Beer 101 and a New Brew for the North Coast
Oregon’s North Coast beer cup will run over this October with Beer 101, a two-weekend celebration and quest to name a signature coast brew. Brewers from Astoria’s Fort George Brewery + Public House, Seaside Brewing Company, Astoria Brewing Company and Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse in Cannon Beach have joined forces to create a brand new craft brew, and the beer-loving public is invited to help them name it. Find out more about the special collaboration beer here.
Throughout October, the new beer will be available at more than a dozen locations from Astoria to Cannon Beach. Beer lovers are invited to enter a contest to compose the new brew moniker. The lucky winner will receive six nights of lodging — three two-night stays in Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach — along with dining certificates for each town. Restaurants, breweries and pubs will extend the fun with food specials, beer tastings and pairings, beer-centric programs and other special events. Here’s a sampling:
- On Saturday, October 19 at 3 p.m., people can meet the Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison at Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria. The author of “Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest” and host of the radio show “Beer O’Clock” will lead a discussion about the importance of glassware and aroma in the beer tasting experience.
- October 19, 20, 26 and 27, U Street Pub & Eatery in Seaside will host behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing operation at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- On Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Astoria’s Wet Dog Café, John Foyston, The Oregonian’s beer columnist, will talk about the evolution of Oregon’s craft beer industry over the years.
- At Seaside Brewing Company on Saturday, October 26 at 6 p.m., Foyston will host a four-course, five-beer dinner with brews from Seaside Brewing, Bill’s Tavern, Fort George and Astoria Brewing.
For a complete list of events, go to http://special.kgw.com/beer101. Register for events, check out beer tours and hotel packages, and don’t forget to enter the contest to name the North Coast brew! Join in the fun on Twitter and Instagram. Taste, tweet and post using the hashtag #Beer101. Head north and get tasting!
Beer 101 participants include Fort George Brewery + Public House, Wet Dog Café and Astoria Brewing Company, Bill’s Tavern and Brew House, McMenamins Sand Trap Pub, Seaside Brewing Co., Rogue Ales Public House, U Street Pub & Eatery, McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar, The Irish Pub at McKeown’s, Twisted Fish Steakhouse, The Wine & Beer Haus, Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House, Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge, Lumberyard Rotisserie and Grill and Bruce’s Candy Kitchen.
Image credit: Don Frank