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The ninth annual Strange Brewfest features 36 brewers from Washington and Oregon, each of whom will bring at least two unique brews.
The celebration of microbreweries from both near and not-so-near will begin tonight and continue with live music, entertainment ranging from fire dancing and belly dancing to hula hooping and, of course, plenty of brew.
The beer will flow inside the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Awards for best
An awards ceremony for the best batches will be at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Beer-makers will be awarded stained-glass medals based on attendees’ ranking of their brews.
For the $25 admission fee, participants will get a wristband good for entrance to the weekend’s full slate of events, an 8-ounce souvenir tasting glass and four sample tokens.
Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.50 each.
Tickets are available at the door, cash only, at the American Legion Hall.
A special outdoor venue is planned on Water Street.
Admission also provides revelers access to a full weekend of beer-fueled music.
Special $10 tickets are offered for tonight’s performances by PT jam band LoWire and The Better Half.
On Saturday, Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme will perform, followed by the Yogoman Burning Band and the Polyrhythmics.
Portland, Ore., six-piece Americana band Tapwater plays Sunday afternoon.
More than beer, music
Music and beer isn’t all that will be offered.
Chain-saw carvers Steve Backus and Pat McVay will turn logs into luxurious creations; fire dancers, belly dancers, jugglers and hula hoopers also are expected; and vendors will offer food outside the Legion Hall.
Mark Burr and Nina Law have been throwing Strange Brewfest to celebrate small breweries since the first event at the now-closed Water Street Brewery and Ale House in 2005.
The bash celebrates creative development in new brews.
Last year’s event attracted some 1,400 beer-lovers to the three-day event.
In exchange for giving the brewfest a venue, proceeds from the event are used to benefit the American Legion.
More information is available at www.strangebrewfestpt.com.