Festival Preview: OR: 10/12 1pm–11pm Block 15 presents Blocktoberfest

image courtesy Portlandbeer.org's Flickr pageIf your calendar has a gaping void during Saturday the 12th (of October) then you should head to Corvallis. Starting at 1pm and running through 11pm, Block 15 presents Bloktoberfest - a little bit of Oktoberfest in downtown Corvallis.

A quick history of Corvallis

Joseph C. Avery settled a land claim at the mouth of Marys River where it flows into the Willamette River in 1845. In 1849, Avery opened a store at the site, platted the land, and surveyed a town site on his land claim, naming the community Marysville. It is possible that the city was named after early settler Mary Lloyd, but now the name is thought to be derived from French fur trappers' naming of Marys Peak after the Virgin Mary.

In 1853, the legislative assembly changed the city's name to Corvallis, from the Latin phrase cor vallis, meaning "heart of the valley." Corvallis was incorporated as a city on January 29, 1857. The town served briefly as the capital of the Oregon Territory in 1855 before Salem was eventually selected as the permanent seat of state government. source, Wikipedia

Today Corvallis is not only home to Oregon State University but also one of Western Oregon's most under appreciated breweries, Block 15. All the more reason to stop in Saturday October 12th for their 5th Annual Bloktoberfest. WSU Cougar fans might appreciate the fact that the game versus (naturally) Oregon State will be on the big screen, starting at 7:30pm. $5 gets you in from 1pm - 11pm.

Featured at this year's event will be live music, food, games and of course beer. Included below is the current menu of beer (plus cider and wine) as well as the entertainment schedule.

Featured Beer

  • Bloktoberfest Marzen Lager
  • Atmosphere Hop Forward Pale Ale
  • Lemon Raddler

Featured Cider

  • Two Towns Outsider Hard Cider

Local Wines

Live Music Tent

  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Accordioso
  • 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm     Wild Hog In the Woods
  • 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm     Lederhosen & Dirndl Contest!
  • 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm   The Bon Ton Roulet
  • 7:30 pm watch the Oregon State Beavers versus Washington State Cougars

Games Tent

  • Darts
  • Photo Area
  • Projector Screen with Pac 12 Football Games
  • 7:30pm OSU Beavers Football


About Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery

Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery is the Mid Valley’s premier Brewpub. We specialize in locally sourced casual food and premium, from the source, craft brews. Take some time to browse our website where you will find what top quality goods and techniques form the brain of our establishment.

Block 15 is situated in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We are in the heart of a bustling area amid shopping, commerce, historic buildings, and the waterfront park. We are also only a few blocks from the Oregon State University campus. Located at the corner of Third and Jefferson, our building was originally built in 1926 for the Gazette-Times newspaper. Through a fusion of old and new, traditional and unique, Block 15 was born.

We take our footprint on this earth seriously. Breweries and restaurants in general create a large amount of waste and use a lot of resources. Through planning and training, Block 15 takes the steps to reduce waste and limit resource consumption. Our plan is always evolving, as we constantly search for unique and effective ways to bring you the highest quality beer and food in a more sustainable manner. See more information on our practices. –source, Block 15 Restaurant and Brewery

About the photo’s author

"Matt Wiater is a photographer covering the Portland beer scene for portlandbeer.org."

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