The Old Mill District in Bend will host Central Oregon’s first Fermentation Celebration in the Center Plaza on July 12 from 5pm until taps are empty. The event is dedicated to the area’s burgeoning craft brewery culture and celebrates Oregon Craft Brewers Month by offering samples from various local breweries.
“Craft brew culture adds an economic vitality to our region that we shouldn’t underestimate,” said Noelle Fredland, marketing director for the Old Mill. “We’re happy to be the host location of this first Fermentation Celebration in July…Cheers!”
Event entry is free of charge, but those who wish to partake in beverages must pay $15, which includes a commemorative Silipint silicone glass. This year’s design was created by Gwen Bolin and involves the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The Silipints will be available during the event at Orvis, the Ticket Mill and the Central Oregon Visitors Association.
Participants are 10 Barrel, The Ale Apothecary, Below Grade Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Boneyard Beer, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, GoodLife Brewing, Brew Werks Brewing, Silver Moon Brewing, Shade Tree, Phat Matts, Platypus Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Central Oregon Homebrewers and Three Creeks Brewery.
Each of the participating breweries will provide samples of a beer that is unique, limited or experimental, meaning that this might be the only chance for the public to sip these brews.
Each beer will be served at select locations within the Old Mill District, allowing participants to walk around with their Silipints to indulge in samples. Kombucha Mama, a non-alcoholic fermented option, will also be available.
Box Car String Band will provide entertainment for the evening, playing in Center Plaza during the festivities. Raffle tickets sold for the chance to win prizes like “Ale Trail Beer for a Year” will benefit the newly established Central Oregon Brewers Guild. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Visit Bend and the winner will be announced at 7pm.
BendFilm will premiere The Love of Beer, a film showcasing women in the brewing industry including local brewer Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel. Portland filmmaker Alison Grayson will be on hand to discuss her latest production.