A Drinkers Guide to Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Portland


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Home alone on Turkey Day? Dodging potentially hazardous Wal-Mart shoppers on Black Friday? We have some Thanksgiving and Black Friday picks and suggestions for where to drink and eat in Portland this Holiday season.


Thanksgiving – Thursday June 27th, 2015

Prost! Portland

If your avoiding the fam on Thanksgiving, you would be hard pressed to find a better place to be than Prost! Portland who will be hosting their 7th Annual Prostgiving on Thanksgiving Day with the pub opening at 6pm for a FREE dinner.

Prost will be preparing over 100lbs of turkey along with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more. They encourage(but don’t require) guests to bring their favorite side dish or dessert to share on this special night. While all the food you can eat is free, Prost will be accepting cash donations that go directly to charity that will be used to assist families in need over the holidays.


Also Tanuki in the Montavilla neighborhood of Southeast Stark will be open for a special Thanksgiving dinner. Tanuki is not really a beer bar but it is foodie heaven with lots of sake and owner/chef Janis has proved her pairing/palate prowess by using my ultimate favorite Turkey pairing beer — Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Reserve your table by choosing a time between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday and leaving a message to them on their Facebook page. The menu consists of:
Roast organic turkey, Alaskan Brewing Co Smoked Porter mac & Cheese, sausage stuffing, wild mushroom gravy, potatoes, vegetable, soup, homemade yeast rolls and a dessert of mystery and suspense! Only $25 per person and proceeds go to benefit Janis’ meals for the homeless this season.

8029 SE Stark St
Portland, Oregon


Just a block away from Tanuki on 81st and SE Stark is one of Portland’s great neighborhood dives and beer bars. Roscoe’s doesnt close for no one and has a menu that consists of southern classics like Jambalaya, Gumbo, Mac & Cheese plus pub grub like Burgers, Fries and Chicken Strips. The 20 or so taps all rotate fantastic beer and cider and they will be open like any day until 2am.

The Beermongers

With a selection of 600+ bottles and 8 rotating taps, I would be surprised if readers of this site did not already know about The Beermongers. Did you know they seem to never close down? As usual they will be open this Thanksgiving to about 11pm with the usual great selection of beers and maybe some folks sharing special botttles as well.

1125 SE Division
Portland, OR 97202


Black Friday – Friday June 28th, 2015

The big news this Black Friday is all of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout release parties at Tin Bucket, NWIPA, John’s Market, Bridgetown Beerhouse and most under the radar– Woodstock Wine & Deli. However there are alternatives.


Distillery Row’s Black Friday

Members of Distillery Row are getting into the spirit of the season with their 4th Annual Black Friday on Distillery Row holiday shopping extravaganza at Melody Ballroom in Southeast Portland.

The event offers a unique opportunity to sample and purchase bottled spirits from eight Distillery Row distilleries–New Deal DistilleryHouse SpiritsStone Barn Brandyworks,Eastside DistillingVinn DistilleryRolling River SpiritsWild Roots Vodka, and Thomas & Sons Distillery–all under one roof.

Also on hand will be samples and goods for sale from several of Portland’s most unique food, beverage, and crafts artisans, including Alma Handmade ChocolatesCardamom Hills Trading CoAlesia Zorn CalligraphyMasala PopMarshall’s Haute SaucePortland Creamery,Smashed! Boozy Jams & JelliesSage & Sea FarmsMarigold CoffeeMee Mee’s GoodiesThink Unique Gardens and more.

11am – 5pm Free
Melody Ballroom
615 Southeast Alder Street
Portland, OR 97214

Roscoe’s Black Friday Beer Summit

Roscoe’s celebrates another themed monthly summit tasting featuring all the flavors that are favorites during the holiday season from winter warmers to barleywines and other vintage kegs!  The Summit will begin on Friday, November 27th at noon.

There will be Vintage Kegs, Holiday beers, and Holiday Flavors! A few of the breweries and beers to be featured will include: Deschutes (vintage 2013 Bretted Yule Goat), St Bernardus (Vintage 2011 Christmas), Oakshire (a special keg of Cranberry Berlinerweiss), pFriem (vintage 2013 Christmas), Ecliptic (cask Filament Winter IPA), Hopworks (2010 Noggin Floggin), 54 40 (seasonal winter warmer release), and many more!

Taster trays will be available. You won’t want to miss it!

8105 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 255-0049

5th annual Black Beer Friday @ The Green Dragon

The Green Dragon Taphouse & Brewery continues the now five year long tradition of tapping Cascadian Dark Ales and other black beers. There are almost 30 in total this year including:

Boneyard Armored Fist
Elysian Black Bretty 2013
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti 2014
Evil Twin Biscotti Break
Sierra Nevada Narwahl
Lagunitas High West Bbl Aged Coffee Stout
Epic Big Bad Baptist
Southern Tier Creme Brulee 2014
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Bbl Stout
Barley Brown’s Don Vanuchi
Ninkasi Imperiale RIS 2012
Unicorn Brewing Peppermint Paddy Stout
Burnside Brewing “Curious Black” 
Gigantic Slip Into Darkness
Uinta Labyrinth Black Bbl Aged Quad
Natian Cease & Desist
Gilgamesh Vader
Block 15 Chocolate Porter
Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA
Fremont Brewing Bourbon Black Star
Stone Xocoveza Imperial Mocha Stout
21st Amendment Back in Black
Hopworks Motherland RIS
Fort George May the Oats be with You!
Pelican Bad Santa CDA
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
Buckman Brewing Double Fruitcake Stout

Green Dragon
929 SE 9th Ave.
Portland, OR
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