Traditional krieks were lambic beers spiked with cherries,
and were once the sole provenance of Belgium’s Senne Valley. Nowadays,
sour beers made with wild yeasts appear almost everywhere, and krieks
are often built from other styles, often Flanders red ales, which have
natural cherry notes. Flanders provides the base for Double Mountain’s
Devil’s Kriek. The Bing cherries, on the other hand, come directly from
brewmaster Matt Swihart’s own orchard. Last week was (apparently)
National Rainier Cherry Day, and Hood River’s Double Mountain drew
drinkers to the Fruit Loop. The brewery also makes a second kriek with
golden-blushed Rainier cherries and a base of strong Belgian blond ale.
Both are excellent and will come to Portland (BeerMongers and the
Portland International Beer Festival) in very limited quantities.