The Bier Stein Announces 2019 Invitational Beer Fest on 6/1

Photo by Wendy Gregory

The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub in Eugene, OR released the list of breweries and details of its fourth annual 2019 Invitational Beer Fest, to be held on Saturday, June 1st from noon-8pm. The fest is the unofficial kickoff to Eugene Beer Week, which runs June 3-8 this year. The Invitational features a hand-picked list of Oregon breweries and cideries, who bring one-off, seasonal, and otherwise non-flagship beers and ciders in a wide range of styles to this party in the parking lot. This year will feature a dunk tank for charity, and live music, as well as festy pub grub provided by The Bier Stein served outside (the Stein will operate as usual inside).

Each year, the roster of breweries changes just a bit to include new and hot breweries. This year features two newer Eugene breweries, Freehand and Manifest, and Cyderish, which has been making moves in town lately. The Invitational Beer Fest is known for being one of the more affordable beer fests with a well rounded, diverse list. $25 gets a tulip glass and 5 taster tickets; more tickets are $1 apiece and beers range from 1-4 tickets for a 4oz pour.

Volunteers are needed to fill pouring and non-pouring shifts. Contact if interested

Members of the Cascade Brewers Society as volunteer beer servers. Photo by Wendy Gregory

More info and the brewery list from the press release:

This year’s Invitational will feature beer and cider from 36 of the best producers in Oregon. Prepare to wander through the realms of one of a kind releases and a plethora of beer styles. Whether amateur or aficionado, guests can dive into the rich craft community by exploring more than 60 craft beers and ciders. The Bier Stein is working closely with the breweries to acquire a range specialty products outside of flagship brands. As always, seasonal, one-off, cellared, barrel-aged, and “altered” beers will be the focus of the fest. A brewer or representative from each brewery will be pouring beer from noon until 3pm.

Live music featuring Pagan Jug Band and Eugene’s own Inner Limits will begin at 1pm and continue for the duration of the fest. Performances will be sustainably powered through solar energy, courtesy of Pedal Power. The Bier Stein’s kitchen and bar will be in operation as usual, and there will be additional food available in the parking lot. There will be plenty of tent space for shade, tables, and seating. Bring your own water bottle to fill from a convenient water station. This year they are also adding a dunk tank to the event. A donation of $5 to the Cascades Raptor Center gives you 3 chances to dunk your favorite (or least favorite) local beer celebrity!

Admission is $25 the day of the event (no advance tix) and includes a souvenir tulip glass plus 5 taster tickets. Additional taster tickets will be available for $1/each. Pours will be 4oz. and range from 1-4 tickets per pour. Designated drivers may enter for $5. Cash only for entry and all other purchases (there is an ATM on site).

For the beer fan who loves to give back, volunteer pouring shifts will be available for those with a current OLCC Servers Permit. Other festival support is also needed throughout the day and of course, there will be perks for all volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail

At the end of the day, whether you come for the palate parade or the brew talk, you’ll leave having been a part of a millennia-old tradition: eat, drink and be merry.

About The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub

The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub opened in July of 2005 as a craft beer and sandwich shop. It quickly became a microbrew mecca in Eugene, and has been recognized as one of the best beer bars in the country. In 2013, The Bier Stein relocated to a much larger space to accommodate over 1,000 bottles, 30 taps, and lots of friends. We strive to create a space where fellow beer enthusiasts can gather and enjoy the widest selection of beer in Oregon under one roof. We love and support our community of independent breweries around the world!

The Brewery List: (* = new to the fest)

2 Towns Ciderhouse
Alesong Brewing & Blending
Bend Brewing Co.*
Block 15
Claim 52
Draper Brewing
Ex Novo
Fort George
Great Notion
Hop Valley
Little Beast
Plank Town
The Wheel Apizza
Three Creeks*
Von Ebert*
WildCraft Cider Works
Yachats Brewing

Aaron Brussat
Aaron Brussat

Aaron Brussat is a complex living organism with an interest in all things fermented. He started writing about and working in the beer industry in 2010. His experience stems primarily from spending six years at The Bier Stein as a beer steward, homebrewing since 2005, and passing the BJCP and Certified Cicerone exams. Highlights along the way include numerous collaborations with local brewers, curating beer dinners at The Bier Stein, and traveling to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Peru, and New Zealand (as well as many parts of the U.S.) for a chance to drink beer at the source.