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Tickets On Sale for the 2019 Oregon Beer Awards

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The Oregon Beer Awards executive committee and Willamette Week are proud to announce the 5th annual Oregon Beer Awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 26th from 6-10pm at Revolution Hall. Tickets are now available for this sell-out event that offers a night with industry luminaries and legends where great beers, brewers, festivals and more will be crowned. The Oregon Beer Awards is the state’s premiere beer competition and one of the few in the nation to feature an awards show open to the public.

The 2019 Oregon Beer Awards Ceremony is a multi-media show, with more than two dozen beers pouring for attendees, acceptance speeches, live music, touching video tributes, a hall of fame and even a live-streamed show and pre-show with red carpet interviews and much, much more.

 

Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter accepts the lifetime achievement award for the late Don Younger at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards

 

The 2019 Beer Awards recognize beers, breweries, beer bars, bottleshops, brewers, and festivals in thirty-two different awards categories. 1,090 Oregon craft beers entered and were judged in 25 categories through a double-blind competition held on February 19th and 20th at Maletis beverage. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be handed out in each category at the awards ceremony on February 26th.

In addition, the OBA Voting Academy (comprised of over 200 members with industry backgrounds) nominate and then vote on eight non-beer style categories: Best Collaboration, Best Branding, Beer Doing More, Best New Brewery, Best Beer Bar/Bottleshop, Best Beer Festival, Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award and Brewery of the Year.

Tickets for the public are just $18 and available at  http://bit.ly/OBA2019. $1 of every ticket goes to our non-profit partner Oregon Wild. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.

 

OREGON BEER AWARDS, THE VISION…

We wanted to see great beers from across the state selected in a blind tasting by the best impartial judges in the industry—we wanted a fair, transparent process that everyone felt good about. Second, we wanted everyone in Oregon’s ever-growing beer industry to get together and celebrate the winners in a proper theater—it’s been our goal to make the OBA ceremony a night where folks in the state’s beer industry can catch up with old friends and cheer on their colleagues and peers.

Last year’s Oregon Beer Awards were bigger, better and more fun than ever. A capacity crowd roared, laughed, booed and even got a little misty-eyed. We were humbled by the response and grateful to all the entrants, judges, volunteers and sponsors for making it happen. This year, we’re going a little bigger. We’ve added a few categories and reorganized others. For the second year we’ve hosted a fresh hop contest that was judged when the beers were at their peak in early Fall and added a “Hazy Hoppy Beers” category in 2018 and a new “Pastry Beers” category for 2019 based on new trends.

We’ve also extended the audience by adding a new ticket to the 101 lounge (downstairs at Revolution Hall) with a live streaming broadcast of the show from inside the theater. We will release these tickets upon sellout.

Part of the objective of the OBA is to reward beers for being harmonious and dynamic. This differentiates it from other competitions in which medals are given based on strictly written style guidelines. As such, a beer with no technical flaws that varies from classic style parameters will be judged in greater esteem than a beer with technical flaws that adheres to style. The Committee drafts descriptions (with input from the industry) that are meant as general guidelines for each category. These are not proscriptive guidelines, which define beer by process, raw materials, or particular technical specifications. Judges use their expertise and familiarity with styles and trends to determine what constitutes the appropriate ‘boundary’ of each style.

 

OBA Executive Committee

Ben Edmunds ben@breakside.com – Competition Director, Co-Founder
Ezra Johnson-Greenough newschoolbeer@gmail.com – Ceremony + Media Director, Co-Founder
Rachel Coddington rcoddington@wweek.com – Program Director
Jenn McPoland jenn.mcp@gmail.com – Co-lead steward
Jeremie Landers mcpolanders@gmail.com – Co-lead steward

Jane Smith jsmith@wweek.com – Associate Publisher – Willamette Week

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. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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