Pints and Paws
What do Oregonians love almost as much a good pint of beer? Dogs! And we mean the furry, slobbery variety — not the kind you put mustard on. Luckily, there are several breweries (and even some events) around Oregon where you can enjoy a pint with your dog.
In celebration of beer, dogs and the people who love them, Rogue Ales will host its fifth annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest at Brewer’s On the Bay in Newport from May 20-22. The event welcomes beer lovers and their dogs for three days of music, microbrews and canine socializing (Humans must be at least 21 to attend).
Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest will feature 50 beers from 25 different breweries as well as live music from local performers, a dog wash, doggy musical chairs, a dog dance and other canine-centered activities. (Organizers are keeping mum about any dog-themed beers.) The festival commemorates Brewer, the late and dearly loved dog of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. Brewer was brought to Rogue as a pup, grew up there, and was such a part of the company culture that he eventually rose to the rank of CEO. Last year more than 3,000 people and 800 dogs attended the event, which this year benefits Central Coast Humane Society and Oregon Coast Therapy Animals.
Jack Joyce, founder of Rogue and Chief Wisdom Officer said his company has been dog-friendly from day one. He said he thinks Oregonians are passionate about dogs because we are big-hearted and good spirited people. And, “If you can’t get a date, they are good company,” he said.
Rogue breweries across the state — including The Green Dragon in Portland and the Rogue Ales Public House in Newport — are famously dog-friendly (though dogs are not allowed inside the pubs), and even carry dog menus.
June 24-26, you can stop in at the 7th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival at Overlook Park in Portland. That same week the 24th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will be held from July 28-31 at Portland’s Waterfront Park. (But your dog is politely NOT invited to attend these events.)
Oregon has year-round offerings for the beer officiando. For an extensive list of brewpubs, breweries, tasting rooms and events, visit http://food.traveloregon.com. If you are a true beer lover you might consider becoming a S.N.O.B. (Supporter of Native Oregon Beer).
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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