Portland’s 6th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Metalcraft Fabrication (723 N Tillamook) from noon until 9pm. (So here’s the plan: arrive early, enjoy delicious beer, and then head to the Timbers match at 7:30pm!)
The yeast strain selected this year (by Hopworks Urban Brewery) is Wyeast 3864: PC Canadian/Belgian Ale Yeast. Each participating brewery, via dart toss, was assigned color and strength characteristics to aim for, so some of the brewers are out of their comfort zones.
For beer styles, this is my favorite local beer festival (i.e. beers aren’t all IPAs!). The beers are truly experimental, and no doubt there will be some fantastic discoveries (and also possibly a few stinkers).
Admission is “free,”, but to taste you’ll have to buy a tasting package. $15 gets you a stemmed tasting glass and five drink tickets, and additional tastes are $1. This fest is 21 and over only.