Biketobeer 2013

Fall is officially here in Portland. ¬†The rain hasn’t stopped in over 48 hours but pumpkin beers are already on the shelves and I’m one happy girl. ¬†October is just around the corner, which means pumpkin patches, Halloween and ski season. ¬†This weekend, some friends and I braved to downpours to check out Hopwork Urban Brewery’s Biketobeer 2013. ¬†While there is some confusion on the pronunciation “bike-to-beer” or “bike-tober” this beer festival is focused on two things Portland loves: biking and beer.

Beckie and I braving the rain for Biketobeer 2013!

Beckie and I braving the rain for Biketobeer 2013!

Here is what we tried:

  • The Commons: Honey Saison – This strong blonde was brewed with Bee Local Mt. Hood honey and pears.
  • Finnriver Farm Cidery: Sparkling Pear Cider – Pear is definitely up next in my home made cider testing.
  • Elliott Bay Brewing: Mashing Pumpkin Ale – The crowd favorite of our group.
  • Laurelwood Brewing: Megafuana – This Imperial Ale was definitely “floral” in scent and taste.
  • Occidental Brewing: Dunkel – We talked about dunkels being the “pretzels” of beer.
  • Crux Fermentation: Impasse Saison – Another crowd pleaser.
  • Tieton Cider Works: Apricot Cider – After I master pear ciders, I’m going to try apricots.
  • Hopworks: Bitchin’ Camaro – This was a fresh hop lager. ¬†Pretty much the only way I like hoppy beers.
  • Hopworks: Boomstick – This was a whiskey barrel-aged Double DOA, one word “strong.”
  • Gigantic Brewing: TicWitTic – This was a sour belgium wit, pretty good for a sour beer.
  • Hopworks: Abominable – My favorite post-skiing beer to enjoy. ¬†Glad it’s back!
  • Hopworks: Noggin’ Floggin Barley Wine: This was the brewer’s choice and had jalapeno peppers in it.

Make it to the Biketobeer 2013? ¬†What did you think? ¬†Didn’t make it, what do you think of Hopworks beer?

Fruit Beer Festival 2013

fruit-beerLast weekend was my favorite beer festival. ¬†The Portland Fruit Beer Festival! ¬†I’ve been going since it started three years ago. ¬†(You can read about the First Fruit Beer Festival.) ¬†This year, bestie Beckie, former-roommate Jeffrey and I along with an assortment of friends spent the sunny Saturday trying a vast assortment of fruit beers. ¬†Just in case you were wondering, a fruit (or vegetable) beer is a beer brewed with a fruit (or vegetable) addition or flavoring component. ¬†And they are hands down my favorite type of beer!

Here is what we tried:

 What fruit beers do you like?