Deschutes, Hopworks and other breweries seek an unusual title

By Andy Giegerich

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A slew of Oregon’s brewers will compete next month to see which brewery can concoct the healthiest beer.
That’s right. The healthiest beer.
The twist: The brewers are participating in an event that backs Upstream Public Health, which advocates for public health policies that benefit all Oregonians. Their mission is to create ostensibly “healthy” beers and ales through whatever means they can make their products less, well, unhealthy.
Ideas include gluten-free draughts and ales made with organically grown goods.
“Obviously, beer is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a ‘healthy’ beverage,” said Mel Rader, Upstream’s co-director. “We look forward to seeing how creative each of these local brewers will be with their version of a ‘healthy’ brew. Who knows, maybe we’ll be tasting gluten-free beer made with organically grown fruit.”
Brewers taking part in the event include Boneyard Beer, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Harvester Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Migration Brewing, Oregon City Brewing, Pyramid Brewery, Upright Brewing and Widmer Bros. Brewing Co.
The winning ‘healthiest’ beer will be featured on taps around Portland.
The event takes place June 4 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Left Bank Annex in North Portland.
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams will join Green Zebra’s Lisa Sedlar and noted beer writer John Foyston on the judging panel.
Tickets are $75 each.