Reasons to Celebrate

Slow Ride take it easy! – Brewers Parade photo from “SNOB” Ritch
It’s time to celebrate. While Oregon Craft Beer Month is over (and some may be glad for that), there is still plenty to be happy about. I myself am particularly happy about the Brookston Bulletin’s sneak peak at the August Wikio top beer blog results (#1!). Congrats to Oregon beer blogs making an even more dominant showing than ever, with the top three all being Portland-based beer blogs (congrats Brewpublic and Beervana) and the Not So Professional beer blog cracking the top 10. Here are photos from some of the more memorable events over the last few days, as well as a discussion of a few of the things to look forward to in the coming weeks, including PDX Beer Week and the Beer Bloggers Conference.

A huge crowd gathers for the Brewers Parade outside of McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Homies 4 Life: Harry Sanger, “SNOB” Ritch and Fearless Ken Johnson wearing matching shirts

Full Sail’s John Harris and APEX owner Jesse McCann

Breakside’s Beer Scott, Burnside Brewing’s Jay Gilbert, East Burn’s Kat Finn, Myself and center Burnside’s Adam Cassie

Oakshire’s Matt Van Wyk, Full Sail’s John Harris

Lisa Morrison aka the Beer Goddess and Deschutes Brewmaster Larry Sidor in the background
Great news for those who support women in the craft beer industry. “The Love of Beer”, a documentary on women in craft beer, is now tied in as the official after hours event for the upcoming Beer Bloggers Conference. Tickets are going fast for the Bagdad Theater premiere event, featuring $3 pints of Deschutes and Bend Brewing beers plus many prominent women in the industry speaking, including: Bend Brewmaster Tonya Cornett, Saraveza owner Sarah Pederson, Pink Boots Society founder Teri Fahrendorf, Deschutes Brewer Veronica Vega, and the evening’s MC, the Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison. I recommend getting your advanced tickets now for just $6 including service fees.
The Beer Wench and I
Speaking of prominent women in the industry, I met The Beer Wench this weekend and she took a shining to me. She is not so bad after all, but I will have to save that for another post…

Coalition Brewing’s Elan Walsky and Matt Van Wyk from Oakshire

Craft Brewers Alliance’s Mindy Green and myself

Fay Jaramillo

Amy Marvin

Angelo De Ieso and Seany “Wonton” White

Harry Sanger triple fists beers

Powered by Yeast’s and Ensign brother Tim and Fort George’s Chris Nemowill

Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Bryndilson, Widmer’s Doug Rehberg, Breakside’s Ben Edmunds

Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi hoists a pint of his Helles Belles

Jacob Grier and I bartending at the Brewing up Cocktails One Year Anniversary

I closed out my Oregon Craft Beer Month with a Tiki-themed Brewing up Cocktails event that was a lot of fun. The drinks were a blast to make and the weather was great. Loved the The Hop & Vine’s backyard setting for events this time of year, and it’s hard to believe this was no less than the 8th edition (not counting seminars and demos we have done) in just one year.

Kerry Finsand (center) instructs the Groupon Portland Beer Day crew

Finally, if Oregon Craft Beer Month did not satiate your appetite for for craft beer, we have the first annual PDX Beer Week coming up on August 19-28 and the Beer Bloggers Convention August 19-21. It looks to be another solid month of craft beer.
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Samurai Artist
Samurai Artist

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:


  • Jeff Alworth
    Jeff Alworth
    Tue Aug 2, 2011 4:08 PM

    Hey man, congrats! I’m not pleased to fall further down the ladder, but it was inevitable. It’s also nice in advance of the beer bloggers conference.

    • Anonymous
      Thu Aug 4, 2011 4:22 AM

      Is that a bottle cap or an engagement ring you are putting on the Beer Wench’s finger 🙂 ?

      • Samurai Artist
        Samurai Artist
        Fri Aug 5, 2011 5:07 AM

        It’s actually a bottlecap ring because we are classy like that.