Aquavit Week Presents Snaps & Taps – Beer and Spirit Pairings


Scandinavian spirit Aquavit has its own week kicking off this Sunday, December 4th through the 10th, for the 5th annual Aquavit Week. What does this have to do with beer? Aquavit Week was founded by Jacob Grier, my former Brewing up Cocktails partner and author of Cocktails on Tap and current bartender at Wayfinder Beer. This year Jacob has called on a number of local brewers and bars to create aquavit inspired beers and pairings called “Snaps & Taps.” These special beers could be aged in aquavit barrels, spiced with aquavit botanicals, or simply brews that pairs especially well with aquavit.

For this year’s Snaps & Taps event, five different breweries have teamed up with five Portland bars to offer unique aquavit pairings. This year we are also featuring our first ever aquavit-inspired cider courtesy of Revered Nat’s. Find these special brews on tap during Aquavit Week, December 4-10, at the bars below. Quantities are limited, so get in early to try them before they run out!

Bazi Bierbrasserie — Commons Brewery “Khthonios” sour stout aged in aquavit barrels, paired with Brennivin, the infamous “Black Death” aquavit from Iceland.

Bit House Saloon — Drinking Horse Brewing “Caraway Me Ryeward Son,” a rye saison spiced with toasted caraway seeds, paired with sherry cask aged Lysholm Linie aquavit from Norway.

La Moule — Upright Brewing “Saison Vert,” an open-fermented wheat ale made with black limes, specially spiced for Aquavit Week with dill pollen, paired with Gamle Ode Celebration aquavit from Wisconsin.

The Rookery Bar at Raven & Rose — Reverend Nat’s “Jon Teiste’s Tonic,” named after the messenger who delivered the first recorded aquavit to the Archbishop of Norway in 1531. This Cider of Life fuses flavors from all the best aquavits: toasted caraway, cumin, fennel, and paradise seeds, with fresh dill & lemon zest rounding it out. Paired with Raven & Rose’s exclusive single barrel cask strength Krogstad Gamle aquavit from Portland.

Wayfinder Beer — Breakside Brewery Imperial Honey IPA, a double IPA balanced with Oregon high desert honey, paired with Wayfinder Beer’s “secret aquavit blend,” a richly flavored house blend of selected aquavits from American and Nordic origins.


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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: