Lompoc Brewing will host their 2019 Black Out Beer Fest and Chowder Challenge events the weekend of March 1st and 2nd at their N. Portland brewpub (3901 N Williams Ave.) On March 1st the 7th annual Black Out Beer Fest will take place from 4pm to 10pm; and on Saturday, March 2, the 12th Chowder Challenge returns from Noon to 3pm (or until chowders run out).
Black Out Beer FestThe Black Out Beer Fest is for people who love the decadent, dark beers of winter. The event features at least two dozen rotating dark beers – including dark lagers, porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest (and one from The Netherlands). Admission into the Black Out Beer Fest is free; tasting packages, required to taste the beers, cost $20, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and eight beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $1 apiece. All tasting packages and additional tickets are purchased at the door. The event is for ages 21+.
Chowder ChallengeThe Chowder Challenge is a blind tasting of a dozen samples of clam chowders by area restaurants and brewpubs. Attendees receive a tray with a dozen numbered two-ounce samples of chowder, then vote for their favorite; the chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner. This year’s challengers include Deschutes Brewery (Bend), Ds Brickhouse Pizza, EaT Oyster Bar, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Le Bistro Montage, Lompoc 5th Quadrant, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, Peter’s Bar & Grill, Renners’s Grill/Hawthorne Hideaway, Skyline Restaurant, and Ways & Means Oyster House.A tray of all 12 chowder samples costs $15, or $20 for a tray and a Lompoc pint; all tickets are sold at the door. The event also features a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event. All net proceeds are given to the Community Transitional Schooll for homeless children in the Portland area. The Chowder Challenge has taken place 11 times, and Lompoc Brewing has won seven of those; the four upsets were Morrison Hotel (2008), Ice Axe Grill (2013), and Farm House Cafe (2016 & 2018).
Established in 1996, Lompoc Brewing is a longtime Portland favorite that brews eight year-round beers and an ever-rotating lineup of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its three Portland neighborhood pubs: 5th Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, and Oaks Bottom in Southeast. Lompoc beers are proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind.