Photo Review: 2nd Annual Night of the Living Ales

Last Saturday’s main event was the second annual Night of the Living Ales at Burnside Brewing. Evolving from its origins as a pub crawl in its first year to a full-blown Halloween-themed craft beer fest this time around, the event was an inarguable success with over 50,0 attendees. One of the more unique craft beer events of the year, if I do say so myself, we have the pictures and the stories to prove it… (Caution: Some images may not be safe for work)

The fest featured 8 different special seasonal and one-off beers like Oakshire’s Black Jack Imperial Pumpkin Porter and Lompoc’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monster Mash. The most popular offering, however, was Burnside Brewing’s one-off Altbier infused with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which kicked within a few hours after the party started. Luckily there were plenty of other great beers to drink and much to see, including awesome musical performances by Boy Eats Drum Machine and The Ascetic Junkies.

Yetta Vorobik (The Hop & Vine) and Jeff Eder (Sierra Nevada), both unfashionably not in costume

Many local beer personalities showed up to celebrate the holiday with a craft beer in the beautifully decorated brewery space at Burnside and an outdoor tent.

Hai Fleisch & Meghan Mayhem of Rose City Shimmy

One of the highlights was certainly the amazing burlesque performances from the gals of Rose City Shimmy, who gathered an enthusiastic crowd around the stage for their sets.

Hai Fleisch captivates the crowd

This year’s combo of live entertainment with fantastic beers and elaborate and fun costumes was the natural progression of the event, which gave Portland’s craft beer lovers a good reason to come out and party.

Zombie Brewer Jason Mcadam of Burnside Brewing
If the success of this year’s fest is any indication, you can expect an expanded beer lineup, a huge tent covering Burnside’s parking lot, and more live music and performances next year as the party truly becomes an event worth adding to your calendar each year.

Jon Ragel aka Boy Eats Drum Machine and friend

I heard from numerous people that it was the best Halloween party they’d been to, and people have been begging for another one next year. Perhaps no one enjoyed themselves more than I, after finding myself the MC of the evening.

Myself with the girls of Rose City Shimmy in the office/dressing room

Hopefully we will see you next year!

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:


  • Alethia Ritcher
    Alethia Ritcher
    Wed May 30, 2012 1:55 PM

    I love the burlesque costume! Look at those sexy strapless mini dress! Love it! fashion for fun