2012 Portland Beer Week | Parties, Festivals, Brewers Olympics, Tastings, Dinners, & More

From our sponsors at Portland Beer Week:
Portland Beer Week 2012 2012 Portland Beer Week
June 7 – June 17, 2012
Full Schedule of Events & Tickets at www.pdxbeerweek.com

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 Beervana, 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. Buy tickets here.

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

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Thursday Events, June 7:

5-7PM: Gluten Free Taste-off @ Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark | More info: pdxbeerweek.com

Taste the full range of Gluten Free Beers side-by-side and decide which is your favorite. Belmont Station will pour every gluten free beer that the distributors will provide samples of. Representatives from Harvester Brewing and Omission Beer will also be on hand to pour their beers.

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6-10PM: Portland Beer Week Kickoff Party @ Spirit Of 77
500 NE MLK JR BLVD | More info: pdxbeerweek.com

Portland Beer Week kicks off with the first tapping of the official 2012 beer, India Red Lager with limited edition draft and bottles with a vip schwag bag purchase from 6-10pm at Spirit of 77. Joins us for the festivities with tons of free prizes and beers from Deschutes, Hopworks, Double Mountain, Firestone Walker, Laurelwood, Widmer Brothers and more. More than 16 brewers will be on hand and competing in a pop-a-shot tourney that you can enter into, fill out a bracket and win prizes all MC’d by the Beer Goddess herself Lisa Morrison. Also look for special food and beer pairings for dinner and a booth from Google Places and your pint glass entry is good for discounts at participating bars and breweries!

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Friday Events, June 8:

4-6PM: Official Portland Bottle Release Party w/ Deschutes & Hopworks @ Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark | More info: pdxbeerweek.com

The official release party for the very limited reserve bottles of Portland Beer Week: India Red Lager a collaboration between Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery. 2 versions of this beer were produced, one at Deschutes and one at Hopworks 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.

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4-10PM: Rye Beer Fest @ Spirit of 77
500 NE MLK JR BLVD | More info: pdxbeerweek.com

The Rye Beer Fest is a celebration of the revival of rye beers brought to you by Taplister.com and held at the Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232). The fest will take place on Friday June 8th, 2012 from 4-10pm and will feature special one-off rye beers from a variety of NW favorite breweries as well as staples such as Upright Six and Oakshire Line Dry Rye.  A percentage of the proceeds of this event will benefit We Love Clean Rivers, Inc., a non-profit that is dedicated to cleaning high use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community and partnering with local environmental, recreation, and educational organizations. To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out www.ryebeerfest.com.

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5-9PM: Portland Fruit Beer Festival Homebrewers Dinner @ Burnside Brewing
701 East Burnside Street | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=5

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.

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7-11PM: Clone Comparison Tasting @ Portland U-Brew
6237 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=4

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.

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7PM: Humble Brewing Release Party @ Bridgetown Beerhouse
915 N Shaver St | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=3

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.

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Saturday Events, June 9:

10AM-12PM: Beer & Coffee Brunch & Seminar @ Saraveza’s Bad Habit Room
1004 North Killingsworth Street | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=34 

Over a hearty homemade brunch, joinBreakside‘s award-winning brewer, Ben Edmunds, as he ventures into the world of caffeinated beers!  On the flip side, hear from coffee roasters about roasting challenges, the competitive coffee climate and collarborating with other beverages.  We’ll demonstrate that coffee beers aren’t just Stouts and Porters with seven different coffee brews, including Saraveza’s 2nd Collaborative brew with Breakside Brewery (featuring a special roast from our coffee house neighbors at the Red E)!  Not too mention we’ll send you home with 16oz of your own malted coffee concoction.

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11AM-9PM: Portland Fruit Beer Festival @ Burnside Brewing
701 East Burnside Street | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=6 

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.

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1-9PM: Kölsch Day @ Prost
4237 North Mississippi Avenue | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=8

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!

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3-8PM: Brew B Que w/ Double Mountain Brewery @ Landmark Saloon
4847 SE Division | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=33

Double Mountain will be pouring up to 9 beers with bands playing on the patio and inside the Landmark Saloon. There will also be LeRoy’s BBQ and cornhole!

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Meet The New Faces Of 10 Barrel Brewing @ APEX
1216 SE Division St. | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=25

10-15 rare, unusual and experimental 10 Barrel beers will be at APEX along with the new brewing dream team that produced them: Shawn Kelso, Tonya Cornett and Jimmy Seifrit! Come meet them and taste what they’ve been working on.

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Sunday Events, June 10:

11AM-6PM: Portland Fruit Beer Festival @ Burnside Brewing
701 East Burnside Street | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=6 

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.

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1-3PM: Wake Up your Senses Seminar @ Bad Habit Room
1004 N Killingsworth St | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=2

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.

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TBA: Double Mountain Brewers Dinner @ Interurban
4057 N. Mississippi Ave. | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=9

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

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Monday Events, June 11:

2pM: New Belgium Sour Blending Symposium @ Saraveza’s Bad Habit Room
1004 N Killingsworth St | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=11

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.

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4-8PM: California Beer Week, Day 1 – Almanac & Hollister @ APEX
1216 SE Division St. | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=26

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.

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6pM: New Belgium Sour Blending Symposium @ Saraveza’s Bad Habit Room
1004 N Killingsworth St | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=11

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.

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Tuesday Events, June 12:

3-11PM: Rocky Mountain Hi! @ Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=29

Tap takeover event featuring breweries from the Rocky Mountain states. Expect super limited beers from Utah, Colorado, and Montana.

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6:30PM: Firestone Walker Dinner @ Wildwood Restaurant
1221 NW 21st Avenue  | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=13

A special dinner prepared with many Firestone Walker special releases both seasonal and rare barrel-aged brews.

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ALL DAY: UnIPA Day @ Participating brewpubs & craft beer establishments
More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=15

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.

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TBA: Brewers Burger Brawl @ The Hop & Vine
1914 N. Killingsworth St. | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=24

One of the more popular events of last year the Brewers Burger Brawl returns to the Hop & Vine. Last year brewer Jason Mcadam of Burnside Brewing came out on top of a group of 5 brewers. This year he will be defending his trophy against: Matt Van Wyk – Oakshire Brewing, Van Havig – Gigantic Brewing, Ben Dobler – Widmer Brothers and Charlie Devereux – Double Mountain Brewing.

All burgers will be served this year in slider form. More details coming soon!

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TBA: Stone Brewing Brewers Dinner with Mitch Steele @ Interurban
4057 North Mississippi Avenue | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=14

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

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Wednesday Events, June 13:

6-9PM: Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar @ Widmer Gasthaus
955 North Russell St. | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=22

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.

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6-8PM: Elysian Brewers Dinner with Owner/Brewmaster Dick Cantwell @ Interurban
4057 North Mississippi Avenue | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=35

Founder and Brewmaster of Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, Dick Cantwell will be here himself for a pairing dinner with Interurban’s John Gorham! Menu soon TBA

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Thursday Events, June 14:

3-11PM: Washington Brewers Night: Schooner Exact launch party @ Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=30

Washington Brewers night featuring Seattle favorites Schooner Exact Brewing who will be making their Portland debut at this release party. Expect more than a dozen beers and Owner/Brewer Matt McClung on hand!

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6:30PM: Beer & Food Pairing Seminar @ Wildwood Restaurant & Bar
1221 NW 21st Avenue | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=16

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 (shelly@wildwoodrestaurant.com // 503.225.0130) for seats.

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Friday Events, June 15:

5-8PM: Belmont Station 15th Anniversary Bottle Release with Block 15 Brewing!
4500 SE Stark | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=31

For Belmont Station’s 15th Anniversary Block 15 brewed a Strong Scottish Ale matured in 15yr. Pappy Van Winkle Barrels blended with 11% 2yr bourbon barrel aged Oud Bruin and 11% 9 month bourbon barrel aged Oud Bruin. We will be pouring this beer and a couple others from Block 15 on draft in the Biercafe and of course selling bottles of the 15 with owner/brewer Nick Arzner here in person!

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7PM: Middle A Middle L Trivia & Blind Taste Test @ The Beermongers
1125 Southeast Division Street | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=17

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.

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Saturday Events, June 16:

TBA: Brewers Summer Games
More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=18

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.

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Sunday Events, June 17:

1-6PM: Portland Beer and Cheese Fest @ The Commons Brewery
1810 SE 10th Ave | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=32

The first annual Portland Beer & Cheese Festival takes place at The Commons Brewery and features a stunning cheese selection by champion cheesemonger Steve Jones of Cheese Bar fame and beers from the best regional brewers and free light snacks from Chop Butchery and Charcuterie. Tickets are $25 and include a tasting glass and punch card that gets you 10 different specifically chosen craft beer and cheese pairings. Advanced tickets only at http://portlandbeerandcheese.com/

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3-7PM: Double Mountain & Spirit of 77’s Timbers BBQ @ Spirit of 77
500 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior | More info: http://pdxbeerweek.com/calendar/index.php?eID=19

Double Mountain Brewery takes over the taps for a special Timbers viewing party featuring a big BBQ of whole animals including a Pig and Lamb. Lots of prizes to giveaway all night including a Hood River vacation and more.

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