Blog Category: Beer Events

Benefit For Angelo: A Cause for A Worthy Friend

October 15, 2013
Benefit for Angelo De Ieso II Fundly Thursday, October 17th 5pm-10pm The Commons Brewery 1810 SE 10th Avenue Portland, OR Beer is an excellent perk, but I got into this business because of the (mostly) unassuming people and the knowledgeable PDX beer community. Raising a pint with friends—especially Portland beer lovers—is a special experience for me. Instant and lasting friendships can emerge in a brewery or taproom. My site has never turned a profit, and after almost 10 years,... Read More »

Lagerfest 2013

August 18, 2013
Over 40 breweries will participate and each will provide their own sophisticated take on the classic lager beer. The twenty dollar entrance fee includes ten free tastings, a Lagerfest beer drinking mug, and one epicly good time! Killer food provided by Eastside Deli and White Owl Social Club! Go to the Mercury Stranger Tickets online to buy now in advance at a discounted price. Be sure to plan on dancing some of those empty calories... Read More »

Beer + Food Carts + Bands = The Awesome Deschutes Street Fare!

It's back, it's awesome, and it kicks off at 5pm tonight! Details from the press release are below, plus some of my favorite images from years past. I'll be there are usual, weighed down with camera gear, so stop by and say hi! A benefit for the Meals on Wheels People, Street Fare will feature some of Portland’s most popular food carts. These well-known vendors will pair their delicious dishes to match perfectly with Deschutes Brewery’s beers,... Read More »

Initial Thoughts: 2013 Oregon Brewers Festival in Review

Rare site at OBF - no line for beer! The first Wednesday ever of the Oregon Brewers Fest is now in full swing and I was able to partake in a portion of it. These tidbits may help others navigate some of the next four days of debauchery (for my preview, check here): Wednesday is no secret: Although I timed my visit after the paraders had most likely cleared out and before the happy hour crowd... Read More »

2013 OBF Week Preview

The biggest brew fest of the Portland season returns this Wednesday for a five day run at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Here are the pertinent details on the 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival for those just interested in the facts: Location: Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway in downtown Portland Dates: July 24 - 28, 2013 (always the last full weekend in July) Times: Wednesday through Saturday: taps are open from Noon... Read More »

2013 North American Organic Brewers Festival

Photo courtesy of NAOBF This is the second year in a row that I attended my favorite beer festival in Portland. The North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) is family oriented, small, environmentally conscience, and stocked with some damn fine beer. The NAOBF offered 60 organic beers and ciders from California, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington along with sustainable practices that many other festivals (not just beer festivals) should adopt to lessen the impact... Read More »

Gluten Is My Bitch & Omission

Author April Peveteaux reading from her new book Gluten Is My Bitch to a standing room only crowd at Widmer that included Fred Eckhardt I had the pleasure of being one of the three media members that turned out last Thursday evening to an exclusive roundtable interview with April Peveteaux, author of the new book Gluten Is My Bitch and the blog of the same name. Normally, a gluten-free event probably would not invite beer... Read More »

2013 Portland Fruit Beer Festival Recap

The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is interesting in the fact that it is not like any other festival in Portland. This festival is a chance for brewers to create some of the oddest one-off beers many people will ever try without the risk of losing money on a batch that doesn't sell. Because of this, brewers are able to stretch and bend their imaginations and push the limits of what a beer really can be.... Read More »

PDX Beer Braul Finals Tonight at Hawthorne Hophouse

Base Camp's In-Tents IPL was one of the easier beers to identify in the Braul While the rest of you were potentially loading up on cheap pints at Hopworks on the Tuesday of Portland Beer Week, I was enjoying the relative calm at the Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse for their PDX BEER BRÄUL at half price. The official write-up from the Hophouse can be found below, but I hope everyone was able hit either location (the original... Read More »

Portland Beer Week 2013

Portland Beer Week June 6-16 Events Calendar It's great to be a beer drinker in Portland. When the sun begins to drive the rain out, Portland starts throwing huge beer parties: hundreds of thousands come to our festivals, there are month long events, week long events, and sporadically sprinkled day parties throughout the spring and summer. Not to undervalue our amazing cold and wet weather events, but Portland really goes crazy (and goes outside) for... Read More »

Happy Hour Weekly Planner – SE Portland Edition

Here is the second installment in my Happy Hour Weekly Planner series. The first edition covered N/NE Portland and lined out the fairly rigorous criteria I laid out for establishments to meet. The basic requirement was $3 or less for 'good' beer and $2 or less for 'bad' beer. I tried to spread the love all around SE where beer drinking options abound, but my final list does tend to the areas I frequent more... Read More »

Near Beer: Events not to Miss in and Around Portland

There's a lot of beer being poured this weekend around Portland and the surrounding areas. Get it while you can, these are once-a-year events. In the case of John Harris's new brewery, get the details on this anticipated operation way, way, way before a single beer is poured. Oregon Garden Brewfest » Friday, Saturday, Sunday Portland is awesome. I love it and drink as much Portland brewed beer as possible. Not for myself, of course, but rather... Read More »

Widmer, Ya Did it Again!

In my last post (Beer: Don’t Describe it, Drink it.) I discussed how beer brings people together and helps build community. When drinking any one of the many craft beers available, one quickly learns there is more in a beer than just flavor. Widmer Brothers Brewing knows this too. I was invited to a private Widmer Brothers Brewing tasting held at BEER on Monday, April 15th. I was rather reluctant. Expecting a panel of judges,... Read More »

2013 Lucky Lab Big Beer and Barleywine Tastival

Lucky Lab Big Beer and Barleywine Tastival Fri. 3/8 - Sat. 3/9 12pm - 10pm Lucky Lab Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby If you think the title of this post is tongue-twisting, wait until you try some of these beers! Cold and rainy March in Portland begs for big warming beers and every year the Lucky Labrador delivers with their Big Beer and Barleywine Tastival. This year will mark my 7th year in a row... Read More »

Double Mountain Brewery: 6th Anniversary Party

February 25, 2013
From Double Mountain Brewery: It’s that time of year again when we toss up the big tent, fill the taps with all we’ve got and throw a shindig to thank all our friends for another great year. The Double Mountain Anniversary Party has become a Northwest institution, and this year’s 6 th Anniversary gig will carry the fun even higher. The all-day party will culminate with the awesome musical stylings of Hell’s Belles, the all-... Read More »

The Breakside Brewery Taproom Grand Opening

February 6, 2013
Taproom/Milwaukie Hours Mon-Fri: 3-7:30ish Sat: 12-6:30ish On Saturday, January 25th, five members of the team gathered at Base Camp Brewing in SE Portland for a quarterly-ish meeting of the beer minds. The discussion turned toward the upcoming grand opening of the Breakside Taproom in Milwaukie, OR. I was alone in groaning that I’d never had a good beer from Breakside. (Yes, there were audible gasps from my four compatriots.) So, of course, as with... Read More »

The 2013 Malt Ball

January 26, 2013
2013 Malt Ball Saturday, Feb. 2nd 2pm - Midnight (2 sessions) The Wonder Ballroom Tickets You know something big is coming when things are set on fire in the promo video. Put together by the Portland Mercury and the Oregon Brewers Guild, this year's Malt Ball looks pretty damn great. In fact, the most expensive ticket—for both sessions—is $25 and includes 8 tasting tokens, a commemorative mug, and a heap 'o live music: 12 bands... Read More »

Breakside Brewery presents the Winter Formal

Winter Formal Saturday, Dec. 15th, 7:30pm Melody Ballroom 615 Southeast Alder Street Buy Tickets Sure, you could site on a barstool and drink great beer. Or, you could find a date, grab your dancing shoes, and compete for prizes—all while drinking beer from some fantastic Portland breweries! Over ten Portland beers on tap from Breakside Brewery, Burnside Brewing, and the Commons Brewery. Rare barrel-aged beers will also be tapped throughout the evening. Check out the... Read More »

Holiday Ale Festival 2012: What You Need to Know

November 26, 2012
Holiday Ale Festival Wednesday, Nov. 28th: 12pm-10pm Thursday - Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday, Dec. 2nd: 11am-5pm The 2012 Holiday Ale Festival is upon us once again—for its 17th year! This will be our 10th year attending the festival, so we can provide you with some details on how to make the best use of your time while attending this great festival. According to festival manager Preston Weesner, "It's really special to be able to hold this event... Read More »

Taste the Holiday Spirit at Lompoc Brewing

November 25, 2012
Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza November 27th, 4p-10p Lompoc Sidebar 3901a N. Williams Ave Brewers Bryan Keilty, Irena Bierzynski and Josh Merrick have been hard at work to stuff your stockings with seven holiday seasonals! On Tuesday November 27th, these beers will be available at the Sidebar at the annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza. Complimentary appetizers and sampler trays will be ready for consumption starting at 4pm. Last week, some of the local beer media were... Read More »

Over the Top: A Fort George Tap Takeover at Roscoe's

Over the Top Fort George Tap Takeover Roscoe's 4pm, Saturday, Nov. 17th Fort George Brewery is sending delegates and beer to Portland—the most beer they've ever had on tap outside of their brewery. This Saturday at Roscoe's, Fort George Brewery is taking over the taps with some kick-ass beers. "This could be the last appearance of Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, Flanders Nut Red Ale, and South," said Fort George's Brian Bovenizer. I was going to pick... Read More »

Brewvana Connoisseur Tour with Sean Burke

The folks over at BREWVANA have announced a great upcoming connoisseur tour, hosted by Commons Brewing's Sean Burke. Explore European influenced breweries like The Commons Brewery, Upright Brewery, and Occidental Brewing, with a stop for lunch at Old Town Pizza and Brewing. More details including pricing and ticket info below in the official press release: The November installment of BREWVANA’s monthly Connoisseur Tour series  takes Sean Burke, brewer for The Commons Brewery, on the bus where he... Read More »

Base Camp Brewing: Pre-Grand Opening

November 3, 2012
Today is the second day of Base Camp Brewing's grand opening celebration. I stopped by for a few beers on Thursday night as part of their pre-grand opening industry night. I'm not sure what the real percentage is, but the place looks about 95% complete, with only a few things like the presence of scrap wood out front and the lack of finished bases on a table or two. The Base Camp crew has been... Read More »

Embrace the Darkness 2012 at Apex

October 30, 2012
Beers are getting a bit darker and stronger as winter approaches. But why take baby steps to get to the huge, dark, rich behemoths that we all love? Apex Bar is skipping the middle beers and going right for the pitch black darkness. And huge is not an exaggeration, the beers—as tweeted below—have an average ABV of 10.3%! As the press release states, do not drive to this event: find a ride, take a cab,... Read More »

Commons Wild Night

October 24, 2012
Commons Wild Night Thursday October, 25, 2012 5-9PM The Commons Brewery 1810 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR To announce their expanded tasting room hours, The Commons Brewery is filling their taps with sour and wild ales. Stop by on Thursday evening to check out a fantastic beer line up and help them celebrate their new Thursday hours! New Tasting Room Hours Thursday 5-9PM Friday 5-9PM Saturday 2-9PM Commons Wild Night Taplist Berliner Weisse Tart German... Read More »

Fall in Love with Beer: Block 15 Bloktoberfest

Bloktoberfest 2012 Saturday October 13th 1pm-10pm Jefferson Street, Block 15 Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later...Fall dropped in late like a pathetic party guest and we pretty much know the rest of the story, right? Shorter days, cooler air, and rain. But its not all doom and gloom. As any Oregonian can attest there are many vices to comfortably rest the frustrations and sadness of the long hike into Spring. Chief among... Read More »

Fresh Hop Beer Season Closes Soon: Get 'em while you can!

October 11, 2012
As many times as I give Otto treats and take photos of him, he now thinks that the camera is the treat dispenser. Case in point: brush off the table, set up the camera, get the bottle. Once I walk to the camera to take the shot, he's on the table looking for handouts. Oh well, you can barely see him. As do most of you, Otto wants to be around as many fresh hop... Read More »

3rd Annual Night of the Living Ales Giveaway

Night of the Living Ales Friday, October 26th 8pm - 1am, 21+ 7th & E. Burnside You read this site for the beer, so let's see what's pouring at the 3rd Annual Night of the Living Ales. While the taplist may not be long, there are some potentially great, rare beers on it: Almond Joy from Burnside Brewing: a London-style Porter brewed with dark Belgian Chocolate, toasted almonds and toasted coconut. Vanilla Jack from Oakshire... Read More »

Brewpublic's Killer Beer Week 2012

Take a Sharpie, find a wall calendar, and mark October 21st though October 28th as BUSY. Brewpublic's Killer Beer Week is back for its fourth installment with a list of great events: summits, parties, mini-fests, and a 5 course beer-paired brunch to end the week! Plus, you might get to hang out with Brewpublic's Angelo (pictured). This week-long event even comes with its own hashtag, so follow and tweet here: #KBW12. Check out the complete... Read More »

When Stars Collide: An Epic Tap Takeover

Fort George Tap Takeover Friday, October 5th, 5p-9p Sellwood Public House 8132 SE 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97202 Once and a while stars collide and we can all bathe in the magic of the heavenly dust as if floats gently to our souls. And if that’s too much of a funky concept dig this: one of my favorite places to hunker down with brew and friends is The Sellwood Public House. They are hooking up... Read More »

Fresh Hops are NOT the New Bacon

Fresh Hop French Press The Fresh Hops Workshop presented last Saturday night by Portland Beer Week at Saraveza's Bad Habit Room was an excellent opportunity to sample some outstanding fresh hop beers and to also experience fresh hops via other avenues. Like most craft beer drinkers in the Northwest, I love hoppy beers and look forward to fresh hop beers all year long. However, the workshop convinced me that, unlike bacon, hops do not make... Read More »

Aftermath: 2012 Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest

Friday night, September 7th at 6:55PM, I shuffled my arse into the VIP line for the commencement of the two day Widmer Oktoberfest. I was sweating profusely and though I wish I could poetically blame it on anxiety due to this being my first on-duty beer event, it was more likely due to the 97 degree heat and the large crowd waiting to get into see the Sami Rouissi Band followed by the Portland Cello... Read More »

2012 Occidental Brewing Oktoberfest

Nestled way up by the St. John's Bridge, Occidental Brewing Company is quietly pumping out some great beers. Occidental's focus is on "continental" beers. Rather than the big, bold, boozy American styles, they are focusing on traditional German style beers like Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Altbier, and Dunkel. Of course "continental" also includes Belgian styles, so keep an eye out for their Voorjaar Tripel. No matter the style, Occidental promotes the subtler malt and hop flavors... Read More »

Fresh Hops Workshop at Saraveza

For those that thought Portland Beer Week was a week-long celebration of all things beer in Portland held every June, you would only be partially correct. The actual 'week' was held this year over a baker's dozen week of 11 days from June 7th to the 17th. In addition, PDX Beer Week is morphing into the gift that keeps on giving the whole year (much like a Jelly of the Month Club) by adding events... Read More »

9th Annual Hood River Hops Fest: The Beer List

September 19, 2012
Hood River Hops Fest Saturday September 29th Noon- 9pm 20 and under free until 5:30 p.m. 21 and up from 6p-9p 21 and over $6.00, includes tasting stein $4.00 for wine drinkers and designated drivers Tokens are $1 each. 4 tokens = a full beer, or 1 token = a taste. #hrhops12 Fresh hop beers are on their way to Hood River for the 9th Annual Hood River Hops Fest. 51 fresh hop beers will... Read More »

Lompoc Beer and Cheese Pairing

Lompoc Beer and Cheese Pairing Sept. 12th, 4pm to 10pm Lompoc Sidebar 3901 N Williams Ave Next Wednesday, the kind folks from Lompoc Brewing and The Cheese Bar do what they do best: cheese and beer! Brewer Bryan Kielty and cheesemonger Steve Jones will be on hand from 7p to 9p to answer any questions you may have about the night's offerings. For those of you that made it to the inaugural Portland Beer and... Read More »

Brewvana Connoisseur Tour with Jason McAdam from Burnside Brewing

September 8, 2012
A new Brewvana Connoisseur Tour was just announced, and this one looks great: Breweries, pubs, beer, and whiskey! $85 will get you a seat on the bus, lunch, and beverages along the way. Plus, you get to hang out with one of Portland's beer personalities: Burnside Brewing's Jason McAdam. Check out the official press release below: BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting a Connoisseur Tour for local craft beer enthusiasts.  The tour features Jason McAdam, head brewer... Read More »

2012 Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest

Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest 929 North Russell Street Friday, Sept. 7th, 7pm to 11pm Saturday, Sept. 8th, 1pm to 11:00pm Friday night, I’m headed to the wilds of North Portland to cover my first beer event, the Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest. I am relieved that this limited selection event is my breakthrough—as going through the beers of one brewery is not as daunting as facing dozens, and I can, indeed, try them all. Add that to the fact... Read More »

Lompoc Oktoberfest Kicks Off Fall Sports Season

September 4, 2012
Labor Day Weekend is generally considered the figurative end of summer, so it seems right to start seeing the fall seasonals get released. Lompoc Brewing held a release party for their Oktoberfest on Saturday September 1st at the Fifth Quadrant. I am hesitant to call it a formal Octoberfest celebration as when I was there (Happy Hour from 4-6 PM) it would seem that the vast majority of the patrons probably did not even know... Read More »

Go East PDXers: Hit the Little Woody Festival by Bus

September 3, 2012
Barrels, barrels, barrels! The aptly named Little Woody Festival in Bend features beer aged in barrels on Friday and Saturday. This year, featured beers have been aged in six types of barrels: Brandy barrels, whiskey barrels, Pinot Noir barrels, Chardonnay barrels, French Oak barrels, and Syrah barrels. From Stouts and Baltic Porters to IPAs and Summer ales, brewers match their beers with the different flavors gained from the barrel aging process. A quick look at... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing

"We've been brewing OKTO Festival Ale for 26 years, and there is a reason that it’s a seasonal favorite: it’s the perfect beer for the transition from summer to fall," said Rob Widmer This week's Fermented Photo subject comes from Widmer Brothers Brewing: Okto Festival Ale in the 2012 Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest stein. Okto Festival Ale is released around Oktoberfest time every year. You'll probably already find it on a few shelves and will stick... Read More »

Upright Brewer’s Dinner at Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

Upright Brewer's Dinner Wildwood Restaurant & Bar Friday, September 7, 6:30pm $75/person includes food, beer, gratuity Reservations: 503.225.0130 Wildwood Sous Chef Paul Kasten is at it again. This time he's hosting Alex Ganum of Upright brewing and pairing some rare and vintage Upright beers with an amazing 6 course meal! Each course was specifically designed to pair perfectly with the corresponding beer. You probably have your favorite beer and dinner pairing at home, but... Read More »

Scenes from the 2012 Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

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The Commons Brewery Releases its Second Beetje Series Beer: Eidolon

August 17, 2012
I'm late on posting this, which by my watch, makes you an hour past release kickoff! Go visit the guys over at the Commons Brewery tonight and get your hands on some Eidolon! From the official press release: The Commons Brewery will be releasing their second beer from the Beetje Series Friday August, 17th at 5:00pm, at the brewery. Eidolon is a sour, barrel aged amber farmhouse brewed with meyer lemon peel, jasmine green tea,... Read More »

Scenes from the Hopworks Urban Brewery BiKETOBEERFEST

BiKETOBEERFEST was a blast again this year! Here are some of my favorite moments from this year's action: Check out the rest of the photos here » Read More »

Aftermath: BiKETOBEERFEST Slams Another One Home

Plenty of bike parking available at the start of BIKETOBEERFEST The fourth annual BIKETOBEERFEST was held last Saturday at Hopworks Urban Brewery in SE Portland under bright sunshine and blue skies. Even though this was the intended result of moving the event up over a month, I know some people would have preferred a bit cooler temperatures to enjoy some of the heavier beers. Of the 13 beers on tap, two were barrel aged (Kentucky... Read More »

The Inaugural Vancouver Brewfest

August 9, 2012
Vancouver Brewfest August 10th-11th 2012 Esther Short Park Downtown Vancouver Tickets: $21 ($16 in adv.) Does anything really happen outside of the Portland beer scene? Apparently so. This Friday and Saturday is the inaugural Vancouver Brewfest on the other side of the Columbia River. They've got 25 breweries lined up to pour beer and the weekend weather outlook is great! As you'd expect, you'll get food, beer, music—and this is a benefit for local charities. This is... Read More »


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... Read More »

2012 Street Fare

It's back! The 2012 Street Fare is on of my favorite events of the year. It boils down to beer, food, and music—all for a good cause. This year, the event is in support of Loaves & Fishes Center on Thursday August 15th, 5p-9p. $10 gets you in the gate, plus one token which can be used for a food and beer pairing (or a full beer). Extra tokens are $4 each. You can buy tickets ahead... Read More »

2012 SessionFest in Seattle

July 26, 2012
Session Fest Brewers Night Thursday July 26th, 7:00 PM   Session Fest 2012 Friday July 27th-29th, 'Open' to Close   Naked City Taphouse [Map] Seattle, WA In general, beers in the Northwest start out strong. In Portland, out of 542 beers surveyed, the mean ABV is 6.61%—up from last year—with a standard deviation of 1.72. In fact, it's pretty rare to find a beer under 5% ABV in town. In the UK however, when I... Read More »

2012 OBF for the Masses

As most of you probably know, the Oregon Brewers Festival runs this weekend starting on Thursday with the Brewers Brunch & Parade and continues until the taps close at 7 PM on Sunday. OBF is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and the details have changed very little over the years. Here are the particulars: Venue: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. The website points you to the main entrance at SW Oak Street and Naito... Read More »

My First Oregon Brewers Festival: A Hazy Recollection

Movie: My First Oregon Brewers Festival July 25th, 7:00pm Living Room Theater A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure to sit in on a panel discussion and mingle with the main men who made the Oregon Brewers Festival happen. Preceding the panel, they had the first showing for the Oregon Brewers Guild documentary: My First Oregon Brewers Festival which has held at McMenamin's Mission Street Theater. The panel consisted of: Art Larrance, producer... Read More »

Aftermath: 2012 North American Organic Beer Festival

There are lots of beer festivals in Portland. All of them are different in the fact that they usually serve different beers. Different styles. Different venues. Different breweries. Most of them are awesome, and although I really love trying new beers at beer festivals, I think this beer festival is different in the fact that it really isn't about beer. It's about caring. We go about our lives doing our daily routines and most of... Read More »

A Movable Yeast

Explore Your Craft © Ben Caldwell When I was given the opportunity to attend the Explore Your Craft event I jumped at the chance. I was intrigued with the idea of mixing the art of beer with, well, other art. Looking back over the trajectory of public opinion and acceptance of beer one may discern, and likely conclude, beer has not always been understood as craft. Yet it is well documented that Kurt and Rob... Read More »

Bailey's Week Long 5th Anniversary Celebration

July 13, 2012
Week Long 5th Anniversary Celebration Bailey's Taproom 213 SW Broadway Bailey's Taproom turns 5 this year! Congrats! But what if you can't squeeze all of the excitement into one day? Well, just make a grand week-long celebration with some amazing drafts, rare beers, and great verticals. But it doesn't stop there. Capping off the week is a Barrel-Aged beer festival on Saturday and VIP After Party on Sunday featuring 5 special vintage beers! Monday, July... Read More »

Columbia River Brewing Turns Two

CRB's brewery has a rich history dating back to the Old World Pub & Brewery, which is where Hopworks Owner/Brewer Christian Ettinger cut his teeth. It is hard to believe, but it has been two years since Columbia River Brewing launched in the space most recently occupied by Laurelwood at 1728 NE 40th Avenue in the Hollywood District. To celebrate, CRB is throwing an anniversary party this Saturday July 14th. Although Happy Hour specials will be... Read More »

Fire Recovery Benefit at Laurelwood Brewing Co.

Fire Recovery Benefit Tuesday July 17th Laurelwood Public House & Brewery 5115 NE Sandy Blvd Event on Facebook Being part of the Portland beer scene is not only about beer. It's also about community. Whether it's meeting friends out for a pint, enjoying one of a hundred Portland beer events, or lending a hand to a friend in need. On Tuesday, July 17th, 20% of all sales at Laurelwood Brewing Co. on 51st Ave will... Read More »

2012 Puckerfest Lineup

July 6, 2012
Here is the official lineup for Belmont Station's much loved Puckerfest! I'd write something awesomely insightful right here, but I know everyone's already left to peruse the list below. On with it: Friday July 13 | 5–8pm | Oakshire & Flat Tail Puckerfest July 13th - 18th Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark CASH ONLY Oakshire Brewmaster Matt van Wyk and Flat Tail Brewmaster Dave Marliave team up to kick off Puckerfest with some special treats!... Read More »

Portland Zoo Brew: Lions and Tigers and Beers!

June 21, 2012
Photo © 2012 Ian Lass I remember class field trips to the zoo back when I was in elementary school. The wonder of seeing these foreign creatures so close up, when they had come from so far away and we had only read of them as if they were fictitious creatures in our textbooks. I remember sitting there in the amphitheater watching the zoo staff put on a show with rare and exotic birds while... Read More »

Scenes from the 2012 Barrel Aged Beer Seminar

Last night, I attended the Barrel Aged Beer Seminar and Tasting, part of a lineup of events for Portland Beer Week. The event centered around 11 different barrel aged beers from four different breweries, with a panel member representing each brewery: Ben Edmunds from Breakside Brewery, Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing, Matt Van Wyk from Oaksire Brewing, and Doug Rehberg from Widmer Brothers Brewing. Like last year, it was a casual event with Ben Edmunds... Read More »

Pints and Prints: Art and Beer at Bottles

June 12, 2012
Prints & Pints Bottles 5105 NE Freemont As a photographer, I like to mix beer and art. In fact, I like to mix beer in art with drinking beer. More importantly, I like to talk about beer in art while drinking... Ok, I'm going a bit too far down the rabbit hole. Mixing beer and art is what Bottles is all about starting Thursday June 14th with Prints and Pints: "Beer-inspired art prints from 14... Read More »

2012 North American Organic Brewers Festival Beer List

North American Organic Brewers Festival June 29th-July 1st Overlook Park Alright, here are the beers for the 2012 North American Organic Brewers Festival! This year, you can read about the organic classification and certifications for the beers as well. Don't forget, you can win a $50 entry package (a pair of tickets and 38 tokens!) in our June contest! Yellow Wolves of Thailand/Imperial IPA Alameda Brewing Co. Portland, OR 1.082 OG, 1.020 FG, 8.20%... Read More »

Portland Beer Week Kickoff Party Tomorrow

Portland Beer Week Spirit of 77 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr 6p-10p Portland Beer Week kicks off tomorrow at Spirit of 77. Be the first to drink the official 2012 Portland Beer Week beer (India Red Lager collaboration from Hopworks Urban Brewery and Deschutes Brewery), party with Portland brewers, and hang out with Lisa Morrison: MC Beer Goddess! Details are below in the official press release: Portland Beer Week kicks off with the first... Read More »

Compassionate Consumption, For The Kids

Bridge City Guild Happy Hour Thursday, June 13th 6:00pm – 9:00pm The BeerMongers 1125 Southeast Division Street Buried beneath the many layers of beer culture and events in Portland exists a team of men raising money by drinking beer.  These men shoot guns, swing golf clubs, raise families and probably work with you or someone you know. They lead in your church, manage your bars, serve your coffee and counsel your kids in school. Embedded... Read More »

The 2nd Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival To Make A Bigger and Better Comeback

2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival Saturday June 9th, 11am-9pm Sunday June 10th, 11am-6pm All ages welcome The Portland Fruit Beer Festival was my personal favorite last year. You can imagine my excitement at being able to go behind the scenes a week before the fest to chat with the people and brewers of the PFBF and try some of the beers you'll be waiting in line to drink this weekend. The brain behind this immensely... Read More »

2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival's Rare and Rotating Taplist Announced

The rare and rotating taplist for the 2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival has just been announced: 29 more beers! From the official press release: "These beers range in size from 5 gallon kegs to 15.5 gallon 1/2 barrels but there is only one keg of each and they will be tapped 4 at a time on our dedicated rotating draft lines off of a small draft trailer located on NE 7th street by Couch. Kegs... Read More »

Portland Beer Week Spills into Ten Days

PDX Beer Week June 7th-17th, 2012 This year, PDX Beer Week brings us: special beer releases and beer release events, mini-festivals, special speakers and panels, seminars, meet the brewer events, blending symposiums, brewers dinners, and on and on! Seriously: on and on. There's actually so much going on for the second annual Portland Beer Week that it's busting at the seams and spilling out into the surrounding weeks. Check out the full list at their... Read More »

Second Annual Amnesia Single Hop Fest

Single Hop Fest Amnesia Brewing [Map] Saturday, June 2nd Noon-10p The Single Hop Fest is back for it's second year over at Amnesia Brewing. The idea is simple: one beer, one hop. For the most part, each participating brewery will bring one beer that showcases the different aspects of their chosen hop. It's a great way display the distinct features of each hop and how it contributes to bitterness, flavor, and aroma. For more information,... Read More »

2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival

2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival Website | Twitter | Facebook June 9th and 10th NE Burnside & 7th The 2012 Portland Fruit Beer Festival beer list is out and man, there are some interesting beers! They run the gamut from extremely light Goldens to heavy hitting Porters. All beers include fruit in some manner. While a few will showcase a subtle hint of fruit, others could be a punch in the mouth. Whatever the case,... Read More »

Roscoe's 3rd Annual Belgian Beer Summit

May 24, 2012
3rd Annual Belgian Beer Summit Roscoe's 8105 SE Stark Street Friday, May 25th, 4pm Another great Roscoe's beer summit is upon us. This time, Roscoe's will be pouring Belgian and Belgian-style beers from around the world. There are a lot of great beers going on tap and you can work your way through the taplist via sampler trays as usual. Some of the beers you'll taste tomorrow: Rodenbach—Grand Cru Double Mountain—2011 Sacre Bleu Corsendork—Apple White... Read More »

Brewvana's Connoisseur Tour with Ben Flerchinger

May 24, 2012
There are 6 seats left for this Sunday's Brewvana Connoisseur Tour with Lucky Lab brewer Ben Flerchinger. Beer all day, followed by a food and beer pairing dinner? Now that's a Sunday! The official press release: BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting a Connoisseur Tour for local craft beer enthusiasts.  The tour features Ben Flerchinger,  Lucky Lab's head brewer, who will be leading the tour to three breweries, a bottle shop and a upscale dining restaurant. Taking place... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Cinnamon Quad

Another Tap it Tuesday is upon us, in less than 3 hours! Check out the details from the press release: "Tonight's Tap It Tuesday Live from the Barrel series at 6pm is Cinnamon Quad. This NW style sour ale is a blond quad that was barrel aged with cinnamon and is a blending component used in several projects, including Vlad the Imp Aler. Aromas of cinnamon with a hint of Bourbon are the first to... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Live Red

Live Red is tomorrow's Tap It Tuesday release at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. Only a mouthful will tell, but I'm intrigued by the flavor profile below, especially the combination of hazelnut, currants, and bourbon barrel! "This week's Tap It Tuesday at 6pm is Live Red, a NW style sour red ale that was aged for four months in Bourbon barrels. Dark red wine, raisins and red grape skin aromas are noticed up front. Sweet red... Read More »

F.H. Steinbart Co. Participates in AHA Big Brew

May 4, 2012
F.H. Steinbart Co. 234 SE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 Check out the homebrew event tomorrow at F. H. Steinbart. From the official press release: A celebration of National Homebrew Day, known as AHA Big Brew, is now in its 15th year. F.H. Steinbart Co. will host a local site on May 5, 2012. Organized by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), AHA Big Brew celebrates National Homebrew Day, honored on the first Saturday of... Read More »

2012 Oregon Zoo Brew

May 4, 2012
Oregon Zoo Brew June 1st, 5pm-10pm UPDATE: This event is now SOLD OUT. No tickets are available at the door: The annual Zoo Brew is back for another year! Put your beer drinking to good use and support the mission of the Oregon Zoo. There are a lot of great participating breweries and cideries, activities, workshops, games, and beer-themed prizes. Check out the details below for tickets and participating breweries, check out the website... Read More »

Bailey's 2nd Annual GermanFest on Saturday!

2012 GermanFest Bailey's Taproom 213 SW Broadway April 28th 2012 2p-4p: VIP Entry 4p: General Admission 6oz and 12oz pours available What happens when Oregon breweries brew German styles? Well, hopefully Bailey's Taproom gets a hold of a keg and puts it on for their annual GermanFest event! Appearing at this year's event are 19 beers from across Oregon: Bocks, Goses, Alts, Berlinerweisses, Helles, Marzen, and on and on. There are a lot of lager... Read More »

Upright Brewing Tap Takeover at Bottles

April 25, 2012
Upright Tap Takeover Bottles 5015 NE Fremont Friday, April 27th, 6pm-9pm As usual, you can find upcoming events on our events page. Sometimes events get special mentions here on the blog as well—just so you don't miss 'em. In this case, Alex Ganum from Upright Brewing is bringing eight of his beers to Bottles for a Tap Takeover event. When an imaginative brewer brings his beer to a great location for a meet/greet/drink, we're definitely... Read More »

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales Wins “People’s Choice” Vote at Cheers to Belgian Beers

People have been asking about the "People's Choice" winner at this year's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival. For the second consecutive year, Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales takes the win. Congrats Logsdon! Here's the official press release: PORTLAND, Ore. (April 24, 2012) More than 1,600 beer fans attended the 2012 Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers festival at Metalcraft Fabrication on Saturday, April 21. More than 679 ballots were cast, and fans selected Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales'... Read More »

Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers: 2012 Beer List

Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers Saturday, Apr 21st 12:00pm-9:00pm @ Metalcraft Fabrication 723 N Tillamook St. Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers is back again this Saturday. It's a 9 hour event, features many one-off beers, there are brewers on hand, and it's a great price! This one is easy people: get your butts out to Cheers to Belgian Beers! If you're not going to listen to me, check out the details below. The People's Choice... Read More »

Preview: Pints Urban Taproom

April 13, 2012
Pints Urban Taproom Grand Opening Party Beer, Music, Sidewalk Grill April 13th, Noon-Close 412 NW 5th Ave If you've spent any considerable amount of time in Old Town Portland then it is most likely that you have meandered your way into Pints Urban Taproom for a coffee in the morning or a pint in the evening. Thing is, it was only a pub and coffee shop then. Starting Friday you will be able to stop... Read More »

The 2012 Oregon Garden Brewfest

jQuery(document).ready(function(){ jQuery("#beer-list-link").click(function(){ $('html,body').animate({scrollTop: $("#ogb-beerlist").offset().top - 55}); return false; });jQuery("#beer-dinner-list-link").click(function(){ $('html,body').animate({scrollTop: $("#beer-dinner-list").offset().top - 55}); return false; }); }); Oregon Garden Brewfest April 27th - 28th Noon - 11pm Grand Hall at The Oregon Garden As Portlanders emerge from the gray winter, our entire routines change: we go from drinking beer inside to drinking beer outside. Starting in Spring, we've got at least 16 annual beer festivals and events that get people outside and socializing around great... Read More »

Touring the 2012 Spring Beer and Wine Festival

In its 18th year, the Spring Beer and Wine Festival opened its doors today to beer, wine, spirits, cheese and chocolate enthusiasts from all around. For only $25 you can try a wide variety of locally made food and drinks, listen as some of Portland's best and smartest give you their tips and tricks, and enjoy live music. Early this morning, I was lucky to be able to attend this years media preview for the... Read More »

2012 Portland Malt Ball

March 23, 2012
Malt Ball 03/24/2012 Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside Portland 2-12pm, 21+ only Here are some details on tomorrow's Malt Ball: Lots of beer, lots of music, lots of food. Check out the impressive lists below, then get your tickets! $20 advance at website, $25 on the day of the event. Includes admission to show, four tasting tokens and commemorative mug. Ticket Sales end at 11:15pm Last Beer at 11:45pm Breakside Brewery + Denver: Hot Denver Pale Ale—A... Read More »

Barleywine and Big Beer Festival at the Lucky Lab

Barleywine and Big Beer Festival Lucky Labrador Beer Hall 1945 NW Quimby St. March 2nd and 3rd Noon – 10pm One of my favorite events of the year starts on Friday: Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. In the past, this event has gone by many names. In 2008, it was the Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival and in 2009 it was the Barleywine Festeroon. But, whatever it's called, it's a great event. As the name... Read More »

Roscoe's 2nd Annual Stout Summit

February 24, 2012
2nd Annual Stout Summit Roscoe's Friday, Feb. 24th, 4pm 8105 SE Stark St. Roscoe's brings us another great beer summit tonight. Below are a few of the beers that will start pouring at 4pm. Be warned, I'm going to try and drink most of these before you get there! Deschutes—2010 Abyss Oakshire—Cordial Love: brewed with cocoa nibs and aged on espresso beans and cherries Great Divide—2010 Chocolate Yeti Boneyard—Sug Knite Upright—Bourbon Barrel Stout of Monte... Read More »

Zwickelmania Returns on Saturday!

February 17, 2012
Zwickelmania returns this Saturday to breweries all over Oregon! For those of us in Portland, 36 breweries are opening their doors for tours, specials, beer releases, and other beer-related activities. For the full list of participating breweries and details on what each spot is offering, check out the Oregon Brewers Guild page. Read More »

PDXBeerGeeks Presents Meet the Brewers: Natian Brewery

Meet the Brewer: Natian Brewery The Guild Public House Thursday, Feb. 16th, 6p-8p 1101 E Burnside Ave Portland, OR 97214 This Thursday, #pdxbeergeeks brings us a special Meet the Brewer event: Natian Brewery. Brewers will be on hand to talk beer, and of course, you'll be able to drink Natian beers: Old Grogham Winter IPA – 8.5% ABV Lumberjane Stout – 8.6% ABV CuDA Cascadian Dark Ale – 7.4% ABV Vertical Horizon NW Red Ale... Read More »

Mike Branes Leads Brewvana’s Connoisseur Tour

February 8, 2012
Brewvana's got a great tour this Sunday with 11 seats left. Check out the details in the official press release: BREWVANA Brewery Tours is hosting a Connoisseur Tour for local craft beer enthusiasts. The tour features Mike Branes, Migration Brewery’s head brewer, who will be leading the tour to two breweries, a public house and an English- style pub. Taking place this Sunday, February 12th from 1-5pm, the tour is $69/ person and is all... Read More »

Black Out Party at the Sidebar

February 1, 2012
Black Out Party Lompoc Sidebar 3901A N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 4pm-10pm Lompoc Brewing's Sidebar is having a great event tomorrow night: the Black Out Party! Big, bold, dark beers and a great way to see the influences of different types of coffee on the same base beer. Compare Ristretto Roasters' Beaumont Blend, Peruvian proprietary roast, and El Salvadorian proprietary roast. Check out the official press release: Come to the Dark Side tomorrow from 4 to 10 pm at Sidebar... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents My Beery Valentine 3

My Beery Valentine 3 Saraveza 1004 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR Well, Brewpublic is at it again, this time with their third installment of the popular My Beery Valentine event. Let's face it, you love beer and beer loves you right back. Why not celebrate that love by letting Brewpublic serve you up some great, mostly one-off beers. Here you'll find beers brewed with delicious ingredients like: chocolate, cherry wood, vanilla, cocoa, black raspberries, coffee,... Read More »

Why The Buckman-Kerns Brew Fest?

January 26, 2012
Fests are popping up by the dozen these days here in Portland. Of course there's the Oregon Brewers Fest and the Holiday Ale Festival, but more and more frequently we are seeing small taprooms and breweries organize their own festivals. In the last year, Portland has been host to many of these including Burnside Brewing's Fruit Beer Fest, the Hop and Vine's Fire and Brimstone, Hopworks BiKETOBEERFEST, and the Beermongers 2nd Anniversary Fest. The first thing one should... Read More »

Brewligans Bottle Shop Grand Opening

January 26, 2012
Brewligans Bottle Shop 275 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Troutdale, OR 97060 Find them on Twitter and Facebook The grand opening for Brewligans Bottle Shop has just started. Doors opened at noon today for the Troutdale shop, and they are eager to get great beer into your hands and mouths. Brewligans is starting out with about 75 different bottled beers and five rotating taps. Also avaiable during your visit: gourmet hot dogs!  Check out the photos on... Read More »

Beer Photography on Display at Burnside Brewing this Month

January 4, 2012
The Art of Beer Opening Night: Friday, Jan. 6th, 6pm Show runs through the month of January at Burnside Brewing 701 E. Burnside Portland, OR 97214 Beginning on Friday January 6th, my beer photography will be on display and for sale at Burnside Brewing for the month of January. I'll be at the brewery to talk beer, photography, or anything else from 6pm-8pm, so come out and have a beer! I've been covering the Portland... Read More »

Christmakuh at The Hop and Vine

December 12, 2011
Great beer and a great cause: this Thursday night, 5p-8p at the Hop & Vine.  Check out the official press release: Celebrate the Holidays and *Christmakuh with Sierra Nevada and The Hop & Vine this December 15th with a unique opportunity to taste a vast array of unique beers to benefit a good cause. The Hop & Vine and Sierra Nevada representatives will have 8 special limited beers on draft and a free Ovila chalice... Read More »

Brewing Up Cocktails Returns: Winter Holiday Special Edition

December 7, 2011
Well, the cold weather has not only brought some big beers back to life, but the team behind Brewing up Cocktails is back with a Holiday edition of their beer concoctions. Using a craft beer as a mixer is sacrilegious you say? Before you start wagging your finger, remember: people used to think the world was flat. And now, hundreds of years later, only half still believe that. But those that knew the truth were rewarded with trips... Read More »

Amnesia Winter Ale Fest

Still thirsty after the Holiday Ale Festival? You're in luck: Amnesia [map] is throwing their Winter Ale Fest this Saturday (December 10th) from noon until 10pm. They will have Frosty's Revenge and SleighJerker as usual along with aged versions including a Frosty's aged on Cognac infused French oak. They are also releasing a new strong milk stout made with flaked oats and lactose sugar called The Milk of Amnesia and we'll be tapping a ferkin... Read More »

Holiday Ale Festival: Opening Day Review

December 1, 2011
The team has come out of the other side of opening day of the 2011 Holiday Ale Festival in tact. Mostly. Perfect day: 50° and sunny for a 2pm kickoff. I was eager to work my way through the beers I mentioned in the "Must Try Five" List of Six Beers article. Very eager. Our pre-festival list held up very well under plenty of drinking scrutiny. It can be hit or miss coming up with... Read More »

The 2011 Holiday Ale Festival Begins

November 30, 2011
#haf2011 Kickoff is just hours away!  We will be sending out info during the opening hours of the fest, so keep your eyes here: #haf2011 for news from everyone tweeting from the festival, on our Twitter account for news from us, and on our Facebook page.  Don't forget, you can (and should!) also rate the Portland entries in the Holiday Ale Festival by going here and logging in with your Facebook account. Let the games begin! Read More »

Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza!

Tuesday November 29th 4pm-10pm Lompoc Sidebar Just a reminder about tomorrow night at the Lompoc Sidebar: Nine holiday beers released! From 4pm-10pm, you can check out this year's seasonal releases from the brewers at Lompoc Brewing. We talked about the releases in our previous article here, so we're just passing along the official press release for tomorrow night's big event. Don't let the looming Holiday Ale Festival scare you from going out on a Tuesday... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Holiday Ale Festival

November 25, 2011
For obvious reasons*, this is a photo from the Holiday Ale Festival. This is one of my top three favorite Portland beer events of the year. First of all, it's cold and rainy: my favorite kind of weather. Second, these beers are big and unique: my favorite kind of beer. And third, I can hop on the Max to get to and from the festival: my favorite kind of festival mode of transportation. This is... Read More »

2011 Holiday Ale Festival Beer Descriptions

November 25, 2011
Of the 42 beers listed below, this year's Holiday Ale Festival is made up of some big beers weighing in at an average of 7.9% ABV! Over the upcoming days, we'll be talking about some of the beers that we're looking forward to and hoping that you can chime in and give us your opinion as well over at our Facebook page.  Our team will be in full force at the fest this year for... Read More »

2011 Abyss Release Party at Deschutes Portland Pub

October 30, 2011
Nov. 15, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland (503) 296-4906 We promised details, and he they are!  You'll see me there for a four year vertical.  If you haven't had the willpower to store away bottles for the last three years, this will be your only chance to try all four years side by side. From the official press release: 2011 marks the sixth release of... Read More »

Burnside Brewing Jamaican-style Brewers Dinner with Simpatica

October 27, 2011
Burnside Brewing joins forces with Simpatica Catering and Laurelhurst Market executive chef David Kriefels to concoct a one of a kind four course Jamaican inspired beer pairing dinner at their dining hall on SE Ash. Burnside Brewing not even one year old is continuously pushing the boundaries of traditional American and German-style beer while always keeping in mind how beer plays off of food. This dinner at acclaimed restaurant Simpatica is a great chance to experiment with different styles of... Read More »

Halloween Candy in a Pint Glass: Night of the Living Ales

I'm excited to say that this year, my Halloween weekend won't consist of watching scary "B" movies on cable while consuming half of the candy I have designated for trick or treaters. This year, I will be sippin' holiday inspired beer at Burnside Brewery's, Night of the Living Ales, this Saturday, October 29th. Burnside Brewery, my favorite brewery thus far, will be hosting this event in their elaborately decorated brew house, with an adjacent covered... Read More »

Beer List for KillerBeerFest Announced!

The official beer list for KillerBeerFest has been released! Uh, wow! Not sure there's a beer on here I don't want to try. Brewpublic is showing off what they do best, and the evidence is below. Come out to Bailey's Taproom tomorrow and celebrate some great beer with some official Portland beer geeks! And don't forget to stop by Saraveza tonight to help Angelo and crew celebrate Brewpublic's 3rd Anniversary! Occidental Sweven Occidental's first Belgian-style... Read More »

Oakshire Brewing to Release Hellshire II, Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Oakshire Brewing Company Hellshire II Release Party November 12th, 12-4pm Feel free to file this post under "Not Soon Enough."  Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk at Oakshire Brewing has announced the second beer in their Hellshire reserve series beers. Last May, Oakshire debuted Hellshire I, an amazing bourbon barrel aged barleywine.  With that release, we saw about 1, maybe 2 cases of this beer hit each of your favorite Portland beer retailers.  It.  Was. Scarce. Hellshire II,... Read More »

KillerBeerWeek Rolls On with Killer Beers of Southern Oregon!

Bottles 5015 NE Fremont St. 5PM-close Brewpublic's KillerBeerWeek rolls on with Killer Beers of Southern Oregon at Bottles tonight: "Bottles has quickly asserted itself as one of the best places for great beer in not only the Beaumont Neighborhood, but also in Portland. Oregon is a big-ass state so we’ve decided to head south and wrangle up a nice assortment of craft beers from Southern Oregon breweries such as SOB, Caldera, Wild River, Klamath Basin,... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Killer Beer Week!

October 14, 2011
Brewpublic's annual Killer Beer Week is back, and it kicks off in just two days!  Jeck out the awesome events coming up next week in the official press release: It’s official, KillerBeerWeek is back and this time Brewpublic has gone bigger than ever before. Starting on Sunday October 16 and lasting until Sunday October 23, KillerBeerWeek aims to deliver some of the best and most interesting beers the region has to offer at some of the best pubs in... Read More »

Brewer’s Dinner at Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

October 14, 2011
On Friday October 21, Matt Van Wyk from Oakshire Brewing in Eugene will be hosting the next Brewer’s Dinner at Wildwood Restaurant & Bar. He is bringing a fun lineup of seasonal and one-off beers to pair with six courses from Sous Chef Paul Kasten. Matt and Paul teamed up last week to work the Farm to Table Pavilion at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO, and are looking forward to sharing some... Read More »

Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Just in from Cascade Brewing (kicking off in about an hour so I'm just passing this straight through from the official press release): Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm is "LIVE: Elderberry II." This live barrel of NW-style sour red ale was initially aged for 14 months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries for five months. Sharp dark port, raisins, black currants and hints of red peppercorns greet you in the nose.... Read More »

Lolatoberfest Release Party at the Lucky Lab

Tomorrow night, LOLA (Ladies of Lagers and Ales)  will be releasing it's latest creation at the Lucky Lab Quimby Beer Hall.  Coinciding with the LOLA release, the Lab will also be releasing two fresh hop beers!  Check uot the details below in the official press release: Lolatoberfest Release Party Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 4pm The Lucky Labrador 1945 NW Quimby Street LOLA will be celebrating the release of Lolatoberfest at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall (1945 NW Quimby) on Tuesday October 4th, 2011 starting... Read More »

Monster Mash Release Party at the Sidebar

Lompoc Sidebar Friday, Sept. 30th 4pm-11pm 3901A N Williams Ave Portland, Oregon This Friday at the New Old Lompoc Sidebar, plenty of amazing beers will be pouring. Of course, the headliner is Monster Mash Imperial Porter which will be pouring on draft and available in bottles. Weighing in a 8.1% ABV, the beer is not one of those boozy, overpowering imperial style beers. Instead, the focus of this beer is the balance of all of... Read More »

Of Pints and Men, a Beer Art Show at Gigantic Gallery!

Photography by Matt Wiater Paintings by Ian Seniff Cheers Deschutes! I am very excited to announce that two of us from are being featured in the show "Of Pints and Men" at Gigantic Gallery.  Ian Seniff and I are taking part in this month's exhibit, which includes photography, paintings and illustrations all about beer. I will be showing photography from several breweries: Amnesia Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Hair of the... Read More »

A Walk Through Fire & Brimstone: A Celebration of Smoke & Chili Beers

September 28, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Elii Walsh's inaugural post with our blog. She will be drinking her way through Portland and writing about her adventures. Please join me in welcoming her to her new home at! In the bottle shop of the Hop and Vine, a carefully chosen selection of smoke and chili beers, mainly from Oregon, (with guest stars from Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, and even the Netherlands) were set up Saturday the 24th and... Read More »

A Traditionalists Review of BiKETOBEERFEST

Having been raised in a family with strong German roots, I have been to many Oktoberfest's. I love the taste of a good Bratwurst, weisswurst, potato pancakes and spatzel. I love the smell of the German food cooking, the sound of polka playing (only during Oktoberfest) and seeing people dressed in their lederhosen and dirndls laughing, dancing and having a good old Deutsch time. BiKETOBEERFEST isn't that. It's more like the strange second or third... Read More »

Fire & Brimstone: Official List of Smoke & Chili Beers

September 20, 2011
Looks like a spectacular event going on at the The Hop & Vine this weekend: All smoke and chili beers!  This event is a great way to see how different, mostly local, breweries create their unique versions of these styles.  From the official press release: Where there is smoke there is fire and The Hop & Vine is boiling with anticipation to be bringing them to the first annual Fire & Brimstone: A celebration of smoke & chili beers.... Read More »


BiKETOBERFEST returns this Saturday, September 17th for everything bicycles and beer: group rides, stunt shows, huffy toss, breakdancers, bands, and vendors! Last year's event was a full day in the sun full of great music, flying bikes, and 15 organic beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery. This year should be the same, with the weather promising more sunshine and a perfect high of 70°! See the official press release below.   Portland, OR—BiKETOBEERFEST, the world's only... Read More »

The Beermongers 2nd Anniverary Festival Opening Taplists Announced!

September 9, 2011
The mostly finalized taplist for this weekend's anniversary festival at The Beermongers has been announced, and it looks fantastic! Wits, Barleywines, Stouts, Blends, IPAs, Vintages, and on and on! Stop by this weekend and help Beermongers celebrate a great two years! Saturday, September 10, 12-9PM Sunday, September 11, 12-8PM GO HERE! $15 Admission = Festival Glass + 7 tasting tickets Additional Tickets $1 each 21+OVER CASH ONLY! Outside starting taplist: Astoria Solar Dog IPA Barley... Read More »

Abe Fest this Sunday at Bailey's Taproom

September 2, 2011
Sad and curled up on the couch every Sunday because Bailey's Taproom isn't open?  Well, there's a reason to rejoice this Sunday as Bailey's Taproom opens it's doors for Abe Fest!  Abram Goldman-Armstrong is known for sideburns, rallying the Timbers Army, and many of us know him as the champion of the Cascadian Dark Ale.  Check out this great article on Abe and Cascadian Dark Ales over on Brewpublic. Abe Fest Sunday, September 4th, 2pm-8pm Bailey's Taproom... Read More »

7th Annual Widmer Oktoberfest

It's back again for another year: the Widmer Oktoberfest! Games, beer, food, beer, music, beer, great big souvenir glass stein, and last but not least, beer!  Last year's was a lot of fun, check out the details below for this year's lineup (or see the photos from last year's party).  From the official press release: PORTLAND, Ore. – Sept. 2, 2011 – Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Oktoberfest returns for a seventh year celebrating Munich-style ales and German... Read More »

Destination: Bend BrewFest 2011

August 31, 2011
Photo ©2011 Ian Lass. If you've spent enough time living here in Portland then odds are that you have made the 3 and a half hour trip southeast to our other beer mecca that is called Bend. If you haven't... well then crawl out from under your rock. Besides offering everything an outdoors enthusiast craves from kayaking, hiking, caving, horseback riding, skiing and snowboarding and many other activities, it goes without saying that Bend offers... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

Normally, it's easy to look our Fermented Photo feature and say 'Yep, that's a beer.' This week, it's bit more cerebral. Nope, no beer in the photo. In fact, if this photo weren't on a beer site, you'd be saying to yourself, "That's a pretty girl doing some pretty music." Or something similar, and probably even a bit more poetic. But this is a beer site. So I can guarantee that I had a beer... Read More »

2011 Lucky Labrador Hop Harvest

The annual Lucky Lab Hop Harvest celebration is happening on Tuesday August 30th. This year it seemed like the hops would never take off, but finally in August a few hot days allowed the hop growers to finally get their babies into usable cones. Hop Harvest celebrates the people who grow hops in their yard or on their farm for the pure joy of growing. Harvest your hops, regardless of what type and bring them... Read More »

Beer Bloggers Conference Descends on Portland

First of all, hello to everyone joining us from out of town for the 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference!  It should be a great time and I look forward to meeting all of the people I've talked to via blog/phone/sms/twitter/fb/email/telegraph/etc. The Beer Bloggers Conference unofficially kicks off tonight with a pub crawl hosted by members of the pdxbeerbloggers group.  Bill Night and Charles Culp will be leading visitors through Portland by foot and by rail.  Officially, tomorrow... Read More »

The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery: An American Quad

Let's start this off by admitting that I know very little about the Belgian Quadrupel style.  I've had several versions, La Trappe Quadrupel, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Trappistes Rochefort 10, Allagash Grand Cru, and so forth. However, compared to the amount of Portland and Oregon based beer that I have to drink for this site, the numbers are very small. There are very few Quadrupel style ales brewed in the Portland and even fewer bottled.... Read More »

Organic Beer and Bacon Pairing Presented by Bison Brewing

August 17, 2011
Grain and Gristle Tavern 1473 NE Prescott Portland, Oregon 97211 503-298-5007 Sunday, August 21st, 2-5pm $21 for 7 3oz organic beers and 7 bacon samples Another great event for PDX Beer Week has been announced. What is better than a delicious organic beer and bacon pairing for brunch this Sunday? I can't come up with an answer, can you? Check out the press release below. When asked to put together an event for PDX Beer... Read More »

Deschutes Street Fare on Thursday

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave. Portland, OR Portland Pub (503) 296-4906 The 2nd Annual Street Fare, featuring street cart vendors, Deschutes Brewery beer and live music guarantee to wow you, your friends, and even your mother! Join us on August 18th as we shut down the street in front of our Pub from 5-9 PM for our most excellent party of the year! Proceeds benefit Morrison Child and Family Services and the entry... Read More »

Mighty Mites - A Session Beer Festival

Presented by: Beervana and Coalition Brewing Saturday, August 27, noon until the beer runs out Coalition Brewing Patio (Behind the pub at the Grilled Cheese Grill) 2724 SE Ankeny Street Higher gravity beers are the norm out here. In fact, for the 450+ beers we track made right here in Portland, the mean ABV is 6.58%. Jeff Alworth, writer of PDX's esteemed Beervana blog, brings us the Mighty Mites Festival at Coalition Brewing, an event... Read More »

BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge Fundraiser at Blitz Ladd

August 15, 2011
BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge Blitz Ladd Sports Pub 2239 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 236-3592 Saturday August 20 and Sunday 21, 2011 11am-10pm both days Blitz Ladd’s third annual BBQ Competition and IPA Challenge takes place August 20 and 21 and benefits the Bald Faced Truth Foundation. Portland, Ore – As summer has hit its stride it’s time to head outdoors and enjoy some of the best flavors the region has to offer. The... Read More »

Oakshire Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer at Bottles in PDX

Tonight at 5p at Bottles, meet Oakshire Brewing's Matt Van Wyk and taste 8 great Oakshire beers on tap! Read More »

Portland Beer Week Celebrates the World’s Most Vibrant Beer Community

August 9, 2011
Official announcements have been made, with more on the way.  On the heels of Oregon Craft Beer month, comes PDX Beer Week, another celebration of beer in Portland.  Rather than a centralized festival, events will be hosted at Portland's best beer venues, neighborhoods, taprooms, and breweries.   Some of the official events are announced below, with more on the way.  The complete list of more than 24 events (and more still being added) can be... Read More »

Block 15 La Ferme de la Ville Provision Portland Release Party

Sometimes an event announcement comes out and I want to keep it all to myself.  It literally hurts me to post it.  The fact is, the more of you that show up, the less beer I get.  It's simple math. This Friday at Beermongers is no exception.  Nick Arzner from Block 15 Brewing in Corvallis is coming up to Portland with several cases of his latest bottle creation: La Ferme de la Ville.  Last year, I... Read More »

Thoughts on the 2011 Portland International Beer Festival

Photo © 2011 Ian Lass Bier. Beoir. Biru. Ol. Pivo. Cervesa. Beer. No matter what language you speak, there is one thing all craft beer drinkers know and they know when they are drinking great and original beer. The Portland International Beer Festival is a unique experience and a nice change of pace from the usual beer festival that features only local beers. This is a melting pot with nearly every corner of the world... Read More »

Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month’s Most Drinkable Brews at Blitz Summer Session

July 29, 2011
Blitz Ladd Sports Bar Back Lot 2239 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214. 503-236-3592 Summer is the perfect season to session. Warmer, longer days pair perfectly with lighter “session” beers.  Many people, from the novice beer ponger to the uber beer geek, can appreciate great beer and are now discerning between lighter craft session beers and macro beer. While many of these fine brews are light in color and lower in alcohol, they represent a... Read More »

24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

It's finally here! The 24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival began yesterday at Tom McCall Waterfront park. This event has been on my mind since first hearing about it a few months ago. I was told, or you could say warned, to bring a huge jug of water and an even larger jug of patience to deal with the enormous lines, hot sun, and beer-crazed festival goers, ready to let their hair down. For those of... Read More »

Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrates Oregon Craft Beer Month with a Beer Bar Brunch

Widmer Brothers Gasthaus Pub 955 N Russell Street Portland, Oregon PORTLAND, Ore. – July 26, 2011 – Widmer Brother Brewing’s Beer Bar Brunch will celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month and Oregon Brewers Festival weekend with a special event featuring a buffet paired with handcrafted beers and a beer blending bar. The brunch will take place Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Widmer Brothers Brewing. WHAT: The 24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival... Read More »

Roscoe's 2nd Annual Oregon Craft Beer Summit

Ripped from the headlines! Well, ok, ripped from Roscoe's Facebook Events Page. But ripped nonetheless. Actually, Co-owner Jeremy sent this to me, so it's not ripped at all. It is, however, a great beer lineup at a great place. Take a look: Get ready to show some love for our amazing Oregon Breweries. Roscoe's 2nd Annual Oregon Craft Beer Summit is coming up on Friday July 29th beginning at 4PM with great Oregon beer flowing... Read More »

Groupon Portland Partners with Glen Hay Falconer Foundation During Portland Beer Day

On July 28th, in celebration of my birthday, Groupon will be focused on the best beer deals in Portland.  Thanks Groupon, what a nice present.  UPDATE: I was just informed by Groupon that this event is happening tomorrow because of the kick-off of the Oregon Brewer's Festival and while my birthday is "super-awesome", it apparently has nothing to do with these offers tomorrow. Whatevs. Portland, OR (July 22, 2011) -- Groupon (, a shopping website that... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Barrel House Special Beer Releases

Not that you need a reason, or in this case several, to go to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, but below you'll find several convincing incentives to stop by this week. For four days, there will be a special bar opening up on the production side of the facility (from 3pm to 10pm), serving new, rare, and vintage beers. You'll see some never-before-tasted editions along with some old favorites. Just check out the details below... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Festival: Buzz Beer Lineup

Below is a list of the beers pouring in the 2011 OBF Buzz Tent.  These beers stray from the conventional list by being a little more aggressive, a bit more rare, and a tad more expensive.  The Buzz Beer tent was added to the festival in 2009 to not only increase the beer variety, but also to cater more toward the beer geek crowd.   While the fest provides a lot of beer variety, many... Read More »

BridgePort Brewing OBF Events

OBF Block Party – July 30th, 3-8pm – BridgePort Brewpub in the Pearl It’s the second most wonderful time of the year! Brew Fest in Oregon! This year, BridgePort will be celebrating  in typical Oregon fashion – with beers, brews and bands. On July 30th, we’ll be closing down NW 13th Ave outside the brewpub for food and brews from BridgePort along with music from Kasey Anderson, Will West and the Strangetones. Free and open to the public, families are welcome and... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Oregon Farmhouse Brewers Night at The BeerMongers

July 21, 2011
Join Upright Brewing, Beetje Brewing, and Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales at The BeerMongers on Friday July 22 for a special evening Belgian and French Inspired Beers. Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum and Gerritt Ill will be pouring a special keg of their Alphaphylactic Hop, a piquant, floral, and bold hybrid ale brewed with their house Illganumberg yeast strain and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Apollo hops. Upright's inventive approach to the craft pulls from a wide range of French and Belgian... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Festival: 2011 Beer Lineup

Alright, the 24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival is upon us! Starting next Thursday, we will be seeing hordes of people flocking to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River for their choice of beer from 84 different breweries. Covering a whopping 33 beer styles, the beer festival shows off beer from 14 different states, with Oregon representing 46 of the beer choices. Not listed below, and rotating quickly throughout the festival, are 51... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Festival: The Making of a Festival

Portland Fruit Beer Festival Saturday June 11th 11am-9pm Sunday June 12th 11am-6pm Burnside Brewing 7th and East Burnside Portland, OR 97214 The inaugural Portland Fruit Beer Festival kicks off tomorrow.  We've mentioned it a few times already on the blog (official press release, main beer list, rare beer list, more event details, beer sampling preview), tweeted about the festival, and discussed it in person with you.  The hype machine is churning and spinning ever faster,... Read More »

LOLA Kolsch Release Party Tonight at the Lucky Lab

Come out and celebrate the first public beer release from the Ladies of Lagers & Ales tonight at the Lucky Lab Northwest location.  The party kicks off at 4:30pm and goes through 9:30pm.  From the Release Party Facebook page: Join LOLA and the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall for the release of the LOLA Kolsch! This brew is a first for the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) crew with no less than a dozen women... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Festival: A Sneak Peek

What a sweet weekend it's been! 80 degree weather, Portland Rose Festival and the chance to sample some of the fruit beers that will make an appearance at the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, next Saturday and Sunday. Burnside Brewery and Ezra Johnson-Greenough hosted a media preview Friday afternoon, that included 8 samples of some of the most interesting beer I've ever tasted. My experience with fruit beer is pretty limited. I once ordered a bottle... Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Amnesia Brewing

June 3, 2011
Since we're coming up on Amnesia Brewing's Single Hop Festival tomorrow, I dug way back in the archives for this shot.  These are very early batches from Amnesia Brewing: #14, #15, #16, #17, dating all the way back to January 2004. These tape strips are used to temporarily label what's currently in the fermentation and serving vessels. Amnesia made a habit of keeping these and slapping them on the cooler (also seen here).  We'll see you tomorrow! Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Festival: Eats, Activities, and Transportation

The first annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival is less than two weeks away and the beer list is looking pretty darn delicious. They’re now up to 31 fruit beers being presented next weekend, which will include recently announced Burnside’s Marionberry Berliner-Weisse, to the rare rotating tap list. This is a slightly tart wheat beer with a mild fruitiness and fermented with a lactic bacteria in addition to the German ale yeast resulting in the slightly... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Fest: Rare Beer Taplist Announced

Saturday June 11th 11am-9pm Sunday June 12th 11am-6pm Portland Fruit Beer Festival Burnside Brewing 7th and East Burnside Portland, OR 97214 Fifteen more beers were announced today for the First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival!  These rare beers are an addition to the inaugural list announce a couple of weeks ago.  This festival is shaping up to be a great event.  More news to come: we'll talk about other partnerships and activities at the festival... Read More »

Fifth Annual Oregon Zoo Brew

June 1, 2011
Just a quick reminder that the 2011 Oregon Zoo Brew is happening this Friday, June 3rd from 5 - 10 pm.  Breweries representing include: Ambacht Brewing Alameda Brewhouse Anchor Brewing Company Blue Mountain Cider BridgePort Brewing Cascade Brewing Columbia River Brewing Co. Crater Lake Soda Deschutes Brewery Fish Brewing Company Full Sail Brewing Co. INC Golden Valley Hopworks Urban Brewery Klamath Basin Brewery Kona Brewing Company Lagunitas Brewing Co. Laurelwood Brewing Co. Lompoc Brewing Co.... Read More »

Concordia Ale House's Washington Cup Results 2011

The results of the Washington Cup were released and it looks like Hale's Supergoose took the most votes and was named captain of Washington for next year's Beer Brawl. Here's a list of the Washington contendors and winners: Everybody's Country Boy IPA  (3rd place) Walking Man IPA Mac-N-Jack's IPA  (2nd Place) Big Al's IPA  (4th place) Hale's Supergoose IPA  (1st place) Diamond Knot IPA Elysian "The Immortal"  IPA Dick's IPA Lazy Boy IPA Pike's IPA So,... Read More »

Concordia Ale House Washington Cup 2011

Concordia Ale House Washington Cup 2011 (© Rachael Bennett) I have never been to a brawl, let alone a Beer Brawl, so I decided to head over to Concordia Ale House for the start of their Washington Cup to see what it was all about.  I knew there would be some sort of judging, and of course drinking, so I jumped on the opportunity of combining my two favorite hobbies. When I arrived, I was presented... Read More »

Amnesia Single Hop Fest

On Saturday June 4th, Amnesia Brewing will host a mini beer fest dedicated to one hop beers.  These are beers made with just one variety of hop throughout the brewing process from bittering to finishing. There will be eight guest breweries each with a unique style of beer and each beer made with a unique hop variety. Amnesia will also be featuring two single hop seasonals of their own. Also, Along with each beer poured will be a whole... Read More »

Portland Fruit Beer Festival - Beers and Brewery Lineup Announced!

Just in: Below is the list of breweries and beers for the first annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival.  There is quite a wide variety of styles represented, from Gose and Farmhouse ales to Browns and Stouts.  Three are even a few blends and barrel-aged beers in the mix.  As we get closer to the festival, more beers will be announced for their indoor taplist of rare, on-of-a-kind beers.  The official press release: The Portland Fruit Beer Festival set... Read More »

Beer and Cheesecake for Mother's Day!

May 3, 2011
Join Sarah Pederson of Saraveza and Lisa Morrison, the Beer Goddess, for a unique Mother’ s Day event: Beer & Cheesecake! SUN, May 8th, 1-3pm @ Saraveza’s backspace 5433 N Michigan Ave Discover YOUR perfect craft beer and cheesecake pair! Enjoy samples of 6 savory and sweet cheesecakes made by local bakers & brewers as well as 8+ craft beers. $30 per person. Space is limited, purchase tickets now at Saraveza! This event benefits the... Read More »

First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival

A new festival has been added to Portland's list of annual beer celebrations. This year kicks off the first annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival. The press release is below, more thoughts and details as we get closer to mid-june. Portland, OR -  A new kind of beer festival kicks off this June outside of one of Portland's newest breweries, Burnside Brewing. Fruit beers are the red-headed stepchild of craft beer, often overlooked by beer lovers because... Read More »

The Spring Beer and Wine Festival Preview

A festive plastic beer mug replaced my usual coffee mug this morning. The second press preview for the Spring Beer and Wine Festival, led by author and radio talk show host, Lisa Morrison, began at 10:30am today. My breakfast consisted of beer, a little port wine, some mouthwatering caramel, and a wee shot of gin; a balanced breakfast indeed. Spring Beer and Wine Festival April 22 & 23, 2011 Friday & Saturday 12:00 noon till... Read More »

Let the Beer Journey Begin

Editor's Note: Before we continue with our regularly scheduled program, I just wanted to introduce our newest contributor, Rachael Bennett! Rachael has come to us from Boise, ID and is excited to learn about our beer culture here in PDX. Through her uncorrupted, starry eyes, she'll be posting about her new adventures as she explore the wonders of the Portland beer scene. This week, she gets to hang out with Lisa Morrison and cut her... Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Microhopic 3

April 10, 2011
Here's the newest upcoming event put on by Brewpublic: BREWPUBLIC is pleased to announce our next event. MICROHOPIC is a series showcasing new and interesting breweries and beer styles from around Oregon. In our third installment of MICROHOPIC, our friends at Migration Brewing Company will host and participate in this unique tasting experience. In addition to Migration's fine house brews, we will also be showcasing newer releases from Amnesia Brewing, Beetje Brewery, Breakside Brewery, and Burnside Brewing. These five Portland... Read More »

Widmer Brothers Brewing Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition with Arts & Draughts

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 28, 2011 – Widmer Brother Brewing's Arts & Draughts will celebrate the 78th anniversary of repeal of Prohibition with a special event celebrating a new look and new releases from the Brewery as well as the craft of local beer, food, and artistry. Festivities will take place Thursday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at LeftBank Annex. WHAT: April 7th is a day with many historical references - the... Read More »

Set Home Brew Free Event at F.H. Steinbart's

April 1, 2011
From the official event post: "Saturday April 2nd, which is this upcoming Saturday, we will be hosting a "Set Home Brew Free" event. We along with members of the Oregon Brew Crew will be celebrating the passage of SB 444 by inviting home brewers, professional brewers, beer bloggers and connoisseurs out to share samples of beer with each other. Why, you might ask? Because we can! The event begins when our shop opens at 9am,... Read More »


February 16, 2011
2011 President's Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state's 3rd annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers. Got a favorite brewery? Got a favorite beer? This is your chance to get into the brewery, talk to the brewers, and sample... Read More »

2011 Big Beer and Barleywine Festival Beer List

Hot off the presses is this year's Big Beer and Barleywine Festival beer list from the Lucky Lab. Of course, by the time we get to the event, it may be known as a festeroon, tastival, festerival, or something else as in year's past. Whatever the name, it's plenty of big beers, barleywines, verticals, and vintage releases. It's a favorite event of mine, full of interesting beers and fun people. You can check out photos... Read More »

Scottish Ale Festival

Portland's first annual Scottish Ale Festival is coming up this Saturday from 3 to 11 pm. Hosted by the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, the event will take place on the production side of the building at 939 SE Belmont St. Nine regional breweries will pour 11 different Scottish and Scotch Ales.  The event will also feature traditional Scottish music by Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg's band, Stone Porridge, plus a few bagpipers thrown in the mix. The... Read More »

Holiday Ale Festival 2010 Preview

November 30, 2010
Well, here we are again.   It's time for another great Holiday Ale Festival here in Portland.  It's also time for us to wimp out and not tell you exactly what to expect.   But that is part of the draw of the festival: expect to be surprised.   Of course, we've posted the beer list and the Rare Beer tapping schedule, but words are only 2% of the fun. Last night, some of us were... Read More »

2010 Holiday Ale Festival Beer List

November 29, 2010
OK, here's the somewhat finalized list of regular beers and special tappings happening at this year's Holiday Ale Festival.  While it's not set in stone, this should be a very accurate list of what to expect later this week.  Notes from last night's Media Preview up next. Rare Beer Tapping Schedule: Wed. 2 pm 2005 Samichlaus 2009 New Belgium Love 2008 Oskar Blues Ten-Fiddy Firestone 14th Anniversary Thurs. 2 pm Lompoc Brewing 8 Malty Nights Deschutes... Read More »

Lompoc Brewing Announces Release of Eight Holiday Beers, Including Two for Hanukkah

PORTLAND, Ore. - Nov. 16, 2010 - The Lompoc brewers have been as busy as elves preparing for the holiday season.  This year, they are releasing eight different holiday beers - including two for Hanukkah. The Lompoc Holiday Beers Release Party will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 4 to 10 pm at the Lompoc Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. next to Pix Patisserie. This year's offerings include Blitzen Golden Ale, Brewdolph Belgian... Read More »

Volunteer at the Holiday Ale Festival

November 2, 2010
According to the Holiday Ale Website: "Shifts are filling up fast! If you want to be part of the 2010 HAF and get cool free swag and beer tickets, you better sign up before it's too late!"  Sure, you can support the festival by drinking beer, but why not meet some cool people and help the cause that you love so dearly? Though not finalized, this year's event is shaping up to be another great... Read More »

Brewpublic KillerBeerWeek 2010

From the Press Releases: Never content to be just another blog like this one, is throwing yet another event in Portland. This one marks the second anniversary of the site, and what a short, not-so-strange trip it's been. In fact, in the meager two years the site has been around, Angelo and Co. have thrown a lot of events, written countless articles on beer in Portland and elsewhere, and somehow, has covered almost every... Read More »

Upright Beer Release Party Tonight

September 24, 2010
Whether you have plans tonight or not, you may want to change them:  Check out the new details to Upright Brewing's bottle release party tonight.  Along with the relase of their "unnamed strong lager brewed in tribute to the only band that mattered in the 80's brit punk invasion*", you can also look forward to: Tonight, 4:30p-9:00p at Upright Brewing. 240 N. Broadway @ Leftbank Project Suite 2 Portland, OR 97227 (503) 735-5337 Our newest... Read More »

Der Rheinlander's Oktoberfest Starts Tonight

September 24, 2010
Starting tonight, Der Rheinlander and Gustav's Bier Stube are throwing thei annual Oktoberfest. Unlike some of the breweries around town that have pitched their own versions, this one is a bit more traditional in the sense that they are featuring actual German beers. Beers including Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, and Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen imported from Germany will be available. Living in Portland, you're probably used to ales as they rule the beer scene around here.... Read More »

Saturday's Beer Events

September 10, 2010
A quick look at our upcoming events page shows us that tomorrow is a big day for Portland beer lovers.  Between them, these events have bike rides, pig roasts, live music, new beer releases, and a promise of 70° and sunny skies.  Get out and get some beer! Luck Labrador's Tour De Lab Columbia River Brewing's Grand Opening (11a - 11p) Widmer Brother's Oktoberfest (3p-11:30p) Lompoc Brewing's Oktoberfest (Noon-8p) Read More »

Brewpublic Presents Microhopic!

September 7, 2010
Not only is the beer list great, but you might even be able to rub shoulders with PDX Beer Celebrity and host Angelo. PORTLAND, OR –Brewpublic is pleased to announce our second Microhopic event featuring some of the area’s smallest commercial breweries and even a few we’re sure you have not experienced before. Microhopic 2 is not a nano beer event. We like to think of it more as a pico, femto, atto, zepto, or... Read More »

Scenes from BiKETOBEERFEST 2010

Custom bikes, flatland riders, live music, beer, and 70 degrees! Oh, I'll be back next year. In support of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland Sunday Parkways, Hopworks Urban Brewery threw a great party for cycling support and awareness in Portland. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

HUB's BiKETOBEERFEST: Portland's Little Secret

Summer in Portland, Oregon means a different beer fest every weekend. Usually these festivals are laden with lines that last thirty minutes, tents crowded with shirtless boys whooping every ten seconds and all of the unique beers disappearing on the first day.  Keep in mind, I am not complaining.  I enjoy any event centered around drinking new beer.  I am merely putting my new love for the Hopworks' BiKETOBEERFEST into context. While I strolled through the... Read More »


August 27, 2010
So, you live in Portland and it's a Saturday. How are you going to spend your weekend? Likely, you'll spend it riding your bike and drinking good beer. Why not do both at the Hopworks Brewery's BiKETOBEERFEST? On Saturday, August 28th, Hopworks will host the annual celebration that includes bands, bike games and 15 beers on tap. It goes from noon until ten p.m. and only costs two dollars. This is a family friendly event.... Read More »

Scenes From The Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

I'll put up another post about last week's Deschutes Brewery Street Fare when we get some hard numbers: attendance, money raised, etc.   For now, enjoy some photos from what ended up being one of my favorite events this year: Deschutes beer, delicious food, great music, and an energetic crowd! Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Imperial Birthday Beer Week

As if Oregon Craft Beer Month didn't give me enough to do, I decided to enjoy a self-imposed Imperial Birthday Beer Week: on each of the seven days surrounding my birthday, I sought out an Oregon brewed imperial beer.  I didn't give much preparation to the challenge, I just woke up Sunday and decided to give it a try.  How hard would it be to find (and drink) one imperial beer each day for a... Read More »

Upcoming Deschutes Brewery Events

August 5, 2010
Below are a couple of beer events on the horizon from Deschutes Brewery.  The Street Fare event is next week in Portland, and looks like a lot of fun: wide variety of food and beer, music, and a great cause: Morrison Child and Family Services. And—as if you need an excuse to go to Bend—check out the Little Woody Festival (bourbon barrel-aged beer festival) in early September.  Details below... As always, keep an eye on... Read More »

Concordia Cup 2010 Results

What a way to end Oregon Beer Craft Month: twelve unmarked Oregon Imperial IPAs in 3 ounce tasters for $13!  Of course, not everyone out there is a hophead, but for those of us that love big imperial IPAs, this is a fun event every year.  Work your way through the tasters, take some notes, and mark your top contender on the ballot.  Concordia Ale House does heavy lifting when it comes to counting the... Read More »

What I Learned at this Year's OBF

Ah, Brew Fest, my favorite weekend in Portland.  The temperature rises exponentially throughout the day, and just when it is about to become unbearable, a nice cool breeze rolls in from the Willamette.  Breweries haul out their best work in order impress both beer drinking amateurs and aficionados.  Friends gather to drink good brew and make new friends.  It truly is an experience. So why does this wonderful weekend have to end?  Mostly because if... Read More »

Oregon Brewers Festival 2010

I'm feeling very sentimental after the opening day of this year's Oregon Brewers Festival.  Maybe it was the beer.  Maybe it's just because I'm getting older.  Maybe it was listening to Elliot Smith's XO on the Max ride home.  Maybe it was the beer.  Wait, did I say that one already?  Yeah, it was definitely the beer. As most of you know, some select media gets treated to a festival preview in order to taste... Read More »

2010 North American Organic Brewers Festival

It's that time of year again, and the 6th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival is upon us.  What does that mean?   Beer, sun, music, and a bit of organic education.  This year, there are around 50 different beers that cover a huge variety of styles, including: Witbiers, Belgian-style Scotch Ales, Biere de Gardes, Blondes, Fruit Wheats, Spruce Ales, Bohemian Pilsners, Saisons, Browns, Lagers, Ryes, and on and on (see the beer list below).... Read More »

Concordia Ale House's Washington Cup Results

2010 Washington Cup contenders and winners (in the order on the taster tray): Mac-N-Jacks African Amber Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA (4th place) Baron Uberweiss Diamond Knot XIPA (2nd place) Salmon Creek King Salmon IPA Hales SuperGoose IPA (1st place) Everybody's Seasonal IPA Lazy Boy IPA Dick's Imperial Red (3rd Place) Walkingman's Knuckle Dragger The Washington Cup decides who will captain their state's team in the upcoming Beer Brawl IV: Concordia Ale House's great event pitching... Read More »

NAOBF Volunteer Recruitment Party

Going to the North American Organic Brewers Festival this year?  Why not volunteer and give a little back to the beer community that you love so much!   This year, Roots Organic Brewing is holding a volunteer recruitment party with a lot of perks to get you in the mood.   Along with the party, if you volunteer for a four hour shift at the fest, you'll get beer tokens, a t-shirt. From the press... Read More »

2010 Cheers To Belgian Beers List

Some info from the Oregon Brewers Guild: 05/01/2010 Hopworks Urban Brewery Upper Parking Lot 2944 SE Powell Blvd Portland 503-232-4677 Noon-9pm Admission is Free. $5 for tasting goblet which is required to taste. $1 for tastes. Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers started three years ago to help introduce Oregonians to the breadth of style and flavors of beers brewed in Belgium. The first year had 10 brewers pouring 10 beers at the Rock Bottom Brewery... Read More »

AKA 2010 Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Tasting

In the past, it's been called a tastival. It's also been called a festeroon. This year? Who knows. But a festival by any other name would be as sweet! Whatever the name, you'll be tasting barleywines and big beers! The Lucky Lab's Ben Flerchinger just sent me the newest list: 46 beers with an average ABV of 9.8%—big beers indeed! Ben also said to expect about 15 or 20 more offerings by the time the... Read More »

This Week's Portland Beer Events

April 27, 2009
There's a lot going on this week. Let's get to it! Tuesday (2009-04-28) Green Dragon's Meet the Brewer: Laurelwood's Chad Kennedy 6PM to 8PM Featured Beers: Green Mammoth Imperial IPA: The Imperial version of Laurelwood's popular Organic IPA, with Cascade Ahtanum and Amarillo hops. Saison: To create this unique beer, Laurelwood used Organic malted barley, white wheat malt, oats, maize, and Belgian candy sugar. Subtle notes of citrus are added by the use of orange... Read More »

Meet the Brewers: Lompoc Brewing

Jonathan Berry and Brian Kielty of Lompoc Brewing. Not pictured: [the other guy] Get out to the Green Dragon tomorrow night to check out some great beers and meet up with the brewers from the New Old Lompoc's 5th Quadrant: Jonathan Berry, Brian Kielty, and [the new guy]. I met up with all three of them at the Firkin Fest this past weekend, and unfortunately, due to several cask ales and lack of a notebook,... Read More »

July is Oregon Craft Beer Month!

Wow, we just got the events list from the Oregon Brewers Guild and holy #%@%%$, it's good to be a beer drinker in Oregon! I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. Walking you through this one step at a time would take hours, and neither you or I have that kind of time if we're going to seriously prepare for July...JulyFirst of all, there is something going on every single day in... Read More »

Upcoming June Events

June 3, 2008
June Beer events in Portland. You can't complain about a lack of beer things to do this month. First of all, Belmont Station has some great tastings this month which include draft and bottle selections. As always, they also run specials during these tasting so it a great time to stock up on your favorites: Hale's Ales: June 3rd, 6-8PM Dick's Beer: June 10th, 6-8PM Grand Tetons: June 16th, 6-8PM Fish Tale Organic Ales: June... Read More »

Barleywine Flight Night, @ Belmont Station Wednesday April 2nd

"BARLEYWINE FLIGHT NIGHT. 5-10 PM. Enjoy 3 ounce samples of 5 great bottled Barleywines for only $6 (yes, the $6 gets you a 3 oz. sample of all 5). Bison Organic, Butte Creek Trainwreck, Bridgeport Old Knucklehead, Stone Old Guardian, Full Sail Old Boardhead." Great price, great Barleywines! Is there a better way to spend a Wednesday? Check it out at Belmont Station. Winter is not over! Read More »

Abyss & Coffee Girl

March 13, 2008
Abyss After the release of my "12 Days of Abyss" posts, I was accused of buying, and then drinking, all of the Abyss in Portland. Sure, I drank a lot. But based on unbiased third-party research, it turns out that I only bought and drank 83% of that fateful 2nd small batch delivered to PDX at the end of January 2008. See?But it's not over. On Monday, March 17 Belmont Station will be "tapping two... Read More »

Roots Three Year Anniversary Party

Roots Organic Brewing Co. I just received an email from Craig Nicholls over at Roots Brewing Company with the following information:"Roots Organic Brewing Co. is turning 3 years old! We had a very successful year full of growth and expansion, new food and beers, great art shows and music and we know we couldn't have done it without you!So Roots would like to show our appreciation to all our loyal customers by offering everything on... Read More »