Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!
The next installment of this series is the Salem Winter Brewfest!
Everyone in Portland is probably familiar with brew festivals – the events where a variety of local, regional, and nationwide breweries come together in one location to show off two or three of their beers (or ciders). For beer drinkers, they are a pretty awesome time. But, if you have attended one in PDX before, you may also be familiar with large crowds and, subsequently hugely long lines. While I don’t feel that this is a deal breaker (I feel, it allows more time to chat with your friends), it can be nice to be in a more manageable location at times.
First the running:
As the Capitol Mall is right in downtown Salem, it’s no too hard to trek a half-mile or so West or South to hit Riverfront Park or Bush Park (respectively). There are miles of trails in each, and both provide some of the premier areas to run. However, since the Capitol is literally right there, it may be more your style to actually run along the mall and around the building. There aren’t a ton of trails right nearby, but if you run this “upside-down T” shaped route, you can put in just over a mile with each loop. Feel free to then hop over State Street and put in a few miles running in and around Willamette University’s small campus for some additional mileage.
More about the Brewfest:
With the Capitol Building just outside the main tent doors, you aren’t going to find a much better backdrop. A sampling of just some of the participants are:
- Worthy Brewing
- Cascade Lakes Brewing Company
- Lagunitas Brewing Co
- Ballast Point Brewing Company
- Gilgamesh Brewing
- Blue Moon Brewing Company
- Deschutes Brewery
- Crispin Hard Cider
- Portland Brewing
- Rogue Ales & Spirits
- Sierra Nevada
- Samuel Adams
- Hopworks Urban Brewery
- 2 Towns Ciderhouse
- Angry Orchard
- Coors Light (feel free to skip…)
- Full Sail Brewing Company
- Georgetown Brewing
- Pyramid Brewing Co.
- Lost Coast Brewery
Check back for the full line-up of beers they will be showcasing, but expect some old favorites, as well as some new options as well. I personally excited to see some of the local breweries from Salem’s blossoming brewery scene – Vagabond, Santiam, Gilgamesh, Salem Ale Works, Anthem Cider, and Wandering Aengus Cider. There will be local food trucks and options on tap inside the giant heated tent, as well as live entertainment:
- 2/1: Trevor Tagle Music (6pm – 10pm)
- 2/2: Jacob Westfall (4pm – 6:30pm)
- 2/22: Dancehall Days (7pm – 11pm)
- 2/3: Jacob Westfall (3pm – 6pm)
- 2/3: Radical Revolution (7pm – 11pm)
Follow the event on Facebook for all the updates.
2018 Event Dates:
- January 31 – February 3, 2018 (Wednesday – Saturday)
- WEDNESDAY: 4pm to 10pm
- THURSDAY: 4pm to 10pm
- FRIDAY: 4pm to 11pm
- SATURDAY: 11am to 11pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here:
- FREE on Wednesday
- $5 on Thursday
- $15 from Friday & Saturday
- Tickets on Friday and Saturday include a commemorative glass and 4 taste tickets
- $25 for Weekend Pass