When the first weekend of March arrives, Lompoc Brewing will host two of its most popular events, 2019 Black Out Beer Fest and 2019 Chowder Challenge. On Friday, March 1st, Black Out Beer Fest will take place from 4:00-10:00pm and the following day, Saturday, March 2nd will be the return of Lompoc’s Chowder Challenge from Noon-3:00pm.
Here are additional details on both events.
Black Out Beer Fest:
The Black Out Beer Fest is for people who love the decadent, dark beers of winter. The event features at least two dozen rotating dark beers – including dark lagers, porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest (and one from The Netherlands). Admission into the Black Out Beer Fest is free; tasting packages, required to taste the beers, cost $20, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and eight beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $1 apiece. All tasting packages and additional tickets are purchased at the door. The event is for ages 21+
The Chowder Challenge is a blind tasting of a dozen samples of clam chowders by area restaurants and brewpubs. Attendees receive a tray with a dozen numbered two-ounce samples of chowder, then vote for their favorite; the chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner. This year’s challengers include Deschutes Brewery (Bend), Ds Brickhouse Pizza, EaT Oyster Bar, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Le Bistro Montage, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, Peter’s Bar & Grill, Renners’s Grill/Hawthorne Hideaway, Skyline Restaurant, and Ways & Means Oyster House.
A tray of all 12 chowder samples costs $15, or $20 for a tray and a Lompoc pint; all tickets are sold at the door. The event also features a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event. All net proceeds are given to the Community Transitional School for homeless children in the Portland area. The Chowder Challenge has taken place 11 times, and Lompoc Brewing has won seven of those; the four upsets were Morrison Hotel (2008), Ice Axe Grill (2013), and Farm House Cafe (2016 & 2018).
For more information about both events, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBrewing on social media, using hashtags #BOBF19 and #ChowderChallengePDX.
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