Farmhouse ales have become increasingly popular over the last few years to the point where nearly every brewery is giving them a go—though not always successfully. Traditionally brewed in France and Belgium during the winter, they were given to farmhands working the fields as refreshment (those were the days). Because they are so complex and rustic, with fruity and earthy tones, they can be divisive, not suiting everyone’s palate. Still, for fans or the curious, the good news is that the Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival is back at Saraveza.

As well as farmhouse saisons, the festival will feature beers that have been spontaneously fermented, barrel aged and brewed with gruits (herb mixtures). Regional specialists such as De Garde and Logsdon will be present, along with breweries from around the country, offering a total of 70 different beers. New this year are the beer-friendly snack vendors—cheese from Cascadia Creamery and charcuterie and sausage from Olympia Provisions. Plus, there is an exclusive festival bottle release from Upright Brewing, a single barrel aged saison.

Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival, Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth, March 28th 11am-9pm & March 29th 11am-7pm, $25, includes 10 beer tokens and glass; see for full details