Winter Beer Fest Ahead | Beer & Drink | Bend | The Source Weekly
IFor us beer lovers it was about 12 months. So many missed beer festivals; Take part in virtual beer festivals. I know … it’s not quite the same, but the virtual beer festivals can be pretty fun and they can still support great causes. This is the case for the second annual Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Festival (virtual edition). According to Kathrine Bowers, director of digital marketing at The Mighty Union, this year’s goal is to raise $ 50,000 for the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon, an organization founded to help independent businesses and their employees during the pandemic support. The organization helped make cocktails for Oregon. It also has a variety of resources for independent Oregon businesses on its website, indprestaurants.org.
While the festival is virtual it offers a lot of variety and options, including virtual rooms. Attendees can take cooking classes, join a panel discussion with brewers, watch live music, and even play drag queen bingo (so excited). While I’ve been to a few virtual beer festivals, none have provided these virtual spaces. It’s a really creative way to have something for everyone.
There are a few ticket options. For USD 25, participants have access to the virtual rooms. A $ 40 ticket gives access to the virtual rooms and the ability to pick up a six-pack of different beers. If you want to participate but don’t like beer (gasping for air), you can choose the Rambler pack, which contains a six pack of various Rambler mineral waters. There are three pickup locations in Oregon. In Bend, locals can pick up at the Boss Rambler Beer Club (grab a Dos Shakas Hazy IPA there … SO GOOD). The virtual festival date is Saturday, February 20th. Ticket holders can pick up festival packages (which also include a MiiR commemorative mug) between February 18th and 20th.
I am very happy about this event. I bought a festival package for myself and my husband and also bought bingo cards and raffle tickets. I also chose to donate money. All of this was available when I bought tickets. Drink with me for a good cause – or don’t drink and just join the celebrations. With 30 participating breweries, I’m looking forward to my mixed six-pack. Definitely go out there and support our local businesses. You never needed it again. Stay safe and cheer everyone on – stay strong and soon we can celebrate face to face!