Friday began early at the media tasting at 11 a.m. Noelle Blake, whose winning recipe became Ommegang’s Three Philosophers, generally leads the tour taking newspaper, tv, and us beer writers around the empty festival and tastes all of us on some of his favorites.
From left, the other Bob B., Celebrator editor Tom, Celebrator writer Lisa, and John, a reporter from the Oregonian.
This year the Celebrator booth had its back to the water and, as usual, we were next to the good people of HopUnion.
With Tom, behind our booth.
Me and Ralph, from HopUnion.
By our booth, from left, John (head brewer at Full Sail Brewing), Tom, and Fred Bowman, co-founder of Portland Brewing Co.
Some of the beer highlights of the festival included (in no particular order):
Yuzu’s Belgian-Style Golden Ale (Elysian Brewing)
Black Gold Imperial Stout (Full Sail Brewing)
Organic Deranger (Laurelwood Public House & Brewery)
Flip-Flop Pilsner (Walking Man Brewing)
Halo (Widmer Brothers Brewing)
There were many other fine beers, a lot of which I’d tasted before so this list is essentially only beers which were new to me.
In the afternoon, I took a short break from the festival to visit a view-master dealer I’ve gotten to know through eBay. He brought out some cool stuff for me to see and some to even buy to add to my collection.
Greg, with some of his stuff.