Remember American Beer Month?
The Brewers Association conducted the promotion for six years, the last in 2005, and it has been replaced by American Craft Beer Week.
But it lives on some places, such as the Boscos restaurant-breweries in the mid-South and the entire state of Oregon.
â€œWe are proud to be the only state that has designated a special month to recognize our local craft brewers,â€ Brian Butenschoen, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild, stated in a press release to announce the return of Oregon Craft Beer Month. â€Beer is one of Oregonâ€™s iconographic agricultural products and Oregon Craft Beer Month is a wonderful opportunity to stop and lift a glass to all the passion and success we have had here.â€
The month builds toward the Oregon Brewers Festival, July 26-29, which celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland provides the Willamette River and Mount Hood as backdrops for the Brewers Festival. At least 50,000 beer enthusiasts are expected to attend.
Other Craft Beer Month events include a beer and sausage fest, cheese pairings by the dean of American beer writers, Fred Eckhardt, an Oregon Brewers Guild barbecue featuring 24 special beers that you canâ€™t get at the Brewers Festival, and a parade of brewers strutting along Portland sidewalks to the beat of the March 4th Marching Band.
Look for details at the Oregon Brewers Guild website.
Meanwhile feel free to pour yourself one of “Oregonâ€™s iconographic agricultural products.”