In truth, it didn't look so very interesting. The order seemed to matter; beer was kindofa a throw-in, and purely from a beer standpoint it wasn't a must.
Still, four breweries and one distributor were represented:
- Astoria Brewing Company
- Fire Mountain Brewery
- Gilgamesh Brewing
- Seven Brides Brewing
- Maletis Beverage will also be there. They are the Anheuser-Busch house. It's all about Bud, baby! Oregon breweries they represent include: Widmer, Ninkasi, Captured by Porches, Old Lompoc, and Southern Oregon Brewing.
So instead of the festival, how about an old beer ad?
Henry's, it turns out, advertised in Salem. This ad is from January, 1911, exactly a century ago.
You might recognize the "brewery blocks." This appears to be on the back side, and the intersection is 12th and Couch, with 12th having the rails. On the far side of the block, not really visible, is Burnside. The central block, with the largest tower, is the current site of Whole Foods. The block on the left, then, is the site of Henry's 12th Street Tavern and other retail storefronts. This image, taken from the center of the intersection, shows that left-side block today.
Note the malt tea!