Oregon Beer News, 05/02/2016

Oregon BeerHappy Monday—and happy May! Here’s the Oregon beer news for Monday, May 2 to kick off the month. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): Their weekly Monday night event series continues tonight with their latest BEER’ducation event: Hefeweissen vs. Marzen. “Join us in exploring the wonderful nuances and breadth of craft beer every Monday evening in our Tasting Room. Our BEER’DUCATION SERIES of beer menu specials are designed to stimulate greater appreciation and understanding of craft beer through the self-guided experience of comparing and contrasting variations in styles and brewing processes. Each Monday evening, a different Crux beer will be highlighted via a special beer menu offering that includes a tasting guide to help you make the most of your experience.” It runs from 4 to 9pm.

In just under two weeks, the annual Cheers to Belgian Beers fest is taking place in Portland—and this year they are celebrating their tenth anniversary! “This year’s 10th annual event will take place May 13 and May 14 at The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. Hours are 1 to 9pm on Friday and Noon to 8pm on Saturday. The festival is unique in that it features up to 70 Belgian-style beers all brewed by Oregon craft brewers using the same single yeast strain. Admission to the event is free. In order to drink, it costs $20 for a souvenir glass tasting goblet and 10 drink tickets. Beers are available by taster only; most beers cost one ticket for a taste, though some may cost double. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1 apiece.”

Several Beer Weeks are coming up this month, starting with Roseburg Beer Week which kicks off this Saturday, May 7, and runs through the 14th. Then on May 20th Central Oregon Beer Week begins, and runs through the 29th. The next day, May 30, Eugene Beer Week starts! That one runs through June 5. There will be plenty of beer events and, er, “weeking” this month and I’ll try to stay on top of the various things happening during them.

Deschutes Brewery (Bend): It’s not beer-related directly, but Deschutes’ celebration of National Burger Month is taking place for the entire month of May (starting yesterday), at both pubs: “Join us for beers & burgers through the month of May! We will feature one unique burger on our daily specials menu every day throughout the month.” Today’s burger special is a Facebook fan suggestion: “Below we have The Ludwicki. Sent in by James Ludwicki, head chef at 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Thanks James, for your this deliciously yummy to our tummy burger idea. All natural Borlen Beef patty, Face Rock Creamery aged cheddar, apple wood bacon, mayonnaise, & stoned ground mustard on a house baked brioche bun.” Yum.