The Ale List: Solog Fest returns

The second annual Solog Festival will return to Parkdale on an August date to be announced, said brewer Jason Kahler of one of two breweries involved in the collabora-fest, Solera Brewery of Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River. Watch The Ale List for details.

Meanwhile, the folks at Logsdon are gradually equipping their new downtown taproom, at Third and Cascade streets. New furniture is in, the old surfboards from the Idlewilde Market days are gone, but the regional beer signs are still in the window and Idlewilde name on the front. No word on opening date. Logsdon, which will continue to brew at Dave Logsdon’s family farmhouse near Odell, has been planning its downtown expansion since late 2014.

‘Portland’ likes Hood River beers

Hood River breweries fared well in Portland Magazine’s July edition as it pumps up Oregon Craft Beer Week with articles including “25 Oregon beers we’re crushing for.” Three of those 25 crush-worthy libations are from Hood River: Double Mountain Kolsch, Full Sail Session Black, and pFriem Family Brewing Belgian Strong Blond.

‘Weird Beer’ fest comes July 11

Things are about to get weird along the Columbia River waterfront in Washougal. Weird Beer on the River will be coming to Marina Park at the Port of Camas/Washougal on July 10 and 11. The tasting event has attracted 23 local and regional beer and cider breweries and is challenging them to create and serve their weirdest brew made from ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, candy, seafood, and even insects (food-grade, or course).

Proceeds from the event will benefit the CDM Caregiving Services, a non-profit agency providing in-home care, adult day services, and other supports for veterans, seniors and people with disabilities in southwest Washington, in an effort to keep them living in their own home.

“Fundraising should be fun, and our committee, our brewers, and our sponsors all thought this was one of the more unique ideas to raise money for a great cause,” said Eric Erickson, Executive Director of CDM Caregiving Services. Weird Beer on the River costs $20 per day, which includes a tasting glass and six tokens for 4 ounce tastes of the weirdest beers ever, organizers promise. The event is 21-and-over only.

Advance tickets are $17 if purchased before July 8 and are available online at weird-beer-on-the-river. Hours are Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday noon to 9 p.m. There will be food vendors, picnic tables and live music with rotating bands throughout both evenings.

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