Family-friendly event takes place on “the Fruit Loop” among cherry orchards
PARKDALE, OR – May 2, 2017 — After last year’s inaugural Kriekfest sold out, it was clear that for 2017 the event would have to return cheerier and cherrier. There will be 30 sour cherry beers, ciders, and wines including 11 new brands this year, The largest celebration devoted exclusively to barrel-aged cherry beverages will take over the rural town of Parkdale 60 miles east of Portland. Highway 35, which runs from the riverside town of Hood River, is nicknamed the Fruit Loop for its fertile farms including abundant cherry orchards.
The host venue, Solera Brewery, offers breathtaking views of iconic Mt. Hood and the surrounding orchards. Kriekfest 2017 tickets are now available at merctickets.com/go/Kriekfest. They are $25 [including 8 tickets for 4-ounce pours (starting at 2 tickets) and a commemorative glass] online and limited to 750. The event is expected to sell-out again, but if available admission will be $30 at the gate (4945 Baseline Rd.) on Saturday, June 24, 2017. A package that includes transportation from Portland to Parkdale and back via the Brewvana bus is available online for $100 and includes 3 extra tickets. A limited number of rooms are available at Hood River Inn when mentioning “Kriekfest” until June 1. Designated drivers and minors will be admitted free.
Kriek, Flemish for cherry, is a four-centuries-old style of spontaneously-fermented, lambic ales aged on cherries (pits and all). World-class examples imported from Belgium for Kriekfest include Brasserie Cantillon, Brouwerij Drei Fonteinen, and Hanssens Artisanaal. Cherry-growing regions are natural for such beers so it’s no surprise the Hood River Valley’s Belgian-inspired breweries make excellent krieks. The breweries in the Gorge featured at the fest include hosts Solera plus Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Pfriem Family Brewers, and Double Mountain Brewing . Combined with the fecund Willamette Valley, Oregon cherry farmers harvest over 13,000 acres of cherries.
Among the first beers created at Solera in 2012 were wild ales with local cherries. The festival was initially conceived in 2013 when beer writer and festival producer Brian Yaeger and brewmaster Jason Kahler were chatting in Solera’s back patio. The celebration of cherry-laced libations is family-friendly with live music and delicious food. Attendees are encouraged to camp in the valley for the weekend and explore the breweries, cideries, and farms throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Follow updates on Facebook at facebook.com/Kriekfest, Instagram at @BrianYaeger or @SoleraBrewery, and on Twitter at @Kriekfest. For more information visit Kriekfest.com
Breweries featured at Kriekfest*:
Alesong Brewing and Blending, Eugene, OR
Block 15 Brewing, Corvallis, OR
Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR
Culmination Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Double Mountain Brewery, Hood River, OR
Great Notion Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Hood River, OR
pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR
Solera Brewery, Parkdale, OR
Upright Brewing, Portland, OR
*subject to change