This Saturday, November 5, McMenamins Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville holds its fourth annual Boones Ferry Autumn Ale Fest, featuring over a dozen hearty autumn-themed beers pouring. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite beer, but the real hook is the brewers themselves—this fest offers up beer from current McMenamins brewers as well as past ones, who all got their start with the company.
Ever wonder where your favorite brewer mastered their craft? For dozens of Oregon beer makers it was at one of McMenamins 25 breweries where they learned the ropes or added a notch on their brewer’s belt. Even when a brewer moves on from McMenamins they’re still considered part of the McMenamins beer family. It’s that community spirit that defines the 4th Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest at Wilsonville Old Church & Pub, where participating McMenamins and alumni brewers will bring their best fall brews to compete for the “Boone’s Best” people’s choice award.
The participating alumni brewers and the brewery they started at are:
- Fort George Brewery – Jack Harris: CPR, Lighthouse
- Burnside Brewing Co. – Jason McAdam: Hillsdale, Edgefield, Crystal
- Buoy Beer Co. – Kevin Lee: Edgefield, Concordia
- Cascade Brewing & Barrel House – Mark Goodwin: Wilsonville, Crystal
- Double Mountain Brewery – Greg Balch: Hillsdale, CPR
- Fire on the Mountain – Ben Neherling: Highland, Concordia
- Ecliptic Brewing – John Harris: Hillsdale, CPR, Lighthouse
And the participating McMenamins breweries are:
- John Barleycorns
- Old St. Francis School
- West Linn
Check out the beer descriptions they’ve posted online here.
There will be live music, a pig roast and food specials, tours of the Old Church brewery, and a history talk with Cornelius Pass Roadhouse distiller Bart Hance on “A History of Barley, Beer and Whiskey. From the Beginning of Agriculture to Future Trends.”
The fest runs all day Saturday starting at 11am, and you can view the full schedule of additional events at the event page.