Oregon Craft Beer Month, and Happenings Around Salem

These were supposed to be two separate posts with todays celebrating the start of Oregon Craft Beer Month and tomorrow talking about the many events in Salem, but since CapitolTaps pre-emptively struck on the Salem front I am combining to save face.


Oregon Craft Beer Month

As I’ve already stated today is the launch of Oregon Craft Beer Month. This means instead of about 2 or 3 beer events per a week around the state we have gone to several per a day. Exciting eh? Problem is about 90% of the events seem to be in Portland. There is no reason why they shouldn’t either. Portland more then any other city in Oregon takes beer drinking to a new level. There are plenty of craft beer drinkers in Salem, not to mention three breweries. You’ld think Salem these breweries, as well as people that serve Oregon craft beer, would join in the celebrations. Yet outside of Bend and Portland celebrations are few and far between, and almost never advertised as well as they should be. Check out the Oregon Brewers Guild blog for a full list of events

The highlights of this month seem to be as follows

Puckerfest – Belmont Station July 10-16

I understand Belmont Station is a store/pub, and that some people won’t consider this a true festival. So instead lets consider it a celebration of  soured beers.

Portland Interenational Beer Fest – North Park Blocks July 18-19

22nd Oregon Brewers Festival – Tom McCall Waterfront Park July 23-26


Happenings In Salem

We may not have the crazy, boozy, haze filled month here in Salem, but there are some cool things goin on here.

According to CapitolTaps Pale Horse will be pouring tasters in a couple locations in Salem Check out the site for more info.

Also Venti’s is celebrating it’s first year in it’s new location. I messaged Leslie Venti hoping that there would be some great tap prices, or an extra special keg. I got no dice though. Here’s what she sent me.

July 7

Venti’s Cafe celebrates 1 year at new location 325 Court St. NE, Salem


Teriyaki chicken + rice lunch special price all day, 11am-9pm
$4.5 regular dark meat
$6 large dark meat
Add veggies $1 more

$1 Iron City tall boys available after 4pm in the lounge

Singer/songwriter Patrick Burke playing in the lounge 6-8:30pm


Cherry City Derby Girls in the house after 9pm fresh from practice (maybe not-so-fresh). Skates allowed upstairs, girls!

Lastly there are the good old Salem standbys, both of which will have good beer on tap.

Salem Art Fair – July 17-19

The Bite – July 31st – August 2nd

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3 Responses to “Oregon Craft Beer Month, and Happenings Around Salem”

  1. J.R. Box says:

    You wrote
    “There are plenty of craft beer drinkers in Salem,
    not to mention three breweries.”

    Please advice, who are the three breweries in Salem.
    1. Pale Horse

    would 2 and 3 be:
    2. ? McMenamin’s – Boones Treasury ?
    3. ? McMenamin’s – Thompson Brewery ?


  2. Jared says:

    I was counting the Ram as the third. I’ll be honost that I’ve wondered about Rams brewing process and what is brewed in house and what isn’t, but it’s still a brewery.

    So would be

    1)Pale Horse
    2)Thompsons (Boons is just a pub)

  3. […] I let you guys all know some of the details about Venti’s 1 year anniversary at their new location (why do we still call it the new location after a year?) When I posted the […]

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