Mid-Valley Makers connects Salem’s past to its future on February 5 with Built By Beer, an interactive heritage event, showcasing seven local breweries and a tour of sites important to the growth of Salem. Gilgamesh, Salem Ale Works, Santiam, Seven Brides, Mazama, Deluxe and Two Kilts will be pouring from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in six venues downtown.
Salem’s beer heritage still stands tall in the architecture in and around State Street. Starting at 6:00 p.m. inside the George Bayne Block, 349 State St, a guided walking tour will explain the importance of beer and hops in building the mid-valley economy, which, at its peak, was producing 27 million bottles annually. We’ll visit the Livesley Building, Sam Adolph Block and site of the Salem Brewery Association with history experts from the Willamette Heritage Center.
A $10 wristband ($15/day of event) gets you tastes from each brewery and the tour is free. Join us on First Wednesday for a peek into the future, based on the past.