North American Organic Brewers Festival 2009

Last week, I got a press release from Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR. Nope, not a Portland beer, but if you've been able to taste their brews, you'll agree that everyone should keep an eye on them. Almost exactly a year ago, Oakshire Brewing emerged after a bit of legal prodding forced a name change from Willamette Brewing. They have continued to haul their beer and brand all over oregon throughout the year and are now arriving at bottling two of their flagship beers: an IPA and a Stout.

This is great news as Oakshire beers will be popping up in more places around Portland. Be sure to look for them the next time you're beer shopping. Here are the details from the press release:

Oakshire Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon will release two of their year-round beers on Thursday, July 16th. Watershed IPA and Overcast Espresso Stout will be distributed in 22 ounce bottles in the Eugene and Corvallis markets.

"This is a very exciting time for our young brewery," explains Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk. We feel we have a huge fan base that is not able to experience our beers on draft but would gladly enjoy our beers at home, on a trip, or with friends.”

The Oakshire team has been working for the last 6 months designing packaging for the new bottles. "We've presold a large portion of our first production run. That says a lot for the state of craft beer and for Oakshire," stated co-founder and head of sales and promotions, Chris Althouse. Oakshire beers will be bottled with mobile bottling services until a bottling machine can be acquired.

According to Jeff Althouse, Co-Founder of Oakshire brewing, "This new package for our beers will really help us grow not only in our local market, but throughout the state. Access to our beers has been a major goal for us as we’ve grown from a tiny brewery into what we are producing today."

Althouse plans to fill Eugene and Corvallis accounts first and then send bottles to Portland and other areas in the state just as fast as the small brewery can keep up with demand. New tanks were recently installed to implement this new bottling project.

About Oakshire Brewing Company: Oakshire Brewing Company of Eugene, OR was founded in October 2006 by Native Oregonian brothers Jeff and Chris Althouse. With the singular goal of brewing the highest quality artisan beer, Oakshire has become recognized for consistently brewing fresh, unique and delicious beers in relatively small batches. Oakshire has an active blog on the web at and they also offer brewery tours and beer tasting at their brewery every Saturday from 12-4pm. The brewery is located at 1055 Madera Street in Eugene. They can be reached at or at (541) 688-4555