(OR) Wandering the hop fields, July 15th

     This month as I previously posted (ref, Oregon Calendar) is your month Oregon so bring the arrogance. While the other two states can look down on you geographically, it is you who can look up to those (including me) and snub your thumb out demonstrating how much you care about Oregon beer. Without anymore delay here are some random bits and bites for you to consume this week.

Bust out that GPS, OBF parade route announced

Below is the complete route for the pending parade on the 23rd of July.

"The fantastically fun Oregon Brewers Parade takes place on July 23 from 11:30 am to Noon. Here is the route we will take:

•Start at Full Sail Pilsner Room, 0309 SW Montgomery St.
•Head north, then east along Riverfront Path, winding up to SW Columbia St.
•At SW Columbia St, turn right (north) onto SW Naito Parkway.
•Turn left (west) at SW Jefferson St.
•Turn right (north) at SW Fourth Ave.
•Stop briefly in front of City Hall to pick up Mayor Sam Adams.
•Turn right (east) on SW Madison St.
•Turn left (north) on SW Second Ave.
•Turn right (east) on SW Oak St.
•Cross Bill Naito Parkway at Oak St.
•End at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.”

-source, Oregon Brewer's Festival website

Oakshire now in easy carry-out size

     The title is a bit misleading but if you live in Eugene or Corvallis then chances are you are a fan of the newest brewery in the city of the Duck. Oakshire Brewery this year has been growing leaps and bounds in progressing towards becoming a formidable brewery. As a demonstration of that evolution they are now bottling their beers for distributing starting in Eugene.

     The only catch to this news is that you need to wait till Friday the 17th before you can get your hands on their beers. Current list includes Overcast Espresso Stout and Watershed IPA so start with Eugene's Bier Stein and Beer Nuts for information regarding availability. Good luck guys, I look forward to trying what a bottle of Oakshire tastes like.

Laurelwood is refreshing and good for you

     The weather forecast for PDX this weekend calls for clear, sunny, and hot conditions. What better time to head down to the park for a sip of Laurelwood Deranger Imperial IPA or Green Elephant IPA at the PIB (Portland International Beerfest).

     If on the other hand you want to avoid the crowds this weekend then why not wait till the 20th when they (Laurelwood) host Rachel Z at the Laurelwood Pizza Company to promote the fight against Breast Cancer.

"Join Rachel Z. at Laurelwood Pizza Company from 5-9pm on July 20th to support her participation in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk For The Cure. 15% of proceeds for that entire day (2-9pm) will be donated to Susan G. Komen Walk For The Cure on behalf of Rachel Z. More information at http://www.the3day.org/goto/rachelz
-souce,Laurelwood Brewery Newsletter

Deschutes has more than one talent

     Just a quick mention to you guys in Bend that at the end of the month the Breedlove Festival is happening. The current lineup looks to be exciting with such musicians as (former Dire Straits founder) David Knopfler, and a rumor of Dave Matthews. If you want to know more regarding the festival visit the Breedlove site posted below.

The 2009 Breedlove Festival (Bend)

“Thursday, July 30th:
Sugarland will be performing at the Les Schwab
Amphitheatre. Start the weekend off right with us
as we host you in the private Breedlove tent. Dinner
and beverages are included with your ticket.

Friday, July 31st  & Saturday, August 1st:
The Festival will be jam-packed with performances by:
Ed Gerhard, Grammy award winning artist
Chris Hilman, Former member of The Byrds
Jay Roberts & Bend Lacy, a guitar duo
David Knopfler, Dire Straits founder
California Guitar Trio, Misty River, and more!

To purchase your tickets and for more information on the bands and the Deschutes - Breedlove Challenge, visit www.breedlovemusic.com.”

     Finally I thought I would remind you folks that there are still plenty of days left in the week and this month for you get out and sample some Oregon Craft Beer. Check out the calendar on the left for more details and as always practice smart drinking by getting a ride home if you can’t make it on your own.

Cheers

Full Sail “Pilsner Room”, McCormick & Schmick's Harborside at the Marina
309 SW Montgomery St, Portland, OR 97201

Tom McCall Park
1020 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97204

Laurelwood Pizza Company
1728 NE 40th Avenue Portland, OR 97212

Oakshire Brewery
1055 Madera Street Eugene, OR 97401

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