Held June 17th, the Rye Beer Fest is days away. Purchase tickets and review beers + cider inside.
image courtesy Rye Beer Fest

image courtesy Rye Beer Fest

Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore. ... The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest features 24 diverse rye beers and 1 cider.

The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held Saturday, June 17th, 2017 from 11 am to 9 pm at Happy Valley Station Food Cart Pod (13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015). This year the festival is benefitting New Avenues For Youth.

There is no cost to enter the festival, but a $10 package is required to drink beer. This includes an official tasting glass and four drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 a piece. A majority of the beers will cost one ticket for a four-ounce pour or four tickets for a full glass. A few of the beers may require multiple tickets. Purchase your tickets in advance and save money by gaining additional drink tickets. Get eight tickets and an official rye beer fest tasting glass for $10 online at www.ryebeerfest.com.

As always festival organizer Kerry Finsand tries to curate a beer selection that highlights the impact of rye in a beer. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to try rye beers with a subtle hint of rye while others will feature more aggressive spicy characteristics.

After a few years of unsuccessfully getting a brewer to brew a rare style of rye beer called Kvass, this year it happened. Widmer Brother’s Brewer Thomas Bleigh brewed Kvass is that?, a sour fermented beverage that is traditional in the Slavic and Baltic regions made from old rye bread. The drink is low ABV, salty and tart and comes in at only 1.5%.

This is our first year of ever having a cider in our festival as well. Portland Cider Company has made Brigid, a rye hopped cider (not gluten free) in the hopes of bringing beer and cider lovers together.

If you are not that adventurous enjoy award winning IPA’s or fruit beers, amongst other styles.

You can find the complete tap list with descriptions here:

Beer/Cider Information

Brewery: Yachats Brewing
Beer Name: Ryedonkulous
Style: Farmhouse rye
IBU: 25
ABV: 6%
Description: A crisp rye beer brewed with experimental hops and aged in barrels

Brewery: Back Pedal Brewing
Beer name: Simple Machine
Style: Lager
IBU: 22
ABV: 6.5%
Description: A soft and lightly citrusy lager to start off the summer pedaling season. Get your bike out of the garage and let the elegant and simple machine liberate you from the constraints of daily life as you ride through our beautiful city and countryside. This Rye Lager is mostly Pilsner malt with 11% Rye Malt. Gently hopped with Mandarina Bavaria.

Brewery: StormBreaker Brewing
Beer name: Boysenroggenbierry
Style: Roggenbier
IBU: 14
ABV: 4.4%
Description: This German style Roggenbier was aged on 125 lbs of boysenberries. Try lifting a 125 lbs of boysenberries, it's heavy, which give it a big berry aroma, with a hint of clove from the hefeweiss yeast. A spiciness upfront gives way to a sweet, yet slightly tart, fruity berry flavor, finishing dry and refreshing. And it looks amazing too!

Brewery: Reuben's Brews
Beer name: Blood Orange American Rye
Style: American Wheat/ Rye
IBU: 32
ABV: 5.4%
Description: This american style rye beer is brewed with blood orange and fermented with a Kolsch yeast giving it notes of tangerine, rye spice, and a dry finish.

Brewery: Founders Brewing
Beer Name: Red Rye IPA
Style: IPA
IBU: 70
ABV: 6.6%
Description: Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.

Brewery: Worthy Brewing
Beer name: Stoker Red Ale
Style: NW Red
IBU: 66
ABV: 6.6%
Description: Passionate about spicy fruit flavor? Stoker is fuel for your firebox. Tantalizing lemon, tangerine, pear, and rye aroma. Empowering fruit and
flower flavor. Seaworthy rye spiciness with sturdy citrus sweetness. Worthy keeps your ship running, you tell it where to go. Keep your stoke alive.

Brewery: Breakside Brewery
Beer name: Imperial Porter
Style: Porter
IBU: 45
ABV: 8%
Description: A strong porter brewed with rye and Ceylon cinnamon; a collaboration with our friends at Reuben's Brews in Seattle

Brewery: Baerlic Brewing Company
Beer name: Cooper and the Rye
Style: Barrel Fermented Mixed Cultured Rye Ale
IBU: 20
ABV: 7%
Description: Brett, Lacto, Rye, Oak. A touch of sweet, spice, and acidity. Some bright fruit notes on the palate and in the finish. You may want another to find out how deep its story goes.

Brewery:Zoiglhaus Brewing Co
Beer name: Rockin’ Roggen
Style: Roggenbier
IBU: 15
ABV: 5%
Description: German Roggenbier is a rarity, even in Germany, but we wanted to take something fun to the Rye Beer Fest, so here it is! The Bavarian Weizenbier yeast provides the banana and clove aromatics (yes, we did do a ferulic acid rest!). The rye, wheat and barley malts give it a light breadiness with a touch of spice. The hops are there to keep it all together, spicy and grassy. Rogg’ on, Dude!

Brewery:PINTS Brewing Co
Beer name: Free Ryeder
Style:Rye Kölsch
IBU: 26
ABV: 4.9%
Description: Rye beer fermented with our house Kölsch strain, it offers spice from the rye malt that we paired up with a variety of German hops.

Brewery: Vagabond Brewing
Beer name: Code Name: Pinetra
Style: IPA
IBU: 50
ABV: 6.5%
Description: Pinetra is a fragrant IPA that blends the tropical fruit-forward character of Ekuanot with the spicy, resinous stickiness of Chinook hops. The resulting beer is a face-full of spice and pine dankness over a bed of lush, tropical delights.

Brewery: Widmer Bros Brewing
Beer name: O’Ryely
Style: IPA
IBU: 50
ABV:6.4%
Description: Rye IPA using three types of rye and spicy hops to amp up the spice ingredient quotient!


Brewery: Widmer Bros Brewing
Beer name: Kvass is that?
Style:Kvass .Sour fermented beverage made from Rye Bread
IBU: N/A
ABV:1.5%
Description: Sour fermented beverage that is traditional in Slavic and Baltic regions made from old rye bread. The drink is low ABV, salty and tart.

Ross Island Brewing
tRYEsome IPA
American IPA
65 IBU's
7.5% ABV
tRYEsome IPA is a deceptively light bodied ale for ringing in at 7.5% ABV. Its aroma has notes of pine and spice which complements the following flavor. The straw colored appearance comes from the Vienna malt. Cascade hops lend their traditional West Coast flavor and aroma. Prost!

Brewery: Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer Name: Bee Here Now
Style: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
IBU:
ABV: 9.5%
Description: Organic Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale with rye, organic GloryBee clover honey and red clover blossoms.

Brewery: Ordnance Brewing
Beer name: RX Pale Ale
Style: Rye Pale Ale
IBU: 34
ABV: 5.6 %
Description: Pouring a light straw color, this ale gets its spicy flavor from a healthy dose of rye malt. The rye spice combines nicely with a Citra and Mosaic aroma present a beer that is perfect for day's end be it after work or a long day of outdoor pursuits.

Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing
Beer Name: Hop Shovel
Style: American IPA
IBU: 100
ABV: 7.5%
Description: Hop Shovel is dry, but with a soft and rounded mouthfeel achieved by using a high proportion of wheat and rye. Hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali provide an abundance of flavor and aroma.

Brewery: Pono Brewing Company
Beer name: Divine Rye’t
Style: Rye IPA
IBU:62 (Haven’t dry hopped it yet so it may be more)
ABV: 6.9%
Description: A Rye IPA (RIPA) that has a beautiful reddish hue to it using both malted rye and crystal rye with a combination of Mosaic and the new BRU-1 experimental hops that have notes of pineapple.

Brewery: Sedition Brewing Co.
Beer name: Rye IPA
Style: Rye IPA
IBU: 50
ABV: 6.3%
Description: This American IPA is brewed with flaked and malted rye, providing a dry, grainy foundation for a clean, spicy hop bitterness.

Brewery: Oregon City Brewing
Beer name: Rye'll Bee Bock
Style: Maibock
IBU: 35
ABV: 7.5 %
Description : Maibock made with malted Rye and Local Meadowfoam honey from the Salem OR area. A strong lager with caramel sweetness and spiciness from the rye. Like the Terminator, the flavors just keep coming and coming...

Brewery: Bent Shovel Brewing
Beer name: Belgian Rye
Style: Belgian Blonde w/Rye
IBU: 24
ABV: 5.7%
Description: This golden copper ale showcases delicious Belgian yeast character typical of the Ardennes region. Brewed with Belgian malt and rye this limited production malt focused ale drinks crisp and light with aromas of spice and complex fruit.

Brewery: Three Creeks Brewing Co.
Beer name: Grapefruit Stonefly Session Ale
Style: Dry hopped unfiltered rye ale with fruit
IBU: 25
ABV: 4.8%
Description: Our classic unfiltered rye beer made with 20% rye malt along with a splash of honey malt, Crystal hops, and dry hopped with Experimental 0331. This special version made just for the Rye Beer Fest features the addition of grapefruit puree.

Brewery: Hop Haus Brewing
Beer name: Roadrunner Rye
Style: Smoke / Rye
IBU: 45
ABV: 5.8%
Description: A subtle salute to the German rauchbier style, the smoky rye ale incorporates both cherrywood and beechwood smoked malts to bring out a very smooth, slightly sweet smoke flavor complimented by the spice of the milled rye - balanced out with Chinook and Willamette hops. The result is a wonderful, easy drinking smoky rye ale that will leave you feeling like a crafty and speedy Sonoran desert roadrunner.


Brewery: Alpine Beer Company
Beer Name: Nelson IPA
Style: Golden Rye IPA
IBU:40
ABV:7% 
Description: Named after Nelson Sauvin, an outstanding hop varietal from New Zealand. The hop is introduced through the brewing and dry-hopping of this complex and well-balanced IPA. A hazy straw hued ale, Nelson is topped by bright white beer foam and offers a tropical hop aroma. The pine and fruity hop notes linger, but are well-balanced by the smooth, malty addition of European rye malts. Enjoy this stunning and multifaceted, yet mellow IPA.

Cidery: Portland Cider Company
Beer name: Brigid
Style: Rye hopped cider
IBU: 0
ABV: 6.5% ABV
Description: The celtic goddess of unity, craft, and new growth. Said to have kept an apple orchard in the otherworld, Brigid has inspired us to create a drink that brings beer and cider lovers together. A poetic blend of fresh apple and old country hops give way to a lightly sweet rye finish. We hope this cider pleases Brigid, her powerful father Dagda, and you! **NOT GLUTEN FREE**

What You Need To Know:

-24 beers/1 cider

- 16+ Food Carts

-The event is kid-friendly

-Dogs are allowed outside of the food hall

-The Food Hall is covered and has AC

- Free Crater Lake Root Beer for kids with parent’s showing proof of buying admission into the event.

-Growler fills are available for most rye beers for $10 until 6 pm with Rye Beer Fest admission.

- Starting at 6 pm all of the remaining rye beer will be available for $6 a growler fill (up to 64 oz) that you provide. Get a glass growler (up to 64 oz) filled with the rye beer of your choice for only $8. Growler fills special pricing is available to festival attendees with wristbands the day of and is open to the general public on Sunday.

Transportation Options:
Bus Stop: SE Sunnyside & 147th bus stop close by (ID #12924).  

Parking is limited at Happy Valley Station but the adjacent church is graciously allowing us day parking in their lot.

Getting to the rye beer fest is easy with Brewvana. They are offering a VIP Rye Beer Fest experience for $30, which includes round trip transportation from the Lloyd Double Tree, VIP entry, 4 hours at the fest from (11 am - 3 pm), official rye beer fest tasting glass and 12 drink tickets. 

Proceeds from Rye Beer Fest will go towards New Avenues For Youth, a local non-profit that supports homeless and at youth-risk in Portland. Representatives from the New Avenues will be on site to answer questions and run a raffle with prizes ranging from event tickets to various brewery apparel. We also want to thank all of our sponsors including General Distributors, Inc, Happy Valley Station Food Carts and all of the participating breweries.

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New Avenues:
New Avenues for Youth was established in 1997 by local business and community leaders in response to the growing needs of homeless and at-risk youth in downtown Portland. Our founders believed that every young person should have food, shelter, and access to education and job training and that we must go beyond meeting those basic needs by offering programs that heal young lives and nurture growth and independence. Since 1997, we have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 individuals through a range of services that address basic needs & safety, provide opportunities for education & career, and help youth achieve self-sufficiency. Our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

Beerheard.com:
Beer Heard brings together the people and technology that innovates the craft beer industry. This new blog is a holding place online for its founder, Kerry Finsand's (Taplister, Portland Beer Week, Rye Beer Fest) passion for craft beer, technology, gadgets, events, and marketing.

Happy Valley Station Food Carts
Happy Valley Station Food Carts is a one of a kind food cart pavilion in Oregon.  Boasting over 16+ delicious food carts, heated indoor seating and kids play area HVS is a great place to bring your family and friends for a meal and get together.  There are numerous events at HVS including fundraisers, live music, bazaar’s, trivia nights and beer & cider tasting events.  We are always trying to plan new and exciting ways to get the community together.  SO check our page for News & Events and Happy Valley Station Food Cart Pod.  

General Distributors, Inc:
General Distributors, Inc. was founded by Charles A. Fick, Sr. and his brother George Fick, Sr. in 1921. During Prohibition, together they ran "Fick Cigar Co." and distributed candy, cigarettes, and cigars. After Prohibition repeal, they began selling the Olympia beer brand. The warehouse was located in downtown Portland and had three delivery trucks, three drivers. The current warehouse is located in Oregon City, OR and employs over 120 people and distributes a wide variety of brands. General Distributors Inc., is committed to providing superior service to our customers and suppliers. We strive to represent the best quality beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. It is our goal to create the opportunity for our employees to achieve their professional and financial success.

Columbia Bank:
Wherever you’re headed, Columbia Bank has the people and resources to help get you there. It starts with “hello.” We never forget a name or a face. Real human beings answer our phones. And our commitment to providing all the services required to help build strong Northwest communities is firmly rooted in our DNA.

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