The Oregon Trail, Rural Brewers, and more

Historic map of the Oregon Trail

There are a few events taking place around the state of Oregon today (Saturday, July 23) that you might be interested in.

The Oregon Trail Brew Fest: This inaugural festival taking place in downtown Oregon City from 11 to 9pm is clever and probably a first, featuring breweries along the historic Oregon Trail. The Trail began in Independence, Missouri and ended in Oregon City, and the festival organizers have brought in beers from the likes of Boulevard Brewing (Missouri), Kinkaider Brewing (Nebraska), Nebraska Brewing Company, Snake River Brewery (Wyoming), Melvin Brewing (Wyoming), Slanted Rock Brewing (Idaho), Laughing Dog Brewing (Idaho), and Payette Brewing (Idaho). (Note: These were the ones listed in an email I received a few weeks ago, the Facebook event list is a bit different.) And, yes, Oregon breweries too, including Terminal Gravity, Hermiston Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Ecliptic Brewing, Oregon City Brewing, and more.

I think this is a neat idea and definitely a chance to sample some interesting out-of-state beers. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, which gets you the commemorative glass plus tasting tokens.

The Rural Brewer Fest 2016The Rural Brewer Fest: Portland’s Hawthorne Hophouse is hosting this second annual beerfest organized by Brian Yaeger. Running from 2 to 7pm, this fest “will once again celebrate more than a dozen of the smallest and most remote breweries in Oregon” from towns of less than population 10,000 and will include:

  • Bent Shovel Brewing (near Barton)
  • Boring Brewing Co (Boring)
  • Chetco Brewing Company (Brookings)
  • Deception Brewing Company (Dundee)
  • Defeat River Brewery (Reedsport)
  • Dragon’s Gate Brewery (Milton-Freewater)
  • North Jetty Brewing (Seaview, WA)
  • Silver Falls Brewery (Silverton)
  • Siuslaw Brewing (Alsea)
  • Solera Brewery(Parkdale)
  • Steens Mountain Brewing Company (Burns)
  • Wolf Tree Brewery (Seal Rock)
  • Yachats Brewing + Farmstore (Yachats)

(I note that North Jetty from Washington snuck in there, but to be fair they are not too far from Astoria.)

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. You’ll get a souvenir glass and 8 tokens for that, with additional tokens $1.

Whole Foods Summer Brewefst 2016Whole Foods Summer Brewfest: The Whole Foods Market in Bend is hosting their fifth annual Summer Brewfest from 2 to 6pm, with proceeds benefiting the High Desert Museum.  They are featuring 25 breweries (many of them local) and live music, and entry is only $5 which gets you two tasting tokens. (Additional ones are $1 of course.)

The event takes place in the parking lot adjacent to the store, and the first 100 guests will also get a free logo pint glass.

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