The 5th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest, the Largest Dog Beer Festival in the World, raised a record $15,000 for Oregon dog charities. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Friends of Lincoln County Animal Shelters and Oregon Coast Therapy animals. More than 2,700 humans and 837 of their best friends attended the festival created in memory of Brewer, the faithful black lab companion of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier, who passed away on May 20th, 2006. Brewer grew up in the brewery and eventually rose to the rank of Chairman of the Board of Rogue Ales.
The festival was held inside the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport and included the World’s Largest Dog Menu (also available year-round at all Rogue Ales Public Houses), Doggy Musical Chairs, Dog Wash, Doggy Olympics, Dog Dancing, Brewer Says, and the Brewer Look-A-Like Contest.
50+ microbrews were poured including brews from Buckman Brewing, Amnesia Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Block 15 Brewing Co., Boneyard Brewing, BridgePort Brewing Co., Burnside Brewing Company, Calapooia Brewing Co., Elysian Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Flat Tail Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Green Dragon Brew Crew, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Issaquah Brewhouse, Laughing Dog Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Pike Brewing Co., Track Town Ales, Upright Brewing and Rogue Ales.
Music was provided by the Ty Curtis Band, the Vicki Stevens Band and the Rob Connell Band. The event featured Oregon food from Mo’s, Local Ocean Seafood, Brewer’s on the Bay, and the Rogue Creamery.
The event was sponsored by KG Specialty, Food Services of America, Mo’s, Newport News-Times, KBCH AM 1400, KCRF 96.7 FM, U92 Country, KNPT AM 1390, KYTE FM 102.7, Great Western Malting Co., Columbia Distributing, Umpqua Bank, Local Ocean, the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and Thompson Sanitary Service.