Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Portland Beer Week Returns June 7 - 17.

Portland Beer Week Returns this year June 7th through June 17th packed full of great festivities.
From the Press Release:

Portland Beer Week returns to the greatest beer city in the world this June 7 through June 17.

After a successful first year, Portland Beer Week has brought together an even more exciting group of events for its second year including a new official 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.

In addition to having more breweries than any other city in the world, Portland enjoys one of the most advanced beer cultures -- and a thirst for fun and educational craft beer events. Portland Beer Week aims to celebrate and expand that culture, not just by promoting Portland brewers and breweries, but tap houses, restaurants, food, and underexplored beer styles. Craft beer culture is not just about the beer itself but about the people, food, camaraderie, and education that comes along with this art form.

Festivals are a key component to this week's Portland Beer Week; the return of the popular Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 9 & 10) -- in its second year, newcomers like the Rye Beer Fest (June 8), and the return of one of Oregon's most unique events, an Olympics-style Brewers Summer Games (June 16).

Much more than a series of festivals though, Portland Beer Week aims to educate as well as entertain with a series of beer-related seminars, exploring everything from how to taste and evaluate beer, to pairing food with beer, barrel-aging beer, sour beers and blending, and wild and farmhouse-style ales.

Because Portland beer isn't just celebrated in Beeverana, Portland Beer Week has invited an astounding roster of out-of-town and out-of-state brewers to represent, with a series of state-themed Brewers Nights. Meet Mitch Steele, Brewmaster of Stone Brewing Co., Eric and Lauren Salazar of New Belgium Brewing, Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing, Brewers from California's Beachwood BBQ, Almanac and Drake's Brewing. Plus the relaunch and debut of 10 Barrel Brewing's all-star lineup of brewers and reimagined beers with Jimmy Seifrit, Tonya Cornett and Shawn Kelso. That is just for starters, with more brewers joining the lineup over the next few months.

Portland Beer Week kicks off Thursday, June 7 at Spirit of 77 with the release of the 2012 reserve India Red Lager, a mini brewfest and a bracketed Brewers Pop-A-Shot Tourney. Two versions of the official reserve India Red Lager beer will be brewed, with Deschutes brewing the first batch meant for draft sales and Hopworks taking on the beer destined for bottles. Limited quantities of Portland Beer Week India Red Lager will be available at participating bars, breweries and restaurants of Portland Beer Week.

Just like the city itself, this is different, it's unique, it's Portland Beer Week!

Portland Beer Week is Presented by:

APEX was founded with the singular goal of bringing the best beers in the world together under one roof. The never ending quest to find the finest quality, most interesting beers available is what drives and defines APEX. Representing the last mile a beer travels before reaching its final destination, your mouth, APEX strives to honor, maintain and protect the quality and integrity of the amazing products found here. The attention to detail and passion for draft quality and beer presentation are hallmarks of the APEX experience and it is our pleasure to share them with you, the discerning beer lover. And we love bikes.

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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Here is a list of just some of the events planned for Portland Beer Week, with more to come. Watch the Events Calendar for updates:

Portland Beer Week Kickoff Party and Official Beer Release at Spirit of 77

Date: Thursday June 7th

Time: 6-10pm

Location: Spirit of 77, 500 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232

Location Website:

Rye Beer Fest

Date: June 8th

Time: 4-10pm

Location: Spirit of 77, 500 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232

Location Website:

Cost: No cover

Description: The Rye Beer Fest is a celebration of the revival of rye beers brought to you by, and held at the Spirit of 77. The fest will feature special one off rye beers from a variety of NW favorite breweries to staples like, Upright's Six and Oakshire's Line Dry to name a few. Plus Spirit of 77 will feature special Rye food pairings and even discounted Rye Whiskey pairings to complement the beers with profits to benefit charity.

Humble Brewing Release Party

Date: June 8, 2012

Time: 7pm

Location: Bridgetown Beerhouse

Location Website:

Cost: No charge, other than the beer you buy.

Description: In celebration of PDX Beer Week, Portland's smallest brewery will be releasing something special. Try the beer, meet the brewer, and maybe win some humble schwag at Bridgetown Beerhouse.*

Clone Comparison Tasting: A collaboration with Artisanal Imports, Powered by Yeast, LOLA and PUB

Date: June 8, 2012

Time: 7 PM to close

Location:Portland U Brew

Location Website: or

Cost: TBD

Description: Teaming up with Artisanal Imports and Powered by Yeast, the Ladies of Lagers and Ales (LOLA) gathered at the Portland U Brew to brew three clone beers from these importing and brand management companies. Come do a side by side tasting of the real versions of Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale, Sunner Kolsch and Kawk as well as the clone versions.

Portland Fruit Beer Festival Homebrewers Dinner

Date: June 8th

Time: 5-9pm

Location: Burnside Brewing Co. 701 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214

Location Website:

Cost: $50

Description: A special catered dinner in Burnside Brewing’s south brewery space centered around the best Homebrew Fruit Beer entries into this years festival competition. 4 homebrewers fruit beers will be served alongside select pro fruit beer entries and brewers will be present to discuss brewing with fruit and it’s unique challenges and benefits.

Portland Fruit Beer Festival

Date: June 9th and 10th

Time: 11am-9pm Saturday 11-6pm Sunday

Location: 7th E. Burnside/Burnside Brewing

Location Website:

Cost: $20

Description: The Portland Fruit Beer Festival returns with twice the space and twice the beer as before. Over 25 breweries are making beer for this years festival that explores the unique, creative and exotic possibilities of fruit beers. This All-Ages festival also features some of the best food and music and a pre-fest Homebrewers Dinner and competition.

Kölsch Day

Date: June 9th

Time: 1-9PM

Location: Prost! 4237 N. Mississippi AVE Portland, OR 97217

Location Website:

Cost: TBA No Cover

Description: Kölsch Day

We will be featuring Zunft & Reissdorf Kölsch Biers, served as in Cologne, in .2L glasses(Kölsch-Stange), and delivered in trays(Kölschkranz) to your table by our staff.

Sit in the in the sun on our Biergarten and enjoy refreshing Kölsch all day long!

Meet the new faces of 10 Barrel Brewing
Date: Saturday, June 9th

Time: 4-8PM
Location: APEX, 1216 SE Division St. 97202
Location Website:
Cost: No entry fee, purchase beer by the glass as you go.
Description: 10-15 rare, unusual and experimental 10 Barrel beers will be at APEX along with the new brewing dream team that produced them. Come meet them and taste what they've been working on.

Double Mountain Brewer's Dinner

Date: June 10th


Location: Interurban, 4057 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

Location Website:


Description: Coursed Food & Beer Pairing Dinner featuring Selected Double Mountain brews by Charlie Devereux and food from Chef John Gorham.

"Wake Up Your Senses" Seminar

Date: Sunday, June 10th

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Bad Habit Room (next door to Saraveza)

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Description: Before a beer goes to market, there is extensive testing and tasting that happens to ensure quality and consistency. Meet the people whose jobs it is to make sure your beer tastes the way it is supposed to (the best job in the world, right?) and go through the evaluation process the way the pros do it. Lead by tasting experts: Amanda Benson, Deschutes, Sensory Staff, Lauren Woods Salazar, New Belgium Brewing, Sensory Staff Specialist/Blender and Tonya Cornett gold medal winning Brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing.

Join these ladies as they wake up your senses to the many layers of flavor and smells that beer has to offer. Also, hear from Brewmaster Tonya Cornett about how a brewer approaches the making and tasting of a new beer.

New Belgium Sour Blending Symposium

Date: June 11th, 2012

Time: 2 Sessions: at 2pm and 6pm

Location: Saraveza's Bad Habit Room

Location Website:

Cost: $45

Description: Beer blending is a sensory art that has been relied on for centuries to ensure palatable beverages. Many of today’s specialty beers originated as test blends, or in fact are themselves blends of several, or many, different beers. In this Portland Beer Week seminar and workshop, guests will take a trip into New Belgium’s oak cellar, affectionately known as “Cache la Foudre”, where they will learn about NBB’s history as America’s leading producer of Belgian-style sour beers, from the brewers and blenders themselves. Eric Salazar &Lauren Woods Salazar, the curators of NBB’s sour beer program, will lead a slideshow & interactive discussion on the genesis of Wild Ales such as La Folie, Le Terroir, & Eric’s Ale “from grain to glass”, with a focus on the blender’s art & techniques. This will be followed by a one-of-a-kind, hands-on blending workshop where guests will be led through the process of experimenting & creating their own blended beer to-taste, using samples of single-barrel unblended base beer from New Belgium’s oak cellar, each dispensed from a bar-top gravity-fed cask. Guests will document their blend ratios & will be able to go home with a growler full of their very own, custom blended Portland Beer Week beer.

California Beer Week, day 1: Almanac & Hollister

Date: Monday, June 11th

Time: 4-8 PM

Location: APEX, 1216 SE Division St. 97202

Location Website:, http://www.,

Cost: No entry fee, purchase beer by the glass as you go.

Description: Enjoy some of the eclectic beers of Almanac Brewing from the San Francisco Bay area and meet their founders and brewers. Alongside Almanac, we'll be featuring a few of the delicious and all too rare beers of Hollister Brewing from down south in Goleta.

Brewers Burger Brawl

Date: June 12th

Time: TBA

Location: The Hop & Vine

Location Website:

Cost: no cover

Description: One of the more popular events of last year the Brewers Burger Brawl returns to the Hop & Vine. 5 Oregon brewers go head to head with their own burger recipe and beer pairing. Last year Burnside Brewing’s Jason Mcadam came out on top and has picked 4 new challengers to the throne this year. Sliders of each brewers burger will be available this year.

Firestone Walker Dinner

Date: June 12th

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Wildwood Restaurant & Bar, 1221 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Location Website:

Cost: TBA

Description: Expect lots of special barrel-aged and seasonal beers.

Stone Brewing Brewmasters Dinner with Mitch Steele

Date: June 12th


Location: Interurban, 4057 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227

Location Website:

Cost: TBA

Description: Coursed Food & Beer Pairing Dinner featuring Selected Stone brews by Mitch Steele and food from Chef John Gorham.


Date: Tuesday 6/12/12

Time: All Day

Location: Participating brewpubs and craft beer establishments in Portland

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Description: The Northwest is known for its hoppy IPA's, but there are many of other great styles of beer to try. Dozens of establishments will discount non-IPA beers, so this is the day to appreciate the Stouts, Porters, Goses, Ambers, Reds, Belgians and everything else that is UnIPA.

Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar

Date: June 13th

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Widmer Brothers Banquet Room, 955 North Russell Street Portland, OR 97227

Location Website:

Cost: TBA

Description: Returning from last year a seminar on barrel-aged beers MC’d by Breakside Brewery Brewmaster Ben Edmunds and presented by the Widmer Brothers. A panel of brewing experts that includes Mitch Steele, Brewmaster at Stone Brewing, Matt Van Wyk from Oakshire Brewing, Ben Edmunds and Widmer’s Doug Rehberg who will present both blended and unblended versions of the breweries upcoming ‘Kill Devil’ a rum barrel-aged Imperial Brown Ale. Attendees will get to sample from multiple extremely rare barrel-aged beers from each brewer.

Portland Beer Week Beer & Food Pairing Seminar

Date: Thursday, 6.14.12

Time: 6:30

Location: Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

Location Website:

Cost: $50 (gratuity included)

Description: Four chefs including Aaron Barnett (St. Jack), Nathaniel Price (Grain & Gristle), John Gorham (Toro Bravo), and Paul Kasten (Wildwood) will pair up with brewers Alex Ganum (Upright), Ben Edmunds (Breakside), Charlie Devereux (Double Mountain), and Nick Arzner (Block 15) to present eight food/beer pairings and lead a discussion of the topic. Contact Shelly Jones ( // 503.225.0130) for seats.

Middle A Middle L Trivia & Blind Taste Test

Date: Friday 6/15/12

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Beer Mongers

Location Website:


Description: Test your general and beer knowledge at Trivia Night. PRIZES for Trivia winners. Alameda, Amnesia, Laurelwood, Lompoc and Lucky Lab have some of the best neighborhood brewpubs around town. Identify their beers and be eligible for prizes.

Brewers Summer Games

Date: Saturday June 16th

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Location Website: TBA

Cost: TBA

Description: Back from a 3 year hiatus the Brewers Summer Games an industry competition for charity and brewfest in one will be back this year. Details coming soon.

Double Mountain & Spirit of 77’s Timbers BBQ

Date: June 17th

Time: 3-7pm

Location: Spirit of 77, 500 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232

(503) 232-9977

Location Website:

Cost: Free

Description: Double Mountain takes over the taps for a special Timbers viewing party featuring a big BBQ and lots of prizes. whole animals pig lamb.

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