15th Annual Barley Cup

McMenamins Spirits Tasting

Coot & Codger

Potato Famine

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

About 15th Annual Barley Cup


Music by

Coot & Codger

and Potato Famine

7 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m.


Spirits Tasting

12 noon ‘til 5 p.m.

What could be better than a selection of cool brews at the start of summer, all vying to be your favorite? Head to the Barley Cup.

The twist to this contest is that our brewers cannot just brew the beer they do best. Instead, a random drawing determines the brew style to be crafted. For the patrons and judges, this ensures a full range of beers from which to choose. In keeping with tradition, the Capital City Homebrewers Club determine the overall winner of the Barley Cup trophy. The proud winner goes on to represent McMenamins at the Holiday Ale Festival in downtown Portland in December. We also asks our guests to determine the winner of the People's Choice award. Brewers are on hand to answer questions, give tours of the brewery and plead their cases for their own brews.

During the festival, feel free to explore the property. The Thompson house itself was built in 1905 by Spanish American War veteran Fred Thompson for his father Franklin, a Civil War veteran, and his mother Maria. It is rumored that some of the long-passed Thompsons still hang around, so keep an eye on your beer. Raise a pint of McMenamins ale to the Thompson family and all who came after them.

What we’ll be pouring:

Cascadian Light Ale
Old Church Brewery
(Wilsonville, Ore.)

This was brewed to be a light, hoppy, session beer. The name is derived from the Oregonian tradition of creating something new and laying namesake to it. Here in the land of Cascadia, we choose rain over sun for most of the year. So when the sun finally comes out, it is time to sit back and soak up some rays. Don’t be afraid to imbibe in a few of these light ales with your feet kicked back and the sun hitting your face. Let the hops entice your nose while the smooth caramel malt and carbonation mingle on your tongue. Because you, yes you, you earned it.

When he’s not brewing, Mark likes to play disc golf and croquet in the sun. He can also be found doing “market research” at various bars and brewfests around town.

Brewer: Mark Goodwin
Style: American Pale Ale
Malts: Gambrinus Pilsner Malt, Pale Malt, Optic Malt, 40l Crystal
Hops: US Brewers Gold, Amarillo, Simcoe (double dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo)
O.G.: 1.051
T.G.: 1.009
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 40
SRM: 5

Rub-A-Dub English Mild Brown Ale
Crystal Brewery
(Portland, Ore.)

This English-style mild brahn ale pours a slight brahn color wif amber 'ues, a thick creamy crust wafts 'romas of sweet poppy red wif a 'int of roasted toffee. Medium-bodied, the bloomin' delicate sweetness comingles wif a subtle caramel flavor followed by a slightly dry tu'penny post finish. A slightly darker, ham and cheesy drinkin' pig’s ear, that offers a pleasant compliment ter the bloody warm days of summer. Grab your chinas and scapa ter the bloomin' rub-a-dub for a couple pints of this Gary Player.

When not brewing, Jeff and Alex enjoy “sittin’ round wif our chinas ‘avin a few Britneys and rockin’ aahhht.”

Brewers: Alex McGaw and Jeff Cooley
Style: English Mild Brown
Malts: Thomas Fawcett & Sons Maris Otter Pale Malt, Dark Crystal Malt I, Pale Chocolate Malt, Grain Millers Rolled Oats
Hops: Perle, Golding, Willamette
Yeast Strain: Wyeast 1318 London III
O.G.: 1.042
T.G.: 1.016
ABV: 3.35%
IBU: 18
SRM: 17

Ramblin’ Amber
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery
(Hilsboro, Ore.)

Similar to pale ale, but with more body and color, this handcrafted ale has a copper color to compliment the caramel goodness and sweet malty flavor that balances the slightly citrus quality of the hops. American amber ales can differ greatly, but at Cornelius Pass Brewery we chose to brew a beer showcasing the perfect balance between malt and bitterness, an obvious choice when you have Ramblin’ on your mind.

When he is not brewing, Brady likes working up big timber. Chris is preparing to become a monk... well... kind of....

Brewers: Chris Oslin and Brady Romtvedt
Style: American Amber
Malts: American Two Row, Honey Malt, Optic Malt, 75L & 120L Crystal
Hops: Amarillo, Cascade
O.G.: 1.058
T.G.: 1.013
ABV: 5.81%
IBU: 33
SRM: 17

No Quarter Strong English Bitter
Concordia Brewery
(Portland, Ore.)

Fermented with British Ale yeast and brewed with the most premium British malts, No Quarter is an exceptionally drinkable strong English bitter. This medium-bodied ale presents itself with a brilliant coppery hue and slightly off-white head. The sweet Golden Promise malt flavor is followed by assertive, lingering hop bitterness. Earthy, floral hop flavor and aroma compliment the complex characteristics of the British malt. Will you choose the path where no one goes? Dare you ask “No Quarter”?

When not brewing beer, Kevin and Matt enjoy drinking “No Quarter” while fishing, golfing and after an epic surf session.

Brewers: Kevin Lee and Matt Carter
Style: Strong English Bitter
Malts: TF&S Golden Promise, Best Vienna, Best Pale Wheat, GM Rolled Oats, 120L Crystal, FB Kiln Amber Malt
Hops: Galena, Brewers Gold, Golding, Crystal
Yeast Strain: 1335 British Ale II™
O.G.: 1.054        
T.G.: 1.014         
ABV: 5.16%
IBU: 48
SRM: 10

Fusion IPA
Thompson House Brewery
(Salem, Ore.)

My favorite thing about being a brewer in the PNW is the boundaries are limitless! We know and understand our styles, then we push beyond that to see what new brew we can come up with. I have been working with IPAs a lot lately and this is where I have expanded my brewing ideas into a recipe for the masses. Fusing Citra hops into the mash bed that is blended along with a bit of Pilsen malt and Optic malt to bring out a unique grain bill brings out a great nose on this IPA. Big notes of citrus, along with a great bitterness factor that won’t blow your palate apart, start this IPA off for you. It is then followed by a unique blend of Brewers Gold, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops to of course keep our hopheads happy as well. Hope you enjoy my version of the PNW IPA family that we have out here! Cheers!

When Jen is not brewing beer, she likes to pretend that she is a good gardener…ha!

Brewer: Jen Kent
Style: American IPA
Malts: GWM Pale, Optic, GWM Vienna, Pilsner Malt
Hops: Citra (in the mash), Brewers Gold, Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo
O.G.: 1.070
T.G.: 1.018
ABV: 6.71%
IBU: 74
SRM: 6

Cairngorm’s Courage
High Street Brewery
(Eugene, Ore.)

This strong scotch ale is named after the Cairngorms mountain range in the Highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms were once referred to as the red hills. Like the Cairngorms mountain range, Cairngorm’s Courage is a big and potentially dangerous trek through a range of reddish hues. This malt-forward brew has just enough hop bitterness to counter the heavy malt sweetness and the addition of peat-smoked malt gives it a subtle Scotch smokiness for extra bite. The high finishing gravity and high alcohol content will give any worthy explorer the courage and energy to climb the Cairngorms. Slainte Mhor!

When Charlton is not hard at work in the brewery, he enjoys a good game of bocce ball with friends on a warm summer day with steaks grilling on the barbecue and music wafting through the air.

Brewer: Charlton Fulton
Style: Strong Scotch Ale
Malts: Marris Otter Pale Malt, U.S. Pale Malt, Flaked Barley, Oat Malt, Special Aromatic Malt, Amber Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Peat Smoked Malt, Carafa II Malt
Hops: Galena, U.S. Goldings
O.G.: 1.082
T.G.: 1.016
ABV: 8.51%
IBU: 24.3
SRM: 15.7

Baltic Avenue Porter
Monroe Brewery
(Corvallis, Ore.)

Baltic Porter is traditionally brewed in the nations around the Baltic Sea. This beer style is a cross between an English porter and a Russian Imperial Stout. The six different malts give this beer its sweet malty aroma and flavor. The four specialty malts create the dark brown color. Please enjoy this Baltic porter on your journey to Park Place on the Reading Railroad. Cheers!

When Gary is not brewing beer, he likes to go camping in the high desert.

Brewer: Gary Nance
Style: Baltic Porter
Malts: Munich, Vienna, Brown, C-75, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate
Hops: Perle
O.G.: 1.068
T.G.: 1.017
ABV: 6.83%
IBU: 26
SRM: 27

Ojo Negro Foreign Extra Stout
Old St. Francis School Brewery
(Bend, Ore.)

The Ojo Negro is a very dark and very robust stout. Full malt flavors come strong with this ale. Roast coffee and touches of molasses and dark chocolate meld with a hint of fruit. A mellow hop characteristic sits ever so slightly in the background. The finish is slightly dry and with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. The Ojo Negro packs a big punch that could leave you with what the name describes – a black eye!

When Curley is not brewing beer, he enjoys learning the small nuances of this great big world from his 1-year-old daughter! Being outdoors with beer in hand, sun on his skin and a smile his face!!!

Brewer: Mike “Curley” White
Style: Foreign Extra Stout
Malts: GWM Pale Malt, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40L, Baird’s 70/80, Barid’s 135/165, Baird’s Chocolate, Baird’s Roast
Hops: Galena, Sterling
O.G.: 1.067
T.G.: 1.013
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 45
SRM: 50

Sweet Dreams Imperial Stout
John Barleycorn Brewery
(Tigard, Ore.)

If you like stouts, Sweat Dreams Imperial Stout is for you. The plan was to utilize every square inch of the mash tun. Starting an ESB base malt adds a slightly toasty flavor right off the bat. Then to save room for more fermentable sugars a combination Munich/Crystal malt was added along with the darkest roast malt available. Midnight Wheat is a bitter, less roasted malt that has less astringent flavors than typical highly roasted grain. It gives this beer its jet black color and clean roast flavors. A large amount of hops where thrown in to balance the malty sweetness and to add to the already complex aroma.

When not brewing beer, Tim enjoys competing in BBQ competitions.

Brewer: Tim Proctor
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Malts: Gambrinus ESB Pale Malt, Flaked Barley, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40, Briess Midnight Wheat
Hops: Galena, Perle, Golding
O.G.: 1.080
T.G.: 1.018
ABV: 8%
IBU: 60
SRM: 4


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