There is a pernicious assumption among beer fans that in order to bristle with flavor, a beer must be strong. The notion has led to rampant escalation in alcohol content—the steroid era of good beers. But it doesn’t have to be so. Throughout history, brewers have regularly packed intense flavors into small beers. To show just how lush and varied a small beer can be, Jeff Alworth of Beervana and Coalition Brewing are hosting the first annual Mighty Mites fest—a celebration of little beers with big flavors. All the beers are below 4.5% ABF, and many are below 4%.
The lineup includes beers from Block 15, Hair of the Dog, Oakshire, Upright, Double Mountain, Coalition, and others. Some of the styles represented are a Berliner weisse, smoked porter, Belgian wit, and a small saison.
Entrance is free, and you can reuse an old festival mug or purchase a new one at the fest. Tastes are $1, full pint is $4. The Mighty Mites fest is part of PDX Beer Week. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.