July is Oregon Craft Beer Month. In truth, the month-long celebration is about more than just the beer. It’s about how Oregon grows hops, brews its epic IPAs and enjoys the fruits of our labor better than anyone else. We know how to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month, but we need your help! This Oregon Craft Beer Month, be a true beer enthusiast by discovering amazing new beers in a lesser known beer region: the Tualatin Valley. You’ll find some of Oregon’s best beers without the lines, parking woes and gimmicks of Oregon’s more inundated beer towns.
How to Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month
New Breweries in the Tualatin Valley
With an arsenal of commendable breweries making the Tualatin Valley home for years now, it’s no surprise that each year brings additional breweries into the fold. Accordingly, we say the more the merrier—and our brewing community does, too. You want to know how to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month? Try a pint or two from these new kids on the (brewery) block:
Flyboy Brewery chose Tigard as the home for its third location in Oregon. The brewery playfully nods to aviation history through zippy beers names like Fighting Redtails. The taproom includes photos of vintage aircrafts and beer art that mirrors WWII recruiting posters.
Ridgewalker Brewery has quickly become a part of Forest Grove’s thriving food and drink scene. The micro-brewery is a dream project come true between a group of childhood friends; though, their beers’ flavor profiles are decidedly grown up.
Stickmen Brewing Company Tualatin Beer Hall is the second location for this brewery, but the Tualatin spot has quickly become a local and visitor favorite. Stickmen Brewery proudly took home a gold medal at the 2016 Oregon Beer Awards. Try one of the nitro beers to wash down a wood-fired pizza at the beer hall.
Oregon Craft Beer Events in the Tualatin Valley
While Little Beast Brewing in Beaverton doesn’t have a tasting room yet, the brewery is opening its doors to the public for the first time at this weekend’s bottle release party (July 8 from noon to 4 p.m.; free).
The folks at McMenamins know how to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month. The 16th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest at Hillsboro’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse will be an all-out party with 32 beers and ciders to try (July 15; all day; free admission). We love the noncompetitive vibe here. It really is about celebrating the community that makes Oregon Craft Beer possible.
Plan a Getaway Around Tualatin Valley Breweries
It’s okay, we won’t tell if you choose to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer any time of year. Our evergreen (or should we say ever-hoppy) Beercation Itinerary can help you map out the perfect beer-happy trip. Additionally, both the McMenamins Grand Lodge and the Hilton Garden Inn have awesome craft beer hotel deals waiting for you.