Things may be changing. I still expect the same atmosphere, and there are still a lot of familiar beers. But there are also some intriguing new offerings (new to me, anyway):
- Block 15 Nebula (an oatmeal stout) and King Caspian (an imperial red). This is the brewery Derek boldly called Oregon's best, and I'm psyched to finally get a taste.
- Calapooia Simcoe Springs IPA. (I'm assuming it's made with Simcoe hops.)
- Deschutes Miss Spelt Hefeweizen. (A traditional hefe brewed with 40% spelt).
- Gilgamesh IPA and Black Mamba (a hopless beer brewed with black tea).
- Ninkasi Kraken for PK Nice (Absolutely no idea.)
- Redhook 8-4-1 Expedition Ale (the brewery's newest specialty release; an imperial brown made with brown sugar.)
Upshot? It may be time to throw the Spring Beer Fest back into rotation. The charming and knowledgeable Lisa Morrison will be leading a press tasting at 11, and so I'll know more in a few hours. I'll provide an update to this post with my findings sometime this afternoon.
Spring Beer and Wine Festival
Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK)
Friday and Saturday, noon to 11pm.
$5 entry, $5 plastic or $8 glass mug, $1 samples.