The New School is the only place you will find a round-up of VIP, invite-only, and CBC badge holder-only parties for this week’s Craft Brewers Conference. Be forewarned that these events are not open to the public, and I would not attempt to attend unless you have a Craft Brewers Conference badge. That said, if you do, it’s going to be a hell of a week and you can find us at most of these open bar events! Catch you on the flipside, dear readers.
CBC Welcome Reception:
The conference really kicks off with the welcome reception, held at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Usually this event is basically a large brewfest in itself, only everything is free and you should bring a bag for all the schwag–including exclusive bottles of beer–home with you. Finishing early at 8pm, the opening reception leads right into a series of huge afterparties on Tuesday night for badge-holders only.
Tuesday April 14th 9pm – Midnight @ Cooper’s Hall
Deschutes: Barrels, Bites & Brews – with Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident
Tuesday, April 14 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Deschutes knows how to throw down for a good party, which is one of the reasons why its opening kickoff party on Tuesday is at the top of my list. Deschutes is even closing down its Portland pub for the occasion, and since that place is a cash cow that’s normally packed, you know the brewery is not going to turn away the public for a snooze-fest. Deschutes will be tapping every pub reserve series brew created in the last 1.5 years, paired with small bites from the kitchen. Attendees will be among the first to try a new year-round beer in bottles. There will also be live music from Kyle Hollingsworth (of String Cheese Incident), partnered with Euforquestra and the Quick & Easy Boys! Last but not least, there will be some kind of special barrel tasting and a promise of more surprises. Deschutes Brewery & Public House 210 NW 11th St 7pm – 11pm.
Tuesday, April 14, starting at 9 p.m.
I am not sure what is in store for us at Sierra Nevada’s blowout party at the Wonder Ballroom, but I am guessing we are getting a repeat showing of the collaboration beers as well as all of the breweries that came out for their big Beer Camp American Festival tour. The Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell Street, Portland 97212. 9pm. Invitation RSVP only.
Widmer CBC Welcome Party
Tuesday, April 14 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Widmer Brothers welcomes CBC attendees in a private welcome party in the brewery with Portland favorite punk poppers The Thermals and opening band Holiday Friends. I am betting there will be free beer and snacks! This event is open to all CBC attendees as long as there is space; make sure to show your badge, or ideally RSVP. 955 N. Russell St
Metalcraft Fabrication Warehouse Party
Wednesday, April 15th @ 6pm
There is not much info on this warehouse party at Metalcraft Fabrication, which hosts the annual Cheers To Belgian Beers festival. The flyer promises Beer, Music, more Beer, Food, Games, and more Beer. Metalcraft Fabrication, 723 N. Tillamook St. Portland, OR 97227. 6pm – Midnight.
Lagunitas Brewing Co & Columbia Distributing Present
Wednesday, April 15 | 6:00 pm
Lagunitas Brewing always throws some of the best parties, and the brewery seems to be going all out again with a party at 2 different venues only a block away from each other at E Burnside & 8th. Between Bossanova Ballroom and the Doug Fir Lounge, the party will be featuring 4 bands, performers and of course beer. One venue will be bright and cheery themed, and the other one dark and scary. No info about which venue is which. Shuttles provided from Convention Center, Crown Plaza, Courtyard, and DoubleTree. All CBC badge holders are welcome. Bossanova Ballroom AND Doug Fir Lounge. 6pm.
Elysian Brewing CBC Party with Mudhoney
Wednesday, April 15 7pm
Elysian Brewing has rented out Mississippi Studios for a private kick-ass party featuring the bad Mudhoney headlining. Expect tons of great Elysian beer and DJ Vinyology Crew spinning in Bar Bar, Summer Cannibals at 8:30pm, and Mudhoney at 10pm. Admission is guaranteed until 9pm if you have RSVP’d. After 9pm admission is dependent on CBC badge and venue capacity. Mississippi Studios, 3939 North Mississippi Avenue Portland, OR 97227. Doors at 7pm.
Hopworks Urban Brewery Canned Beer Party Nights
April 15-17th @ Hopworks Powell
During the Craft Brewers Conference, in Portland, Hopworks Urban Brewery is hosting a three-day series of events that will celebrate craft beer cans and a series of collaborative, organic beers with Craftwerk/Bitburger, Stone Brewing, and Hopsteiner. The events will take place in the HUB Festhalle and provide a great opportunity to meet industry colleagues in a social setting. The canned beer party is free and exclusively for CBC and Brew Expo attendees. Attendees receive four complimentary beer tickets and grilled sausages from the Hopworks kitchen, and each night will feature live music. Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202. 5-9pm. No covers.
APRIL 15-17 / EACH NIGHT FROM 5-9PM
April 15 – Battle of the Paddle Release – A collaborative India Pale Lager between Hopworks and Craftwerk/Bitburger
April 16 – Stone Brewing collaborative Session Cascadian Dark Ale beer release
April 17 – Hopsteiner collaborative IPX Single Hop Ale, experimental hop, beer release
Maletis Party at Revolution Hall
Wednesday, April 15 6-9pm
We CAN Jam! An evening with SUPERSUCKERS & The Scott Pemberton Trio
Thursday, April 16 | 8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Presented by Wild Goose Canning in partnership with the craft industry’s most sought-after names in canning, the party begins at 8pm on April 16th with live music and canned beer. SUPERSUCKERS performs a rare dual set of both country and punk — music that’s made them sought after by legends from Willie Nelson to Eddie Vedder, Motorhead and The Ramones. Local favorite SCOTT PEMBERTON TRIO opens this CANtageous event. Tickets are free but limited; see a participating sponsor at BrewExpo America. The Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell Street, Portland 97212. 8pm
Friday, April 17, 7pm – Midnight @ Wonder Ballroom
Ninkasi is taking over the Wonder Ballroom (which seems to be the favorite venue for afterparties) for a VIP CBC release party celebrating “Ground Control.” The new Imperial Stout is fermented with an Ale yeast that traveled to space as well as Oregon hazelnuts, cocoa nibs and star anise. There is a promise of other rare and delicious Ninkasi beers. Live performances by Vokab Kompany, Haunted Summer, and Portland’s own Adventure Galley. The best part though is all attendees will receive a collectible glow-in-the-dark astronaut event pass, hand screen-printed by gig poster artist Neal Williams. Space-themed costumes are encouraged! Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. Portland, OR 97212. 7pm – Midnight. Invite RSVP only.
Official Nightly Event | The 2015 Oskar Blues ENCORE with Pinner
Friday, April 17, 6:30 PM – 11:59 PM