June is steadily creeping by and while this may be a bit scary, as time seems to steadily increase its pace with every year, it also means we just days away from the statewide extravaganza that is Oregon Cider Week. This is a week dedicated to celebrating all things cider, all throughout the state. As official sponsors of the event, along with our sister pub, CIDERCRAFT, we are here to guide you with our comprehensive list of recommended events taking place throughout the week.
June is finally upon us and we could not be more ready for it. Vacations are being planned, schools are being released (is that a good thing?) and fun times are just around the corner. However, sometimes it can be difficult to track down all the exciting things that will be happening over the next few months. There are so many events taking place that you might not know where to start. As always, we’ve got your covered.
Bend Beer Chase—June 6, Bend, OR || Bar hopping + relay race, throw in a dash of scenic Central Oregon beauty, and you have the basic idea of the Bend Beer Chase. Split up into 12 legs, each leg ranging from 4-6 miles, with each leg spanning the distance between regional breweries. Teams can range from one to six members, depending on how crazy you want to get.
Not to brag or anything, but Oregon wine is awesome! Oregon is currently home to more than 600 wineries—nearly double the number from only 10 years ago. Rapid expansion and an ever-growing collection of international awards led to the Oregon Wine Board deeming the month of May to be “Oregon Wine Month.” Wineries throughout the state, in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Board, will be offering discounts, sales, promotions and special events every day in the month of May.
Major holidays for drinking: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day… and International Star Wars Day! Since its first creation in the 1980s, this fan-created holiday held on May 4 (May the Fourth Be With You…) has grown to worldwide fame and practice. Celebrations, events, even Star Wars-themed sitcoms get in on the action.
This coming Monday, taprooms, cafes and even art museums from around the country will be catering to a galaxy far, far away.
If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve thought at least once of how awesome it would be to open a winery, brewery, distillery or cidery. To pack up the box from the boring 9-5 job you hate, and start doing the thing you love: making amazing booze.
With the number of breweries in the United States breaking the 3,000 mark last summer, and hundreds of more to come, it is clear that the craft beer market is ripe for the plucking.
This last weekend marked the fifth annual iteration of TOAST, and the event was well worth the drive down I-5. It brought together more than forty Northwest distillers to pour a wide range of products alongside craft cocktails, non-alcoholic complements (Raft Botanicals, Bradley’s Tonic Co.), coffee from Oregon Coffee Guild members, and mouthwatering bites from five local eateries.
Taste Washington Wine Month caps off with the four-day Taste Washington extravaganza, featuring more than 225 wineries, acclaimed local restaurants, and educational seminars (including the Cider Renaissance seminar with our editor).
But that is not the only way to experience the Taste Washington Wine Month, throughout the 31 days of March numerous wineries, hotels and businesses will be hosting special events and promotions to bring the wonders of Washington wine direct to you.
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain
The Pacific Northwest has become a hotbed of local distilleries in recent years. There are currently 27 distilleries producing whiskey in the state of Washington alone, and more on the horizon. But for anyone who wishes to enter into the wonderful world of whiskey, the undertaking can seem rather daunting.