Boring Beer Fest hops into second year
Though Boring Brewing has moved to Sandy, the Boring Beer Fest will live on.
This year, owner and brewer Bill Schwartz plans to farm out hosting duties to keep the event in Boring. From Aug. 23-25, anyone 21 and older is invited to enjoy games, food and brews at Liepold Farms, 14480 S.E. Richey Road, Boring.
"We may not be in Boring anymore, but we're still Boring," Schwartz told The Post. "We try to still do stuff in that community, so it was important to have the festival in Boring."
This year's event offer libations from more than 22 breweries, cideries and — new this year — wineries.
"(Wine) is another local craft beverage to showcase," Schwartz noted of his choice to invite vintners to the lineup. Buddha Kat Winery and Alder Tree Vineyard will join the festivities next month.
The goal, no matter how large the event grows, is to keep it local, featuring mainly smaller enterprises.
"All the festivals that happen on the west side of town include a lot of big producers," Schwartz said. "I like the fact that the little producers like to come out and showcase here. The whole purpose is to have a fun weekend and showcase a lot of local breweries, cideries and such."
Schwartz added that the Liepolds have been a great partner for the event. They plan to sell food from their already-established snack shack and plant hops to add an educational aspect to the event.
The festival will also be a debut of sorts for the new Boring Cider Company, which opened at Boring Brewing in May.
Admission is $20 and those who buy in advance online at boringbeerfest.com will receive an extra five tastings. Those who choose to volunteer and help pour will receive a glass, tokens and admission free of charge. Volunteers are still being sought.
The festivities kick off at noon on Friday, Aug. 23. Besides brews to peruse, Schwartz plans to have several activities for all ages, including cornhole and ping pong, as well as other attractions such as ax throwing.
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