Weekend in Beervana: Belgian Fest, Craft Beer Fest, Mead Jubilee, Firestone Walker

This weekend you have a multitude of options in Portland and surrounding areas for special events. From Bailey’s 4th annual BelgianFest to new events like the Portland Meadows Oregon Craft Beer Fest and Mead Market’s Winter Mead Jubilee and the annual Firestone Walker XVII anniversary beer release.

Firestone Walker XVII Release Party
Friday November 15th 6-9pm
The Beermongers

1125 SE Division St.
Portland, Oregon 97202

The anticipated annual release of FIrestone Walker’s anniversary barrel-aged beer blend. Both FW XVII and SUCABA will be on tap with bottles to go.

14 local winemakers recently convened to help the brewing team blend the next Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale. The result is “XVII”—a vintage blend of seven eclectic component ales aged in retired bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels.

Bailey’s 4th Annual BelgianFest
Saturday, November 16, 2013 2pm to Midnight

Bailey’s Taproom
213 SW Broadway Downtown Portland

VIP tickets (early entry) available at

Ale Apothecary La Tache – half a firkin (pin)
Laurelwood All Brett Grisette
Flat Tail Black & Orange (Black Saison)
Breakside Farmhouse Golden
Gigantic/Ecliptic TicWitTic (Sour Wit)
de Garde Morningstar (Wild Belgian Golden Strong)
Logsdon Farmhouse The Conversion (Wild Sour Ale)
Cascade Frite Galois (Sour)
GoodLife Tumalo Kriek
Block 15 Framboise Rouge
Mazama Bourbon Dubbel
Agrarian Von Tassel (Pumpkin Blonde)
Oakshire Pumpkin Saison
Deschutes Fresh Hopped Saison
Santiam Abbey Porter
Humble Larch Creek Fresh Hop Belgian IPA
pFriem Belgian Stout
Stickmen Apple Saison
Ambacht G+++ (Belgian Strong Golden)
Burnside Sour Mango International Incident
The Commons TBA
Crux Fermentation Project TBA

Winter Mead Jubilee
Mead Market @ Bee Thinking
Saturday November 16th 3pm – 6pm
1551 SE Poplar
Portland, OR

Mead Market invites you to come taste over 15 meads including local mead from Kookoolan Farms, and the cult-favorite from Denmark, Dansk Mjod Viking Blod. We will be pouring all different styles, from dry to sparkling to sweet, and traditional variations such as Cyser, Metheglin, and Melomel! Come meet many of the makers of your favorite meads!

Portland Meadows Oregon Craft Beer Fest
Sunday November 17, 2013 11:30 – 4:30
Portland Meadows

1001 North Schmeer Road
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-9144

In conjunction with Oregon Championship Day the Portland Meadows race track is hosting an Oregon Craft Beer Fest on Sunday.

The Oregon Craft Beer Fest will feature state-wide samples and delicious winter selections and will take place primarily inside the grandstand on the mainline. Additional beers will also be available in the outdoor Beer-B-Q tent.


10 Barrel
Breakside Brewery
Bridgeport Brewery
Deschutes Brewery
Double Mountain Brewery
Full Sail Brewing
Good Life Brewing
Hopworks Brewery
Portland Brewing
Portland Cider Company
Worthy Brewing Company

Live racing begins at 12:00 PM (noon) and the Craft Beer Festival will go on from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

There is no charge for admission or parking at Portland Meadows or for the Oregon Craft Beer Fest.
3 oz. samples will be available for $1.00 each and full 12 oz. pours will be available with four tickets ($4.00).

As a special offer, the Portland Meadows Jockey Boot Glass will be available free of charge with 10 tickets purchased (limit of one boot glass per person).

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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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com