Oregon Beer News, 06/29/2012

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! Here’s the final edition of the Oregon beer news for June, covering today and the weekend. I may or may not be able to update this post this afternoon, but please still feel free to contact me with beer news and I will see what I can do.

The North American Organic Brewers Festival kicks off today in Portland and runs through the weekend. From noon to 9pm today and tomorrow, and noon to 5pm on Sunday, Portland’s Overlook Park by music, food, vendors, and of course beer! Admission is free and a compostable glass costs $6 (with a discount if you show a MAX ticket, bike corral receipt, or bring canned organic food), and tasting tokens are $1 each. If you’re in or around Portland this weekend you should head on over!

Crux Fermentation Project (Bend): Tomorrow, Saturday the 30th, is their grand opening “Cruxapalooza”taking place from 5 to 11pm at Bend’s newest brewery! “We’re turning our parking lot into festival grounds for this all-out, family-friendly event. Take a tour of our brewery and Tasting Room, enjoy a delicious BBQ and get jiggy with live good-times-dancing music. At 8pm, we’ll hold a special toast centered on the brewhouse christening. And, the community is invited to play a special part. Everyone’s invited to bring an object that will be placed in a special metal box to be sealed and affixed to the deck of the brewhouse forever. This object needs to fit in a slot measuring 1/4″ by 2″. It can be a medallion, coin, note, photo, or token, that either represents you or your wishes for this new brewery. With this you will forever be a part of the Crux brewhouse and influence the soul and the sprit of each brew we produce.” Since they only just brewed their first beer last Sunday, it won’t be ready to serve yet; but there will be plenty of guest beers on tap. Don’t miss it!

Phat Matt’s Brewing (Redmond) is holding their own grand opening of their new Redmond tasting room today from 5 to 10pm. They will be featuring live music, food, swag, and of course pint and growler fills of Phat Matt’s beers. The tasting room is located at 580 NE Hemlock Avenue in Redmond, next door to the brewery in the same building. Look for the van—you won’t miss it.

Burnside Brewing (Portland) is featuring a Beer & BBQ Party tomorrow (Saturday) at Urban Farmer Restaurant from 5 to 8pm. “To kick off July’s Oregon Beerfest Month, Chefs Ryan Sturmer and Matt Christianson have teamed up with Burnside Brewery for a casual Beer and Barbecue Party Saturday, June 30th. Our Georgian Room will be transformed into a large beer hall with 5 BBQ stations paired with adifferent Burnside Brewery creation. Guests will receive a punch card for 6 stations for $40. We threw in a 6th punch so you can head on back to your favorite BBQ or brew on more time after making the rounds. Two of the featured beers will be new releases from Burnside to give guests a little preview. Brewmaster and native Portlander Jason McAdams will be on hand to party with all the Burnside beer fans. No reservations needed – just stop on by at 5!”

GoodLife Brewing (Bend): Saturday the 30th they are celebrating their one-year anniversary! “Join us as we celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary! It’s going to be a day to remember, as we will have beer flowing to the beat of live music in the Biergarten from 3pm-10pm. As usual, lawn games will be out for everyones enjoyment. All ages welcome.” It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already! Congrats!

Roscoe’s in Portland is holding their 3rd annual Summer Beer Summit today, starting at 4pm and lasting until closing (about 2:30am): “We will have 14 great summer beers on tap for the event. A few of the taps will have some of our favorite summer seasonals, but there will also be a lot of beers that just taste great on a nice summer day. Some of the breweries (and beers) will include: Logsdon (Kili Wit), Dogfish Head (Festina Peche), 10 Barrel (Raspberry Sour Puss), Amnesia (Goldie Hops), Anchorage Brewing (Galaxy White IPA), Upright (Offen Weisse), Stiegl (Grapefruit Radler), Elysian (Yuzu’s Golden Ale), Fort George (Spruce Bud Ale), Full Sail (Berliner Weisse), The Commons, and more. Some of the brewers will be in attendance to answer questions about their brews.”