The inaugural Eastern Oregon Beer Festival (EOBF) (www.eobeerfest.org) will be held at the Union County Fairgrounds in La Grande, OR, June 21, 2014 from 12pm to 8pm.
Sponsored by La Grande Main Street Downtown, EOBF will feature over beers from over 20 breweries, including craft beer stalwarts Cascade Barrel House and Hair of the Dog Brewing. A major focus of the festival is a highlight on Eastern Oregon’s emerging beer scene. Barley Brown’s, Prodigal Son and Terminal Gravity will be joined by neighboring Dragon’s Gate (Milton Freewater), 1188 (John Day) Bull Ridge (Baker City) and Beer Valley (Ontario). A number of other prominent Oregon breweries including Upright, The Commons, Breakside from Portland, and 10 Barrel, Bend Brewing and Good Life from Bend will also be participating. Also traveling to La Grande will be Buoy Brewing (Astoria), pouring in Eastern Oregon for the first time. A number of participating breweries have agreed to provide one-off or special beers to the event.
In addition to the above Oregon-based breweries, several out-of-state breweries will be pouring in Oregon for the first time. EOBF Beer Steward Jeff Dense, Professor of Craft Beer Studies at Eastern Oregon University has been able to leverage his contacts throughout the craft beer community to provide several surprises for festival attendees. Marble Brewing of Albuquerque NM will be pouring their World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning Pilsener. Comrade Brewing of Denver, CO, under the leadership of former Barley Brown’s Brewmaster Marks Lanham, has captured the imagination of the vibrant Denver craft beer scene. White Bluffs Brewing of Richland, WA, will be pouring Biere de Mars and their popular Red Alt. Dense promises a couple of last minute surprises for EOBF attendees.
“Craft beer festivals provide a positive impact on the host community” Dense, the author of the annual Oregon Brewers Festival economic impact analysis, said. “Attendees are coming from a number of states, including California, Nevada, Washington and Idaho to enjoy the festival, and moreover, the beauty of Eastern Oregon.”
The event will feature local crafts makers, food purveyors, interviews with craft beer dignitaries and music from a number of Eastern Oregon based-bands, including the popular Wasteland Kings. An after-party will be held from 8-10pm and is open to the public. 21 and over only.
The event is SOLD OUT.