Wednesday, July 30, 2008

McMenamins Lighthouse Brewfest Aug. 16

McMenamins put out word this afternoon of the 13th annual brewfest being held at its Lighthouse brewery location in Lincoln City. Beers from 20 McMenamins breweries will be available. Full details are below.

13th Annual Lighthouse Brewfest at McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub

Head to the coast for some great McMenamins ales and a chance to select your favorite

LINCOLN CITY, Ore.—Saturday, August 16, 2008—McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub hosts its 13th Annual Brewfest showcasing 20 McMenamins breweries from Oregon and Washington. This expo of beer is sure to satisfy even the most discriminating beer lover’s palate. Each brewery creates its own distinct craft beer style for this day-long event and the Lighthouse serves up food and drink specials and brewery tours all day long. The event lasts from 11 a.m. ‘til late. There is no admission charge and all ages are welcome until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m. guests must be age 21 and over. There is a charge to taste beer.

Original beers at this summer’s event include Konigsallee Alt, a Northwest take on a German original from the McMenamins Queen Anne Brewery (Seattle, Wa.); The Festival Espresso Stout, which averages about a shot and a half of espresso per pint from McMenamins on the Columbia Brewery (Vancouver, Wa.); and Unmata Scotch Ale, a malty, sweet ale with 8% ABV from the Thompson Brewery (Salem, Ore.). These are just a few examples of the twenty types of ale that will be offered. Pace yourselves!

As part of the annual tradition, the brewfest actually kicks off weeks earlier with the “Vallancing Act” (named for former Lighthouse brewer Rob Vallance) during which each participating McMenamins brewer picks a number. Then beer styles are pulled from a hat to correspond to that number. The brewers are then required to brew an original recipe in that style. Each participating brewery also submits a tiny image to represent their particular brew. This collection of “Tiny Brewer Art,” always amusing if not befuddling, is displayed in the festival booklet provided to patrons, along with descriptions of the beers. McMenamins also designs a new Mighty Beer Atom (see attached) each year, which is, according to the brewers, “the fundamental building block that is the basis of life as we know it.” Attend the brewfest on August 16 to see what it’s all about. Guests will be asked to cast their votes for the “Best in Show” beer!

McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub is located at 4157 North Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Ore. For more information, call (541) 994-7238.

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