After wearily trudging through dreary doldrums for 51 weeks that aren’t Beer Week, your sacrifice is about to be rewarded. That’s right, Corvallis Beer Week is set to reign over us again, descending on our fair town like liquid manna from heaven, September 9 – 15.
Billed as the “Signature Event” of the Corvallis Craft Beer Association (CCBA), this year’s celebration features 40+ events throughout the week, at key locations around town. The whole shebang kicks off with a PreMarch Kickoff at Les Caves Bier & Kitchen, at 4pm on Monday, 9/9, followed by an epic block party. As the CCBA website explains: “We are going to march, stroll, meander and really strut, parade-style (but on the sidewalks) from Les Caves Bier & Kitchen to the CBW2013 Kickoff First Street Block Party at Flat Tail, Downward Dog and Cloud & Kelly’s!”
Festivities resume Tuesday, 9/10, when Sky High Brewing hosts a “Demonstration Brew & Kickstarter for Hopstories” from 3-8, where you’re invited to “enjoy a pint, savor the aromatics of a brew day and learn how other creative people are shaping the craft beer industry!” This event occurs concurrently with a “Craft Canned Beer Luau” on the rooftop of Downtown American Dream Pizza, from 4-9; an Open house at McMenamins on Monroe from 5-7 (followed by a Pool & Shuffleboard Tournament at 7); a Craft Beer & Dessert Pairing at Mazama Brewing from 6-9; a sample tasting from the Calapooia crew at Downward Dog from 7-10; and Oakshire’s Bingo Night @ Cloud & Kelly’s, from 8-10.
Also on Tuesday night, from 7-8:30, Lickspigot and The Beer Professor, Dr. Kendall Staggs, will “go head-to-head with sake and beer with the battleground of artisan cheese vying for your palate,” in the Sake & Suds Snazzlefest, at Corvallis Brewing Supply.
The rest of the week promises similar sudsy revelry, with dozens of events, leading up to Saturday night’s Septembeerfest After Party at Cloud and Kelly’s, a dance party with DJ Cloudy Dee, at 10; followed by an array of final events on Sunday, 9/15.
The CCBA was founded in 2012 by buddies Chris Althouse, Drew Salmi, and Nathan Langner. They stoutly decreed their “social mission to promote Craft Beer advocacy throughout beautiful Corvallis.” No news yet on suggestions the event be immediately followed by Bloody Mary Monday, or simply: Hangover Recovery Week.
For a complete schedule of Corvallis Beer Week festivities, please visit: http://corvallisbeerweek.org/events
By Seth Aronson