BiKETOBEERFEST Rolls Back to HUB
Although summer weather only recently arrived on a regular basis in Portland, Oktoberfest season officially kicks off this Saturday with Hopworks' BikeToBeerFest. I know Oktoberfest is a misnomer as it traditionally starts in September, but an early August start is pushing the limits of the 'season'. However, I won't hold it against them and plan on attending and partaking in the revelry. Here's what you definitely need to know:
- WHEN: Saturday, August 11 from 2:00 - 10:00 PM
- WHERE: Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), 2944 SE Powell Blvd.
- WHAT: 15 HUB beers; 4 bands; Huffy Huck and other bicycle-related activities
- COST: $5.00 admission (kids under 16 are free)
Now in its fourth year, bicyclists and beer drinkers look forward to this event in almost equal numbers as both are featured prominently. On the beer front, you can expect the regular HUB line-up plus some old favorites from the cellar and special releases. Last year's highlight (pictured below) was a giant pint glass filled with Loverbrau, a secret beer owner Christian Ettinger brewed at Golden Valley Brewing in McMinnville in honor of Ben Love's departure from HUB to start Gigantic Brewing, which you may have heard of by now. The glass put to shame the various drinking vessels, such as yards or boots, that you often see at Oktoberfest celebrations. I doubt it will make a return visit this year, but you never know. For those more interested in everything two-wheeled, some old favorites are on the itinerary and some new things have been added to keep you coming back. The Flatlanders (BMX stunt riders) take a break from the Dew Tour* to entertain the crowd and Olympic hopefuls can practice their hammer throw technique during the Huffy Huck bike toss. New this year are bikes being built before your eyes and cargo bike demonstrations.
If neither beer or bikes are your thing, you may still want to attend for the third leg in the BIKETOBEERFEST stool - bands. This year's headliner, Portland's own The Builders and the Butchers, has an impressive resume with appearances at music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Sasquatch and SXSW and several excellent albums, the latest being Dead Reckoning. They will close out the event with a 9:10 pm showtime. Earlier in the day you can catch Ramona Falls (7:30 pm), Casey Neill & the Norway Rats (5:00 pm) and Fault Lines (3:30 pm). I've never heard Ramona Falls, but I have seen it and it is spectacular.
If you do plan on attending, please remember to follow the advice built into the event's name as this is 'The World’s Only Bike-In Oktoberfest Party'. Portland Bike Tours is leading two group rides from Hopworks Bike Bar at 3947 N. Williams Ave. if you don't want to show up alone. They depart from the back patio at 3:00 and 6:00 pm for a leisurely ride to the main location. Be safe and enjoy the ride!
*I have no evidence the Flatlanders were on the Dew Tour.
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