The Eclipse at Mecca Grade:
A Private Retreat for Brewers and Distillers
Sunday, August 20th 2017 - Tuesday, August 22nd 2017
$200/Individual - $500/Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
A private event amongst peers with four fantastic meals (Cody's Catering), overflowing beer and spirits, malthouse tours, live music by Kory Quinn, and two nights of camping on an isolated farm at the edge of the Deschutes River canyon. This event is limited to 400 people.
You can also RSVP and pay via e-mail to event coordinator Ryan Sharp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: What’s so special about the eclipse?
A: On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will stretch across the United States in what many are calling the "Great American Eclipse." Although many in the US will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, Madras is the perfect place for viewing the eclipse in its totality. The further you get away from the “path of totality,” the less dramatic the eclipse will be. That being said, this path runs directly through our family farm. If you haven’t seen what being in path looks like, search for “total eclipse" on YouTube…pretty wild stuff. Unless you plan on traveling across the globe, this will probably be the only total solar eclipse you’ll see in your lifetime.
Q: Why Madras...and why Mecca Grade?
A: It is calculated that Madras has a 35% better chance for clear skies than any other location along the path of totality – from the Oregon Coast all the way to the South Carolina! This, coupled with the fact that our farm 10 miles north of Madras has zero light pollution will make it the best possible location for viewing the eclipse. A bonus is the prospect of seeing Mt. Jefferson in the west go black as totality engulfs it before the same darkness carves through the malthouse.
Q: Can’t I just pull over on the side of the road to view the eclipse?
A: Good luck with that. Our small town of Madras only has a population of only 6,200 people and we are expecting over 100,000 people to visit for the eclipse. Madras’ infrastructure cannot sustain that amount of people. Our area has been “disaster planning” for months, and travel on the morning of the eclipse will be impossible…no joke. It is also estimated that our community will run out of food and fuel a week prior to the eclipse. Limited access to resources has made event planning a bit challenging, but with town and farming at a standstill (with visions of an impending, real-life “Mad Max” scenario) we figured...“why not get together and drink?"
We encourage everyone to leave early on Sunday the 20th and take their time getting to our farm and private event. The highways will remain impassible after the eclipse viewing the morning of the 21st, so we decided to offer and encourage people to stay for another night of camping, food, and festivities so that you don’t have to worry about being stuck on the road.
Q: Can I bring my own beer?
A: Of course! We would love for you to bring your own beer, whiskey, wine or whatever else you’d like to share. Anything helps add to the party. Think of this event as a rare and reserved bottle share in a 100-year old barn. We currently have 21 taps, and if needed will add a special mobile trailer for extra capacity. If you are thinking of bringing kegs, please contact Ryan so that we can best represent and serve your beer.
Q: I will be attending Redmond Brewfest and/or would like to drive out first thing Sunday morning (12 AM and on) to set up camp, get situated, and beat the traffic. Is this OK?
A: This sounds like a great plan! Please let one of us know ahead of time and we will leave the gate and field open for your arrival.
Q: What's the camping situation?
A: I left the 40 acre field next to the malthouse out of production this year in anticipation of the event. The price includes dry camping. Feel free to bring your sleeping bag, tent, trailer, RV, and/or teepee.
Q: Are kids allowed? What about pets?
A: This is a family-friendly event, and well-behaved children and pets are welcome. The family rate for 2 adults and up to 2 children is $500. Please contact Ryan Sharp (email@example.com) for special pricing for larger families.
If you have any other questions or comments, please contact Ryan Sharp (firstname.lastname@example.org). As a working, family farm, August is our busiest month of the year…imagine dropping the spectacle of the "event of the century" into our little, agricultural community. We partnered with Original Gravity Events because they do a stellar job putting on these types of events and would not have been able to do this without them.
We look forward to seeing you this summer! Hope all is well and take care!