Oregon Beer News, 03/29/2013

Oregon BeerHere is the final edition Oregon beer news for March, covering today (Friday the 29th) through the weekend. Easter is this Sunday the 31st, and I have a bottle of Alameda Bad Bunny to try for it—what will you be drinking? As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Today is the start of the Spring Beer and Wine Fest taking place in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center: one of the long-running Portland beer fests featuring not just beer and wine but chocolate, cheese, a variety of vendors, and more. It starts at noon today, and the first 500 attendees will get in free today only! Otherwise you’ll have $8 admission plus souvenir drink glass pricing plus drink tickets (or package pricing starting at $25). Definitely some interesting looking beers in attendance worth checking out.

On Saturday and Sunday the first-ever Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival is taking place at Saraveza (both the main bar and their Bad Habit Room), and this is promising to be a fantastic fest with a killer line-up (see here). Cost is $20 which gets you the glass and 10 tickets; additional tickets are $1 each. This is going to be a beer geek’s festival to be sure, once you shouldn’t miss if you can help it.

Cascade Brewing (Portland) has a special Easter beer going on tap that sounds delicious: “Our Easter gift to you: Chocolate Cherry Casanova will go on tap tomorrow at opening and should pour through Sunday. This lightly soured barrel aged beer was aged 80+ days in a Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel on organic cocoa nibs and organic black mission figs, then blended with spiced cherry beer. Yum!”

Worthy Brewing (Bend): Next Friday, April 5 is their Grand Opening and Hop House Dedication taking place from 4 to 9pm: dedicating their greenhouse and (new) hopyard to Dr. Alfred Haunold and celebrating with much beer in the biergarten. I’ll have more on that as the date approaches, but rest assured it’s going to be a party—and you should come to Bend for it!