It’s that time of year again—the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival returns to Portland’s Waterfront Park for five days of brews, brews and more brews (and some food and music too)! While beers come in from around the world, particular interest and focus is given the beers coming from Oregon.
The Oregon Brewers Festival is noted throughout world as being one of the oldest craft beer fests across the nation.
Rock and wine is one of those combinations that sounds strange at first, but begins to make sense shortly after. Think milkshakes and French fries, or crackers and milk (seriously, it’s good). For everything that wine pairs well with, the first to come to mind may not be rock music. But, lo and behold, it is a marriage that works.
For those of us that are not familiar with the holiday, Bastille Day, sometimes called French National Day, commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the July 14 storming of Bastille in 1789. Troops stormed through Bastille, which at the time was a medieval fortress and prison in Paris that was widely regarded as a symbol of being ruled under the hated Bourbon monarchy.
Grab your growlers and get ready Oregon, July first marks the beginning of the state wide 31-day beer extravaganza, Oregon Craft Beer Month, the 2015 edition. More than 450 events will host both brewers and consumers alike as the state overflows with some of the best beer that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
The celebration will take over pubs, restaurants and breweries alike. Take a behind the scenes tour at Portland Brewing.
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.