Top Events to Close Out Portland Beer Week

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We are now in our 9th day of Portland Beer Week. The eleven day beer week still has a full weekend of events left, and some of the best ones are still to come. Here is our rundown of some of the big events you do not want to miss.


Branding for Beer Seminar

Fri. June 16th 5pm @ Baerlic Brewing

Oregon State University and The HR Group present the Portland Beer Week “Branding for Beer” seminar hosted by Baerlic Brewing.

In the increasingly competitive craft beer market, whether your opening a taproom, brewpub or hard cider, branding and design is more important than ever to stand out and define your business. The “Branding for Beer” seminar will cover everything from logo design to merchandising to label design and standing out on supermarket shelves to a brewpub or t-shirt. A panel of branding and design experts responsible for designs for Stumptown Coffee, Breakside Brewery, Little Beast Brewing, Fort George Brewing, Base Camp Brewing and much more will be speaking. $10 ticket includes a beer.


Masters of IPA

Fri. June 16th 4-9pm @ Ecliptic Brewing

Masters of IPA advanced tickets are sold out, but there are still a substantial 200 available at the door. This IPA invitational returns for it’s 3rd year with a dozen of the best India Pale Ale brewers from across the country. This years fest will be held at Ecliptic Brewing in their production space and outdoor patio with collectible glassware, 4oz and 8oz pours of beer.

Tickets are $10 for a glass and 3 beer tickets. An individual glass is $7, additional drink tickets are $2 each. 4oz pours are 1 ticket, 8oz pours will be 2 tickets.


Stormbreaker Beer Quest & Beer Fest

Sat. June 17th 10am @ Stormbreaker Brewing

The StormBreaker Beer Quest and Mini Beer Fest is a casual, but competitive beer “quest” involving many of the NoPo area breweries (list coming soon!). Starting at 10am, participants will run/bike/walk to each of the participating breweries to get a hole punch in their beer quest card. This is kind of an expedited beer trail in the form of a run, but there is no set route. Once you get your card filled out you will then back to StormBreaker and redeem your beer quest card to get tasters for the mini beer fest. Each hole punch is redeemable for one 4 oz pour of that brewery’s beer. We will have more info on the participating breweries and a ticket link posted soon. Check our facebook page for updates.


Sour Solstice Fest

Sat. June 17th @ Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom

What better way to kick of the summer than a killer lineup of refreshingly tart and delicious sours! Imperial will be pouring 16 sours in all. Commemorative glasses are $5, and drink tickets are $2. Or save $3 and get a package of one glass and 10 tickets for only $22. All beers will also be available by the glass. See the beer list here. 


20% Off Beer and Cider at Whole Foods

Sat. June 17th All Day @ Portland-area Whole Foods

Celebrate Portland Beer Week with 20% Off All Beer & Cider for one day only at Whole Foods Markets Portland-area stores (excludes Mill Plain location.)

Bottles & cans only; does not include restaurant/bar draft sales or kombucha. Case discount not applicable, while supplies last, no rain checks.


Rye Beer Fest

Sat. June 17th @ Happy Valley Station

The 6th Annual Rye Beer Fest moves to a new larger venue and date.  Enjoy over 20 rye beer and 18 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. Day of sales are $10 and include an official tasting glass and 4 tickets. This event is a benefit for New Avenues For Youth and is an official Portland Beer Week event. Tickets on sale now.



Sun. June 18th Noon-4pm @ The Evergreen (above Loyal Legion)

SNACKDOWN! is a fun and entertaining 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. Guests will choose their favorite pairing and the winners will be awarded the SNACKDOWN Belt!

This event is designed to be more fun and loose than you’re standard beer dinner. Imagine a WWF style Smackdown with brewers and chefs hyping their pairing on the mic – possibly while sporting wrestling themed costume. DJ Rev Shines will be on the decks keeping the party live. $49 includes all 10 small plates and TEN 5oz beer pours + a collectible glass.

Join us for great beer, great food and a real party!

SNACKDOWN! Is the official closing event of Portland Beer Week.


Brewery/Chef Pairings:


☐ Mi Mero Mole/Gigantic
Barbecue Brisket Tostada with smoked Tillamook cheese sauce
Salted Hibiscus Wit with Lime

☐ Loyal Legion/Ecliptic
Kalua Pork with stone fruit slaw on Hawaiian sweet roll
Carina Peach Sour

☐ HOTLIPS/Culmination
Fun Guys with Whips – porchini mushrooms, garlic whip pesto & HOTLIPS crostini
Hop Berry IPA

☐ Lardo/Commons
Soft Shell Crab with caviar cream cheese on buttered brioche

☐ Toro Bravo/Hopworks
Baller “Fish & Chips”
Berliner Weisse with cherry syrup + lemon foam

☐ Salt n Straw/Breakside
Breakside S’more Ice Cream
Smoked Porter

☐ Dawei Canting/Buoy
Pork and Dungeness crab wonton with chilies, black vinegar and crispy garlic
Citrus Wit

☐ BUNK/Pfreim
Cincinnati Chili Dogs w/cheddar, mustard & onions
Helles Lager

☐ Old Salt/Heater Allen
Warm Potato Salad with Old Salt weisswurst, spring peas, house mustard and Ben’s bacon
Lenzbock – Helles Bock

☐ Biwa/Baerlic
Dried Beef with rayu and pickled daikon
Eastside Pilsner


WHEN: Sunday, June 18th, Noon – 4pm
WHERE: The Evergreen Ballroom (above Loyal Legion), 618 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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