Where can you drink rare and unique beers, raise money for local charities, sing "Happy Birthday" to an impish octogenarian, and pet puppies at the same time?
At the 8th annual FredFest, of course! FredFest celebrates the birthday of Fred Eckhardt, the Dean of American Beer Writers, whose first work on beer styles predates many of the craft brewers and beer lovers who will be in attendance. The event is slated for Sunday, May 5 from 2-6 p.m. at Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room, 61 SE Yamhill in Portland.
Widmer Brothers Brewing has released Kill Devil ’13 in the brewery’s limited release Brothers’ Reserve Series. Kill Devil Brown Ale is a unique, limited edition imperial brown ale brewed with two types of molasses and palm sugars, aged in rum barrels.
While bourbon barrel-aging has become commonplace in the craft brewing industry, rum barrel-aging is more rare, due to barrel availability and integrity.
Here in the Pacific NW, we have no shortage of festivals, celebrations, and fantastic publications dedicated to our favorite beverage. From the Beer West newsletter, a reminder of all things Belgian coming our way:
A very cheerful release came across the desk of Oregon Beer Country today from Ninkasi Communications Coordinator Ali AAsum:
"I am excited to tell you about a few new releases from Ninkasi available. Before I get into the details, I also wanted to tell you about a milestone that we are proud to accomplish tomorrow in Portland… (sorry in advance for the long e-mail!)