Big beers, little beers, exclusive beers and collaboration beers highlight Brewfest’s 2019 tap list
The 2019 Bend Brewfest on Aug. 15-17 is fast approaching and we’re once again overwhelmed with the number of fantastic craft beers that’ll be pouring at this year’s festival.
Beers made specifically for the Bend Brewfest
The DAB LAB, High Desert from Block 15 (Corvallis): This refreshing addition to Block 15’s experimental DAB Lab series was designed to be enjoyed in the High Desert. It features a base of Central Oregon grown Mecca Grade Malt in combination with progressive hopping techniques. A dizzying blend of hop varieties and products—including CO2 extractions, lupulin powder, and traditional hops—contribute vibrant notes of tropical fruit, citrus, white wine grapes, and dank herbs. 6.75% ABV
Experimental Hop Session IPA from Worthy Brewing (Bend): The ideal beer for the day drinking enthusiast. Using x-374, an experimental hop bred at Oregon State University, you’re sure to enjoy this easy drinker. Big hop aroma, in a “yeah, I’ll have another” package. TBD ABV
BEND the Knee Pale Ale from Walking Man (Stevenson, Washington): A hazy Pale Ale that’s brewed with 100 percent Mecca Grade Malts from Central Oregon, Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Citra hops from Willamette Valley Hops, and fresh tangerines from Oregon Fruit Products. It’s designed to be a refreshing citrus bomb for the High Desert sun. 5% ABV
Beers you’ll only find a few places other than Brewfest
North German Pilsner from pFriem (Hood River): Brewed exclusively for Pilsner Fest in Portland (Aug. 16-18) and the Bend Brewfest, this small batch pilsner is pFriem’s entry into a competition to win a collaboration with Bitburger in Germany. 4.8% ABV
Juniper Gose Sour, Mo’ Hops, Mo’ Problems IPA and Cry of the Blackbirds sour from Barbarian Brewing (Boise, Idaho): Boise’s leading innovators in experimental barrel-aged and sour beers, Barbarian doesn’t distribute in Oregon and has very limited distribution in Idaho, meaning the three beers they’re bringing our pretty much taproom exclusives.
Collaborations not to be missed
Double Mountain (Hood River) and Barley Brown’s (Baker City) Collab IPA: Two legendary Oregon breweries went back to their root and brewed this West Coast IPA. Double dry hopped, this collaboration project offers ups flavors of ripe citrus and tropical fruit along with a dankness expected in a West Coast IPA. The beer sits at 6.7% ABV and 45 IBUs and was just released on Aug. 1.
The 2019 3-Way IPA from Fort George (Astoria), Ruse Brewing (Portland) and Cloudburst Brewing (Seattle): This year’s 3-Way IPA combines all of the fruit-forwardness of a hazy, but with that classic touch of bitterness you find in a West Coast IPA. The result is a bright, citrus fruit bomb that doesn’t finish too heavy or sweet. 7.3% ABV
Oktoberfest collaboration with Sierra Nevada (Chico, California) and Germany’s Bitburger Brewery: More than 200 years old, family-owned Bitburger Brewery uses an exclusive mix of hops toward its famous pilsner—a classified blend never shared outside its walls. Until now. Sierra Nevada’s collaboration Oktoberfest features what Bitburger calls Siegelhopfen, meaning “sealed hops,” which complement the malt backbone. What’s more, the whole beer comes to life thanks to Bitburger’s custom yeast, another house ingredient gifted for the first time ever. 6% ABV
More delicious beers we can’t wait to sample
Man of the Hour Flanders Red from GoodLife Brewing (Bend): This is one of the last beers produced by GoodLife co-Founder and brewmaster Curt Plants, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. A tribute to the evolution of GoodLife Brewing, this Flanders Red contains aromas of soft oak, baked plum and sweet cherries, which complements the spicy yet subtle tannins that makes way for a truly approachable sour ale. Pours for a limited time on the X-Tap starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. 6.4% ABV
Hellshire IX from Oakshire (Eugene): This Imperial Stout aged in freshly dumped Kentucky Bourbon Barrels is our highest ABV beer of the festival, clocking in at 14 percent. It’ll be served for a limited time on the X-Tap, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Colonial Fire 18th Century Ginger Beer from Side A (La Grande): Using recipes from the 1700s in combination with modern knowledge, Side A formulated Colonial Fire. Unrepeatable malt sweetness frames acidity formed through a pre-boil souring culture. High carbonation, unrefined cane sugar, and 40 pounds of ginger interlace to result in a bright, refreshing, and flavorful libation from across several timelines. Pours for a limited time on the X-Tap, starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. 4.9% ABV
Bourbon-barrel aged Dark Star, 2018 Coffee edition from Fremont Brewing (Seattle): This imperial oatmeal stout with coffee aged in bourbon barrels is a blend of 24-, 18-, 12-, and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 7-to-12-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone. Pours for a limited time on the X-Tap starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. 13.6% ABV
Mi Casa es Su Casa Mexican Mocha Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Sunriver Brewing (Sunriver): Enjoy this masterful blend of bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, Scotch ale and chocolate milk stout. This beer is loaded with complex and bold flavors – sweet and heat, smooth and spicy, earthy and roasted. Other Ingredients: lactose, C4K Coffee, vanilla, ancho chilies, cinnamon, and Ghana cocoa nibs. Pours for a limited time on the X-Tap, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. 10.2% ABV