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Maybe it's because every week is beer week in Portland, but it's hard to believe the city hasn't had its own official Beer Week until now. But starting this Friday, that changes, and Portland will be celebrating its craft beer community with a series of beer festivals, tastings, pairings, special tappings and memorable culinary experiences. Here's a list of the week's lineup, and for more updates and details, including ticket and pricing info, head to pdxbeerweek.com. And if you're on Twitter, look for the #pdxbw hashtag for updates throughout the week.
Beer Ice Cream’s at Salt & Straw
Portland's latest ice cream artists have created five different beer ice creams for Portland Beer Week.
Daily PDX-themed Food Specials at The Horse Brass Pub
Check out a new food special each day honoring some of Portland's longtime favorite restaurants. All guest taps are Portland beers throughout the week.
Nano Beer Fest at Fanno Creek Brew Pub
This event will feature 18 beers from 15 small breweries. You'll get to sample beers from breweries you might not otherwise get a chance to visit, at least not in one weekend.
Cheese & Beer Specials at Cheese Bar
Mention Portland Beer Week, and you'll get a free slice of cheese with any beer throughout the week during Cheese Bar's regular hours.
Friday, August 19
PDX Beer Week Kick-Off Party at The Horse Brass Pub
Widmer Brothers will be releasing the official PDX Beer Week beer—a golden ale made with rose hips. They'll also have a couple of other special beers on hand. Plus all PDX beers will be on tap every day during PDX Beer Week at the Horse Brass.
Saturday, August 20
Hopworks & Double Mountain Beer Brunch at Spirit of 77
Brewers behind Hopworks and Double Mountain have teamed up with Spirit of 77 chef for a beer brunch pairing menu available for one day only.
“The Love of Beer” Premiere at the Bagdad Theater
Check out the debut of this documentary celebrating women in the craft beer industry. There will be $3 beer specials from Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing and a panel of some of the most prominent women in Oregon craft beer speaking before the film.
Coaliton Brewing’s One Year Anniversary Party
This all day celebration will feature happy hour-priced beers, a cornhole tournament, live music and specials from the Grilled Cheese Grill. To top it off, Coalition will be releasing a special smallbatch Cascadian Dark Ale.
New Old Lompoc 15th Anniversary
Join the New Old Lompoc brewery in celebrating 15 beers for 15 years. A Northwest institution, the New Old Lompoc will be serving 15 unique and specialty beers in addition to its mainstay lineup. In addition to the myriad of beers, there will be a cornhole tournament, live music and food specials. The event will also feature a toast to the memory of Don Younger, who was part owner of the brewery since 2000.
Montavilla Brew Fest at Thatcher's Back Lot
Check out more than 20 northwest craft beers and BBQ provided by Andre's Texas-Style Barbecue. Four different bands throughout the day provide the entertainment. All proceeds go to the Montavilla Neighborhood Association.
Lagunitas Beer Circus
Live music, 50+ performance artists, a hootchie cootchie tent and a dazzling array of food and beverages.
Sunday, August 21
Washington Brewers Night at Bailey’s Taproom
A special Sunday evening event featuring beers and breweries never available in Oregon before. Meet-the-Brewers and try the beers from Elysian, Naked City, Odin, Big Al and Sound Brewing.
Organic Beer & Bacon Pairing Presented by Bison Brewing at Grain & Gristle
This will be an amazing pairing of bacon and beer with pork from the Payne family farm in Corvallis, Oregon, and craft brews from some of North America's best brewers.
Brewing Class at Portland U-Brew & Pub
Customers will help during every step as the folks at U-Brew brew a beer for the pub. So in a couple of weeks you can come back to the pub and have a pint that you helped create!
Washington Brewers Night at Bailey's Taproom
Try beers from eight-plus Washington state breweries, many of them never before available in Oregon. Meet the brewers and try beers from Fremont Brewing, Odin, Naked City, Sound, Elliott Bay, Silver City, Big Al and Elysian Brewing.
Monday, August 22
Beer & Sushi Pairing at Roscoe’s
Taplister and Behind the Pint have teamed up with Roscoe’s and Miyamoto Sushi to design a special beer and sushi pairing menu.
CDAbe Festival at Belmont Station
A benefit for beer writer Abram Goldman-Armstrong to help pay medical bills featuring an extensive lineup of the style he helped create: Cascadian Dark Ales.
Tuesday, August 23
Brewers Burger Brawl at The Hop and Vine
Five of Portland’s best brewers will go head-to-head with their burger recipes and one of their brewery's beers in a battle to see who is the Brewer Burger Champion! Participating breweries: Hopworks, Burnside, Upright, Breakside and Laurelwood.
Wednesday, August 24
Barrel-Aging Beer Panel at Hopworks Urban Brewery
Breakside brewer Ben Edmunds will emcee a panel of brewmasters skilled at the art of barrel-aging beer. Join the conversation and and ask your own questions of these brewers while tasting a selection of their finest barrel-aged brews. Featuring: Ben Love (Hopworks), John Harris (Full Sail), Nick Arzner (Block 15) and more TBA.
Thursday, August 25
Breakfast Beers Night at Breakside Brewery
Brewers will tap a breakfast stout with coffee and a whiskey for a breakfast porter. A special breakfast menu will also be presented for the evening, and there may be a few more tricks up the brewers' sleeves.
Laurelwood Meet-the-Brewer & Smoked Golden Ale Release at NEPO 42
Meet the Laurelwood's new brewmaster Vasilios Gletsos and try his new Smoked Golden Ale in addition to several other Laurelwood beers on tap.
Going Coastal at Bottles
Help Oregon's coastal breweries celebrate Portland Beer Week at Bottles with 10 different beers from breweries such as Fort George, Pelican, Rusty Truck and more.
Friday, August 26
California Brewers Night at Apex
One of Portland’s premiere taphouses plays host to many of the best breweries and beers of California. Try a selection of beers not available in the state of Oregon and meet many brewers and representatives, including Stone Brewing's vice president, Sierra Nevada and, for the first time in the state, Ballast Point, Magnolia, Telegraph, Craftsman and Beachwood BBQ breweries. Plus many other fan favorites.
Laurelwood IPA Release Party at Laurelwood Public House
Check out Laurelwood's new IPA and hors d'oeuvres upstairs in the brewers den.
Bridgeport Jakes Brewer's Dinner at Jake's Grill
BridgePort brewmaster Jeff Edgerton will guide guests through a five-course menu paired alongside a few of BridgePort's brews: BridgePort IPA, Summer Squeeze, Blue Heron, Kingpin, Hop Czar and this year's Stumptown Tart made with Oregon strawberries.
Early Fall Beer Releases at Migration Brewing
Migration will be releasing its Alt style Red Bier sitting at 5.7% ABV with 46 IBUs, while Amnesia will be releasing its Impale Imperial Pale Ale sitting at 7.2% ABV and 45 IBUs. Get a first taste.
Saturday, August 27
Mighty Mites - Session Beer Festival at Coalition Brewing
Jeff Alworth of popular local beer blog Beervana has teamed up with Coalition Brewing to explore the creativity and flavor of session beers.
Collaboration Beer Summit at Roscoe's
The folks at Roscoe's have assembled an epic list of all beers brewed in collaboration with other breweries. Look forward to special rare beers and brewers from Stone and Sierra Nevada among others.
Sunday, August 28
Ninkasi Brewers Brunch at East Burn
Ninkasi Brewing’s Jamie Floyd and the team at East Burn are hosting a Brewers Brunch with three outstanding brunch plates and beer pairings. Tickets are $30.
Closing Street Party at Bazi Bierbrasserie
During the Hawthorne Street Fair, Portland Beer Week and new european/belgian-inspired bier bar Bazi Bierbrasserie will be closing off 32nd street to set up an outdoor beer garden featuring many of Oregon’s best Belgian-styled beers, including offerings from Double Mountain, Upright Brewing, Beetje Brewing and Full Sail as well as all five beer ice creams from Salt & Straw and the beers they were made from.