Hoist a pint glass and say cheers to autumn with one of three Pacific Northwest Oktoberfest events in the neighborhood of Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.
A relative newcomer to the fall brew season kicks off the celebrations: in Seaview, Wash., on Sept. 19 will feature bites from 42nd Street Café and Bistro and beer from North Jetty Brewing, a Peninsula brewery that took top honors in the People’s Choice category at this year’s Vancouver Summer Brewfest. The party runs from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature the festive Festival Brass band from Portland and meats from the Leavenworth-based charcuterie Cured by Visconti. Live music, hot food, cold beer – here’s to the three elements of a super late-summer shindig!
Across the Astoria-Megler Bridge is the area’s largest beer fest. The 14th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in Astoria, Ore., from Sept. 25-27 is part beer festival and part craft competition. Breweries compete for the People’s Choice Award and the “Thar She Blows” award given to the owners of the first keg that runs dry. The event features three days of live music, including performances by Pacific Northwest musicians Three for Silver and Vinyl Gold on Friday, Vaudeville Etiquette and Smokey Brights on Saturday, and Student Loan Stringband and Hook & Anchor on Sunday, among many others throughout the three days.
Back in Pacific County, Wash., the Friends of Chinook School hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 24. The proceeds from this low-key brew fest benefit the restoration of the historic Chinook School. Visitors can look forward to a dinner of old-style German shepherd’s pie, beer from North Jetty Brewing and a silent and live auction. Tickets are sold at the door – $20 for admission and dinner; $5 for admission without dinner.
And for the beer drinkers who may miss the Oktoberfest season on the southern Washington coast, be sure to stop by the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau to pick up a Lower Columbia “Hop Stops” guide. Starting at North Jetty Brewery in Seaview, the guide takes beer drinkers on a suds-soaked tour of southern Washington and northern Oregon breweries.