Craft Brew Smackdown

Craft Brew Smackdown


We are excited to participate in Albany Craft Brew Smackdown Friday Sep 20! We will be set up at Todayโ€™s Next Experience Salon. Hope to see you there!
What a perfect day for the Smackdown! Thanks, Albany! This is such a fun event. We can't wait until next year. Cheers! #albanycraftbeersmackdown #rangerlife #newbelgium
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Wow what weather! Party all day; dinner at CELLAR CAT!! Live jazz tonight.

8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown; Friday, SeptemBEER 20th, 2019!

8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown; Septembeer 20th, 2019!

[10/01/19]   WE HAVE A WINNER!!! ๐Ÿป

The person who completed their passport and won the drawing is Nancie Fulton! Nancie has won a two-night stay at the Oregon Coast, courtesy of Loafers Station and Brian Oare with Oare & Associates Realty! The runner-up winners will be notified tomorrow! Thank you everyone, we appreciate your support and hope you had a wonderful time!

[09/21/19]   The 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown is over and we hope you had a wonderful time. The weather couldn't have been better and our participants poured some super tasty brews, ciders, wines and spirits. Don't forget the 12th Annual Septembeerfest! starts at noon today at Avery Park!

We'd like to give a huge thank you again to our sponsors:
TnT Builders, Kim Shelby and Mariah Willis, Brokers, Parr Lumber Company in Albany, CoEnergy Propane, Oare & Associates Realty, Jessica Pankratz, Realtor, 1580 KGAL, 920 KSHO, Central Willamette Credit Union, Willamette Community Bank. Thank you everyone, we appreciate your generosity!

[09/20/19]   One last post to thank all the participants pouring beer, wine, cider and spirits! Without your support, this event wouldn't as great as it is! Thank you also to those businesses hosting our participants, we appreciate your showing off of your stores!

Here is the final run-down of all those locations:
Loafers Station is hosting 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Emerson Vineyards and Rogue Ales & Spirits!

1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique is hosting Marcotte Distilling Company!

Albany Downtown Association is hosting Springhill Cellars Winery!

Downtown Waffle is hosting AVID Cider Company!

Rileys Billiards Bar & Grill is featuring Sky High Brewing & Pub!

Cronies is hosting both Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distilling and don't forget about the after-party at Deluxe!

Urban Ag Supply is pouring Gilgamesh Brewing!

Little Wuesten German Foods is hosting Vivacity Spirits!

Albany Regional Museum is featuring 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom!

Natural Sprinkles Co. is hosting McKenzie Brewing Company!

Margin Coffee is welcoming back 4 Spirits Distillery!

Casetta di Pasta is featuring Three Creeks Brewing Company who are bringing a huge selection!

Todayโ€™s Next Experience Salon is pouring Spiritopia!

The Growler Garage & Tap House welcomes back Pelican Brewing Company!

Edward Jones - Ryan Hanson - is featuring Wild Ride Brewing!

The Albany Visitors Association is starting their attendees of with Airlie Winery and Calapooia Brewing Company, the other after-party location!

Have fun everyone, stay safe, drink responsibly and thank you for attending!

[09/20/19]   Today is the day! The 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown will be held in downtown Albany from 4-8pm tonight. If you purchased your tickets online, you will need to redeem them at The Growler Garage & Tap House! If you hold sponsor tickets, you will need to check-in at Loafers Station. Pre-sale tickets you have in hand can be redeemed at the above two locations along with the Albany Visitors Association. You can also buy same day tickets at all three locations during the event along with additional tasting tickets. We will be off-line for most of the rest of the day, but all three locations can help with questions! Thank you for your support for this very fun fundraiser and don't forget the two after-parties and the 12th Annual Septembeerfest! tomorrow! It's going to be a very beery weekend!! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป

Craft Brew Smackdown

A quick reminder that you have until 10pm tonight to purchase online tickets at:

You will need to check-in at The Growler Garage & Tap House as that is where your receipt will be and you can get your two extra tasting tickets.

Thank you and we can't wait to see you tomorrow for this amazing fundraiser that supports our local community! Learn more about local Albany Rotary Club events here

We have a great pairing of 4 Spirits Distillery at Margin Coffee who is right next door to Natural Sprinkles Co. who is hosting McKenzie Brewing Company! We have so much thanks for both 4 Spirits Distilling and McKenzie Brewing Company as they have joined us every one of the 8 years!

Woo hoo! In just two days, it will be the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown! There are two after-parties this year so you can keep the party going! Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distilling will have burgers from First Burger along with beer and full cocktails! Across the way, Calapooia Brewing Company will have BBQ and more great beer for a most excellent way to start your weekend!! Thank you to Brian Oare and Jessica Pankratz, Realtor for being our sponsors!

A huge "Thank you" to one of our After-Party Sponsors, Oare & Associates Realty, because this year Rogue Ales & Spirits will be at the event! Rogue will be located at Loafers Station and a huge "Thank you" to Loafers as they have donated the passport prize which is a weekend at the Coast! We can't express our appreciation enough for the generosity of our donors for this amazing fundraiser!

We are super happy to announce that Gilgamesh Brewing will be back again this year; they will be stationed at Urban Ag Supply!! Thank you Gilgamesh for being such a huge supporter of this very fun fundraiser; and thank you Urban Ag for letting us take over your store again this year!!

[09/15/19]   The 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown is in just 6 days!!

Tickets are available online at:

We recently had to change web hosting companies, so purchasing ticket online will take a couple of extra steps and the page does not work with IE as the browser.

To purchase your tickets, click on the Smackdown logo at the above link, select the number of tickets you want to buy and click on "Add to Cart". You will then need to click on the shopping bag in the upper right hand corner of the screen. There you can make any adjustments as to how many tickets you want to buy. Upon purchase you will receive an email receipt.

Online ticket sales are redeemable ONLY at The Growler Garage & Tap House. However, we do have tickets at the Albany Visitors Association. Those are redeemable at Growler Garage, the Albany Visitors Association and Loafers Station during the event.

If you have any questions or run into issues, drop us a note and thank you so much for your patience!

We have a new brewery joining us this year, please give a big Hello! to Three Creeks Brewing Company! They will be located at Casetta di Pasta and are bringing a strong selection of their tasty brews! We can't wait to say hello in person; you can too at the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown! Thank you Three Creeks Brewing for joining us, we look forward to meeting you next week!

Please give a cheer to AVID Cider Company for joining us at the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown this year! We are looking forward to sampling their tasty libations and we know you will too! Will they be pouring Dragonfruit? Pom Cherry? Blackberry? Dry? We don't know but we're going to try them ALL on SeptemBEER 20th! Thank you Avid Cider Co, see you in a couple of weeks!

We are super happy that 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom is joining us this year! Brewing unique craft and German style beers for the Willamette Valley, 3 Sheets Brewery is a family-owned and operated, local craft brewery in Albany, Oregon. Truly a nano-Brewery; they brew craft beers in small batches for all beer lovers; many of which are influenced by their love of German biers. Thank you, 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom, we look forward to seeing you on the 20th!!

Announcing our Pre-Party Sponsor: Kim Shelby and Mariah Willis, Brokers! Thank you Kim and Mariah for your support of this great event! You and 18 of your bestest friends will be able to party before the event in the back patio of The Growler Garage & Tap House! With this sponsorship, you are helping local children with scholarships, student of the month gift certificates and vaccinating children against the Polio virus. Thank you again, so much for your generosity ~ we appreciate it and will see you on SeptemBEER 20th!

We are pleased to announce that Spiritopia will be back again this year; another long term supporter of the Craft Brew Smackdown! Voted to be the Best Spirits in the 2019 "Best of the Valley" by Willamette Valley Life Magazine Thank you, Spiritopia Liqueurs - we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown! ๐Ÿ‘

We are super happy to have McKenzie Brewing Company joining us again this year which will be the 8th time! They've been supporters of us and the Craft Brew Smackdown from the very beginning which we very much appreciate and they also pour a pretty superior brew! So thank you, McKenzie Brewing Company ~ we will see you in September!

Thank you CoEnergy Propane for being our wristband sponsor again this year! We really appreciate all the support you have given the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown over the years!

We are excited to announce that we have a new participant this year, Marcotte Distilling Company! Marcotte Distilling is a family business that hails from the small town of Philomath Oregon, where their focus is on Family and Flavored Moonshine! We were able to sample their product at the Head to Toe Women's Expo this year and we know they are going to be a huge hit at the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown! Welcome Marcotte Distilling, thank you for joining us this year!

We are super happy to announce that once again TnT Builders is our presenting sponsor! We can't thank this community-minded local business enough for their support over the years, other than to say THANK YOU!!!

Craft Brew Smackdown's cover photo

Craft Brew Smackdown's cover photo

[10/02/18]   Congratulations to Richard Hay! He is our grand prize winner of two nights on the Oregon Coast! Thank you for joining us, Richard, we are happy to say - YOU WON! You've received a phone call notifying you of your win, please give us a call tomorrow so you know where to pick up your prize!

[09/26/18]   Don't forget to turn in your passport to The Growler Garage & Tap House by Saturday, SeptemBEER 29th to be entered to win a two-night stay at the Oregon Coast donated by Loafers Station! Winner will be drawn October 1st by 6pm! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘

[09/22/18]   As we make final preparations and set up for the Craft Brew Smackdown, this page won't be monitored for the rest of the day. If you have any questions, please text us at 541.740.1466! Thank you all and it's going to be a SeptemBEER kind of day!๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘

[09/22/18]   Today is the day! The Craft Brew Smackdown officially starts at 2pm this afternoon! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ Online ticket sales are closed and if you purchased online, you must check in at The Growler Garage & Tap House. If you are a sponsor, Thank You!, please check in at Loafers Station. If you are purchasing tickets today, the shortest line will be at the Albany Visitors Association. Thank you all and see you later today!

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A quick reminder that today is the last day to buy advance tickets online at - if you do, you get two additional tasting tickets when you bring your email receipt to The Growler Garage & Tap House during the event! Advance ticket sales end at midnight tonight, Friday the 21st! Greater Albany Rotary Club Events Giving back while having fun. The Greater Albany Rotary Club works towards sustainability, betterment of community, and greatest impact for the greatest good, so join us for a great time and an even greater cause! See events Craft Brew SmackdownRead MoreSingle Iron....

[09/21/18]   The reason we have this event inside local businesses is so you can visit shops and restaurants you might not know about and can chat with the local owners. We have several new businesses joining us this year, so here is the complete lineup: Loafers Station, Albany Downtown Association, Person'al Barber Shop, Downtown Waffle, Rileys Billiards Bar & Grill, Pacific Yew Yoga, Varitone Architecture, LLC, Cronies, Urban Ag Supply, Little Wuesten German Foods, Albany Regional Museum, Margin Coffee, Novak's Hungarian Restaurant, Curvy Girl Boutique, Casetta di Pasta, The Rain Shed, Inc., Sniffanyโ€™s Pet Boutique, The Growler Garage & Tap House, Albany Visitors Association, Albany Area Habitat for Humanity, Oregon! Whew! Thank you to all 20 locations, we look forward to visiting you all tomorrow! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

[09/20/18]   We want to give a very special Craft Brew Smackdown "Thank You!!!" to our three remaining business sponsors. Not only do they contribute to this event by purchasing sponsorships, but they donate a LOT of time. Please give a round of thankful applause to: Brian Oare with Oare & Associates Realty, Katie Enright Insurance Agency Farmers Insurance and Jessica Pankratz, Realtor with Town & Country Realty! Thank you all!

Please help us thank our business sponsors: Parr Lumber Company in Albany, Pacific Power, AmeriTitle, Inc., Albany Lock and Key, Willamette Community Bank, Fidelity National Title - Albany Oregon and Central Willamette Credit Union! Without their support, this FUNd-raiser wouldn't be the success it is!

This event would not be as successful as it is without the support of Tracy Bertalotto, owner of The Growler Garage & Tap House! We want to give him an extra special "shout out" and "Thank You!" for being an amazing community supporter and continuous sponsor of the Craft Brew Smackdown. Thank you, The Growler Garage & Tap House, we appreciate all your advice, assistance and support! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–

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Thank you to KRKT for the great reminder, if you buy your tickets online at the you get two - 2! - additional tasting tickets!

Looking to buy advance tickets to this awesome event? Got to and place your order there. If you order online, you get two additional tasting tickets for a total of 12! Redeem your online tickets at The Growler Garage & Tap House during the event and you'll get an event-specific solo cup, a brochure featuring all our participants and sponsors and if you visit at least 10 locations, a chance to win an overnight stay at the Coast ~ courtesy of Loafers Station!

Please give a Craft Brew Smackdown Thank You to CoEnergy Propane here in Albany! They have been tireless and constant community supporters, not just of the Greater Albany Rotary Club (Oregon - Rotary District 5110) events, but most non-profit events here in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Again this year, they are our wristband sponsors and we say "Thank you!" for their support again this year.

Please give a Craft Brew Smackdown "Thank you!" to 2 Towns Ciderhouse! They have joined us every year and for those who didn't realize cider was "a thing" 7 years ago, they were amazed at the long lines outside their tasting location. So they got in line, used one of their tickets to get their cider taste and became cider lovers too! This is what this event is about - finding new favorites and discovering downtown businesses! Thank you, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, for joining us again this year, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Happy Saturday! Just one more week until the 7th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown! Here are more breweries that are joining us this year: Seven Brides Brewing Deluxe Brewing Worthy Brewing Hop Valley Brewing Co. Elysian Brewing and Calapooia Brewing Company An awesome lineup of great tasting brews and generous brewers!

Here are just some of the breweries joining us this year; we hope you can too! Oakshire Brewing Ecliptic Brewing McKenzie Brewing Company Pelican Brewing Company Ninkasi Brewing Mazama Brewing!

[09/12/18]   Looks like it's going to be a sunny afternoon Saturday on SeptemBEER 22nd; ๐ŸŒž hope you can join us for some excellent brews, ciders, spirits and wines donated by some wonderful local businesses! You can order tickets online and get two extra tasting tickets for a total of 12, or the day of the event you can purchase at the Albany Visitors Association (110 3rd Ave SE), Loafers Station (222 Washington SW) or The Growler Garage & Tap House (229 3rd SW). Price is $20 per person, event cup and 10+ tasting tickets! Enter to win for a trip to the Coast; donated by Loafers Station!

The three other distilleries that have joined us this year and almost every year are Vivacity Spirits Spiritopia and Sinister Distilling ! We can't thank them enough for being such strong supporters of this amazing FUNd-raiser!

Love beer, but your bestie doesn't? Now they can come with you because we have three wineries joining us this year! We are super pleased to announce that both Airlie Winery and Emerson Vineyards are back again and Springhill Cellars Winery is joining us for the first time! Please give them a shout out for donating some awesome wine pours and a huge thank you for helping us make this the most FUNd-raiser around!

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8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown; Friday, SeptemBEER 20th, 2019!

The Greater Albany Rotary Club and the Albany Downtown Association cordially invite you to join us for the 8th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown taking place on Friday, SeptemBEER 20th, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm. The Craft Brew Smackdown brings breweries, cider houses, distilleries and wineries into downtown Albany small business storefronts so that the public can โ€œtasteโ€ while visiting with local business owners.

Tickets are $20 for an event-specific tasting glass and ten tasting tickets; you will be able to buy additional tickets along the route. Purchase your tickets online, and you will receive two extra tasting tickets!

Breweries, cider houses, distilleries and wineries that are joining us include: 2 Towns Ciderhouse, 3 Sheets Brewing, 4 Spirits Distillery, Airlie Winery, Avid Cider, Calapooia Brewing, Deluxe Brewing, Emerson Vineyards, Gilgamesh Brewing, Marcotte Distilling, McKenzie Brewing, Pelican Brewing, Rogue Ales, Sinister Distilling, Sky High Brewing, Spiritopia Craft Spirits, Springhill Cellars, Three Creeks Brewing, Vivacity Fine Spirits, and Wild Ride Brewing!

After-Parties are back this year, so you can continue your evening at Deluxe Brewing and Calapooia Brewing Co!

This event is presented by the Greater Albany Rotary Club as a fundraiser for The Greater Albany Rotary Club and the Albany Downtown Association.

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