NEWPORT, Oregon --The 2004 Newport Microbrew Festival, a production of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, will be held on October 8 & 9 at the Rogue Ales Brewery located at 2320 OSU Drive. The scheduled hours are as follows: Friday, 3pm-10pm, Saturday Noon to 10pm. Admission is $8.00 and parking is free.
Microbrews from the northwest region of the United States will be offered along with a large assortment of fresh, locally caught seafood including Dungeness crab, salmon, shrimp, oysters and halibut. Coastal artwork will also be sold by a variety of artists.
A homebrew competition will take place prior to the festival. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in each beer category and one for Best of Show. Winning entries will be on display at the festival. Commercial Microbrews will compete for a People’s Choice Award at the Festival.
The Newport Microbrew Festival, formerly known as the Fishermen’s Harvest, was organized by the Newport Chamber of Commerce in 1988 to spotlight the products of Newport’s commercial fishing fleet. In 1991, the Chamber decided to drop the event to concentrate more fully on a larger annual event, the Seafood and Wine Festival. Jack Joyce, owner of Rogue Ales Brewery and Larry Hoover, owner of Hoover’s Pub & Grill were reluctant to lose the community event, so Rogue Ales took it over, re-naming it the Rock, Rhythm & Brews Festival. Eventually, it developed into Oregon’s second largest Microbrew Festival with over 8,000 attendees. The proceeds went to Lincoln County Food Share.
In 2002, due to the enormous success of the Rogue Ales Brewery and the amount of time it takes to plan the Microbrew Festival, Rogue Ales was forced to step back from the planning process and asked the Newport Chamber to take over.
Historically, the festival has been held on Columbus Day weekend in Newport. This weekend seems to work well for the community and the brewery is willing to shut down operations for the two-day period, so the festival will continue to take place annually on Columbus Day weekend at the brewery.
The Microbrew Festival is designed to offer beer connoisseurs a chance to taste an assortment of microbrews and talk directly with the brewers. There are nearly 100 microbrews in Oregon. Due to the large number of breweries in Portland, the city has been nick- named “Beervana” by the Oregon tourism industry. Thanks to the success of Newport’s Rogue Ales Brewery and the combined efforts of others in the state, Oregon is now receiving worldwide recognition in the microbrew industry. According to an online report from the Oregon Brewer’s Guild, non-Oregon brewers are now marketing “Oregon Style Beers” as part of their marketing strategies to increase sales. To avoid confusion, the Oregon Brewer’s Guild has created a logo “Quality Integrity” to identify those truly made in Oregon. From the same source it was noted that Oregon has an ideal climate for growing hops; one of the main ingredients in beer. 17% of the nations hops and 4% of the world’s hops are grown in Oregon. It is interesting to note that hop vines can grow as much as 8” in on day!
Volunteers are needed for the two-day event to work in the clothing booth, beer mug booth, gate entrance and as tent rovers. Volunteers work a 2-1/2 hour shift and receive free admission for both days of the festival.
Oregon liquor laws are strictly enforced. You must be 21 years or older to attend so please have a valid photograph identification card available for proof of age.
For more information, contact the Newport Chamber of Commerce at 800-262-7844 or 541-265-8801 or visit our website at www.newportchamber.org.