The Summer of ‘18 is heating up and that means the Beaver State’s favorite beverage will be flowing at festivals across the state. The multi-day celebrations of Oregon’s craft brew offer brew geeks more than just a few tastes. June kicks off with locally made foods, brewmaster and chef competitions, and beer for breakfast. So grab your growlers and join the merriment at a beer week near you.
Medford Beer Week
Medford Beer Week is filled with special deals and events at locations all over town, from pubs to parks. In addition to Happy Hours, specially priced drinks, tastings, commemorative glasses, and other happenings that celebrate locally-made brews, they’re turning the annual beer dinner upside down with a Beer Brunch, created by Chef Chef Braden Hitt and paired with a beer flight. See website for complete event roundup.
June 7-16; downtown Medford, medfordbeerweek.com
Portland Beer Week
PDX Beer Week is an 11-day beerganza. Be sure to pack your running shoes for one of the 5k events and burn off a few calories earned at the more than 30 beer-focused events that take place all over town. Stroll the zoo at the Kickoff Party, featuring local brews and ciders paired with bites from Portland’s famous food carts. Belly up to a Pig Roast on June 10 at Wayfinder, with a variety of ways to enjoy pork in all its smoky goodness. The final nod to PDX Beer Week is Snackdown, 10 brewers take on some of Portland’s best chefs for a wrestling-style competition of Portland’s best brews and foods. This year’s home base is Loyal Legion for festival information. Check festival website for full listing of events.
June 7-17; Portland; pdxbeerweek.com
Eugene Beer Week
Eugene Ale Trail Anniversary Party at 16 Tons Café sets the stage for more than 50 events at this year’s Eugene Beer Week. Local craft breweries will be pouring free samples to the beat of live music. Later in the week, check out Beer Family Feud at The Bier Stein to find out which brewers know you best. Competing brewers play a trivia round or two, and raffle prizes and beers go to the onlookers. Don’t forget to celebrate Alesong Brewing and Blending as the brewery celebrates its second anniversary with a party featuring a new IPA collaboration with Block 15 Brewing. Check website for complete list of event descriptions.
June 4-10; Across Eugene, eugenebeerweek.com