It is the most wonderful time of the year. I am not talking about Christmas, rather Oregon Craft Beer Month, which is a Christmas of sorts for craft beer fans. July has been officially dedicated to the celebration of beer by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. For the fifth year in a row the Oregon Brewer’s Guild has created a magnificent month in honor of craft beer with over 120 events.

The official Oregon proclamation states:

“The month of July will feature a celebration of craft beer by Oregon’s specialty breweries with beer tasting, brewers dinners, brewers festivals, brewery tours, beer and cheese pairings, and golf tournaments taking place throughout the state, culminating with the 22nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival July 23-26th, and event that draws more than 70,000 beer lovers to Portland and provides an economic impact of $1.5 million for the state.”

You are probably wondering why I did not post this earlier… Well, I have been to busy “researching” beer events. The official Oregon Craft Beer month kick off party was on July 1st at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon with beers representing the seven regions of Oregon and a lot of happy beer fans. But not to worry, there are still more than 20 days left to celebrate with plenty of events to choose from. Here are a few of the events that I will be attending this month:

July 10th, 5 to 9 p.m.

Devil’s Kriek Release Party/Puckerfest

Belmont Station

Meet Double Mountain’s Matt S

Note: Puckerfest is a July 10-16th “a celebration of sour beers”

July 11th, 1 to 4 p.m.

2500th SNOB Party

Bailey’s Taproom

Open to new, current and renewing SNOB’s.

July 12th, 6 p.m.

Pitchfork to Pint to Plate and Beer Release

Laurelwood Public House and Brewery

BBQ w/beef from brewery spent grain

July 17th -19th, hours vary

Portland International Beerfest

North Park Blocks

July 23rd-26th, hours vary

Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

July 30th, 5 p.m.

Firkin Tapping of Oregon Beers

Green Dragon

For a complete list of events visit Oregon Craft Beer Month’s website.

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