Happy Friday the 13th! It’s been a long week and a long Friday coming, and I for one am looking forward to enjoy a beer (or several) later today. Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.
The McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival kicks off today over in Springfield, from 5 to 11pm, and continues tomorrow, Saturday the 14th from noon to 11pm. This is the fourth annual year of the brewfest, with proceeds going to benefit “Bags of Love, a local agency that provides assistance to children in need ‘one bag of love at a time.'” Tickets cost $15 which you can purchase at the door, or in advance online here. The price covers your admission, souvenir glass, and two tasting tickets, with additional tasting tickets available for $1 each as per usual. And with over 70 breweries and cideries represented it’s going to be a good fest!
McMenamins Old Church (Wilsonville) is holding their 3rd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest Saturday the 14th all day long starting at 11am, with a terrific lineup of McMenamins and guest beers pouring. “We’re back with more than a dozen big, hearty beers that are perfect for the season. Vote for your favorites; Boone’s Best (a.k.a. the oar winner) will be decided by those at the fest! We’ll have McMenamins beers and beers brought to us by McMenamins’ alumni brewers from the breweries they now call home. Some of these brewers will be on hand to chat during the fest.” There will live music as well as a distillery tasting and a history talk—overall this looks like a fantastic fest and one you should not miss if you’re in the area.
Deschutes Brewery (Bend): Tonight is their epic Chocolate Beer Dinner at their Mountain Room from 6 to 9pm, featuring five courses of Moonstruck Chocolate-infused dishes paired with some of their amazing barrel aged brews. “Enjoy a decadent night and delicious chocolate dishes while sipping on some of our finest barrel-aged beers including Not the Stoic, Trees of Doom Dunkel (rye whiskey barrel-aged), Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXVII & Black Butte XXIV.” $65 per person.
And McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) has their own Brewers Dinner tonight as well, which starts at 7pm and costs $70: “It’s a beer party in the Octagonal Barn – the quintessential fall gathering! Hear from the brewers as they introduce their favorites, all paired with a seasonal menu.” Five courses paired with the following beers: Barrel Hopped Squeeze Play IPA, Barrel-Aged Red Ryder Ale, Billy Barreled Double IPA, Tripping Billy Barley Wine, and Cherry Soured Oak Stout. Buy tickets online here.
The Bier Stein (Eugene): Tonight, Friday the 13th, they are hosting Ballast Point Brewing for a special firkin tapping and tasting from 5 to 8pm. “You loved Sculpin IPA. You loved Grapefruit Sculpin IPA… now try Blood Orange Sculipin IPA, a specially produced firkin available until it is drained! Welcome our new Ballast Point rep as he hands out samples of some other great BP beer. We’ll also tap Grapefruit Sculpin, Homework Series #6 Robust Porter, and Piper Down Scottish Ale.”
Bailey’s Taproom (Portland): Saturday the 14th is Bailey’s sixth annual BelgianFest, their celebration of exceptional Belgian-style beers from their favorite Oregon breweries, starting at noon and going all day long! “We’ll be pouring everything from sessionable white ales to herbal farmhouse beers, puckering sour ales and rich, potent dubbels and tripels, all with the trademark Northwest twist you’d expect from your favorite local breweries. If your tastebuds have been tweaked, join us during our normal operating hours from noon to midnight for a full day of bounteous Belgian ambrosia. Admission is free and there won’t be any tokens or souvenir glasses to keep track of; you only pay for what you drink!”
McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend) is celebrating their 11th birthday on Saturday the 14th all day long, with live music from 4 to 10pm, a special beer, property tours and more. “1 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m., every half hour: Property Tours with snacks and drinks along the way: Fireside, O’Kanes, Brewery, Rambler room and more. Space is limited; meet at the Passport table outside of Fireside Bar. Mountain Ridge Alt Bier – Birthday Beer for $4 pints, $8 growler fills.” It’ll be a good day so swing by to help them celebrate!
Thunder Island Brewing (Cascade Locks): Saturday the 14th they are doing a tap takeover at Portland’s Imperial Bottle Shop from 6 to 10pm. “If you haven’t yet checked out Thunder Island’s beautiful brewery in Cascade Locks, here’s your chance to meer their new brewer Brian Perky for a night of beer drinking. Taplist to include: IPA, Pale, Scotch Porter, Saison, and Sour Ale. We’ll be offering a special deal on a 5-beer sampler tray so you can taste them all for one low price, and Thunder Island is bringing some schwag to give away.”