OREGON GARDEN BREWFEST ON TAP FOR APRIL 27 – 28, 2012
Northwest Signature Beer Event Features Handcrafted Beers, Food and Live Music at The Oregon Garden
Silverton, OR— More than 45 breweries will descend on The Oregon Garden for the 8th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, from noon to 11 p.m. each day. The event will be held indoors, at the Garden’s J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, where attendees will enjoy flagship beers, seasonal beers, live music and hearty fare.
More than 45 breweries are currently participating, including The Pelican Pub & Brewery, Alameda Brewing Co. and Seven Brides Brewing. The Oregon Garden Brewfest will also offer 16 live bands on Friday and Saturday, on two stages including Portland’s Blitzen Trapper, Denver, The Dimes, Quiet Life, Weinland, Tango Alpha Tango and Violet Isle, along with Salem’s The Ty Curtis Band, Matthew Price and Jamalia, and Silverton’s Ben Rue and Tiffany Kuenzi.
The event’s $15 admission includes entrance to The Oregon Garden and to the Brewfest, a commemorative beer mug and five tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 each. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, and include a separate entrance line at the event.
“Our Brewfest has become so popular that last year we expanded the event, and included a large event tent, which enabled us to have two entertainment stages and welcome more breweries and beer enthusiasts than ever before,” said Brittney Hatteberg, marketing manager for The Oregon Garden. “For the 2012 event, we are continuing that expansion, and will again offer live music in the tent, as well as exciting new activities, games and even beer tasting lessons.”
Also new this year, a reservation-only “Brewers’ Tasting Dinner” featuring small-batch beer and food pairings will kick-off Brewfest, on Thursday evening, April 26. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for $40 and can be purchased online. Friday, from noon to 2 p.m brewers and brewing reps will also be available from each brewery to talk with the public about their special brews, brewing history and future inspiration.
Homebrewers will also be honored throughout the weekend. Those interested in entering the amateur homebrewing competition are encouraged to contact the event coordinators.
The Oregon Garden also seeks individuals interested in volunteering at the Brewfest. “This event would not be possible without the more than 500 volunteers who offer their time throughout the event,” said Hatteberg. “We have started looking for volunteers for the 2012 event.” Volunteers enjoy perks such as free admission, snacks, a festival t-shirt and tasting mug.
For general information as well as details on lodging, the Brewers’ Tasting Dinner, volunteering and the homebrew competition, visit oregongardenbrewfest.blogspot.com.
The Oregon Garden is an 80-acre botanical sanctuary that showcases the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest with more than 20 individual themed gardens and related attractions. The Oregon Garden is located in the historic town of Silverton just 45 miles south of Portland. www.oregongarden.org
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Company: The Oregon Garden