American Craft Beer Week: I suppose some states, cities, and towns need this to get themselves amped up about the few quaffables in their neck of the woods. The idea is noble. I mean, who isn’t into having a week devoted to such a wonderful concept. Here in Beervana, we celebrate Craft Beer Month each July, with the Oregon Brewers Festival highlighting the whole shebang. The idea of American Craft Beer week, as far as I can tell, is essential in places like Ashville, North Carolina and Denver, Colorado where good beer is produced and appreciated by a sector of hobbyists. While these places do show some notable pride in their craft beer production and consumption, let’s be honest–they don’t eat, sleep, and breathe craft beer like we do here in Beervana. In reality, every week in Oregon, especially Portland, is craft beer week. Still, if there’s a beer event out there, we’ll salute it and honor its glory. As discriminative as some here can be about beer–that is, separating the good from the great–we can still play along with this concept. Beertown.org, and tell me if this is incorrect, is affiliated with Anheuser-InBev. Those advertisements you see in “craft” beer magazines who so desperately need funding to go to print…you know, the ads that look and smell of a Budweiser product, and before you figured it out, you couldn’t really understand why a full-page ad would really advertise nothing… Anyhow, let’s raise a glass to another excuse to let the world bask in the Pacific Northwest’s craft beer glory. Afterall, where do you think those hops in their beers are coming from?
Rogue Ales, in light of American Craft Beer Week festivities has sent out the above calendar of events going down during this timeframe. They are as follows:
Monday May 11th – Firkin Day
To kick off Rogue’s American Craft Beer Week celebration, we will be tapping a firkin at 6:00pm at each Rogue Public House. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Tuesday May 12th – BBQ with Beer Day
BBQ with original recipes using Rogue Ales. Event starts at 6:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Wednesday May 13th – Homebrewers Day
The beginning of the Rogue Revolution started in a small garage in Ashland, OR back in 1989, so to honor the art of home brewing we will host Become a Homebrewer Day. A local homebrewer will be teaching a crash course in homrebrewing. Event starts at 6:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Thursday May 14th – Vertical Old Crustacean Barley Wine Tasting
We will be pulling kegs of vintage Old Crustacean from the depths of the cooler in Newport for a vertical barley wine tasting. Kegs will be tapped at 6:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Friday May 15th – John John Day
What is John John? It is our new creation in which we age Rogue Ales in Rogue Spirits barrels (i.e. age Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels). The name originates from Rogue’s Brewmaster and Master Distiller, John Maier and John Couchot. We will be tapping a keg of John John at 6:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Saturday May 16th – American Craft Beer Week Garage Sale
Starting Saturday morning and ending Sunday evening, Rogue will show it appreciation to craft beer lovers with a Garage Sale featuring deals on Rogue glassware, merchandise and cased products. 11:00am to 9:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.
Sunday May 17th – Green Eggs and Beer Pajama Brunch:
Bid farewell to American Craft Beer Week with green eggs, beer and a Dr Seuss coloring contest. Join the Rogue staff and wear your pajamas for a Sunday brunch at the Rogue Distillery & Public House. 11:00am.to 1:00pm. For additional information visit www.rogue.com or call Ross Baechle at 503.241.3800 ext 1.