Monday, July 2, 2007

July is Oregon Beer Month

Yes, July means many things for many people, but for West Coast Beer Enthusiasts, this is Oregon Craft Beer Month, capped by the legendary Oregon Brewers Festival at the end of the month, in Portland. This month I'll try to put an Oregon focus on beer reviews and stories. For now, a press release.

Below is info from the website.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Portland Mayor Tom Potter have declared July to be Oregon Craft Beer Month. What does this mean to you? Oregon’s craft beer industry invites you to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month at any and all of the following events. Can’t make it to Portland? Visit your local pub, tavern, or grocery store. Just remember to “Think Oregon, Drink Oregon!”

1. JULY 1 – JULY 31
26 Rotating Oregon Craft Beers
McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside Restaurant & Pilsner Room, 0309 SW Montgomery, Portland 1pm on July 1st
11 am to 11 pm daily
503-220-1865 •
Come and meet Oregon brewers from around the state and enjoy a rotating selection of Oregon Brewed beer all month long while visiting the home of the Full Sail at Riverplace.

2. Ten Taps Program
All Rogue Pubs 541.867.3660 •
In honor of Oregon Craft Beer Month, Rogue Ales will be dedicating half of its beer taps at every Rogue pub to local craft breweries.

3. JULY 11
Public Tapping of Velvet Pale Ale
Rock Bottom Brewery, 206 SW Morrison St, Portland
5:30 to 6 pm
503-796-BREW •
Complimentary samples of Rock Bottom's Velvet Pale Ale, the beer voted “People’s Choice Best Pale Ale” at last year’s Oregon Blind Tasting.

4. JULY 12
Oregon Brewers Guild Supporter of Native Oregon Beer (SNOB) Gathering
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, 5151 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
1 to 3 pm
503-288-BREW •
Come visit Laurelwood’s new brewery in the heart of the Hollywood district. There will be a brewery tour at 2 pm, along with a raffle for “July is Oregon Craft Beer Month” t-shirts. The event is open to the public, who can sign up to become SNOB members.

5. Double Mountain Brewer’s Dinner
Good River Restaurant, 904 Second Avenue, Mosier OR 7 pm
541-478-0199 •
Join brewmaster Matthew Swihart for a pairing of Double Mountain beers with a
special menu from Good River chef Barry Rumsey. Seating is limited; call for
tickets or more information.

6. JULY 16 - JULY 22
Beer Specials Featuring "Sour" Beers
Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St., Portland
503-232-8538 •
Specials on tap and in the bottle throughout the week. Unofficially named the "Puckerfest," several sour beers, including a year-old Berliner Weiss from Portland's BJ's Brewpub, will also be pouring at the adjoining biercafé.

7. JULY 18
Double Mountain Brewer’s Dinner
Celilo Restaurant, 16 Oak Street, Hood River
7 pm
541-386-5710 •
Seating limited; call for tickets or more information.

8. JULY 19
Concordia Cup
4 to 10 pm
Concordia Ale House, 3276 NE Killingsworth, Portland
Join a dozen Oregon Craft brewers and vote for your favorite Imperial IPA.

9. JULY 20- JULY 21
Sagebrush Classic
Broken Top Club, 62000 Broken Top Dr, Bend
800-601-8123 •
One of the Northwest and Central Oregon's premier culinary and golf events, put on each year by Deschutes Brewery.

10. JULY 21
Beer and Sausage Fest
Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub, 7424 SW Bvtn Hillsdale Hwy, Portland
1 to 10 pm
503-296-0110 •
Featuring a variety of grilled sausage and live music.

11. 6th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall, 4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro
4 to 11 pm
503-640-6174 •
Savor ales from eight McMenamins breweries, along with food specials and chats with McMenamins brewers. Live music provided by the Scraff Orser Band and the Freak Mountain Ramblers. Joe Mishkin "The Balloon Guy" will entertain the kids.

12. JULY 24
Beer & Cheese Tasting With Fred Eckhardt
Rogue Ales Public House, 1339 NW Flanders, Portland
Doors open at 5 pm
503-222-5910 •
Join Fred Eckhardt, the dean of American beer writers, as he pairs a selection of Oregon microbrews with gourmet cheeses. Tickets cost $30 in advance, or $35 at the door; seating is limited.

13. JULY 25
Oregon Brewers Guild Dinner
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Bill Naito Parkway & Oak St, Portland
5:30 to 8:30 pm
503-288-2739 •
Some of the biggest names in craft brewing attend this informal BBQ as a prelude to the Oregon Brewers Festival. The ticket price of $40 ($30 for SNOBs) includes dinner, a souvenir pint glass, and eight half-pints of Oregon beers that are not featured at the festival. Proceeds benefit Oregon Brewers Guild. Attendance is limited to 750.

14. JULY 26
Oregon Brewers Brunch and Parade
Starting point at Rogue Ales Public House, 1339 NW Flanders, Portland
503-778-5917 •
Traditional brunch starts at 10 am. At 11 am, brewers and beer lovers set out for an oldfashioned sidewalk parade, accompanied by kazoos and music from the March Fourth Marching Band. The parade will wind its way through Portland sidewalks, with scheduled stops, to the opening ceremonies of the 20th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. $15 fee includes brunch, beer, t-shirt and kazoo. Tickets available at the door.

15. JULY 26 – JULY 29
Oregon Brewers Festival
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland
Noon to 9 pm Thurs-Sat; Noon to 7 pm Sun
503-778-5917 •
See details on page 6

16. JULY 27
Third Annual Sasquatch Brew Am Golf Tournament
McMenamins Edgefield Inn, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
8 am to 1 pm
Pair up with celebrity brewers for a round of golf at one of the coolest courses in the area. $75 fee includes golf, picnic lunch, prizes, games, goodies, and a golf shirt. Proceeds benefit the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation to support its brewing scholarship program.