(Portland, OR) There was a time I didn’t quite understand what this whole “Glen Falconer Foundation” fuss was all about. So what if a couple of guys win a scholarship to become professional brewers but this changed when I learned the whole story. Today I know more about the man they named the Sasquatch festival after.

     Glen Falconer the man in which the scholarship get’s it namesake from began his years in the interest of brewing as far back in 1990. Situated along Oregon’s west coast Glen cut his teeth in the sea air at Rogue Ales. It was there he honed his former skills as a homebrewer before taking a job with Wild Duck two years later (1992). During the five years at Wild Duck he created such award winning beers as Auld Gnarley Head Barleywine, for which he received a medal in 2002. Sadly though, we lost Glen in a tragic accident  that same year (2002).

     To most who know of Glen he was more than a brewer as many people outside of the craft beer community  remember him. He was also a devoted friend, Oregon County Fair organizer, and avid outdoorsmen (including cycling, scuba, and supporting the local youth soccer). In the past his support of community was recognized through charitable donation to the local Eugene soccer program to purchase soccer balls. And as it was those beginning years the Glen Hay Falconer Scholarship will also send two more aspiring brewers to school to become professional brewmasters.

     In continued recognition of his impact on the regional craft beer scene and everyone that knew of him three Portland luminaries will be celebrating a combined one hundred and fifty nine years, and the best part is your monetary tribute goes to the scholarship.

“Big Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Announcement Kicks Off ‘Beer Birthday’ Party

They sure don’t look it – OK, maybe they will after surviving Oregon Craft Beer Month – but three local craft beer promoters are turning 159 years young this weekend. And in typical style, they are throwing a big beer bash and fundraiser for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation.

Horse Brass Publican Don Younger, Point Blank Distributing owner Scott Willis and Beer O’Clock radio show host, Lisa Morrison (aka The Beer Goddess), all share a birthday on Saturday, July 11. And they are celebrating their collective 159th birthday on Sunday, July 12 with a party starting at 5 p.m. at the Horse Brass Pub.  (You will have to ply them with beers to find out how old each one of them is separately.)

All three of the birthday celebrators are intimately involved with the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates scholarships to send Northwest brewers to brewing school so they can hone their craft. So, Don, Scott and Lisa decided to make their birthday celebration a fundraiser for the Falconer foundation.

They also are upping the ante with some really big news about the Falconer Foundation itself. This news will not be released until shortly after the birthday party begins at the Horse Brass on Sunday, July 12, so you must attend the celebration to hear the announcement, which promises to be important information for pro and home brewers alike.

In addition to the big news announcement, the following special beers will be available for purchase at the party:

Full Sail Saison
Double Mountain Pils
Hopworks Urban Brewery Cascadian Dark Ale (2nd place People’s Choice Winner at the NAOBF)
Laurelwood Green Elephant
Terminal Gravity Triple
Walking Man Sasquatch Legacy (09 – Belgian IPA)
Hair of the Dog – TBA
and at least one Mystery Beer
Plus – there’s more! Don “the birthday boy” Younger is unable to attend his own party because London was calling and he’s out of the country. So, at his bidding, we’ve cooked up some great ways to get back at him. There will be a chance to get your picture taken with “Cardboard Don” for a buck a photo. And there will be a “Pin the Tail on the Don-key” game, where blindfolded players pay a dollar to try to finally give Don, infamous for not having a rear-end, a proper posterior. (Remember, it’s all for the Falconer Foundation.)

There also will be a raffle with a Grand Prize of a Traeger pellet grill with pellets -- valued at over $450 -- plus a number of other great prizes.

Cardboard Don, Scott and Lisa look forward to seeing you there!”

     Please join Don Younger, Lisa Morrison, Scott Willis in their birthday and raise a pint to Glen Hay “Sasquatch” Falconer, a man who gave so much to others.

Cheers

July 12th, 2009

Portland, OR

Birthday Party for Lisa, Scott, & Don Horse Brass Pub
4534 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215

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