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Medford Beer Week: Drink Your Way to Victory

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Walkabout Brewery. Credit: Jeff Hensley

Over the past several years, Medford Beer Week has ballooned to more than one hundred beer-related events. (And, actually the “week” is 10 days, June 7-16, but perhaps they are seeing double on some of those days.) From collaborations between some of the best breweries in the state, beer release parties, blind-tastings, food pairings, block parties, a grab bag of oddball games and a ridiculous number of prizes and giveaways, there’s never been a better excuse to drink every night (and afternoon) of the week.

Here’s where we’ll be if you want to buy us a drink:

Outback Summer Series Release with Jake Anderson at Walkabout Brewing: Ringing in the festivities Walkabout releases the info for their Summer Music Series Thursday, June 7. Jake Anderson will play that evening to start off from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Big Kid Coloring with Ninkasi Brewing at Beerworks in Medford: Need something a little more relaxing than live music? Head over to Beerworks in Medford for some beer/Ninkasi themed coloring also on Thursday. They provide everything and happy-hour priced specials all evening. Not to mention, their cooler-wall stocked full of cans and bottles means everyone can find something they like. Best colored pictures win prizes. Plus, there will be games to fill you with even more nostalgia such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots from 5—9 pm. Ask them about their events throughout the week at both Medford and Jackson locations including the “Server Olympics,” blind-folded Lego fire walking, tap-takeovers and more.

“Bestie Bash” at Walkabout: A whole evening dedicated to the “Besties of the Rogue Valley” inspired from the Rogue Valley Messenger Bestie Edition. Brother’s Reed (voted by our readers as Bestie Band) will perform while Will Snyder from Curbside King (voted Bestie Chef and Bestie Food Truck) cooks up a special meal in their lush backyard (voted Best Outdoor Seating) to pair with their Walkabout IPA (voted Best IPA).

“We’re one of the original participants in Medford Beer Week,” General Manager Cameron Litton said. “It’s a great thing for the craft beer community. Medford gets lost in the craft beer scene with Bend and Portland. I’m very proud of what we’re doing.”

Ask them about their other events throughout the week including a “one-handed triathlon” (hold your beer while you play and win 18 holes of golf plus other prizes). Starts at 7 pm, Friday, June 8, Walkabout Brewery.

MBW Block Party with Moxley Media at Opposition Brewing: From 4 – 9 pm on Saturday, June 9, the parking lot will be closed for a massive block party featuring discounted pints all day, food from Man Food BBQ, a DJ and a mini cornhole tournament in preparation of their second annual cornhole tournament taking place the following Wednesday, June 13.

10th Annual Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival: The main event: Wrapping up the festival from noon until 8 pm Saturday June 16 at Pear Blossom Park (the park block of the Medford Commons) enjoy more than 25 craft breweries with more than 60 Oregon beers and ciders to taste. Food from Wok Star, Fired Up, Peruvian Point and All Smoked Out BBQ will also be there. Tickets can be bought online beforehand for $16 at socbrewfest.com or Beerworks in either Jacksonville or Medford; $20 at the door. One admission ticket buys a souvenir pint glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are five or $5 or 12 for $10. No minors or dogs (of any age!) permitted at the event.


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