Monday, April 30, 2018

Help Widmer Brothers + Firefox create an open-sourced brew

Courtesy of Widmers Brothers Brewing Co
Courtesy of Firefox
Widmer Brothers and Firefox are teaming up to create an open source beer and need your help to make it happen.

For the first phase of the process they're soliciting input from the public through this survey from now until this Friday at 4pm. 

This version 1 of the beer will be unveiled at Widmer’s Pints for Portland event the week of 5/21.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cheers To Summer With Seasonal Offerings From Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Summer IPA and Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack Land May 2018

EUGENE, Ore.—April 26, 2018—Crafted for warm weather, Ninkasi Brewing Company brings back its sunny seasonal, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA, and launches its new Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, featuring a mix of the brewery’s best IPAs in bottles and cans. Available May through September, both offerings can be found throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Maiden the Shade Summer IPA
Deemed a Summer IPA, Maiden the Shade captures a complex hop profile paired with an exceptionally smooth body. Inspired by the annual Oregon Country Fair, a three-day summer festival held in Oregon, Maiden the Shade is bold, dank and bursting with floral notes. Available next month, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA can be found on-tap and in 12 and 22-ounce bottles.

“When we first brewed this beer, we set out to capture the perfect warm-weather IPA,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Brewed with eight hop varieties and flaked barley, this beer’s multi-layer hop complexity is complemented by a smooth body, making it a go-to for any summertime fun.”

Maiden the Shade Summer IPA Stats
Bold and drinkable, this Summer IPA captures an impressively balanced hop complexity. An adventurous hop bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip. Kick back and enjoy!

·Style: Summer IPA
·Series: Seasonal Release Series
·Available: May – September
·ABV: 6.8%
·IBU: 72
·Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Flaked Barley
·Hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo, Magnum
·Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Summer Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft
·Tasting Notes: This beer has been dubbed a summer IPA. Powerful combinations of many different kinds of hops give it a big hop profile. We added flaked barley to the beer to make for a smooth body and a lighter summer-style IPA. Another Ninkasi cult favorite!
·Food Pairings: BBQ, Fresh Vegetables, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast
·Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack
Also set to release this May, Ninkasi debuts its Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, highlighting an assortment of IPAs for any palate or occasion. The new variety pack includes 12-ounce bottles of Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Maiden the Shade Summer IPA, and 12-ounce cans of Prismatic Juicy IPA.

“This Summer IPA Pack really demonstrates the versatility of the IPA style,” says Floyd. “Whether your cheersing with bottles in the backyard or heading to the river with cans, this variety pack is ready to go wherever you choose to adventure this summer.”

The Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack Includes:

· Total Domination IPA - 6.7% ABV, 81 IBU
This decidedly balanced Northwest IPA celebrates our love of hops. A delightful blend of citrus and floral hop notes dominate the senses while a trio of malt adds a clean finish. Totally hoppy, totally drinkable; the name says it all.

·Maiden the Shade Summer IPA – 6.8% ABV, 72 IBU
Bold and drinkable, this Summer IPA captures an impressively balanced hop complexity. An adventurous hop bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip. Kick back and enjoy!

·Tricerahops Double IPA - 8.0% ABV, 84 IBU
A colossal hop profile defines this deceivingly drinkable Double IPA. Earthy and floral hops meld with a generous amount of malt, making Tricerahops incredibly bold and balanced. Hoppy, intensely flavorful and smooth, it’s double everything you already love in an IPA.

·Prismatic Juicy IPA **In Cans!** - 5.9% ABV, 36 IBU
Juicy hops burst with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava in this irresistibly flavorful IPA. Dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe CRYO HOPS®, Prismatic offers a deliciously colorful hop experience.

To track down Maiden the Shade Summer IPA or the Summer IPA Variety 12-Pack, visit

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Prismatic Juicy IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Yours Truly Easy-Drinking Ale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit

Portland Brewing Company's Official Brand Release in NE Portland

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What: New Way IPA Launch and New Look  
  • Join Portland Brewing for the official brand release in NE Portland at Donnie Vegas.
    • Featuring new beer release of New Way IPA
    • Also showcasing new looks for MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale and Ink & Roses IPA (formerly called Portland IPA)
  • Meet the brewers from Portland Brewing and designers from Studio Mega responsible for bringing the new beers and new look to life.
When: Friday, April 27
Time: 6-8pm
Price: Free entry to event
Who: Everyone welcome

About Portland Brewing Company
We are no strangers to carving our own path. Founded by a group of high school friends, banded together to pursue a passion; industry pioneers who had no rules or playbook, but nevertheless helped shape the Portland craft beer scene to what we love today. Located in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland, we continue to be a passionate group focused on crafting new amazing beer and sharing the fruits of our labor with neighbors, friends and strangers alike.

Hopworks Urban Brewery Releases The Newest In Their Rotating Hazy IPA Series And An American Sour Ale Inspired by Brew Dr. Kombucha

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On May 01, 2018, Hopworks Urban brewery will release two new limited beers in their pubs.

Sunset Fuel is the newest beer in HUB's rotating Hazy IPA Series. Organic malted barley and generous amounts of rolled oats and organic wheat give this beer all the haze and fluff combined with supreme drinkability. El Dorado, Eukanot, and organic Citra hops give this beer a beautiful passionfruit bouquet. The beer will be tapped at their three pubs, and each pub will be stocked with limited 16oz four-packs. There will be ten cases at their Vancouver brewpub, three at BikeBar, and forty-seven at the flagship brewpub in SE Portland. The four-packs won't last long though, so make sure to get them quickly.

Put The Kettle On is an American Kettle Sour Ale brewed with the help of Brew Dr. Kombucha! HUB and Brew Dr. Kombucha are both members of 1% For The Planet, giving back one percent of their sales to environmental organizations, so the partnership makes sense. This light and crisp, sour beer was brewed with organic rose, organic chamomile, organic lavender and organic Jasmine green tea, the same ingredients Brew Dr. uses in their Love brand kombucha. It was then dry hopped with Amarillo and Lemon Drop hops for sweet citrus and lemony characteristics. HUB will have limited draft at their three pubs and with limited distribution in Oregon.

Breakside Brewery Releases Rainbows & Unicorns

 This beer’s tropical, summery goodness ensures a magical ride

April 25, 2018 – Portland, OR – Breakside Brewery announces the launch of Rainbows & Unicorns – the second in a series of four rotating IPAs in 2018. This session beer was originally created for the 2015 Oregon Brewers Fest and showcases two favorite hop varietals: Galaxy and Eldorado. Galaxy provides juicy notes that are reminiscent of peach and apricot, while Eldorado screams pineapple and lime zest. Breakside backs these up with a healthy dose of Comet hops, a heritage hop varietal, overlooked for many years and now gaining popularity again due to its intense stone fruit and citrus character. Also included in the summery brew are Two Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Rice and Light Crystal malts. Rainbows & Unicorns has an ABV of 5.1% and 32 IBUs.
“Rainbows & Unicorns toes the line between ‘juicier’ and ‘sweeter’ style of IPA and the more classic West Coast hoppy pales,” said Ben Edmunds, Brewmaster of Breakside Brewery. “Our team loves it for its clean, pure hop flavors. This one would be great at a backyard barbeque, paired with grilled octopus, smoked spare ribs or any spicy summer favorite.”
Breakside brews this beer in small batches and it will be released in limited quantities from April through mid-July of this year, staying ultra-fresh until it quickly disappears.  Look for it on draft and in 22 oz bottles.
About Breakside Brewery
Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery is known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a 30 bbl production brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high-speed bottling line and a 24-tap tasting room. The brewery expanded to Northern California in 2016 and in 2017, Breakside opened its third location in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In addition to winning several national and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers festival announces details for 12th annual event

Courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Guild

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 19, 2018) – The Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, which showcases around 75 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers, has announced details for this year’s event. The 12th annual festival will take place June 1 and 2 at The North Warehouse at 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.

Advance discount tickets are on sale now at GetMyPerks, which is offering two tasting glasses and 16 drink tickets for $28 (a $40 value), while supplies last. Drink packages at the door will cost $20 for a souvenir beer goblet and eight drink tickets (only one glass and eight tickets will be sold to any one person at any one time).

The festival is donating $1 from every ticket package sold to House That Beer Built, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and the local craft beer industry. This exciting new collaboration celebrates the strength and creativity of Oregon’s craft beer industry, along with its passion for community involvement. Participating breweries and businesses pledge to raise funds with the goal of collectively raising $75,000 to fully sponsor a home for a Portland family.  Learn more about Habitat’s work at

What makes this festival stand out is the fact that every beer is potentially made using the same primary yeast strain: Precious. Precious is a classic Belgian yeast that features a very mild phenolic character balanced with moderate fruitiness. This year, brewers were also given the option to add a secondary aging strain, Suburban Brett, a brettanomyces yeast that shines when used in wood barrels, producing complex and balanced aromas of sour cherry and dried fruit.

To ensure diversity among the beers submitted—as well as show off the creativity of Oregon's craft brewers— the color and strength of each brewery’s beer is determined by a dart throw. Depending on where the dart lands on the board determines whether that brewery will brew a Belgian-style beer that is light or dark in color, with amber as the midpoint; and low or high in alcohol, with six percent being the midpoint. Breweries that hit a bullseye get a wild card and can select their own color and strength. The dart throw is held in January, giving the breweries plenty of time to determine their submission.

Portland’s Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place inside The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Urban German Grill and Monk’s Deli; Brewed Oregon will be selling Oregon craft beer gear and apparel. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.

The festival is seeking volunteers, which receive a festival goblet, eight drink tickets, a t-shirt and free admission after their shift (an OLCC servers permit is not required to participate as a volunteer server at this event). To sign up, visit

Cheers to Belgian Beers is produced by the Oregon Brewers Guild and sponsored by Boelter, Imperial Yeast, Country Malt Group,
Great Western Malting, and the Portland Mercury  The event is for ages 21 and over. Follow @OregonCraftBeer on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, #ctbb18.

About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild comprises 175 brewing companies, 125 associate/supplier members and more than 4,000 enthusiast members known as S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit

4/20 and the Waldos Special Ale - A Lagunitas Story

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Happy 4/20 day.  

Part of Lagunitas’ 2018 OneHitter Series, The Waldos’ Special Ale has been released every year on 4/20 since 2011. Search your local area for The Waldos’ Special Ale, by checking out the Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale, page with beer locator. Waldos’ Special Ale

Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. Resinous. Available in HIIIIIIIGHly limited areas in April. Word.

ABV 11.3
O.G. 1.107
IBU 100+

 Press Release from the Lagunitas folks below. Check the video out:

As we approach the highest of holidays, we here at Lagunitas like to sit back, relax, and reflect on how we got here. How do we do that, you ask? By rolling one up and popping an oh-so-dank Waldos, of course!

Wayyyy back in 1971 some high-schoolers who were calling themselves the Waldos met one afternoon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue or Louis Pasteur. They set out in a ’66 Impala armed with a 'treasure map' on a journey to find a Secret Garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time everyday and continued their quest. They never found the Secret Garden... but they keep lookin'. A few years later a young man named Tony Magee was driving on those very same roads to his new brewery – Lagunitas. West Marin had become the birthplace for both the beer and the Waldos; and thus a delicious, heady brew was born.

Every year in April we invite the Waldos to help brew (and imbibe) our Waldos Special Ale; and while they may mumble a bit, the beer speaks for itself. We recorded the whole story, and our Founder Tony Magee and Beer Weasel Ron Lindenbusch will tell it to ya exactly as it happened, er, as best as they can remember it, anyway. Feel free to share this video far and wide, and best of luck to all the treasure hunters out there…

We didn’t stop with Waldos, though. From our SuperCritical beer to this year’s annual Seed to Sale Conference, we’ve been exploring the ever-growing relationship between Craft Beer and Cannabis, and couldn’t be more excited to tell you what we’ve been up to. You can find the transcript of Tony’s speech at the conference here, and for more information, drop me a line.

Wishing you a most excellent, Waldos-filled 4/20. Cheers!

Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From expanding its brewing and TapRooms in Petaluma, Chicago, and beyond, Lagunitas always looks to the future…Whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales. Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble. Mumble along at Or visit Lagunitas in person in Petaluma & Azusa, CA; Chicago, IL; and Seattle, WA.

Brewers Publications Presents - Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale

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Boulder, Colo. • April 19, 2018 India Pale Ale (IPA) is the leading craft beer style in the U.S., and the new release from Brewers Publications, Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale by Dick Cantwell, explores the style's evolution, provides guidance for designing unique beers, and 25 original IPA recipes.
The Brewers Association reports that IPA is now the third most popular style of all beers, following only American lagers and light lagers. IPA has 3.1 percent of the total beer market by volume, 6.4 percent in retail dollar sales, and is between 24 - 33 percent of the craft category.
“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” declares Cantwell. “We’re enjoying a style of beer that would have been deemed undrinkable by its earlier 18th and 19th century consumers. Brewers are using a wide range of ingredients, from cocoa nibs, coffee, fruits, and vegetables, to spices, herbs, and even wood, to push the boundaries of the style.”
Among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers in the world, Cantwell provides scores of tips and methods for first-time brewers and beer veterans alike to concoct a delectable brew and shares the story of how and why the proliferation of American IPA came to be.
Dick Cantwell co-founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing.
He has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen (Brewers Publications, 1998), The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition (Brewers Publications, 2013), and Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide (Brewers Publications, 2016) with Peter Bouckaert.
Cantwell, who has served as an international and national beer judge, as well as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador, recently became the director of brewing operations at Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco.
Brewers Publications supports the mission of the Brewers Association by publishing books of enduring value for amateur and professional brewers, as well as titles that promote understanding and appreciation of American craft beer. With over 50 titles to choose from, it’s the leading publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, PAIRED®, Homebrew Con™National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Portland Brewing's New Look and Beers

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Portland Brewing Company unveils a brand refresh that takes their trailblazing beers to a whole new level. As industry pioneers and one of the first craft breweries in the Rose City, Portland Brewing’s new packaging and beer line up celebrates the city and the heart of craft brewing.
Portland Brewing’s company values reflect the city itself: original, solid, passionate, Portland. “Portland isn’t just in our name, it’s in our DNA. The brewery was born here, and the city helped raise us. We will always represent Portland, making original beer that’s a reflection of the city and the people who give the city its character,” said Robert Rentsch, General Manager of Portland Brewing.
The bold graphic "P" is not only a modern evolution of Portland Brewing Company's original packaging, it also reflects the city itself, taking on the geographic layout of Portland. "The brand mark refers to some of the first signage created for the tap house in 1986 combined with the modern geometric design popular at that time. The stem of the “P” follows the path of the Willamette River as it runs through the center of the city, while border elements on the badge were inspired by Portland's city flag. Our goal was to create something that not only reflected Portland Brewing’s history, but created a strong symbol for the brand in years to come,” said Sean Barrett, Creative Director at Studio Mega.

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  MacTarnahan’s, Portland Brewing’s flagship amber ale, as well as Portland IPA (renamed Ink & Roses IPA) are also getting a very special “Portland Originals” look of their own featuring a similarly double-lined border around a geometric rose; updating the unique spirit of Portland Brewing’s original line of “damn good” beers, while respecting the history behind the beer. The wrap-around labels of the “Portland Originals” remain inspired by the look and feel of the early labels, as well, with MacTarnahan’s in green tartan. 
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“Alongside the launch of this brand refresh, we are equally excited to give Ink & Roses an updated flavor-profile. The city has evolved over the years, but so has Portland’s palette! With Ink & Roses IPA new look we wanted to represent what our brewers are drinking today. In the new recipe we increased pale malts to bring out mouthwatering hop flavor, and then dry-hopped for increased floral and citrus flavors and aromas,” said Ryan Pappe, Head Brewer. 
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In order to celebrate what the city has to offer, Portland Brewing knows they need to look no further than the original creators, makers, and doers who make Portland what it is: a stage, canvas, kitchen, brewery for ORIGINALS practicing their craft.The brand refresh will roll out over the coming months with a series of pop-up events taking place in Portland’s unique and spirited neighborhoods. These pop-up events will include Portland Brewing-hosted happy hours at local businesses, art shows, beer festivals, summer after-parties, street festivals, and more! 
Through this branding refresh, Portland Brewing aims to celebrate and connect with the creative spirit of the city through an ode to their history and a look into their future.
Find us on social media: @PortlandBrewing #PortlandOriginal
Brewery & taproom Location: 2730 NW 31st AVE., Portland, OR 97210

New Spring beer festival blooms in Portland: Sip of Spring is a Fest on a Farm

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PORTLAND, Ore. – April 17, 2018 – A new Spring beer festival has bloomed in Portland: Sip of Spring will take place April 27 and April 28 at Rossi Farms, 3839 NE 122nd Ave., in Portland. Event hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday, and 11am to 9pm on Saturday.

“Spring beers are in bloom all over the city,” explained Preston Weesner, event general manager. “This festival provides a venue to celebrate by gathering with friends and enjoying a beer outside, on a farm, with a view––because you can!”

The festival is featuring 14 small Oregon craft breweries, each pouring two beers apiece; plus one additional collaboration beer from the Holiday Ale Festival. The same team that produces the Holiday Ale Festival is managing this event as well. Look for spring sippers from Breakside, Crux, Culmination, Fort George, Level, Little Beast, Logsdon, Migration, Montavilla, pFriem, StormBreaker, Upright and Zoiglhaus. A complete beer list is available at
Courtesy of Sip of Spring
Tickets are limited and for advance purchase only. Tickets cost $25 for a tasting cup and 14 beer tickets. Beers cost one ticket for a four-ounce taste, or two tickets for an eight-ounce pour. Ticketholders receive free re-entry both days with the tasting cup and a wristband. Purchase tickets at

The festival will also offer food for sale from Urban German and N.E. Creperie. The event is for ages 21 and over. For more information, visit and follow the event on social media @SipofSpring, #SipofSpring.
About Sip of SpringSip of Spring is a "Fest on a Farm," held at Rossi Farms in N.E. Portland, a picturesque farmhouse with a storied reputation, located just a short distance from downtown Portland. The festival focuses on spring beers made by small, independent Oregon craft breweries.