PORTLAND, Ore. – Feb. 20, 2018 – The weekend of March 2 and March 3, Lompoc Brewing will hold two of its most popular events at the brewery, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. On Friday, March 2, the 6th annual Black Out Beer Fest will take place from 4pm to 10pm; and on Saturday, March 3, the 11th Chowder Challenge returns from Noon to 3pm (or until chowders run out).
Black Out Beer Fest
The Black Out Beer Fest is for people who love the decadent, dark beers of winter. The event features at least two dozen rotating dark beers – including dark lagers, porters, stouts, coffee beers and black IPAs – from Lompoc and more than 20 guest breweries from around the Northwest (and one from The Netherlands). Participants include 54-40, Baerlic, Breakside, Buoy, Burnside, Coin Toss, Double Mountain, Ecliptic, Everybody's, Fort George, Gigantic, Lompoc, Occidental, Old Town, Oproer Brouwerij, pFriem, PINTS, StormBreaker, Thunder Island, Uptown Market, Widmer and Zoiglhaus.
Admission into the Black Out Beer Fest is free; tasting packages, required to taste the beers, cost $20, which includes a souvenir glass mug and eight beer tickets. Additional beer tickets are available for $1 apiece. All tasting packages and additional tickets are purchased at the door. The event is for ages 21+.
The Chowder Challenge is a blind tasting of a dozen samples of clam chowders by area restaurants and brewpubs. Attendees receive a tray with a dozen numbered two-ounce samples of chowder, then vote for their favorite; the chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner. This year's challengers include Burnside Brewing Co., EaT: An Oyster Bar, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Ground Breaker Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, PINTS Brewing Co., The Riverhouse Nestucca, Produce Row Cafe, Renner's Grill/The Hawthorne Hideaway, Saraveza and Wayfinder Beer.
A tray of all 12 chowder samples costs $15, or $20 for a tray and a Lompoc pint; all tickets are sold at the door. The event also features a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event. All net proceeds are given to the Community Transitional Schooll for homeless children in the Portland area.
The Chowder Challenge has taken place 10 times, and Lompoc Brewing has won seven of those; the three upsets were Morrison Hotel (2008), Ice Axe Grill (2013), and Farm House Cafe (2016).
For more information about both events, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBeer, using hashtags #BOBF18 and #ChowderChallenge18.
About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc Brewing creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its four Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. Proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind.