I eagerly anticipate the release of Cascade Brewing's apricot beer each year. It's fun to drink, tart and tangy, with a mouthwatering lactic acidity and a hint of tannin from the oak barrels it's aged in.
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Celebrating beer writer Fred Eckhardt's birthday for the seventh year in a row while raising money for charity, the annual FredFest at Hair of the Dog Brewing showcased rare and one-off beers from 22 breweries for its 2012 extravaganza. Read on to discover our choices for the 8 most memorable sips from FredFest 2012.
This Northwest Sour Ale started as a blend of strong dark porters aged in oak, wine and bourbon barrels, then blended with a dark porter that was brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The blend was then aged an additional 14 months with dates.
I think of Portland, Oregon as Beervana—and it is—but freshly brewed ale isn't the only impressive thing on the PDX beverage scene. Last week I sipped my way around Puddletown, sampling creative cocktails, micro-roasted coffee, and yes, a few excellent beers. See the most delicious drinks we tried in this slideshow.