Oregon Beer News, 07/09/2012

Oregon BeerWe’re back to a full, non-holiday week this Monday morning, so here’s the beer news from around Oregon for July 9. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for any latest news and tidbits. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get it updated.

Oregon Craft Beer Month continues, and all the Oregon McMenamins this week accordingly have a week-long special on Fruit Ales (part of a different style special each week for OCBM). All this week all pints of a fruit beer (Ruby Ale, Purple Haze, what have you) are only $3.25. Perfect summertime drinking and just in time for the heat!

Here in Bend we have another festival taking place this week! The Fermentation Celebration is taking place this Thursday the 12th in Bend’s Old Mill District: a celebration of Bend’s local breweries and beer! It runs from 5pm to “dry” and costs $15 for tasting (entry is free) which includes nine drink tickets and a Silipint. A ticket is the standard 4oz. pour and (I expect) cost $1 if you want more. There will also be food, live music, and a showing of The Love of Beer. Don’t miss out!

Belmont Station‘s annual Puckerfest kicks off this Friday, July 13th, and runs for a week through the 19th: a celebration of sour beers where they will “roll through as many sour and funky things as possible over the course of the week. Adventurous beer lovers can look forward to a rotating cast of 10-14 funky beers on tap daily, along with numerous “Meet the Brewer” nights where we bring  our friends from around the region into the Biercafé to share their stories and some extra special beers.” Puckerfest is in its sixth year now and is one of the most popular Portland OCBM events (aside from the Brewfest); and with events lined up nearly every day there will be plenty of things to do in Portland next week!

Widmer (Portland) is teaming with Draft Magazine to present an “Explore Your Craft” event on Friday the 13th in Portland, featuring a ton of Widmer beers, gourmet food, live music, and “live brewing” that evening as well. What caught my eye for this event was this Facebook post by Widmer: “We’ll be brewing beer onsite at Friday’s Explore Your Craft Event in Portland, and our brewers are taking beer style and ingredient requests — what kind of beer would you like to see us brew?” That is a cool idea—user requests!