20th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest

  • 10 a.m. 'ti late |
  • Free admission |
  • All ages welcome; 21 & over to drink the ales

About 20th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest


Huzzah, Hillsdale Brewfest! It's the original of McMenamins' many beer-related festivals, so it's definitely a good one to check out. Sample up to 22 McMenamins ales and vote for your favorite. (Pace yourselves, lads. And don't forget to eat! This is really super-important!)

Twenty-two of the finest ales from McMenamins' breweries are sent into battle, their brewers vying for bragging rights, the notorious championship belt and a berth in the annual Oregon Brewers Festival held in downtown Portland in July. Patrons order "trays" of beer samples, arranged from lightest to darkest. It is our guests' official duty to decide who deserves the coveted title. The beers cover the spectrum of brew styles — from hefeweizen to oatmeal stout, barleywine to smoked amber ale and beyond. Each taster casts one ballot that lists his or her top three choices. (And beware the brewers' shameless vote-mongering. Don't say we didn't warn you.)

So head to the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in February to drink, vote and be merry — and may the best brewery win.


John Barleycorns Brewery (Tigard, Ore.)
Little Blue Pilsner
In a world of extreme beers it's nice to sit down and enjoy a simple, well-balanced combination of yeast, malt, hops and water. This is a traditional Czech-style Pilsner with a clean, crisp and slightly grassy malt flavor. Hops are very prevelant in this Little Blue Pils and add lots of spicy floral hop characteristics. This crystal-clear lager is a nice golden-straw color with a beautifully white head. It's so light and refreshing, you'll be wanting another.
Brewer: Tim Proctor  Beer Style: Pilsner
Malts: Pilsen, Vienna, Caramel Pils
Hops: Santiam, Crystal, Sterling
OG: 1.052  TG: 1.010  ABV: 5.4  IBU: 27  SRM: 3
Buzzwords: bright, crisp, refreshing
Words to Live By: "Go ahead and play the blues if it will make you happy." -- Homer Simpson

East Vancouver Brewery (Vancouver, Wa.)
Hönig in German means honey and it is the main character of this delicious beer that will keep you buzzing like a bee. It's very smooth and balanced with undertones of caramel and cloves. Hop flavor and bitterness is very low, just enough to finish with a hint of citrus. One taster is better than thousand words, so have a pint and sweeten up. Prost!
Brewer: Tega Chijavadze  Beer Style: Wheat
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Red Wheat, Wheat Flakes, Honey, Caramel Malts
Hops: Perle, Cascade, Citra
OG: 1.052  TG: 1.008  ABV: 5.5  IBU: 19  SRM: 7
Buzzwords: delicious, smooth, balanced, refreshing
Words to Live By: When things in life are not clear, slow down and have a beer!

West Linn Brewery (West Linn, Ore.)
Creamsicle Cream Ale
It may be too cold for the ice cream man but it's never too cold for ice cream beer. This smooth, delicious cream ale has what other beers lack: a lil' bit of crazy. Real oranges are used, as well as a nice dose of vanilla to give it that throwback, old-school, chasing-after-the-ice-cream-truck feel. All that's missing is a catchy jingle to get stuck in your head for the next week, but don't you worry, I'm working on a remix of an old "Ace of Base" track that will be perfect.
Brewer: Jacob Willson  Beer Style: Cream Ale
Malts: 6-row, Organic Barley Flakes, Corn Flakes, Caramel Munich
Hops: US Golding, Delta
OG: 1.048  TG: 1.009  ABV: 5.03  IBU: 20  SRM: 4
Buzzwords: orange, vanilla, ice cream
Words to Live By: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream." -- Barney the Dinosaur 

Lighthouse Brewery (Lincoln City, Ore.)
Boiler Bay ESB
A light golden-amber beer, with a subtle hop flavors. The mild malt and body are the first to be identified. The bitterness comes after the first drink, which complements the overall complexity of the beer. This is a great beer to enjoy with friends!
Brewer: Doug Ashley  Beer Style: ESB
Malts: 2-row, C75 Crystal
Hops: Nugget, Crystal
OG 1.052  TG 1.008  ABV: 5.68  SRM: 8  IBU 33
Buzzwords: glean, crisp, refreshing
Words to Live By: "I'm so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." -- Oscar Wilde

Mill Creek Brewery (Mill Creek, Wa.)
Nexus Pale
This is a moderately bitter pale ale with a big hoppy finish. While the Marris Otter malt and specialty grains give it a nice biscuity maltiness, the generous hop additions really shine through to create a nexus of beautiful flavors. US Goldings are the primary bittering hop and several pounds of Cascade are used for dry-hopping to give Nexus Pale a huge floral and citrus aroma.
Brewer: Charlton Fulton  Beer Style: Pale Ale
Malts: Marris Otter Malt, Torrified Wheat, Oat Malt, Acidulated Malt, Amber Malt, 30L Carastan, 70L Crystal Rye
Hops: Zeus, US Golding, Cascade
OG: 1.050  TG: 1.009  ABV: 5.3  IBU: 35  SRM: 8
Buzzwords: golden-bronze, grapefruit, floral
Words to Live By: The grass may be greener on the other side but it still must be mowed.

Edgefield Brewery (Troutdale, Ore.)
From Troutdale With Love IPA
Big, smooth and eminently enjoyable, this IPA is chock-full of citrusy bright flavor and won't blow your palate up with an abundance of bitterness. An assortment of light Crystal malts and a healthy dose of Vienna malt round out the malt bill to create a soft, sweet counterpoint to the fullness of the hop character derived from an overloaded late-boil series of hop additions. Enjoy.

Love, Troutdale.
Brewers: Nathan Whitney, Drew Phillips, Matt Bergfield, Dave Kosanke  Beer Style: IPA
Malts: Premium Two-Row, Vienna, Wheat, Crystal 40L, CaramelMunich
Hops: Zeus, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
OG: 1.070  TG: 1.016  ABV: 6.97  IBU: 77  SRM: 9
Buzzwords: citrus, solid, quaffable
Words to Live By: "Hops all over the place, it's got it all...it's hops, it's hops, it's hops..." - Jeff Cooley, circa 2001 

Old St. Francis Brewery (Bend, Ore.)
The Aristocrat Imperial IPA
The Aristocrat may have the name associated with those from High Society, yet it was brewed for the masses. A delicate floral nose alerts the senses to what fantastic flavors will come. An easy malt build allows the mellow body to swim around the tongue before succumbing to the indulgence of hops. Citrus and fruity characteristics first present themselves. The drink continues towards a lingering bitterness, not overpowering but still pronounced, and flows to the somewhat sweet yet dry end. All in all The Aristocrat Imperial IPA takes the helm as the pint for all, royalty or otherwise! Cheers!
Brewer: Mike "Curly" White  Beer Style: Imperial IPA
Malts: Baird's Marris Otter Pale, Gambrinus Pale, GWM Pilsen, GWM Munich, Briess Aromatic Malt
Hops: Simcoe, Nugget, Citra, Centennial, Santiam
OG: 1.080  TG: 1.016  ABV: 8.3  IBU: 100+  SRM: 7
Buzzwords: floral, big hop and treats tastebuds like royalty!!
Words to Live By: Listen to your heart. No matter what your head says, the heart knows truth. 

Roseburg Brewery (Roseburg, Ore.)
Oo-La-La is a full-bodied "Winter Warmer" ale. A rich, malty sweetness comes from a healthy dose of Pale Ale and Munich malts. CaramelMunich, Crystal Rye and Roast Rye malts add a toasty caramel complexity with a zing of rye and Blackprinz contributes to a deep, dark reddish-brown hue. Cascade and Citra hops counter the malt with tropical citrus flavor and aroma. Extra warmth comes not only from the 7.4% ABV, but also from habañero peppers added to the keg. All these flavors come together in a delicious dark ale that will excite your tastebuds and take the chill out of winter.
Brewer: Tom Johnson  Beer Style: Winter Warmer
Malts: Pale Ale, Rye, Crystal Rye, Roast Rye, Munich, Caramelmunich, Blackprinz
Hops: Zeus, Cascade, Citra
OG: 1.070  TG: 1.013  ABV: 7.4%  IBU: 81  SRM: 20
Buzzwords: dark, warming, toasty, rye, citrus
Words to Live By: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss

Monroe Brewery (Corvallis, Ore.)
Uncle Dave's Dunkel
This is one of several different German-style wheat beers. Made with 25% wheat malt unlike our regular wheat beer, which is 40% wheat malt. A small addition of roast malt results in the mahogany-brown color. The hops give a subtle spicy aroma to this very drinkable brew. Uncle Dave gave me my first job in brewing 18 years ago. Thanks David! Cheers.         
Brewer: Gary Nance  Beer Style: Dunkelweizen
Malts: Premium 2-row Malt, Wheat, Munich, 40L Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Roast
Hops: Tettnanger
OG: 1.050  TG: 1.011  ABV: 5.03  IBU: 14  SRM: 11
Buzzwords: light, refreshing, malty
Words to Live By: It's the living and learning that make it all worthwhile. 

Crystal Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
General Schwartz
This is a dark complex lager that will mesmerize and satisfy. Flavors of chocolate, fresh bread, coffee, caramel and spice will indulge your palate. A lager yeast strain as well as a low fermentation temperature allows this beer to finish crisp, clean and surprisingly refreshing. The General is not just a beer, it's an experience. Prost!
Brewers: Tony Balzola, Alex McGaw  Beer Style: Schwartzbier
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, CaramelMunich, Carafa 2
Hops: Nugget, Tettnanger
OG: 1.055  TG: 1.013  ABV: 5.42  IBU: 38  SRM: 25
Buzzwords: medium-bodied, dark, chocolate, bready, clean finish
Words to Live By: "When life hands you lemons say, 'Oh yeah, these are great. What else you got?'" -- Henry Rollins 

Roy Street Brewery (Seattle, Wa.)
Paeter's Imperial Porter
The oak barrel started off in the distillery holding brandy. It then made its way to the winery where it was filled with a wonderful Syrah. And now for almost one year it has held this beer. The flavors and aromas the barrel aging imparted (oak, red wine, vanilla and more) make this beer so exciting. Enjoy!
Brewer: Brian Lawrence  Beer Style: Imperial Porter
Malts: Gambrinus Pale and Vienna, Grain Miller's Flaked Barley, GWM C120 Crystal, Baird's Chocolate Malt
Hops: Centennial, Crystal
OG: 1.076  TG: 1.014  ABV: 8.0  IBU: 11 SRM: 38
Buzzwords: chocolate, red wine, oak
Words to Live By: Overstock your 'End Times' bunker with pudding. You'll see. 

Thompson Brewery (Salem, Ore.)
Ichiban Biiru (First Beer)
Deep copper in hue, this ale fermented by Sake yeast is a first for many people. The aroma is much like a Belgian. Your first sip will taste like a Belgian then it all expands. As you continue to drink you will start to taste the base malt of Marris Otter and the blooming hop of Cascade hops at the end of the palate. This ale is warm and smooth in body and keeps the mind guessing as to what flavors are dancing over your tongue. It's a cross of many things to meld into a finely crafted beer.
Brewer: Jen Kent  Beer Style: Japanese Sake-Yeast Beer
Malts: TF Maris Otter, GWM 2-row, Red Wheat Flakes, Optic Malt, Honey Malt, 135/165 Crystal, CaramelMunich 40 and Black Malt
Hops: Cascade
OG: 1.063  TG: 1.010  ABV: 6.84  IBU: 49  SRM: 12
Buzzwords: sake yeast, slight sweetness, soft cascade profile
Words to Live By: "If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you." -- Paul Newman

High Street Brewery (Eugene, Ore.)
The Californian
Brewers in the early days of settling California had a problem. They found the moderate central coast weather problematic for fermenting, never getting warm enough for an ale and always a touch to warm to ferment the lagers. So the California Common was born. A hybrid of the two popular styles, this Californian flaunts its golden, sun-kissed tan and bubbly personality, while also staying true to its working man's roots with a healthy dose of Cascade hop bitterness running through it's veins.
Brewer: Hanns Anderson  Beer Style: Steam Beer
Malts: British Pale Malt, Munich, C75 Crystal
Hops: Cascade
OG: 1.055  TG: 1.015  ABV: 5.16  IBU: 50  SRM: 10
Buzzwords: crisp, clean, smooth
Words to Live By: If you're not bleeding or crying, you're not doing it right. 

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Silvercone IPL
By voting for Silvercone India Pale Lager, you are not just casting a vote for the resinous, multi-layered aroma wafting up from your glass or the tongue-tickling citrus notes flirting with your taste buds. You are voting for a vision of hops shining brightly forth, no longer veiled by ale yeast's esters. You are voting for a robustly hoppy beer that can quench your thirst year-round. You are voting for an IPL to pour alongside IPAs at your local watering-hole. So hoist a pint to the blessed vine and vote Silvercone IPL-for the love of hop!
Brewers: Chris Oslin, Brady Romtvedt  Beer Style: India Pale Lager
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Flaked Barley, C15 Crystal
Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Citra
OG: 1.063  TG: 1.013  ABV: 6.45  IBU: 83  SRM: 4
Buzzwords: bright, quaffable, hops in the nude
Words to Live By: There is no freedom without the freedom to choose. 

Concordia Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Sosus of Pergamon
Sosus of Pergamon was a Greek mosaic artist of the 2nd century BC. We decided to craft our own "Mosaic" and name it after a master! Our "Sosus" is a balanced, full flavored amber ale. It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character. The complex hop flavor and aroma, with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, comes from using the little-known Mosaic hop variety. This beer has a rich, creamy head and a fine lace!
Brewers: Bruce Loux, Matt Carter  Beer Style: Amber Ale
Malts: Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Wheat, C75 Crystal, Melanoidin, Kiln Amber, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley
Hops: Nugget, Mosaic
OG: 1.055  TG: 1.012  ABV: 5.55  IBU: 38  SRM: 14
Buzzwords: balanced, smooth, tropical fruit
Words to Live By: "Brewers enjoy working to make beer as much as drinking beer instead of working." -- Harold Rudolph 

Fulton Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Super Squirtie
It's a bear! It's a dog! No! It's Super Squirtie. Whatever he is, Squirtie is most definitely the beloved mascot of the Fulton Pub. In his present incarnation, Squirtie dons a cape and medallion to signify his super status. The Squirtie Pale Ale recipe was first brewed at the Fulton nearly 20 years ago. This year for entry in the Hillsdale Brewfest, the recipe has been bumped up to fit the "American Style Strong Pale Ale" category. What does that mean? It means that this deep golden-hued ale is chockful of malty body and a citrusy assertive hoppiness. It's bigger, better, stronger. And, well, Squirtie gets to wear a cape and medallion, of course.
Brewer: Ryan Mott  Beer Style: American Strong Pale Ale
Malts: Canada Malt Superior Pilsen, Briess CaraPils, Bairds 30-37 Carastan
Hops: Chinook, Brewers Gold, Centennial, US Golding
OG: 1.058  TG: 1.010  ABV: 6.20  IBU: 61  SRM: 7 
Buzzwords: malty, hoppy, Squirtie!
Words to Live By: "Drink lots of water and eat 5 or 6 meals a day." -- Sebastian Janikowski

McMenamins on the Columbia Brewery (Vancouver, Wa.)
Brown Ryed Girl
This hybrid of brown ale and RyePA is going to be Blowin' Your Mind. This IPA or "IBA" is as sweet as the girl next door. While enjoying the bouquet of floral notes from the Chinook and Santiam hops, catch light hints of chocolate and rye from her complex blend of malts. Don't let her appearance fool you; she stands with the big boys. At 7.67%  and 100+ IBU, she will give you a nice kiss and then punch you in the face. So whether your "laughin' and a jumpin'" or "skippin' and a-runnin'" this is gonna make your "hearts a-thumpin.'"
Brewer: Matt Freeland  Beer Style: IPA hybrid
Malts: Golden Promise, Maris Otter, CaraPils, Rye, Roasted Rye
Hops: Brewer's Gold, Chinook, Santiam, Willamette
OG: 1.067  TG: 1.011  ABV: 7.0  IBU: 100+  SRM: 35
Buzzwords: floral, dark, rye, hoppy
Words to Live By: "In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing." - Van Morrison

Oak Hills Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Heavy Weight Double IPA
The Heavy Weight Double IPA is just about as big as it gets. Coming in at an astounding 8.5% ABV, this beer will knock you right off your barstool. ABV aside, the Heavy Weight packs an enormous hop punch. Bittered with high alpha acid Nugget hops, a sharp yet floral bitterness will be the first thing that hits your senses. After that initial blow of hops comes a one-two punch of Centennial and Cascade hops. Twenty total pounds of hops went into this behemoth of an ale, three of those pounds coming in the form of pellet dry hops added directly to the fermenter. After those hops have had a chance to sift through the entire batch of beer, the Heavy Weight was transferred into a bright tank to condition and become as crystal clear as it can be. Additionally, a rock solid handful of Cascade whole flowers were added to each keg upon racking. If hops are what you love most about beer, hop into the ring with the Heavy Weight!
Brewer: Stephen Harper  Beer Style: Imperial IPA
Malts: Superior Pilsen, Flaked Barley
Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Centennial
OG: 1.078  TG: 1.012  ABV: 8.5  IBU:100+  SRM: 4
Buzzwords: strong, intense, very hoppy
Words to Live By: "If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize." -- Muhammad Ali 

Wilsonville Brewery (Wilsonville, Ore.)
Madder Hatter's Revenge
This Imperial India Red Ale will quench the hoppiest of hop head's thirst with its zesty fresh flavor, satisfying caramel smoothness and insidious red hue. A secret housemade hop tea produced by hand-selected premium hops gives this beer its signature flavor. Last year he was mad, this year he came for the belt....
Brewer: Mark Goodwin  Beer Style: Imperial India Red Ale
Malts: Pale Ale Malt, Crystal 120L, Carapils, Black Barley
Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Citra
OG: 1.080  TG: 1.010  ABV: 9.1  IBU: 100+  SRM: 16
Buzzwords: zesty, floral, caramel sweetness
Words to Live ByMalt is the soul of beer and yeast gives it life, but the kiss of the hop is the vitality of that life.

Six Arms Brewery (Seattle, Wa.)
Whiskey-Oaked Underground Brown
Formulated in a basement on a cool winter evening, the recipe for the Underground Brown was born with "dark session" in mind. It's perfect for when you're not looking for something too heavy but still need a big kick of flavor. This beer is packed with caramel, toffee and chocolate notes while only clocking in at slightly above 4% ABV. The addition of a whiskey-soaked oak spiral adds a wonderful vanilla flavor to help round out the mosaic of deliciousness.
Brewer: Kyle Jungck  Beer Style: English Brown
Malts: Marris Otter, C60, C80 & C120 Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt
Hops: US Golding
OG: 1.044  FG: 1.012  ABV: 4.13  IBU: 15  SRM: 18
Buzzwords: dark session, caramel, vanilla
Words to Live By"In a world of Triple IPAs and Imperial Stouts, sometimes it's nice to root for the underdog."

Highland Brewery (Gresham, Ore.)
Chocolate Bar Porter
This porter is made with Golden Promise, DextraPils, Honey Malt and Pale Chocolate Malt to provide this porter with a solid complex malty base of flavors that include chocolate, roasty and caramel sweetness. Brewers Gold adds a hint of an herbal-citrusy aroma and flavor. The intense flavor of chocolate comes from Cacao nibs that were used in every step in the brewing process, in the mash, in the kettle and in the fermentation tank. The Cacao nibs provide a bit of bitterness and the intense chocolate flavor. A bit of pure vanilla extract helps give that chocolate bar flavor. London ale yeast was used to allow the malts and Cacao nibs shine through. The alcohol is kept low to make this beer very drinkable, a perfect after-dinner dessert brew to enjoy.
Brewer: Dan Black  Beer Style: Porter
Malts: Golden Promise, DextraPils, Honey Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt Hops: Brewers Gold
Yeast: London Ale III
Special Ingredients: cacao nibs, pure vanilla extract
OG: 1.047 FG: 1.014 ABV: 4.27 IBU: 20 SRM: 28
Buzzwords: dark, malty, chocolate, drinkability
Words to Live By: Duct tape is like the Force; it has a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together.

Hillsdale Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Sir Reginald Imperial Oatmeal Stout
I was certainly pushing the upper limits of my mash tun to make this beer, which was made with almost a gallon of black strap molasses. Nearly black in color with notes of chocolate and molasses, the Sir Reginald will have you drinking like a sir.
Brewer: Robert Mason  Beer Style: Imperial Stout
Malts: Gambrinus Organic Pale, Briess Oat Flakes, Thomas Fawcett Chocolate Malt, MFB Kiln Black
Hops: Nugget, Cascade
Special Ingredients: Blackstrap molasses
OG: 1.080  TG 1.014  ABV: 8.51  IBU: 56  SRM: 36
Buzzwords: chocolate, molasses, strong

Map & Directions
Tags for this Event:
Events > Beer, Wine, and Spirits Property > Hillsdale Brewery & Public House

Related content (tags):