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Beer Week kicks off with Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ

Medford celebrates craft brewing with more than 100 Beer Week events that kick off this weekend and run through Saturday, June 10.

Activities include live music, games, restaurant and food truck specials and tastings of beer, hard cider, root beer and more.

With about a dozen activities to choose from each day, visit medfordbeerweek.com to see the full schedule. Here are some of our picks for Beer Week fun.

Friday, June 2

Instead of wine and cheese, try beer and cheese pairings at 2 p.m. at Portal Brewing Company, 100 E. Sixth St.

Match wits against other trivia players from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Rogue Growler, 454 Highland Drive, or from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Growler King's new branch, 21 Elk St.

For the artistically inclined, Drunken Pictionary is from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mr. Smith's, 401 E. Jackson St.

Saturday, June 3

The fifth annual Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ is from noon to 8 p.m. at RoxyAnn Winery, 3283 Hillcrest Road.

The family-friendly event includes music, breweries, barbecue food, home-brew classes, home-brew competitions and kids' activities. Proceeds benefit Thrive and the Rogue Valley Food System Network, which connect people with local farmers and healthy food. 

Three food trucks — Sweet Tea Express, Fired Up Food Truck and Nguyen Street Food — will be joined on site by more than a dozen regional breweries and makers of hard cider, kombucha fermented drinks and root beer.

Creekside Strings, Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, 33 String Drive, Laurie Lewis and her band the Right Hands and The John Dough Boys will perform bluegrass music. 

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Admission includes a commemorative pint glass and five tasting tickets. Non-beer drinkers can purchase music-only tickets for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ages 15 and younger get in free. See roguebbb.org for tickets and information.

In Jacksonville, Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus will host its sixth Annual Kickball Tournament at 3 p.m. at 525 Bigham Knoll Drive (end of East E Street).

Back in Medford, comic and magician Chipper Lowell will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Patrons 21 and older will receive a commemorative pint glass and beer tastings from Pelican Brewing Company, Walkabout Brewing, Mill City Brew Werks, Mazama Brewing Company and Ninkasi Brewing before the show and during intermission. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Sunday, June 4

Wake up with Beer Brunch, featuring drinks paired with food from Buttercloud Bakery and Cafe at Beerworks, 323 E. Main St.

Monday, June 5

During Pints for Humanity from 3 to 8 p.m. at Walkabout Brewing Company, 921 Mason Way, $1 from every beer sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Tricycle riders will race against each other, with top finishers in different heats moving on to the final round, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Beerworks.

Tuesday, June 6

All day at Wild River, 2864 N. Pacific Highway, $1 from every pint goes to support the buyer's choice of the Crater Athletic Department, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or Habitat for Humanity.

At Portal Brewing from 2 to 7 p.m., each person who donates $20 will receive an "I Support the Holly" T-shirt and pint, with proceeds going toward the restoration of the historic Holly Theatre.

For the truly brave, try walking barefoot over a bed of Legos for prizes from 5 to 9 p.m. at Beerworks' Jacksonville location, 150 S. Oregon St.

Wednesday, June 7

A golf tournament with course games and beer tastings begins at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Golf Course, 1900 N. Phoenix Road. Call 541-773-4653 to sign up.

Artist Ryan Moon will lead the Pints and Paints beer drinking and painting party at 6:30 p.m. at Elements, 101 E. Main St. The $60 entry fee includes food, beer and painting supplies. For reservations, call 541-779-0135.

Families can build and race their own pinewood derby race cars at 6 p.m. at the Schoolhhaus Brewhaus. Kits can be purchased for $10, with proceeds benefiting restoration of the Jacksonville Children's Museum. Kids under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Thursday, June 8

In Central Point, players can join in a Jumbo Jenga Competition using giant versions of the classic wood stacking game from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Point Pub and Grill, 1345 Center Drive.

Back in Medford, Drunken Spelling is at 7 p.m. at Portal Brewing.

The Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville will show the classic movie "The Goonies" under the stars at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Friday, June 9

Look for a block party with food, live music, beer, games and giveaways from 4 to 10 p.m. at The Growler King at Quality Market, 1211 E. Jackson St.

A dart tournament is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Opposition Brewing, 545 Rossanley Drive.

At Beerworks' Jacksonville location, a Nerf gun quick-draw tournament is from 5 to 9 p.m.

From 6 to 10 p.m., the Hearts and Hops Food Truck and Brewery Pairings Competition will take over The Commons at 312 E. Fifth St. in downtown Medford. Tickets are $75 and include all access to the pairings competition and live music by The Rogue Suspects. Proceeds benefit organizations committed to the prevention of domestic violence. 

Saturday, June 10

The Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival wraps up Beer Week festivities. Look for more than 30 breweries at Pear Blossom Park at The Commons from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes a commemorative glass and eight beer tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are 5 for $5 or 12 for $10. Food trucks will be at the site.

Jenn Brown sets out a sampler of hand-crafted beer at Southern Oregon Brewing Co. Itís beer week in Medford, and that means downtown businesses and bars will be opening their doors to serve up savory suds and delictable delicacies through Saturday. [Mail Tribune / File photo]