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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Oregon Garden Brewfest the Real Deal

As we begin our slide toward the craziness of summer on the beer festival front, he Eighth Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest is set for April 27-28 at the J. Frank Schmidt Pavilion in Silverton. I haven't been to this festival before, but I hope to make the trip down this year. 

The OGB has attracted a growing following in recent years and is becoming a destination. They expect to feature more than 90 craft beers and ciders from 45 different breweries. There will also be two stages offering live music from well-known Northwest bands both days. Times are noon to 11 p.m. both days. Oh yeah, minors are okay until 3 p.m.

Just to give you an idea of cost, you can purchase a one-day advance tasting package for $15. It includes admission for one day, a tasting mug, 7 tasting tickets, and express entry. A two-day advance tasting package costs $25 and includes admission for both days, a tasting mug, 14 tasting tickets, and express entry.

Tickets are the same price at the venue, but you'll get only 5 tasting tickets for the one-day, 10 tasting tickets for the two-day, and no express entry. Tasters cost 1 ticket; a full mug of beer costs 4. Additional tasting tickets are $1 apiece.

An additional feature this year is the first annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm. This six-course tasting will be attended by participating brewers and industry insiders. Each course will be a small plate paired with a beer from one of six area breweries. There are just 100 tickets available to the public at $40 apiece.

Finally, a Connoisseur Tasting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on April 27. It will feature many brewers at their booths engaging with attendees. This tasting is included with Friday admission.

There's a whole lot more information, including a list of breweries and bands, on the festival website here. This should be a fantastic event.

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