2nd Annual Kriekfest Celebrates Cherry Beers (and Ciders) in Oregon’s Hood River Valley on June 24

2nd Annual Kriekfest Celebrates Cherry Beers (and Ciders) in Oregon’s Hood River Valley on June 24

Kriekfest returns this weekend in a scenic Parkdale, Oregon with beer, cider and wine.

View of Mt. Hood from last year's  Kriek Fest

View of Mt. Hood from last year's  Kriek Fest

From the press release:

"The host venue, Solera Brewery, offers breathtaking views of iconic Mt. Hood and the surrounding orchards. Kriekfest 2017 tickets are now available at merctickets.com/go/KriekfestThey are $25 [including 8 tickets for 4-ounce pours (starting at 2 tickets) and a commemorative glass] online and limited to 750. The event is expected to sell-out again, but if available admission will be $30 at the gate (4945 Baseline Rd.) on Saturday, June 24, 2017. A package that includes transportation from Portland to Parkdale and back via the Brewvana bus is available online for $100 and includes 3 extra tickets. A limited number of rooms are available at Hood River Inn when mentioning “Kriekfest” until June 1. Designated drivers and minors will be admitted free." 

(Center) Catherine Selzer & DJ Paul of Brewpublic

(Center) Catherine Selzer & DJ Paul of Brewpublic

 

Kriek, Flemish for cherry, is a four-centuries-old style of spontaneously-fermented, lambic ales aged on cherries (pits and all). World-class examples imported from Belgium for Kriekfest include Brasserie Cantillon, Brouwerij Drei Fonteinen, and Hanssens Artisanaal. Cherry-growing regions are natural for such beers so it’s no surprise the Hood River Valley’s Belgian-inspired breweries make excellent krieks. The breweries in the Gorge featured at the fest include hosts Solera plus Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Pfriem Family Brewers, and Double Mountain Brewing . Combined with the fecund Willamette Valley, Oregon cherry farmers harvest over 13,000 acres of cherries.

Old Lumber truck 

Old Lumber truck 

Among the first beers created at Solera in 2012 were wild ales with local cherries. The festival was initially conceived in 2013 when beer writer and festival producer Brian Yaeger and brewmaster Jason Kahler were chatting in Solera’s back patio. The celebration of cherry-laced libations is family-friendly with live music and delicious food. Attendees are encouraged to camp in the valley for the weekend and explore the breweries, cideries, and farms throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Follow updates on Facebook at facebook.com/Kriekfest, Instagram at @BrianYaeger or @SoleraBrewery, and on Twitter at @Kriekfest. For more information visit Kriekfest.com

Breweries


Alesong (Eugene, OR) - Cherry Parliament
Block 15 (Corvallis, OR) - Kriek  --  (96 pt. rating on RateBeer.com)
Bruery Terreux (Placentia, CA) Sans Pagaie  --  (97 pts)
Cantillon (Belgium) - Kriek   --  (98 pts)
Cascade (Portland, OR) - Farm Pits
Culmination (Portland, OR) - Kriek Mythology
Double Mountain (Hood River, OR) - Devil's Cuvee Kriek
Double Mountain (Hood River, OR) - Tahoma Kriek
Drie Fonteinen (Belgium) - Intense Red Oude Kriek  --   (100 pts)
Engine House No. 9 (Tacoma, WA)  - Wild Tacoma Montmorency Cherry
Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA) Krieky Bones  --  (100 pts)
Fort George collab w/ Finnriver Cider (Astoria, OR) - Shady Grove
Great Notion (Portland, OR) - Orchard Reserve
Hanssens (Belgium) - Scarenbecca Kriek  --  (99 pts)
Jester King (Austin, TX) - Montmorency vs. Balaton  --  (100 pts)
Lindemans (Belgium) Oude Kriek Cuvée René  --  (97 pts)
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (Hood River, OR) - Cerasus  --  (97 pts)
Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA) Cuvee de Tomme  --  (100 pts)
Modern Times (San Diego, CA) Realism Island  -- (100 pts)
New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO) Love Cherry Felix  --  (97 pts)
pFriem (Hood River, OR) Oude Kriek -- (93 pts)
Side Project (Maplewood, MO) Kriek du Fermier  -- (100 pts)
Side Project (Maplewood, MO) Balaton  -- (99 pts)
Solera (Parkdale, OR) - Kriek 2013
Solera (Parkdale, OR) Kriek Cuvee
Upright (Portland, OR) - Shades-- (95 pts)
Wolves & People (Newberg, OR) Montmorissey

Cideries/wineries

Reverend Nat’s (Portland, OR)  - Sacrilege
Slopeswell (Hood River, OR) Hood Creek Cherry
Finnriver (Chimacum, WA) see Fort George Brewing Shady Grove
Frederiksal (Denmark) - Cherry Wine

 

 

 

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