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
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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!”
Popularity forces Bent Shovel to seek new rural Clackamas County taproom
Bent Shovel Brewing, a small, family-operated brewery started four years ago in rural Clackamas County, has grown to the point of being forced to shut down its retail operation because too many vehicles are traveling to its popular red-barn taproom.
Via Oregon Live
It is with great sadness we announce Lompoc Brewing is closing after 23 years in business. The closure will include the brewery, as well as 5th Quadrant and Sidebar, and its two pubs on North Williams Avenue. The final day of business will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. That means this weekend is the last weekend, next Monday is the last Wing Night, and next Tuesday is the last Tightwad Tuesday; it truly is The Last Waltz with Lompoc Brewing.
Portland Cider Co. asked Portland-area neighbors to recycle their fallen and unwanted backyard fruit this summer, and the community responded in a big way. Portland Cider Co. collected over 400 bushels –– or 16,000 lbs –– of apples, plus fruits and berries. As a result of the generosity, Portland Cider has made a record quantity of its annual Fruit Forward Community Cider.
Portland Cider Co. will release its Fruit Forward Community Cider on October 19 at its Clackamas Pub & Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg F. The company has pledged to donate 100% of the net proceeds of sales of this community cider to Hunger-Free Schools, a program of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon that works to ensure students of all ages and levels have enough to eat.
Via Portland Cider Co.
Oregon Brewers Guild
Portland Fresh Hops Fest Volunteers
We need your help? The Portland Fresh Hops Festival and other events can’t happen without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Interested in volunteering? All volunteers receive a shirt, a $5 food voucher, as well as a glass and drink tickets that can be used at the festival outside of your shift. Shifts are available on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. Read more about volunteer benefits and apply for a volunteer shift by clicking here.