Holy Friday Batman! The weekend has been a long week coming! I hope you’ve got plans, but if not, maybe some of the news and events for Oregon beer here will help you figure it out. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Today is the start of Block 15 Brewery‘s 7th annual Bloktoberfest party over in Corvallis, which runs today (Friday) from 4 to 11pm, and tomorrow (Saturday) from 12:30 to 11. “We will once again transform Jefferson Avenue in front of our pub into an Oktoberfest tent celebration! We will have live music, great food & beer, games, and a festive fall atmosphere in the middle of Jefferson Avenue.” Block party for Bloktoberfest! And tonight from 6 to 8pm they are holding an Ayinger beer dinner that you might want to check out. Prost!
Peche Fest takes place tomorrow, Saturday the 10th, at Saraveza in Portland! This 3rd annual event celebrates the peach with over 25 peach beers and ciders, and a peach-infused food menu, all running from 3 to 10pm. I wrote up a summary with the tap list here, and it only costs $10 (pre-purchase tickets online here) to get your peach on. One of the weekend’s best bets if you’re in Portland!
Cascade Brewing (Portland): The 5th anniversary of their Barrel House continues today and tomorrow, with special tappings of ’08 Apricot and ’09 Sang Royal (Friday) and ’09 Blackberry and ’09 Bourbonic Plague (Saturday). Plus Friday at 6pm there is a super special event: “There will also be a special anniversary toast and tapping of Cherry Bourbon Double Red – a replica of one of the earliest LIVE barrels – with Cascade Brewing founder Art Larrance and Brewmaster Ron Gansberg on Friday.”
Saturday the 10th the Portland Beers Made By Walking is releasing this year’s BMBW beers in a tapping event “featuring 18 beers/ciders that were inspired by the trails in Portland’s Forest Park” as part of a special walking tour of four pubs with the beers on tap from 12 to 5pm. The four pubs are Belmont Station, the Horse Brass, Likewise, and Bazi Bierbrasserie, each tapping 3 to 5 of the specialty beers, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Forest Park Conservancy’s work to restore Forest Park. It’s a great opportunity to sample some very unique place-based beers, check it out if you get the chance.
Saturday is the St. Paul Fresh Hop Fest taking place in, er, St. Paul (east of McMinnville): “Join us at the Jaycee Bullpen for the 3rd Annual St. Paul Fresh Hop Festival. Gather around a big-screen TV for college football, and enjoy Russian delicacies from top-rated food vendor From Russia with Love. Dozens of acclaimed fresh-hopped craft beers will be flowing.” It runs from 2 to 10pm and costs $12 admission (pre-purchase here) for the standard fest pricing ($1 per taste). Check out the brewery list here and drink up the hops!
And down in Brookings on the coast, Chetco Brewing is putting on the inaugural Brookings Oktoberfest on Saturday the 10th, taking place at The Vista Pub all day long from 10 to 10. They will be featuring 20 Oregon breweries, live music, authentic German fare, games for all ages, and more. Admissions is free, but for beer it follows standard beerfest pricing: $15 for the souvenir mug and 8 tokens, with additional tokens $1 each.