2008 Eugene Microbrew Fest

Posted: February 11, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Natalie and I celebrated an adults night out last Saturday with a high school buddy and his wife (and her cousin and his significant other (not sure if she was girlfriend or wife) (details that have been forgotten due to alcohol consumption… apologies)).  We went to the 2008 Microbrew Festival at the Lane County Fairgrounds, organized by KLCC.  Below is the list of available brews/breweries from the KLCC.org site.

Wow!  I was like a kid in the candy store!  My personal favorite was the Chili Beer from Calapooia in Albany, OR (website calapooiabrewing.com is down at the time of this post).  Nobody else in our group seemed to like it as much as I did… but then again, I didn’t seem to like what they liked either.  Another interesting beer was a vanilla porter from Laurelwood in Portland.

I am normally not really a beer snob but this was a fun treat to experience the creativity in truly crafting a beer.

The experience was made even richer for me because of a recent exposure to homebrewing with my 2 brothers-in-law.  Being able to see/smell/taste the various brewing components has allowed me to appreciate the intricacies a bit more.  I realize that that really makes me sound like a beer snob, but I whole-heartedly agree with Ben Franklin when he said, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Also adding to the ambiance, I mean besides the typical Eugene granola crowd or the guy with a ZZ Top beard wearing glitter, was a live band.  The group was called Poor Man’s Whiskey and hailed from the CA Bay Area.  They were kind of a rock n roll bluegrass band.  Interesting sound and a perfect mesh for the beer fest.

2008 Breweries & Brews

Alaskan, Juneau AK – Amber & IPA

Anderson Valley, Boonville CA – Boont Amber & Double Nickel Imperial IPA

Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis MO – Bareknuckle Stout & Shock Top Wit

Ayinger, Aying, Germany – Brau Weisse & Ayinger Marzen

Belhaven, Scotland – Scottish Ale

Big Sky, Missoula MT – Powder Hound & Moose Drool
Bridgeport, Portland OR
– Beertown Brown & Bridgeport IPA

Calapooia, Albany OR – Chili Beer & Kringle Krack Strong Ale
Cascade Lakes, Redmond OR
– Monkey Face Porter & Bald Mt. Bock
Deschutes, Bend OR – Green Lakes Organic Ale & Abyss Imperial Stout

Dogfish Head, Milton DE – 60 Minute IPA & Indian Brown Ale

Eugene City, Eugene OR – Honey Orange Wheat & 100 Meter Ale

Full Sail, Hood River OR – LTD 01 & Slipknot Imperial IPA

High Street, Eugene OR – Heavy Hand Strong Ale & Oat Stout

Hopworks Urban, Portland OR – Organic IPA & Organic HUB Lager

Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona HI – Longboard Lager & Pipeline Porter

Lagunitas, Petaluma CA – Hop Stoopid & Czech Pils

Lang Creek, Marion MT – Mandarin Orange Hefeweizen & Cherry Porter

Laurelwood, Portland OR – Organic Free Range Red & Vanilla Porter

Lindemans, Vlezenbeek, Belgium – Framboise Lambic & Pomme Lambic

Lompoc, Portland OR – Proletariat Red & Strong Draft

Lost Coast, Eureka CA – Double Porter & Downtown Brown & Great White

MacTarnahans, Portland OR – Amber & Blackwatch Porter

Mad River, Blue Lake, CA – Steelhead Extra Pale & Steelhead Double IPA

Mendocino, Ukiah CA – Red Tail Ale & White Hawk IPA

New Belgium, Fort Collins CO – Springboard Ale & Tripple

Ninkasi, Eugene OR – Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Lady of Avalon Dark German Lager

North Coast, Fort Bragg CA – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout & Brother Thelonius Belgian Abbey Ale

Oregon Trail, Corvallis OR – Ginseng Porter & Wit

Pelican, Pacific City OR – India Pelican Ale, Tsunami Stout, MacPelicans Wee Heavy Ale & Doryman’s Dark Ale

Pyramid, Seattle WA – Thunderhead IPA & Snowcap Ale

Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville WA – Copperhook Spring Ale & Long Hammer IPA

Rogue Ales, Newport OR – Chocolate Stout & Kell’s Irish Lager

Roots Organic, Portland OR – McAdams Milk Stout & Island Red

Sierra Nevada, Chico CA – Pale Ale & ESB (Early Spring Beer)

Siletz, Siletz OR – Chocolate Porter & Winter Warmer Ale

Skagit River, Mount Vernon WA – Scullers IPA & Dunkelwiezen

Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford OR – Pale & Porter

Steelhead, Eugene OR – Behemoth Strong Ale & Wiley Rye.P.A.

Stone, San Diego, CA – Oaked Arrogant Bastard,  Ruination IPA, Stone IPA & Arrogant Bastard

Strongbow Cider, Hereford, England – Strongbow Cider

Wakonda, Florence OR – Beachcomber Creme Ale & Timberbeast IPA

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland OR – W’08 Crimson Wheat, Drop Top Amber Ale & Widmer Hefeweizen

Willamette, Eugene OR – Amber, IPA, Hefeweizen & Espresso Stout

Wolavers, Middlebury VT – Oatmeal Stout & Brown Ale

Wyder’s Cider, Kelowna, BC, Canada – Pear Cider & Raspberry Cider

Young’s, London, England – Double Chocolate Stout


This year’s Collaboration Brew is a

Bavarian Dunkelweisen

Brewed by Eugene City, High Street, Ninkasi, Steelhead, & Willamette Breweries
Sample all 5 brews and compare!

  1. Justin says:

    Told Mindy about your outing, the first thing she asked was if you made it out with your souvenir cup. I hope you sampled one from each brewery. That a great picture, did you take that. I hope you did not change it because i said something.

  2. Jason says:

    The picture for the header was taken by me on Blue Mountain outside of Cottage Grove as we were out trying to find snow a couple of years ago.

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