For too long there was nothing fun for the discerning craft beer drinker to do on typical party holidays such as Halloween loved by children and adults alike. No more. Last year Night of the Living Ales debuted in Portland as a pub crawl along SE 28th but this year it has grown up and become a full blown mini Halloween festival taking place in a warehouse space, fittingly a brewhouse and with an attached covered outdoor beer garden. The badass and unique beers have only increased and the entertainment promises to be sensational.
If all the special beers were not enough there will be fabulous sexy Halloween themed Burlesque from Meghan Mayhem and Hai Fleisch ofRose City Shimmyon stage.
You can also look forward to a fire performance by a legendary local performer of epic proportions. And of course the requisite costume contests throughout the night there will be different categories and opportunities to win prizes like gift certificates to the brewpub.
The brewery warehouse will also be decked out by a local interior designer featuring frankenstein dead tree archways with pumpkins lighted from inside, lots of pumpkins, cobwebs and silent horror films projected.
Brought to you by Burnside Brewing Co., Maletis Distribution, Yelp and Ninkasi Brewing this year’s celebration brings together seven of Oregon’s best breweries with some unique holiday themed beers:
Burnside Brewing: Peanut Butter Chocolate Alt– A one-off keg of Burnside Brewing’s take on the traditional German-style Alt bier malty and carmelly with reese’s peanut butter cups infused into the beer to complement the creamy body and nutty dry finish. It’s all the favorite flavors of Halloween candy you loved as a kid infused into your favorite adult beverage!
Fort George Brewery:North V– This year we took another Holiday Icon, The Fruitcake, and designed our Winter Seasonal in its’ honor.
A mash of barley, oats, wheat, rye, rich caramel and honey malts are mildly spiced with Cascade and Saaz hops, fermented with Fort George House Yeast then allowed to condition on hand-splintered, rum inspired oak. A Glase Fruit concoction that includes cherries, pineapple, orange and lemon peel is dissolved into the finished beer to add the final touches.
While designed and bottled to age, we are sure this version of the Fruitcake will not be passed down for generations, but opened and imbibed at many a cheerful gathering. 7.5% abv. IBU’s Hard To Tell
Oakshire Brewing:Big Black Jack(Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) – Oven roasted pumpkins, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger round out this burly Imperial Porter. Trick…. or Treat?
Lompoc: 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash– this batch was aged in Bourbon barrels for 11 months and cellared for an additional two. This Imperial Porter has a slight Bourbon aroma with chocolate and licorice flavors finishing with vanilla notes (8% ABV).
Ninkasi Brewing: Sleigh’r
10 Barrel: India Session Ale