Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Portland Beer Week Kickoff Party and Official Beer - India Red Lager

2012 Portland Beer Week (June 7-17th)
This is different, it's unique, it's Portland Beer Week
2012 Portland Beer Week is presented by:
APEX, Columbia Distributing, Deschutes Brewery and Google Places

Portland Beer Week is excited to announce the release of our official 2012 reserve beer, a dry-hopped India Red Lager created in collaboration with Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery -- available in both bottles and on draft through this 10-day beer week.

Your first to try this special new beer is Thursday June 7th

Kickoff Gala Party at Spirit of 77 with a Brewers Pop-a-Shot Tourney
Thursday June 7th from 6-10pm

Join us for a mini brewfest and a bracketed Brewers Pop-A-Shot Tourney where 16+ brewers will shoot it out for the right to have a taphandle at Spirit of 77 for one year and it will be MC'd by the Beer Goddess herself Lisa Morrison. Brackets will be available and prizes to those who come and guess the winners! Expect beers from Deschutes, Hopworks, Double Mountain, Laurelwood, Widmer and Firestone Walker with brewers all in attendance. Lots of prizes and schwag plus special beer and food pairing menu items.

$25 Advanced VIP Schwag Bag tickets available now. Each bag will include a 22oz bottle of the reserve India Red Lager, a Portland Beer Week pint glass and card good for discounts and specials at participating breweries and bars, official beer week T-shirt, Spirit of 77 sweatband and a coupon for their first pint free at the kickoff party. Only 100 of these available for this super steal, get them now.

$5 Portland Beer Week pint glass If you dont want the whole schwag bag you can purchase just the special pint glass for entrance in advance here or at the door. Remember this glass will get you deals all over town during beer week.

Pre-Purchase Tickets Here

India Red Lager Bottle Release Party
Friday June 8th 4-6pm, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark, Portland, OR
If you miss the Kickoff party your first chance to buy bottles of India Red Lager and only chance to try the two versions, one from Deschutes one from Hopworks on draft is at Belmont Station on Friday June 8th. 2 versions of this beer were produced, one at Deschutes for draft and one at Hopworks for bottles and this is the only time you will be able to try both on draft side-by-side. Also purchase limited edition 22oz bottles of the new beer and meet brewers and representatives of both breweries.

Check out the full calendar here.

Portland Beer Week is Presented by:
APEX is the beer bar Portland deserves. Combining a love of great beers from around the world with a life-long passion for all things two-wheeled.

Columbia Distributing are proud distributors of beers, ciders and wines for more than 75 years. Named Distributor of the Year by Beverage World in 2011, Columbia's passion and dedication to the craft brewing industry dates back to it's infancy in the early 80's and we are proud to be a part of the second annual Portland Beer Week.

Deschutes Brewery: Located on the banks of the Deschutes River in beautiful Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is in the business of daring people to expect more from their beer. That’s why we started off back in 1988, selling Black Butte Porter at a time when others were sure a dark beer would never catch on. Our brewers love to buck convention, especially if it makes someone nervous. For us, however, the highest praise is a raised glass and a toast of “Bravely Done!” For more information about Deschutes Brewery and its courageously crafted beers, please visit, on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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