Oregon Beer News, 08/03/2015

Oregon BeerAnd just like that, we’re in the high summer of August! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for the first Monday of August (the 3rd); as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. If you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

The 4th annual Mighty Mites Session Beer & Cider Fest has been announced, returning this year on Sunday, August 16, taking place at Bazi Bierbrasserie (really outside as part of the Hawthorne Street Fair). From the press release: “Featuring beers that fall under the “Session” style category as defined by being 5% ABV or below, The Mighty Mites presents a selection as varied as they are flavorful from session IPA’s to tart refreshing Berliner-Weisse’s, Ciders, and even sessionable, quaffable, poundable cans. Beer and cider tasting is $10 for a cup and four tickets each good for a large 7 oz beer or cider tasters and two tickets for a full cup. Additional tickets are $2 each.” There are more details that warrant a deeper look soon.

Also coming up this month—the same weekend, in fact, as Mighty Mites—is the 11th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival, taking place at Portland’s Overlook Park from August 13 through 16 (Thursday through Sunday). This fest is dedicated to organic beers and ciders, and goes all-in on sustainability, with compostable sample cups and food vendor plates and cutlery, onsite composting and recycling stations, no parking (fest-goers are encourage to walk, bike, or ride mass transit), and more—certainly making it one of the most “Portland” of beer fests. Price structure $7 for a cup, $1 per tasting token, and free admission. It’s family friendly and sure to be a great weekend—get it on your calendars!

Portland U-Brew & Pub (Portland): Their annual Westmoreland/Sellwood Summer Brewfest is coming up this weekend, taking place Friday and Saturday the 7th and 8th. It’s their 4th annual iteration of this event, which will be benefiting the National Brain Tumor Society: “6 local breweries on tap, cider from Bushwacker, live music all weekend, BBQ, fundraiser for Angelo‘s Brian tumor foundation (Angelo and I will brew a special batch). Kid/pet friendly, outdoor events with tents. $20 for a mug and 10 samples. $1.00 samples. AND FUN!”

And keeping with the theme of August festivals, coming up Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th (seems to be a popular weekend) is Saraveza‘s 6th annual Imperial IPA Fest! “Featuring over 30 rotating Double & Some Triple IPAs, Double Bacon BLTs, a Berliner Weisse Oasis & live music,” it takes place from 1 to 9pm on Saturday and 1 to 8pm on Sunday at Saraveza’s main location and their Bad Habit Room. “Entrance fee to the festival is $20 which includes a commemorative IIPA Festival glass and 10 drink tickets good for a 4oz sample of beer (some beers are more expensive and cost 2 tickets per sample). Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.

And the annual Bend Brewfest returns this month to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, August 13 through 16—this year they added a fourth day (Sunday) to the mix, which reflects how this fest has been growing in recent years. The first three days the Brewfest runs from noon to 11pm, and then it’s from noon to 8pm on Sunday. The festival is family friendly until 7pm at which point it’s 21 and over only. Cost is $15 which includes the mug and 5 tasting tokens, with additional tokens $1 each (sold in packs of five). They have a terrific lineup of beers and ciders pouring, so if you’re going to be anywhere near Central Oregon that weekend, make it a point to hit the fest!