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.
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.
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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
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 Allegory Baerlic Bend Brewing Co.* Block 15 Boneyard Breakside Claim 52 Coalition* ColdFire Crux Cyderish* Draper Brewing Ex Novo Fort George Freehand* Great Notion Hop Valley Level* Little Beast Logsdon Manifest* Migration* Ninkasi Oakshire pFriem Plank Town Ruse* Sunriver The Wheel Apizza Three Creeks* Von Ebert* Wayfinder* WildCraft Cider Works Yachats Brewing
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.