Portland Brewfest 2010

Yesterday I went to the Portland Brewfest for the first time, and boy was it fun!

Brewfest is a local “must”. I’ve lived here for three years, and this has always been something that I’ve wanted to do. The festival is situated along the waterfront, and this year there were 80 craft beers available to taste.

My girlfriends from work (Christine and Kelsey) and I left a bit early to try and avoid the long beer lines. We could not have asked for a better day: the air was warm, the sun was shining, and our spirits were high. People in Portland wait all year for the grey skies and rain to dissipate, and when they do people are ready to be outside and have fun with their friends.

My beer tastes have evolved since I’ve been in Portland. I don’t consider myself to be a beer connoisseur by any means, and when it comes to trying new brews out I feel pretty adventurous. Summertime beer in Portland is obviously seasonal, and I love going to the local breweries in town and testing out the summer ales. They’re usually very fresh, light, and a perfect complement to a hot summer day.

Yesterday I tried a lot of beers that I wouldn’t normally get in a bar. Here are a few worth noting:

  • Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beer. It sounds a little unusual, yes, but it was delicious! Very fresh and crisp. I liked how it was a tad bit pink, too.
  • Coco Loco – Big Island Brown beer. This beer was a surprising favorite of mine. I’m not a huge fan of coconut in general, but this beer tasted like a dessert in a glass. This is the beer that you see in the beer mug photo below.
  • Pomegranate Wheat beer. This beer totally grossed me out. So much, in fact, that I gave it away to my friends. It tasted a lot like ketchup…not something I want to taste when I’m drinking beer.

The beer selection in Portland is something that I’ll miss while I’m in Spain. I suppose this will be one of the big things I’ll look forward to having when I come back! :)

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