Nearly everything we do these days is online, so why not a beer festival? In response to the current pandemic shutdown of breweries and events, the Oregon Brewers Guild presents the Stay Home, Drink Beer Virtual Beer Festival on Saturday, May 2nd 2020.
Though you can’t gather around jockey boxes in a parking lot or field, this virtual beer tasting is more like a BYOB version of a brewery open house like Zwickelmania. Tickets are just $10 and grant you limited access to digital brewery tours and beer previews, education fun and drinks with brewers. You provide the beer, by preferably ordering home delivery or picking up from a local Oregon brewery.
The Stay Home, Drink Beer Virtual Festival is a fundraiser for the Oregon Brewers Guild, which is also raffling boxes of unique beer from breweries across the state
Join Oregon craft brewers from your own living room 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, for the Stay Home, Drink Beer Virtual Festival.
The list of participating breweries is growing, and already includes: Barsideous Brewing, Bent Shovel, Craft Kitchen & Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Great Notion Brewing, Leikam Brewing, Lucky Labrador, McMenamins, Migration Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Ordnance, Portland Brewing, Portland U-Brew & Unicorn Brewing, StormBreaker Brewing, The Ale Apothecary, Threshold Brewing and Blending, Von Ebert Brewing, West Coast Grocery, Worthy Brewing and Wild Ride Brewing.
“If we’ve learned anything in the past six weeks, it’s that we have to be able to adapt,” said OBG Co-Executive Director Christina LaRue. “Virtual events may not be ideal, but they are quickly becoming our new norm, and as we continue to see our favorite beer events being cancelled, we wanted to find a way to connect lovers of Oregon craft beer with the breweries they’ve been missing.”
The fest will include live content through two exclusive channels, a private Facebook group and a Zoom room. While brewers can’t come to pour a beer, over 100 breweries across the state are offering delivery and takeout. Find a comprehensive list of options at https://oregoncraftbeer.org/beertogo/
Digital entry to the festival is $10 and includes access to both live channels. Purchase tickets on EventBrite here. Stay Home, Drink Beer T-shirts ($25, shipping included) and raffle tickets for the Oregon Beer Box ($5 or five for $20) are available here: https://shop.oregoncraftbeer.org/
As the name implies, this festival is all about staying at home. Please abide by social distancing guidelines and drink responsibly.
Oregon Beer Box Raffle
This is the beer raffle to end all beer raffles! Two grand prize winners get a mixed case of 12 different unique Oregon craft beers shipped directly to their homes. Three more raffle winners will receive packages that include limited edition beer, custom glassware and brewery swag. These cases include barrel-aged beers, sour ales and exclusive offerings from The Ale Apothecary, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Allegory Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Cascade Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, Gigantic Brewing, Little Beast Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Ninkasi and Von Ebert. Chances are just $5 or five for $20! The grand prize cases are valued at $250+. Enter the raffle here: https://shop.oregoncraftbeer.org/ Winners will be announced at the end of the festival on May 2. Find the full bottle list here.You do not have to virtually attend the Stay Home Drink Beer Fest to enter. Participants must be 21, and beer must be shipped to an Oregon address and beer retailers are not eligible to win.
About the Oregon Brewers Guild
All profits from the Stay Home Drink Beer Virtual Beerfest, shirt sales, and Beer Box Raffle chances benefit the Oregon Brewers Guild. The Oregon Brewers Guild is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and protect Oregon craft beer. Right now, its work is more important than ever. The Guild is advocating for breweries at the local, state and federal level, working to secure expedited permitting for beer delivery, tax relief, additional unemployment benefits for workers, and providing access to important resources.
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.