Friday, May 19, 2017

No-Li Brewhouse Awarded 22nd & 23rd International Brewing Medals

Courtesy of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA)
Spokane, WA… Winners of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), renowned for showcasing brewing excellence in Australia and around the world, announced 2017 brewing award winners in Melbourne, Australia.  

The Australian International Beer Awards are one of the world’s largest annual beer competitions with over 2,000 international entries and 80 judges that span the globe!
No-Li Brewhouse was awarded a Silver Medal for Big Juicy IPA and a Bronze Medal for Born & Raised IPA in the American Style (Best IPA) category. 

“No-Li Brewhouse is Born & Raised in Spokane, USA and loves to serve craft beer enthusiasts with local beers that compete for the customer,” says Tony Gonzalez of No-Li Brewhouse. 

Courtesy No-Li Brewhouse
About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Spokane, Washington, No-Li Brewhouse is locally-owned and community-minded crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. No-Li Brewhouse was awarded 2016 Washington Brewery of the Year, NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year, No-Li has won twenty-three international awards.

For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit, or follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.


Courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing Co
PORTLAND, Ore. – May 19, 2017BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s original craft brewery, announced today that two of its beers won awards at this year’s 25th annual Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). A fan favorite, Kingpin Double Red IPA, won Bronze in the Other Amber/Dark Ale category and a new brew this year, Fallen Friar, won Silver in the Blonde (Best Belgian / French Style Ale) category.

Courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing Co
This is the fourth AIBA medal for Kingpin Double Red Ale (2011, 2012, 2013, 2017); and these two wins for Kingpin and Fallen Friar mark eighteen AIBA medals total for BridgePort Brewing since 2006. 

“We really love the AIBA awards. It’s great to see the competition grow each year and to have Kingpin Double Red Ale continue to be awarded,” says Jeff Edgerton, BridgePort’s brewmaster. “However, this year, we’re really excited about Fallen Friar – glad to see one of our brand-new beers in 2017 receive such esteemed recognition.” 

Courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing Co
KingPin Double Red Ale is available year-round in 6 and 12-packs, as well on draft. BridgePort’s seasonal, Fallen Friar, is available in 22oz. and on draft. For more information, visit:

About BridgePort Brewing Company
Oregon's original craft brewery continues to evolve from a microbrewery to a regional leader committed to producing high quality hand crafted beers. Lead by Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton, the team of BridgePort brewers prides itself on using local hops and clear glacial water from Mount Hood. The BridgePort family of locally inspired beers includes Multi Ball Double IPA, Tiny Horse Pilsner, BridgePort IPA, Cream Ale, Kingpin, the STUMPTOWN series, and a variety of seasonal and limited releases. BridgePort Brewery is located at 1313 N.W. Marshall. For more information, call 503-241-7179 or visit

Loowit Brewing announces 2017 expansion plans

Courtesy of Loowit Brewing Co
Vancouver, Washington - Loowit Brewing Company announces upcoming expansion for 2017. The company has secured funding to increase production and also build out a kitchen to begin offering food service.

The current Loowit tasting room will transform into a full-fledged public house with a kitchen, patio with outdoor seating, additional indoor seating and an expanded lineup of beer taps. “We are essentially doubling our retail footprint in our existing location,” said Devon Bray, co-owner of Loowit Brewing. “The addition of a pub to our space will give us a great platform to share our love of local beer and engage the community even more, all while we continue to produce the excellent beer people know and expect from the Loowit brand.” Joining the Loowit team to oversee the new kitchen and help develop the menu will be Ryan Dekarske. Dekarske brings a wealth of experience in all things culinary, having worked in some of the best and busiest kitchens in the Vancouver area. Food service is projected to begin at Loowit’s downtown Vancouver location late summer.

Courtesy of Loowit Brewing Co
In addition to the new pub, Loowit’s expansion also builds upon the company’s production facilities. “Our production capacity will see a 60% increase with the addition of more fermentation and cellar space,” Bray said. “We brewed just over 2,000 barrels, equivalent to about 62,000 gallons or nearly 500,000 pints, of beer in 2016 and are projecting 2017 production to increase, approaching near the 3,000 barrel mark.”

Founded in 2010 by longtime friends and Vancouver residents Devon Bray and Thomas Poffenroth, Loowit Brewing Company now underpins a revitalized downtown Vancouver, Washington and has become a significant force in the Southwest Washington beer scene. Loowit began brewing commercially and opened it’s doors in 2012 and has since been recognized for excellence with many awards for it’s beers. In 2016, Loowit Brewing won a Silver Award at the prestigious World Beer Cup for their Grimlock Rye Porter.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Session Watermelon Wheat Ale Gives Watermelons the Respect They Deserve

Courtesy of Full Sail Brewing Co
This crisp, refreshing beer is a true slice of summer
Hood River, Oregon – May 17, 2017 – Because there’s no such thing as “beermelon,” Full Sail Brewing Co. has invented the next best thing – new Session Watermelon Wheat Ale. For years, watermelons have been slammed with sledgehammers, launched from catapults, and worn as helmets. We’re giving watermelons the respect they deserve. Session Watermelon Wheat is brewed with watermelon for a crisp, refreshing beer that smells and tastes like a slice of summer. Respect at last!

A refreshing wheat beer with an aroma of fresh watermelon, Session Watermelon Wheat offers a medium malt body with subtly sweet watermelon flavor and a crisp wheat finish. “Spring is here, with summer soon to follow,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “While the availability of beer knows no season, watermelon of course is another thing. Beer and watermelon, two quintessential summer pleasures, are paired here in Session Watermelon Wheat.”

Session Watermelon Wheat pours a deep gold with a white lacy head and a slightly floral aroma. Brewed with 2-row Northwest Pale, Malted Wheat, and Unmalted Wheat, Hallertauer and Crystal hops, and a hint of fresh watermelon flavor, Watermelon Wheat is a refreshing brew for the blue-sky days of spring and summer drinking.

When Full Sail launched the Session brand 12 years ago, it quickly became the hottest new craft-beer brand on the market, which has since brought home more than 100 medals, including 40 golds. Session’s not a micro, a macro, or an import, but in a way it’s a little bit of each. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s accessible without being ordinary. Totally drinkable, but never at the expense of character. And now in time for summer, there’s Session Watermelon Wheat Ale. Available in the Session Series, May through August, in 12-packs and on draft. Open a bottle of fine vine, and get your Sesh on. 5.4% ABV, 23 IBUs. 

Courtesy of Full Sail Brewing Co
About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at

Lompoc Brewing Introduces New Marketing Campaign, Premieres Promotional “Tourism” Video

Courtesy of Lompoc Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. – May 16, 2017 – Lompoc Brewing, a Portland mainstay for 20 years, has announced a new branding campaign titled, “Welcome to Lompoc, Oregon.” The campaign includes a tourism video created by the Lompoc Oregon Scenic Tourism (LOST) Division, established in 1997; the video can be viewed at

“We constantly get asked why we're named after a city in California, and why we pronounce it lom-pock when it should be lom-poke,” explained Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “This campaign brings the focus to our brand and emphasizes the idea that Lompoc, Oregon is a state of mind; you won’t find it on any map, but if you’re here, then you're already there. Lompoc, Oregon is a gathering place for neighbors and locals to relax over a few pints, enjoy delicious food, socialize and make new friends.”
Added Fechter, "Lompoc, Oregon can be whatever and wherever you want it to be. Take a six-pack of Proletariat Red cans camping, and you’re in Lompoc, Oregon. Bring a growler of C-Note to a BBQ, and you’re in Lompoc, Oregon. Or watch a Timbers match at Sidebar with a pint of LSD; you’re in Lompoc, Oregon.

The campaign, which includes posters, T-shirts, and stickers, also introduces a Pint Club loyalty program. Pub visitors can request a card, in which every purchased pint receives a punch; every 50 punches are redeemable for rewards, and raise the cardholder to the next level. The status levels reflect the people who make up Lompoc, Oregon: Local, Townie, Proletariat, Diplomat and Royalty.

Mission Expedition, a Portland agency that crafts media and messages to locate, engage and motivate customers, designed the whimsical graphics that bring Lompoc, Oregon to life.

The campaign was unveiled at a press conference at the brewery’s Sidebar pub earlier this evening. Special guests included Sir Pamplemousse, who stands for fun and tomfoolery; and Proletariat Red, who embodies the working class of beer drinkers. Both characters represent two of Lompoc Brewing’s most popular beers.

The event ended with a celebratory group toast with glasses of Lömpocker Hoppy Kölsch – the official beer of Lompoc, Oregon – that literally means “of or relating to Lompoc;” and a welcome address to everyone in the room, the official first citizens of Lompoc, Oregon.

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc Brewing creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc Beers in 12-ounce, 22-ounce bottles, cans (coming this week) and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Lompoc Beer means Local Beer.

Phone: 503-288-3996
Social: @LompocBeer
Hashtag: #LompocOregon #FindingLompocOR

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Courtesy of American Homebrewers Association
WHAT: Homebrewers from across the country will come together in Minneapolis for Homebrew Con 2017, also known as the 39th annual National Homebrewers Conference. Hosted by the American Homebrewers Association, the event—a three-day celebration dedicated to enhancing homebrewing culture and camaraderie—features interactive sessions, workshops and demonstrations that cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.
The conference is also home to the final round of judging in this year’s National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition, which recognizes the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide.      

WHO: An estimated 3,000 attendees will have the opportunity hear from over 80 presenters, including keynote speaker Omar Ansari, founder of the Surly Brewing Company, which is based in Minneapolis and one of the fastest growing and most innovative craft breweries in the country. Presenters include other pioneering and veteran homebrewers, beer industry professionals, mead makers and more.

WHEN:            Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17
Times vary. For a full schedule of events, visit the conference schedule.

WHERE:         The Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
WHY: The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts. This fun, educational gathering pays tribute to the craft of homebrewing and unites all levels of homebrewing aficionados to expand their brewing skills and knowledge, while embracing the community’s camaraderie and spirit.
SPONSORS: Homebrew Con is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

MEDIA: A limited number of press passes are available. Media wishing to attend and cover Homebrew Con must apply for credentials.
About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine and offers the Brew Guru™ mobile app. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

The Saison D’Heretique by Australian Brewery

Courtesy of Australian Brewery

The Saison D’Heretique from Australian Brewery is a delicate yet complex farmhouse ale, with its character taken from a blend of French and Belgian yeast, making it a classic, yet approachable brew. With some smooth but lively floral esters balanced with a refreshing finish, the Saison D’Heretique is an ode to the Australian craft beer movement.

The hops profile is a unique amalgam of Australian, European and American heritage blends. There are some delicate grapefruit, lychee, apricot and melon notes accompanied by some undertones of white pepper and a hint of spice, which results in a subtle, smooth citrusy flavor. It also features moderate hop bitterness and laid-back malts including pilsner, rolled barley and rolled wheat.

Brewed slowly, the Saison D’Heretique should be enjoyed in the same manner. Perfect for a sunny afternoon after a weekend adventure, washing down some slow cooked barbecue, the Saison D’Heretique is a laid back beer that suits a laid back drinker.

Courtesy of Australian Brewery
The Australian Brewery has become a hero of the Australian craft beer movement and is renowned for producing tasty, crisp and refreshing brews to please all palates, without the use of additives or preservatives.

Having just entered the American Craft Beer market, there has never been a better time for an iconically Aussie beer to make a splash abroad. Multi-award winning Australian Brewery beers are bringing a taste of Australian culture and flavors to American beer drinkers.

Ask for a six pack of Australian Brewery’s Saison D’Heretique, Pale Ale and New World Pilsner at craft liquor stores, or a fresh pint on tap at craft beer establishments across the US.

Price Guide: $13-$16 Per 6 Pack

For more information please visit

New Craft Brewery Blends Border Cultures

Courtesy of SouthNorte Brew Co

SouthNorte Combines the Best of San Diego Craft Beer
and Mexican Imports in a Dynamic New Brewery

SAN DIEGO, CALIF – MAY 16, 2017 The San Diego craft brewing scene is about to be infused with some Mexican flavor. The formation and launch of SouthNorte Beer Co., an American brewery that blends the rustic flair of Mexico with the art of San Diego craft brewing, was announced today.

SouthNorte celebrates the intersection of two cultures and believes that life’s richest possibilities are found at the crossroads. The brand identifies with the areas of Southern California and Northern Mexico, and was born from the border culture and mutual influences each region has on the other. The brewery will launch this summer with an emphasis on creating refreshing beers that lend themselves to social drinking.

In recent years there has been an increased demand for both craft beers and Mexican imports. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales are at an all time high; craft share in dollars has risen to 22 percent in the U.S. Additionally, the 2017 Beer Report from The Nielson Company found that among all beer segments, imported beers performed the best, and Mexican imports outpaced the segment by posting growth of 10.9 percent in volume and 13.8 percent in dollar sales in 2016. SouthNorte combines these two trends to give consumers exactly what they want.

“The more time I spent in Mexico with my family the more inspired by and attached to the Mexican culture I became,” said Ryan Brooks, Cofounder & Brewmaster, SouthNorte. “With SouthNorte, I want share my love of that culture and transport the U.S. craft beer drinker by letting them experience the vibrant and unique flavors of Mexico wherever they are.”

The creation of SouthNorte stemmed from Brooks’s dream to own his own brewery. With the assistance of several key players, including Rick and Ron Chapman of Coronado Brewing Company fame, he was able to fulfill his dream. SouthNorte will initially brew at Coronado Brewing Company’s facilities until a future site for the new brewery can be secured. Distribution for SouthNorte will initially focus on the San Diego market, with plans for organic growth into other relevant key markets.

2nd Annual Pints In the Pearl - Saturday, June 3rd

Courtesy of the Pearl District Business Association

PORTLAND, Ore. –The Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) has announced the second annual Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that showcases some of the best beers that Pearl District breweries have to offer, while also celebrating many of the neighborhood’s superb restaurants and distinctive businesses. The event will take place on Saturday, June 3rd, from noon to 9 pm along NW 13th Avenue between Davis and Hoyt streets.  These blocks will be closed to vehicles.

Five craft breweries — 10 Barrel Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery , Fat Heads Brewery, and BackPedal — will each host a station serving three different beers, including one made exclusively for the event.  Each station will be manned by brewery staff, allowing attendees to learn more about the beer from the very people who make and serve it. River Pig Saloon will also be on hand featuring both food and their own River Pig lager, and several local restaurants, such as Brix Tavern and Verde Cocina, will serve fresh fare to festival attendees.  Additional sponsors include Centrl Office who will be onsite with cold brew coffee samples and Portland Streetcar which will be running all day and into evening to support the festivities.

“We’re so thrilled to bring this festival to the Pearl District again,” says Carolyn “CC” Ciolkosz, executive director of the Pearl District Business Association. “Fans of beer come from all over the world to experience our neighborhood’s acclaimed — and award-winning — craft breweries. This is truly a community-wide event, and we’re especially excited this year to have collaborated with Portland Northwest College of Art (PNCA) on developing the design of our Pints in the Pearl poster and logo.” PNCA students submitted design ideas for the poster, and the student with the winning design received a $1,000 scholarship.

Pre-sale Pint Packages are $25, which includes a limited-edition souvenir stainless-steel pint and two tokens, valued at $5 each. Each token is good for one 16 oz. beer – food sales are separate. Additional tokens may be purchased onsite. Pint Packages go on sale May 11 at, and you can also purchase them for $35 at the door. (Note: only credit and debit cards are accepted onsite.)

In addition to beer and food, Pints in the Pearl will present family-friendly entertainment ranging from cornhole and giant Jenga, to live music by bands including The Garcia Birthday Band, Redwood Son, The Quick & Easy Boys,  and Tony Ozier.  The event is open to all ages.

Pints in the Pearl is presented by the Pearl District Business Association, a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote the Pearl District as the region’s premier destination for shopping, dining, art, and living. Its goal is to enhance the vitality of businesses by providing value to its members and to the community.  The event is being produced by Stori, a Portland-based strategy studio with a 20 year track record of helping some of the world's most successful companies make their brands matter to the right audience.

Instagram: @pintsinthepearl

Hashtag: #pearlportland #pints

Monday, May 15, 2017

Iron Maiden’s “TROOPER” Rolling Out Nationwide On Draft Ahead Of Summer Tour

Bruce Dickinson with new TROOPER Tap Handle
North America (May 15, 2017) –  As Iron Maiden suits up for the North American leg of its The Book of Souls World Tour, Artisanal Imports announces a new draft initiative for the band's beloved beer TROOPER, supported by a stunning new 3D tap handle featuring mascot “Eddie”, broader U.S. distribution and a fan photo contest.

TROOPER will soon be pouring all over the country, including many states where it has never been sold before, to meet a dramatic increase in demand. Most tour venues, hundreds of surrounding bars and designated TROOPER Bar Alliance locations will carry TROOPER to ensure fans don’t go thirsty. The golden elixir will pour from a special limited-release 3D tap handle featuring Maiden’s renowned mascot Eddie, a legend in his own right.

"TROOPER's new tap handle looks amazing; it's that simple," says Lanny Hoff, Artisanal Imports SVP-Brands Manager. Combined with a fresh shipment of kegs, the new tap handle should make it easier than ever for fans to find Trooper during and after the tour.”

The stunning 3D handle is not available for sale, but fans have a unique opportunity to win one by entering the “Win An Eddie Tap Handle Photo Contest” located on the TROOPER Facebook page.

"As a lifelong fan of real ale, realizing TROOPER has been a dream come true," says Bruce Dickinson, vocalist for Iron Maiden and co-creator of TROOPER. “It’s great to see TROOPER on draft beginning to roll out to States where it's never been available before. The fans wanted it and we are happy to deliver the goods.”

Iron Maiden's American voyage kicks off in Bristow, VA on June 3, and culminates in a July 22nd appearance in Brooklyn. For more info on the band, their tour and beer, head to

TROOPER is an award-winning premium British Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) styled beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery located in Stockport, United Kingdom. Malt flavors and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon, which has helped this ale sell millions of pints around the world since its 2013 inception.

Robinsons Brewery has been based in the heart of Stockport for almost two centuries. With 300 tenanted and managed pubs, inns and hotels across the North West, it is one of oldest and most respected names in British brewing.

Style: ESB
ABV: 4.7%
Color: Deep Gold
Aroma: Sweet biscuit malt, citrus zest
Flavor: Strong, aromatic roasted malt, firm bitter backbone

Interested in becoming a TROOPER Bar Alliance member and / or selling Iron Maiden’s TROOPER at your restaurant, bar or retail store? Interested in carrying the new 3D Eddie tap handle? Questions about the “Win An Eddie Tap Handle Photo Contest”? Please contact Lanny Hoff by email at
About Iron Maiden: With over 90 million albums sold worldwide, Iron Maiden is considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, having played over 2000 live shows internationally throughout a career spanning over four decades. Iron Maiden’s famous mascot, "Eddie", has been a steadfast figurehead over the band’s 16 studio albums, the most recent of which is their first ever double and topped the chart in over 40 countries. For more information on the band, their tour and beer, head to

About Robinsons Brewery: A proud family of independent brewers, Robinsons is one of the most advanced and sophisticated breweries in the UK, with a worldwide reputation for real ale. Robinsons applies decades of experience to create exciting new varieties and choices of flavor that encourage drinking excellence.

Combining original recipe heritage brews such as Old Tom (first brewed in 1899) and Unicorn (legendary since 1896) with innovative young ales such as Dizzy Blonde, Wizard and TROOPER (created with Iron Maiden) is what differentiates Robinsons… forward-thinking with the very best traditions. It’s an award-winning formula which has earned Robinsons real ale recognition for almost 180 years. Learn more at

Deschutes Brewery Launches in North Carolina with Seven Distributor Partnerships

Courtesy of Deschutes Brewery
May 15, 2017 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today it will introduce its beers to the entire state of North Carolina next month through a network of seven distributors. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with Caffey Distributing Company; Carolina Premium Beverage; Coastal Beverage Company; Healy Wholesale Company, Inc.; Long Beverage, Inc.; Skyland Distributing Company, Inc. and United Beverages of North Carolina, LLC.

Stacy Denbow, Frontier Region Director for Deschutes Brewery, said, “With the recent announcement of our second brewing facility and downtown tasting room in Roanoke, Virginia, it seemed logical to expand our consumer base to the craft-savvy state of North Carolina. We have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to expand there for years.”

The seven distributors Deschutes Brewery has partnered with in North Carolina represent more than 300 years of combined beer-community building in the state. Most are family owned and operated, and all adhere to high standards of quality, customer service and employee relationships that align with the brewery’s own values.

Fans in North Carolina will be able to enjoy the brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPABlack Butte PorterPacific Wonderland Lager and Hop Slice Summer Ale on draft starting next month. Shortly after the beer arrives, the brewery and its new distributors partners are planning several launch and community oriented events around the state. In August, six-packs will begin to hit shelves including all of the above beers, plus the brewery’s popular variety 12-pack.

Last year, the brewery announced it will build an east coast facility just one state away in Roanoke, Virginia. Starting in the early 2020s, this new facility will increase the brewery’s capacity by about 150,000 barrels to start. At its Oregon headquarters, the brewery recently expanded with six new fermentation vessels, a brand-new racking line, pilot brew system, office space and a new warehouse.

About Deschutes Brewery
Family and employee owned since 1988, Deschutes Brewery – Bend’s original brewpub – has become the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s flourishing craft brew culture. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers such as Black Butte PorterMirror Pond Pale Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA, the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Now available in 29 states and Washington D.C., Deschutes’ flagship brewpub has been joined by a main brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes River in Bend, a pub in Portland, and coming in 2021, a new east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia.

Inaugural Organic Craft BrewFest Rebranded as BrewFest in the Park

Courtesy of BrewFest in the Park

Event will continue as scheduled June 23-25 at Overlook Park

PORTLAND, ORE – The Organic Craft BrewFest has been rebranded as the first annual BrewFest in the Park. The event will take place as previously scheduled, June 23 through June 25, at Portland’s Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Friday and Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

The festival was rebranded to eliminate confusion with the previously held NAOBF/Organic Beer Fest, which opted to not put on its event this year.

BrewFest in the Park will serve more than 60 organically brewed craft beverages, including beer, cider and mead. There will also be food carts, vendors, the Crater Lake Soda Garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children’s area with face painting and activities – all taking place in a beautiful park setting.

BrewFest in the Park coincides with the Sunday Parkways North Portland route on June 25 from 11am to 4pm; the family is welcome to stop by after the ride, park the bikes in the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral and enjoy some refreshing craft beverages, including handcrafted soda. Picnic blankets, chairs, non-alcoholic beverages and outside food are allowed at the event.

The organically brewed styles at the event range from ciders to cream ales, ambers to lagers, and fruit beers to IPAs. All the products have been brewed using a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, per USDA guidelines. Some are certified organic, while most are one-off products made with organic ingredients. A list of participants, their products, and their organic status can be viewed on the website at
Tickets for the event are on sale now, and early purchasers receive an additional five tasting tickets. Advance packages cost $25 per individual and include the festival mug, 15 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & mug). Packages at the door cost $25 per individual and include the festival mug, 10 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & mug). Advance packages are on sale now through Bold Type Tickets at

Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $5 at the door, which includes handcrafted Crater Lake Soda and a bottle of water; designated drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol. Minors under the age of 21 receive free admission, but must be accompanied by a parent. Leashed dogs accompanied by responsible owners are welcome.

Most products cost one ticket for a taste and four tickets for a full mug. Select products, including some beers and most meads and ciders, will cost extra tickets. Additional drink tickets are available at the festival for $1 apiece.

The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. Patrons receive an extra ticket with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (only one extra ticket per person).

This festival benefits the Timbers Army 107IST (Independent Supporters Trust), whose mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. The 107IST is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland.

Twitter: @BrewFestinPark
Instagram: @BrewFestinthePark
Hashtag: #BITP17