Beyond simply selling beer, we want to educate and expose people to the dizzying array of beer, cider and mead available in Oregon. To facilitate this, we frequently offer free tastings, "Meet the Brewer" nights, theme weeks, and other special events. These events offer an excellent way to learn about styles and the brewing process, as well as meeting the folks responsible for creating your favorite adult beverages. Unless otherwise noted, all events listed as "tastings" are free and open to everyone over 21 years of age.
The fifth annual BenFest will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Belmont Station in Southeast Portland (4500 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215), from 6-9 p.m.
BenFest serves as the official closing ceremony of Oregon Craft Beer Month and features new or special-release beers from seven Oregon brewers named Ben: Ben Parsons of Baerlic Brewing Co., Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewing, Deschutes Brewery’s Ben Kehs, Gigantic Brewing Co.’s Ben Love, Ben Flerchinger of Lucky Labrador Brewing Co., Ben Engler of Occidental Brewing Co., and Ben Dobler of Widmer Brothers
This year’s theme is “Which Ben Are You?” and will feature two awards that will be announced during the event. Event attendees are invited to take the “Which Ben Are You” quiz, and a special “Ben of the People” award will be announced at the event for the Ben whose personality is most popular in the quiz. The second award will name the “Best Ben 2015” for the Ben whose beer is the most popular at the event (as determined by sales that evening). The event will showcase each Ben’s personality as exemplified through their beers, including: “Bentropy” Kehs’ dry-hopped lager, a wheat beer from “Bentertaining” Flerchinger, a Mexican lager from “Bendejo” Dobler, and “Tiny Benpire” Love’s super-dry-hopped India Session Ale.
“Benmont” Station will be selling the Bens’ beers in three sizes: 5-oz tasters, 25-cl glasses, and 16-oz pint glasses, and will feature the beers as the “Flight of the Day” for a discounted price. There is no entry fee. There will also be a free door prize raffle including glassware, gift certificates and goodies from Belmont Station and from the breweries.
Snowdrift's orchard is set against a dramatic backdrop of basalt cliffs in sunny East Wenatchee, Wash., where they have been growing apples for over 30 years. Come taste a wide variety of their offerings, including their dry, semi-dry, summer red and their perry, made exclusively from central Washington perry pears.
We are excited to help long-time Portland beer writer Jeff Alworth release his new book, The Beer Bible. Described as, "the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible, with 550,000 copies in print, does for wine," Alworth's book is the result of years of research spanning over 17,000 miles, six countries, and 52 breweries. Jeff will be on hand to talk about his new book, and of course, there will be books for sale and Jeff will happily personally sign them for you. Come get the first look into what promises to be both an engaging read and a valuable resource!
We are super excited to be a part of Goose Island's annual Migration celebration. The Goose Island flock always brings a party, with a lot of fun stuff to give away and just a great time. Of course, there will be some awesome beers on tap: Goose Island IPA, Matilda, Muddy Waters Imperial Stout and a little something called Bourbon County Stout and Bourbon County Barleywine. Watch this space for additional details!