Portland metro Weekend Events Beer Guide

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It may be the busiest weekend of the winter in the Portland metro area with events ranging from Ugly Sweater Parties in the Gorge, a Cider fundraiser, Portland brewery buds team-ups to winter and lager beer festivals in Portland, St. Johns and Vancouver, Washington just to name a a few. As usual The New School has painstakingly compiled 9 different events for your consideration this Friday December 12th through Sunday December 14th.

All of these events descriptions have been taken directly from their listings so please excuse the first, third person perspective etc. as we did not write them.

The Commons and Upright Recipe Exchange

Friday December 12th 6-9


1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland, Oregon 97217

What happens when two world-class breweries admire each others work from across town? A budding bromance. And how did they choose to act on their feelings? With a good old fashioned recipe exchange! The Commons and Upright have swapped recipes for their flagship brews and we get to taste the final results! The Commons brewed their interpretation of Upright’s “Four”, a wheat based table saison and Upright brewed The Commons “Urban Farmhouse”, a simple, refreshing farmhouse ale.

When we asked Josh Grgas of The Commons on what initially sparked the idea of an exchange, he replied, “These beers should be a showcase of how fermentor shape plays a role in flavor development. Our house yeast will likely behave differently in Upright’s open fermentors, giving the Upright version of “Urban Farmhouse” a slightly different flavor profile. Similarly, Upright’s house yeast will give the Commons “Four” a different profile due to our closed, cylindrical-conical fermenters. We’re really excited to taste the similarities and differences.”

We’ll be tapping both tribute versions alongside the originals so you can compare and contrast. Be forewarned: the brewers and their crews will be in attendance so it might get a little huggy in here.


The Commons:
-Urban Farmhouse
-Adlinger Pilsner
-Putin from the Wood
-Buckwheat Grisette

-Urban Farmhouse
-Engelberg Pilsner
-Todo Modo/Alex’s Cider Blend


Solera Ugly Sweater Party

Saturday December 13th 6pm –

Solera Brewery

4945 Baseline Dr, Parkdale, Oregon 97041

It’s that time of year again, Ho Ho Ho! Join us on Saturday, Dec 13 for our annual Ugly Sweater Party. Festivities will begin at 6pm. $10 at the door gets you all you can eat Apple Valley BBQ and all you can hear Bonneville Power Trio live Rock n Roll.

And since it’s the season of giving, we’ll be giving away a growler filled with your choice of our delicious beer if you have the UGLIEST sweater at the party!

Can’t wait to see you there!


EastBurn’s CIDERFEST !

Saturday December 13th starting at 4pm


1800 E Burnside St, Portland, Oregon 97214

This will be our first ever EastBurn Cider Festival celebrating all the best in local ciders from all of our favorite Cider makers! In addition to some great cider on tap, we will also have great live music from members of Fruition and New Solution! Help us raise money for Toys for Tots by coming out and bringing an unwrapped toy for the cause. $10 gets you a CIDERFEST pint glass and 5 taster tickets! This is going to be a blast! Each ticket gets a 4oz taster and extra tickets are $1 each.

Cider Fest Line Up:

Apple Outlaw
Red Tank
Reverend Nats
Wander Angus
Bull Run
Alter Ego
2 Towns
Portland Cider


Lompoc Garage Sale

Saturday December 13th 12-4

Lompoc Sidebar
3901B N Williams Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

Join us for our annual Lompoc Garage Sale from Noon to 4pm this Saturday, Dec. 13 at Sidebar. We’ll be selling Lompoc hats, shirts, glassware and more at discounted prices. Also, pick up bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Barleywine, C-sons Greetings and possibly a few special bottles from the cellar. The new Lompoc bottle opener pint glass makes a great gift for the beer lover in your life!


Experimental Homebrewing book signing

Saturday December 13th 1 – 3pm

F.H. Steinbart Co.

234 SE 12th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97214
Book signing and meet the author with Denny Conn!

Uptown Market 3rd Anniversary Party

Saturday December 13th 12pm –

Uptown Market

6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Portland, Oregon 97223
Come celebrate our third year open as a bottle shop and first anniversary brewing! We will have live music throughout the day, plenty of food cart deliciousness and guest brewery tastings!


Occidental Humbug Lager Fest

Saturday Noon – 10p

Occidental Brewing
6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, Oregon 97203
The Humbug is back again to celebrate lager beers this holiday season! Please join us and many of our brewing buddies December 13th, at the brewery, for a delicious, bottom-fermented, experience. We will have 16+ beers on tap, all lagers, of varying colors, flavors and origins. Food will be served by everyone’s favorite, Urban German Grill. All the holiday cheer without the fruitcake beer!


Vancouver Winter Brew Fest

December 12 – 14th 12pm

Esther Short Park, WA
Kick off the holidays with a little Christmas cheer in the form of some tasty seasonal beer! Energy Events is proud to present the 3rd annual Vancouver Winter Brewfest for your holiday enjoyment. Join us for a jolly good time in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park. This year we are proud to host 30 local breweries with tasty seasonal beers to sample, as well as 5 beers from Belgium – the featured country of the 2014 Vancouver Winter Brewfest. So grab your friends, your holiday spirit and come join us for a mug or two!


St. Johns Winter Beer Fest

December 12 – 14th Noon – 6pm

Plew’s Brews
8409 The High St (N Lombard), Portland, Oregon 97203

The 4th Annual St. Johns Winter Beer Fest will be the best one yet! We’ll have Dub’s out front and the kitchen will be rockin’! Beer package will be $15 for the glass and 8 tickets, including the FREE Sunday Ticket! Cheers!

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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