Beer Eight Days A Week – Some Selections for Beer Week
Medford Beer Week is a carnival of activities, with local and out-of-town brewers showcasing beers, and also a mash-up of beer and. . . kickball, painting, pairings with Girl Scout cookies. A few of our choices:
Thursday, June 2: Two notable tap takeovers, Arch Rock (from Gold Beach) offering four beers at Immortal Spirits (141 S Central Ave), including Absinthe Barrel Aged Arch Rock State of Jefferson Porter, and Wild Ride (Redmond), one of the newest and bestest breweries in Oregon at Growler King (1211 E Jackson), 5 – 9 pm.
And, Drunken Pictionary hosted by Hop Valley Brewing (Eugene), Mr. Smith’s (401 E Jackson St), 5 – 8 pm.
Friday, June 3: Rusty Bucket Brewing is a rare find, only distributed in limited sites. Like a Sasquatch spotting, the brewer will be sharing at The Growler King, 5 – 9 pm.
Saturday, June 4: Brews, Bluegrass and Barbecue, a trifecta! Roxy Ann Winery (3285 Hillcrest Rd)
Also, the 3rd Annual One-Armed Triathlon, which presents three games that all can be done with a beer in one hand (darts, ladder ball, and bean bags), Walkabout Brewing (921 Mason Way), 3 – 8 pm.
Sunday, June 5: 2nd Annual Beer Pong Tournament, BricktownE Brewing (44 S Central), 4 – 8 pm.
Monday, June 6: Beer label competition! Portal has a new Rye Pale Ale—and it needs a name and label. Must be submitted (7 x 5 inches) by 5 pm today.
Tuesday, June 7: Paint and Pints with Pelican Brewery. Art work inspired by drinking! (We’re thinking more Abstract here, than detailed fine art.) Craterian Theater (23 S Central Ave), 6 – 8:30 pm
Also, a non-beer week, but great event (and new’ish spot to check out): Northwest Outdoor Recreation & Growler Shop in Medford hosts its first 2016 monthly free on-water kayak demo, Sunday, May 29, noon- 4 pm, at the Greensprings ramp on Emigrant Lake. Afterwards (or before) head to the shop; their new and impressive bar offers 10 Oregon taps and half a dozen local wines, 980 Biddle Rd., Medford.
And, beer not your thing? Head to Talent for their 3rd Annual Southern Oregon Grape Fair features 16 local wines. Sunday June 5, downtown Talent, $18.