Fresh Hops, Oktoberfest & Peaches – Beer Events Beginning October 6

The beauty of Oktoberfests and fresh hop fests — aside from great beer — is that they often happen during the best weather of the year, beautiful clear crisp fall days under deep blue skies. But not always: this year’s re-skedded Hood River Hops may include some rain showers, but we’re OK with that — Oregonians can drink in the rain, as these stalwart lads proved at an earlier, rainier Hood River Hops. (FoystonFoto)

Fresh Hops in Hood River, Okotberfests around Oregon, Peche Fest and the rest of the beer events beginning October 6th.

Fancy Fall Cider Tasting w/ Northwest Cider Brokers
5-8 pm Friday Oct. 6, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
NW Cider Brokers will pour free samples of some special craft ciders.
WildCraft Elder Perry – Elderberry Perry
WildCraft Pisgah Heritage – Hawthorn berries & blossoms
Foggy Ridge First Fruit – Dry Cider
Baird & Dewar Farmhouse – Dry Cider
Baird & Dewar Constitution – Cider infused w/ raisins & spices
Carlton Cider Works Summer Set

Blocktoberfest
Friday Oct. 6 & Saturday Oct. 7, Block 15 Brewing, Corvallis; $5 admission
Block 15 beers, German food, games, music and college football on the bigt screen are all part of this ninth annual celebration of the equinox.

Fifth Annual Peche Fest
3 – 10 pm Saturday Oct. 7, Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St; $15 includes branded glass and 10 tix. 21 & over.
Another of Ezra’s great ideas: a festival devoted to peach-infused/flavored beers and ciders. The 5th annual celebration of the gorgeous peach features a collection of rare, juicy, sour, sweet and funky beers and ciders all made with peaches — 25+ beers and ciders including Logsdon Peaches n Brett, pFriem Peche and many more plus a special food menu of peachy treats: Fish Tacos with peach salsa, pork shoulder sandwich with grilled peach and a house made peaches and cream pop tart.

Zoiglhaus Oktoberfest
2 – 10 pm Saturday Oct. 7, Zoiglhaus, 5716 SE 92nd Ave.; free admission, special German stein available for purchase that entitles you to beer discounts during the fest. All-ages.
The Zoiglhaus second annual Oktoberfest includes lots of that oh-so-authentic Zoiglhaus beer, food specials, a yodeling contest hosted by Larry Wilder and live music from the European Take Out Band. Also: a puppet show, face-painting and a decorate your own traditional Lebkuchen event for the kiddos.

Portland Brewing Fourth Annual Fall Fest
1- 5 pm Saturday, Oct. 7, Portland Brewing Co.Taproom, 2730 NW 31st Ave.; free admission includes three samples; donate $10 to support Oregon Brew Crew, and sample each of 15+ homebrew entries.
Portland Brewing celebrates homebrewers in this year’s Home Brewers Series, which benefits the Oregon Brew Crew. Join in on the free beer tasting and cast your vote for the winning home brew. Also: live music from – Curtis Irie; raffles and prizes; Food specials and pint specials for Portland Brewing’s 2017 Fresh Hop IPA.

The classy all glass Hood River Hops Fest mug. (image courtesy of Hood River Chamber of Commerce)

Hood River Hops Fest
Noon-8 pm Saturday Oct. 7, Columbia Lot, 5th and Columbia St. downtown Hood River; $20 Includes entry, glass mug and five tix; Under 21: Free admission. Minors OK only until 5 pm.
Now that the smoke has cleared, it’s time to celebrate the bounty of hops with more than 60 fresh-hop beers from 50 regional breweries and cideries. Also: food vendors, grafts and a full roster of live music.

McMenamins Grand Lodge Oktoberfest
Saturday Oct. 7, McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove;
Orenkofest
Noon- 7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 7, Orenco Station MAX Stop, Hillsboro; free admission, kids alright (as the Who once noted…)
This new festival celebrates Hillsboro’s agricultural heritage and includes a beer-stein-holding contest at 4 p.m.

Pacific City Oktoberfest
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 7, Kiwanda Community Center, Pacific City;
I’m betting that Pelican’s fine new Bronze God Oktoberfest beer will be pouring along with many other craft beers.

Crux Fresh Hop Trifecta/Meet the Brewer
5-8 PM Tuesday Oct. 11, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
Here’s your chance to try this years three Crux fresh hop beers in one place, plus brewer Chris Meinke will in house talking Crux and sharing the stories behind the beers.
Fresh Hop Beers On Tap:
Dr Jack – IPA Cascade Hop
Way Two Fresh – Imp. IPA / Mosaic & Simcoe
Crystal Zwickle – Pale Ale w/ Crystal

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