The last time a Total Solar Eclipse has crossed the entire United States of America from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast was 99 years ago. This year’s rare total solar eclipse will begin on Monday, August 21st at 10:15am PDT in Lincoln Beach along the Oregon Coast and will pass through a total of 12 states when it completes its passage across the U.S. through Charleston, South Carolina at 2:45pm EDT. The path will go through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Many breweries throughout Oregon are hosting total solar eclipse celebrations. A few are already sold out including Ecliptic Brewing’s Beer, Brunch, & Bloodys. Glad we booked early! But if you missed out Ecliptic brewed a beer for this year’s rare event with its Chromosphere Blonde Ale and is now available in 12 ounce cans.
Rogue Farms in Independence is hosting a party, Total Eclipse of the Farm, but this too is sold out but they too have a beer that celebrates this occasion with Total Blackout Ale. Then in Salem Santiam Brewing’s Path of Totality Tour is also sold out. But don’t fret as there are many more celebrations throughout the Beaver State. We will get to all of these other celebrations a bit later on here.
A few other Oregon breweries are brewing solar eclipse themed beers. Crux Fermentation Project in Bend has released Shadow Chaser Dark Lager, 5.1% ABV beer packaged in 375mL bottles. And the only place you can pick this beer up is at the brewery in Bend.
Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters will release a beer with the same name, Shadow Chaser. This unfiltered wheat beer that sits at 5.2% ABV and 21 IBUs will be available beginning August 19th on draft.
Hopworks Urban Brewery may not have a beer ready to drink during the solar eclipse but its brewers will be in the Willamette Valley picking hops as the eclipse takes place. They will then rush the freshly picked hops back to the brewery to brew Total Blackout, an Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale.
For those of you in Portland that want to catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse it looks as if the Rose City will begin at 9:06am and reach 99.4% totality at 10:19am with it ending at 11:38am.
If you’re still looking for a place to view the total solar eclipse with a craft beer in hand there are many more craft beer events that are still open to the public. Here’s a rundown on the most comprehensive list of brewery’s hosting solar eclipse viewing events in Oregon.
Worthy Eclipse Week Worthy Garden Club – 495 NE Bellevue Dr. – Bend, OR August 16 – August 20
We are pleased to announce the Worthy Solar Eclipse Week, August 16-21, presented by the Worthy Garden Club. The theme of the special program is “See the Light.”
Mazama Brewing Solar Eclipse Viewing Mazama Brewing – 33930 SE Eastgate Circle – Corvallis, OR 7:00am-1:00pm
Join Mazama Brewing to witness this unique occasion. We have an outdoor space available for you to set up and enjoy the view while sipping your favorite locally crafted beverage. The taproom will be have extended hours to accommodate travelers.
Adult (21+over) Ticket, $25 Includes:
1 beverage ticket
1 Meal ticket for brunch
1 pair of solar eclipse glasses
1 bottle of Mazama’s Commemorative Eclipse Beer
Child (Under 21) Ticket, $15 Includes:
1 Non-alcoholic beverage ticket
1 Meal ticket for brunch
1 pair of solar eclipse glasses
Brunch will be grab and go style with additional items available to purchase. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. Mazama will stay open as long as people are around, and will have lunch and other snacks available for purchase throughout the day. Parking is limited.
Golden Valley Brewing Glimpse the Eclipse Golden Valley Brewery – 980 NE 4th St. – McMinnville, OR 8:30-11:00am
A Solar Eclipse outdoor breakfast celebration. Parking lot/patio seating for great views, eclipse glasses, Bloody Mary bar and handcrafted Golden Valley Brewing beers.
12 Bridge Ciderworks Apoc’Eclipse Viewing Party 12 Bridge Ciderworks – 19376 Molalla Ave, #130 – Oregon City, OR 8:00-11:00am
For the few people remaining in the Portland area who aren’t venturing down into “The Path of Totality”, come join the viewing party at 12 Bridge Ciderworks and Taproom…where the cider & beer will be cold and the 99.861% eclipses are damn good enough. There will also be some food options as well.
BYO viewing glasses…though we’ll try to have some on hand.
Salem Ale Works Breakfast, Brew, and Eclipse View Salem Ale Works – 2315 25th St SE – Salem, OR 8:00am-Noon
Join us as we celebrate the rare full solar eclipse with a delicious breakfast, special beer release, eclipse viewing and more!
Breakfast and eclipse viewing snacks*
Eclipse viewing glasses
Unobstructed view of the eclipse from the brewery
Commemorative pint glass
Pint of beer to enjoy while viewing the eclipse
First chance to taste special release eclipse beer
Private brewery tour conducted by the head brewer
*one main, one side, local coffee, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Want more than one main, or side? A la carte options will be available.
Breakfast: 8:00 AM
Eclipse: 10:17:21 AM (totality)
Brewery Tour: 10:30 AM
Limited number of tickets available at $48.00 each.
Gilgamesh Brewing All Day Eclipse Party Gilgamesh Brewing – 2065 Madrona Ave SE Salem – Oregon, OR 8:00am-Close
Gilgamesh is set in the perfect spot to eat and drink all while getting the best view! Go to gilgameshbrewing.com/eclipse for a ticket that includes a breakfast buffet, 22-ounce commemorative Eclipse Beer, Gilga-Eclipse sunglasses, and a viewing space in the yard. Join us for both the Eclipse and after party.
Vagabond Brewing Eclipse Viewing Party Vagabond Brewing – 2195 Hyacinth St NE Ste 172 – Salem, OR 8:00-11:30am
Opening up early for the solar eclipse with a full on breakfast.
– Pancake, egg, bacon and fruit breakfast.
– Coffee (duh!)
– A special commemorative pint glass.
– A pint of delicious Vagabond beer or locally made cider.
– A pair of eclipse viewing glasses
Tickets will be $30 for adults. Minors tickets are available for $10, which include breakfast, juice and eclipse viewing glasses.
Seven Brides Eclipsefest: Bloody Mary Breakfast & the TOTAL Eclipse Seven Brides Brewing – 990 N 1st St. – Silverton, OR 9:00am-Noon
Seven Brides will have craft brews and bloody Mary’s flowing all morning as we don our super cool shades and watch the moon overtake the sun. We have ample parking, and a shuttle running all weekend.
Silver Falls Brewing Eclipse Viewing Silver Falls Brewing – 207 Jersey St. – Silverton, OR 9:45am-10:00pm
Come and join Silver Falls Brewing on its patio for the grand event:
9:45 – Continental Breakfast – doughnuts/muffins/juice (donations appreciated)
10-10:20 – Watch the sun disappear
10:21 – Ale House is open for business!
On tap will be Silver Falls new Silver Eclipse IPA. There will also be soda, lemonade, iced tea and root beer available. There will also be paninis available.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.