2012 Oregon Brewers Fest: Who's Coming & Who's Not

When I woke up yesterday morning, there was snow on my lawn. I guess that means it's time to start planning for the 2012 Oregon Brewers Festival! After all, it starts in just 146 days. Yesterday, the festival released the complete list of participating breweries on their Facebook page.  I was glad to see a few new names like Odell, Logsdon, and Russian River. However, this had me wondering about who's not coming...

So I dug up my brewery list from last year's OBF, did some quick manipulation, and sorted to identify the breweries that are new, returning, and missing from last year.  Here we go...

New Breweries 
Ballast Point Occidental
Dick's Odell
Dunedin Oregon Trail
Electric Paradise Creek
Epic Phat Matt's
Flat Tail Red Rock
Flyers Redhook
Gigantic Russian River
GoodLife Sprecher
Green Flash Summit
Logsdon Uinta
Returning Breweries
10 Barrel Double Mountain New Belgium
21st Amendment Eel River Ninkasi
Alameda Elysian Oakshire
Alaskan Fearless Old Market Pub
Anderson Valley Fire Mountain Pelican Pub
Bayern Firestone Walker Prodigal Son
Bear Republic Fort George Pyramid
Beer Valley Full Sail Ram
Bison Golden Valley Rock Bottom
Boulder Beer Hale's Ale Rogue
Boulevard Hopworks Sierra Nevada
Boundary Bay Kona Stone 
BridgePort Lagunitas Terminal Gravity
Caldera Laurelwood Upright
Cascade Lompoc Utah Brewers Coop / Wasatch
Coalition Lucky Labrador Vertigo
Collaborator Maui Widmer
Columbia River McMenamins
Deschutes Mt. Emily
Dogfish Head Natian
Breweries Not Returning
Ale Industries Gilgamesh New Holland
American Goose Island Pike
Amnesia Great Divide Riverport
Big Sky Hazel Dell Salmon Creek
Black Diamond Hollister Seven Brides
Blue Frog Grog & Grill Hop Valley Squatters
Boneyard Klamath Basin Surly
Burnside Laht Neppur Three Creeks
Cascade Lakes Laughing Dog Uncommon Brewers
FiftyFifty Mad River

As a point of clarification, breweries listed as "New" did not attend in 2011. I did recognize at least one that attended  prior to 2011. So which new breweries are you glad to see? Which ones will you miss? Is it to early to start thinking about OBF? 

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  1. A little late on this comment as I emerge from my cave...

    Breweries do seem to come and go at the OBF. I count at least 6 on the "new" list that have been there in the past.

    On the "not returning" list, what I think is sad are the locals who are not attending: Burnside, Boneyard, Amnesia, Three Creeks, Seven Brides, and even wacky little Gilgamesh. Others are not such a big loss -- I always wonder why breweries show up that don't distribute here, though to be fair that used to include Russian River.

  2. I think OBF is a good way for brewers who are considering distributing here to build their brand name and dip their toe in the market.

    I guess it depends what it costs a brewery to enter the festival. I'd be curious to know what it costs. I might have to ask around...

  3. I can help you out, Sanjay. I'm with Dunedin Brewery & this is the first time a Florida brewery has attended the OBF. Contrary to most festivals, which charge breweries to participate, the Oregon Brewers Festival actually purchases all the beer they pour that weekend. It's probably the most ethical/fair beer festival we've ever been invited to participate in.

    After working with the OBF so far, I have to say OBF is the beer festival I most respect... as a guest (since 2006) & now as a participating brewer. They do it right.


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