On the heels of a big festival celebrating the confluence of beer and music—the daylong Malt Ball that paired local bands with their brew counterparts—Eugene-based Ninkasi reveals it will brew a exclusive light, summer ale for the Annual String Summit.
Publicist Jesse Cutler says that, starting June 1, Ninkasi will be distributing four-pack summer beer samplers with an insert CD compilation featuring tracks from Yonder and other Summiters. Included will be a discount voucher for the fest. Whether members of the band will come in to help brew the one-off beer is unclear (and unlikely), but Cutler notes, "They're big craft beer geeks."
The String Summit is August 9-12 in at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, located a half hour west of Portland off Hwy 26. Advance four-day passes are currently $155 and jump to $190 at the gate.
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Of course, there are myriad brewfests before August. Here are the local ones remaining this month: