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Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut festival March 12 – you Dough Nut want to miss it!

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Brian Yaeger, organizer of the Second Annual Baker’s Dozen, was kind enough to explain the inspiration behind this unique event – we hope to see you all at Culmination Brewing Co. (2117 NE Oregon St) on Saturday, March 12! The fest begins Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Tickets are limited to 400 (to ensure attendees can sample everything) and are available for $24 ($27 at the door) at http://Merctickets.com/go/BakersDozenPDX

Brian-Yaeger-Article-01Paid admission includes a 4-ounce sample of every unique coffee-infused beer and every delectable doughnut morsel (most will be quartered). Additional items will be available for purchase, including additional beer by the glass. For folks needing savory protein, Culmination Kitchen executive chef Carter B. Owen will have breakfast sandwiches available for sale and several of the roasters will provide complimentary joe.

As an all-ages event, festival-organizers are introducing the Doughnut Decoration Station courtesy of “Double D,” Delicious Donuts (whose apple fritter will be included with each ticket). Cake doughnuts will be available for purchase for young ones and less-young; all proceeds will go to Friends of the Children, Portland providing commitment assistance to at-risk youth.

Because this event is so different from anything I’ve experienced in Portland, I had a few questions for Brian.

The 13th doughnut…?

The 13th doughnut this year is actually something I dreamt up last year: The world’s first collaboration doughnut. We’ve seen this among breweries a ton: 2 or more brewers put theirs heads together to come up with a new beer. So stay tuned for the collaborative efforts of doughnut makers to debut at the fest!

I’ve often paired coffee and doughnuts, but never coffee beer and doughnuts…can you explain the inspiration behind this festival?

Coffee and doughnuts are a natural. They’re the most perfect symbiotic relationship in the food and beverage world. Maybe it’s the Strange Brew fan in me, but I’ve always loved the marriage of beer and doughnuts, too. But not every beer goes with any doughnut. To make this work, the magical addition of coffee into the beer means there’s a strong likelihood of discovering your new favorite pairing at the fest.

What exactly is a coffee beer, if you can explain it?

Brian-Yaeger-Article-02For years and years, “coffee beer” meant one of only two things: a coffee porter or a coffee stout, and even there there’s not much difference since you’re taking a dark, roasty beer with naturally occurring coffee notes from the roasted barley and complementing it with actual coffee. Those were and remain delicious. But nowadays we’re seeing myriad beer styles accented with coffee beans or cold brew. This year’s line-up includes base styles like stouts, of course, as well as a brown ale, a pale and an IPA and, to push the envelope even further, a mead. I can’t wait to try that blend of fermented honey and cold brewed joe!

You have written a great deal about beer – what is the attraction for you?

Wow, that IS the question isn’t it? I can ramble on about this for ages! But I won’t. Essentially, I’ve always written about artists, probably because I’m not a great one so I support the community by writing about it. Once I started looking at beer as an art form, the shift in my writing was pretty swift. It’s a fascinating world and I really enjoy exploring the characters in the industry, the trends, the places our delicious beers hail from, and the never-ending possibilities of what beer can be and who can dream it all up. Incidentally, before I ever profiled a single brewer, I’d written a story about the doughnut maker whose creations I grew up devouring. I’ve interviewed hundreds of brewers at this point, but that baker goes down as one of my all-time favorite interviews.

This festival hosts a number of culinary artisans – how do you select the participants?

Brian-Yaeger-Article-03It’s a little known fact that there are as many roasters as there are brewers in Portland. By doing Baker’s Dozen annually, I hope to be able to tap a coffee beer from each and every great brewery as well as incorporate beans from every worthy roastery. But bringing together 60-70 coffee beers is just too dang much. So I immediately knew I wanted to call this festival Baker’s Dozen and therefore select 13 artisans from each field: beer, coffee, and doughnuts. As for the selection process for breweries, I strived for a range of newer and more established breweries. For the roasters, I encourage partnerships based on proximity to the roastery/brewery. And for doughnuts, it’s a testament to Portland’s love of these typically hole-y delicacies that there are double-digits to choose from. Some brands are known to everyone in town and deserve their followings. Some are less-known but equally fantastic. As one example, most people don’t know of Rocking Frog Cafe on SE Belmont let alone that they make doughnuts made to order. No display case! No bonkers toppings. Just fresh, piping hot ‘nuts you have to wait a few minutes for after you order them. So, how do I select the participants? I invite the ones I love patronizing the most and then start thinking about who to invite the next year.

You host a number of events – what else are you working on right now?

Brian-Yaeger-Article-04Other than Baker’s Dozen, my main beer event I’m working on is called Kriekfest. Krieks are sour cherry beers from Belgium, but of course they have caught on in America. When I was at Solera Brewing in Parkdale halfway up Mt. Hood from Hood River, which is surrounded by cherry orchards, I instantly knew they had to host a beer fest dedicated to these beers. And to ensure that happened, I organized it. That will be July 9. And yes, I’ve already put some brewers on the case for Kriekfest 2017. Beyond this, I’ve done some smaller events like “Rural Brewer,” a play on the 30 Rock running joke about a play called the Rural Juror. I brought together many of Oregon’s most remote breweries. I did Glühbier–a night of all hot, spiced beers–because that’s actually A Thing in European Christmas Markets that I couldn’t believe hadn’t made it’s way to Portland, so look for that to return to Bazi Bierbrasserie next December. I definitely have a few more I’m fleshing out I’d love to discuss down the road:-)

Here are some photos.

Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival – Great Notion Brewing

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The Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beer and Doughnut Festival is coming March 12! A new coffee beer, Double Stack will be revealed along with 12 other magnificent coffee beer combinations (not to mention doughnut creations) at this unique event. An all-ages affair, this festival has music, decadent doughnuts, coffee beers, and a donut decorating station for the kids! Tickets are available online. Working closely with Clutch Coffee Roasters, Great Notion Brewing is continuing their commitment to culinary creativity!

Great-Notion-Brewing-03A brand new endeavor, immersed in the rich history of the Pacific Northwest, Great Notion Brewing pays homage to their roots in name and action. Drawing from Ken Kasey’s famed novel Sometimes a great notion, the founders of this emerging brewery have carefully honored everything we value as Portlanders – respect for nature, dedication to the origins of their craft, sustainability, community, and fine craftsmanship. Having only been open since January 2016, Paul, Andy, and James are jumping right into the game by opening up a warm and inviting brewery and restaurant in the historic Alberta district, as well as participating in the upcoming coffee beer and doughnut festival.

Great-Notion-Brewing-04Very ambitious, these three partners – but they know exactly what they are doing. Perhaps their most impressive accomplishment to date (and remember, they’ve only been open for about a month…) are the New England style fruit-toned IPA’s “Juice Box Double IPA” and “Juice Jr. Session IPA.” Customers are commenting that even non-IPA fans are thoroughly enjoying the mellow taste. The food menu is also outstanding – Chef Ryan O’Connor has created a menu that includes local produce in some very comforting dishes.

Great-Notion-Brewing-01Relationships matter to these men – exactly what makes a local business stand out in Portland! Being family men, Paul, James, and Andy want to make their restaurant accessible and inviting to local families, they want to serve the local Vernon community by participating in P.T.A. events and donating to their local schools, and they want to make sure they treat their employees well. In the podcast, the men talk about how they met, what inspired their collaboration, and how they have actively partnered with other community breweries and businesses to create a rapidly growing and exciting home for their crafted beers. Great Notion Brewing is a welcome addition to Portland’s proud local business community.

Great-Notion-Brewing-04To introduce themselves officially to the community, Great Notion Brewing is hosting a “Grand Beer Release” party on March 5 from 12PM – 11PM. Beer reveais, family friendly activities, brewery tours, samples of chef O’Connor’s food,, and more! A beer festival style event, tickets will be $10 and include a Great Notion Brewing collector’s glass and 4 beer/drink tickets

Great-Notion-Brewing-02Having an interview in an operational brewery means that phones are ringing, dishes are being washed, carts are being pushed back and forth from the kitchen, and cars are driving by outside. That’s part of what makes this interview so special – it’s a look into what motivates and inspires craftsmen to bring art and practical research together – prepare to enjoy some very technical terminology mixed with an obvious love for what these men have united to do. Portland Notes thanks Brian Yaeger and Steven Shomler for introducing us to this impressive new brewery.