Lompoc Brewing will host its third annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. and 9th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 21 from Noon to 4 pm. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from craft breweries including Alameda, Breakside, Burnside, Cascade, Ecliptic, Fort George, Gigantic, Hopworks, Lucky Lab, pFriem, The Commons, Three Creeks, Upright, Widmer and one yet to be named. There will also be live music and food specials. The Chowder Challenge participants are Ds Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Breakside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Fifth Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern, RingSide Fish House, Wild Wood Cafe, Widmer Brothers Pub and Year of the Fish.
BLACK OUT Beer Fest
Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to Sidebar on Williams. The event is for ages 21+.
BEER LINEUP (WILL BE UPDATED ON THE WEBSITE AS MORE DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE)
Alameda Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout
Breakside Salted Caramel Stout
Burnside Red Light District
Cascade Dark Day CDA
Ecliptic OORT Imperial Stout
Fort George PB&J Stout
Gigantic Saboteur Baltic Porter
Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter
Lompoc Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter
Lompoc Jitterbrew Stout
Lucky Lab Accidentally Iced Porter
pFriem Oatmeal Stout
The Commons TBA
Three Creeks Tenpine Double Chocolate Porter
9th Annual CHOWDER CHALLENGE
Two-ounce samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from each of the participants are served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards are also given for second and third place. There is no charge to attend the event, but to taste the chowders, attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10.
The festivities also feature live music, a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event.
The reputation of the New Old Lompoc’s clam chowder was the motivation behind holding the Chowder Challenge. The New Old Lompoc won the inaugural Chowder Cup in 2006; the Morrison Hotel stole it away in 2007, but it was wrested back by the New Old Lompoc at the next five events. In 2013, with the New Old Lompoc out of the competition while being rebuilt, the Ice Axe Grill swooped in and took the cup. In 2014, the New Old Lompoc–revived as the Lompoc Tavern–returned the cup to its original hands.
All net proceeds are donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure. For more information about the event, visit www.lompocbrewing.com.