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Eight breweries announced for La Grande beer fest
First Eastern Oregon Beer Festival to be held June 21 at the Union County Fairgrounds
The region’s first beer fest is sure to be hopping.
Eight Eastern Oregon breweries are confirmed for the first Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, event organizers announced Friday.
The 21-and-up festival, hosted by La Grande Main Street Downtown, will be held June 21 at the Union County Fairgrounds.
Confirmed breweries are Barley Brown’s and Bull Ridge Brew Pub, both of Baker City, Prodigal Son Brewery of Pendleton, Terminal Gravity of Enterprise, Dragon’s Gate Brewery of Milton-Freewater, Beer Valley Brewing and Tandem Brewing, both of Ontario, and 1188 Brewing of John Day.
“Those are pretty much all the Eastern Oregon breweries,” said Saira Siddiqui, La Grande Main Street coordinator and event organizer. “There will be up to 20 breweries total.”
Festival organizers will announce more breweries as the event nears.
“Most of these breweries are brewing a special beer for the festival,” Siddiqui said.
Siddiqui also announced that the band Promised Land will open for the Wasteland Kings the night of the festival.
The Eastern Oregon Beer Festival will open at 11 a.m. for VIP guests.
“That includes a meet and greet with all the brewers and first taste of brews,” Siddiqui said.
General admission will begin at noon with tastings running until 8 p.m. An after party will follow.
“It’s on solstice, so it’s going to be light the entire time,” Siddiqui said.
The festival will feature a food court, and organizers are calling on crafters to sign up for booths.
“As long as your crafts are beer related,” Siddiqui said. Things like growlers, steins and bottle cap jewelry are among the craft ideas organizers have floated.
A home brew competition will take place the Friday before the festival, with winners being announced Saturday night. Siddiqui said information on the competition should be available on the festival’s website next week.
Siddiqui said she and organizers are excited with how far the event has progressed considering the idea came about just a few months ago. Siddiqui and volunteers on Thursday were at the fairgrounds to map the festival footprint.
“Things are really moving along,” she said.
Pre-sale festival passes, which include a glass tasting mug, eight tokens for beer and admission, are on sale from March 15 to May 15 for $18. Regular price passes will be $20. Organizers are still working out the details of VIP passes.
Siddiqui said admission for non-drinking patrons, including designated drivers, is free. They will be able to taste at least one non-alcoholic brew at the festival.
“One of our breweries is brewing their own root beer,” she said.