Weekend Drinking Guide

Photo by realkuhl on Flickr

Photo by realkuhl on Flickr

If you make it to only one event this weekend, it should be The New School’s Class of 2014: New Portland Breweries Showcase on Friday at the White Owl Social Club. If you’re not down with that for some insane reason, here are a few other beer and cider events happening in Oregon this weekend.

wosc_classof2014beers_posterClass of 2014: New Portland Breweries Night

Friday April 3rd 6-1opm
White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8TH Ave & Main
Portland, OR

This special event is to celebrate a successful graduating class of new Portland breweries with a unique collaboration beer spun off into five different versions. Ex Novo Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Fat Head’s Brewing, Stormbreaker Brewing, and Royale Brewing Co. all got together with The New School and decided to brew a basic Belgian/Saison style golden ale with the same yeast–Wyeast 3726, Farmhouse Ale–but each brewer would brew their own unique version with a special ingredient of their choice.

The inaugural batch was brewed at Ex Novo Brewing, where Joel Gregory helped spearhead the collaboration. Nearly all the brewers were able to gather for that first beer and the yeast was then cropped from that initial brew and handed down to each brewer for their beers. On Friday, April 3rd, from 6-10pm, the White Owl Social Club will host all five breweries and all five beers pouring side-by-side on the patio, with each brewer also pouring an additional beer from their respective brewery. It’s a great chance to meet the entire new class of Portland breweries at once while trying their stuff out and the unique variations of their collaboration, like versions with Meyer lemon, jackfruit, galangal, tamarind, coffee, and peppercorns.

Bull Run Cider

Bull Run Cider Tap Room Grand Opening

Friday April 3rd, 2015 6pm
Bull Run Cider Tap Room
2225 Cedar Street, Forest Grove, Oregon

A brand new cidery tap room featuring a 17-tap selection. Grand opening will feature music, food, and fun for everyone. More info on the tasting room here: https://www.newschoolbeer.com/2015/03/bull-run-cider-opens-cider-tap-room-in-forest-grove.html


Reverend Nat’s Cider Beer-Blendorama

April 3rd, 6-11pm
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
3090 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon 97202

Imperial Tap Room will be pouring the first taste of this season’s brew of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider’s Tepache and the very unique Sacrilege Sour Cherry cider.

Tepache is a centuries-old Mexican fermented pineapple drink traditionally blended with beer to make a refreshingly shandy-like beverage. To honor this tradition, we’ll be blending Tepache with Snipes Mountain Brewing Leñador (lumberjack) Mexican-Style Pilsner and Sacrilege Sour Cherry with The Commons Brewery award-winning Myrtle Tart Farmhouse ale. Or blend these two delicious ciders together, or with any beer on our taplist. Get crazy with it – we don’t care!


Spring Beer and Wine Fest

April 3rd and 4th, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232

The 2015 Portland Spring Beer and Wine Fest is happening April 3 and 4 from Noon – 10 PM at The Oregon Convention Center. Get you tickets now -Tickets are on sale now – www.springbeerandwinefest.com/tickets/


Belgian Beer Day

April 4th and 5th, 2015
The Abbey Bar
716 NW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209

Ridiculous numbers of special bottle-only flights and specially paired food platters, high-end bottles being opened to sell by-the-glass, a worldwide toast, free glassware and schwag, and some free-roaming importers who are known for being generous with their knowledge and their beer!

Just starting out with Belgian beer?–try the Belgian Beer 101 flight and get an idea what it’s all about!

Have a good idea what styles you like but want to explore new beers?–try one of the “style” flights and try a variety of different beers all in the same style.

No matter what you come for, make sure you are here for the worldwide toast at 3pm, when it will be midnight in Antwerp and you and fellow Belgian beer lovers the world over will raise a glass to Belgian beer!

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


  • Stephen
    Fri Apr 3, 2015 8:47 PM

    Why can’t I find any info about what beers will be at Belgian Beer Day?