Where to Drink in Portland This Weekend

Portland Beervana weekend sky

It is an exceptionally packed slate of beer events in the Portland area this weekend, and anyone would be hard pressed to choose between the Peche Fest, Breakside Milwaukie Oktoberfest, Beers Made By Walking, Willamette Week’s Pro-Am, Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead’s Grand Opening, the Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer, and Portland Brewing’s Macs Fresh Hop Fest.


2nd Annual Peche Fest
Saturday October 11th 2pm – 10pm
I am biased as I have a hand in the fest, but I think the Peche Fest has the best lineup of exciting beers if you’re a fan of delicious fruit or tart and sour beers. There are literally some of the finest fruit sours ever made pouring alongside each other here from a who’s who of Oregon’s hottest brewers, and a few from beyond. Plus, it’s a very approachable event at only $10 to start. More info here.


Willamette Week Pro-Am
Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Willamette Week is holding its 2nd Pro-Am fest, wherein homebrewers team up with local pro brewers to brew their recipes and you get to try them all and vote for your favorite. Again, I am involved with this fest, too, as a competitor/entrant with my beer, “Ultra, Hoppy, Sour, Spy” an experimental sour citrus IPA brewed with Bryan Keilty at Lompoc Brewing. I will have more on this beer later as we do an official release after the fest, but if you are attending the Pro-Am, I urge you to try it. Tickets here.

Participating brewer teams include:

10 Barrel Brewing, with Lee Hedgmon
13 Virtues, with Paul Johnson
Alameda Brewing, with Wallace Charman
Baerlic Brewing, with Dave Barnes
Breakside Brewing, with Dan Shaw & Steven Rice
Buckman Botanical, with Warren Johnson & Rich Hawthorne
Coalition Brewing, with Matt Cortese
Ecliptic Brewing, with Jenn McPoland & Jeremie Landers
Ex Novo, with Casey Workman
Feckin Brewery, with John Lovegrove
Fort George, with Chad Graham
Gigantic Brewing, with Larry Clouser
Hopworks, with Matthew Harhai
Kell’s, with Natalie Baldwin
Laurelwood Brewing, with Rodney Kibzey
Lompoc Brewing, with Ezra Johnson-Greenough
Migration Brewing, with Fletcher Beaudoin
Old Town, with Beau Evers
Pints, with Kory Linsenmeyer
Portland U-Brew, with Dean Ehnes
The Commons, with Ritch Marvin

Breakside Oktoberfest Poster

Breakside Milwaukie Oktoberfest
Saturday October 11th Noon – 6pm
Breakside Brewery is holding its first ever Oktoberfest at the brewery’s Milwaukie location, and I have even been helping out at this event, too. Primarily targeted at families and Milwaukie residents, this will be the first time the large brewery and taproom is open to kids with activities for them and adults alike. There will even be a delicious German food menu, and Breakside is rolling out a bunch of German-themed beers as well. More info here.

pdx-squareBeers Made By Walking – Portland 2014
Sat. October 11th /// 12-5pm
Belmont Station /// Cheese Bar /// Horse Brass Pub
Pay per pint

Eric Steen’s Beers Made By Walking series of events are some of the most fun and creative beer events in the northwest, and if this larger 3 location version has anywhere near as good of beers as the recent one in Denver, you’re in for a treat. BMBW and Forest Park Conservancy will celebrate the end of a summer-long series of hikes with brewers by tapping sixteen beers. Each of the beers have been created after the brewers hiked an Oregon trail, gained inspiration from the landscape, and used local plants in their place-based beer.

On October 11th, from 12-5pm, the beers will be available at three of Portland’s famous beer bars: Cheese BarBelmont Station, and Horse Brass Pub. Drinkers can visit any of the three pubs in any order from 12-5pm. Pint sales at all three locations will benefit the Forest Park Conservancy. For those interested in a scheduled walk between venues, our friends at Oregon Walks have organized a free walking tour between the three bars.


Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead Grand Opening Party
Saturday, October 11th 3 – 10pm
I already previewed Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead’s new tasting room last week, but the official grand opening is Saturday ,with a jazz quartet and free food from Tamale Boy and more. I am hoping to get in there soon and have a larger writeup about the cool and unique products this place is putting out.


Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer
Saturday October 11th 12 – 5pm
Somehow I miss the Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer every year, and this year will be no different. A handful of years ago I sent “SNOB” Ritch out there in my place and he had a terrific time, and wrote up this great report on the festivities: http://newschoolbeer.com/2012/09/4th-annual-weekend-of-beer-at-skamania-lodge.html


Mac’s Fresh Hop Fest
Sunday October 12th Noon – 4pm
Last but not least, Portland Brewing, aka Pyramid, is throwing a party/fest for the release of Fresh Hop MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale and will have all sorts of fun and family friendly activities. Read more about that here.

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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com