Celebrate locally crafted brews, music and community this weekend at Vancouver BrewFest’s ‘Spring Edition’ charity event

The Vancouver BrewFest’s Spring Edition event features more than 70 craft beers, ciders and meads at a two-day event, March 17-18 at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver.

VANCOUVER — The popular Vancouver BrewFest, usually held in the summertime, is back for a two-day “Spring Edition” this weekend.

 

The Spring Edition Vancouver BrewFest, which features 70 beers from 35 craft breweries as well as cider, mead and wines, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m., Fri., March 17 and from noon to 10 p.m., Sat., March 18 at Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St., in downtown Vancouver.

 

The charity event benefits four nonprofit groups this year: the Mount St. Helens Institute, which offers educational programs Pacific Northwest’s most active volcano; Northwest Battle Buddies, a nonprofit that connects wounded veterans obtain a service dog; Disabled American Veterans, a national veterans’ assistance group with a local Clark County chapter; and Second Chance Companions, a volunteer-run no-kill organization that helps place pets throughout Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area.

Trapdoor Brewing, located at 2315 Main St., in Vancouver’s Uptown Village, is one of several local brewers who will be serving craft beers at this weekend’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition, held March 17-18 in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. Photo by Kelly Moyer
Trapdoor Brewing, located at 2315 Main St., in Vancouver’s Uptown Village, is one of several local brewers who will be serving craft beers at this weekend’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition, held March 17-18 in downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park. Photo by Kelly Moyer

If you’re worried about the rainy weather, don’t be — the BrewFest organizers have already set up tents and heaters to keep BrewFest drinkers merry and warm throughout the two-day event.

 

And, while the BrewFest focuses on quality craft beers — many of which are made right here in Clark County — the event also boasts musical acts, a space to watch the first and second rounds of the March Madness basketball games, food vendors and more.

 

Tickets for the event are available online at vancouverbrewfest.com/tickets and range in price from $7 for designated drivers who aren’t planning to sample the beers, ciders, meads or wines to $30 for an “all star” pass that includes two-day entrance tickets, a pint glass, 20 event tokens and a free raffle ticket to win a big-screen television. For more information about the event, visit vancouverbrewfest.com/faqs.

Railside Brewing, located at 309 N.E. 76th Ave., in Vancouver, will serve a red ale and an imperial IPA at this weekend’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition event. Photo by Kelly Moyer
Railside Brewing, located at 309 N.E. 76th Ave., in Vancouver, will serve a red ale and an imperial IPA at this weekend’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition event. Photo by Kelly Moyer

Following are a few of the Clark County breweries that will be serving craft brews at this year’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition:

 

Brewery: Amnesia Brewing
Address: 1834 Main St., Washougal
Beers: Copacetic, an IPA and Milk of Amnesia, a stout beer

Brewery: Trapdoor Brewing
Address: 2315 Main St., Vancouver
Beers: Hazed Up New England, an imperial IPA and El Sobrante, a milk stout

Brewery: Fortside Brewing
Address: 2200 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver
Beers: Kanaka, a saison; Cocoa-fied, a firkin-style beer; and the Double Baked Porter

Brewery: Old Ivy Brewing
Address: 108 W. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver
Beers: Corn Star, a cream ale and Patio Pale Ale

Brewery: Railside Brewing
Address: 309 N.E. 76th Ave., Vancouver
Beers: Railside Red Ale and Derailer, an imperial IPA

Brewery: Mill City Brew Werks
Address: 339 N.E. Cedar St., Camas
Beers: Zech Bavarian Hefe and the brewery’s Kolsch-style beer

Brewery: Heathen Brewing
Address: 5612 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver
Beers: Mighty Craic Irish Red, an Irish red ale and Carnage IPA

To see a complete list of breweries, cider-makers and meaderies coming to this weekend’s Vancouver BrewFest, Spring Edition, visit vancouverbrewfest.com/the-brewers.

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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