Summer is coming to a close. While to some that is the most depressing sentence in the English language, I, for one, welcome it. That first nip of fall through the warm late Summer air, football on the television, the natural artistry of the changing of the leaves: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Fall is my favorite time of the year.
Not to mention, with the kiddos going back to school, I get my freedom back—but that’s a whole other story.
And, why not have one last hurrah? A late summer beer and wine festival might just be the perfect way to both say sayonara to the summer and aloha to the Fall.
So, the weekend of September 7th-9th (which also happens to be NFL kick off weekend) I’ll be heading down to McMinnville for the Oregon Brews and BBQ’s Festival.
McMinnville is a quaint little town in Yamhill County. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and surrounded by the jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Cascade Range, McMinnville, Oregon, less than an hour from Portland, is a charming place to visit—especially during the Oregon Brews and BBQ festival.This year, the seventh year of Oregon Brews and BBQ’s, all proceeds from the festival are being donated to St. James Catholic School and the Ghana Hope Foundation. Enjoying a festival, beer, good food, wine and company all while supporting good causes—it’s about as Portland as you can get.
During this weekend in September, McMinnville will be flooded with foamy craft beers and the mouth-watering smoky aroma of slow cooked barbecue. With a keepsake beer stein and tasting tickets in hand, I intend to visit as many of the thirty-five onsite breweries and sample as many of the more than fifty beers on hand as I safely can. Hopworks Urban Brewery, Grain Station Brew Works, and Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery are just a few of the breweries on site. Many of them make beers I’m familiar with, but I’m really looking forward to trying some new flavors and maybe find a new favorite. Change is good for the soul, they say.
But what goes better with beer than slow cooked, delicious barbecue?On site grill masters slow cook beef, pork, and chicken throughout the night by using low heat, lots of smoke and homemade seasoning. Your mouth will water but fortunately, you’ll have a frosty beer to satiate that. Top it off with dancing, live music, and even kid friendly zones and you have a can’t miss event.
I hope to see you there. For more information visit https://orbrewsandbbqs.com/.