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?

#WDS Breweries to Check Out!

At Adaptu, I’m lucky enough to interact with bloggers all the time. ¬†One of my favorites is Baker from ¬†Baker’s in my hometown for¬†World Domination Summit, an conference put on by Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non Conformity, where 500+ attendees from all over the world are coming to Portland, OR strategizing¬†and adventure!

To help attendees feel more at home here in Portland, I took Baker, his wife Courtney and their daughter Mili to two great local breweries! ¬†Since this is a beer blog, I thought I’d share them here with you all here too.

First stop, Deschutes Brewery:¬† – I’m a big fan of Deschutes (or “Dutchess” as I used to call it when I was little). ¬†I love their sustainability practices including using their spent grain to make their flat bread entrees. ¬†While I’m a big supporter of organics and love Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale, my all time favorite beer is the Twilight Summer Ale. ¬†Released just in time for #WDS!

Our second brewery stop was McMenamins The Rams Head:  as an added bonus, our friend, Sean Ogle joined us.  McMenamins locations are known for their artwork, each location is different and features local artists.  The buildings are literally covered, ceilings to floor with art.  I love it!  They have a great happy hour, cheap food and free wifi.  What else do you need for to catch up with new friends from WDS?  My favorite beer is the Ruby Ale.  Definitely try it or the Ruby-Raspberry Milkshake.  Beer + Ice Cream = Dream Combination!

Coming to #WDS?  What are you most excited about?  Going to check out any breweries?  If so, what ones?