After the Bruins won the Eastern Conference last Friday, best friend Beckie, fellow beer buddy Adam and I headed over to EastBurn to check out the Rye Beer Festival. This was put on by Taplister, which helps craft beer fans discover craft beer through their website, mobile, and iPhone app. (I’ve done freelance writing for them before, you can see it here: Oregon Beer Country Launches.)
For those of you who don’t know, rye beer refers to any beer in which rye is substituted for some portion of the barley malt. It’s a big thing amongst homebrewers and microbreweries. The most common example is a play off India Pale Ales (IPAs) called Rye-P-As. Another example is the “roggenbier” which is produced with up to 60% rye malt. This style originated in Bavaria and is brewed with the same type of yeast as a German “hefeweizen” with a similar light, dry, spicy taste.
Here is what we tried:
- Rye-teous Dude Stout by Short Snout Brewing This was my favorite beer of the night.
- You know its going to be allrye’t by PDX U Brew Who is hosting a fundraiser to help build a mobile medical clinic here in Portland. Sign up here!
- RyePA by Boring Brewing Co.
- 2013 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels by Stone Brewing
- Hop Odyssey Imperial Red Rye by Green Flash Brewing This beer was Adam’s favorite of the night.
- Mojo RYE’sn Double IPA by Old Town Brewing
- Ripstop Rye Pilsner by Basecamp Brewing Co. This roving tap was Beckie’s favorite of the night.
- Black Moon Rye-sin’ Stout by Oakshire Brewing
- Smallwares Saison by Breakside Brewery
- Reuben’s Imperial Rye IPA by Reuben’s Brews
- Quiet Rye-it by Fort George Brewery
- Raptor Rye IPA by Three Creeks Brewing Co.
What rye beers do you like?