In just a few weeks (July 9th, to be exact) The Guild Public House will present a street party celebration of canned craft beer, The Cans Fest. Perhaps the biggest trend in craft beer right now is the reintroduction of cans as packaging, so a festival with some of the Oregon pioneers of the canning revolution, like Fort George and Caldera, just makes sense. Many other canned beers not usually found in Oregon also will be representing, like Oskar Blues. Another I am pretty stoked about is Central City from BC with their Red Racer, a beer I compared favorably to Racer 5. The fest is even trotting out some other breweries I have not even heard of, including one from Alaska. If we are lucky we might also see the first Boneyard cans and maybe even some stuff from Surly. In all we can expect over 30 beers from over 17 breweries.
Fort George founder Jack Harris will be on hand to do two lectures on the benefits of cans, and the Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison will be signing copies of her book 'Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest' right after her Beer O'Clock radio show is broadcast from the fest at 3pm. You can also expect beer can-themed games, live music, and barbecue along the streets. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages (though a tasting mug and tickets are required to sample the beer). Follow the slow rollout of beer announcements on the event's Facebook page.
Personally I am hoping they have these slap wrap can coozies from Fort George for sale. Media test samples, anyone?