Return of the Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest

Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival 2016The fourth annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is returning to GoodLife Brewing on Saturday, December 10. This fest is a showcase for Central Oregon’s breweries (and cider makers) and as such is held as a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild.

As the name suggests, the participating breweries will be pouring their winter seasonal beers, and possibly even a special release or two. Based on the poster (see bottom of this post) there are currently 17 breweries and three cideries that will be present.

The time is from 2 to 9pm, and the cost will be $10 which gets you the commemorative glass plus four tasting tickets, with additional tickets costing $1 each (per the usual beerfest standards).

Here’s the press release:

GoodLife Brewing Company is hosting the 4th Annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival in the GoodLife Courtyard on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 from 2pm-9pm. Last years festival had 20 breweries involved, and this year we are hoping to have all of the Central Oregon breweries, both new and old. This annual event is held the second Saturday in December at GoodLife Brewing, and we look forward to growing it in the years to come. We are happy to announce Bigfoot Beverages as our Title Sponsor again in 2016.

COWBF is a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild, COBG, which works to bring outside awareness to Central Oregon by focusing on our local craft beer culture, with a mission to drive tourism and commerce to Central Oregon, as well as surrounding Oregon communities. COBG is composed of people working at Central Oregon breweries and was formed to give Central Oregon beer a united voice.

GoodLife Brewing’s Owner/Operator, Ty Barnett, said “It’s a great feeling to know that our small city is producing some of the best beer in the NW, and how best to celebrate our growing beer culture than to get us all together and work to give Central Oregon beer a voice. Forming a Brewers Guild in our region opens up marketing possibilities that can directly impact Central Oregon. The more people that know what is happening in Central Oregon, the more people will visit and drive commerce to the city.”

COWBF is a showcase for seasonal and specialty beers brewed in celebration of the holiday season. Admission to COWBF will be $10.00 and attendees will receive a commemorative COWBF glass, as well as 4 drink tickets. Each additional ticket will cost $1.00. The festival will be in a heated tent, and there will be food carts available on-site.

There are several omissions from the breweries listed on the poster, most notably Silver Moon Brewing—their Elf Brew this year is a good one and they’ve participated in the past. I’m hoping it’s not a finalized list and we see a few more get added before the 10th.

Updated: Two more breweries were added, Silver Moon and Monkless Belgian Ales. Revised poster below:

Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest 2016 poster