Oregon Brewer's Festival 2008.
Oregon Brewers Festival 2008

Well, the Oregon Brewers Festival is upon us. Every year, there is more beer, more people, and hotter temperatures. I use up a few vacation days each year so that I can make it out to the festival by noon on Thursday and Friday, avoiding much of the crowd and concentrating on the beer. This time, the organizers are adding another feature to the festivities: The Buzz Tent. It's kind of like a mini-festival inside the OBF. Details and beer list below.

We’ve solicited a collection of beers from our participating brewers to feature in our new Buzz Tent. These beers run the gambit from old favorites to new creations, experimental beers to those well off the beaten path. They’ve come to us in 1/6 barrels, 1/4 barrels, half-kegs, firkins and bottles. These beers are highly prized, very expensive, and our selection is very limited in quantity. Many of the brewers of these beers will be on hand in the tent to talk up their product.

The Buzz Tent will be open on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 from Noon to 4:30 pm each day. Admission is separate from the festival. A ticket costs $20 and includes a punch card good for eight four-ounce tastes. The ticket will give you tastes of six different buzz beers, plus two tastings of your choosing. Because of the different quantities of product on hand, we can’t guarantee what beers will be pouring at any single time, but we can guarantee they will be fantastic! Look for the chalkboard outside the tent, or follow the Buzz Tent on Twitter: @OBFBuzzTent.

We will be selling a total of 2,000 tickets to the Buzz Tent: 1,000 per day. The tickets are first come, first serve. Tickets can be purchased on site starting Thursday, July 23 in the “Tokens Only” lines on the south end of the mugs/tokens tent. You must purchase a Friday and/or a Saturday ticket. The Buzz Tent itself is located in between the Mug/Tokens Sales and the South Beer Trailers.

Admission to the Buzz Tent does not include a mug. Just use the mug you are using to sample all of the other beers at the festival. To whet your whistle, here's a sample of what will be pouring in the Buzz Tent this weekend:

  • Alameda Horseshoe Hefeweizen
  • Alaskan Barley Wine Anderson Valley Huge’r Boont
  • Ballast Point Sour Wench Tart Blackberry Ale #1
  • Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout 2008 Fresh Hop edition
  • Blue Frog Barrel Aged Strong Amber Peligroso
  • BridgePort 2008 Stumptown Tart in firkin
  • BridgePort BBL Ebenezer
  • Cascade Brewing Sang Royale
  • Cascade Brewing Gold Yeller
  • Cascade Brewing Night Fall
  • Cascade Brewing Gose
  • Cascade Brewing Mouton Rouge
  • Deschutes Bourbon Quad
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  • Fearless Strong Scotch
  • Fifty Fifty Imperial Eclipse Stout (180 days in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels)
  • Firestone Walker Double/Imperial Union Jack
  • Full Sail 1998 Old Boilermaker Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
  • Grand Teton Brewing Howling Wolf Weizenbock
  • Laurelwood Organic Deranger Imperial Red
  • Laht Neppur Spiced Waitsburg Winter Warmer
  • Lazy Boy Pomegranate Belgian Golden Ale
  • Lompoc Barrel Fermented LSD
  • McMenamins West Linn Largo Laws Treasure Strong Scottish
  • McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Obama Nation Domestic Schwarzbier
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis Base Camp Coffee Stout
  • McMenamins Oak Hills Das Schwertz Maibock (Whiskey Barrel Aged)
  • Moylan's Brewing Co. Batch #1000 Double Kilt Lifter
  • New Belgium La Folie
  • Oakshire Glen's Hop Vice Imperial IPA
  • Redhook Raspberry Tripel
  • Rock Bottom Rod Flanders
  • Stone 13th Anniversary
  • Sprecher Brewery Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
  • Widmer X-114 IPA