Leading into Oregon’s biggest week of beer with the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, we bring you some beer news that leads into the final week of Oregon Craft Beer Month.
This past weekend saw the Grand Opening of Alesong Brewing & Blending’s anticipated tasting room located in Eugene’s wine region. It also marked the release of the brewery’s one-year anniversary beer with its Anniversary Double IPA. Not a style that the brewery is known for but a style that Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk is no stranger to from his years at Oakshire Brewing. The cans sold out but the Double IPA is on tap at its tasting room and will be making its way into distribution including Portland in the coming days.
Also this weekend saw the soft opening of Allegory Brewing, a new brewery in McMinnville, Oregon. Founded by David Sanguinetti, who also owns McMinnville’s premiere beer bar The Bitter Monk, this brewery has been brewing collaboration beers and had these on tap over the weekend. Already in the books are beers brewed at Heater Allen Brewing, Claim 52 Brewing, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, Fort George Brewery, Culmination Brewing Company, Reach Break Brewing, and The Commons Brewery.
Heading up the brewery will be Charlie Van Meter, formerly of Sasquatch Brewing, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and most recently Yachats Brewing. Look for farmhouse style beers once brewing operations begin in the coming months. Allegory Brewing is located at 777 NE 4th Street in McMinnville, Oregon, OR.
Over in Portland’s Gateway neighborhood we learned over the weekend that Joel Sheley will soon expand his nanobrewery, Gateway Brewing, to a new 5-barrel system. This increase from its existing 2-barrel system will hopefully allow Gateway beers to see a bit broader distribution in the Portland market.
On Wednesday prepare yourself for the largest beer festival in the Pacific Northwest with the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. This annual tradition on Portland’s waterfront takes place Wednesday, July 26th through Sunday, July 30th. Entry is free and a festival mug is $7.00 and drink tokens are $1.00 each.
Also taking place this week is the tenth anniversary of Bailey’s Taproom. Taking place on Saturday, July 29th, Bailey’s will host its 10th Anniversary Block Party from Noon-11:00pm. Bailey’s spent the past year collaborating with 13 Oregon breweries on some one off offerings. The list of collaborating breweries include Alesong, Block 15, Breakside, Culmination, Ex Novo, Flat Tail, Gigantic, Heater Allen, Laurelwood, Logsdon, pFriem, Upright and Minimus, and Yachats. All 13 of these beers will be on draft throughout the day on Saturday and many will be available to go in bottles and cans as well.
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.