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11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup

Fri, Jun 29, 2012

The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) has recently become the organizer of the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup, the premier beer festival on Oregon’s North Coast. This Oktoberfest style beer festival featuring beer, live music, food, and family games will be held the last weekend in September, the 28th, 29th and 30th at Astoria’s Historic Train Depot, just east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, along the Astoria Riverwalk.

Over 36 distinct Brewer selected, Northwest beers will be on tap for this annual three-day event that draws approximately 2,000 beer lovers from all over the Lower Columbia and up and down the coast each year. Entrance to the festival is free. Festival attendees can purchase a souvenir glass mug which is the official tasting glass for the weekend, and also purchase individual tastes of the various beers. The event is scheduled to run from 12 noon until 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Brew Cup is the place to be for both experienced and new beer drinkers. The beer selection is always extensive and most beers will come from small breweries all over the state and, of course, local favorites Astoria Brewing Company and Fort George. And, to make things even more appealing, this year we have invited local wineries to participate in the festival.

But beer and wine are not the only things you’ll find at the Brew Cup. This is a family friendly event with kids’ activities, as well as live entertainment. This year’s line-up includes a variety of Northwest music as eclectic as the beer. Local troubadours, Brownsmead Flatts, Michael Hurley and Holiday Friends will join musicians from all over the Northwest: John Heart Jackie, The Resolectrics, Lost Lander, and Finn Riggins.

The Brew Cup, started by Chris and Jennifer Holen of Baked Alaska, has grown – in attendance and the number of breweries features – every year since it started over 10 years ago and this year will be no exception. “We expect this year’s crowd to be even larger with multiple cruise ships in port and the Great Columbia Crossing occurring that Sunday,” states ADHDA President Dulcye Taylor.

Proceeds from this event will go to ADHDA. ADHDA is a non-profit organization that is committed to encouraging community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. Astoria is currently a participant in the Oregon Main Street Program and a member of the National Main Street Network. The Main Street Approach is a proven comprehensive approach to commercial historic district revitalization.

For additional information regarding this event, please "like" the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup on Facebook.

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