Jester King Brewery is a surprise addition to the 3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival lineup this weekend, March 28th and 29th, at Saraveza and outside along N. Michigan Street. One of the more exciting and creative brewers of wild and farmhouse ales, Jester King out of Austin, Texas, has sent five sour/tart wild ales to be poured at the fest among the 70+ other beers from across the country.
Here is a preview of what Jester King is sending. Also, there are still tickets left for the Sunday Pre-Fest Brunch at Saraveza’s Bad Habit Room for only $25 its with 4 beers.
Inspired by the rustic farmhouse ales of French Flanders, particularly those brewed by Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq — one of our favorite breweries in the world. Ambrée is a dry, tart, naturally conditioned amber ale fermented and matured with dozens of different strains of brewers’ yeast, native wild yeast, brettanomyces yeast, and souring bacteria. It’s 6.4% alcohol by volume, has a finishing gravity of 1.005, and is 3.5 pH.
2014 Autumnal Dichotomous
The ingredients used in this beer are meant to evoke the season. Butternut squash, acorn squash, and the herbs and spices used—dried sage and long pepper—are common components of autumnal meals. Head Brewer Garrett Crowell smoked the acorn and butternut squash over oak barrel staves, to invoke sense memories of fall.
2015 Hibernal Dichotomous
Returning to the practice of bière de coupage or beer that is “cut”, Hibernal Dichotomous is a blend of young farmhouse ale (63%) brewed this past November, mature barrel aged beer brewed with lavender, rosemary and spearmint in November of 2012 (25%), and fresh pressed watermelon juice (12%). The watermelons we juiced for Hibernal Dichotomous came from this winter’s harvest. 5.8% ABV.
a farmhouse ale brewed with hay and slowly fermented in French brandy barrels with native yeast and bacteria. The wort for Reposé was brewed with Texas Hill Country water from our well, malted barley, hay, aged hops, and fresh hops. It was then pitched with Jester King’s unique mixed culture of brewer’s yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. After an initial fermentation in stainless steel, Reposé was then slowly fermented for months in Brandy barrels we received from France. 8.3% ABV.
Montmorency vs. Balaton
Montmorency vs Balaton was made from a blend of two different barrel-aged sour beers, refermented with a combination Montmorency and Balaton sour cherries from Michigan. It’s 6.7% alcohol by volume, with a finishing gravity of 1.005 and 3.5 pH.
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Portland, OR - You know it’s spring when the Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival comes around for its 3rd and freshest year yet, with more than 70 different beers, artisan cheese, charcuterie, and pickles. Taking place Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th at Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern, outside along N. Michigan Street and in the Bad Habit Room, this year’s festival has the grandest selection yet of saisons, barrel-aged, fruit, herb, spice, and wild yeast inflected beers. Expect more than 30 beers on tap at one time at multiple stations with more than 70 beers total rotating in as kegs run out.
Crooked Stave, Almanac and Holy Mountain Brewing debuts
Oregon is a hotbed of Farmhouse inspired beers that will be well represented but the festival is extremely excited to introduce nationally known brewers Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project from Denver, Colorado and Almanac Beer Co. of San Francisco, which will both have their own booths outside on both days of the festival. Also debuting is Holy Mountain Brewing, a white-hot new brewery from Seattle who will be introducing their beers to Oregon for the first time with a special tapping and meet-the-brewers at 11am on Saturday.
Exclusive Beer and Bottle Release from Upright Brewing
Upright Brewing, Portland’s first farmhouse brewery has kindly done an exclusive single cask wild ale with just 55 bottles and a few small kegs for the festival this year. Upright Farmhouse Festival Reserve is a single barrel-aged wheat-based saison transformed by adding several extra layers – oak spice, light minerality and metallic notes, mellow acidity, and a pinch of dark cherries. Still, with all those components to the profile, it still drinks crisp and easy while showing the hallmark of farmhouse style beers – individuality. 4.75% abv
Bottles of Upright Farmhouse Festival Reserve will be available for purchase on Sunday 3/29 for FESTIVAL ATTENDEES ONLY. Tickets for bottles will be available at the door when we open at 11:AM. Tickets are a limit of one per person and are $15 CASH ONLY. You may then redeem your bottle starting at 2:PM and we’ll be tapping a keg of the beer at 1:PM, so you can try the beer right away!
Artisan Cheese, Charcuterie and Pickles
This years festival features an expanded outdoor area with booths for Cascadia Creamery, Olympia Provisions and Saraveza’s kitchen pickle plates. Festival attendees can snack and pair their beer with locally made and crafted foods as well as purchase a Cheese, Charcuterie or Pickle Plate or hot dogs. Cascade Creamery and Olympia Provisions will also offer their fine products available to-go.
The Ale Apothecary will have their own booth both days of the festival with bottle pours and the debut of a brand new hoppier beer line called “Carpe Diem Mañana” as well as their Sahalie and other even rarer bottles.
De Garde Brewing will have a booth at the festival Saturday 3/28 only and be offering pours of “Imperial Raspberry Bue”, “Saison Deuxieme” and “Saison Troisieme”
Block 15 Brewing and Agrarian Ales will share a booth on both Saturday and Sunday pouring up to 3 different rare beers each.
Almanac Brewing will be featured at their own booth both days of the festival featuring the debut of their new “Farmers Reserve Strawberry” along with four other saisons and sours.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer will debut new distribution in Oregon with a booth operated both days of the festival and rotating between six different beers including their “Nightmare on Brett Port Barrel aged” as well as Cassis, Wild Sage and Noir beers.
Propolis Brewing who recently won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival will operate a booth with 3 of their beers (including the medal winner – Beltane) pouring on Sunday 3/29 with rare bottle treats
FHF Brewers Brunch
To kick-off each day of the festival, Bad Habit Room is hosting a Brewer’s Brunch on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th.
For $25 you receive a full belly (your choice – order off the menu), a sneak peak of some of the Farmhouse Festival beers from Holy Mountain Brewing on Saturday and Propolis Brewing on Sunday, tip for your server and early entry into the fest. (FHF entries sold separately.)
A brewery or two will be highlighted at each breakfast with a brewer there to discuss their beer and chat with customers.
Breakfast starts at 9:30am. This breakfast is Advanced ticket-only and has limited seating.
Rare Beer Debuts and Highlights:
pFriem Family Brewers will debut their first barrel-aged and sour beers, a Flanders Red and Flanders Blonde. Follow Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival on Facebook for tapping updates.
Ecliptic Brewing will share their first wild/brett beer “Syrah barrel aged Aries Brett Pale”
Crux Fermentation Project will debut an extremely rare “Brett’ed Saison aged on Pears”
Pelican Brewing has sent us two rare barrel-aged kegs “Nector Sectorr” a Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saison with Nectarines and “Queen of Hearts” a Gin Barrel-Aged Saison.
Oakshire Brewing has busted out rare wild ales “Hermanne 1882” a barrel-aged brett saison with wine grapes, “Admiral Raspberry” a sour Framboise-style beer and “Oude Bes” a Flanders Red with Strawberries and Balsamic.
Parking and Public Transportation Options
First come, first serve off-street parking is available in PCC Cascade Parking Lots C & D, on either side of the Telephone Exchange Building, located at 1011 N. Killingsworth Street, directly across from Saraveza during festival hours.
#72 & #4 bus lines run right to the Festival/Saraveza and the MAX Yellow line N. Killingsworth stop is just a few blocks away.
WHAT: 3rd annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival presented by Saraveza, Willamette Week and Maletis Beverage.
WHEN: Saturday March 28th 11am – 9pm and Sunday March 29th 11am – 7pm
WHERE: Saraveza – 1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
TICKETS: $25 Entry includes 10 beer tickets and a commemorative tasting glass. Choose from 70+ Rotating Farmhouse and Wild Ales. Tickets available at the door or advanced presale at http://www.beerboutique.com/product/portland-farmhouse-and-wild-ale-festival-entry
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