The month of February usually brings two of the Oregon Brewers Guild’s favorites: Oregon Craft Beer Month and its annual Zwickelmania open house-style event. Unfortunately, as the pandemic and state restrictions carry on, holding in-person events is still not an option. The good news is the Guild will be holding virtual Zwickelmania events, as well as releasing the fourth iteration of their State of Excitement collaboration beer.
In an effort to help highlight Oregon Craft Beer Month, throughout February the Guild will be promoting its member breweries from across the state via their social media outlets. Origin stories, photos, beer releases, as well as food & beer specials will be the main focus.
The virtual Zwickelmania events will coincide with the original in-person dates
More Via Oregon Craft Brewers Guild
One of Portland’s oldest breweries will cease production next month
Portland Brewing, one of the Portland craft-beer scene’s founding breweries, will stop production after 34 years in downtown and industrial Northwest Portland next month, according to a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. The brewery will produce its last MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale by Feb. 5
Read More Via Bend Bulletin
Twenty-six collaborated on a Harvest IPA, brewed in Redmond at Wild Ride Brewing.
For its third iteration, the Oregon Brewers Guild brought together twenty-six of Oregon’s breweries to collaborate on State of Excitement No. 3, a Harvest IPA brewed at Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing.
Via Oregon Brewer’s Guild
OREGON BREWERS GUILD LAUNCHES QUARTERLY COLLABORATION SERIES WITH STATE OF EXCITEMENT NO. 2
How do you collaborate on a beer during a global pandemic?
Twenty-seven Oregon’s breweries recently united to brew a statewide collab, State of Excitement No. 2, a hazy IPA brewed at Portland’s Baerlic Beer Co. The beer release marks the launch of the Guild’s quarterly collaboration series, which builds on the fun everyone had cranking out the Zwickelmania beer the past two Februaries.
“Collaborations are a little different right now, but I suppose just about everything is,” said Baerlic Beer Co. Brewer Stephen Helwig, who led the charge on brewday. “Fortunately, the modern miracle of the internet helped us to communicate, stay organized, and craft a damn delicious beer that shows off the best ingredients Oregon has to offer.”
Via Oregon Brewers Guild
Largest Rare Beer Auction in the World Goes Virtual, Raising
Hundreds of Thousands for Homeless Youth
Portland, Oregon- Brews for New Avenues will host its 9 th annual event virtually this
Saturday to raise vital funds for New Avenues for Youth, an organization that has been
working to end youth homelessness for 22 years. The “live” auction that runs from just
after midnight until 2pm will feature some of the rarest beers donated from breweries
from around the globe, including a 1994 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, one of 200 bottles
produced. Other “live” items include a 3L of Bokke Oma, a 1.5L of de Garde & Tilquin
Avenue No. 4, and a 3L of our collaboration with Cantillon – Cuvée de l’Espérance. The
30-minute virtual program beginning at 1:30pm features guest appearances from
Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, de Garde, Upright, Tioga Sequoia, Great Notion, and Reverend
Nat’s Cider, among others.
Via Brews For New Avenues
WOODBURN, Ore. – Crosby Hops, an integrated hop merchant and processor in the Pacific Northwest today announces its new overarching brand family that includes Crosby Hops, Crosby Hop Farm and TopWire Hop Project. Crosby opened the TopWire Hop Project, a one of a kind experiential beer garden on July 24, 2020.
Via Crosby Hops
Press release from OBF:
Dear Friends of the Oregon Brewers Festival,
We are devastated to share that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Oregon Brewers Festival, originally scheduled for this July 22-25. This will be the first time in 33 years that the iconic July event will not take place.
This decision was not made lightly. At the onset of the COVID-19 virus, we were hopeful that the situation might resolve itself by late July. But the health and safety of our guests, vendors, staff and volunteers is our top priority, and we have decided the risk of holding the festival is too great. The Oregon Brewers Festival is attended by thousands of visitors from all over the world. The last thing we would want to do is hold an event that could contribute to the spread of the virus and potentially introduce a second wave of infections.
It’s important for us to make sure that when the festival returns next year, it does so in a way that’s safe and ensures our guests feel secure. We will spend this downtime carefully planning on how to hold a successful event in a post-pandemic world.
The Oregon Brewers Festival will return July 28-31, 2021. In the meantime, we urge you to support your local craft breweries and cider makers; place orders for curbside pickup or delivery and follow them on social media for the latest news on how to help. It has been estimated that up to 46% of craft breweries may be forced to close due to the pandemic. The Oregon Brewers Festival is a celebration of craft beer, and we need to make sure our breweries are still standing when this crisis has passed.
Until then, stay safe, be kind, and wash your hands. Cheers!
Founder Art Larrance and the entire Oregon Brewers Festival Team
Join the Oregon Brewers Guild from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, for a digital dive into Oregon craft beer. Brewers will give behind-the-scenes brewery tours, explore beer styles and history, and much more. The fest is a fundraiser for the Oregon Brewers Guild.
The tentative schedule is live on their EventBrite page, and features over 30 breweries. A few highlights include a behind-the-scenes tour of The Ale Apothecary’s mythical brewery, housed in a cabin high in the hills above Bend; a Bob Ross-style beer painting class with Leikam Brewing; a live tour of pFriem Family Brewing’s new Cascade Locks Barrel-aging Facility; an in-depth chat with Oregon brewing legend John Harris of Ecliptic; live music and much more.
Need a beer for the fest? (Of course you do). Over 100 breweries across the state are offering delivery and takeout. Find a comprehensive list of options here.
Via Oregon Brewers Guild
Hey friends, a message re: this summer’s Oregon Brewers Festival. As of right now, the festival is still happening as scheduled. We recognize this is an evolving situation and we will continue to update you with any changes. In the meantime, please continue to support your local breweries, beer bars and bottle shops. We need to make sure they’re still here when this crisis is over. We hope to raise a pint together soon. Take care, stay safe, and wash your hands!
Join in the discussion on OBF Facebook
Oregon Brewers Guild – Beer to Go List!
Beer to Go List!
Support small craft brewers where you live!
More to come!
6th Annual Brewstillery Festival
Sat, Feb 29 from 12pm – 8pm
832 N Beech St
All ages event. 21+ to imbibe. Only participants need a ticket. Sorry no dogs on event days.
Music Lineup: Coming Soon!
Breweries and Distilleries teaming up to create the perfect pairings. Each pairing will consist of a 4oz beer pour and a 1/4 oz spirit taste. Only like beer? Then just drink beer. You can pick and choose, although we strongly recommend going for the pairing. Advanced tickets on sale now!
Via Oregon Brewers Guild
Zwickelmania celebrates its 12th year this Saturday, Feb. 15 in Portland, and statewide on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Zwickelmania is a statewide celebration of the Oregon craft beer scene. More than 100 breweries across the state open their doors for tours, tastings, meet-the-brewer sessions, and, of course, free samples.
This free event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both Saturdays.
This year, Zwickelmania will run concurrently with Oregon Craft Beer Month. This month-long celebration will include tap takeovers, beer festivals, panel discussions and more. Stay tuned for details!
Visit OregonCraftBeer.org/Zwickelmania for a regularly updated list of participating breweries.
Let’s make a beer! The Oregonian/OregonLive and Labrewatory collaborate on #FakeBrews IPA
Ever wondered what it’s like to make a beer?
Yeah, me too. So, I’m going to do just that.
I figured if I’m going to write about and critique beer and breweries, I should have a hands-on understanding of the process, its complexities and its challenges. And I figured readers might want to know how it’s all done, too.
So I reached out to Nick Herrera, the head brewer at North Portland’s Labrewatory to see if he’d be willing to pair up with The Oregonian/OregonLive and do a beer collaboration – an endeavor I know very little about.
In early 2019, Andre Meunier started a tour of Portland breweries with two goals.
One, get to know the Portland beer scene more deeply to strengthen his coverage of it. And two, provide a comprehensive resource for craft-beer enthusiasts for where to go and what to try.
Via The Oregonian/OregonLive
Jeff and Lynda Parrish, co-owners of Portland Cider Co., have issued the following statement regarding the status of their company:
“There have been a number of craft brewery and cidery closures in the Portland area recently. While we feel for our industry friends, we want to go on record stating that Portland Cider Company is very much still in business, including our two taprooms in the Portland areas. Stories that have referenced the closure of “Portland Cider Companies”––meaning cider companies in the Portland area––have led to understandable confusion for our loyal fans, patrons and and accounts. Rest assured, six years after opening, Portland Cider Company is stronger than ever and grateful to be a part of Portland’s cider loving community. Thank you!”