COVID killed the beer festival scene this year, but Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, an Oregon-based company owned and operated by CEG Hospitality, has a cool idea to keep the spirit of the Oregon Brewers Festival alive. In honor of the festival, Thirsty Lion will be offering an “OBF Beer Flight” throughout the month of August at its Washington Square location at 10205 SW Washington Square Rd. in Tigard.
Thirsty Lion has partnered with longtime Portland beer distributor Maletis Beverage to create an OBF beer flight that includes Breakside Pilsner, Hefeweizen Wheat, Buoy IPA, Fort George City of Dreams Pale Ale, Ancestry Irish Red and Ninkasi Prismatic Juicy IPA. For every OBF flight purchased, $2 will be donated to the Believe in Beer Craft Brewery Relief Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by COVID-19.
“Since the Oregon Brewers Festival was canceled this year, we wanted to do something to help give back,” said CEG Hospitality CEO John Plew. “Like us, local breweries have been severely impacted by COVID-19. We felt that this was a great way to come together with Maletis Beverage and give back to our brewery partners.”
In addition, locals are invited to join OBF founder Art Larrance, Thirsty Lion founder John Plew and Maletis Beverage president and owner Rob Maletis for a virtual meet and greet via Facebook Live on Saturday, August 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Thirsty Lion at Washington Square. Log on to Facebook.com/OregonBrewFest, grab your favorite craft beverage and raise a pint to the year that didn’t happen.
Additionally, visit OregonBrewFest.shop to order “OBF 2020 Canceled” merchandise including souvenir T-shirts, sweatshirts and pint glasses.