Craft Beer Events

Help us welcome Deschutes Brewery to Roanoke with a BANG by raising a glass at the 2016 Anthem Go Outside Festival.  Of course we’ll have our favorite regionally made beer by Parkway Brewing Company representing Virginia’s Blue Ridge beer scene.  There will be plenty of amazing beer to sample, as well as great new events that will be hosted onsite.  More details on a variety of events will be coming soon.  Here is what we have so far…

Deschutes Daily Reserve Happy Hour:

Each day there will be one featured beer by Deschutes Brewery from their private reserve collection shipped all the way just for GO Fest from Bend, Oregon.  No other place on the East Coast will probably have access to these finely curated selections.  So make sure to stop by early each day to make sure you get to try it out.  Only ONE KEG daily will be tapped for each selection and there may be a slightly higher price point involved, but we assure you it will be totally worth it.  Even though these beer typically cost $10+ to try normally, you can get a 10oz pour at GO Fest for just one normal beer token.

Reserve Beer Happy Hour Times (Report to “Woody” at the following times):

Abyss ThumbnailFriday, October 14th @ 7pm – The Abyss 2015
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.  Released 12/17/15.  View “The Abyss 2015” Brewer’s Notes…


Black Butte ThumbnailSaturday, October 15th @ 1pm – Black Butte XXVII
Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer like chilies, cranberries, figs and other such treats. This year, to celebrate 28 years of brewing, they’ve added the interesting mix of ingredients above for another multi-layered flavor experience.  View “Black Butte XXVII” Brewer’s Notes…


Mirror Mirror ThumbnailSunday, October 16th @ 1pm – Mirror Mirror 2014
The Reserve Series romance all began with our first release of this limited-edition brew. Mirror Mirror, born of a double batch of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, is an inspired barley wine ale layered with intriguing nuances. Explore this latest incarnation and enjoy its delicious complexity in every sip.(Released March 2014).  View “Mirror Mirror 2014” Brewer’s Notes…


Parkway Brewery Serving One-of-a-Kind “Go Fest Yourself” Saison Ale- Made Just for GO Fest:

Go Fest Yourself Saison Ale- Brewer’s Notes-

German Pilsner malt gives this pale, straw colored beer a light grainy sweetness, which complements a subtle, floral spiciness from Czech hops. Our saison yeast blend drives the aroma, contributing notes of black pepper, pear and citrus, along with a light earthiness. This delicious and refreshing beer has a pillowy white head and prickly carbonation that fades to a bone dry finish.

ABV: 6%  IBU: 24

Sampling & Food Pairings:

13680624_1066992886754754_6743928344106158536_nRiver and Rail Restaurant, Barebones Living and Deschutes Brewery have come together in an epic partnership to bring samplings of our favorite craft beer and fine dining pairings right to the middle of GO Fest.  Literally!  In the middle of the festival site there will be a tent with food samples being prepared in unique cast iron cookware from Barebones Living by the culinary geniuses at River and Rail Restaurant here in South Roanoke (less than a minute from the festival site).  Food is always good, but food paired perfectly with your favorite beer is better!  That is why the experts at Deschutes will be working with them to also offer small tastings all under the same tent.

Barebones Living Cast Iron Cooking Samples Paired with Deschutes Reserve Beer (Report to “Barebones Cooking Tent” at the following times):
**All food samples were expertly created & prepared by the culinary masters at River n’ Rail Restaurant here in Roanoke, VA.**

  • Friday, October 14th @ 8pm – First 100 people to arrive will get a perfectly paired food item matched with a 4oz craft beer sample, for ONE BEER TICKET.
  • Saturday, October 15th @ 12pm & 2pm – First 100 people to arrive will get a perfectly paired food item matched with a 4oz craft beer sample, for ONE BEER TICKET.
  • Sunday, October 16th @ 12pm & 2pm  – First 100 people to arrive will get a perfectly paired food item matched with a 4oz craft beer sample, for ONE BEER TICKET.

Also you can drink directly from Mr. Woody T. Barrel!  Woody, the famous traveling wooden keg, is making an epic road trip this year all the way from Bend, Oregon to spend some time on the East Coast spreading the love.  You can follow Woody’s journey on Instagram and watch as he hits the open road to make his way right here to Roanoke, Virginia.  The keg folds open to turn into a sweet bar where you can hang out all weekend long during GO Fest and try an array of all the beers that Deschutes has to offer.

Beer Relay:

Kick off your GO Fest weekend by being part of the first GO Fest Beer Relay brought to you by Parkway Brewing! The race takes place Friday evening at 6:30pm and will start at the Parkway beer tent. The course will take participants on a scenic route through the festival with a few surprises. The race will consist of 4 laps. To make this event more fun and a team effort, participants will alternate each lap. You were going to have a beer that night with your friends anyway so why not do it with a relay? Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall teams. 

Parkway Brewing Pig Roast:

Prior to GO Fest, Parkway Brewing will be hosting events at their facility in Salem, VA as well as throughout the Roanoke Region to introduce their brand new “Go Fest Yourself” beer, made specifically for our festival!  At these events we will have tap takeovers, first dibs on our new beer, swag galore, and of course Parkway wants to invite you to a “Friends of Parkway” pig roast onsite at 2016 GO Fest!  More details on how to get these exclusive tickets, but they will be given to Parkway’s devoted fan base for FREE!  All you have to do is show up, so stay tuned…

Cast Iron & Craft Beer Dinner

Onsite Cast Iron & Craft Beer DinnerHere’s your chance to be part of a unique “Farm to Festival” event unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  A fine-dining experience smack dab in the middle of the Go Outside Festival.

On Saturday, October 15th River and Rail Southern Bistro, Deschutes Brewery and Barebones Living will collaborate to host a fine-dining, cast iron cooking demo and craft beer experience onsite at the Anthem Go Outside Festival.  This will truly be a one-of-a-kind event that will go down in GO Fest history. With only 60 seats available you will want to get your tickets ASAP!

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