Dick’s Brewing Variety Pack

The standard 12 pack variety pack contains either four bottles each of three types of beer, or three bottles each of four types of beer.  Makes logical sense.  However, the variety pack from Dick’s Brewing out of Centralia, Washington, boasts no less than eight varieties.

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This was intriguing since it was a chance to try even more stuff in one go.  I expected a complete random assortment, some one bottle, some three bottles etc.  Turns out it wasn’t quite as random, which made sense from a production standpoint.  The box was arranged with eight of the bottles in four sets of two, and then four singles.  So by minimum of eight, it usually means exactly eight.  This box contained two IPA, two Mountain Amber, two Cream Stout and two Golden Ale.  The four singles were Irish Red, Best Bitter, Grand Cru (Belgian) and Dick Danger (Cascadian Dark/Black IPA).

The first one we opened was the Dick Danger Ale, which they list as their “Flagship” and also as a Cascadian Dark Ale, or Black IPA. Upon opening it was obvious there was a problem.  The beer was light brown, see through, very fizzy but like soda, huge bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and no head retention.  It tasted flat and caramelish.  No hops, no bitterness.

Next we had the Cream Stout and the Mountain Amber.  These two weren’t too bad.  The Stout was roasty enough to be almost smoky, the Amber was oxidized but not as offensive as the CDA.  The last one we tried the first night was the IPA and it was not good.  Hoppy beers just don’t age well at all.  At this point I’m realizing that all of these beers are just old.  Dicks does not print package dates or best by dates on their bottles or the cases and it shows.  Who knows how long these have been sitting in the store.

The next night I tried the Golden Ale and it wasn’t too bad.  Less hops to go bad, and a milder flavor profile to begin with.  The last one I tried was the Grand Cru Belgian, figuring out of any of the styles that one could hold up the most to age.  It was OK, but it was still obviously oxidized and it was very sharp and alcoholic.  I would wager it may have been higher than the label claim of 10% ABV.

The last two I haven’t tried yet are the Irish Red and the Best Bitter.  They are in the fridge right now, but I’m not holding out much hope.

It’s sad really that this could have been a really great variety pack, but just ravaged by time.  I don’t think a lot of people realize just how perishable beer is.  Just like any food product it has an “expiration” date.  Granted, it won’t “spoil”, meaning it won’t go rotten and make you sick, but it can lose a lot of it’s flavor and aroma and just end up not tasting very good.

If we’re ever in Centralia and get a chance to try some fresh, maybe it will be better, but likely not going to take a chance on the variety pack again.

2017 Portland Fruit Beer Fest

I haven’t blogged in a while (apologies) but festival season is upon us! This past weekend was the Portland Fruit Beerfest, which due to other obligations and just life in general, was the first Fest my wife and I attended this year. We missed Spring Beer and Wine and Nanofest which was unfortunate, since those are a couple of our favorites, but there’s always next year.

My wife and I like to volunteer to pour beer at these festivals, which is you haven’t done it before, it’s the best way to do a fest.  You “work” for 3-4 hours, pouring samples and taking tickets/tokens and then you are released from your shift and given a cup, tokens and wristband to go enjoy the festival, for free! One of our friends from the homebrew club is the volunteer coordinator for a couple of fests in town, including this one, so of course we signed up. Sometimes it can be boring, sometimes it can be hectic, usually it’s a combo of both.  A sudden burst of activity followed by a lull, rinse, repeat. A few festival require you to have an OLCC Servers Permit (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) but most don’t.  Usually they just have a pamphlet that tells you how to determine if someone has been overserved and then you sign on the dotted line that you solemnly swear you’re up to no good.

They moved the Fruit Beer Fest this year, back to Burnside Brewing, compared to the last couple of years at the North Park Blocks, and I get the reasons why (cost, access to water, electricity etc) but it did make for a smaller, more crowded venue.  That’s typical beer fest, but it still stinks.  The good news is it gave me an opportunity to visit Burnside Brewing after I shockingly realized I’d never been there.

Fruit Beer Fest can be interesting.  Most of the beers are small, one off batches made specifically for the fest with some wild flavor combos.  I tried 13 unique beers at the festival, counting my samples, my wife’s samples and one last one that we split.

In no particular order, we had:

Blueberry Lemonade – HiWheel Fizzy Wine
Fruitlands Blood Orange and Hibiscus – Modern Times
Pineapple POG – Portland Cider Company
Key Lime Pie – 10 Barrel Brewing
Hop Berry IPA – Culmination Brewing
Clown Pie, Banana Cream Ale – Portland Brewing (I poured this one)
There will be Blood (Blood Orange IPA) – Fort George
Kumquat Farmhouse Ale – pFriem
Biere Royale – The Commons
Tiki Club IWA – Sunriver Brewing
Orange Crusher – Cascade Brewing (one of the best of the day!)
Cherry Pilsner – Reubens Brews
Benny Appleseed – Lompoc Brewing

Quite the assortment yeah? Some are better than others, welcome to beerfests, but they are all interesting and unique.

Next June I would highly recommend it.

Another one bites the dust…

New broke last week that Wicked Weed had been assimilated by the Borg acquired by AB InBev’s High End division.  As expected, backlash has been swift and severe.  This time, not just among the beer snob crowd though.  Several breweries who were collaborating with WW and a good chunk (almost 30 at last report) of the attendees of the Wicked Weed Invitational Beer Festival have immediately cut all ties to the brewery.  Don’t feel too bad.  I imagine we’ll eventually find out how many zeros were on that check.  They’ll be fine.

Personally, I’m very conflicted about this buyout.  I can’t really say I’m a huge fan of Wicked Weed’s beer, since I’ve only tried two of their offerings, but I was a fan of the brewery itself.  One of the standard bearers for the quickly growing North Carolina craft beer scene, I was planning to visit them on my next trip out East, whenever that may have been.  Also, listening to the interviews with Walt on the BN’s Sour Hour, not only did I get excited about what he’s trying to do there, but felt like I got to know him and his crew a little bit.  Hence the feeling of deep disappointment and betrayal.

I want to be clear, I don’t begrudge anyone for selling a business when presented with an obscene amount of cash.  Talk about love and craft and artisan all you want, but at the end of the day it’s a business.  The goal is to make money and support your family and support your community.  When 10 Barrel sold for what, at the time, seemed like a ridiculous amount ($10 Million) I thought to myself “Wow… what do you do as a business owner when someone, quite literally, walks in the door with a suitcase full of cash?”  Those of us who are not business owners have no idea how we would react to such a situation.

My ire is more directed at InBev, and I think that’s true of a lot of people, even including the initial knee jerk reaction towards the small brewery of “HOW COULD YOU??” AB InBev is working to manipulate the market, using legal, if not quite moral, ways to do it.  I see it as a monopoly without being a monopoly. “But your Honor, it’s 27 different companies.. that’s not a monopoly.”  It’s not so much that they bought “my favorite brewery” but that they can do so with such ease.  They probably spend more than 10 million dollars taking Wal Mart execs out to dinner.  10 Barrel is barely a blip on their balance sheet.  But it puts them in Central Oregon plus a pub in Portland. It seems as if they just point and say “I want that one….” In the current climate, it’s just another reminder that money is power. “If you can’t beat them, join them” has become “If you can’t beat them, own them.”  You don’t have to work or stand in line if you can just buy your place at the table.  Looking at their acquisitions, they are all scattered across the country in pretty strategic locations.  California, Oregon, Seattle, Chicago, Georgia, New York, Colorado… and now North Carolina.  Adding to the web, adding to the network.  Also, taking another step deeper into “craft” by getting into sour beer.  They grabbed a barrel program when they got Goose Island, but sour beer is a whole different animal.

The immediate reaction by a lot of people is that they will never buy or drink that beer again, and that’s fine, there are millions of choices.  But that can be easier said than done.  I’m not a huge fan of 10 Barrel or Elysian, so those are easy to avoid.  Golden Road I’ve never had before, and suddenly saw it show up in our local Fred Meyer, and then remembered why it suddenly showed up.  This year I did go out and buy some of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.  I don’t know if I will again in the future, but I do think it’s really good.  I don’t yet know what I’ll decide about Wicked Weed.  I may still try it, just so I can say I had it, and then not have it again.  Or I may swear off it.  Right now you can’t get it here in Oregon, so it’s not hard to avoid.  If they start distributing here, it might be hard to say no, even knowing they are InBev now.  I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.

For now, there’s no immediate choice to make.  My next trip to NC won’t be any time soon and they likely won’t start selling WW beer in Oregon for quite some time, if ever.  I have time to think and mull on it, but mostly it just sucks.  I know full well that the whole “loyalty” gambit that a lot of fans play when a small company sells is mostly bullshit.  They don’t owe us a damn thing.  Granted there have been cases where a brewery has publicly said “We’ll never sell!” and then they do a few weeks later.  That of course is shifty and worthy of scorn.  Wicked Weed to my knowledge had not made any statements similar to that, but who knows.  They made their choice.  Now we make ours.

Beer is a democracy.  We vote with our dollars. Do with that what you will.

Reach Break Brewing

After we got checked in to Astoria for the Festival of Dark Arts, our AirBnB host told us that a brand new brewery had just opened in town.  Of course we had to check it out.  But first we had to find it.  The place was so new it didn’t show up on google maps and we weren’t 100% sure of the name.  Reach something.  After a while we found it.  They don’t have a website that I could find, but they do have a Facebook page which you can peruse HERE.

Turns out it was on Duane street, quite literally a block from Fort George.  So we decided to swing by there on our way to getting in line.  Obviously, we weren’t the only ones who had that idea.  We ran into some of our Portland friends and hung out with them for a while.  They were very ambitious and ordered a half pour of everything on the menu, so we got to try it all.  Being Dark Arts weekend there was mostly Stouts on the menu, but they also had a Session IPA and an English Style Red Ale if you weren’t into the dark stuff.  The Session IPA was super citrusy with huge hop character without being overly bitter.  The red ale had a nice malty backbone.

For a place that had only been open a couple weeks when we got there, they had a very ambitious tap list with several barrel aged offerings.  Of course, if you’re gonna break out a chocolate and vanilla stout aged in Whiskey barrels (Brownie Stout), Dark Arts weekend is the time to do it.

I was really impressed with what they had to offer and I would highly recommend you stop by the next time you’re on the coast.  This is now the 5th brewery in the booming metropolis of Astoria, so you really owe it to yourself to go.  I will be back for sure.

2016 Beer in Review

2016 was a very good year for beer travel and beer education, so I thought I’d take a look back.

My wife and I rang in New Years 2016 in Savannah Georgia, which included a trip to Moon River Brewing.  Right on the main drag, the building is reportedly haunted in typical Old South fashion.  The third floor is vacant which otherwise would be primo Savannah real estate so even if you don’t believe, enough people do that they refuse to go up there.  This concluded an East coast trip that included trips to several breweries in North Carolina and Georgia.  The original post is HERE is you want to revisit it.

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After we returned from vacation I jumped into my role on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Brew Crew, our homebrew club.  I served as Festival Coordinator, which involved recruiting volunteers to work the OBC info booth at beer festivals, coordinating with festival organizers about when and where we could set up, actually setting up the booth and making sure it stayed occupied (which included myself at the booth for an entire day at one festival).  It was fun and rewarding, but also very taxing.  It took me well out of my comfort zone as far as being a leader and working with large groups of people.  I learned a lot about myself and about group leadership and while it was very healthy for me to push and expand my boundaries, I’m very excited to step away and rejoin the club as just an average member.

In March was a very exciting event, the first annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC).  Held in Vancouver Washington the conference was meant to emulate the National Homebrewer Conference, but focusing in on the PacNW.  This years NHC was out on the East coast and a lot of us couldn’t make the trip, so perfect timing for something local.  The conference was set up pretty much exactly the same as the national one.  There were lots of seminars on every imaginable topic, an expo with equipment and ingredient vendors, a lot of whom are already based in this area anyway, a pro night banquet of all the local breweries and a club night banquet for all the local homebrew clubs.  Members and clubs came mostly from Oregon and Washington, but there were representatives from Montana, Idaho, Northern California and even Canada.  My wife volunteered to help run the conference since (at the time) she wasn’t brewing and not as interested in the seminars as I was and now is helping plan the 2017 PNWHC which should be even better!

In April, my wife graduated with her Masters degree and we went to Disneyland to celebrate.  We only visited one brewery while we were there, but it was a pretty cool one.  The Anaheim Brewery was in the Anaheim Packing District which is full of old citrus warehouses close to the historic downtown area.  It was neat to walk around a quieter section of Anaheim, even though it wasn’t really that far from Disney and the Convention Center area.

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June brought about perhaps the most exciting beer related event of the year as I started my new job as a Quality Analyst at Portland Brewing! One of the original Portland microbreweries along with Widmer and Bridgeport, PBCo has grown and partnered with Pyramid Breweries out of Seattle into a fairly large regional brewery.  I’ve learned a lot in the last 6 months and continue to learn daily, but the coolest thing is I get to make beer for a living! I don’t do any of the actual brewing, but I work daily with the brewers and monitor the fermentations from brew day to bottling day to make sure everything turns out as it should.  It’s amazing to see the difference between homebrewing and commercial brewing, especially large scale commercial brewing.

In July we celebrated my wife’s birthday with a trip out to Bend, which is a great beer town if you haven’t been.  We visited two breweries while we were out there, one small and one very large.  The small one was Cascade Lakes brewing, which we discovered by accident while we were out riding bikes, the large one was Deschutes.  We took the tour at Deschutes which was really cool and left there with a super nice growler full of beer, compliments of a friend who works there as a birthday present for my wife.

In September I had the opportunity to meet Jamil Zainasheff, who came to speak at one of our homebrew club meetings.  Jamil is pretty much a rockstar in the homebrew community.  Long time homebrewer with many gold medals in the National Homebrew Competition and several homebrewer of the year awards, went on to found Heretic Brewing, where true to the name he pretty much does whatever the Hell he wants.  I got two of Jamil’s books (and had him sign them) and got to speak to him briefly.  I hope to learn from him and it was a super cool experience.

In October we traveled to San Francisco on a very non-beer related trip (friends wedding) but I managed to sneak a couple places in.  While a large group went off of to be pampered at the spa, I took a stroll through the SoMa neighborhood headed towards AT&T Park.  I stopped at 21st Amendment on the way, which was much smaller than I was predicting it to be.  They obviously have a production brewery somewhere else for all those cans that make it as far as the East coast because the SanFran pub was small.  Not a bad thing, just a little shocked when I got there.  They didn’t have Back in Black on draft, although my coaster said otherwise.  I got the Brew Free or Die! IPA and it was quite nice.  As we were leaving San Fran (since it was near the airport) we stopped at Armstrong Brewing Co in South San Francisco, which is a brewery run by an NC State classmate of mine.  We took several of our food science and bioprocessing classes together.  I didn’t get a chance to see him, but it was super cool to stop by his place.

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Also in October, my wife brewed her first batch of homebrew and joined the American Homebrewers Association, so that was exciting.  She just brewed her second batch and is slowly dialing in a recipe for a Chocolate Orange Stout.  It’s already good and just going to get better.

In November, I started a small beer cellar and taking some detailed tasting notes on beers that I want to drink now, and then drink again a few years from now and see how they evolve.  This is a pretty drawn out, long term project, but the results will eventually make their way here on the blog.

2017 already has some pretty epic stuff lined up, so stay tuned!

East Coast Brewery Visits

Earlier this week my wife and I returned from a trip to the East Coast to spend the holidays with my family.  It was my first time back in North Carolina since I moved out to Portland two and a half years ago.  While beer was not the main focus of the trip, there was a lot of local stuff I wanted to try, as well as recommendations from friends and family who know I’m now a beer geek.  Rather than try to rank which ones I like best or anything like that I’ll just present them in the order we visited them in.

Over the course of the trip I tried 72 unique beers (beers I had never checked into on Untappd. Most of them I’d never had before, Foothills was the only repeat) and most of them were simply “tried”.  Several taster flights were shared amongst the group and sometimes it was just a sip of what someone else had so I could taste it.

Olde Mecklemburg Brewing (Charlotte, NC):

The first brewery we visited was a recommendation from my brother, who lives in Charlotte.  We met one of our local friends there and had a few pints and took the tour.  Olde Meck focuses strictly on German beers and stick to the purity laws and don’t add any “funky” ingredients.  I wasn’t sold on their Copper, which is an altbier but I think partially because I was expecting an American Style Amber.  The Pilsner, Weiss and Baltic Porter were all very tasty.  Sadly they had run out of their seasonal Doppelbock.

Sugar Creek Brewing (Charlotte, NC):

The second brewery we visited was literally across the street from Olde Meck.  I found it while I was looking up directions.  Sugar Creek specializes in Belgian style beers, which is my favorite style, but my wife’s least favorite.  Not to fear, they had a bottled Coffee Stout that was right up her alley and she enjoyed it very much.  I got a taster flight that included a Wit, Dubbel, Tripel and Saison.  The Dubbel was my favorite, but they were all phenomenal.

Birdsong Brewing (Charlotte, NC):

The third brewery we visited in Charlotte was Birdsong in the iconic NoDa neighborhood.  Unfortunately, NoDa brewing was closed the days we were in Charlotte, but this was a great alternative.  We both liked Birdsong the best out of the breweries we’d visited so far, but we realized some of that preference was simply because these beers were more like what we were used to.  We only had one each, and they were very much “Portland” beers.  I got a Brown Ale which was hoppy but with a lot of chocolate roast, and my wife got an IPA which was very piney and citrusy.  Turns out one of the brewers is from the Northwest. Very cool place with a very hip vibe.

Natty Greene’s (Greensboro, NC):

I’ve had Natty Greene’s beer before but never visited their brewpub location.  We decided to have dinner there and both the food and the beer were really good.  We tried their Red Nose Winter Ale, a Wit and an IPA.  I hated IPA when I lived here, they were too bitter and strongly flavored, but of course they’ve grown on me living in Portland.  I wasn’t sure how they would be on the East Coast but so far they’ve been really well done.

Foothills Brewing (Winston Salem, NC):

I had been to Foothills a couple times, even took my wife there when she came to visit me before I moved out to Portland, but I was excited to go back now that my tastes in beer had changed.  Foothills does several IPAs that I didn’t like 3 years ago but I figured now I’d either like them, or would think they didn’t have enough hops, rather than too much. I got the taster tray which included a set rotation.  It came with their Pilsner, Porter, Blonde Ale, One of the IPAs and two seasonals.  One was a black IPA and one was a pumpkin ale.  I knew I wouldn’t like the pumpkin beer so I took one sip and then passed that to my wife who loved it.  The blonde ale is mostly flavorless, but it’s designed to be light and easy drinking.  The pilsner was the one I didn’t much care for.  I’m discovering I’m just not a fan of that strong “canned corn” flavor that is common to most lagers.  I guess I’m an ale guy.  The porter is good, which is one of their standards.  Both the IPA and the Black IPA were really good, so I can tell my taste buds have adjusted.  They are no longer “too bitter”.

Moon River Brewing (Savannah, GA):

There’s only a handful of craft breweries in Savannah, but Moon River is right on Bay Street and located in a (reportedly) haunted building that originally served as a tavern/hotel and also got turned into a makeshift hospital/morgue during the yellow fever epidemic. We stopped in a little before closing after our walking ghost tour, so the service was a little scattered, but the beers were pretty good.  They normally offer a 10 oz or 18 oz pour, but since they were close to closing they were only pouring in 16 oz plastic “to-go” cups, a Savannah staple.  I started with Dixie Kristal, a seasonal Belgian Tripel, which was quite tasty.  We also tried the Swamp Fox IPA, Boucane Brown Ale and Captain’s Porter which we all nice.  The Porter was somewhat better than the brown ale.

Deep River Brewing Co. (Clayton, NC):

We went to visit my best friend in Raleigh and he had a couple of his favorite places he wanted to take us too.  We started at Deep River.  We split a 8 sample taster among the three of us so we could all taste a little bit of everything.   The selection included a White Winter Ale, a Stout, a Black IPA, a Rye Pale Ale, a Wit, an IPA, a Pumpkin Pie Porter and a marzen.  They were all very good, although the two that stood out the most were the Mango Tango Foxtrot IPA and the JoCo White Winter Ale.  The MTF was made with New Zealand hops that have strong flavors of tropical fruits.  It tasted like they actually put mangoes in the beer, but it was just hops.  The JoCo was a Belgian style beer, but it was made with toasted marshmallows and sweet potatoes (sweet potato casserole anyone?).  I was really hesitant on this one since I assumed it was going to be gimmicky and not very good, but I was wrong, it was amazing.  The flavors melded perfectly and nothing jumped out at me as sweet potato or marshmallow.  To be honest, this tasted exactly like Chimay Blue to me.  Cans of both the JoCo and the Mango Tango went home with us.

Draft Line Brewing (Fuquay Varina, NC):

The second place we went was a favorite haunt and my best friend knew the people working there and has become friends with the owners/brewers.  Again we grabbed two 4-sample taster trays to share between the three of us so we could try everything they had on tap.  This taster included an IPA, Pilsner, Porter, Scotch Ale, Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Winter Spice Lager and a Belgian Dark Strong.  The Belgian (of course) was my favorite, and again the Pilsner was my least favorite.  The rest were all very enjoyable.  The one that stuck out the most though was the Winter Spice Lager.  I wasn’t sure what to expect of it, and it turned out to be a gingerbread house in a glass, but it was very good.  Lots of ginger, clove, cinnamon, and sugar.  Christmas in liquid form.  A growler of the Winter Spice went home with us for us all to share later.

Fortnight Brewing (Cary, NC):

Our second day in Raleigh we made a special trip out to Fortnight Brewing.  The reason this was special was a friend of ours from our Portland homebrewing club had won a contest and brewed a beer with the guys at Fortnight and it was going to be on tap supposedly, while we were in town.  I emailed the brewery and they said it was going to be on tap on Monday, although we weren’t going to make it to Raleigh until Friday and Saturday.  Called the brewery Saturday afternoon and they said they did indeed still have it on tap so we headed out, and we got there JUST in time.  We ordered two glasses of our friends Coffee Stout and just as the second glass was almost full, the keg blew! We got the last of it! We thought it was equal parts hilarious and spooky that we traveled all that way to drink a friends beer and ended up killing the keg.  It was quite tasty!

Lonerider Brewing (Raleigh, NC):

The last brewery we visited on this trip was Lonerider.  My sister met us there since it’s close to her house and they have one of her favorite beers, the Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen.  They serve half pints which let us try all kinds of different things without getting hammered.  Between the four of us we tried the Hefe, Brown Ale, IPA, Porter, Pale Ale and a couple of interesting seasonals, a Belgian Nior (Belgian Black? Untappd labeled it a Dark Strong), a barrel aged stout with coffee and vanilla beans and a raspberry infused pale ale.  The standard beers were all quite amazing, but the seasonal and one off beers stole the show.  The raspberry pale ale tasted like Fruity Pebbles, but was still quite good, would have been awesome in warmer weather, the Belgian Noir was really quite tasty.  The Barrel aged Pistols at Dawn stole the show though.  Hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and rum all danced in a dark smooth base.  We got a second pint of this one to all share at the end because we all needed just a couple more sips of it, it was that good!

So there you have it, the recap of an awesome beercation!

2015 GABF Medal Winners

I was scrolling through the GABF Medals List and ran across quite a few familiar names! Pretty excited to see a lot of Oregon and North Carolina breweries on the list.  See the full list here.

Here are the winners from my former home and my new home:

Silver Medal American Amber/Red – Proletariat Red – Lompoc Brewing – Portland
Bronze Medal American Style Dark Lager – Black Diamond – Bend Brewing Co. – Bend
Silver Medal American Style Fruit Beer – Rasplendent – Mazama Brewing – Corvallis
Silver Medal American IPA – Pernicious IPA – Wicked Weed – Candler, NC
Bronze Medal American Light Lager – Southern Girl Lager – Sycamore Brewing – Charlotte
Gold Medal American Stout – Disorder Stout – Barley Browns – Baker City, OR
Gold Medal Strong Pale Ale – Ratchet Strap IPA – Barley Browns – Baker City
Bronze Medal Strong Pale Ale – 3C India Pale Ale – Triple C Brewing – Charlotte
Bronze Medal Baltic Style Porter – Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter – Duck Rabbit – Farmville, NC
Bronze Medal Belgian and French Style Ale – Petite Classique – The Commons – Portland
Gold Medal Belgian Style Lambic or Sour Ale – Turbulent Consequence, Peche – Block 15 – Corvallis
Gold Medal English Style IPA – Shanghai’d IPA – Old Town Brewing – Portland
Gold Medal English Style Summer Ale – Beaverton Blonde – Golden Valley Brewery – McMinnville, OR
Gold Medal Extra Special Bitter – The Guilty Party – Gibb’s Hundred Brewing – Greensboro, NC
Gold Medal Field Beer – Beets, Rhymes and Life – Fonta Flora Brewery – Morganton, NC
Bronze Medal German Style Marzen – Duck Rabbit Marzen – Duck Rabbit – Farmville, NC
Silver Medal German Style Pilsner – Pilsner – pFriem Family Brewers – Hood River, OR
Silver Medal German Style Sour Ale – Volkssekt – Bend Brewing Co – Bend, OR
Silver Medal Gluten Free Beer – IPA No 5 – Groundbreaker Brewing – Portland
Silver Medal Imperial IPA – Eazy Duz It IIPA – Laurelwood Public House – Portland
Bronze Medal Imperial Stout – The Miller’s Toll – Raleigh Brewing – Raleigh
Bronze Medal Old or Strong Ale – Massive! 2013 – Gigantic Brewing – Portland
Gold Medal Rye Beer – Blitzkrieg Bock – Fat Head’s Brewery/Portland – Portland
Gold Medal Scotch Ale – MacPelicans Wee Heavy – Pelican Brewery – Pacific City, OR
Silver Medal Specialty Ale – Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Rogue Brewery – Newport, OR

Congratulations to all the award winners!!