Oregon Beer News, 08/02/2013

Oregon BeerIt’s the end of the week, and the first weekend in August—do you have plans for the weekend? If not, maybe some of the beer stuff going on will give you something to do. Here’s the news for Friday, August 2; I’m busy today so I will likely not be updating much, but as always if you have any news you’d like to share please contact me so I can get it listed.

The Oakridge Keg & Cask Festival is taking place tomorrow, Saturday the 3rd, in Oakridge at Brewers Union Local 180 (FB event); this looks to be a fantastic fest (especially if you like cask beers!) taking place on the street in front of the brewpub from 2 to 9pm and costs $15 for entry, the glass, and drink tokens. There will of course be beer, wine, and cider, food booths, live music, and more. The event “is a fundraiser for several local nonprofits including the Local Food Box (UWCDC), Chamber of Commerce, Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS), and the Uptown Business & Revitalization Association (UBRA).” Combined with Oakridge’s Ukulele Festival, the Cascade Cream Puff 100 and the Just Us Festival, I think you should seriously consider a visit to Oakridge tomorrow!

PFriem Family Brewers (Hood River) is celebrating their 1st year anniversary tomorrow as well with a big party at their Hood River tasting room from 2 to 10pm. “Family-friendly event, featuring live music with bands including The Greenneck Daredevils, Wild Ones, and Tony Smiley. Party will take place under a covered tent in the east parking lot. Several food options will be available in the outdoor event area including pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, brats and organic hot dogs. Minors are welcome at the pFriem event from 2pm to 8pm and there will be a kid’s corner with outdoor games & activities.” It’s been a great first year for pFriem with lots of acclaim and love for their Belgian-inspired beers. If you can’t make it to Oakridge, definitely try for Hood River!

Block 15 Brewery (Corvallis) has a special bottle release tomorrow (the 3rd), featuring four new bottles you’ll want to seek out: Sticky Hands (big hops), Ferme de la Ville Provisions (blended farmhouse ale), Première Année and Pêche (both spontaneously fermented). These are all limited bottling runs (prices range from $7 and $8 for 375ml to $11 for 750ml) so there is of course a per-person limit—but I doubt this will slow down how fast they sell. Keep an eye out in case any bottles make it out of Corvallis.

Rogue Ales (Newport) has their 19th annual Bones and Brew Festival taking place this weekend, starting at noon on Saturday at Rogue’s Pearl District outpost in Portland and lasting through Sunday. “The 19th Annual Bones and Brew Festival is a family and dog-friendly event celebrating the American Backyard BBQ. The event includes: BBQ vendors, a BBQ contest, Kobe Bleu Ball eating contest, Dog Vendors, Charity Dog Wash and 30+ Microbreweries.” It’s a minimal $5 entry, tickets for which you can buy ahead of time here.

Old 99 Brewing (Roseburg): They are having their soft opening today and tomorrow from noon to 8pm each day, pouring beer and serving up pizza (from Roseburg’s Old Soul Pizza)—and this being their official opening day, they are Oregon’s newest brewery (as of this moment!). If you’re in the Roseburg area check them out at 3750 Hooker Road.