Curry County Fairgrounds,
29392 Ellensburg Avenue Early September www.goldbeachbrewfest.org
The proliferation of craft ales in Oregon has touched every corner of the state, with brewers willing to dive into the fray even in the smallest communities, thereby adding measurably to the allure of their hometowns. The coast is no exception, and in recent years, breweries have sprouted in every major town, from Astoria to Brookings, and many minor communities as well. Even the beautiful little city of Gold Beach, at the mouth of the mighty Rogue River, now enjoys the ales produced by Arch Rock Brewing Company, one of the annual participants in the Gold Beach Brew & Art Fest held each September at the Curry County Fairgrounds.
With amazing beaches—from the clean, bright sand of Ophir and Bailey Beaches north of town to the sea-stack-studded beaches at Meyers Creek and Sisters Rocks south of town—Gold Beach is an idyllic setting for a brew fest, and while extremely popular with locals, this event also attracts many devotees from afar, in increasing numbers. The modest entry fee to the festival includes a festival-logo beer glass—a prized addition to the brew-fest glass collection for Oregon craft beer aficionados—along with the opportunity to sample ales from about a dozen regional breweries (adult 21 and over only, though minors accompanied by adults can attend).
While checking out ales produced by top brewers in the region, attendees can also peruse the works of many different craftspeople and artists selling their wares and demonstrating their talents, all to the accompaniment of live music performed on two stages, one indoors and one outdoors, throughout the day, with the congenial partylike atmosphere amping up in the late afternoon and evening (the festival runs from noon to 10 pm). Music acts represent a variety of genres—blues, country, classic rock, and more—with the lineup of musicians rotating annually but always including favorite acts from the south coast region and beyond. Bring your dancing shoes, so to speak, or enjoy the music from a comfortable seat at one of the many tables both indoors and out. Food vendors provide a variety of options, and adults and kids alike revel in the display of masterfully restored and maintained vintage automobiles in the classic car show sponsored by Curry County Cruisers.
September is a wonderful time of year in Gold Beach, with the weather typically pleasant and sunny. Lodging options are fairly plentiful in and near town, but make reservations well in advance of the brew fest.
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