Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Portland beer festivals, PCT beer and Stone Punk in Drublic

Ron Swarner

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This craft brewing meets punk music collaboration, is a hoppy lager perfect for “when you just need something to wash the noise down.”

MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the Freeze. …

This weekend looks to test the Portland market for beer festival oversaturation as the old guard beer fest Portland International Beerfest goes up against the newly reimagined Organic fest now called BrewFest in the Park and both fight for an audience with the smaller Kriekfest, Oregon Cider Week and Culmination Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary party.

The Pacific Coast Trail doesn’t just have some of the country’s best scenery — it has some of its best brews, too.

Eight Pacific Northwest cideries took home gold medals at the Awards Party for the Northwest Cider Association’s 5th Annual Portland International Cider Cup. For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, Western Cider Company, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup — the Best In Show Award.

After eight straight years of Russian River Brewing Company’s double IPA Pliny the Elder dominating the top spot, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was named number one in the 15th annual Best Beers in America survey, conducted by Zymurgy magazine.

NOFX can easily considered one of the most successful independent bands of all time. Formed in 1983 by bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin, the band has never signed with a major label. That kind of independence is very familiar to California’s Stone Brewing. Perhaps that’s where Stone Punk in Drublic, a collaboration with NOFX rises from.

The 2015 vintage La Mûre from 2 Towns Ciderhouse is available starting this week. La Mûre, a lambic-style craft cider, is inspired by the famous lambic beers of Belgium and embodies the Flemish styles of old. Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marion blackberries are fermented, then soured with Lactobacillus.

And finally, everybody loves to watch a bro fail, right? Well, then you’re not going to want to miss this.