Ecliptic Brewing will host the 13th annual Oregon Brewers Brunch and Parade to kick off the Oregon Brewers Festival.
Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, May 1st, for the 2019 Oregon Brewers Brunch, which leads into the parade for the Oregon Brewers Festival. Ecliptic Brewing, will host this years brunch on Wednesday, July 24th from 8:30am to 11am. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 9am PDT at OregonBrewFest.com.
Unfortunately, this years parade will be led by the Unipiper. Previous years have featured grand marshalls like legendary Portland beer journalist Fred Eckhardt, city mayors and other brewing industry pioneers. Perhaps in an effort to be more instagrammable, this year is more of a circus act. No offense meant to the Unipiper, but whatever happened to honoring the often unheralded heroes of craft beer instead of the equivalent of a glitter milkshake IPA?
More from a press release:
The brunch is a ticketed event and limited to 500. Tickets cost $49 apiece, which includes a buffet brunch, two Ecliptic beers, a souvenir T-shirt, and the official Oregon Brewers Festival tasting mug. The brunch is for ages 21 and over. The brunch menu, prepared by Ecliptic Brewing executive chef Michael Molitor, will offer seasonal fruit and berries; assorted Grand Central Bakery pastries; house made hazelnut granola with labneh, almond milk and honey; roasted potato, pepper and black bean hash; scrambled eggs with fine herbs; shrimp cocktail; Applewood smoked bacon and house made lamb breakfast sausage (vegan sausage patties optional); and a selection of juices, Caffé Vita coffee, and Steven Smith teas. Ecliptic will have a variety of its award-winning beers on tap. Following the brunch is the Oregon Brewers Parade, an event that does not require a ticket and is open to all ages. Starting at 11am, around 500 beer lovers will walk from Ecliptic Brewing to the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with a small marching band and a police escort. The parade will be led by this year’s Grand Marshal, the Unipiper. The Unipiper is an avid homebrewer who has been a loyal supporter of the craft beer industry for years and is an unofficial ambassador of the City of Portland. The Unipiper will lead the parade to the festival’s opening ceremonies, where he will tap the official first keg.
For more information, visit OregonBrewFest.com and follow the event on social media at @OregonBrewfest, #OregonBrewFest2019. About Oregon Brewers Festival The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, with more than 7,000 craft breweries in America, according to the Brewer’s Association. The economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on the local economy is annually more than $20 million.
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