The Brew Site

Blooms and Brews festival

The first "Blooms and Brews" beer festival is coming up April 22 and 23 at the Oregon Garden. Where’s the Oregon Garden? In Silverton, east of Salem (don’t worry, I had to look it up too).

The inaugural Blooms and Brews Craft Beer Festival is April 22-23, and organizers hope the combination will become a destination event in future years as well as raise money to market the Garden.

"This is the start of a situation that will bring more people to the area," said Silverton City Council member Denny Stoll, who has been involved in the project with his wife Genie for several months. "We are hoping the Blooms and Brews fest will develop into the Oktoberfest of Silverton."

Nice list of brewers involved, too, including Alaskan Brewing, Deschutes Brewing, Kona Brewing, Pyramid Brewing, Rogue, Widmer, and Sierra Nevada Brewing. Price is $10, you get a commemorative mug.

Interestingly, I found this line in the article: "Laurelwood [Public House and Brewery] is the only certified-organic brewery in Oregon," and I have to wonder how that squares with the article I posted the other day (Oregon’s First Organic Brewery). Laurelwood has obviously been around longer than Roots (the "first" one), so what’s the deal? Is Laurelwood simply organic with several of their beers while Roots is organic with everything?