ale.


About Uinta Brewing Co.

Uinta Brewing Company began its journey in 1993 with a passion for craft beer and a yearning for the great outdoors that aligned perfectly in Salt Lake City, Utah. Named after the only major east-west running mountain range located in the continental U.S., Uinta’s path is consistently led by the values of sustainability, community involvement and innovation. The brewery’s wide selection of high-quality beers is currently enjoyed in 38 states and three export markets. For more information visit UintaBrewing.com.

Have you ever had Uinta Beer?  What was your favorite?  Been to the brewery?  Had a good gluten free beer before?  Leave a comment and share your experience!

Heads up, Uinta provided me the beer and the awesome letter from Isaac Winter, the Head Brewer.