Sunday, May 31, 2015

PDX Beer Events - June 2015

Let's get this party started right!
What kind of beer events are happening in and around PDX next month? Where the heck do I start? Man, oh, man! Oregon craft beer people know how to start the summer off right, that's all I can say. There are so many awesome beer-related shindigs going on this June that there is no way I could possibly get to them all.

First and foremost, it's PDX Beer Week from June 11th through the 21st. (Yeah, that's actually more than a week, but I'm not complaining.) Special beer events will be happening all over town: pub crawls, mini-festivals, price-break deals, tap takeovers, food and beer pairings--heck, there's something for everybody!

Check out the PDX Beer Week calendar of events HERE.

In addition to PDX Beer Week, there's a ton of other events going on in Portland and surrounding cities. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Sasquatch Brew Fest - 12PM, Saturday, June 6 at Hop Valley Tasting Room and Brewery, 990 W 1st Avenue, Eugene, OR - Tickets at the gate are $10 and include a commemorative glass and 2 taster tickets. Additional taster tickets are $1.
  • Portland Beer Week & Fruit Beer Fest Kickoff Party & Pig Roast - 6PM to 9PM, Thursday, June 11 at EastBurn Eat Drink Play, 1800 East Burnside Street, Portland - There will be no cover for the party but EastBurn will be roasting a whole pig and you can get a plate and a pint for only $10 with access to some of the homebrew contests best entries.
  • Rye Beer Fest - 4PM, Friday, June 12 to 12AM, Saturday, June 13 at EastBurn Eat Drink Play, 1800 East Burnside Street, Portland - $10 admission fee includes a commemorative Rye Beer Fest pint glass and eight beer tickets. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each. One ticket for a 4 oz sample; four tickets get you a full pint.
  • Portland Fruit Beer Festival - 4PM, Friday, June 12 to 6PM, Sunday, June 14 at 701 E Burnside, Portland - $20 admission get 12 taster tickets and a glass.
  • PDX Bottle Share - 7PM, Tuesday, June 16 at Reverend Nat's Cider Tasting Room, 1813 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland - FREE admission! Just bring a bomber of craft cider or beer to share!
  • Kennedy School Cider Dinner - 7PM, Thursday, June 18 at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland - In honor of Oregon Cider Week, Kennedy School Executive Chef Chris Lawrence has created a sumptuous menu, which will be paired with Edgefield ciders-apple, cherry and pomegranate-as well as Bordelet Sydre from France. $75 per person. Also, for just $5 a glass, McMenamins offers their Edgefield Cider in original apple and seasonal cherry at all locations in Oregon.
  • Oregon Garden Brewfest - 12PM, Friday, June 19 through 5PM, Sunday, June 21 at The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main Street, Silverton, OR - Single day admission is $15 and includes glass and 5 taster tickets. Click HERE for more info and list of participating breweries.
  • Culmination Brewing Grand Opening - 4PM to 10PM, Friday, June 19 and 11AM to 10PM, Saturday, June 20 at Culmination Brewing Company, 2117 NE Oregon Avenue, Portland - 10 beers on tap, food and brewery tours.
  • Sour Solstice Berliner Weisse and Gose Festival - All Day Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division Street, Portland - $15 advance tickets include entry, commemorative glass, and 5 drink tickets. Tickets at the door will be $20. Pours will be a 6 oz and additional drink tickets will cost $2.
  • Portland International Beer Fest - 12PM, Friday, June 26 through 7PM, Sunday, June 28 at Holladay Park at Lloyd Center, Portland - $20 advance or $25 at gate gets you 10 taster tickets and a glass.
Whew! That's a lot of stuff going on! I'm pretty sure I forgot something, but this should get you started on your June to-do list. Cheers!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Oregon Garden Announces Beer & Cider Tap List for 11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest

Northwest’s most scenic beer festival also makes the ideal gift for Father’s Day

SILVERTON, Ore. — If you’re looking to give the greatest Father’s Day gift ever, then plan on a trip to the Oregon Garden Brewfest (#OGBF). This year’s event, which will take place on Father’s Day weekend June 19 through 21, will feature more than 135 handcrafted beers, ciders and mead from nearly 70 different breweries from across the nation (a complete list is pasted in at the bottom of this release), along with local food; activities including shuffleboard, skee-ball and foosball; and live music on two stages from a dozen regional bands.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest allows visitors to stroll the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday. The event is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday, when they can create their own wooden coaster for Dad.

Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

A dozen regional bands will play on two stages, beginning at 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s lineup features Alder StreetThe Jackalope SaintsCasey Neill & The Norway RatsJamie WyattWater Tower and Deadwood StandingSaturday’s bands include Will West & The Friendly StrangersBaltoTranscendental Brass BandRedwood SonUral Thomas & The Pain and The Tumblers. For a listing of times,

The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets remain and are available on the event website.

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 $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at or by calling 503-874-2500.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s CafĂ© and sponsored by The Gallon House, Bierhaus Mt. Angel, Country Financial, Oregon Lottery, Imperial Bottle Shop, Pepsi, Renewal by Andersen, PGE, Crater Lake Soda, The Beer Connoisseur Magazine, Oregon Beer Growler and Ale Ways Brewery Tours.

While the Oregon Garden is a pet-friendly property, pets are not allowed inside the Brewfest; only service dogs with appropriate identification will be allowed entry. For more information about the event, visit High-resolution digital photos from past festival are available upon request.

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Following is the tap list for the 2015 event:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing: JOE IPA/IPA
  • 10 Barrel Brewing: Swill/American Style Radler
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse: OutCider: Unfiltered Hard Cider
  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse: Imperial Hop & Stalk/Hopped Hard Cider
  • 21st Amendment Brewery: Down to Earth Session IPA/Session IPA
  • 21st Amendment Brewery: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat/Wheat
  • Alameda Brewing: Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA/Imperial IPA
  • Alameda Brewing: Klickitat Pale Ale/Pale Ale
  • ATLAS Hard Cider: The RADLER/Cider
  • ATLAS Hard Cider: Hard Apricot Cider: Cider
  • Awesome Ales: Southern Sky/French Pale Ale
  • Awesome Ales: TBD
  • Base Camp Brewing: Hop in the 'Pool Helles/Late-Hopped Helles Lager
  • Base Camp Brewing: Pilgrimage Saison/Saison
  • Blue Moon Brewing: Summer Honey Wheat Ale/Wheat Ale
  • Blue Moon Brewing: White IPA/Belgian Style IPA
  • Brew Werks: TBD
  • Brew Werks: TBD
  • BridgePort Brewing: BridgePort Conviction Pale Ale/Pale Ale
  • BridgePort Brewing: BridgePort Long Ball Ale/Golden Ale
  • Buoy Beer: Czech Pilsner/Pilsner
  • Buoy Beer: Oregon Garden Lavender Saison/Saison
  • Calapooia Brewery: Calapooia Chili Beer/Fruit/Chili
  • Calapooia Brewery: Calapooia Paddle me IPA/American IPA
  • Climate City Brewing: Nookie/IPA
  • Climate City Brewing: Yellow Belly/Blonde
  • Coin Toss Brewing: Black Hole/Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Coin Toss Brewing: George's Honest Ale/
  • Coronado Brewing: Islander IPA/American IPA
  • Coronado Brewing: Orange Avenue Wit/California Wit
  • Crispin Cider: Crispin Original Cider: Apple Cider
  • Crispin Cider: Blackberry Pear Cider: Pear Cider
  • Crux Fermentation Project: Half Hitch/Imperial IPA
  • Crux Fermentation Project: Impasse Saison/Farmhouse Ale
  • Deluxe Brewing: Va Va Voom NW Vienna Lager/Vienna Lager
  • Deluxe Brewing: Little Bo Pils/Bohemian Pilsner
  • Dick's Brewing: Dick's Danger Ale/CDA
  • Dick's Brewing: Dick's Cream Stout/Sweet Stout
  • Double Mountain Brewery: TBD
  • Double Mountain Brewery: TBD
  • Ecliptic Brewing: Orbiter IPA/IPA
  • Ecliptic Brewing: Aurora Crimson Saison/Saison w/ Rhubarb
  • Elk Horn Brewery: TBD
  • Elk Horn Brewery: TBD
  • Elysian Brewing: Dayglow/IPA
  • Elysian Brewing: Superfuzz/Blood Orange Pale Ale
  • Epic Brewing: Escape to Colorado/IPA
  • Epic Brewing: Hop Syndrome/Lager
  • Ex Novo Brewing: Eliot IPA/Northwest IPA
  • Ex Novo Brewing: Sour Hop Kids/Dry Hopped Sour Ale
  • Fat Head's Brewery: Head Hunter/IPA
  • Fat Head's Brewery: Bumble Berry/Honey Blueberry Ale
  • Feckin: Measure 91/Pale ale
  • Feckin: IRA /Red
  • Firestone Walker Brewing: TBD
  • Firestone Walker Brewing: TBD
  • Flat Tail Brewing: Rough Cut IPA/IPA
  • Flat Tail Brewing: El Guapo/Chile Beer
  • Fort George Brewery: 3-Way IPA/IPA
  • Fort George Brewery: Spruce Budd Ale/Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
  • Fremont Brewing: Summer Ale/Pale Ale
  • Fremont Brewing: Interurban IPA/IPA
  • Georgetown Brewing: Eddie India Pale Lager/India Pale Lager
  • Georgetown Brewing: Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale/Pale Ale
  • Gigantic Brewing: Gigantic IPA/IPA
  • Gigantic Brewing: White Light White Heat/Belgian-style White IPA
  • Gilgamesh Brewing: Radler/Grapefruit Radler
  • Gilgamesh Brewing: Oedipus IPA/IPA
  • Golden Valley Brewery: Carlton Kolsch/Kolsch-Style Ale
  • Golden Valley Brewery: Chehalem Mountain IPA/IPA
  • Hop Valley Brewing: Citrus Mistress/IPA
  • Hop Valley Brewing: Sir Orange A Lot/Pale
  • Hopworks: Pigwar White IPA /IPA
  • Hopworks: Ace of Spades Imperial IPA /Imperial IPA
  • Klamath Basin Brewing: Backroad Vanilla Porter/Vanilla Porter
  • Klamath Basin Brewing: Dog Days Wheat IPA/Wheat IPA
  • Lagunitas Brewing: A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale/American Pale Wheat Ale
  • Lagunitas Brewing: Day Time/American IPA
  • Laurelwood Brewing: Green Elephant IPA/IPA
  • Laurelwood Brewing: Free Range Red/Red
  • Leinenkugel's Brewing: Summer Shandy/Shandy/Radler
  • Leinenkugel's Brewing: Big Eddy Royal Nektar Ale/Braggot
  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: Kili Wit/Belgian Wheat
  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales: Seizoen/Saison
  • Mazama Brewing: Mosaic Eruption/IPA
  • Mazama Brewing: Saison d'Etre/Saison
  • McMenamins Old Church Brewery: Lumber-sexual IPL/India Pale Lager
  • McMenamins Old Church Brewery: Bonne Chiere Grand Reserve/Belgian Triple
  • Natian Brewery: Everyday /Organic IPA
  • Natian Brewery: KnockBack/Organic Amber Lager
  • Nectar Creek Mead: Waggle/Wildflower Session Mead
  • Nectar Creek Mead: Sting/Ginger Session Mead
  • Ninkasi Brewing: Total Domination/IPA
  • Ninkasi Brewing: Lux/German Style Helles Lager
  • No-Li Brewhouse: Crony/NW Brown Ale
  • No-Li Brewhouse: Poser/Pale Ale
  • Ordnance Brewing: Rivercrest Kolsch/Kolsch
  • Ordnance Brewing: Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)/IPA
  • Pelican Brewing: Kiwanda Cream Ale/Cream Ale
  • Pelican Brewing: Umbrella IPA/Single Hop IPA
  • Ram Brewery-Salem: Big Reds IPA/Northwest  IPA
  • Ram Brewery-Salem: Treehouse/Apricot Honey Summer Ale
  • Rusty Truck Brewing: TBD
  • Rusty Truck Brewing: TBD
  • Salem Ale Works: Hootenanny Honey Basil/Delicious
  • Salem Ale Works: Stout!/American Stout
  • Santiam Brewing: Pirate Stout/Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Stout
  • Santiam Brewing: Ecotopia /Pacific Northwest Style IPA
  • Seven Brides Brewing: Emily's Red Ale/Amber/Red Ale
  • Seven Brides Brewing: Strawberry Blonde Wheat/Fruit Beer
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale/Fresh Hop IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing: River Rye'd/Rye IPA
  • Silver Moon Brewing: Get Sum Pale Ale/Pale Ale
  • Silver Moon Brewing: VooDoo Dog India Session Red/Session Red
  • Sunriver Brewing: Fighting Falcon/Double IPA
  • Sunriver Brewing: S.U.P/Summer Ale
  • Terminal Gravity Brewing: Eagle Cap IPA/IPA
  • Terminal Gravity Brewing: Wallowa Lake Lager /Pre-Prohibtion Style Lager
  • Twisted Snout Brewery: Raspberry Truffle/Fruited Porter
  • Twisted Snout Brewery: Tail Curler IPA #5/IPA
  • Two Kilts Brewing: Crystal Kush/India Session Lager
  • Two Kilts Brewing: Scottish Ale/Scottish style Ale
  • Vagabond Brewing: TBD
  • Vagabond Brewing: TBD
  • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks: Wanderlust/Cider
  • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks: Anthem Hops/Cider
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing: Replay IPA/Session IPA
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing: Hefe Shandy/Shandy
  • Wild Ride Brewing: Hopperhead IPA/IPA
  • Wild Ride Brewing: Whoopty Whoop Wheat/Hefeweizen w/ Lemon Peel
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider: Woodchuck Gumption/cider
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider: Woodchuck Season

Portland Beer Stories by Steven Shomler

Behind every great beer, there's a
great story...
Steven Shomler is a writer, radio host (and brand new brewery co-owner) based right here in my awesome hometown, Portland, Oregon. In addition to being an all-around great guy, Steven knows a lot about Portland food and drink. Seriously, I see this guy tweeting so much about the amazing eateries and pubs he visits, I often wonder if he has a cadre of clones out there working it for him. Steven also finds time to write books, and cook his kids breakfast every morning, so he pretty much makes the Energizer Bunny look like a slacker.

Steven's first book Portland Food Cart Stories captured the behind-the-scenes flavor (see what I did there) of Portland's very unique curbside eateries. For his second book, Steven decided to provide the same type of anecdotal focus on Portland's flourishing beer scene. Hey, there are many reasons why those in the know refer to Portland as Brewvana, and now you can read all about it!

Portland Beer Stories is scheduled for publication next week. If you are a lover of Portland craft beer, like me, this book is a MUST. I have a special spot picked out for my copy. It's going in my library, right between Beer for Dummies and Charlie Papazian's The Homebrewer's Companion. I'm not kidding.

Portland Beer Stories will be available in paperback at quality bookstores everywhere, and on Amazon HERE. A lot went into this book and I can't wait to read the personal stories of some of Portland's most influential brewers and beer personalities. Oh, yeah, and I almost forgot to mention another reason why you should get this book: I contributed to it! Yup, you'll find a brief essay written by your's truly, Wolf Linderman on page 105.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Portland Brewing Celebrates New Rose Festival Partnership with Special Brew

Velvet Majesty Kicks Off Exclusive Craft Beer Sponsorship

Portland, Ore. (May 22, 2015) – Portland Brewing unveils a limited-edition beer to kick off a perfectly paired, three-year partnership with the Portland Rose Festival. Velvet Majesty White Pale Ale is an ode to the festival’s official 2015 collector’s edition rose, “Velvet Majesty.” Like the century-old Rose Festival, this draft-only beer celebrates Portland’s tight-knit community, the beginning of summer, and the flower for which the Rose City is known.

Velvet Majesty features a bright citrus flavor, courtesy of a new hop as unique as Portland: the Lemon Drop. Combined with lemon peel, this hop makes for a robust and refreshing pale ale. Named after a beautiful magenta rose with a white center, Velvet Majesty is sure to quench Portland’s thirst this Rose Festival season.

The exclusive festival brew is only available from May 22 through June 7 at CityFair and RoZone along Tom McCall Waterfront Park. You can also find it on tap at select Portland-area pubs, growler stations, restaurants and Portland Brewing’s Taproom for a limited time.
Beer lovers can also sample Velvet Majesty alongside Portland Brewing’s brew masters at two-hour tasting sessions each Saturday during the festival.

                                  What:      Tastings & talks with the brewer
                                  When:     May 23, May 30 & June 6, from 3–5pm
                                  Where:    Portland Brewing’s CityFair Pop-up Pub

Portland Brewing’s Pop-up Pub near the CityFair entrance is the place to be for non-stop music and entertainment throughout the festival. In addition to Velvet Majesty, Portland Brewing’s summer seasonal S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale, its IPA, MacTarnahan’s Amber, and Pyramid Hefewiezen will flow from the taps at CityFair and RoZone pouring stations.

About Portland Brewing
Founded in 1986 by craft brewing pioneers, Portland Brewing was a forerunner of the Portland craft beer movement. Driven by a love for brewing great beer for the people of Portland, Ore. and beyond, Portland Brewing is committed to delivering the best every time. From unique small batches, to seasonal brews and new year-round offerings, beer drinkers can expect variety, innovation, quality and great-tasting beer in 2015 from a company that, simply, brews with a passion for beer. Portland Brewing is located at 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland, OR 97210. For more information about Portland Brewing Company, head to their websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Migration Brewing Company - River Guide Rye IPA

Got a ticket to rye'd...
I had to take my wife's car to Les Schwab to get a slow leak in the right front tire fixed. Just so you know, I don't have a car of my own. We are a single vehicle household, so when the tire guy told me it would be at least an hour and a half before they could get the Family Truckster into a bay, I had to quickly come up with a plan to fill the time. Sitting around in the waiting area with all the other schlubs for two hours, breathing in all that new tire smell? Not this guy!

Luckily, I live in Portland, Oregon, the best damn beer town in the entire world. All I had to do was DECIDE which brewpub to hike to--and I had a number of awesome choices, all within easy walking distance or a short bus ride. I opted for Migration Brewing, which was 0.3 miles away. Seriously, with about 60 breweries in Portland proper, I can plan all of my chores around whatever tasty craft beers I want to drink. Ah, what a life.

I walked over to Migration and called up my buddy Brian along the way. When I arrived, I opened a tab and ordered myself a River Guide Rye IPA. The menu board advised that the beer comes with a 6% ABV and 58 IBU's. The beertender presented me with a perfect pour.

The beer was served in a shaker pint with a cold-hazed, coppery orange color and a white, foamy head. The head retention was impressive. Creamy clumps of thick lacing were left behind and stayed around for the entire drink.

Aroma was indistinct citrus hops and some bready, yeasty malt in the background. I didn't pick up a lot with my nose on the initial uptake.

Taste delivered much bang for the buck. Bitter hops tang with the flavors of grapefruit rind and orange. Spicy rye malt taste was present and accounted for--nice! Pleasant herbal notes in the mix, too.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Hops bitterness and spicy rye left on the palate at the end. This beer tasted--fresh. Each fresh flavor was distinct and nuanced but balanced against each other quite nicely.

Overall, this is a fantastic rye IPA. The spicy kick of rye is probably not for everybody. I really love it, though--in beer and whiskey. River Guide Rye IPA suited my tastebuds. I liked it so much, I went back for another pint. I'm giving this one a very respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hopworks Urban Brewery Expands Its Core Line With Release of HUB Hard Cider

Portland, Ore - May 20, 2015 - Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of HUB Hard Cider in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Beginning June 1, the cider can be found throughout HUB’s distribution networks in Oregon and Washington, with a wider distribution beginning in the summer. In Portland, the release of the cider is celebrated with three release parties at local taprooms.

Nearly two years in the making, HUB Hard Cider represents HUB’s first packaged departure from beer. Receiving a winery license in August of 2014, HUB immediately began honing in recipes and testing them at both Hopworks’ brewpubs.

As brewers we have had a lot of fun crafting this delicious cider with the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest,”  said HUB Brewmaster and Founder, Christian Ettinger. “We use our beer brewing experience and knowledge to bring a fresh approach to cider making. Our cider is simple and delicious and we are proud to serve it alongside our organic beer.”

With a goal of making a year round cider with high-organic content, HUB Hard Cider is proudly made from 60% organic apple juice concentrate and 40% fresh pressed apple juice. The cider juice is sourced entirely from the Northwest.

HUB Hard Cider is a semi-dry hard apple cider, straw colored with fresh apple aromas. Slightly tart with a Champagne-like acidity, HUB Hard Cider finishes slightly sweet and fruit-forward. The cider is naturally gluten-free and is 6.8% ABV. HUB will also offer HUB Hard Cider in 22 oz. bottles this summer.

HUB Hard Cider Release Parties
To celebrate the release of HUB Hard Cider in cans, Hopworks is throwing three release parties in Portland. Each party will have games, giveaways, and cider on tap.

  • Mon. June 1, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Produce Row Cafe - 204 SE Oak St., Portland
  • Wed. June 3, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Roscoe’s - 8105 SE Stark St., Portland
  • Tues. June 9, 5:00pm - 9:00pm, at Hop & Vine - 1914 N. Killingsworth St., Portland

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), a certified B Corporation, strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. In 2015 Hopworks expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider and will open its third pub at the Pine St. Marketplace in Downtown Portland. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Beers Made By Walking Announces New Spring/Summer Hikes

Now in its fifth year, Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) returns to the Pacific Northwest with a new series of public hikes with brewers in three distinct regions of Oregon. BMBW invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make beer inspired by plants found on the trail. The 2015 series of hikes take place in Bend/Central Oregon, the Eugene area, and in Portland’s Forest Park.

Each hike is free and open to the public. Hikers are accompanied by a local brewer who must create a hike-inspired beer later this summer. These place-based beers serve as drinkable, landscape portraits of the trails that are walked. In the late Summer and Fall, the beers are served at special tapping events throughout Oregon, and proceeds benefit the environmental organizations that lead the hikes. Below is a list of hikes for the upcoming season:

Bend and Central Oregon Hikes
BMBW has teamed up again with the Oregon Natural Desert Association in Bend to host a series of three hikes in past and present wilderness proposal areas. Brewers attending hikes include Crux Fermentation Project, Worthy Brewing, and Deschutes Brewery. The first hike is coming up on Wednesday, May 20th. Registration for hikes opens one month before the hike date. Please see details about each hike on the registration page.

  • May 20, 9am - 2pm - Register Here - Scout Camp Hike with Crux
  • June 12, 9am - 2pm - Register Here - Badlands Hike with Worthy Brewing
  • July 24, 8am - 5pm - Register Here - Black Mountain Hike with Deschutes Brewery

Eugene Hikes
After working with Eugene-area breweries for three years BMBW is pleased to to team up with McKenzie River Trust (MRT) to launch the first Eugene-focused Beers Made By Walking program. MRT will lead three hikes with six breweries and one cidery. Hike registration goes live approximately one month before the hike date, and the first hike is on June 4.

  • June 04, 6-8pm - Register here - Berggren Watershed Conservation Area with: 
    Claim 52 Brewing, Elk Horn Brewery, Falling Sky Brewing, and Viking Braggot Company
  • June 27 - Info here - During the Living River Celebration on Green Island with:
    Agrarian Ales and Oakshire Brewing
  • July 30, 6-8pm - Register here - Hagen’s Confluence Farm on Fergguson Creek with:
    Plank Town Brewing and WildCraft Cider Works

Portland Hikes in Forest Park
Beers Made By Walking has partnered with Portland's Forest Park Conservancy for an ongoing series of monthly hikes with brewers in Forest Park, the largest forested in-city park in the United States. Each month, brewers explore a new trail and create beer inspired by the identified plants. Hike registration goes live one week before each hike. The remaining hikes in the series include:

  • June 13, 9am - 12pm - Register Here- Springville Hill with:
    Ecliptic Brewing and Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • July 17, 12pm - 3pm - Register Here - Cascade Views with: 
    The Commons Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Upright Brewing
  • August 22, 9am - 12pm - Register Here - Balch Creek with:
    10 Barrel Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Sept 18, 12pm - 3pm - Register Here - Ancient Forest Preserve with:
    Hopworks Urban Brewery and Humble Brewing

About Oregon Natural Desert Association:
Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert. Our vision is to see millions of acres of beautiful and ecologically vital public land permanently protected, home to diverse populations of wildlife, and available for people to enjoy forever. Working in partnership with more than 4,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only group dedicated exclusively to the conservation of Oregon’s high desert rivers and landscapes.

About McKenzie River Trust
Since 1989, The McKenzie River Trust has worked collaboratively with willing landowners to protect clean, free-flowing rivers, plentiful salmon runs, and vibrant farms and forests that provide livelihoods and habitat. Our conservation portfolio includes over 4,000 acres of floodplains, wetlands, oak woodlands, and working farms and forests in eight different watersheds across our region. Using a non-regulatory approach to land conservation, we take on the responsibility of ensuring that the land and its conservation values will be protected forever. For more information about the McKenzie River Trust, visit

About Forest Park Conservancy:
The Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network, and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship of the splendor of this iconic, urban wilderness as a gift for generations.

About Beers Made By Walking:
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites people to step outside and see the place they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we have worked with over 90 breweries in Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, and Washington. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational and fundraising programs for environmental organizations in the regions we serve.

BMBW Contact