Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Oregon Garden Brewfest celebrates 12th year on Father’s Day weekend

SILVERTON, Ore. — The 12th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest presented by Venti’s Café will take place June 17 through 19 – Father’s Day weekend – at The Oregon Garden, located at 879 W Main St. in Silverton. The popular Willamette Valley festival will feature 120 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from 60 different breweries from across the nation. Event hours are 3pm to 11pm Friday, Noon to 11pm Saturday, and Noon to 6pm Sunday.

New this year, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will relocate from its traditional indoor setting out into the forest, where the participating breweries will be set up in booths dotted throughout the woods underneath the warm glow of bistro lights. There will be a number of cozy fire pits and covered areas available for people to gather with family and friends.

“We are so excited to bring Brewfest into the heart of the Garden,” exclaimed Brittney Hatteberg, regional marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “Guests can take better advantage of the summer weather and explore more of the Garden from this location. It will be a charming experience, and unlike any other beer festival in Oregon.”

Guests are encouraged to take their beer and explore the 80-acres of botanical gardens, which will be in full bloom in June. There will also be live music on one stage under a tent in the forest, allowing guests to hear the music comfortably from a variety of locations. Local act Deadwood Standing will headline the stageFriday night; additional acts will be announced online.

Also new this year, minors will be welcome on Saturday from Noon to 5pm and during all hours on Sunday; on Father's Day, there will be a kid's craft area as well. The new location is closer to the Children's Garden, allowing families to be near the festivities as well as close to entertainment for kids.

Advance admission ranges from $15 for a one-day ticket to $30 for a three-day ticket to $55 for a VIP ticket; door prices increase by $5. All admission packages include a souvenir pint glass and a varying number of tasting tickets. In most instances, a full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one; additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay $5, which includes a bottle of water, and minors pay $5; children ages four and under are free. Silverton residents receive a discount on Friday with proof of residency. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton. See all ticket pricing information and purchase advance tickets at www.ogbf2016.eventbrite.com.

The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at the Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $269 and include accommodation, two three-day admission passes to Brewfest with a tasting glass and five tasting tickets, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com/special-pkg or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by Country Financial, Goschie Farms Imperial Bottle Shop, Oregon Beer Growler and Portland General Electric. For more information, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Oregon Brewers Festival Celebrates its 29th year.

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival is a craft beer destination, and 80,000 annually make the pilgrimage to Beervana to drink up what the festival has to offer. The 29th annual event will take place July 27 through July 31 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Gates open at 11:30am daily, and taps are open fromNoon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

The main festival will serve 88 beers from craft breweries across the nation, including two gluten-free products. The International Beer Garden will feature six breweries from Japan – Baird, North Island, Shiga Kogen, Shonan, Y Market and the winner of a national beer competition in Japan hosted by the Japan Beer Journalists Association; seven breweries from The Netherlands – De Molen, Frontaal, Maximus, Oedipus, Oersoep, Oproer and Van Moll; plus two breweries from Germany – Brauerei Nothhaft and Lang Bräu. The International Beer Garden was incorporated three years ago as part of a cultural exchange of ideas, knowledge and the worldwide celebration of craft beer.

The Oregon Brewers Festival offers a wide variety of beer styles ranging from Belgians to braggots, cream to coffee ales, goses to gluten free, pales to Pilsners and saisons to stouts. The event also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds. In order to consume beer, the purchase of a 2016 souvenir tasting mug is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The event is cash-only; there are eight ATMs on-premise.

The Oregon Brewers Festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail, which has a station just one block away from the main entrance. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral. The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer and soda to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which as of July 1, 2015 had 234 brewing facilities operated by 194 brewing companies in 72 cities across the state. The Portland Metropolitan area alone has more than 91 breweries. The economic impact of the festival on the local economy is annually more than $30 million.

For more information visit www.oregonbrewfest.com or follow Facebook.com/OregonBrewersFestival and @OregonBrewfest on Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #ORBrewFest16. For a complete list of participating breweries, visit www.oregonbrewfest.com/index2.php?p=beers.