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Medford Beer Week kicks off with parties and live music

Tap into Medford's top-notch craft beer industry with a week-long celebration.

The city-wide bash kicks off with a party from 5 p.m. to close at Walkabout Brewing, 921 Mason Way. All of Walkabout's brews will be on tap, and there will be live music by country singer, songwriter and guitarist Scott William Perry. Perry, who recently recorded his first album, "It's More Than Just Goodbye," in Nashville, hails from Brookings.

The festivities will ramp up with the third annual Brews, Burgers & Bluegrass — featuring eight hours of live music, five styles of burgers and 26 quaffs from Southern Oregon breweries.

The event starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road. Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be purchased online at roguebbb.org. Tickets will cost $18 at the door. All tickets include a commemorative pint glass and five tasting tickets. Tickets for the live music only cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids 15 and younger get in free.

The music starts at noon with hillbilly country band Sons of the Soil from Douglas County. The band's set list includes bluegrass and old-time tunes.

Ashland singer, songwriter and guitarist Sage Meadows and her band High Country will perform at 1:45 p.m.

Honey Don't, a duo featuring Bill Powers and Shelley Gray of Colorado, will play bluegrass and old-time songs at 3:20 p.m.

San Francisco bluegrass band Steep Ravine will play at 5 p.m. The band has picked up favorable reviews for its debut album of original bluegrass music, "Trampin' On," and are hard at work on "The Pedestrian," to be released this year. 

Bend's Moon Mountain Ramblers will wrap up the live music with its classic instrumentation of fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and upright bass. Also look for full percussion and music influences that have no boundaries.

Local ranchers will provide various meats for burgers. There will be beef from Plaisance and Salant Family ranches; bison from Full Circle Bison; lamb from Umpqua Valley Lamb; and goat from Willow-Witt Ranch.

On Sunday, June 14, Homebrews and Blues will feature live blues by guitarist Leonard Griffie, John Hauschild on bass, Tom Stamper on drums and Gary Nelson on trombone from noon to 4 p.m. at Biologic Brewing Supply, 4543 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. There will be brewing demonstrations, and a barbecue supper will be available.

Subs, Suds and Spuds with 10 Barrel Brewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, at R&D’s Sandwich Factory, 1132 N. Riverside Ave. Subs, Suds and Spuds is an eating contest that includes a 2-foot pastrami sub and 2 pounds of potato salad.

Tuesday, June 16, offers the Beer Pong Championship at BricktownE Brewing, 44 S. Central Ave. The fun starts at 6 p.m. when the Rogue Valley's best beer pong team emerges from a 12-team elimination. The winning team receives a $50 gift certificate.

Whiskey and beer pairing will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17,  at Portal Brewing Co., 100 E. Sixth St., where the beers of Portal Brewing will be paired with the whiskey of Immortal Spirits.

On Thursday, June 18, there will be a Big Wheel Racer competition from 6 to 9 p.m. at Opposition Brewing, 545 Rossanley Drive. Compete for prizes, enter raffles and enjoy discounted prices on pints.

Growler King will host a block party from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Quality Market, 1211 E. Market St. Admission is free, and there will be games, giveaways, and discounts on beer and food. Also look for Jose's Taco Truck.

Beer Week ends with the Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival, set for noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in downtown Medford. Look for more than 25 breweries, food booths and beer-related vendors. Early-bird tickets cost $14 at Beerworks, 323 E. Main St. Other tickets cost $16 and include a commemorative pint glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tickets cost $5 for five or $10 for 12. The event is open to ages 21 and older.

Look for specials, beer tasting, giveaways and more fun at various breweries and venues throughout Medford Beer Week. See www.medfordbeerweek.com.

Beer tasting, special prices, giveaways and more fun will be available at participating breweries June 12 through June 20 during Medford Beer Week. See www.medfordbeerweek.com. - www.123rf.com