Summer is a busy time all around, with so many beer events that it’s tough to keep up. Busy for beer writers too, and this week I’ve got a full slate already without even getting to the daily Oregon Beer News posts—so much so that I won’t be doing the daily news posts this week. Instead, here’s a roundup of things going on around the state for this week of July 24 through 30. I will also be updating this post periodically when I can so check back here for the latest in this week’s events.
The big events of course is the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival which starts on Wednesday, July 26 and runs through Sunday, July 30. This granddaddy of Oregon’s beer festivals takes places as always at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland and admission is free. The cost for the mug is $7 and tasting tokens are $1 apiece. They have a terrific beer lineup and this year sees the return of the Specialty Tent where special, very limited beers will be pouring at various times throughout the fest. Unless you have other plans, of course you’re attending the OBF, right?
An item I missed in Friday’s roundup is that Roseburg Beer Week is taking place all this week—it started Saturday the 22nd and runs through Saturday the 29th. It’s the third annual RBW and they have a slate of events lined up for the week taking place around the area each day. If you’re down in the southern Oregon area be sure to check it out.
McMenamins has a number of events this week to round out Oregon Craft Beer Month, and on top of that the final week of the month for their $4.50 OCBM pint specials they are featuring 50/50 blends such aa Rubinator and Rubberhead (Ruby + Terminator and Ruby + Hammerhead). Here are the various other events:
- Roseburg Station – Hoppy Home IPA release (also part of Roseburg Beer Week) – Monday
- High Street (Eugene) – 400 Word Pale release – Tuesday
- Highland Pub (Gresham) – Midnight Espresso Stout – Wednesday
- Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro) – Roadhouse Refreshments – Wednesday
- Crystal Ballroom (Portland) – Blasphemous Collaboration Series – Wednesday
- Lighthouse Brewpub (Lincoln City) – Blushing Belle Cherry Brandy Wheat – Thursday
- 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop (Portland) – RiverBend Brewing tasting – Saturday
Bailey’s Taproom in Portland is celebrating their 10th anniversary this weekend, and have a series of events taking place this week building up to it:
- Wednesday – Block 15/Bailey’s HausParty
- Thursday – Modern Times Fly!
- Friday – Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale Vertical
- Saturday – 10th anniversary block party!!
All this week for OBF, Portland’s Lardo Sandwiches is hosting their Pop-up Pubs at both their East and West locations, essentially week-long tap takeovers at each spot featuring a given brewery. At West they will be hosting Eugene’s Claim 52 Brewing, while East is home to Founders Brewing.
Belmont Station (Portland): Their 11th annual Puckerfest ends on Monday the 24th with a Grand Finale: What better way to end Puckerfest than with a sneak preview of Baerlic’s entry into the Oregon Brewers Festival and a special visit from “The Lion” of Firestone Walker, David Walker himself! David will be at Belmont Station from 4-6 PM, greeting friends and fans and chatting about Firestone Walker. The Baerlic Brew Crew will be joining us around 5 PM to help us put a final flourish on this year’s fest.”
Deschutes Brewery has their Community Pints days are on Tuesdays, where $1 of every pint sold at the Bend and Portland Pubs goes to benefit a local non-profit organization. As such, it’s a great day to head down to your local pub and enjoy a pint or three to help out!
Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene) has their Pints for a Cause fundraiser on Tuesday, benefiting the Siuslaw Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation: “Ninkasi will donate $1 for every pint sold to the Surfrider Foundation Siuslaw Chapter! Come learn about Surfrider and support our work to protect Oregon’s oceans, waves, and beaches!”
The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting a beer dinner with Eugene’s Viking Braggot Company on Wednesday: “Enjoy a special beer pairing experience with Eugene’s own Viking Braggot Company! We are excited to bring you dishes designed specifically for Viking’s honey-laden brews. Tickets are $60, and include food, beer, and gratuity!” It’s a six-course meal that looks pretty amazing.
Deschutes Brewery: At the Bend Pub from Thursday the 27th through Sunday the 30th, they are celebrating Jubelale in July! “From July 27th – 30th, enjoy Jubelale from 2015 and 2016, plus Jubel 2015 (Reserve Series) on tap until it’s GONE! We’ll also have food specials each day of the celebration that will pair perfectly with all versions of Jubelale.”
And Deschutes’ Portland Pub is holding a garage sale and brunch on Thursday the 27th: “In conjunction with Oregon Brewers Fest, we’re opening up our garage doors bright and early on Thursday, July 27, from 9am till 11am for our first-ever Brunch + Beer Garage Sale Extravaganza! Shop for deals on 22-ounce bottles from our reserve library, taste some delicious beers while you shop, and have tasty brunch with us, too!”
Alameda Brewing (Portland) has a collaboration beer release tapping at 6pm: “We’ve began distributing our beer in the Boise, Idaho area, so we teamed up with Payette Brewing for a unique summertime collab! Payette is an incredible brewery in Boise and it was an honor to brew this special project on their system. Join us for a special night with swag giveaways and $4 pints of Tiny Island all night!”
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) is releasing the new bottles of their Peach Farmhouse at the tasting room: “Sure, maybe you’ve had this tasty summer treat on tap at our tasting room already, but now you can take bottles home with you for the first time ever!”
Great Notion Brewing is the brewery of honor at The BeerMongers Friday for a Great Notion Night from 5 to 8pm: “Great Notion makes delicious, flavorful beers and we’re happy to be featuring them for you on this wonderful evening.”
Widmer Brother Brewing is hosting a Beer Garden Brunch Friday morning starting at 10am: “Prepare for the 30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival with a Beer Brunch at our new outdoor Beer Garden! In addition to a catered buffet, we will be hosting a selection of Oregon Pilsners from local breweries, Ecliptic Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Breakside Brewery, Occidental Brewing Company and Buoy Beer Company. Tickets come with Brunch, Pilsner Tasting flight and two Small Batch Beers. additional drinks by purchase. Entry by reservation only, 21+.”
Bend’s Monkless Belgian Ales is holding their official taproom grand opening from 4 to 8pm on Saturday, celebrating the expansion of their brewery taproom in northeast Bend. “Help us celebrate the Official Grand Opening of our new Taproom!! Taste through our lineup of classic and authentic Belgian style ales (We’ll have cans of Shepplekofeggan Wit available for you to finally take home!) Take part in a group tour of the brewery throughout the evening and learn about our brewing proccess and history! Last but not least, enjoy specialty food pairings from We’re The Würst as well as their regular menu of Belgian Frites, Bratwurst and European cuisine.”
Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) is opening their Summer Sour Shack for the weekend: “Our Summer Sour Shack will be out again this year just in time for Oregon Beer Festival Weekend. Outside on our patio, we will have the Sour Shack all set up and ready for you to sample as you stroll down to the waterfront or stop in to have a beer. Our Brewmaster Todd has brewed up a sour to be enhanced with a flavor of your choosing!”
Kobold Brewing (Bend): The grand opening of Kobold’s new Redmond taproom, The Vault, takes places on Saturday! The location is 245 SW 6th Street downtown, basically around the corner from Wild Ride Brewing, and owner Steven Anderson plans to have 20 taps serving beer and cider, and this will be the primary outlet for Kobold beers. Food is provided by Westside Taco Co. food truck.