This past month the long running Oregon Brewers Festival was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, and Thirsty Lion is excited to raise money for the Believe in Beer – The Craft Brewery Relief Fund. This fund began in late April to raise money for breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate financial need due to COVID-19 and meet the outlined criteria set forth by the Brewers Association. The Believe in Beer Relief Fund originally had a goal of raising $1,000,000 for these troubled breweries and guilds. Since this time the goal was lowered to $100,000. As of this posting the fund has raised $18,171.
To bring its guests at its Washington Square location in Tigard the OBF Beer Flight, Thirsty Lion has partnered with longtime Portland beer distributor Maletis Beverage. This flight includes Breakside Pilsner, Hefeweizen Wheat, Buoy IPA, Fort George City of Dreams Pale Ale, Ancestry Irish Red and Ninkasi Prismatic Juicy IPA. For every OBF Beer Flight purchased, $2.00 will be donated to the Believe in Beer – The Craft Brewery Relief Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by COVID-19.
“Since the Oregon Brewers Festival was canceled this year, we wanted to do something to help give back,” said CEG Hospitality CEO John Plew, in a press release. “Like us, local breweries have been severely impacted by COVID-19. We felt that this was a great way to come together with Maletis Beverage and give back to our brewery partners.”
To wrap up this fundraiser, join OBF founder Art Larrance, Thirsty Lion founder John Plew and Maletis Beverage president and owner Rob Maletis for a virtual meet and greet via Facebook Live on Saturday, August 22 from 4:00-5:00pm at the Thirsty Lion at Washington Square. Log on to Facebook.com/OregonBrewFest, grab your favorite Oregon brewed beer and raise a pint to the year that didn’t happen.
And even though the 2020 OBF was cancelled, the festival has OBF 2020 Canceled merchandise for sale including souvenir T-shirts, sweatshirts and pint glasses. Visit OregonBrewFest.shop to place your order.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill 10205 SW Washington Square Rd. Tigard, OR 97223
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.