Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
This Tuesday, February 23rd, the ceremony will be held for the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards at Revolution Hall in inner southeast Portland, and it’s open to all to attend with an awesome beer list as well as guest list! This is Oregon’s first major competition focusing on beers made in-state, and an extremely rare awards show the likes of which are not seen outside of GABF and World Beer Cup. Organizers (including me) have modeled the ceremony in equal parts after the Academy Awards and the GABF, with on-stage guest presenters that include Portland Trailblazers legend Cliff Robinson and former mayor Bud Clark, and a beer list that includes some of the best and most award-winning Oregon beers, including some rarities like Peche n’ Brett and Turmoil.
On tap during the awards ceremony this Tuesday in the Revolution Hall bar and separate pop-up bar is a selection of voted upon winners from last years OBAs.
Beer List for Tuesday’s Oregon Beer Awards Ceremony:
Occidental Altbier Burnside Sweet Heat Logsdon Peche n Brett Barley Browns Turmoil Heater Allen Pils Good Life Session and the regular tap lineup includes: Breakside IPA and Commons Urban Farmhouse
Utilizing a streamlined lineup of beer categories, organizers organized an all-star team of experienced brewers and other industry experts to judge 14 carefully selected categories. In the interest of keeping the awards approachable, entirely new guidelines were written to reflect the way brewers are currently producing ales, not necessarily the way a BJCP or Brewers Association guideline might say they should be. These beers were judged double blind over 2 days at Breakside Brewery’s Milwaukie, Oregon offices by dozens of volunteers.
Gold, silver and bronze awards will be awarded in the following categories at 2016’s Oregon Beer Awards:
Classic Styles (Lagers, Ales, Brown, Amber, Red, etc.)
Sessionable Hoppy Beers (6% ABV or lower)
Fruit and Field Beers
Sour & Wild Beers
Strong Hoppy Beers (7.5%+)
Dark Hoppy Beers
American IPA (6.1% – 7.5%)
In addition to the beer style categories, a Voting Academy was drafted last year and expanded upon this year. The Voting Academy is for any Oregonian with credentials in the industry, whether they are a brewer or beer buyer at your favorite bottleshop, beer journalist, homebrewer, or distributor. The Voting Academy then nominates and finally votes on five separate non-judged categories:
Best Beer Bar
Best Beer Fest
Best Brewpub Experience
Best New Brewery
Brewery of the Year
The awards ceremony is going down Academy Awards style with on-stage presenters, comedian Amy Miller hosting, and actual award winner on-stage speeches with a total of 42 medals being handed out. Live music will introduce the show and play during a beer intermission, from infamous brewer band Black Lodge that is headed up by Cascade Brewing’s Ron Gansberg and guest player John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing. This will also be your first chance to take home a free copy of Willamette Week’s 2016 Oregon Beer Guide, with all of the winners published inside, plus a comprehensive guide to Portland breweries and Oregon beer. Celebrate Oregon’s outstanding beer industry at the Oregon Beer Awards!
Ceremony 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | DRINK + SNACK
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | OREGON BEER AWARDS CEREMONY
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, by JVNW, Inc.
Tuesday, February 23
5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark St., Portland)
$15 (includes $2 donation to Oregon Wild, commemorative glass sponsored by Columbia Distributing, one pint of award-winning beer and snacks.)
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.