19th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest

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

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About 19th 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.

Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Steam Punk

Steam beer was first brewed in Germany and was also made famous in California before the advent of refrigeration. This brew uses a lager yeast but it is fermented at higher ale temperatures. This unique process not only provides the beer drinker with the clarity and light-bodied crispness found in a lager but also offers the flavor and mouthfeel typical of an ale.
Words to Live By:
“If only the human herd could be culled, sealed in cylinders and thrust into deep space.”
Chris Oslin & Brady Romtvedt
Beer Style: Steam Beer
TG: 1.008
ABV: 5.68%
2-Row, Pilsen, 135/165L Crystal
Centennial, Amarillo

West Linn Brewery (West Linn, Ore.)
Green Eyeshades Special Bitter

This beer starts off with a subtly complex malt profile; it has a light-ish body but six different grains give it a nice malty character. The upfront bitterness is subdued but the hop flavor and aroma are much more apparent. Loads of delicate, noble hops were combined with more American-style, citrusy hops to give this typically British style a little Pacific Northwest twist. Rye whiskey-soaked oak chips were added into this special keg. Green Eyeshades Special Bitter is a tip of the green visor to the brewers’ favorite honorary member of the McMenamins brewery team. Cheers!
Words to Live By:
“Accountants are perpetually fighting their shiny pants, green eyeshades, number-cruncher image.” – Albert Newgarden
Collaborative effort
Beer Style:
Special Bitter
TG: 1.009
ABV: 5.42%
Pale, 2-row, 15L Crystal, CaramelPils, Flaked Barley, CaraMunich 40
Chinook, Citra, US Goldings
McMenamins on Monroe Brewery (Corvallis, Ore.)
Mexicali Rose Wheat
I made this beer to allow the fruit to shine in the beer. Soaking cherries and peppers with distilled mead, left to sit for two weeks, brought the spicy fruit boldly to the forefront. Another couple weeks in keg made the extra effort sweet. Thank you for supporting your regional farmers, hop growers, malting companies, brewers and their families, but most important, your SERVERS. Cheers & prost.   
Words to Live By: “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near… so let it roll baby, let it roll.” – The Doors
Brewer: Gary Nance
Beer Style: Wheat
OG: 1.040
TG: 1.007
ABV: 4.26%
Malts: 2-row, Wheat, Black
Hops: Centennial, Perle
Special Ingredients: Bing cherries and cayenne peppers

Mill Creek Brewery (Mill Creek, Wa.)
Hop Loops
An ode to simplicity: Single Malt, Single Hop. This pale ale is clean and clear as the grassy notes of Pilsen malt combine with the citric snap of Citra hops to produce a clean, slight note reminiscent of unsweetened peppermint. Beer reduced to its essence.
Words to Live By: “The map is not the territory.”
Brewer: Tannar Brewer
Beer Style: Pale Ale
OG: 1.050
TG: 1.008
ABV: 5.42%
Malts: Pilsen Malt
Hops: Citra

McMenamins on the Columbia Brewery (Vancouver, Wa.)
Four Winds Amber Ale
Whether abroad or just down the street, let this deliciously balanced Amber Ale blow you home. Brewed with domestic and European malts and Northwest hops, this brew is sure to satisfy with a slightly sweet, nice malt flavor followed by a touch of citrusy hops and a crisp, dry finish.
Words to Live By: “In Franklin’s tower the four winds sleep, like four lean hounds the lighthouse keep, wildflower seed on the sand and wind, may the four winds blow you safely home again.”
Brewer: Mike Napier
Beer Style: Amber
OG: 1.056
TG: 1.012
ABV: 5.68%
Malts: Pale, Vienna, Dark Munich, Flaked Barley, 60L Crystal, Pale Chocolate
Hops: Amarillo, Crystal, Cascade

McMenamins Queen Anne Brewery (Seattle, Wa.)
Intemperate Disposition IPA
A traditional NW IPA brewed with a wonderful Belgian Abbey yeast strain, this beer will entice your palate with a plethora of flavors and excite your olfactory system with a barrage of aromas.
Words to Live By: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway
Brewer: Brian Lawrence Beer Style: Belgian IPA
OG: 1.064
TG: 1.012
ABV: 6.71%
Malts: 2-row, Pale, Munich, 30/37L Crystal
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Brewers Gold

Old Church Brewery (Wilsonville, Ore.)
Mad Hatter Imperial IPA
This beer has two things unique to the Wilsonville McMenamins: a special house-made hop tea to give it that strong floral zest and an extended boil time to deliver a stronger caramel undertone and alcohol percentage. I hope you find it to be floral on the nose, not too bitter, but just bitter enough and that it ends with a clean finish.        
Words to Live By: “Life’s an experiment, drink it up.”
Brewer: Mark Goodwin
Beer Style: Imperial IPA
OG: 1.080
TG: 1.010
ABV: 9.03%
Malts: 2-row, Pale, 30/37L Crystal, 40L Crystal, Flaked Barley
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe

Old St. Francis Brewery (Bend, Ore.)
Parson Brown
The Parson Brown is a bigger version of an American Brown. It is packed with malt flavors that deliver a powerful sermon to your taste buds. Flavors such as toffee, caramel and a bit of hazelnut make the choir in your soul sing! Earthy and floral hops join in the mix as to not let the malt flavors have all the fun in this beer. The Parson Brown is all that you could hope for in a big brown ale that will warm you from your lips to your toes. Don’t get caught in the cold without having at least one pint of the Parson Brown!
Words to Live By: “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” – Friedrich Nietzche
Brewer: Mike “Curly” White
Beer Style: American Brown Ale
OG: 1.066
TG: 1.013
ABV: 6.84%
Malts: Pale, Munich, Flaked Barley, CaraMunich 40L, 70/80L Crystal, Brown, Chocolate
Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Santiam

Oak Hills Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Darth Weizen
This black wheat beer is full of hop and malt flavor. Banana, clove, orange/citrus and chocolate flavors give way to a crisp but smooth finish.
Words to Live By: “Be the ball, Danny.”
Brewer: Anthony Balzola
Beer Style: Black Wheat
OG: 1.052
TG: 1.011
ABV: 5.29%
Malts: Wheat, Munich, 135/165L Crystal, Carafa 2
Hops: Brewers Gold

Lighthouse Brewery (Lincoln City, Ore.)
Black Pearl Imperial Stout
A full-flavored stout with mild chocolate and roasted malt flavors. This is a great beer to enjoy on a cold wintery day.
Words to Live By: “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games” – Babe Ruth
Brewer: Doug Ashley
Beer Style: Imperial Stout
OG: 1.071
TG: 1.015
ABV: 7.22%
Malts: 2-row, Pale, CaramelMunich, Chocolate, Black, Roast
Hops: Chinook, US Golding

High Street Brewery (Eugene, Ore.)
Mon Cherry Porter
Cherry lovers, rejoice! This bourbon-oaked porter is infused with bing cherries to produce a hearty yet refreshing beverage. The dark rich malts provide a solid background for the sweet tart cherries and the bourbon-oak aging lends a subtle bite. Descriptors: chocolatey, rich, smooth.
Words to Live By: “No matter where you go, there you are!” – Buckaroo Banzai
Brewer: Charlton Fulton
Beer Style: Porter
OG: 1.058
TG: 1.014
ABV: 5.68%
Malts: Pale, Special Aromatic, Amber, Oats, 120L Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa II, Melanoidin
Hops: Sterling, Amarillo, Golding

Concordia Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
4K Lager
To celebrate the 4,000th batch of beer brewed at the Concordia Brewery, we decided to brew a Kennedy School first: a lager. The 4K Lager was brewed on December 22nd, 2011, using Best Pilsen malt with a dash of flaked barley for body and head retention. Being brewed in the Northwest, we decided that five hop additions would be appropriate. Each addition was a combination of Traditional and Northwest hops, lending plenty of flavor to this Premium Northwest Pilsner. The 4K was fermented for weeks at 52 degrees using a blend of Danish and American lager strains. The result is a clean, crisp, refreshing beer that is a new take on an old style. Cheers!
Words to Live By: “Stay thirsty, my friends.” – Dude from that commercial
Brewers: Kevin Lee & Matt Carter
Beer Style: Northwest-Style Pilsner
OG: 1.049
TG: 1.007
ABV: 5.42%
Malts: Pilsen, Flaked Barley
Hops: Citra, Brewers Gold, Sterling, Santiam, Amarillo, Cascade

East Vancouver Brewery (Vancouver, Wa.)
Southern Sun Wheat
This refreshing wheat beer fulfills all taste buds. A hint of breadiness from a little bit of CaraMunich grain, a festive splash of lingering fruit flavor and a light, citrus aroma with a hint of floral undertones provides a smooth balance of all the best parts of the coming spring. Let the southern sun rejuvenate your spirit from a winter’s hibernation.
Words to Live By: “Just roll wheat it…and have some fun!”
Brewer: Matt Freeland
Beer Style: Wheat Ale
OG: 1.047
TG: 1.008
ABV: 5.03%
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, 2-row, Dark Wheat, CaraPils, CaraMunich 40
Hops: Centennial, Perle

Six Arms Brewery (Seattle, Wa.)
Girl Next Door Belgian Blond
A bold Belgian blond made from Pilsner, Wheat and Aromatic malts. This beer is approximately 6% ABV and boasts a crisp clean finish.
Words to Live By: “Gentlemen prefer blondes.”
Brewer: Kyle Jungck
Beer Style: Belgian Blond
OG: 1.056
TG: 1.010
ABV: 5.93%
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Aromatic
Hops: US Goldings

Highland Brewery (Gresham, Ore.)
Portlandia Pale Ale
Portlandia Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that has a moderate hop flavor showcasing the citrusy American hop and a moderately clean malt character from specialty malts giving the body a bready, toasty and biscuity flavor. This beer is designed to have ultimate drinkability, being a well-balanced low alcohol brew. Made with pilsner, special aromatic, victory, flaked barley and honey malts, it is then balanced with Chinook hops for a light bitterness and Centennial and Amarillo hops for flavor and aroma.  Fermenting with Wyeast 1272 American Ale II yeast gives this beer that uniquely northwestern American ale profile.
Words to Live By: “I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” – Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
Brewer: Dan Black
Beer Style: American Pale Ale
OG: 1.042
TG: 1.008
ABV: 4.39%
Malts: Pilsner, Special Aromatic, Flaked Barley, Victory, Honey Malt
Hops: Chinook, Amarillo

Edgefield Brewery (Troutdale, Ore.)
The Reformation
The Reformation. A cascading, languid, garnet-hued ale mingles with bubbles coyly pleading for a leisurely sip. The Reformation. Poised on the apogee of perfection, the harmonious ballet of malt and hops, skip and jump, while begging the tantalized tastebuds to tingle in the gyration of liquid celebration. The Reformation.  Hops born to the chivalry of jousting knights join the symphonic force of those tickled by pacific wind and nourished by footprints of flowing rock and ice. The Reformation.  Caramel and toffee entwine together bewitching their bitter friends, singing sweet lullabies to soften their edges and calm their wicked bite. The Reformation.To behold its glory is to head into the wild, return to Eden and charm the snake, to laugh with Zeus upon the sacred mountain, to be tempted by the nymphs of Pan. The Reformation. To be both victim and villain, sinner and saint, the captured and the free, is to taste…The Reformation.
Words to Live By: “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious and immature.” – Tom Robbins
Brewers: Bruce Loux, Christina Canto, Stephen Harper, Nathan Whitney
Beer Style: ESB
OG: 1.051
TG: 1.012
ABV: 5.03%
Malts: 2-row, Vienna, Pilsen, 60L & 120L Crystal, 60L Organic Crystal
Hops: Crystal, Centennial, Brewers Gold, US Golding, Nugget

Thompson Brewery (Salem, Ore.)
Treme Northwest Amber
This brew is in honor of my recent obsession with New Orleans and its culture, food and music. If I were ever able to go and bring some beer I would want to represent the PNW in a great way with a big, classic and hoppy amber. Smooth caramel notes to drink as I listen to some amazing jazz and second lines, a bit of a bumped-up hop profile to play with all of the food palates that are there and a touch of flaked barley to bring it all together. Cheers!
Words to Live By: “Trust me, trust me, it’ll be all right, drink a little poison before you die” – Soul Rebels Brass Band
Brewer: Jen Turner Beer
Beer Style: NW Amber
OG: 1.072
TG: 1.016
ABV: 7.22%
Malts: 2-row, Optic, Vienna, 50/60L & 135/165L Crystal, Flaked Barley
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Citra

John Barleycorns Brewery (Tigard, Ore.)
Freewill IPA
When tasting Freewill IPA, the first thing you will notice is a RUSH of hop aroma created by multiple dry hoppings. Five hop varieties blend together to offer a full spectrum of flavor from citrusy grapefruit to resinous pine. A touch of CaramelVienna was used to balance the hop bitterness and add a slightly sweet malt flavor along with an orange hue.
Words to Live By: “I will choose a path that’s clear; I will choose free will.”
Brewer: Tim Proctor
Beer Style: IPA
OG: 1.075
TG: 1.013
ABV: 8.00%
Malts: Organic Pilsner, CaramelVienna
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Galena, Crystal

Crystal Ballroom Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Obamanator Doppelbock
To commemorate the upcoming election season we have created a delicious complex beer to break the gridlock of the most conservative palates. Obamanator is here to bring to the forefront the rich diversity of flavor brought to you by 99% of the ingredients required to put this great beer on the map. A beautiful dark brown lager, with reddish hues capped by a creamy tan head, abounds with lush aromas of sweet dried figs. With the first sip your mouth is occupied by a creamy, malt sweetness, soon developing into a fruit movement of undeniable proportions. A robust full-flavored lager with a crisp finish and lingering warm fruit flavors that no bipartisan beer connoisseur could protest.  So stand with the masses and recognize the leadership qualities this beer has to transform you into a follower.
Words to Live By: “Beer, because one does not solve all the world’s problems over white wine.”
Brewers: Jeff Cooley & Alex McGaw
Beer Style: Doppelbock
OG: 1.081
TG: 1.018
ABV: 8.13%
Malts: Pilsen, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Special Aromatic, Caramel Munich 40L
Hops: Crystal

Roseburg Station Brewery (Roseburg, Ore.)
Umber Waves of Grain
Thick, rich and creamy, Umber Waves of Grain is a meal in a glass. Barley malts, rye malts, oat malt and wheat malts give this multigrain stout a complex malt character with plenty of body and roasty and nutty flavors. The oats, wheat and flaked barley contribute to a creamy mouthfeel that is countered by a subtle bitterness and flavors from Tettnanger and US Goldings hops.
Words to Live By: “More people are driven insane through religious hysteria than by drinking alcohol.” – W.C. Fields
Brewer: Tom Johnson
Beer Style: Multigrain Stout
OG: 1.053
TG: 1.014
ABV: 5.03%
Malts: Pale Ale, Organic 60L Crystal, Oats, Rye, Wheat, CaramelMunich, Crystal Rye, Roasted Rye, Flaked Barley, Roast
Hops: Tettnanger, US Golding

Fulton Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Black ‘Ops
Black ‘Ops is a Black IPA. In the Pacific Northwest, Black IPAs are sometimes classified as Cascadian Dark Ales. Any further information about Black ‘Ops is classified. What we can tell you is that it is a very dark beer that has a garnet hue when held to light. It first greets the drinker with an aroma that is citrusy and piney, with a subtle toastiness. The flavor of this clandestine ale is mellow at first with toasted graham cracker and chocolate notes.  From there, an aggressive citrusy, piney, spicy and resinous hop character takes control. Black ‘Ops is a highly secretive and highly hopped Black IPA. Not much else is known. To learn more, order up a pint and conduct your own investigation.
Words to Live By: “Don’t be stingy with your ammo.”
Brewer: Ryan Mott
Beer Style: Black IPA
OG: 1.064
TG: 1.012
ABV: 6.71%
Malts: *Top Secret * (probably Pale, Carafa II, Wheat, Flaked Barley, Victory)
Hops: *Top Secret* (probably Centennial, Crystal, Cascade)

Hillsdale Brewery (Portland, Ore.)
Mojo’s Mocha Porter
This porter was brewed with McMenamins own craft-roasted El Salvadorian coffee thrown right into the mash. The added raw cacao blends smoothly with the chocolate malt and coffee. That lingering taste on the back of your tongue? That’s the pepper blend added to the end of the boil.
Words to Live By: “Brewers enjoy working to make beer as much as drinking beer instead of working." – Harold Rudolph
Brewer: Robert Mason
Beer Style: Porter
OG: 1057
TG: 1.012
ABV: 5.81%
Malts: Pale, Kiln Coffee, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate
Hops: Cascade
Special Ingredients: Anaheim, serrano & jalapeño peppers, McMenamins El Salvadorian Coffee, raw cacao

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