I almost forgot about rounding up July’s events for Oregon—and there are a lot! In addition to being Oregon Craft Beer Month, with it’s own giant list of statewide happenings, the month is concluded with the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the beer fests of the year anywhere. As for what else is going on this month:
The Cans Fest: This event is going on today, July 9th, from noon to 10pm. It’s being put on by Portland’s The Guild Public House, and yes, it’s all about canned beers. It’s a free event and is all-ages.
The Cans Fest will feature beer from as far away as Colorado where Oskar Blues pioneered using cans for their product to local Oregon brewers, including Ft. George who just started selling beer in cans this spring. We’ll have an array of brews that will satisfy the most novice beer drinker and impress the aficionados in the crowd.
Beer & Cigar Pairings at the East Burn: 33 Beers and The New School are putting this event on this Sunday the 10th at the East Burn in Portland. Sounds like a cool event, $50 gets you 3 cigars, 5 beers, and 2 dishes to pair together, as well as a copy of the new “33 Cigars” booklet (the cigar version of the 33 Beers booklet obviously).
Portland International Beer Festival: Two weeks before the Oregons Brewers Festival comes the PIB, which runs from Friday the 15th through Sunday the 17th. This Fest specializes in rare and exotic beers from around the world and as such costs a bit more to enter: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and you get the glass and 10 tickets with the entry (additional tickets are $1), and each beer (for a four-ounce pour only) costs from 1 to 6 tickets. No children allowed at this one, but dogs are.
10th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest: Saturday the 16th, McMenamins Cornelius Roadhouse hosts this “McMenamins showcase” of beers: brewers from the various McMenamins breweries brew up a special beer for the Fest and (I think) fest-goers can vote on their favorite. It’s free to attend, all-ages, and there’s also a ton of live music.
This noncompetitive celebration of beer “puts the brewer back in brewfest,” featuring knowledgeable and idiosyncratic McMenamins brewers ready to answer queries throughout the entire event. Meet, mingle and chat with our brewers, enjoy food from Imbrie Hall’s summertime menu, let the kids run around all crazy-like and beyond. It has become a summertime tradition for loads of Pacific Northwest beer lovers.