Monday, July 20, 2009

OBF Beer Previews

Written by Gary Corbin

10 Barrel Brewing Co
Bend, OR
Summer Ale / Golden
This is an easy-drinking Golden Ale, made with a blend of Cascade and Sterling hops. Bend's soft water keeps the flavor smooth and the hop bite low. English-style yeast adds a nutty flavor.

21st Amendment Brewery
San Francisco, CA
Hell or High Watermelon / Wheat/Fruit Beer
One of the most popular beers at the OBF for several years, this wheat beer is flavored with real watermelon during its secondary fermentation, giving the beer a subtle aroma and a dry, tart flavor. Low hopping levels let the unique taste of wheat and watermelon shine through. Draft Magazine recently named this beer its top summer fruit beer!

Alameda Brewing Co
Portland, OR
El Torero / American IPA
El Torero is a Northwest IPA made from all organic grain. It is bursting with hops from the big floral aroma to the deep, lingering bitterness. Balancing out the hops is a malt bill with generous amounts of Crystal, Munich, and wheat malts, plus an alcohol content just over 7%. This is an organic beer with big flavors that combine in a complex, satisfying brew.

Alaskan Brewing Co
Juneau, AK
Alaskan White Ale / White Wheat Ale
Light and delicate but complex, this beer's soft, slightly sweet base is accented with a unique spice aroma of coriander and the crisp, citrus finish of orange peel. Made in the style of a Belgian Witbier, unfiltered suspended proteins create its cloudy appearance.

Amnesia Brewing
Portland, OR
GoldyHops / English Session
Golden Promise malt from England gives this session beer a true British character. Belgian Castle Pils malt and Wisconsin Carapils round out this international beer's malt profile. A Northwest hop (Cascades) bitters the brew, then it's back to England for East Kent Goldings in the finish and to dry hop. Moderate alcohol means this is one beer you can return to.

Anderson Valley Brewing Co
Boonville, CA
Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema / Cream Ale
This copper colored ale bids you welcome to the Summer Solstice. It's smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for a drinkable,
extra velvety flavor. The character is lighter in body than its cousin, Winter Solstice. This silky, creamy dream is an ideal warm weather beer.

Astoria Brewing Co
Astoria, OR
Bitter Bitch / Imperial IPA
Gobs of Centennial, Amarillo, Summit and Cascade hops find precious little interference from pale and light caramel malts in their path to your palate. A clean American ale yeast and an extra dose of hops in the barrel earned this beer the People's Choice Award at the Spring Beer and Wine Festival three years running.

Ballast Point Brewing
San Diego, CA
Big Eye IPA / American IPA
Hops, hops, hops. Hops are added into this beer at every opportunity: first-wort, boiling, finishing, and dry-hopping, a mix of Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Galena. This San-Diego style IPA won a Bronze at the 2002 World Beer Cup.

Bayern Brewing
Missoula, MT
Dragon Breath Dark Heff / Dark Hefeweizen
Dragon’s Breath Dark Heff is mild in taste, unfiltered, and 5.6 % alcohol by volume. It is moderately hopped with Bavaria’s preeminent Hallertauer Perle hops and is cold-fermented, eliminating any harsh aftertaste. Dragon Breath Dark Heff received the Silver Medal at the North American Brewers Association 2008 Beer Awards.

Bear Republic Brewing Co
Cloverdale, CA
Crazy Ivan / Specialty Beer
This copper-colored beer is a blend of Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Red Rocket. Fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, Crazy Ivan has a spicy clove aroma. The American hop bitterness and aroma balance the Belgian character. It is named for the crazy left turn the brewers took while devising, brewing and trying to name the beer.

Beer Valley Brewing Co
Ontario, OR
Leafer Madness Imperial Pale Ale / Double IPA
Bunches of hops on top of a simple grain bill of two-row and Munich malts push this Imperial IPA over the stratosphere for hop flavor and bitterness. There's enough residual sweetness and malt flavor to balance, although with the high alcohol, you may not notice - or care.

Bison Brewing Co
Berkeley, CA
Organic Chocolate Stout / Foreign Style Stout
This richly-textured, roasty dry stout gets a boost of bitterness and charisma from the addition of cocoa powder in the mash, lending the flavor - but not the sweetness - of chocolate. Bison blends five unique organic malts along with Magnum, Cascade and Perle hops to create a stout that has won multiple awards, including the Silver at the Great American Beer Festival.

Blue Frog Grog & Grill
Fairfield, CA
Blonde Frog Ale / Pale Ale
This blonde won't break your heart, and that color's not from peroxide. Canadian 2-Row and Cara-Helles malts and some flaked oats give this beer its malty character and, of course, great body. The judges seem to agree, as they gave this beer first place honors in the 2007 West Coast Brew Fest for the Pale Ale category.

Boulder Beer Co
Boulder, CO
Flashback Anniversary Ale / India Brown Ale
Five - yes, five - hop additions, from first-wort to whirlpool, put the "India" in this Brown Ale. Brown, Honey and Biscuit malts combine with a fruity American ale yeast to yield a complex flavor and deep brown color. Brewed for the festival to celebrate Boulder's 30th anniversary, it's the ninth in the brewery's Looking Glass series of specialty beers.

Boulevard Brewing Co
Kansas City, MO
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale / Farmhouse Ale
A simple beer from a technical standpoint, what makes this unique is the blend of a Belgian yeast and citrusy Amarillo hops on a grain bed of pale malt, malted and unmalted wheat and corn flakes. Yes, corn flakes. And with that milky white head, you could call it breakfast. Named for the famously "recalcitrant" fermentation tank in which it came to life.

Boundary Bay Brewery
Bellingham, WA
Amarillo Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale / Pale Ale
Made especially for the OBF, this beer makes exclusive use of Amarillo hops in four additions, including two dry-hoppings. A simple grain bill of premium 2-Row and Munich malts provide the perfect body to balance the medium alpha (bitter) hop with a strong citrus flavor and aroma.

BridgePort Brewery
Portland, OR
Stumptown Tart / Cherry Wheat
If you're looking for a break from all the hops, this might be the place to start. A full ton of Oregon sour cherries added after primary fermentation imparts a fresh cherry flavor and a naturally tart finish. The Belgian Trappist yeast produces classic fruit and spice esters. The beer is then aged in French oak wine casks for six months. Complex? Ja, mein herr!

Caldera Brewing Co
Ashland, OR
Hibiscus Ginger Beer / Ginger Beer
Hibiscus flowers and ginger give this unique beer a zesty, spicy flavor. Belgian candi sugar boost the fermentables provided by 2-Row and Carafoam malts. Ginger and hibiscus are boiled with the wort, along with a small amount of Willamette hops. The beer is "dry-flowered" with hibiscus. It was brewed special for the OBF, so get it before it's gone.

Cascade Brewing at the Raccoon Lodge
Portland, OR
Razberry Wheat / Fruit Beer
Put on your rose-colored beer goggles: this brew really is pretty in pink. Whole raspberries added to a sour mash Berlin-style wheat beer create a berry splash in this extremely refreshing beer. The raspberry is apparent on the nose, while the palate is tart and lemony with a hint of wheat. This is one of the most quenching brews at the festival.

Cascade Lakes Brewing Co
Redmond, OR
Blonde Bombshell / Blonde Ale
Brewed to be a light bodied, refreshing ale, Blonde Bombshell combines subtle malt and wheat flavors with a delicate Liberty hop aroma to create a… well, a knock-out with great body, of course. Originally brewed as a seasonal, this beer was so popular it pushed its way into the regular lineup - and earned a Bronze Medal at the 2008 GABF.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Bellingham, WA
Chuckanut Dortmunder Lager / Dortmunder Pilsner
Slightly darker than a Pilsner, Dortmunder is a burnished honey gold, edging toward amber. It steers away from the bold hop bitterness and aroma of Pilsner, preferring a firm maltiness, a full-bodied, slightly sweet palate, and a clean, dry finish.

Portland, OR
Saison Christophe / Saison
Designed by homebrewers Bill Schneller and Chris Johnson, Saison Christophe is brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, and unmalted oats. A fairly hefty dose of candi sugar boosts the alcohol, lightens the body and gives it an authentic dryness you won't find in many American-produced Saisons. Orange peel and coriander lend an orange/lemon citrus note, blending with the underlying spice and pepper notes from the Dupont yeast.

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, OR
Miss Spelt / Specialty
Spelt Malt, a sort of "heirloom wheat" once abundant from the Bronze Age to medieval times, is now grown in very limited areas of Europe. It’s favored by organic farmers due to a low demand for fertilizers. Spelt gives beer a nutty flavor, which blends nicely with the big esters and clove nuances produced by the yeast used for fermentation.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, DE
Festina Peche / Neo-Berliner Weisse
Get this: a neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches to a mere 4.5% ABV. Fermented with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is also fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic or green apple-like character. Pale straw in color, it's delicately hopped and served as an aperitif or summertime quencher.

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Hood River, OR
India Red Ale ("IRA") / India Red Ale
The IRA, as it’s known, marries a ruby red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. A unique ale yeast strain adds a delicious layer of complexity. One of the first beers made by the brewery, this is an enduring favorite brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner malt, imported Crystal malt, and Simcoe and Brewers Gold hops.

Eel River Brewing
Scotia, CA
Organic Acai Berry Wheat / Fruit Beer
If you need a pick-me-up, try this one. Brazilian acai berries bring energy as well as a unique flavor to this light golden ale. Brewed "behind the Redwood Curtain" from 2-Row and wheat malts and a gentle dose of Pacific Gem hops, four other organic berries round out this light-bodied beer's fruit flavor.

Elysian Brewing Co
Seattle, WA
Loser Pale Ale / Strong Pale Ale
Originally brewed for Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary, this beer's unique flavor comes from the high-alpha Sorachi Ace hop, a Japanese hybrid grown in small quantities in the Yakima Valley. Pure Cascade mountain runoff water extracts winning flavors from a grain bill of Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell malts.

Fearless Brewing Co
Estacada, OR
Clackamas Cream Ale / Cream Ale
As part of Fearless' research to create this beer, two local homebrew clubs submitted 26 different examples of the style to inspire the brewer. The result is a very light, crisp, thirst-quenching ale with all the premium aspects of a Northwest craft beer. The secret ingredient is love - can you taste it?

Fifty Fifty Brewing Co
Truckee, CA
Manifesto Pale Ale / American Style Amber Ale
Six different malts including Honey and Red Wheat are accented with four hop additions, including one at whirlpool for a crisp, hoppy finish. The London ale yeast strain leaves a clean, slight malt sweetness behind for balance. One of Fifty-Fifty's flagship beers, this batch was unfiltered specially for the OBF.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Paso Robles, CA
Union Jack IPA / American IPA
The newest member of the Firestone family, Union Jack is an aggressive IPA with more than 70 IBUs and plenty of alcohol. Citrus, pineapple and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate, thanks to the Warrior, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops. Union Jack won silver at the 2008 World Beer Cup and gold at the 2008 GABF.

Fish Brewing Co
Olympia, WA
Organic Wild Salmon Pale Ale / Pale Ale
Remarkably bright with a crisp hop finish, Fish Tale Organic Pale Ale is a beautifully balanced jewel of brewing. Its four organic malts impart a mellow sweetness amply matched by Yakima Cascade hops. Pale ale enthusiasts will treasure this ale as much as they love Cascadia, the beautiful land that inspired it.

Flying Fish Brewing Co
Cherry Hill, NJ
Abbey Dubbel / Belgian-style Dubbel
Winner of the 2008 Silver Medal at the GABF, this classic-style Dubbel is an exceptionally complex beer with many interwoven flavors. It features an immense head with a fruity nose and generous body. Malty in the middle, it has a clean, almondy dry finish and a slight alcohol warmth. It might remind you of a fine burgundy.

Full Sail Brewing Co
Hood River, OR
Full Sail LTD 03 / Pilsner
Brand new for 2009, this crisp, new Pilsner-style lager is pale-golden in color and features a spicy floral hops aroma, malty medium body, and a smooth, thirst-quenching finish. Mt Hood spring water, two doses of Sterling hops, all 2-Row pale malt and Full Sail's house lager yeast just want to rock your tastebuds' little world.

Golden Valley Brewery
McMinnville, OR
Bald Peak IPA / IPA
Golden in color with a zesty bitterness and full aromatics in the finish, Bald Peak IPA is brewed using Nuggets and Cascade hops exclusively from Colman Brothers Hop Farm just outside of St. Paul, Oregon.

Grand Teton Brewing Co
Victory, ID
Bitch Creek / ESB
Grand Teton's flagship brew is mahogany-colored, complex and balanced, letting both the hops (Galena, Chinook and Centennial) and malt (Idaho Pale, German CaraHell, Cara Aroma, Cara Munich and Melanoidin) come through. Four GABF medals, including two golds, and four North American Beer Awards in the last five years prove that Bitch Creek is not just a pretty name.

Great Divide Brewing Co
Denver, CO
Titan IPA / IPA
Titan is brewed for disciples of gigantic hopping. Piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors lead the way, reminiscent of grapefruit and orange zest. Its bracing finish balances a generous malt sweetness with crisp minerally bitterness.

Great Northern Brewing Co
Whitefish, MT
Wheatfish Wheat Lager / American Wheat Lager
This award-winning brew is a hybrid between an American Wheat beer and a premium lager. Pilsner, Pale, Wheat and Munich malts provide the malty flavor and body, complemented by a light hopping with Cascade and Aurora hops. Fermented at a relatively cool 50 degrees with Munich lager yeast, it is lagered three weeks for a clean, crisp flavor and finish.

Green Flash Brewing Co
Vista, CA
Green Flash Imperial IPA / Imperial IPA
This Imperial IPA is created in the new tradition of the San Diego-style IPA: super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops get just enough support from 2-Row, Carapils and Carastan. Dry-hopping accentuates the hop aromas and flavor.

Hazel Dell Brewpub
Vancouver, WA
Hazel Dell IPA / IPA
Hazel Dell IPA is brewed with 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Munich and Wheat malts and an English-style yeast. Over the top of that firm malt base, four different hops - Galena, Tettnang, Rainier and Cascade - give it a bracing hop flavor with medium bitterness.

Hopworks Urban Brewery
Portland, OR
Organic Rise Up Red / NW Red Ale
Copious amounts of Cascade and Centennial added during and after the boil and whole flower Oregon-grown Cascades in the hop back give Rise Up Red its rich hop flavor. Organic malts keep it clean and green and give it that deep red color. This one will sustain you as it sustains the planet.

Kona Brewing Co
Kailua Kona, HI
Coconut Brown Ale / Brown Ale
Toasted coconut adds a sweet, nutty flavor to this dark, moderately hopped ale. Chocolate, Carapils, Munich and Victory malts add color, body and roasty flavor to the base 2-Row malt. Warrior, Millennium, Cascade, Willamette and Mt Hood hops put the Northwest into this tropical taste treat. Think Stumptown, drink Aloha!

Lagunitas Brewing Co
Petaluma, CA
Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale / Pale Ale
This New DogTown Pale Ale is not the same old pale ale brewed in the little town of Lagunitas back in 1993. It is way better. The brewers have updated the old girl and the combination of a dry finish with the 21st century hop varieties make her new again!

Laht Neppur Brewing Co
Waitsburg, WA
Neddy's Brown Nut / American Nut Brown
Neddy's Brown Nut has a light roasted malt flavor with a lingering nutty finish, great for a summer evening around a fire pit or at a backyard barbecue. Great Western Premium 2-Row, Crystal, Carafa and Chocolate malts give the beer its body and deep color. A light touch with East Kent Golding and Centennial hops lets the roasty malt flavor come through.

Laughing Dog Brewing
Ponderay, ID
Alphadog Dog Imperial IPA / Imperial IPA
If you're looking for hop punch, you've found it. Simcoe, Columbus and Mt Hood hops flow with abundance into this brew kettle - the beer was then dry-hopped with Columbus and Mt Hood. Gambrinus Pale, Honey and Light Munich malts provide the fermentables, and the American ale yeast renders a very crisp finish. Gold Medal winner, Leavenworth Ale Festival.

Laurelwood Brewing Co
Portland, OR
Double Oregon Hefeweizen / Strong Wheat
Double Oregon Hefeweizen (DOH!) is not your brother's hefeweizen. This version of Oregon's most-brewed beer was designed around the tastes of the Oregon beer lover: loads of malted wheat and barley for a big, cloudy brew, strong but easy drinking with a fruity flavor.

Lazy Boy Brewing Co
Everett, WA
Lazy Boy Red Head / Imperial Red
The red color in this ale comes from a delicate balancing of roasted barley with Crystal, ESB and Northwest Pale malts. Three additions of Palisades hops balance the malty flavor with just enough crisp bitterness for balance. Portland Spring Beer & Wine Fest goers gave this one a Silver medal.

Lompoc Brewing Co
Portland, OR
Flower of the Gods / IPA
A half-dozen or so additions of Cluster, Simcoe and Tettnanger hops begin before the wort begins to boil and don't quit until... well, we're not quite sure when. Gambrinus Pale and Munich Light malts carry the hop load and feed the American ale yeast. We think the Gods will like this flower.

Lost Coast Brewery
Eureka, CA
Great White / Belgian Witbier
Malt, wheat and oats form the substance of this translucent American version of a Belgian white ale. Light bodied yet rich tasting, coriander and lime leaves and a "secret blend" of herbs add subtle citrusy nuances to this refreshing, quaffable beer. This would be a perfect match for a falafel or hummus plate.

Lucky Labrador Brewing Co
Portland, OR
Solar Flare / Golden Ale
Solar Flare Ale is a light, refreshing ale, perfect for a hot summer day. That's only fair, since the water used in the brewing process was heated by the sun in the Lab's solar water heating system. Great Western and Scottish Pale malts are joined by a light Briess Carapils to give it a golden hue, while Brewers Gold hops provide moderate, balancing bitterness.

MacTarnahan's Brewing Co
Portland, OR
Summer Grifter / IPA
Summer Grifter is a wayward ale, lurking wherever thirsts gather. This seasonal IPA uses 2-Row, Munich and Caramel Malt and a hop bill of Chinook, CTZ, Cascade and Centennial. Grifter has a cunning malt balance and finishes with a hefty hop bite. This ale threatens to steal your allegiance and con your thirst into leaving town!

Marin Brewing Co
Larkspur, CA
Bluebeery Ale / American Wheat with Blueberries
This three-time GABF gold medal winner starts with a Pale 2-Row and White Wheat malt base. Chinook hops at the beginning of the boil add just a hint of bitterness. Blueberry extract formulated especially for Marin gives it a gentle fruit profile, enhanced by the English-style yeast and the soft alkaline water.

McMenamins Concordia Brewery
Portland, OR
Hot for Teacher IPA / IPA
This IPA won the Hillsdale Brewfest to earn the right to represent McMenamins at the OBF. Made with five different malts - Pilsen, Vienna, Amber, Special aromatic and C-120 - and a clean American ale yeast, it is bittered and flavored in abundance with Chinook and Sterling hops. Extra Chinooks are added for dry-hopping.

Moylan's Brewing Co
Novato, CA
Pomegranate Wheat / Wheat Ale
The hop levels are kept low so you can taste the delicate flavor of the pomegranate concentrate that gives this beer its unique fruit flavor. Great Western Wheat and Gambrinus Pale malts give the beer its base and golden color. This beer took silver at the California State Fair in 2008.

Mt Shasta Brewing Co
Weed, CA
Mountain High IPA / American IPA
This deep golden, mild and malty American IPA unites hops with fresh mountain spring water. Late hop additions contribute floral and pine aromas reminiscent of Mt. Shasta. The Simcoe hop profile starts smooth and builds up to a mellow, bitter finish. A generous dry hop emphasizes a green hop accent and enjoyable mountain-high aroma. Mt High IPA took first place in the 2008 California Brewers Festival.

New Belgium Brewing Co
Fort Collins, CO
The Trip / Belgian Style Specialty Ale
The Trip is a deep, golden ale generously hopped with Magnum and the seldom-used Citra hop, which produces flavors of grapefruit, peach and passion fruit. Spiced with lemongrass and grains of paradise, The Trip is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain for a hop-forward ale with swirling fruit undertones.

New Holland Brewing Co
Santa Rosa, CA
Golden Cap / Saison
Golden Cap Saison is a modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. This soft, pale beer embodies the flavors and aromas of summer fields. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn.

Ninkasi Brewing Co
Eugene, OR
Radiant Summer Ale / Summer Ale
This new beer for Ninkasi gets its elegant malty flavor and orange color from Pale, Vienna and a touch of dark Crystal malts, balanced by three doses of Millennium, Galena, Northern Brewer and Liberty hops. An additional dose of Liberty is used to dry-hop the beer to give it another boost in hop aroma and flavor.

North Coast Brewing Co
Fort Bragg, CA
Scrimshaw / Pilsner
Named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers, this GABF gold-medal winner is a fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. Scrimshaw has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

Oakshire Brewing
Eugene, OR
Overcast Espresso Stout / Oatmeal Stout
Gray skies are a regular part of life in Western Oregon. Overcast Espresso Stout is the dark and silky stout we crave while giving us the shot of organic espresso we need. After extracting all the goodness possible out of organic 2-Row, chocolate malt, C-120 malt, and roasted barley, the finished beer is steeped in locally roasted, cold-pressed organic espresso. I'll have mine with cream and sugar, please.

Old Market Pub & Brewery
Portland, OR
The Kraken Imperial IPA / Imperial IPA
Pale, Munich and Franco-Belges aromatic malts were boosted with organic Oregon honey to provide more fermentables without cloying sweetness in the finished beer. Copious amounts of Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo Gold and Tettnanger hops balance all that malt with citrusy, spicy bitterness. Part of the brew was aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

Oregon Trail Brewery
Corvallis, OR
Oregon Trail Wit / Wit
Clean and spicy, with orange peel & coriander seed, this Belgian-style wheat beer is unfiltered and great on a hot summer day. Brewed with American 2-Row, White Wheat, Carapils, rolled oats and Belgian acidulated malt and lightly hopped with Nugget and Mt Hood, it won the 2004 People's Choice Award at the Newport Microbrew Festival.

Pike Brewing Co
Seattle, WA
Monk's Uncle / Belgian Tripel
This big, full-bodied beer has a complex flavor profile with a yeasty nose, fruity esters and malty dryness. Hints of honey, spice and exotic fruit play with your senses. Pale, Pils, Wheat and Aromatic malts are given a boost by candi sugar. Nugget and Saaz hops give it just enough bitterness to balance. Gold Medal Winner, 2008 North American Brewers Assn.

Port Townsend Brewing Co
Port Townsend, WA
Hop Diggidy IPA / IPA
The grain bill for this one is simple - almost 100% Great Western Premium 2-Row, with a touch of Caramel 20 malt - leaving plenty of room for you to taste the Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade hops. The beer is dry-hopped twice with Amarillo - once "warm" in the fermenter, and then again in the cold conditioning tank. This gives the beer extra hop flavor without extra bitterness.

Pyramid Breweries
Seattle, WA
Haywire Hefeweizen / Hefeweizen
Formerly known as Pyramid Hefeweizen (same beer, new name), this beer has won Gold at the 2004 GABF, Silver at the 1997 World Beer Championships, and Bronze at the 2000 World Beer Cup. Unfiltered in the Bavarian style, it is lightly hopped to allow the malty wheat flavor to pour through.

Redhook Ale Brewery
Woodinville, WA
Redhook Belgian Tripel / Belgian Tripel
Belgian candi sugar is added to this strong Belgian-style ale to give it an alcohol boost and to keep it drier in the finish. 2-Row, Munich, Caramel and Wheat malts provide its malty base, and a Belgian yeast gives it that characteristic old world flavor. Bittered in moderation with Northern Brewer hops, Saaz are added in the whirlpool for extra spice and aroma. 2008 and 2009 Gold Medal Winner – North American Brewers Assn.

Riverport Brewing Co
Clarkston, WA
Old Man River Oatmeal Stout / Oatmeal Stout
Good old-fashioned rolled oats give this dark, smooth stout its creamy texture. Its complex grist includes Pale 2-Row, Munich, Black Patent, C-15, Vienna and Chocolate malts, roasted barley and rolled oats. With this beer, you can satisfy tonight's thirst and get a head start on tomorrow's breakfast.

Rock Bottom Brewery
Portland, OR
Eat a Bale o' Hops IPA / IPA
The down economy left brewer Van Havig with an oversupply of hops. What to do? Please the OBF crowd, that's what. Heaving hopping in the kettle and hop back and double dry-hopping with the likes of Cascade, Amarillo, Simcoe and Crystal give this beer not only its aggressive bitterness but huge hop aroma and flavor as well.

Rogue Ales
Newport, OR
Latona Pale Ale / Pale Ale
Rogue likes to do things differently, and Latona Pale Ale is no exception. Unlike every other beer at the festival, it is a one-hop, one-malt strong pale ale. The hops are Mt. Rainier specialty hops and the malt is a Franco-Belges special aromatic malt of French origin.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co
Everett, WA
Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale / Belgian Tripel
Two-row Pale malt, rolled oats, and a hint of chocolate malt form the base of this malt-forward brew. Turbinado sugar provides more fermentables and helps it finish dry. Moderate amounts of Galena hops bitter the brew just enough for balance, and Tettnangers are added for a little spicy hop flavor and floral aroma.

Southern Oregon Brewing Co
Medford, OR
SOB Gold / Hybrid Ale/Lager
One of the OBF's most unique brews, this ale/lager Acidulated malts with relatively hard water, then hopped with high-alpha Challenger and Perle hops as well as low-alpha Crystal, Sterling and Czech Saaz, which are more common to continental lagers. Its lager yeast provides a rich but crisp, dry finish. People's choice winner at the 2008 Medford Battle of the Bones.

Sprecher Brewing Co
Glendale, WI
Mai Bock / Bock
Mai Bock is Sprecher's spring seasonal offering, a deceptively strong pale lager, big in alcohol and malt flavor, with rich hop character and a light fruit bouquet. Caramel, Pale and Wheat malts give it the big body and maltiness. Mt Hood, Tettnanger and Willamette hops spice up the nose and provide just enough bitterness to balance. Eight weeks of aging rounds out its malty smoothness.

Standing Stone Brewing Co
Ashland, OR
Double India Pale Ale / Double IPA
Four additions of five different hops - Nugget, Crystal, Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo (including a final infusion of Amarillo for dry-hopping) push this brew's hop character into the ozone. All of the malt is organic: Briess 2-Row, Munich and Crystal 60. SafBrew US-05 ale yeast produces very little diacetyl for a clean, crisp finish.

Stone Brewing Co
Escondido, CA
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA / West Coast Belgian Style IPA
This hybrid is part California IPA, part Belgian, and 100% Stone. Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops boost this brew into the IPA range of 77 IBUs, with further Chinooks added at dry-hopping for more aroma. The Belgian yeast strain gives it culture and worldliness and a flavor unique among IPAs.

Summit Brewing Co
St Paul, MN
Horizon Red Ale / Hybrid American Red Ale
New for 2009, Horizon Red boasts six hop additions - four in the kettle, one in the whirlpool, and one in the fermenter for extra aroma and flavor. Summit, Horizon, Amarillo and Cascade hops give it a floral, citrusy nose and enough bitterness to balance the 2-Row, Caramel, Wheat and Black Patent malts. A highly attenuative American ale strain adds fruity esters and a dry, crisp finish.

Terminal Gravity Brewing
Enterprise, OR
Festivale / British Strong Ale
Festivale is made in the style of British strong or "old" ales. Brewed to be fairly dry, it has huge, complex malt and hop flavors with a nice little alcoholic warmth in the finish. Deep ruby brown in color, it will produce a fine cream colored cascading head. If you like strong ales, this might be one of your new favorites.

Three Creeks Brewing Co
Sisters, OR
Stonefly Rye / Rye Ale
Stoneflye Rye is a unique beer utilizing 20% Rye Malt which provides a pleasantly spicy character. This unfiltered brew is full bodied in flavor, yet light on the palate with a smooth and dry finish. As soothing and refreshing as Central Oregon's mountain streams, even the most finicky of fish can’t turn their heads when this beer is presented.

Track Town Ales
Eugene, OR
200 Meter / IPA
200 Meter IPA is a true Northwest IPA - light and golden, almost orange in color, with a primary focus on hop flavor and aroma. Horizon, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops balance Northwest Pale and Munich malts, Free Range coastal water and top-fermenting Pacman yeast.

Trumer Brauerei
Berkeley, CA
Trumer Pils / Pilsner
Trumer Pils is a traditional European Pilsner brewed to the exacting standards of Salzburg's 400-year-old Trumer Brauerei. It has a creamy head, effervescent mouthfeel and a slightly hoppy nose that gives way to its signature clean, dry finish. The finest German and Austrian malts and Austrian and Hallertauer hops give this Pilsner its crisp, bitter flavors.

Vertigo Brewing
Hillsboro, OR
Razz Wheat / Raspberry Wheat
This unfiltered American Wheat Ale is infused with real raspberries, not syrup, into the secondary fermenter for four days before being racked to a tertiary vessel for conditioning. The raspberries give the beer's flavor a pleasant mix of sweet fruit and tartness. Hop levels are kept low so you can taste the berries.

Victory Brewing Co
Downingtown, PA
Victory Prima Pils / Pilsner
Heaps of German and Czech whole hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great Pilsners of Europe. Dry and delightful, this is an elegant beer.

Widmer Bros. Brewing Co
Portland, OR
KGB / Russian Imperial Stout
The reason for this beer's popularity is no secret among Gasthaus-goers. Thick, black, roasty and strong, its malt bill includes 2-Row Pale, Caramel 60L, Extra Special, Roast and Chocolate malst. Northern Brewer and East Kent Goldings are added at the boil and at whirlpool. We would tell you more, but then we'd have to kill you.

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