Category Archives: Events

Oregon Beer Awards 2016 – Call for Submissions

The second annual Oregon Beer Awards, the statewide competition organized by Portland’s Willamette Week, is fast approaching this January, and the organizers have a call out for submissions now. This competition is somewhat unique in that it is only featuring Oregon breweries, and that there are only 14 categories to be judged—not the umpteen fragments of categories and subcategories that characterize many of the big contests. The inaugural OBAs that took place at the beginning of this … Continue reading →

Support Umpqua Community College with McMenamins today

The tragedy that took place on the first of this month at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg needs no elaboration; and if you’ve wanted to help or donate to the victims and the community in some way, then consider visiting a McMenamins pub today. All day today, Thursday, October 22, all McMenamins Oregon locations will donate $1 for every pint of all beers sold to UCC Strong, the victim relief fund. This has the potential … Continue reading →

Killer Beer Week 2015

The Portland-based blog Brewpublic is celebrating its 7th anniversary, and as has become tradition they are presenting the annual Killer Beer Week—in this case 10 days of beer filled events from October 16 through 25. Angelo at Brewpublic writes: As always, in conjunction with our anniversary, our pioneering spirit of Beervana flavor is delivering to you a big, bad-ass beer week with some traditional favorite events as well as some creative new happenings to appease … Continue reading →

Portland’s Peche Fest rocks the peachy niche fest scene

One of the endearing things about the Portland (Oregon) beer scene is the rise in recent years of the niche beer festival, mini- to micro-fests dedicated to a unique, specific theme. One of my favorites simply because it’s so out-of-the-box is BenFest, featuring all beers brewed by one of Portland’s many brewers named “Ben.” Others aren’t quite as unconventional, dedicated to particular styles or ingredients. So it is with Peche Fest—a beerfest “dedicated to drinking the … Continue reading →

Oregon Breweries bring home 19 GABF medals

The Great American Beer Festival was going on this past week, culminating in the big awards ceremony yesterday for the competition portion of the festival, with 275 coveted medals awards among 242 breweries. The numbers were impressive this year (“Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.”) and required the largest judging panel ever (242 judges). It’s always fun to … Continue reading →