Monday, July 1, 2013

Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month

Quick WitJuly is Oregon Craft Beer Month! As you may, or may not, know there are currently 136 brewing companies operating 169 brewing facilities in 61 cities in Oregon, including Worthy, Bridgeport, Barley Browns, Three Creeks, 10 Barrel, Hop Valley, Logsdon, Ale Industries, Deschutes, Double Mountain, Migration, Amnesia, Caldera, Full Sail, Lompoc, Laurelwood, Breakside, Gigantic, Good Life, Boneyard, Terminal Gravity, Calapooia, Falling Sky, Cascade Lakes, Beer Valley, DeGarde, Hopworks, among others. 52 of these breweries operate out of Portland alone, making Portland the host of more breweries than any other city in the world.

Being a native Oregonian, I have my share of local favorites.

  • 2013 Stumptown TartQuick Wit Beer from Fort George Brewing located in Astoria, Oregon - This is a cloudy pale Belgian Style beer which tastes of wheat, spice, and lemongrass with very little, if any, bitterness.
  • Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale from BridgePort Brewing out of Portland, Oregon - As the name suggests, a mixture of Oregon grown berries (this year raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) has been added to a Belgian yeast based brew to produce a tart fruity ale which is light & refreshing. Perfect on a hot day.
  • McMenamins Terminator Stout - Highly reminiscent of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, this dark full bodied ale is made from kiln-baked specialty grains to produce toasty nutty coffee-esc flavors.

Of course, there exist a virtual plethora of Oregon beers I haven't tried yet, which is what Oregon Craft Beer Month is all about. In order to expose drinkers, like me, to a wider array of locally crafted brews, this month will be peppered with promotional events including:

7/1 - 7/4 Open-Close
Rogue Public House & Distillery
1339 N.W. Flanders

7/2, 7/9, 7/10, 7/11, 7/16, 7/17, 7/18, 7/23, 7/24, & 7/25 11am-2pm $49
Includes beer samples at each location beginning with a full sampler tray at Deschutes, behind the scenes tour at Pints, appetizers at Rogue, sampling journal, pilsner glass and a pretzel necklace.

7/20 4 p.m.
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
4045 N.W. Cornelius Pass
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse 12th Annual Brewfest: Free admittance, $2.25 per token. 2 tokens for 1 full beer.-Live music from Vivid Curve at 4pm, Freak Mountain Ramblers at 7pm.-o Participating breweries: Fulton, Crystal, John Barley Corn, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Thompson Brewery, High St. Brewery, Hillsdale Brewpub, Oak Hills & Lighthouse.

...and many more. Click here for a complete list of events.

If you absolutely can't fit one of these events into your schedule, then do what I plan to do; use this month as an excuse to visit an Oregon Brew Pub, or two, and try a beer you've never tried before. You'll find an extensive list of Oregon Brew Pubs here.

Happy Drinking! :-)

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