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Initial Brewery and Beer List Released for 12th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers
Discount code available for a limited time for advance tickets

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 15, 2018) – The Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, which showcases Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers, has announced the initial brewery and beer lineup for this year’s event. The 12th annual festival will take place June 1 and June 2 at The North Warehouse at 723 N. Tillamook St. Hours are 1pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday.
Fifty Oregon breweries have submitted their beers to date; another two dozen are expected to take part in the event. The current lineup includes Alameda, Ambacht, Ancestry, Back Pedal, Base Camp, Bent Shovel, Breakside, Coalition, Deep Space, Deschutes PDX, Fort George, G-Man, Golden Valley, Ground Breaker, Hopworks Urban, Immersion, Laurelwood, Leikam, Level Beer, Little Beast, Logsdon, Lucky Lab, MadCow, Max's Fanno Creek, Migration, Montavilla, Occidental, Old Market Pub, pFriem, PINTS, Portland, Rock Bottom, Royale, Salem Ale Works, Sasquatch, Scout, Second Profession, Sedition, Stickmen, StormBreaker, The Ram, Thunder Island, Vagabond, Wayfinder, Widmer, Wild Ride, Wolf Tree, Yachats, and Zoiglhaus.

To view a complete list of breweries with beer names and descriptions on Google Drive, visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing.

What makes the Cheers to Belgian Beers festival unusual is that nearly every beer is made using the same primary yeast strain—Precious—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 was determined by a dart throw held earlier this year. Depending on where the dart landed on the board determined whether that brewery would brew a Belgian-style beer that was 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 got to select their own color and strength.

Admission costs $20 for one souvenir beer goblet and eight drink tickets (only one glass and eight tickets will be sold to any one person at any one time). Tickets are on sale now at MercTickets (http://www.merctickets.com/events/54...-belgian-beers). For a limited time, use code c2bb18 for an advance discount.

The festival is donating $1 from every ticket package sold to The 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 Habitatportlandmetro.org.

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.

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 www.OregonCraftBeer.org