Weekend Beer Events Guide


Lots of great things going on in Portland and the Pacific Northwest this weekend, so it’s a good time to preview them for our weekend events guide.


Seattle Beer Week

May 12 – May 22

Hundreds of beer events across the city. I always look forward to the Brouwer’s Cafe Sour Fest and Oregon Brewers Night at Naked City. This year I am hoping to make it to Reuben’s Brews Rye Beer Fest. More info at http://www.seattlebeerweek.com


Cheers to Belgian Beers

May 13-14
North Warehouse
723 N. Tillamook St., Portland

Cheers to Belgian Beers is back for its 10th year in 2016. While the Cheers to Belgian Beers festival showcases a single yeast strain, the Oregon Brewers Guild first holds a dart throw competition to determine the type of Belgian-style beer that will be brewed for the event. Based on each participating brewery’s dart throw, the brewery will brew a Belgian-style beer that is either light or dark in appearance and either lower or higher in alcohol. Each year’s dart throw ensures there will be diversity in color and strength among the featured beers. The 2015 Cheers to Belgian Beers featured 60 beers from 57 brewing companies.

For the sixth year in a row, the festivities will be at the North Warehouse, 723 N. Tillamook Street in Portland. The outside area will be tented and food from Monk’s Deli and Urban German Grill will be available on both days. People are encouraged to take public transportation (the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops 1 block away and the Yellow Max Line stops 2 and 3 blocks away) or ride your bike (we will have bike parking outside for 100+ bikes). Parking is available on the street between Broadway and N. Graham St.

More accurate Date/Time for this event is:
Friday, May 13th (1pm-9 pm) & Saturday, May 14th (Noon-8pm)

For more information: http://oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb/

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Logo

Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Opening Day

Saturday May 14th 2 – 8pm
30203 NE Benjamin Rd, Newberg, Oregon 97132

The two years delayed, but most anticipated new brewery of the year Wolves & People finally opens this Saturday for limited tasting room hours and sampling. There will be 16 picnic tables with umbrellas for shade and shelter outside the tasting room, with six to eight beers by the glass ($5 each) each Saturday from 2-8pm, with beers subject to change as supplies last. What you taste in the tasting room may be a one-time beer–here today, gone tomorrow.

Rain or shine. Dress appropriately. The beer garden is gravel.

No minors allowed. Your ID will be checked. Please bring a valid driver’s license.

No dogs or other pets allowed. Pets can be left in cars with windows wide open only.


High 5 Cider Tap Takeover

Saturday May 14th 5 – 8pm
Portland Cider House
3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214

Portland’s newest cidery is the unbelievably hard to read kitschy name of ^5Cider–pronounced “High Five Cider” if I am understanding them right. Note the little smiling and waving “hi” cat logo. Anyway, there will be a tap takeover at Portland Cider House this Saturday, so it’s a good chance to get familiar with the cidery’s lineup. Cidermaker Shannon Mosley and assistant Carlee Wolcott will be on hand to talk cider.


Hefe Day

Sunday May 15th Noon – 5pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square

Hefe is turning 30 years old and the City of Portland is proclaiming the official anniversary date Hefe Day! To celebrate, we’re throwing a party at Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 15th and everyone is invited! Join us for live music from Blitzen Trapper and The Lonesome Billies, food from KOi Fusion and PDX Sliders, and of course our new Hefe cans! Free admission, with beer tokens sold on-site. All ages welcome.


Fred Fest

Sunday May 15th 1 – 5pm
Advanced tickets only at http://hairofthedog.com/events/
Hair of the Dog Brewing

FredFest is a celebration of Fred Eckhardt’s life and his role in beer culture as we know it today. Tickets are $65 and include a commemorative glass, endless beer food buffet, and over 25 Beers from a special selection of Brewers.

100% of FredFest ticket sales go to our charity, Hair of the Dog covers all expenses for the event, so we encourage you to pay more than the suggested ticket price.

Don’t forget to check out the FredFest Rare Beer Auction – 100% of proceeds benefit our charities this year!

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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