The Ultimate Brewer/Chef Pairing Throwdown in Portland

A favorite annual event and perhaps Portland’s best beer and food pairing event of them all is this weekend’s Snackdown 3D, presented by Gigantic Brewing and Portland Beer Week. This is the ultimate brewer/chef pairing throwdown with ten teams comprised of top breweries and restaurants offering a small plate and beer pairing while competing in a fun WWE wrestling theme with tunes by DJ Rev. Shines. This is a cant miss event for those who have made it before and it’s the official closing event of Portland Beer Week.

Hopworks at last years Snackdown


Tickets are $49 and worth every penny for what amounts to 10 courses and 10 small beers, this doesnt take into account the top notch talent represented here and the great deal of fun and showmanship that goes on. Attendees get to try all the pairings and vote on their favorite or who will receive the Snackdown belt – last year it was Buoy Beer and Danwei Canting. Snackdown 3D!!! is held in The Evergreen Ballroom above Loyal Legion beer hall this Sunday, June 17th from 1-4pm.


Gigantic/Spätzle & Speck (at Park Avenue Wines)

Porcini Toasts, smoked cherries, hazelnuts, lardo

Playdate – Cocktail Beer w/ Pomegranite, Ginger, Tangerine aged in Bourbon Barrels

Loyal Legion/Dirty Pretty + Breakside

Spicy Pork Tostada. Crispy corn tortilla, spicy pulled pork, pineapple salsa, slaw, lime crema

Call Me Hazy Pale


Hidden Handroll – Capicola-wrapped Asparagus, Chasu Don Pork Belly, Spicy ‘Hidden Sauce’

Hidden Hand Dark Lager

Buoy and Danwei Canting will defend last years title

Danwei Canting/Buoy

Scallion Bing with Oregon Bay Shrimp, Crispy Garlic and Lime Vinaigrette

Sour Blonde with Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Citrus Zest


Smoked Pork Burger, American Cheese, Dirty Mustard, Grilled Pineapple

Pineapple Kölsch

Hotlips/Little Beasts

HOTLIPS Meatball or Falawsome* Ball Frico Taco

Fera Brett Ale

Mi Mero Móle/Heater Allen

Torta Sliders with Chicken Tinga


Ben Love and Andrea at Snackdown


XO Beef Jerky with Fermented Daikon

When I Froot, I Froot For The… Mango Guava Fruit beer

Toro Bravo/Culmination

Albacore Tartare, Avocado, Ginger, Chile, w/Onion Chile Cracker

Sun Rey Radler w/Ginger, Lime, and Black Tea


Duck Bao with a Hoisin Black Bean Chili Sauce, Asian Slaw and Radish

Starburst IPA

Snackdown 3D!!!

Sun. June 17th 1-4pm
The Evergreen (above Loyal Legion) 618 SE Alder 
Portland, OR 97214

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: