July is Oregon Craft Beer Month here in the Beaver State, a time to celebrate the innovation and deliciousness of our area brewers.
How does one become an active participant in such a glorious marketing scheme? We’re glad you asked!
1. Take a brewery tour. Most people in Central Oregon know Deschutes Brewery does tours at its main production site, but so do some of the area’s smaller brewers and cider makers. There’s no better way to fully appreciate your favorite suds, and you’ll likely get to sample some product while you’re in the building.
2. Try something new. In Central Oregon, it’s easy to get stuck in a local-beer-only rotation. Get out of your comfort zone this month and try a new brewery. Craft brewers from Milton-Freewater (Dragon’s Gate Brewing) to Brookings (Chetco Brewing) and everywhere in between help make our state’s brew scene great. In Bend, Platypus Pub, Broken Top Bottle Shop, Ray’s Food Place and Whole Foods, to name a few, have great selections of Oregon beers.
3. Beer trip! Head east to Pendleton’s Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, drive west to Silverton’s Seven Brides Brewing, or bust over to Astoria and hit up Fort George Brewing and the Astoria Brewing Company. Yes, Portland has a host of amazing breweries almost as good as Central Oregon’s, but so does the rest of the state. Make a beer trip to one of Oregon’s smaller towns, and you won’t be sorry.
4. Buy a growler. From the tap is the way the beer is intended to be consumed, but not everyone can or wants to sit at the bar all day. A growler — they come in all sizes now — opens up a whole new world of beers, in part because many small brewers don’t bottle or can.
5. Get creative. Make an Obsidian Stout ice cream float. Cook up some brats after they’ve soaked in Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA. Maybe a 10 Barrel Swill-sicle? Have fun. It’s Beer Month!
— Beau Eastes