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Blues and brews on tap this weekend

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on July 17, 2018 5:19PM

Last changed on July 18, 2018 3:07PM

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The Brew Barn offers people a place to mingle during a past Brews by the Blues Festival. In its fourth year, the event is Friday and Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Jr. Show Grounds.

Contributed photo The Brew Barn offers people a place to mingle during a past Brews by the Blues Festival. In its fourth year, the event is Friday and Saturday at the Milton-Freewater Jr. Show Grounds.

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Craft beers and cider tasting, as well as musical entertainment, are featured during the fourth annual Brews by the Blues Festival in Milton-Freewater.

The event is tapped to start Friday from 5-10 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Jr. Show Grounds, 84575 Highway 11, located behind Bordertown Feed & Supply. The activities continue Saturday from 2-10 p.m. Entry fees are $25 per day, which includes a beer glass and five drink tokens. Also, it’s $10 for non-drinkers and free for kids under 13 years old. All tickets are sold at the gate.

More than a dozen breweries and a handful of cideries hailing from Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Austria and Belgium are represented and will be pouring during the festival. In addition, there will be vendors and food trucks on hand. Be sure to pick up an event T-shirt.

Friday night music features Joker and Stompin’ Ground. Saturday entertainment includes Diego & the Detonators. A recent McLoughlin High School graduate, Diego Romero has played solo at the last two brew festivals. He’s returning this year with a band to perform on the big stage. Also taking the stage are Gary Winston & the Real Deal, Nerve Ctr, and the Saturday night headliner is Badlandz, a classic rock band form the Tri-Cities.

Also, the festival features a corn hole tournament. It runs Saturday from 3-9 p.m. The team entry fee is $20. Winners will receive cash prizes and bragging rights. For more about the corn hole tournament, contact Lora Zink at 509-386-6619 or zinkl@bakerboyer.com.

Camping is available at the Jr. Show Grounds for those attending Brews by the Blues. Recreational vehicle hook-ups are $50 for one night or $80 for two. Tent camping is $20. Due to limited space, reservations are required by calling 541-861-1208.

Those confirmed for the event include Dragon’s Gate Brewery, Blue Mountain Cider Company, The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, Ordnance Brewing, Wolf Tree Brewery, 2 Kilts Brewing Co., Grixen Brewing Company, Side A Brewing, Freewater Cider Co., D’s Wicked Cider, Stiegel Brauerei, Huyghe Brewery, Bruery Maple, AleSmith Brewing Company, Riverbend Brewing Company, Base Camp Brewery, Wild Ride Brewery, Barley Brown’s Beer, Iron Horse Brewery and Ciderboys Hard Cider.

For more information about the Brews by the Blues Festival, contact 541-938-5563, mfchamber@mfchamber.com or visit www.facebook.com/brewsbytheblues. For information about volunteer opportunities, which includes free entry and festival swag, send an email to amber@vbowles.com.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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