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Indigo Creek “Rogue Valley on Tap” Brewery Tours


Indigo Creek does Rogue Valley on Tap brewery tour

On Indigo Creek Brewery Tour

Opposition Beer’s Flight

Last weekend, friends and I went on a brewery tour conducted by Indigo Creek Outfitters.  They don’t just do rivers!  They are growing into an adventure company.

We really enjoyed the “Rogue Valley on Tap” tasting tour.  It was great to discover some of the local well-crafted beer.  All four breweries are in the Rogue Valley and easy driving distance from the Chanticleer. Speaking of driving, I recommend Indigo Creek tours, because they drive and you taste!

It was especially wonderful to met a couple of the brewery owners and get a personalized tour of their operations.  There’s nothing like talking with people who are masters of their craft, and who love to share their knowledge and passion for it.

The first stop was Opposition Brewing Company. Here is where you get BIG beers. Be they brews with huge hop presence, big malt backbones, or prominent and unique flavor profiles, they brew beers that are approachable, but with the character necessary to challenge the mundane. Opposition offers a consistent selection of quality, small-batch, beers as well as rotating specialties. As they brew weekly, you’re guaranteed some of the freshest beer on tap in the Rogue Valley.

Indigo Creek Brewery tour

Walkabout Beers

Walkabout Brewing Company was established in 1997 in Central Point, Oregon by founder and head brewer, Ross Litton. Why “walkabout” for a company name?  Well when you hear Ross talk you know … you can take the boy out of Perth Australia, but you can’t take the Aussie out of the boy — even after 21 years in Southern Oregon. Walkabout brews have been available primarily in Southern Oregon, however lately distribution has been expanded to include Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis.

Bricktowne’s restaurant and brewery is located in downtown historic Medford directly across from the Craterian Theater. They have an extensive lunch and dinner menu but are best known for their incredible craft beers. Bricktowne boasts some of the best beer in the valley, and with their selection of 11 beers they really have something for everyone. Click here to visit their website.

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Ross Litton, the Owner of Walkabout Brewing Company, Explains the Beer Biz

Swing Tree Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated Brewery Tap House, located in Ashland Oregon, that opened in the November of 2013.  Swing Tree is a place for family and friends to come together for great company and an exceptional pint. The centerpiece of the Swing Tree experience is its hand-crafted, artisan ales and lagers. Click here to visit their website.

 

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July 25th, 2014

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Beer Tasting Tours


Brew Tasting Tours

Brew Tour Stop

Beer Tasting Tours by Indigo Creek Outfitters

Want the insider’s sip on some local Rogue Valley nano– and micro-breweries?  Go with Indigo Creek Outfitters visit 4 places with snacks and flights.

Interested? For more information, here’s the link

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May 27th, 2014

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Southern Oregon Wine Region has four AVAs


Many guests ask me what is an AVA — American Viticultural Area.  What kinds of soils and climates Southern Oregon wine region has.  So here’s a little write up to answer those questions.

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March 19th, 2013

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What Draws People to Southern Oregon Wines?


Monday, March 4th, I attended Southern Oregon Visitors Association’s annual marketing symposium.  On the panel about Southern Oregon Wines, I heard Earl from Abacela Wineries explain the “Three Ps” as the answer to why people come to Southern Oregon for the wines. He claims people are escaping from Portland, Precipitation and Pinot!

As most of my guests come from California, (nearly 50%!), I think my visitors are escaping the Three Cs: California, Crowds, and Cabernet!

For more information on our local wines in the Rogue Valley!

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March 7th, 2013

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Beer is getting bigger in So Oregon


Lately, more attention is being paid to the beer industry.  Here’s an article about it as a growth industry in Southern Oregon.

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February 21st, 2013

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Troon Vineyard — Local Winery, National Recognition


Troon Vineyard was named ‘Top 10 Hottest Brands’ of 2012 by Wine Business Monthly in the February 2013 publication.

The award was started to recognize high growth small brands (under 100,000 cases annual production), but has transitioned into recognizing interesting winery leaders in a region” says Cyril Penn, Editor of Wine Business Monthly.

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January 31st, 2013

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Medford Brewery Tours


For Saturday afternoon fun, Medford Brewery Tours

My friend Will, of Indigo Creek Outfitter fame, has brewed up a great afternoon outing this winter … Medford Brewery Tours!

Medford Brewery Tours

Flight of Beer

Beer lovers who are visiting Ashland should check out this tour.

Every Saturday leaving from Ashland at 1pm, visit at least 3 breweries. On tap for the tour are: Apocalypes, Bricktowne, Portal, Southern Oregon, and Walkabout brewing companies.

While on the Medford Brewery Tours, meet the brewers, taste their brew craft, and nibble snacks at Bricktowne Brewing Company along the way.

For more information go to Indigo Creek Outfitter’s website

 

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January 28th, 2013

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Rogue Valley World of Wine Festival


Premier Rogue Valley wine festival “World of Wine Festival” turns 10!

World of Wine Festival

World of Wine Festival

World of Wine Festival is: four days of wine, food and more; 60-plus wineries, expanded clinics, culminating with the Grand Tasting event!

The festival promotes not just the fabulous wines of Southern Oregon, but all of Southern Oregon by creating an exciting and unique event that ties together local businesses and the community.

For more information about the World of Wine Festival in the Rogue Valley.

Last year’s festival was very successful, with 85% of Southern Oregon wineries attending! Vintners and growers came from all over Southern Oregon and expressed their delight in the activities, and their desire to return this year.

 

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July 10th, 2012

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Discount tickets to “World of Wine” Grand Tasting Event


World of Wine

World of Wine Festival

Chanticleer Inn B&B guests may purchase discounted tickets to the World of Wine Festival’s Grand Tasting event.

Grand Tasting evening is on August 25th from 6:00–9:00pm.

For more information about all 4 days of  the World Wine of Festival: http://worldofwinefestival.com

Chanticleer Inn guests may purchase tickets at $65 (list price $75), offer good until June 30th,

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June 9th, 2012

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Roam the Rogue” Saturday, May 26, 12


Roam the Rogue” a Spring Passport Tour

You’re invited to join a self-guided tour of the Upper Rogue Valley Vintners on Saturday, May 26th from 10am to 5pm for a Passport Winery Tour!

Come visit the Upper Rogue wine  makers as each of the Upper Rogue Valley winemakers introduce their newest wines and share their creative inspiration while pairing delicious appetizers.

For more details and a list of the wineries, go to the Roam the Rogue website.

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May 17th, 2012

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