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Haley Road businesses open doors for weekend-long festival of games, food, brews

FILE PHOTO - Bill Schwartz of Boring Brewing will host 22 fellow brewers for the inaugural Boring Beer Fest from Aug. 24-26. In the year that Boring Brewing and Boring Winery have been in operation on Haley Road, brewer Bill Schwartz said the community has been greatly supportive and welcoming.

Now, Schwartz and his business partner and owner of Boring Winery Curtis Thies, hope to extend a similar welcome to other local businesses. From Aug. 24-26, the brewery will host 22 of their fellow local breweries and cideries for the first-ever Boring Beer Fest.

Boring area businesses include Bunsenbrewer of Sandy, Fearless Brewing of Estacada and Hood View Ciderworks of Gresham.

"This spring we did our first brew fest in Southwest Portland (and) it was so much fun," Schwartz said.

Now he hopes to recreate that experience in Boring. Schwartz noted that most of the closest beer fests are on the west side, and he wants to bring one into the eastern neck of the woods.

Besides a large variety of beers and ciders to taste, Schwartz and crew will have live music going on throughout the weekend, including performances from Boring-based band the Rational Delusions, Portland group Stoning Giants and rockers Sunburst Classic Rock. Though several in the beer fest line-up are sure to showcase some great guitar riffs, Portland Axe Throwing will be present Friday for those interested in a different kind of axe playing.

"I think I'm looking forward to the whole thing," Schwartz said. "It's a good time of year. There's not a lot of other festivals going on and (brew fests) are so much fun. The camaraderie between all the different brewers has always been great."

Schwartz is brewing a special light summer ale only available during the festival, and also plans to offer two new brews that weekend, including a German smoked ruche bier.

Urban German, a Portland eatery, will provide food for purchase.

The event is a one-time cost of $20. Admission gets you 10 taster tickets and a commemorative glass. If you buy advance tickets you'll receive 15 taster tickets.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund and the Boring, Oregon Foundation.

"We're very closely aligned — along with the winery — with the Kyla McCullough Gift Fund," Schwartz explained. "We've been going to their auction in the spring for years. We also try to keep some of (our giving) here local in our community (like with the Boring, Oregon Foundation)."

Those interested in attending but can't swing the $20 entrance fee can donate their time in exchange for the full event package. People need only volunteer during the event to be given the 10 tickets and glass, with which to enjoy the festivities.

The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Sunday is family day with games for all ages to enjoy.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit boringbeerfest.com.

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