Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thompson Brewery & Public House
What could be better than a selection of distinctive and flavorful brews at the start of summer, all vying to be your favorite? Head to the Barley Cup.
We've asked 7 McMenamins brewers and 4 Salem-area guest brewers to send one keg of whatever delicious and special beer they choose, and we put them all on tap for the Barley Cup Brewfest. Every beer is something that each brewer created themselves that they¹re extremely proud of. Order up a taster tray with all 11 Barley Cup beers and try to determine which one is your favorite brew. The winner of the Barley Cup will be decided by a popular vote among all attendees of the Barley Cup Brewfest, and will have their name and beer name forever engraved on the coveted Barley Cup trophy.
2015 Brewfest Participants
Jacked Rabbit Lager
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery, Hillsboro • Chris Oslin & Brady Romtvedt
Hop on down to the White Shed and ask the friendly shedster to pour you a pint of this golden goodness. Hoppy, smooth, yet mellow citrus notes compliment the earthy nose and yield to a balance even a wabbit with kaleidoscope eyes would enjoy...and they do.
Malts: Pilsen, 15L Crystal
Hops: Sterling, Mosaic, Santiam
OG: 1.054 TG: 1.007 ABV: 6.06 IBU: 22 SRM: 4
Treehouse Apricot Honey Summer Ale
Ram Brewery, Salem • Josh Berry
Kick back in the summer sun and enjoy this fair weather ale. Brewed with the delicate aroma and lightly sweet graham cracker-like crisp flavor of Pilsner, Honey and Carapils malts combined with German Tradition hops to add an earthy and grassy aroma that is dominated by sweet tones of nectarous fruit all kissed by the sweet, slightly tart flavor of Oregon apricots. It's sure to quench your thirst and satisfy your tastebuds on those beautiful summer days. Cheers!
Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Honey Malt
Hops: German Tradition
OG: 1.050 TG: 1.010 ABV: 5.16 IBU: 25 SRM: 5
McMenamins Monroe Brewery, Corvallis • Gary Namce
This is a German-style wheat beer, made with 20% wheat malt unlike our regular wheat brew, which is 40% or more. Small additions of roast malt provide the darker color. This beer was made with a Munich lager yeast in the Northwest style.The beer spent 8 weeks in tank fermenting and conditioning. More bitterness up front than a German Dunkel. David Andrews gave me my first opportunity to brew professionally back in 1995, so Muchas Gracias and cheers to Dave.
Malts: Pilsner, Organic Wheat, Flaked Barley, Aromatic, Black Prinz
Hops: Sterling, Tettnanger
OG: 1.054 TG: 1.012 ABV: 5.42 IBU: 39 SRM: 11
White Van Wheat
McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery, Portland • Tyler Newton
This Belgian-style wheat beer was brewed with traditional malts and yeast, which gives it a light color and crisp, slightly fruity finish. Crushed coriander seeds, Juniper berries and dried sweet orange peel were added late in the boil to complement the yeast and add complexity. Loaded with flavor and light on alcohol, this is the perfect beer for the heat of summer and pace of life in the Northwest.
Malts: Pilsen, Wheat, Acidulated, Rye
Hops: Crystal, Meridian
OG: 1.049 TG: 1.007 ABV: 5.4 IBU: 31 SRM: 3
Strawberry Lemon Tart
Vagabond Brewing, Salem • James Cardwell
This is a deliciously tart Witbier with additions of lemon peel and strawberries. This kettle-soured brew is the perfect beer for a hot summer day.
Malts: Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Acidulated Malt
Hops: Sorachi Ace
OG: 1.048 TG: 1.006 ABV: 5.5 SRM : 4 IBU: 20
Grote Smurf (Papa Smurf)
Sasquatch Brewing Co., Portland • Mike Paladino
An authentic Belgian ale with hints of orange peel, coriander, honey and refreshing local Oregon blueberries. It's Papa Smurf's secret behind the magic of Smurfette's beauty.
Malts: 2-row, Wheat, Crystal, Flaked Barley
Other: Belgian Sugar, Oregon Blueberries
OG: 17.25 P TG: 3.25 P ABV: 7.3 IBU: 11
Seven Brides Brewing, Silverton • Josiah Kelley
This dark lager from Seven Brides Brewing is a collaboration in agriculture and brewing. Munich, Vienna, and German pilsner malt give this beer a caramel and slightly sweet malt flavor. Fresh hazelnuts are then roasted and smoked on a Traeger barbecue. Added during the conditioning, they impart an aroma and complementary flavor to the rich malt.
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Vienna
Other: Roasted and Smoked Hazelnuts
ABV: 6.5 IBU: 70
Hop Super Nova DIPA
McMenamins Old Church Brewery, Wilsonville • Justin Azevedo
Attention hopheads! Prepare to be blown away by the explosive hop aroma of this Northwest-style DIPA. Notes of apricots, fresh pine tips and pineapple radiate from the beer's dense head. Each sip shines with flavors of tropical fruit and citrus slowly morphing into a smooth, yet dry and spicy hop finish. Despite its high alcohol content, a medium to light body ensures the beer remains crisp and drinkable. Just be sure to pace yourself, at 9% ABV this is one beer you don't want to underestimate. Grab a pint before this shining star fades away!
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel Vienna, Dextra Pils
Hops: Columbus, Citra, Galaxy, Meridian, Mosaic, Simcoe
OG: 1.082 TG: 1.012 ABV: 9.03 IBU: 100+ SRM: 6
McMenamins High Street Brewery, Eugene • Hanns Anderson
A classically styled English Brown Porter. Chocolate and Brown malts combine to give this Porter a robust flavor.
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal 120L, Chocolate, Brown
Hops: Chinook, Ultra
OG: 1.057 TG: 1.012 ABV: 5.8 IBU: 29 SRM: 24
Sure Shot Sake Milk Stout
McMenamins Thompson Brewery, Salem • Jen Kent
Where to begin? How do you start with honoring an artist who has had so much impact on many generations searching for ways and words to live by? Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys did this for many. Here is his beer. Inspired by his love of Tibet, we started with barley, which is the main source of food for the region. Also added is lactose milk sugar as Tibetans enjoy milk with many of their teas. We boosted it up into a big stout for strength in holding steady to your beliefs and ways. The final addition is Tibetan Chai. Notes of ginger, cardamom seeds, and cinnamon can be found chilling softly on the back side of the palate. "When two are served, you may drink" so that we never drink alone. Cheers to a great man!
Malts: Optic Pale, Vienna, Ashburne Mild, Brown Rice Flakes, Rye Flakes, Melanoidin, Dark Chocolate, 70/80L Crystal
OG: 1.063 TG: 1.016 ABV: 6.63 SRM: 31 IBU: 10
McMenamins Roseburg Brewery, Roseburg • Tom Johnson
This German Lager style was considered liquid bread by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, who were the first to brew Doppelbock in Munich in 1634. Locomotivator is a dark brown Doppelbock that features a rich, malty flavor that dominates the subtle continental hop character. Fermented cool with Bohemian Lager Yeast, it is smooth, strong, somewhat sweet and full-bodied. Slightly toasty with a hint of chocolate, Locomotivator is a meal in a glass.
Malts: Munich, Pilsen, Crystal 135-165L, Chocolate, Blackprinz
Hops: Nugget, Tettnanger, Sterling
OG: 1.080 TG: 1.020 ABV: 7.74% IBU: 18 SRM: 25