On Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company raised more than $8,000 for the Oregon Humane Society at the 3rd annual Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers. Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers was hosted at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall and drew more than 1,350 craft beer enthusiasts over the course of the weekend.
The Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival started in 2007 as a celebration of Belgian style beers, with participating breweries all producing beer from the same strain of yeast. This year breweries created their own unique brews using the Wyeast 3822 Ingelmunster Ale strain. 2009 was the first year that all Oregon Brewers Guild members, including breweries outside the Portland Metro area, were eligible to participate in the festival.
After sampling all the Belgian style ales, attendees voted for their favorite in the "People's Choice Award," with top honors going to Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). As the winner of the 2009 competition, HUB earns the right to host next year's event, select the yeast strain and choose the 2010 charity beneficiary.
"Year after year this event keeps growing and we're very excited to have raised more than $8,000 for the Oregon Humane Society," said Oregon Brewers Guild Executive Director, Brian Butenschoen. "Oregon Brewers Guild members across the state are committed to giving back to their communities and the Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers event is a great example of how breweries fit into the social fabric of Oregon."