Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Ale Festival 2013

Wednesday December 4th kicks off the 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival, one of our favorite beer fests! Instead of listing the available taps, which can be seen here, we decided to give you some fun facts! Hope to see you all there this weekend. Cheers!


• 18th year of the festival; it was founded in 1995 as the Winter Ale Festival, ran for two years, then took a hiatus in 1997. It returned as the Holiday Ale Festival in 1998 and has run consecutively ever since.

• 49 products are poured in the main festival: 47 beers, one cider and one braggot.

• At least 16 additional products are poured as special limited tappings; in most cases, these rare or vintage brews are limited to just one single keg. They are allocated to four special tappings on Wednesday through

• The lowest alcohol beer is Rock Bottom Brewing’s “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid,” a Helles that comes in at 4.8% ABV.

• The highest alcohol beer is Lagunitas Brewing’s High West Whiskey Barrel Aged Cappuccino Stout at 12.5%  ABV.

• These are big beers, with 25 coming in over 8% ABV; 14 of those come in at 9% or higher.

• Number of anticipated attendees: 17,000 from all over the world.

• Five reasons to come on opening day:
– Fewer people
– Zero chance a beer will be sold out– It's opening day and you can feel the vibe from the staff, servers, city and the beers
– Friendly, knowledgeable beer geeks in attendance, not frat boys
– Chance to hit the rare beers and brag to your friends who cannot make it to the fest till the weekend

• "If I could only attend one day, I would go on Wednesday," says event manager Preston Weesner. "It's like opening a gift that you have been waiting for: why wait any longer if you don't have to?"

• The 10th annual Sunday Beer Brunch will take place on Dec. 8 from 11 am to 1 pm on the upper level of  Pioneer Courthouse Square. The auxiliary event features European pastries, cured meats and artisanal cheeses to accompany an assortment of exclusive vintage winter beers not available at the festival itself, plus special large format bottles to be shared. Tickets are available at

• For the past six years, the coat check, root beer sales, and raffle at the Holiday Ale Festival has benefitted seriously ill children in our community through CCA; last year alone, the festival donated $10,000 to the

• The festival has a very user-friendly real time mobile website that provides up-to-second updates on beer tappings and locations. Just go to on your phone, and choose mobile version (the website will autodetect a mobile browser).

18th annual Holiday Ale Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. on the MAX Light Rail line

Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 8
Noon to 10 pm Wed, 11 am to 10 pm Thur-Sat, and 11 am to 5 pm Sun
To avoid lengthy lines, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

While eggnog and hot toddies are commonly associated with the holidays, it’s no surprise that in the beer Mecca of the Pacific Northwest, craft ales are the drink of choice: specifically, big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. The 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival gathers together more than four dozen of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. The beers featured are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. 

From Belgians to barleywines, porters to winter warmers, and spiced ales to stouts, these beers have either been crafted or blended specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages. What they all share in common  is their rarity - the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they are sending a product that has either been made specifically for this event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn’t commonly tapped in the state - which has solidified the event’s reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 17,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five-day festival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cupcakes & cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. The general admission package at the door costs $30 and includes the 2013 tasting mug and 10 taster tickets. Advance general admission packages cost $30 and include the tasting mug, 12 taster tickets and expedited entry all five days. Advance VIP packages are available for $75 and include the tasting mug, 28 taster tickets, a bottle of water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings) and express entry all five days. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2013 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity. Previous year's mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online at Once inside the festival, a full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a four-ounce taste costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $5, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay.

The event is for ages 21 and over.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Baker From Alebriated Distribution

Name: Christopher "Bake" Baker of Alebriated Distribution

Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina

Favorite Beer:
2012- Pale Death - Double Mountain - Hood River, Oregon
2013- India Pale Ale - Odell Brewing - Fort Collins, Colorado

Favorite Beer Haunt: Well, I frequent a lot of beer establishments and it changes from time to time but I would say that my current comfort zones would be Bridgetown Beerhouse and Sasquatch Brewery.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Barring St. Ides Special Brew (ha ha ha), I would have to say Rogue Dead Guy was the first craft brew I ever tried and at that time I would have to say it didn’t sway me one way or another. The first craft beer I tried that made an impression was a Milk Stout from Duck Rabbit Brewing out of Farmville, North Carolina.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I have never brewed a batch on my own but have helped on a few occasions. I hope to partake in such activities in the future once time allows.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I would have to say my first acknowledgements of pdxbeergeeks would be from running into Michael Umphress on a regular basis at events or favorite watering holes.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Being a beer geek in my eyes simply means having an appreciation for the craft and culture.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? The one thing I would change in the beer culture is my current focus, bridging the gap in state to state distribution.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? There are two things that I really love about the craft beer scene in Portland. The first is that there seems to be no limits regarding creativity or demand. The other being the sense of community in the thought that what is good for one is good for all. (for the most part)

Where can we find you on the web? You can currently find me on Facebook under Alebriated Distribution LLC and in the near future at Products are available and will continue to show up at favorite beer stations around Portland and eventually throughout Oregon. Current brands are Wingman Brewers out of Tacoma, WA and Crooked Fence Brewing out of Boise, ID (after this weekend). More to come, stay tuned....

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Have Yourself a Beer-y Christmas!

Beer-y Christmas Advent Calendar
Last week we were contacted to help promote an incredible idea, a fully customized beer advent calendar!  The idea is still in prototype mode, but we're looking forward to seeing it next holiday season, and know a few people who would love to receive this as a gift. 

Seattleite Reinvents Advent Calendar With Beer, Lumberjacks and Northwest Legend

Seattle, November 15, 2013: Three years ago, West Seattle resident Heather Arment had a dilemma. What was the perfect Christmas gift? That little question sent her on a year long journey that transformed into Beer-y Christmas™, a beer advent calendar for adults.

“The gift of booze is always a win with adults” explains Arment. “But while booze is an easy gift, I also wanted it to be a memorable gift. I wanted to be able to give my adult friends something that brought back the holiday magic they felt when they were kids.”The traditional advent calendar was the inspiration behind Arment’s solution, providing recipients with a daily, frothy surprise as they count down the holidays. Beer-y Christmas™ is a 12-pack partitioned cardboard case that, once sealed shut, can only be opened through 12 perforated doors. “This way, there’s no peeking!” says Arment with a laugh.

Alcohol must be purchased separately, which Arment explains will allow the person giving the gift to customize the 12 day calendar with beer they know the recipient will love. Because she wants Beer-y Christmas™ to be about that childlike anticipation of the holiday experience, Arment didn't want to be the face behind Beer-y Christmas™.

“Christmas is full of stories and believing in miracles,” she says. “So I wanted to create a little story and miracle for Beer-y Christmas™.”

So she created a legend. A legend that, Arment explains, involves a northwest logger saved by a lager... or more precisely, 12 of them, rationed out till Christmas day. “I’m sure a lot of people can relate in some way to the legend,” Arment says with a smile on her face, “I know that during the holiday season I've been saved by a drink or two as well!”

To find out how you can purchase your Beer-y Christmas™ advent calendar, contact at

More photos, and the direct link to Quirky can be found here

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

McMenamins Launches Passport

When we first heard rumors of this happening over a year ago we were very excited! We have tackled most of the locations in The Kingdom, but are looking forward to seeing them all once again.  Details below...

Portland, Ore. – Nov. 5, 2013 – With more locations than there are European countries, McMenamins’ family of pubs, breweries and historic hotels today introduced its own Passport, a rewards program to say thanks to its loyal fans.

“We kept hearing from our regulars who were making their own McMenamins’ bucket lists, diligently checking off all there is to see at our pubs and hotels,” said Renee Rank-Ignacio, director of marketing. “We thought: why not formalize it and give back to everyone for all the love that’s been shared for McMenamins throughout our 30-year history.”

Visitors to its popular neighborhood joints and destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest – 57 locations in Oregon and Washington – can earn up to $200 in perks and prizes (not counting Grand Prizes), from free tots and burgers to exclusive merchandise and gift cards. Available for $20 at every McMenamins starting Nov. 5, 2013, the Passport rewards frequent visitors (self-declared “cosmic tripsters”), and encourages people to explore beyond their usual locales.

Once the Passport is fully stamped, it can be redeemed for all of the following Grand Prizes:
· Three nights stays at three of our hotels.
· A pair of concert tickets for the Crystal Ballroom or Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn.
· Drinks at happy hour prices Sunday-Thursday for the first year after completing the passport.
· An honored guest key chain, which permits entrance into new properties before they’re open, tours with the McMenamins, wine bottlings and tastings, advances on product releases from the distillery, and more.

No purchase is necessary to receive stamps, with a few exceptions noted in the Passport, and there is no time limit or expiration date to complete the Passport. Bonus prizes will be announced along the way through Facebook and the e-newsletter. Just in time for the holidays, a McMenamins Passport Gift Pack that includes the Passport and a $20 gift certificate will be available at all locations for only $35 ($40 value) between Nov. 5, 2013, and Jan. 1, 2014.

About McMenamins
Founded in 1983 by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin with a pub in Portland, Ore., McMenamins now includes 57 neighborhood pubs and breweries and historic properties and movie theaters throughout Oregon and Washington that all offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere where children are always welcome and regulars are common. Still independently, family-owned, McMenamins is the fourth-largest producer of microbrewed beer in a region famous for the craft, and also distills spirits, roasts coffee, turns grapes to wine and ferments cider. The company is appreciated for its concert venues and love for art and historic buildings, with several of its properties on the National Historic Register. For more information visit

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2013 Oregon Brewers Festival Economic Impact

2013 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $31.2 Million for Local Economy

PORTLAND, ORE – A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2013 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $31.2 Million, a 3.5% increase from the 2012 OBF.

Jeff Dense, Professor of Political Science at Eastern Oregon University, and his POLS 316 Politics and Beer class, administered 748 on-site interviews at the event in downtown Portland between July 24 and 27, 2013.

The analysis utilized the IMPLAN (Impact Analysis for Planning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County. The 2013 OBF generated an estimated $21.9 million in direct and $9.3 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) economic impact.

“The study highlights the significant economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival, and craft beer tourism, on the Portland economy,” Dense said.

Respondents were queried on demographic factors, along with estimates of OBF related expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, and expenditures at OBF.

Findings of the study include:
  • A majority (52.5%) of OBF patrons were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington, California and Canada comprised 27.1% of total OBF patrons.
  • 40% of respondents were attending OBF for the first time.
  • 36% of attendees were female, a 10% increase from 2012.
  • 25% of OBF patrons were 50 years or older.
  • The average out-of-town visitor spent $587.
  • Lodging ($11.1 Million) accounted for the largest share of OBF expenditures.
  • State and local government received $1.5 Million in indirect business taxes.
  • Nearly half (45.9%) of OBF patrons utilized mass transit to attend the festival.

This was the third year of the study; 2011 estimated the estimated economic impact of the festival at $23.2 Million, and 2012 came in at $30 Million. A series of methodological adjustments in 2012, along with the full implementation of the IMPLAN software, provided a more robust and accurate estimate of the economic impact.

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which has 137 brewing companies, operating 175 brewing facilities in 59 cities. Portland currently has the most breweries of any city in the world, with 51 breweries in the city proper, and 69 counting the greater metropolitan area. The festival annually takes place the last full weekend in July; 2014 dates are July 23-27. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit

Monday, September 16, 2013

Brewvana Announces Kickstarter Launch & Party

Brewvana Kickstarter Launch & Party

If you have ever spent time at any of Portland's finer beer establishments, or breweries, you have probably run into a Brewvana tour at one time or another.  They have become part of the thriving beer culture Oregon is so well known for.  Well now Brewvana is looking to take their buses to the next level, and possibly expand tours into Washington. They need our help to do this though.  Details are in the press release below. 

Also if you have never been on a Brewvana tour, what's holding you back? There's always time to HOP on. 

From press release

PORTLAND, Ore. (September 16, 2013) - Brewvana Brewery Tours is excited to announce the upcoming launch of their Kickstarter campaign with a party at Hopworks Urban Brewery on Thursday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Brewvana has experienced steady growth during their first two years of operation, adding an additional bus, hiring more tour guides and increasing the number and scope of tours. The two-bus fleet is as essential to Brewvana’s business – transporting beer enthusiasts to and from breweries while giving them the ultimate craft beer tour experience – as water is essential to beer. With a successfully funded $10,000 Kickstarter campaign the buses will receive a cosmetic makeover - full decal wraps designed by local graphic artist Cassandra Stemler – as well as some under the hood work. A stretch goal of $25,000 has also been set that would allow Brewvana to obtain the permits and licenses necessary to extend tours into Washington and take longer trips to other beer-centric locals such as Bend and Seattle.

To kick off the campaign a launch party will take place Hopworks Urban Brewery on Thursday, September 26th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. The all-ages party will be equipped to take donations onsite with donors receiving a raffle ticket for each $5 donated. Owner and founder Ashley Rose Salvitti and the Brewvana team along with the bus designer will be on hand, Kickstarter reward packages will be on display and pints of Hopworks beer will be $3 during the event.

About Brewvana
Committed to embracing the history and culture of the craft brewing industry in Oregon, Brewvana is the Ultimate Craft Beer Tour Experience. Transportation is provided on 14-passenger buses equipped with cup holders, a beer-inspired mural and the Beeriodic Table for reference. Weekly tours are offered Thursday through Sunday. In addition, Brewvana offers Seasonal Tours, Meet the Brewer Tours and private, Build Your Own Tours.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: A Celebration of Smoke and Chili Beers

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: A Celebration of Smoke and Chili Beers

Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 
11:00am – 6:00pm / $20
at Saraveza: 1004 N. Killingsworth St.
and at The Hop & Vine: 1914 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR

North Killingsworth is heating up the beer scene again this summer! On August 31st and September 1st, Saraveza and The Hop & Vine team up for the third annual Fire and Brimstone celebration of smoke and chili beers. Cider fans are welcome as well, thanks to Reverend Nat's Hard Cider and Finn River Farm and Cidery. This year, for the first time ever, both locations will also feature a special cocktail featuring one of the beers or ciders on tap!

Both Saraveza and The Hop & Vine will feature smoke and chili beers in equal measure, and each will provide food pairings—Saraveza will naturally cook up some of their enormously famous (or is that famously enormous?) Bamberg Onions, while The Hop & Vine will warm up the palate with smoky mushroom and spicy pork belly tacos!

Cost is $20 for a Fire & Brimstone glass and 8 taster tokens, with additional tokens at $2. One glass will get you into both locations on both days!


The Hop & Vine will be shaking things up by sending the already-delicious Dogfish Head Festina Peche through a special line full of chilies, on-the-fly infusing every glass with a bouquet of bright, fresh, and delightfully hot nightshades (variety TBD).

PDX Pedicabs will provide transportation between the two locations between 12:30pm and 3:30pm both days. After those hours, the bars are just a ten-minute walk from one another on N. Killingsworth.

PARTIAL BEER LIST (many beers are being created specifically for the festival, and are still in formative stages – more to come via Facebook/Twitter/etc.)


Heater Allen
, Rauch Dunkel – a smoked dark lager from McMinnville, Oregon's master of German-style brewing

Crux Fermentation Project, Peated Scotch Ale – a Scotch ale with peated barley, so surly you could slap a kilt on it

Widmer Collaborator, Smokey Helles – a rare very light smoked lager

Breakside Brewing, Bourbon Barrel Aged Aztec – an ale brewed with chocolate and chilies, laid down in Bourbon barrels to mellow out and beef up

Barley Brown's, Hot Blonde – a classic Oregon chili beer from Baker City, OR

Reverend Nat's, Peated Cider – a smoked cider!

Dogfish Head, Festina Peche – a light, tart, refreshing peach Berliner Weiss punched up by the glass with a fresh infusion of chilies, courtesy of a Randall-like device.

Oakshire Mexicali Mocha - another beery take on chocolate-chili mole.


Upright Brewing, Smoked Alt – Upright's take on an Altbier, with house-smoked malt

Calapooia, Chili Beer – one of the most consistent and balanced chili beers on the market

New Belgium, Cocoa Mole (2012) – a chocolate and chili beer from Colorado

Finn River, Habanero Cider – a semi-sweet cider with a chili bite

Alaskan, Smoked Porter – a classic and standard-bearer of the American smoked beer scene

Burnside, Special Sweet Heat – Burnside will once again ramp up the chili bill on their ever-popular Sweet Heat apricot and chili beer

More Beers to be Announced! Keep an eye on the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Joe Callender of BrewHorn

We had the pleasure of finally meeting Joe a couple weeks back at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boston. During the conference we were treated to a demonstration of a new application for mobile devices that could potentially change the way people buy beer. Enough of us though, let Joe tell you the story...

Joe Callender of BrewHorn app
Name: Joe Callender

Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

Favorite (recent) Beer: I am not one to proclaim favorites but If I were to name one that recently blew me away, it would be a local NJ brewery called High Point Brewing in Butler, NJ. They recently barrel aged their 2011 German Maibock in Buffalo Trace barrels. It resulted in a very complex, quenching and tart sour-like ale. It was amazing!

Favorite Beer Haunt: My favorite craft beer mecca is Greenpoint / Williamsburg Brooklyn. So many quaint bars and restaurants with quality craft beer portfolios on tap.

What was the first craft brew I ever tried? It wasn't craft beer but it was European imports back in 1986 at The Brickskeller in Washington DC. At 19 I began exploring their hefty list of imports. Generally I just loved the greater flavor, complexity, and challenge those beers presented to my palate. Back then I leaned toward a preference for maltier English and Scottish ales.

Do you homebrew? I have homebrewed twice. Both times I brewed a partial mash German Rauchbier and both came out excellent. I love smoked beers. For now, homebrewing is on the back burner as I develop my beer tasting app.

How did you hear about pdxbeergeeks? I have followed them on Twitter but finally met Michael at the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference when we shared a few beers at Stoddard's Fine Food and Ales in Boston, MA.

What does being a beer geek mean to me? It means geeking out on the craft beer culture so much that I gave up a 6 figure career to blog about craft beer and figure out how I can contribute to its evolution. I am using my certification as a life coach to capture the individual pursuit of passionate careers of brewery owners and brewers on my blog Craft Beer Coach. On the consumer end I am developing a beer tasting app that will help consumers find new beer based upon a beer's match with his/her personal taste preferences.

If I could change one thing about the beer culture in the US, what would it be? I am already setting out to change that one thing. That one thing is getting beer tasting back to the individual experience it should be. A taste experience is not meant to be about what others thought about a beer. It's not about arbitrary scores or Top X Lists. Each of us knows our taste best so it should remain a decision we make based upon our personal taste preferences.

That's why I am developing the beer tasting app called BrewHorn. Users will create a personal taste profile in the app and when they shop for beer, the app will compare a searched beer's flavor profile against the user's taste profile. BrewHorn will display a simple image that represents how well the beer matches the user's taste profile.

What do I love about the NYC's craft beer scene? I love that it is just getting off the ground. I love that I should have years ahead of me watching it grow to offer more craft beer choices in more places. I love the excitement behind the sense that we are building a great new craft beer scene. As someone who is now part of the industry, I am going to enjoy the ride.

Where can you find me on the web?

Craft Beer Coach blog
Twitter- @CraftBeerCoach
Facebook- /CraftBeerCoach

Twitter- @brewhornbeerapp;
Facebook- /brewhornbeerapp

Linkedin; Joseph Callender

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hollywood Theatre Unleashes Brew Masterpiece Theater

This summer, the Hollywood Theatre unleashes Brew Masterpiece Theater! A series of one-of-a-kind events that feature craft beers inspired by the films brew masters love. We've teamed up with Burnside Brewing to offer FREE Brew Masterpiece Theater screenings in front of their brewpub at 7th and E Burnside.

Kicking off the summer line up, July 6th, is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) paired with Burnside Brewing's "Henry Jones Jr.", a swashbuckling pale ale. This refreshing summer ale is named after archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones, who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis get to it first.

The entire Brew Masterpiece Theater schedule is available here:

Bring your own chair (BYOC)! - 21+ All screenings begin at dusk!

WHEN: July 6th, Film Begins @ Dusk
WHERE: Burnside Brewing Co. - 7th and E Burnside

Friday, June 28, 2013

NAOBF Is Not Your Average Beer Festival - Guest Post by Connie Umphress

I am a Portland native whose first keg purchase was Widmer Hefeweizen, when you could still only get it in kegs. I am married to a beer blogger. I have a long history of drinking amazing beer, from when I could drink beer. That being said I do not love everything about the Portland beer scene. I dislike beer festivals. I do not go. The scene can get loud and obnoxious, and due to the fact I barely reach 5'2" tall, people with tunnel vision tend to run into me. It's a real drag. I have given up on all but one, North American Organic Beer Festival. (NAOBF)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Second Anniversary!

Save the date! 

When planning the #pdxbeergeeks second anniversary, we wanted to do something different. We didn't want to do another beer event, so we decided to do a family friendly geeky event. We've partnered with the Historic Hollywood Theatre and Atomic Pizza to do a one time showing of the fan mashup of the original Star Wars movies, Star Wars Uncut. A portion of door sales, and ALL beer sales from Atomic Pizza on the day of the event will be donated to local charity Outside In.

**** UPDATE - Pre-order tickets available here!  ****

As an added bonus, we've been working with the local 501st Legion Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base to have volunteers appearing as film-authentic Star Wars characters prior to the 3:30 pm showing.

Seating is limited, and we anticipate this event will sell out! We will post a link once advance online ticket sales are available.

Date ~ July 14th, 2013
Time ~ Show starts at 3:30 pm 
Place ~ Hollywood Theater
Price ~ $7/adult 
$5/children (Ages 1-12)

Special thanks to The Hollywood Theatre, Atomic Pizza, the Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base, 10 Barrel Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, Fort George, Natian Brewing, Outside In, and you! We wouldn't be able to do this without the incredible support of the beer community, and you, our friends. Thank you!

May the force be with you. Always.

About ~

Star Wars Uncut - Star Wars Uncut is a crazy fan mashup remake of the original Star Wars movies. It is the brainchild of Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web. In 2009, Casey was inspired to use the Internet and an ever-ready pool of passionate Star Wars fans to crowd source the classic film Star Wars IV: A New Hope. This pet project turned into a labor of love and creativity on a large scale. Nearly a thousand fans came together to participate and the resulting movie is equal parts fun, kooky, and dearly nostalgic.

Outside In - Outside In began in 1968, and we have continually revised our Homeless Youth Services and Medical Services to meet changing community needs. Our mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Beer Traveler Needs Your Help

If you have been to any beer events around Portland, you've probably seen a film crew shooting on location. This crew is our friends at Beer Traveler TV. Lead by Charlie Herrin, this talented team is working hard to educate people about the incredible beer scene this region has to offer. Now, The Beer Traveler is looking for some help to take their project to the next level.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Stone RuinTen IPA Released

ESCONDIDO, CA (June 17, 2013) – Today, Stone Brewing Co. released Stone RuinTen IPA, a re-brew of 2012’s infamous Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. The triple IPA was embraced by fans and Team Stone alike, which prompted Stone Co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner to add the intensely aromatic and unabashedly bitter brew to the Stone special release calendar this year.

The 9th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

With Portland Beer Week behind us, it's time to focus on one of our favorite festivals of the year.  With the incredible motto of, "Where we encourage you to Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time!"  Something we can truly stand behind.

From press release - An eclectic mix of more than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living annually come together the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time” at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. The 9th annual event will take place June 27th through 30th at Overlook Park in North Portland.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Lompoc Brewing Host Sci-Fi Night at The Hollywood Theater

Cyborgs, time travel, Ahnold, and some of the best action ever committed to celluloid. See Terminator like God intended, in glorious 35mm, projected on a 50-foot screen while drinking a delicious beer inspired by the series.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Visit to 10 Barrel Boise - Guest Post By Sean Deter

“Have you been to 10 Barrel yet?"

Weeks after its Boise debut, the phrase is likely to come up in conversation among even casual beer drinkers around town.

10 Barrel Boise location
I have, and I’m ready to make a bold yet accurate statement: With one fell swoop,10 Barrel Brewing has not only changed the city’s beer climate, it has already transformed the landscape of downtown and its bold design earns it the title of Boise’s newest landmark.

From about a block away, it hits you that you’re in for something special. The formerly historic, but somewhat nondescript 1920s-era Sherm Perry Building at 9th and Bannock streets might as well be a new structure. The old facade has been wiped away in favor of a look that could be described as industrial chic. Almost fully open to 9th, the design offers an illusion of no walls on that side of the building, and, taking a cue from the Bend pub, the Bannock side’s walk-up bar offers a perfect spot to park your bones for a cold one.

But what to have? Not an easy choice, and don’t plan on trying all the gems during just one visit.

During a tour and a tasting with renowned Northwest brewer Shawn Kelso, that became clear early on. Kelso ended a legendary run at Barley Brown’s in Baker City to become 10 Barrel’s Boise brewmaster and moved here with his family last summer.

On this particular Saturday in May, he was coming off a “light” 75-hour work week after putting in many 100-hour weeks to get the place ready for its April 22 opening.

“I’m still trying to recover from it,” he said.

During this visit, there were 19 selections on tap. The plan is to have 22, including two cask handles.

10 Barrel taplist
My favorite early on, which I tipped back while enjoying a conversation with Kelso amid the shiny new fermentation tanks from Portland Metalcraft, was the Warwicks Best. Cited by Kelso as his proudest accomplishment as a brewer during his time in Boise, he named it after his grandfather. A very sessionable English pale hovering around 5 percent ABV, it’s one killer ride with a nice malt pop and not-overpowering hop back provided by the East Kent Goldings.  

Also a highlight, even though I wouldn’t normally drift to a porter at 2 in the afternoon, was the DT10. Taking its namesake from premier Boise coffee roaster Dawson Taylor, this surprisingly smooth – and I’ll go so far as to say sessionable – gem features Dawson’s Dark Sumatra Roast.

Shawn Kelso and Sean Deter
Moving on to lunch with Shawn, the uniqueness of the place in comparison to other Boise pubs became even more apparent. From looking up at the original timber beams, exposed as part of the renovation, to the barrel-aging room a few feet away from our table featuring whiskey barrels from High West Distillery in Park City, Utah and the fermentation tanks, boiler and other equipment in the middle of the place, I felt like I was in another city.

One of the primary things setting 10 Barrel apart from competitors right now is the food. There are less than a handful of places in the area right now where you can get quality, locally brewed craft beer and upscale pub food in one location. 10 barrel has it all.

Chef Paul Faucher has crafted a menu featuring unique takes on classic pub fare, including mac and cheese, burgers, sandwiches and wings. The emphasis is on local ingredients. They butcher whole lambs themselves, and they cure the bacon and grind the beef in house.

On my visit, the pizzas appeared to be a popular pick, and there is no shortage to choose from. You can go for a basic pepperoni, or you can get more adventurous with, say, the All-American Cheeseburger Pie. This monster features a house-made 1,000 island base, ground chuck, applewood-smoked bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

Speaking of adventurous, Shawn started us out with the the highlight of the appetizer offerings: Charcuterie. This is a plate with Sasquatch ale-infused brats, honey-glazed pork belly, Manchego cheese and pickled veggies. There were also almonds on the plate that, when challenged by Shawn to figure out what they tasted like, I failed miserably to come with the correct response. Then, when he said it, I realize he nailed it: They taste like bratwurst.

We followed that up with a bounty of other offerings from the menu. Shawn’s Chicken Fried Chicken with sweet chili mayo was solid, as was my friend’s Snake River Farms Kobe Sando, featuring house smoked and roasted Kobe and horseradish aoli.

My favorites were the deceptively spicy Sriracha and lime wings, with a delayed kick that caught me off-guard but in a good way, and the rich-beyond-belief mac and cheese with smoked gouda and cheddar, bacon and jalapenos.

And to polish it off, the brew that changed my life: the unexpectedly essential Swill. This Berliner Weiss brewed with grapefruit soda and running a cool 4.5 ABV is, as it’s billed, the perfect summer beer – and refreshes like no other after mowing the lawn.

I've mowed mine five times this week.

Sean is a beer enthusiast, music freak and journalist who grew up in Salem, Ore., and has made his home in Boise for the past decade. Follow him on Twitter @babysean.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Portland Beer Week 2013

Portland Beer Week Releases Events Calendar

PORTLAND -- Portland Beer Week released the first round of events in this year's events calendar, revving things up on June 6 with a Kickoff Party at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby, and ending with the Beer & Cheese Festival at The Commons Brewery , 1810 SE 10th, on June 16.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Full Sail Brewing To Keg Session Lagers

There had been talk of this happening for a while now. It's nice to see it's actually happening!

From newsletter ~

Make room in your kegerator and brush off your favorite bar's stool because Session and Session Black kegs will be available in the PNW as of May 1 and in Colorado as of June 1.

Over 8 years Session has garnered a lot of love. With so many fans we will be releasing the kegs with limited availablity at first. But don't fret, we will start shipping kegs to more and more locations as soon as we can. Delayed gratification is a good thing! Session Fest will be released on draft for the Holiday season.

Why have a beer when you could have a Session?

To celebrate this glorious release we are hosting a series of events:

Monday April 29th, 5PM Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub, Hood River, Oregon - Toast, followed by a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament.

Tuesday April 30th, 5-7PM The Horse Brass Pub in Portland, Oregon, Session Kick Off Toast & Tapping. Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson will be in the house.

Wednesday, May 8th, 5PM The Attic Alehouse in Madison Park, Seattle, Wa

Thursday, May 9th 4-7PM Mukilteo Lodge, Mukilteo, Wa - Session Kick Off Release Party

Friday, May 10th, 5-8PM, Alehouse Pub, Tacoma, Wa - Session Kick Off Release Party / Brewers Night

Friday, June 7th at 5PM to 9PM, Falling Rock Taphouse, Denver Colorado, Session Kick Off Toast and Tapping

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

3rd annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival

3rd annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival
Saturday June 8th 10am VIP Hour 11am - 9pm Festival Hours
Sunday June 9th 11am-9pm
General Admission package: $20, VIP tickets: $28
7th & E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214

Friday, April 12, 2013

2013 Oregon Garden Brewfest

The Oregon Garden Brewfest has released the lineup for its 9th annual event, taking place April 26 through 28 at The Oregon Garden’s Grand Hall. A record 62 breweries will be presenting their products, for a total of 125 beers, ciders and mead. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 6 pm Sunday. Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from 22 area bands, food, tasting lessons by Women Enjoying Beer and a homebrew competition presented by Capitol Brewers.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Firestone Walkers 2013 Parabola Is Back


Limited Imperial Oatmeal Stout Set for Release on April 15

Paso Robles, CA—The beast is back, as Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release the 2013 vintage of Parabola on April 15.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Guest Post: Jake Metzler Looks at the Health Benefits of Home Brewing

Author Bio: Jake Metzler is a home brewer and a writer. Since both of those are difficult to make a living off of, he combines the two to write for Midwest Supplies, a provider of beer brewing supplies and kits.

Long have the benefits of drinking beer in moderation been touted by scientists seeking a lightly controversial topic. Beer has more nutrients than wine. Beer can help reduce risk of heart problems kidney stones, arthritis, and even certain types of cancer (but what doesn’t either prevent cancer, cause it, or both these days?).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Brewvana Brewery Tours Celebrates Second Anniversary

From Brewvana's Facebook page ~ This April marks the 2nd Anniversary of Brewvana Brewery Tours and we’re throwing a party to celebrate. The free event is being hosted by Base Camp Brewing, located at 930 SE Oak Street, Friday, April 5th from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. 

Come help celebrate the first two years of Brewvana, and many more to follow, with “Pin the Pow” on buses Angel and Rosie, bobbing for apples and beer, DJ, raffle and fun! The trifecta of great beer, people and music will be enhanced by a raffle for a variety of swag and a grand prize of an all-inclusive, six-person, private Brewvana tour. The event is free and open to the public; minors are welcome.

What an incredible two years it been. We've had the privilege to ride with Brewvana on several of their tours. Each and everyone a memorable experience. If you haven't been on a tour, what's stopping you? So make it on down to Base Camp, we hope to see you there! 

Ashley Rose Salvitti of Brewvana fame

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Third Annual Buckman Kerns Brewfest

As you all know we love our Beer and in April it will be raining beer at EastBurn!

Buckman Kerns Brewfest!

In celebration of the proud fact that we have 8 breweries in our neighborhood, we will be hosting the 3rd Annual Buckman Kerns Brewfest this Saturday the 6th from noon until very late. (We will not be serving our regular brunch or dinner menu on this date)

All 8 of our Buckman Kerns Neighborhood breweries will be in attendance including the latest addition to the scene...Base Camp Brewing!

$15 gets you a Buckman-Kerns Brewfest Pint glass (no cheap plastic mugs here) and 4 tickets. Each ticket gets you a 4oz taster or 4 tickets for a full pint.

Live music will be starting at 7pm with Inspirational Beets and the triumphant return of the boys from Kenchuckey Darvey in their newest project, Dartz and Life Years!

Check out the lineup and get all the details here.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

CBA to Release Gluten Free IPA?

India Pale Ale marks brewery’s 3rd gluten-free craft beer brewed with malted barley

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 26, 2013Omission Brewing Company today announced it is adding Omission India Pale Ale (Omission IPA) to its gluten-free beer lineup in Oregon. Omission Brewing is the first craft beer brand in the United States focused exclusively on brewing great-tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, specially crafted to be gluten-free. Omission IPA hits shelves in Oregon on April 1.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

9th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

9th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival Celebrates Organic Beer 
and Sustainable Living
Most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet will serve up more than 60 organic beers and ciders

PORTLAND, ORE – March 18, 2013 – An eclectic mix of more than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living annually come together the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time” at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. This year, they'll have an extra day to celebrate, as the 9th annual event will take place June 27th through 30th at Overlook Park in North Portland, marking a first-time expansion to four days. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost double tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank (limit one discount per person). The NAOBF benefits the Overlook Neighborhood and the Oregon Food Bank.

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from 40 different breweries. The breweries do not have to be certified organic, or even produce organic beers for their pub; many of the breweries represented at the festival choose to brew a one-off just for the event. Styles run the gamut from Belgian Whites to Cascadian Darks, offering something for every palate. There's also live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children's area with face painting and activities. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars. The event typically keeps at least 90% of the more than 2,000 pounds of waste generated from going into the landfill.

Why an organic beer festival? Studies show that the world's population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth's ecosystems can replenish. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country's rivers and streams. Genetically modified ingredients can be found in nearly every grocery store. The NAOBF believes that education and exposure lead to awareness, and awareness can translate to passion. If everyone becomes passionate about sustainability, as a whole we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to inhabit. For more information visit

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Uptown Market Announces First Brewery

From press release ~

Portland, Ore. — February 26, 2013— Uptown Market, a specialty brew store, today announced the opening of the first brewery in Beaverton, Oregon projected for completion July 2013. The brewery which currently includes an extensive list of beer and wine, as well as brewing supplies, espresso, friendly staff, and a full schedule of promotions, tastings, competitions and events, will now feature Uptown Market’s own finely crafted brews.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Zwickelmania 5.0

Zwickelmania 2013
Special guest post from Pete Weaver. Thanks for taking the time to writing up this great review Zwickelmania 2013! 

President’s Day weekend marked the return of Zwickelmania, a day long, state-wide celebration of Oregon craft beer. Sponsored by the Oregon Brewers Guild, Zwickelmania gives craft beer lovers a behind the scenes look into their favorite beers and the breweries that make them. This is a day when breweries open their doors to the public offering free tours and samples, often times right from the fermenters. The name Zwickelmania actually comes from the term zwickel, which is the valve on a fermenter that brewers use to pour samples and see how the beer is coming along.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Justin Craft of Craft Beer Cards

Justin Craft
Name: Justin Craft

Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon

Favorite Beer: Right now? Give me something dark and hoppy. Oakshire O'Dark:30, Laurelwood Ink Heart CDA, or Deschutes Hop in the Dark come to mind. Also, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin or Wookey Jack. I have a particularly soft spot for great sessionable rye beers and amazing pumpkin beers, like Fort George Quiet Rye-It and Southern Tier Pumpking. I'm a Portlander, so a big hoppy Imperial IPA is always going to get my attention. Honestly, too many amazing craft beers to name out there which I am a fan of.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Horse Brass, Belmont Station, Caps & Corks, Bottles, and Roscoe's.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Captured By Porches Update

Captured By Porches Photo Credit: Kayte J. 
According to the Captured By Porches (CBP) Facebook page all of their beer buses have been shut down. Hopefully this is only temporary. They have noted this on their webpage: “Due to licensing issues involving the City of Portland directly, Captured by Porches is closing its doors temporarily, pending a decision to be allowed to continue operation by the OLCC Commission. After accepting our temporary licenses as sufficient for operating purposes for the last 2 YEARS, the City of Portland has taken away Captured by Porches right to use such licenses by stating that we have used them as though they were annual licenses when, in fact, we did not have an annual license. Captured by Porches has been left to await a decision to determine whether or not we can still use temporaries in our business.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Migration Celebrates Three Years

An Anniversary To Remember

Saturday February 16th: To kick off our three-year anniversary we will be offering brewery tours in conjunction with Zwickelmania from 11am-4pm and providing samples of Clems Cream Ale aged in an Aquvit barrel. As the party continues throughout the night a few different kegs will be tapped to celebrate including Frankie Clause, our 11.8% Belgian chocolate stout, and the three-year anniversary beer the Triploid IPA. Very limited 22oz. bottles of the Triploid will also be available for sale available only at Migration.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lucky Lab Barleywine Tastival 2013

The Lucky Lab Beer Hall Announces Their Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival for 2013.

The Lucky Lab Barleywine and Big Beer Tastival is being held on March 8th and 9th this year! Barleywines tend to be an uncommon beer style due to the high cost of brewing and cellar space. Over the years the Lucky Lab has been collecting, storing and cellaring a variety of strong beers for your enjoyment. This event will focus on barleywines as well as rare big beers. The selection will include current and vintage barleywines to showcase how the beer can develop over time. While these beers may be enjoyed fresh, the aging process can soften and meld the flavors. Barleywines have a complex flavor profile, which typically ranges from sweet toffee to piney caramel, but can also include so much more.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Glimpse of Worthy Brewing

Worthy Brewing
Special thanks to special post written by Chris Baker who was lucky enough to be in Bend this last weekend and stopped by Worthy Brewing to check it out. 

The long awaited opening of Worthy Brewing was kicked off with a very successful soft opening on Monday in which there was a sizable crowd and a wait to be seated. This seemed to be a great start for the grand opening that is planned for April 5th. The  brewery is a bit off of the current Bend Ale Trail path but the reason is very obvious being the massive facility has room to flaunt it’s 29,000 sq. ft. of space. Unfortunately,
 the brewery wasn't open for tours but they made up for it with an extremely friendly and apologetic (even though it wasn't warranted) staff, quality menu and a taster tray that cradled their five opening releases. The taster tray is designed to hold six tasters but they only had five available consisting of:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 Malt Ball

Malt Ball:Volunteer Pourers Needed
Saturday 02/02/13
Volunteers on the first shift will get a Malt Ball Mug, 8 drink tickets and a volunteer t-shirt. Volunteers on the last shift will get a Malt Ball Mug, volunteer t-shirt and an after party.

You will not need a OLCC servers permit to pour beer at this event.

Watch the Malt Ball Video at
Facebook Fan Page at
Twitter Account hash tag #maltballpdx

Malt Ball

Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 284-8686
21+ only
$15 advance for Session 1-includes mug and 4 drink tickets
$15 advance for Session 2-includes mug and 4 drink tickets
$25 for both sessions includes a mug and 8 drink tickets.
First Set-First Showcase 2pm-7pm
Click on the links to listen to each bands music
2:15 Street Nights3:00 Minden3:45 Marty Marquis4:30 Hausu5:15 Old Light6:00 Caleb Klauder Country Band

Second Showcase7:30pm-Midnight
Click on the links to listen to each bands music
7:30 Divers8:15 Wooden Indian Burial Ground9:00 Gaytheist9:45 And And And10:30 Sons of Huns11:15 Radiation City

Collaboration Bands with Breweries
And And And – Fort George Brewery
Caleb Klauder Country Band – Hopworks Urban Brewery
Divers-McMenamins Crystal Brewery
Gaytheist – Portland U-Brew & Pub
Hausu-Coalition Brewing
Marty Marquis – Lompoc Brewing
Minden -Old Market Pub & Brewery
Old Light – Double Mountain
Radiation City – Omission Brewing
Sons of Huns – Gigantic Brewing- Kiss the Goat
Street Nights-Gilgamesh Brewing
Wooden Indian Burial Ground – The Commons

Participating Breweries that will have beer at the Malt Ball
Alameda Brewing-Double Deuce Imperial ESB
Base Camp Brewing-In-Tents India Pale Lager
Breakside Brewery
Bridgeport Brewing-Smooth Ryed NW Rye Ale
Burnside Brewing
Coalition Brewing-Freeslide Dark Rye
Deschutes Brewery-Andromeda Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Crux Fermentation Project
Double Mountain Brewery
Fort George Brewery
Full Sail Brewing-Nut Brown Ale
Gigantic Brewing-Kiss the Goat Black Bock
Gilgamesh Brewing-Streat Treat Night Beat Session IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Lompoc Brewing
McMenamins Crystal Brewery-Getaway Hefeweizen Citrus Bavarian Hefeweizen
Migration Brewing-Black Hearted Black IPA
Oakshire Brewing
Old Market Pub&Brewery-Papa Cherry Imperial Wheat Sour Kriek
Omission Beer-IPA-test batch
Ninkasi Brewing-Redonkulous Bavarian Dunkel Weiss
Portland Brewing – Rose Hip Gold Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Portland U-Brew&Pub-Gaytheist’s Pink Pentagram Pale Ale
Solera Brewery
The Commons Brewery-Myrtle Tart Farmhouse Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing

Lompoc Chowder Challenge

One of our favorite events of the year is back! With the New Old Lompoc not entering this year, it will be interesting to see who takes home the prize.

Lompoc Brewing Presents Seventh Annual Chowder Challenge

Local pubs and restaurants compete to see who serves the city’s best clam chowder 
while raising money for the Community Transitional School 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Jan. 24, 2013 – Lompoc Brewing has announced the date for its seventh annual Chowder Challenge, an event that determines which restaurant serves up the best clam chowder in the city. A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 23 from Noon to 4 pm.

The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. Admission into the event is free. Attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10 to participate in the tasting. All of the money raised will be donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.

A dozen samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from the participants are served in non-labeled, two-ounce cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes will be named the People's Choice Winner and will take home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards will also be given for second and third place.

Participating restaurants include Breakside Brewery, Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery, Columbia River Brewing Co, D’s Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Fifth Quadrant, Fishbox, The Green Dragon, Ice Axe Grill, Salty’s on the Columbia, Tabor Tavern and Widmer Gasthaus.

The festivities also feature a beer garden, live music, a kids area, a raffle with prizes from the participants, special beers, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event.

The New Old Lompoc on NW 23rd Ave. won the inaugural Chowder Cup; the Morrison Hotel stole it away the following year, but it was again won by the New Old Lompoc at the last four events. Given that the New Old Lompoc is in the process of being rebuilt, it is guaranteed that another restaurant will win this year!

For more information, visit

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bottle Share with #pdxbeergeeks

great googly moogly

We are excited to announce our first meet-up of 2013. On January 26th from 1-4 pm our friends at Bridgetown Beerhouse will be hosting our second annual bottle share. Please bring at least one bottle per person of something over a year old, homebrewed, or something we couldn't usually get in Oregon. Bridgetown also does not provide food. There are food carts available in a short walk, also feel free to bring something snacky if you would like.

Also as an added bonus we will have our #pdxbeergeeks shirts available for a discount price of $10!

Hope to see you all there!

21+ and over only.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ride With Us And Brewvana To The Fort George Festival of the Dark Arts

Pdxbeergeeks has teamed up with Brewvana Brewery Tours for for a day-trip out to Fort George Brewery on Saturday February 16th, for the 2nd annual Festival of the Dark Arts.