Portland Beer Week Starts Today: 8 Not To Miss Events
Portland Beer Week the 11-day (June 8th-18th) event that I have been involved in for seven years and founded by Ezra Johnson-Greenough of the New School Beer Blog officially starts today. My first year of Portland Beer Week I put together a Sushi and Beer Pairing event at Roscoes with my friend Ritch Marvin. The next year I started the rye beer fest. And over the years I have been involved in a number of other events. There are over 100 events going on this year and really something for everyone. Here are 8 must attend events, yes I am involved in a few of these, but I will not lead you astray.
1. Kick Off Party | June 8th from 4-10pm at the Exchange Ballroom and Cascade Rooftop
This year the Portland Beer Week kick-off party features the largest venue and vendors to date. "The indoor/outdoor event features a “beer week marketplace” featuring vendors from BrewedOregon and Mindy’s Beer Gear’s merch tables to 5404 Meats from San Francisco, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Blue Star Donuts, cheese from the Oregon Cheese Guild, and of course a bunch of breweries like Culmination Brewing with their new “Hop Berry IPA.”
2. Fruit Beer Fest | June 9th - 11th | Hours varies at Burnside Brewing |Price: $20/$25 - Tickets
Back for in its seventh year, The Fruit Beer Fest is Portland Beer Week's biggest event. Featuring over 50 unique beer and ciders. Food vendors include Hotlips Pizza, Urban German Grill and Fifty Licks Ice Cream.
3. This Old Brewhouse: Craft + SIP with Baerlic Brewing | June 13th from 7-10 pm at DIY Bar - Tickets
On this week's episode of This Old Brewhouse, DIY BAR & Baerlic Brewing will be teaming up Tuesday, June 13th at 7 PM for a $30 craft special, which includes your first beer. Don't miss this episode, it will be epic! Baerlic is offering beer pairings throughout the night so come sample something new!
Beer-inspired Projects include: LEATHER KOOZIE, 6-PACK CARRIER, MAGNETIC DROP CATCH BOTTLE OPENER, CEMENT COASTERS or try non-beer oriented projects, but why?
4. Masters of IPA III | June 16th from 4-9 pm at Ecliptic Brewing | Price - Tickets
An invitational for brews who take great care with their IPAs, and the multitude of drinkers who take great care to only drink the best of them. Admission includes a glass and three tickets to taste offerings from Ballast Point, Block 15, Boneyard, Great Notion, Fort George, and more.
5. Rye Beer Fest | June 17th from 11 am - 9 pm at Happy Valley Station | Price $10 - Tickets
The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest moves to a new larger venue and date. Enjoy over 20 rye beer and 16 food carts on Saturday, June 17th, from 11am-9pm at Happy Valley Station. This event is all ages. Advanced purchase includes an official tasting glass and 8 tickets for $10. This event is a benefit for New Avenues For Youth and is an official Portland Beer Week event.
6. Snackdown | June 18th from 12 pm - 4 pm at The Evergreen Above Loyal Legion | Price - $49 - Tickets
What better way to close out Portland Beer Week than with a food and beer pairing event where 10 of Portland's best Chefs and 10 Oregon Brewers are paired into 10 Brewer/Chef teams to make their greatest snack and beer pairing. Oh, yeah the event is WWE/WWF themed and each team dresses up. Enjoy great pairings while watching old school wrestling on the big screen. Oh yeah!
7. The Food | June 8-18th | Participating Portland Businesses
If you don't know about Portland Beer Week we try to curate unique events and partnerships for the week. Be sure to try the official Pizza from HotLips Pizza, Official ice cream from Salt & Straw Ice Cream, the official sandwich from Lardo and or course the official donut from Blue Star Donuts. Need a full meal? Then check out a range of beer dinners at www.pdxbeerweek.com.
8. The Beer | Starting June 18th at Whole Foods, Culmination Brewing, The Kick Off Party + more
What would Portland Beer Week be without an official beer? This year Portland Beer Week teamed up with Culmination Brewing, Hotlips Pizza/Soda and Oregon Fruit Products to create “Hop Berry IPA.”
The are a plethora of other events to check out at www.pdxbeerweek.com. See you out there.