Monday, August 15, 2011

Portland Beer Events You Shouldn't Miss!

Yep, that's right, more beer events this summer in Portland...I know you're all super surprised since BrewFest just happened and that was enough beer and crowds to last you until next summer, but get over it and don't miss these upcoming brewtastic events!

What: Beer 'n' Burgers!
Where: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Wiedler
When: Saturday, August 20th, 12-3pm

Beer and burgers, the perfect combo! Portland Monthly and Fred Meyer are hosting this event to benefit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Pay $17 for beer 'n' burger sampling in advance online or $20 at the door. If you don't, or can't, drink beer pay $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Taste beer from these 10 local breweries and be sure to try the burgers and vote for your favorite. Seven local brewhouse chefs will be competing for the best burger title!

- Deschutes Brewery
- Burnside Brewing Co.
- Bridgeport Brewing
- Henry's Tavern
- Widmer Brothers Brewing
- Laurelwood Brewing
- Alameda Brewhouse
- Full Sail Brewing
- Buckman Brewing
- Ninkasi Brewing

A little more on the nonprofit, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Their mission is to support the Oregon Hunger Task Force with a goal to end hunger by focusing on the root causes, primarily build families' economic stability so that all Oregonians can have the ability to provide and access to a balance, healthy meal. 100% of the net proceeds are going to Summer Meals Program, so sip on beer, sample burgers and know that while you're filling up, you're helping Oregonians in need do the same!

What: PDX Beer Week
When: August 19th - 28th

Apparently Portland has the most breweries in the world, and a lot of enthusiastic beer drinkers, so what is a great way to explore the craft beer community? Dedicate a week to events that help you do just that. PDX Beer Week is basically a 10-day party celebrating Portland and the surrounding region's achievement, and downright passion, for beer!

Start the party off right by hitting up the PDX Beer Week Kick Off Party on August 19th at The Horse Brass Pub (4535 SE Belmont St.) Show up at 5pm and stay until close!

Some other events that we might suggest checking out:

- Katie has had a few of the unique, and amazing, creations from Salt & Straw, an Alberta Street favorite and I'm sure the 5 Beer Ice Creams they have developed for this event will not dissapoint! Check them out Monday through Friday.

- As ladies, we have to promote the August 20th, "The Love of Beer" Premier at Bagdad Theater. This documentary showcases the women of the craft beer industry. Enjoy $3 beers from Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing while hearing from a panel of awesome women in the Oregon craft beer scene, followed by the film!

- Ok, we love sushi and Jen has got us hooked on sake bombs, but mix it up with a Beer and Sushi Pairing at Roscoe's on the 22nd. YUM.

- We are totally fans of a good brunch and typically enjoy it with a mimosa, or two, but in honor of PDX Beer Week we suggest hitting up East Burn on the 28th for Ninkasi Brewers Brunch. Brunch is awesome, beer is awesome, so enjoy them at the same time! Tickets are $30 and you get three brunch plates and beer pairing.

There are a TON more events so check out the entire schedule here at the PDX Beer Week website.

Of course, all good things come to an end, so don't miss the Closing Street Party at Bazi Bierbrasserie on Hawthorne Street on the 28th. Lots of different brews, some Salt & Straw ice cream and a damn good time. Have fun!