New School contributor Brian Yaeger hosts The Rural Brewer fest this Sunday, June 3rd, 2015 at the Hawthorne Hophouse for Portland Beer Week. Based on Brian’s New School series on little known and obscure breweries in small town Oregon this is a great chance to get accommodated with them. This small beerfest is only $15 to enter that nets 13 tokens and runs from 2-7pm.
The all-ages festival also boasts festivities such as an acoustic jug band, country-fashioned bbq eats, a kids zone, and a benefit for the Oregon Environmental Council.
“Beyond Portland, Bend, and Oregon’s celebrated beer Meccas, great breweries exist all over the state”, says Yaeger. The following far-flung yet truly great breweries are participating: Boring Brewing (Boring), Twisted Snout (Toledo), Wolf Tree (Seal Rock), Solera (Parkdale), Beer Valley (Ontario), Prodigal Son (Pendleton), Hermiston Brewing (Hermiston), Plough Monday (Veneta), Ochoco (Prineville), Fire Mountain (Carlton), Yachats Farm & Brewery (Yachats), Conner Fields (Grants Pass), and Dragons Gate (Milton-Freewater). A variety of styles will be pouring, from fruit beers and other summer delights, to Belgian styles and naturally there is no shortage of IPAs and other hoppy creations.
Brian Yaeger (BrianYaeger.com) has gone to extensive lengths to visit and cover these remote breweries, and has the goal of “introducing beer lovers to these off-the-beaten-path destinations—places like Yachats, Veneta, and Prineville—each worthy of its own beer-trip!” Having said that, no road-tripping is necessary to experience a little slice of these rural breweries by attending the fest.
Yaeger’s book, Oregon Breweries, will be on sale during the event, and he will be available for book signing, as well. Oregon Breweries is the only comprehensive guidebook to Oregon’s breweries. Each entry delves into the beers, people, and places that distinguish each brewery. Yaeger personally visited each brewery and brewpub and met with the owner and/or brewer (and yes, sampled the beers).
Hawthorne Hophouse: 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214
Oregon Environmental Counsel: oeconline.org