Road Trippin' : Medford Beer Week
MEDFORD, Ore. -- "It's not just a bunch of people going out and drinking in bars. There's more to it than that," Chris Dennett said about the 2017 Medford Beer Week event.
Dennett owns Beerworks in downtown Medford and organizes Medford's Beer Week, which is actually longer than a week.
There are dozens of events this year and something different. There will be a main, sponsored event most days. These marquee events, Dennett says highlight the supporters and sponsors who make the event happen.
It's everything from live music to a scramble at Centennial. There's also the annual Kegs and Eggs event at Beerworks with Buttercloud Bakery, a 2 Towns Ciderhouse cornhole tournament at the Rogue Growler and a block party at The Growler King in Medford. There are nearly 100 events this year and for a full list visit Medford Beer Week's website.
Dennett says there's something for everyone, whether you're a beer novice or a connoisseur. He also says it's a community based event. Local restaurants, bars, the Craterian and Centennial golf course getting in on the events and many of them help local charities, from Habitat for Humanity to the Hearts and Vines Foundation.
On Friday, June 9th, as Beer Week starts to wrap up, Hearts and Hops will take over the Medford Commons. Local food trucks are paired up with several breweries to create special menus. The proceeds go to the Hearts and Vines Foundation which builds awareness about the dangers of domestic violence. Tickets are still available on their site.
"It's something unique for the area. It's an entire week-long celebration that celebrates beer."