When most people think of the Bite of Oregon they think of the vast variety of delicious cuisine from around the state. Or maybe they think about the fine wine selection, but how about the beer? This year the Bite of Oregon has chosen to feature all Oregon Beers. You can find 30 Oregon Craft Beers on tap in two different Beer Gardens at the festival. Mark your calendars for Friday August 6th through Sunday August 8th to attend one of Portland’s most treasured festivals. Here are the details:

FRI, Aug 6, 2010 – 11am-10pm • SAT, Aug 7, 2010 – 11am-10pm
SUN, Aug 8, 2010 – 10am-8pm

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, downtown Portland

Cost: $8 per adult, per day. $10 per adult for all 3 days. $3 before 2pm on Fri, 1pm on Sun. Kids 12 and under free.

Beer Cost: $4 for 12 oz. or $5 for 16 oz.

Here are my picks for must try beers at the Bite of Oregon: (Descriptions provided by the Bite of Oregon)

Deschutes Brewing – Miss Spelt – This German spelt ale was made with 40% spelt, which is an ancient variety of wheat grown in Southern Bavaria. Aromas of banana, clove, and bubble gum rise from the amber colored, lightly hopped ale. “Prost””. IBU: 28 ABV 5.3%. (Bend, OR)

Laurelwood Brewing- Workhorse IPA – Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring over-the-top hop flavor and aroma. Three separate dry hop additions in the fermenter make this one of our hoppiest beers to date. 7.5% ALC by Volume. 17º Plato O.G. 3º Plato T.G. 80 IBU. (Portland, OR)

Oakshire Brewing- Line dry Rye – Line Dry Rye is a honey-orange colored pale ale. It is crafted with 10% rye malt and 10% flaked rye for a complex malt profile. American hops give Line Dry a crisp bitterness and a slight citrusy flavor. Clean and refreshing , it ends with just a small note of honey in the finish that brings all of the elements together. (Eugene, OR)

Pelican Brewery- Doryman’s Dark Ale – A dark brown color, with a balanced aroma of roasted malts and Northwest-grown hops. The sweetness of the ale, crystal, and chocolate malts blend beautifully with the assertive flavors of Cascade and Mt. Hood hops. (Pacific City, OR)

Pyramid Brewing- Discord Dark IPA – There are beers that are shared far and wide, and then there are coveted gems for a fine few. Pyramid’s Ignition series is a line up of unconventional brews that set out to ignite conversation and satisfy the discerning palates of those looking for more beer in their beer. Discord, the Deliciously Dark IPA is the newest edition to the series. (Portland, Oregon)

For a complete list of beers or to find which Craft Beers are still on tap at the Bite of Oregon Craft Beer Garden, check out www.taplister.com or their free mobile apps, Beer Signal for the iPhone or Taplister Search for Android.

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