Preview: Willamette Week Beer Pro/Am This Saturday


Twenty new beers created by local homebrewers and brewed on professional systems will debut at the 3rd annual Willamette Week Beer Pro/Am on Saturday October 3rd, 2015. Homebrewers and pro brewers have collaborated to attempt to win the public and critics votes as the best beer of the fest. Tickets are now on sale for the biggest year yet of the Pro/Am now, which is moving to a better location at the former Metalcraft Fabrication warehouse (home of the annual springtime Cheers to Belgian Beers festival) at 723 N. Tillamook Street nearby Widmer Brothers and Upright Brewing and right on the MAX transit line. This is a great, usually not very crowded event that’s outside of the standard beer fest box.

This year’s WW Beer Pro/AM has a retro gaming and pinball lounge presented by Ground Kontrol and the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, music by DJ Short Change, burritos from Chipotle, and vendor booths and raffles.

"sawzalled" 300 lbs of Casper pumpkins for 10 Barrel PDX's  "Casper the friendly Gose"

“sawzalled” 300 lbs of Casper pumpkins for 10 Barrel PDX’s “Casper the friendly Gose”

Here is the Beer List:

5 20 Pumpkin Gose Casper the Friendly Gose 10 Barrel
9.5 95 Historical 19th Century Imperial Brown Stout OG Stout 13 Virtues
6 35 Fresh Hop Pale Ale AmORillo Fresh Hop Ale 54-40 & Vertigo Brewing
5.7 25 Pale Ale First Crack Coffee Pale Ale Baerlic Brewing Co.
5.8 18 Hawaiian Farmhouse Ale with Calamansi Lime and Habanero Pelekaiko Breakside
6 9 IPA Sour Pineapple IPA Buckman Botanical
6.6 29 Porter Pulpit Pounder Buoy
6.5 20 Saison w/ roasted figs Figtory! Coalition
8 45 Belgian IPA Kludde Culmination
5.8 21 American Sour Vermilion Bird Peach Sour Ecliptic Brewing
5.7 30 Czech Dark Lager Chubby Czecher Ex Novo
TBD TBD Fat Heads
8.5 NA Praline Stout Glazed & Confused Fort George
6 NA Mango IPA with Mt. Hood, Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon hops. World Class Wreckin’ Bru Lompoc
4.8 66 ISA Lil’ Righteous ISA Montavilla Brew
7.1 24 Belgian-Style Dubbel Plums Two Ways Pints
9.7 37 Barley Wine Kitty Soft Paws Three Mugs Brewing
7 45 Pale Ale Poncho pale ale Unicorn Brewing Co.
8.2 23 Barrel fermented saison with chile peppers Capsaison Upright
4.6 19.5 Irish Red Ale Our Daily Red Uptown Market Brewery
5.2 16 Belgian Whit Whit Faced Widmer

Wristbands are $27 and are all inclusive, which means you get a sample of each of the 20 beers, a Chipotle burrito and commemorative Pro/Am pint glass. Which means, show up early so you can make it through everything. To purchase tickets, visit

"SNOB" Ritch innoculates a barrel with Wild Yeast

“SNOB” Ritch innoculates a barrel with Wild Yeast


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: