5th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown

craft-beerAn afternoon and early evening craft brew tasting event for the hard cider and beer lovers. Sponsored by the Greater Albany Rotary Club, the Albany Historic Carousel, and the Albany Downtown Association, the event takes place on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Participants are invited to meet at the AVA (starting at 3:00 p.m.) to get their glass mugs, wristband, and board the trolley if so desired. The trolley will run the entire route throughout the Smackdown. The event will run until 8:00 p.m.

Breweries, distilleries, and cider houses will bring their products into downtown small businesses so that attendees can taste and visit with shop owners at the same time.

Tickets are $20 and the price includes a free tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Advance tickets go on sale two weeks prior to the event and can be purchased at the Albany Downtown Association, located at 126 Ferry St. SW or the Albany Visitors Association on the corner of 3rd and Lyon. Loafers Restaurant will also be selling tickets at their downtown venue, 222 Washington St SW. Proof that you are 21 will be required for all ticket purchases.

The Downtown Trolley will be traveling the Smackdown route and you can catch it for free. After the Smackdown, the trolley will run participants to two “after-parties” to be held at the Calapooia Brewing Company and Deluxe Brewing.

Approximately 24 craft breweries and distilleries will be pouring for the event. Ticket proceeds help fund the non-profit sponsor organizations running the event.

8 Comments on “5th Annual Craft Brew Smackdown

  1. Can I purchase tickets for the “Smackdown” on-line or by snail mail?



    • Hi Jan, I’m still trying to get the info you asked for about tickets. I’ve left a message with the organizer. I did hear that tickets would most likely be available some time in mid-August? So, I hope to be able to answer your question soon. I apologize for the delay in getting back with you.

    • Hi Jane, the Smackdown runs from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. However, attendees should gather at the Visitors Association between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. to get on the trolley and claim your glass and wristband. Hope to see you there!

  2. Are tickets still available this week? Where would I be able to buy 2 of them?

    • Marcia, Tickets are available. You can come in to the Albany Visitors Association at 110 3rd Ave SE, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You will need to pick up your glasses and wrist band the day of the event. You can also buy your tickets at the Albany Downtown Association, 126 SW Ferry St.

  3. What size are the tastes and will they all require one ticket only? Most people don’t get out of work until 5…can we just park and walk downtown to the establishments? Is there a list of establishments that are participating so we can map our route?

    • Hi Karey, Sorry I do not have answers to your specific questions about portion sizes and list of breweries and distilleries. and walking info. The event is actually organized by the Rotary Club. Try telephoning the Albany Downtown Association at (541) 928-2469.

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