Happy Friday! Here’s the (late in the day) beer news from around Oregon for October 19th and the rest of the weekend. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest updates. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Laurelwood Brewing (Portland) is teaming up with Plew’s Brews this weekend to present an Autumn Ale Festival starting today and running through Sunday. Laurelwood has a good summary Facebook post: “Three days of harvest beers from stouts to fresh hops, there is something for everyone! Some of the highlights include Laurelwood Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale, Workhorse IPA, Cameron’s Waylay Pale Ale, Bayreuther Landbier Dunkel, Southern Tier’s Pumking, Ninkasi’s Meridian Dry-Hopped “ Tastes Like Purple”, and Bear Republic’s Racer X! We will have commemorative glasses for $5 and Tickets are $1 for a four-ounce taste. It will be double tickets for the more rare and unusual beers.” This will be fun to check out if you’re in Portland!
Sunday the 21st is the start of Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week: “8 Days of Spectacular Cascadian Beer” that runs through Sunday the 28th. Sunday’s big event is the Killer Beer Summit & Mike Fest at Roscoe’s at 4pm: “It all kicks off at Roscoe’s Pub (8105 SE Stark St, Portland, OR) with a gaggle of Mikes and a bunch of great beer worthy of even the utmost of beer SNOBs. Step up to the Mike and explore beers made for and by brewers and craft beer personalities named Mike/Michael/Micah is the central focus of the evening. Look for one-of-a-kind beers from Laurelwood, The Commons, Vertigo, Fort George, Buckman Botanical, Hopworks, and more. Also, Publicans Quyen and Jeremy will be tapping a number of rare one-offs and seasonals with the uber-geeks in mind.” Don’t miss it!
The Umpqua Brew Fest kicks off tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, in Roseburg; I wrote a more detailed blog post about it here, but suffice to say there are a number of new southern Oregon (Roseburg-based) breweries that would definitely be worth checking out, and they have potentially the best festival pricing I’ve seen: $10 for the glass (standard), $1 per ticket (standard) but a full glass only costs 2 tickets! This will be a festival definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area (and one I’d like to visit sometime too).
Fort George Brewery (Astoria) has their first Brewers Dinner of the season on Saturday, a Wild Mushroom Harvest Dinner featuring six courses of (mostly) mushroom-themed dishes paired with Fort George and guest brewer beers. It lasts from 6 to 9pm and costs $65 per person, tickets for which (if they are still available, which I’m not sure) are available here.