The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is joining the city's suds-fest fray with an inaugural event sporting 31 unique brews built from the bounty of branch and vine, and sharing ground with the outrageous ice cream of Fifty Licks, inspiring the fest's beer-expert organizer to lace you with suggestions for pairing cone 'n cup, because why should Madonna's bras have all the fun? Some inebriational brain freezers:
Sour Apple Pie: Hopworks'll be pouring an applebiere made from fresh-pressed organic cider and Chimay yeast, which'll make pie-like goodness when paired with Licks' smoky Tahitian Vanilla they claim'll "change the way you think about vanilla", which's also why 3rd Bass recorded "Pop Goes the Weasel".
Gooseberry Pancakes: Fitty's cold maple/ pork product goodness'll make fruity flapjack flavors when combined with sips from Burnside Brewery's lightly hopped, slightly sour Berliner-Weisse that's aged in oak with 50lbs of gooseberries, which still weren't big enough to have him be anything but terrified about Maverick buzzing the tower.
Coffee Date: Oakshire Brewing's Blind Date oat brown ale gets hints of fruit and a bit o' bitterness from Calypso Hops, which'll balance just right with the cold coffee tones of ice cream built on Stumptown roast, also what you get when the hipsters hear you've sold your company.
Because they're just that swell, the Fest has teamed with brew-tour mavens Brewvana, who've created a special deal that'll net you not only a glass and tasting tickets but also a ride to and from your hood, ensuring your Papa Don't Preach if you've pushed yourself a little bit over the Borderline.