Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Pacific Northwest Brew Cup will go on September 27th through the 29th on Astoria's Columbia River waterfront.  Over 36 beers from across the Northwest will fight it out to become the first keg to blow in the "Thar She Blows" contest, and it will be a close competition this year with so many great beers!  This year also features more great music for all three days , with "The Dirty Moogs" an Analog-Electro Dance Pop band from Boise via Germany and "Sassparilla" a Foot Stompin/Good Time band from Portland, closing out Friday and Saturday evenings, respectively.    Located just east of the Maritime Museum at the newly renovated Barbey Maritime Center, this outdoor festival is on the waterfront, with access to the Astoria Riverwalk and historic Astoria Trolley, which will run the Brew Cup route until 10:00 on Friday and Saturday. The City of Astoria is currently working on a sewer line repair project at the Maritime Museum and has announced that the Trolley will not run past the museum until the work has been completed in October but it will still be available for peole to hitch a ride from the Museum stop near the Brew Cup.

The event opens Friday, September 27 at noon and continues through Sunday, September 30, closing at 4pm.  Entrance to the PNW Brew Cup is free and open to all ages.  Souvenir tasting mugs are available for purchase ($9) and tokens ($1) are required to sample any of the great beers.  Don't forget to participate in the "People's Choice" award and help your favorite beer win a great trophy from Fernhill Glass; the winner will be announced Saturday night.

Brew Cup swag is available at entry as well as chances to play the "Business Crawl Passport," and be entered to win great prizes donated by Astoria's downtown merchants.  A special area for kids big and small, provided by Purple Cow Toys, will keep the children happy and wine from Walnut City will keep the wine drinkers satisfied.  Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) will have tasting demonstrations at the festival, and Hondo's Brew and Cork will have information on home brewing.  Local food vendors with delight your palate and fill your belly with pizza, chowder, tacos, tamales, hamburgers, hotdogs or a wrap, babaganosh, and hummus for those vegetarian beer drinkers!

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