Oregon Beer News, 07/12/2013

Oregon BeerHappy Friday! I hope you’re enjoying a beer—I wish I could say I was right now, but it will have to wait. In the meantime, I’ll just post Oregon beer news. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.

Belmont Station (Portland): Their 7th annual Puckerfest starts today! “Adventurous beer lovers can look forward to a rotating cast of up to 20 wild and 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. Best of all, the brand new Rich Bobkin Memorial Biergarten has doubled our seating capacity, so there’s room for even more sour beer-loving folks!” Puckerfest runs through next Wednesday, the 17th. Tonight they are featuring Corvallis’ Block 15 and Portland’s Cascade Brewing from 5 to 8pm; Saturday has The Commons Brewery and Tillamook’s new De Garde Brewing from 3 to 7pm; and Sunday they will feature Colorado’s Trinity Brewing and Portland’s Upright Brewing.

Mazama Brewing (Corvallis) is doing a tap takeover in Salem today at the new growler fill station there, Growl Movement, starting at 5pm. “We’ll be there until they close with all of our beers, and we will have some fun Mazama Brewing stuff to give out as. So bring your favorite growler and stop in to meet our brewer and taste all of our beers!” This is a good chance to try one of the newest Oregon brewery’s beers.

Heater Allen Brewing (McMinnville): Today and tomorrow is the official grand opening of their new taproom, from noon to 6pm (and will subsequently be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 each week). Judging by the pictures is a modest affair but looks to be a nice addition to the brewery which was previously production only, so this is definitely a nice move for Heater Allen.

Portland Brewing (Portland): Tomorrow, Saturday the 13th, is Portland Brewing’s Smoked Beer Fest, taking place from noon to 5pm, and featuring—you guessed it—smoked beers from a number of breweries, smoked foods, live music, kid’s activities, a dunk tank and more. Admission is free and if you want to drink the beers it’s $20 which you can purchase ahead of time here. This looks like a great mini-fest, I do loves me some smoked beers! And, proceeds from this festival will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.