Here is the Beer List for Portland’s only Barleywine Festival and Oregon’s oldest one that takes place this Friday and Saturday March 6th and 7th at Lucky Labrador Brewpub on NW Quimby for the 18th annual Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival. It’s one of our favorites because it is usually so under-attended and is full of vintage beer gems that have aged gracefully without any lines.
I was invited to taste many of the older vintage beers in advance to see how they have aged. For every 3 or 4 great ones there is one past it’s prime. Before you see the full beer list, here are a couple of our recommendations:
2013 Evil Twin Freudian Slip is preserved well in hoppiness with still a nice big bitter bite.
Gigantic Massive Barleywine is nearly devoid of hops but a delicious tootsie roll depth of caramel flavors has set in. Amazing!
Great Divide Old Ruffian, each vintage holds up well and this is just a classic American Barleywine with equal parts maltiness and hoppiness.
Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, one of the best Barleywines ever, I didnt try this vintage version but I would be shocked if it didnt hold up.
2013 Lompoc Old Tavern Rat is one of the best Barleywines I have ever had and it ages incredibly well.
2013 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, another classic American Barleywine this one heavier on the hops and bitternesss that still kicks like it’s fresh.
2013 Stone Oak-Smoked Old Guardian I am dying to try, I loved this special version when it came out and the smoke should have worked well as a preservative.
2009 Old Market Barleywine was a surprising stand out from our early preview tasting. A prime example of how this style can age gracefully.
VINTAGE / BREWERY / BEER / STYLE / % ABV
2013 21st AMENDMENT LOWERDeBOOM BARLEYWINE 10.5
2012 ALAMEDA OLD ALGER BARLEYWINE 11.00
2011 ANCHOR OLD FOGHORN BARLEYWINE 8.20
2012 ANCHOR OLD FOGHORN BARLEYWINE 8.20
2013 BEAR REPUBLIC OLD SCOUTTERS BARLEYWINE 10.00
2011 BEER VALLEY HIGHWAY TO ALE BARLEYWINE 10.50
2013 BOULDER KILLER PENGUIN BARLEYWINE 10.00
2010 EL TORO 500 BARLEYWINE 8.80
2013 EVIL TWIN FREUDIAN SLIP BARLEYWINE 10.30
2013 GIGANTIC MASSIVE BARLEYWINE 12.00
2012 GREAT DIVIDE OLD RUFFIAN BARLEYWINE 10.20
2013 GREAT DIVIDE OLD RUFFIAN BARLEYWINE 10.20
2014 HALE’S ALES BBL AGED BARLEYWINE BARLEYWINE 10.10
2013 HOP VALLEY THE WOLFE BARLEYWINE 9.80
2009 LUCKY LAB OLD YELLER BARLEYWINE 11.60
2010 LUCKY LAB OLD YELLER BARLEYWINE 11.25
2010 LUCKY LAB BBL AGED SON OF OLD YELLER BARLEYWINE 9.20
2011 LUCKY LAB OLD YELLER BARLEYWINE 10.90
2013 LUCKY LAB OLD YELLER BARLEYWINE 9.60
2013 MIDNIGHT SUN ARCTIC DEVIL BARLEYWINE 13.20
2014 MONTAVILLA OLD FELLOWSHIP BARLEYWINE 10.50
2012 LOMPOC OLD TAVERN RAT BARLEYWINE 9.70
2013 NORTH COAST OLD STOCK BARLEYWINE 11.90
2012 OAKSHIRE OL’ 2 PLANKER BARLEYWINE 10.00
2013 OAKSHIRE BARLEYWINE BARLEYWINE 10.10
2009 OLD MARKET BARLEYWINE BARLEYWINE 10.13
2009 ROGUE OLD CRUSTY BARLEYWINE 11.60
2012 SIERRA NEVADA BIGFOOT BARLEYWINE 9.60
2010 SOUTHERN OREGON MRS. CLAWS BARLEYWINE 9.50
2011 SOUTHERN OREGON BARLEYWINE BARLEYWINE 9.50
2013 STONE OAK SMOKED OLD GUARDIAN BARLEYWINE 11.40
2009 TERMINAL GRAVITY BUCOLIC PLAGUE BARLEYWINE 13.10
2011 TERMINAL GRAVITY BUCOLIC PLAGUE BARLEYWINE 13.10
2012 UINTA ANNIVERSARY BARLEYWINE 10.40
2013 UINTA ANNIVERSARY BARLEYWINE 10.40
2013 UINTA COCKEYED COOPER BARLEYWINE 11.00
2012 WIDMER OLDEMBALMER BARLEYWINE 10.20
2013 WIDMER OLD EMBALMER BARLEYWINE 10.2.
2013 WIDMER OAK AGED OLD EMBALMER BARLEYWINE 10.20
2013 AWESOME ALES SPIKE DRIVER AMERICAN STRONG ALE 7.90
2012 THE BRUERY MELANGE#3 AMERICAN STRONG ALE 15.50
2012 DeGARDE REGARDS GIN BBL AGED IIPA 8.60
2012 DESCHUTES XXIV BLACK BUTTTE PORTER 11.00
2012 EL TORO YO AMERICAN STRONG ALE 8.20
2012 GILGAMESH BBL AGED HOP SCOTCH SCOTCH ALE ???
2012 HOPWORKS ARMY OF DARKNESS IMPERIAL STOUT 11.10
2010 LOMPOC C-SONS IIPA 8.00
2010 LOMPOC UPSETTER BELGIAN BARLEYWINE 9.20
2012 NINKASI ALLIES WIN THE WAR! ALE BREWED W/ DATES 8.50
2012 NINKASI SASQUATCH LEGACY WHEAT WINE 9.00
2010 OAKSHIRE SASQUATCH AMERICAN STRONG ALE 9.30
2013 OLD TOWN BLASTED MALT LIQUOR 8.30
2012 ROCK BOTTOM SKELETOR DOPPELBOCK 5,000,000.00
2010 ROCK BOTTOM BBL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT IMPERIAL STOUT -5
2011 STONE RUINATION IMPERIAL IPA 8.20
2012 THREE CREEKS BIG BAD SISTERS IMPERIAL COFFEE STOUT 9.20
2009 TERMINAL GRAVITY FESTIVALE BRITISH STRONG ALE 8.30
2013 WICKED CIDER BAKED APPLE STRONG CIDER 8.50
2012 WIDMER COLLABORATOR HALLUCINATOR OLDE ALE 7.50
4 tickets and tasting glass for $15.00 (glass is required for tasting)
1 ticket = 4 oz.
Additional tickets $2.00
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209
Friday, March 6, 12 noon – 10 pm
Saturday, March 7, 12 noon – 10 pm
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