Siem Reap Brewpub – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A few months ago, my best friend and fellow beer buddy, Beckie and I, traveled to Siem Reap to check out Angkor Wat.  This was mostly a thank you present for watching Bullet for three months and a little bit of a birthday present and a professional congrats to her being kick ass at her job celebration.  Like all best friend trips, I googled breweries in Siem Reap and stumbled across the only brewery in the area.  Siem Reap Brewpub is a microbrewery with own restaurant and bar in the heart of Siem Reap.  You can walk to it from the Night Market / Pub Street.  The restaurant provide relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy fresh beers. All their beers are produced in this microbrewery using the finest Malt from Germany, Hops from Australia, Craft Yeast from New Zealand and Clean Local Water.  (I thought it was interesting that they openly advertised this last fact.  Since most tourists are nervous about the local drinking water.  However, beer brewers know that most impurities are killed in the process of making beer).

Their Brewmaster, Neo Say Wee, was a hobbyist turned professional brewer.  Neo has been brewing crowd favorites and award-winning ales and lagers for both locals and foreigners alike for the last 10 years, satisfying hundreds of thirsty customers daily. Neo setup Singapore’s first Homebrew store in 2004 becoming the go-to source of all brewing ingredients and equipment to help local hobbyist develop their home brewing craft. Being a brewer and owning Singapore’s first Homebrew store didn’t stop Neo from setting up the first Homebrew Club where he conducts beer tasting and brewing sessions, beer related discussions and even regional microbrewery tours for members. Always the market leader in the local beer industry Neo continued to fine-tune his skill and became Singapore’s first and only accredited beer judge certified under the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2010.

Siem Reap Brewpub

Here is what we tried:

  • Blonde Ale – Light and delicate maltiness. Low level of bitterness. Floral hops aroma.
  • Golden Ale – Malty with a touch of toastiness. Medium level of bitterness. Piney hops aroma.
  • India Pale Ale – Rich and rounded flavor of malt. High level of bitterness. Fruity hops aroma.
  • Dark Ale – Complex malt body. Low level of bitterness. Intense dark chocolate aroma & flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Palm Sugar for the unique Cambodian taste.  While it was a little too hot to be drinking a dark beer.  I really enjoyed this beer, the story about the palm sugar and the taste.
  • Honey Weiss – A naturally cloudy Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer).Low level of bitterness. Rich honey aroma and flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Wild Honey from Mondulkiri for the unique Cambodian taste.  This beer was a close favorite of mine.  I loved the taste of the local honey, which is definitely something to taste when you come to Cambodia.
  • Saison Ale – A touch of Rye malt. Medium level of bitterness. Delicate lemongrass aroma with pepper corn aftertaste. Brewed with 100% local organic Lemongrass and Pepper Corn for the unique Cambodian taste.  This was both Beckie and my favorite beer.  The gentle spice from the pepper corn gave it an impressive saison feel without being overwhelming.

Have you been to Siem Reap?  What was your favorite beer there?

Cerevisia Craft Beer – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cerevisia CRAFT Brewhouse originated in Phnom Penh when the founding brewer made his exodus from the cradle of civilization, and into the heart of Cambodia.  I recently met with the founder, Erich, who has introduced me the the Cambodian homebrewing community!  I’m super thankful for his insights – looking forward to homebrewing here in Cambodia soon.

Cerevisia Craft Beer offerings.

In 2013, a few more like minded imbibers joined their brew-master in a common goal.  They roamed Phnom Penh in search of a craft beer, microbrewery, or libation reminiscent of home.  Due to the limited options, they took matters into their own hands and began crafting full bodied beers with iconic aromatics and a pleasing finish.  They don’t cut corners.  You will not find them in every tap room in Phnom Penh, only the finest.

Checking out Botanico for the first time – and not the last!

Beer is the cause for civilized society, technological innovation, and manages to keep them going.  Just like Kermit’s plan for the show was to share jokes and put a smile on everyone’s face, their plan for Craft beer is to share a good ale, and help you find joy in the bottom of your glass.

I’ve been to Botanico a few times, here is what I’ve tried:

  • Irish Red Ale “Priteni” – Malt forward, full bodied, gentle bitterness, and velvety finish.
  • American Amber Ale “Road Trip” – Dark copper color with amber hues.  Aromatic nose of melon, malt, and sweet caramel.  Balanced malt and hops palate on a toasted biscuit backdrop.  Slightly bitter finish that comes away cleanly.
  • IPA “Apollo C” – An ale for a true “hop head.”  This beer has a hop forward bitterness, medium body, and a citrusy nature.  I never thought I would miss IPAs but being in Cambodia has definitely made me appreciate hops more than ever.
  • Honey Pale Ale “Rattanak” – With a fragrance of Cambodian honeysuckle, this medium bodied ale balances even bitterness with hits of caramel malt and honey.  A strong, clean finish closing with a “taste of honey.”  This is definitely my favorite beer from Cerevisia.
  • Porter “Dark Star” – The silky feel of this medium bodied brew is layered with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors.  Hops balance the sweetness with a finish that begs for more.  We don’t get many “dark days, dark beers” here in Cambodia.  But if you are every a little homesick – this is definitely the beer to warm you up.

Botanico is a wine and beer garden restaurant/bar. They serve great food, wine, and the much-loved “Cerevisia CRAFT beer”, which is brew locally. They also host community events.  They serve lunch and dinner and have live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Also, their space is pet friendly, so even Bullet has been there!

Entrance to Botanico.

Evening: Their services focus on the bar offerings of wine and CRAFT beer! They also serve mixed drinks and cocktails. Their menu includes a well-rounded selection of food that pairs well with our drinks. Several vegetarian offerings are included.

Perfect evening in Phnom Penh, with craft beer in hand.

Daytime: They are open all day for coffee, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. Their lush garden space also offers private Workspace offices and their full menu right in the heart of Phnom Penh. Combining the best elements of a home office and a café, their workspaces offer the ideal solution for the professional freelancer.

Workspaces include:
– Turnkey private, air-conditioned offices.
– Shared common areas for socializing, meetings, and events.
– Service staff.
– Color printer.
– WI-FI access.
– Coffee & refreshments menu.
– 24/7 security.

Have you been to Cambodia?  What had been your favorite craft beer there?

Himawari Microbrewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What is a girl to do when her best friend comes to visit her in Cambodia?  Check out the local breweries of course!  Himawari Microbrewery is the 1st and only microbrewery launched by it’s 5-star hotel in Cambodia. Made from the finest malt and hops, the beers crafted here are unique in flavor and of the highest quality.  You can also enjoy an idyllic experience outdoors, at the Garden Terrace overlooks the Mekong Delta with stunning views and a fresh breeze.

Himawari Microbrewery’s brewmaster, Neo, has had many years of brewing experience and has designed five exclusive brews, two of which have won international awards. There’s definitely a craft beer for every palate.

Jetlag and beers – great combination.

Here is what we tried:

Apsara Gold – An Australasian-style pale ale brewed using a blend of Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops.  Light and delicate in malt flavor with a distinct hops aroma.  This beer is the winner of the International Beer Competition 2013 for the category of Australasian / International Style Pale Ale.

Gem & Jade – A golden ale that showcases the balance of malt and hops flavor.  The combination of Pacific Gem and Pacific Jade hops together with five different malts gives this beer its unique profile.  This beer is the winner of the Asia Beer Awards 2013 for the category of Pale / Amber Ale.  This is hands down my favorite beer at the Himawari Microbrewery.

OatS – A sweet stout that is low in bitterness but robust in oatmeal flavor.

CentenniALE – An American style IPA that highlights Centennial Hops.  High in bitterness with residual malt sweetness.

Have you ever been to Cambodia?  What was your favorite beer?

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.

:: Fun Fact – I recently moved to Cambodia!  You can follow my adventures here.  ::

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?