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The Ale List: Brewers ready ales for Aug. 9 Solog fest

The biggest ale festival yet in the upper valley happens in Parkdale

At the Aug. 9 Solog Summer Fest, meet brewers Jason Kahler from Solera Brewery and David Logsdon and Charles Porter from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and sample more than a dozen seasonal and specialty beers from the upper valley. It all takes place at Clear Creek Station (Mt. Hood Railway terminus park) from 1 to 9 p.m.

Here’s the planned beer list:

Solera: Summer cherry wheat, double IPA, sour wheat, Naked Spring Break collaboration with Logsdon, and in more limited quantities, Kriek and Peche sour beers, an ESB and a regional collaboration ale, and the last keg of the Good Smoke collaboration with Apple Valley.

Logsdon: Seizoen, Seizoen Bretta, Kili Wit, Straffe Dreiling tripel, oak-aged Bretta, Half-Naked Spring Break, and Far West Vlaming (tart red ale), and possibly the last kegs of Half Naked, the Logsdon ale combined with Solera’s Spring Break. “We’ll have to go in the cellar and see,” Logsdon said.

“We talked about it over the past year and decided to put it together. We have a nice venue for it and we hope to make it an annual event,” he said.

It will also give ale-ficianados a chance to meet Charlie Van Meter, the new assistant brewer at Logsdon, who joined the staff a month ago.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at www.farm housebeer.com. Tickets are $25 and get you a Solera Logsdon Belgian beer glass and 10 taster tickets (additional taster tickets will be on sale at the gate).

Kerry Williams and the Pinetones will perform, as well as the Liberty Bond Jug Band, and food will be provided by Apple Valley BBQ and Boda’s Kitchen.

Full Sail Brewery adds outside space

Deck dining has long been an option at Full Sail Brewery, but now there’s another, more visible, outdoor space at Hood River’s largest brewery.

As part of the remodeling project that took place over the last year, Full Sail created a beer garden on the east end of the building, at Fourth and Columbia streets (directly across the street from Double Mountain Brewery). As of this week, the Full Sail garden is available for use by large parties for special events. Along Columbia Street, it is demarcated with a brushed metal gate incorporating the brewery’s windsail logo motif.

Full Sail staff toasted the space last week with an inaugural after-work event.

Meanwhile, Full Sail employees have gradually spruced up the public park that abuts the garden, Cannery Square Park, where Fourth meets Columbia.

Double Mountain heads to OLY Fest

Double Mountain Brewery takes its wares north to Washington State’s capital city for the third annual OLY Brew Fest, at Port Plaza on Aug. 2. They’ll pour two of the seven-year-old brewery’s lead brews: Cluster Single Hop IPA and Vaporizer Dry Hopped Pale Ale.

In the works: Wassail at Full Sail Brewing for fall release; Logsdon 2014 Cerasus cherry ale with estate cherries and Mosier area fruit, fall release; the second in the Bergschrund Signature Series of specialty ales from Charles Porter – a yet-unnamed “big dark” with an anticipated 10 percent ABV, late 2014. (To start the series in 2013, Porter produced Aberrant, a Saison farmhouse ale.)

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