Oregon Beer News, 04/22/2013

Oregon BeerHappy Earth Day! Here’s is all your environmentally-conscious and friendly news in Oregon beer. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often for updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend) is celebrating Earth Day at their Bend Pub today: “The Environmental Center & Deschutes Brewery turn 25 this year so let’s celebrate with a BEER on Earth Day, April 22nd. Head to our pub in Bend for a specialty Belgian IPA created for Earth Day called…Earthly IPA (courtesy of the folks at the Environmental Center). For every pint sold of this beer we will contribute $1.00 to the Environmental Center. Come on down to the pub for local’s night, Earth Day & a great cause!”

Belmont Station (Portland) is celebrating the grand opening of their new Biergarten this week (part of their expanded space you can read about here) with a special christening and anniversary beer tapping today all day long: “The official christening of the Rich Bobkin Memorial Biergarten! Join us in dedication of our new biergarten to our long time friend and patron who passed away two years ago, Rich Bobkin. To celebrate we will tap Belmont Station 14th, 15th and 16th Anniversary beers.” Don’t miss out on the celebration this week!

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is taking place this weekend in Silverton, and it’s the biggest one yet! It kicks off this Thursday with a special Brewer’s Tasting Dinner that is sold out (it actually sold out a long time ago!) and then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (noon to 11pm the first two days, noon to 6pm on Sunday) the fest itself is taking place all at the Oregon Garden. There are 62 breweries this year pouring some 125 different beers, meads, and ciders, and tasting package prices range from $15 to $30 for various options which is very reasonable. I had a lot of fun at last year’s Brewfest and I’m definitely looking forward to it again this year. Silverton’s a relatively easy destination to reach—don’t miss out!

Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters): This weekend is their second annual IPApril tasting event: 10 Oregon IPAs will be on tap (including three from Three Creeks) and for $15 you can can a taster flight of all ten with a voting card so you can select your favorite(s) (individual pints will be sold as well). They posted the list of IPAs today, and that’s a nice lineup—and there are some big beers in there. If you’re a hophead then you won’t want to miss out on this. The event runs Friday through Sunday and beers will last as long as the keg does before it blows.