For over the past 30 years, McMenamins has produced many brewers that continue to make great beer for them as well as a few brewer that have moved onto starting their own breweries. On Saturday, November 8th, from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. McMenamins 2nd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest will take place at the Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville.
This year, their Autumn Ale Fest combines past and present McMenamins Brewers. Fourteen fall seasonals will be pouring; eight beers from McMenamins’ breweries and six beers from McMenamins’ alumni brewers, which they’ve cooked up at the breweries they now call home. Chat with brewers, who will share their insights on their craft.
To top things off, guests will determine the best ale of the festival, aka, Boone’s Best! Its free to attend their Autumn Ale Fest, but the costs are $19 punch & pint glass, $16 punch card only, $1.50 additional punches, and $5 pint glass. All ages welcome but one must be 21 & over to drink the ales.
Guests can mingle with (past and present) brewers, chat about the craft and enjoy live music from The Fashion Nuggets, a Cake tribute band, and Kinked, a Kinks cover band. Live music starts at 6 p.m.
McMenamins Alumni Brewers and where they brewed include:
- Ecliptic Brewing – John Harris
Hillsdale, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
- Fort George Brewery – Jack Harris
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Lighthouse
- Burnside Brewing Company – Jason McAdam
Edgefield, Hillsdale, Crystal
- Two Kilts Brewing Company – Alex McGaw
- Fire on the Mountain Brewing Company – Ben Nehrling, Kevin Lee
Edgefield, Highland, Kennedy
- Cascade Brewing Barrel House – Mark R. Goodwin
- Wilsonville Old Church
- Old St. Francis Hotel
- West Linn Brewpub
- Crystal Hotel & Ballroom
- Edgefield Hotel
- Kennedy School Hotel
- John Barleycorns Brewpub
- Thompson Brewpub
The beer samples will pair well with music by The Fashion Nuggets, a Cake tribute band, performing from 6 p.m. ‘til 7:30 p.m. To top it off, the late set will be Kinked, a Kinks cover band, from 8 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m.
You can also take a tour of the Old Church brewery in the afternoon, and listen to a History Talk at 2 p.m. by McMenamins Historian Tim Hills.
Boone’s Best will be decided by you, the Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest participants. The fest runs from 2 p.m. ’til 10 p.m., and we invite you to pair live music with your sampling from 6 p.m. ’til 10 p.m.
2 p.m. History Talk with McMenamins Historian Tim Hills
2 p.m. ’til 6 p.m., every half hour Brewery Tours
6 p.m. ’til 7:30 p.m. The Fashion Nuggets
8 p.m. ’til 10 p.m. Kinked
McMenamins Old Church & Pub
30340 SW Boones Ferry Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070