2019 Beer Cider Love with Fort George, Finnriver and Hair of the Dog Brewing

Award-winning and beloved Pacific Northwest brewers and cidermakers Fort George BreweryFinnriver Cidery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company come together on Monday, February 25th for the 2019 Beer Cider Love event. A locally sourced, custom crafted scratch menu has been thoughtfully paired with select offerings from each of the three participants and limited seats are available now for reservation.

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Now in its sixth year, Beer Cider Love is an annual event originating from the loving partnership of Fort George and Finnriver’s sales managers, Tim Ensign and Jana Daisy-Ensign. This year, the couple is honored to collaborate with their long-time mentor and friend, Alan Sprints and the amazing culinary team at Hair of the Dog.

Seamlessly bringing together a diverse array of flavor profiles, the 2019 Beer Cider Love dinner is a true celebration of artistry, a not to be missed experience for those with a passion for regional craft beverage and innovative cuisine. Doors open at 7pm, dinner starts at 7:30pm. Seating is limited. $65 per person includes six courses, pairings and gratuity. Reservations can be made in person at Hair of the Dog or by calling (503) 232-6585. Hair of the Dog is located at 61 SE Yamhill Street, Portland, OR 97214.

Beer Cider Love Dinner Menu


1st – Gaeng Prik Hot and Spicy Thai Consommé

served with Finnriver Solstice Saffron Cider

2nd – Parmesan Crisp, Caramelized Onion and Garlic Custard, Macerated Fig

served with Fort George Hazy IPA

3rd – Crisp Kale and Brussels Sprout Leaf Salad, Smoked Vegetable & Pear Cider Vinaigrette

served with Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood

4th – House Cured Pancetta Spaghetti Carbonara

served with Finnriver Barrel & Bramble (Sour Black Currant) Cider

5th – Butter Poached True Cod, Mushroom Risotto, Saffron Cream

served with Fort George Matryoshka Stout

6th – Cinnamon Apples Anna, Marionberry Chutney, Hopped Apple Sugar Tuiles

served with Hair the Dog Bourbon Fred from the Stone

Fort George Brewery

In 2007 Fort George Brewery + Public house was established. Even then Sweet Virginia, Fort George’s small batch brewery helped bring some of the thrum of hard work back to this part of Astoria. For over a decade, the brewery has grown to occupy and revitalize a historic and culturally significant city block. Fort George crafts original beers distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub in Astoria or on your front porch Fort Gorge beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. Fort George sources the majority of the grain and hops they use from the Pacific Northwest, making their beer a truly local product.

Finnriver Farm & Cidery

The Finnriver crew farms and ferments on 80 acres of organic fields and orchard in the Chimacum Valley, along a restored salmon stream on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Finnriver’s mission is to create deep-rooted and fruitful connections to the land and to grow community. The Cider Garden at Finnriver is open daily, year-round! Finnriver is honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest hard cider revival and to craft ciders that both honor historic hard cider traditions and offer fresh perspectives on the possibilities of the fermented apple. Finnriver grows and sources organic and seasonal ingredients to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the earth. Finnriver Farm is Certified Organic and Salmon Safe and a Certified B Corporation, working to make business a force for good.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

Hair of the Dog specializes in bottle-conditioned beers that improve with age. Dedicated to quality, creativity and originality Hair of the Dog was one of the first breweries in America to specialize in production of high alcohol, bottle-conditioned beers as well as experimenting with the barrel aging process since 1994. In addition to their beers, Hair of the Dog is also dedicated to buying local for their brewery and restaurant and source 99% of ingredients within a 350-mile radius of the brewery, working directly with farmers whenever possible. From the sourcing of local, organic pilsner malt and local hops to the glass bottles and labels that Hair of the Dog beers are packaged in. Hair of the Dog Founder, Alan Sprints was an early craft beer pioneer, leading the way and inspiring countless new brewers with his hard work and thoughtful brewing techniques. Informed and inspired by his own culinary training and passion for travelling the world, Alan, his family and Hair of the Dog team set the bar high for craft beverage and artisan fare in a relaxed, inviting taproom in SE Portland.

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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com