Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Oregon Garden Brewfest - A REAL Father's Day Gift

Father's Day is fast approaching. If you know me at all, you probably know how I feel about Father's Day. If not, you should probably read my previously posted Father's Day Rant. Don't have that much time today? I'll paraphrase it for you:
Father's Day was created around the turn of the last century. My guess is that somebody finally decided to throw a bone to the "man of the house" and, purely as an after-thought, invented this flimsiest of the Hallmark Holidays.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Father's Day is a big ol' rip-off of a holiday filled with bad BBQ, crowded brunch, and ugly ties. I've pretty much given up on the whole thing. In fact, for the last few years, I've gotten into the practice of Father's Day self-fulfillment. How do you do that, Wolf, you ask?  It's easy! There's an awesome beer festival on Father's Day weekend!

The Oregon Garden Brewfest runs from  Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th at the beautiful Oregon Garden Resort. It's like a freaking Garden of Eden filled with BEER! It's a 21 and over event on Friday and Saturday, with rugrats allowed until 5PM on Sunday, I think you know what days I'm going... Just imagine, my Paternal Compadres: the kidlets stay home and pops can get his drink on with no scrappin' and no bawlin'! Come on! What could be better? How about a brewer's dinner and a cavalcade of entertainment?

Here's the PRESS RELEASE with oodles of info:

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden will kick off this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Restaurants, with the 6th annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The popular event will take place on June 15, the eve of the festival, at 7pm at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public at $60; tickets and more information are available athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewers-tasting-dinner-2017-tickets-28794852178.

The Brewer’s Tasting Dinner serves six courses, each featuring a small-plate paired with a unique beer from one of six selected breweries. This year’s featured breweries include Agrarian Ales from Eugene, OR, Burnside Brewing Co from Portland, OR,Gilgamesh Brewing from Salem, OR, Mazama Brewing Co. from Corvallis, OR Pelican Brewing Co. fromPacific City, OR, and Wolf Tree Brewery from Seal Rock, OR.

Representatives from each of the breweries give a presentation about their beer during the dinner, which is attended by brewers participating in the festival, industry insiders and beer aficionados.

A special overnight package is available at the Oregon Garden Resort, which includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner and tickets to Oregon Garden Brewfest, starting at $259. Packages can be booked at oregongardenresort.com or by calling 503-874-2500. 

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour south of Portland, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 16 through 18 and will feature 60 breweries pouring 120 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. There’s also live music and a variety of food and artisan vendors. The festival will again be held in the Rediscovery Forest, and attendees are welcome to explore the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday evening; minors are welcome until 5pm on Saturday and all hours on Sunday.Admission ranges from $15 to $50; all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets.Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

New this year is a family-friendly Father’s Day Fun Run that will start at 9am on Sunday, June 18th, and take place fully inside The Oregon Garden, winding through Garden paths and among 60,000 annual flowers planted in the Garden. Participants will receive admission into the festival, a t-shirt and a full glass of beer after the run. For more information visit: oregongarden.org/brewfest-5k/.

The Oregon Garden is also offering campsites on Garden property, just a short walk from the Oregon Garden Brewfest. Guests can choose between walk-in sites, RV sites and car-camping sites. Camping starts at just $120, and requires purchase of a 3-day festival pass.

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