Portland is often known as Beervana, so if you’re looking to explore the best breweries and beer styles that Portland has to offer, look no further: Oregon Brewers Festival http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/beersciders/ is back! Whether you prefer Belgians or Blondes, Hazys or Hefes, Pales or Pilsners, Saisons or Sours, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
From Allegory to Zoiglhaus, the Oregon Brewers Festival will pour 101 products from 93 breweries and eight cider houses in 34 cities––from the Pacific Coast to the High Desert, and the Cascade Mountains to the Willamette Valley. Participants range from the nano-est of nanos to some of the powerhouses of the craft brewing industry. AND, for the first time in the festival’s history, 100% of beers and ciders are coming directly from Oregon breweries! Here are a few of our staff faves:
This striking red cider is made with fresh pressed Pacific Northwest apples, organic beets, and hibiscus for a cooling refreshing flavor. Worker’s Playtime is designed to be thirst-quenching and delicious. Beets were once added to English cider to give it a hint of sweetness and smoother body. Cider Riot! has paired this traditional ingredient with hibiscus flowers for a floral note and a hint of tannin to round out the mouthfeel. Visit its pub just across the Burnside Bridge after the Festival to try more refreshing ciders -- your Jupiter Hotel keycard gets you 20% off a flight of 8 ciders on tap!
pFriem Landbier was made just for the Oregon Brewers Festival, and it’s a perfect companion for summer days. Aromas of fresh sourdough, candied lemon, and white pepper complement notes of bright pear and white grape. Take this spun gold Lager on a picnic in the Gorge or anywhere the summer sun may take you. You can find pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River near the Historic Hood River Hotel, Jupiter's sister spot and the only hotel in downtown Hood River!
Coral Horizon is a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with late infusions of grapefruit zest, hibiscus tea and freshly chopped ginger root. Pouring a brilliant coral-red hue reminiscent of a summer sunset, this highly approachable, lightly soured seasonal release offers both complexity and refreshment, perfect for the hottest days of the year. You can find Cascade Brewing's Barrel House a stone's throw from Jupiter Hotel, and we HIGHLY suggest stopping by for flights of their amazingly delicious sour beers.
Key lime combines with a clean malt profile and Ecliptic’s house lactobacillus strain to create a refreshingly tart summer ale. Perfect for those who like sours, fruit, and having a BLAST.
Widmer’s explorations of the Brut IPA style continue with this dry and wine-like fruit punch of Bruts. A complex mix of fruits, including black currant, blackberry, blueberry, and dragon fruit, create a framework of rich flavor and tannins to balance out the dry finish of the beer. The mix of 468, 527 and Brewers Gold hops up the ante on berry intensity and easily complement the flavor of the fruit without being excessively bitter. A fruity ale yeast creates complexity with a bright ester profile to tie the other flavors together. Lastly, the magenta/purple hue of the beer helps it to stand out from the crowd. Widmer is one of Portland's most popular craft breweries -- you gotta check them out!
One of the best parts of the festival is that it’s right across the river from Jupiter Hotel and Jupiter NEXT. Walk or ride your bike there (check out the short-term Biketown bright orange rental bikes between our hotels), take a rideshare back, and make a whole day/night/weekend of it!