Each July, brewers from around the country send one single product to be poured at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Every year, a few of these beers generate buzz and become the must-try beers of the event. This year, they’ve switched it up by asking the brewers to create not only the beer, but the buzz as well.
These beers run the gamut from old favorites to new creations. They’ve come to in 1/6 barrels, ¼ barrels, half-kegs, firkins and bottles. These beers are highly prized, very expensive, and the selection is very limited in quantity. Many of the brewers of these beers will be on hand in the tent to talk up their product.
The Buzz Tent will be open on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 from Noon to 4:30 pm each day. Admission is separate from the festival. A ticket costs $20 and includes a punch card good for eight four-ounce tastes. The ticket will give you tastes of six different buzz beers, plus two tastings of your choosing. Because of the different quantities of product on hand, there is no guarantee what beers will be pouring at any single time, but you cab be sure they will be fantastic! Look for the chalkboard outside the tent, or follow the Buzz Tent on Twitter: @OBFBuzzTent.
They will be selling a total of 2,000 tickets to the Buzz Tent: 1,000 per day. The tickets are first come, first serve. Tickets can be purchased on site starting Thursday, July 23 in the “Tokens Only” lines on the south end of the mugs/tokens tent. You must purchase a Friday and/or a Saturday ticket. The Buzz Tent itself is located in between the Mug/Tokens Sales and the South Beer Trailers.
Admission to the Buzz Tent does not include a mug. Just use the mug you are using to sample all of the other beers at the festival. To whet your whistle, here's a sample of what will be pouring in the Buzz Tent this weekend:
Alameda Horseshoe Hefeweizen, Alaskan Barley Wine Anderson Valley Huge’r Boont, Ballast Point Sour Wench Tart Blackberry Ale #1, Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout 2008 Fresh Hop edition, Blue Frog Barrel Aged Strong Amber Peligroso, BridgePort 2008 Stumptown Tart in firkin, BridgePort BBL Ebenezer, Cascade Brewing Sang Royale, Cascade Brewing Gold Yeller, Cascade Brewing Night Fall, Cascade Brewing Gose, Cascade Brewing Mouton Rouge, Deschutes Bourbon Quad, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Fearless Strong Scotch, Fifty Fifty Imperial Eclipse Stout (barrel aged for 180 days in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels), Firestone Walker Double/Imperial Union Jack, Full Sail 1998 Old Boilermaker Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, Grand Teton Brewing Howling Wolf Weizenbock, Laurelwood Organic Deranger Imperial Red, Laht Neppur Spiced Waitsburg Winter Warmer, Lazy Boy Pomegranate Belgian Golden Ale, Lompoc Barrel Fermented LSD, McMenamins West Linn Largo Laws Treasure Strong Scottish, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Obama Nation Domestic Schwarzbier, McMenamins Old St. Francis Base Camp Coffee Stout, McMenamins Oak Hills Das Schwertz Maibock (Whiskey Barrel Aged), Moylan's Brewing Co. Batch #1000 Double Kilt Lifter, New Belgium La Folie, Oakshire Glen's Hop Vice Imperial IPA, Redhook Raspberry Tripel, Rock Bottom Rod Flanders, Stone 13th Anniversary, Sprecher Brewery Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale, and Widmer X-114 IPA.