The month of January seems to be one of the less eventful months for beer events here in Oregon. It may be the holidays have wiped a lot of us out or the rainy, damp weather keeps many indoors. However, three years ago the folks at McMenamins decided to host a beer event that is dedicated to big, bold beers with its annual High Gravity Extravaganza at Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon.
Now in its third year, High Gravity Extravaganza, also known as “Go Big or Go Home”, will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The outdoor and indoor event kicks off at 1:00pm and goes until 10:00pm. There will be a chance to “Meet the Brewers” from 1:00 to 4:00pm and live music begins at 3:00pm from Syracuse, NY based Sophistafunk and Portland based Dirty Revival inside in Father Luke’s Room.
Admission is free but a $15.00 Taster Punchcard will allow one to sample 10 of the 20+ high gravity beers. Individual tasters can be purchased for $1.50 each. All ages are welcome to the High Gravity Extravaganza but one must be 21 years of age or older to join in on the tasting.
At High Gravity you can sample over 20 high gravity beers, including seasonal ciders from McMenamins and Central Oregon’s top breweries amidst the rugged beauty of snowy high desert mountains, with outdoor fire pits and rich comfort food to keep you warm and happy.
Participating Breweries at the 3rd Annual High Gravity Extravaganza include:
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.