The craft beer industry has a diversity problem, which should be obvious to anyone who has ever seen the overwhelming amount of burly bearded white dudes (full disclosure: I am one of those dudes) roaming tap rooms or spraying down tanks in the brewery.
Every February Block 15 Brewing hosts their own Bourbon Month in Corvallis, Oregon, but for the 3rd year in a row they are bringing the party to Saraveza tavern in Portland. From Friday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) through Sunday, February 16th, Saraveza will be tapping tons of rare bourbon month beers and have bourbon inspired food specials.
Friday, February 14th
For Valentines Day we’ll be celebrating love with Love Potion #9 on draft and in bottles. We’ll also have very special bourbon-inspired house-made desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth and get the love flowing, In addition to the core draft list of DAB Lab, Sticky Hands, Super Nebula, Gloria! and 2 Towns “Kentucky Barrel Nice and Naughty” we’ll also be tapping special kegs of:
Imagine bourbon barrel-aged Belgian Stout
Bier de Coupage Oud Bruin
Fruta Bomba Wild Ale fermented on papaya with wild Brettanomyces yeast in freshly emptied tequilaa barrels
Oaked Winter Warmer oak-aged Winter Warmer
Saturday, February 15th
Bourbon Month Release!
We’ll have ALL of the Bourbon Month beers on tap and a handful of bottles for sale. In addition to the core lineup of DAB Lab, Sticky Hands, Super Nebula, Gloria! and 2 Towns “Kentucky Barrel Nice and Naughty” we’ll also be tapping special kegs of:
Kriek 2020 Flanders Oud Bruin aged in bourbon barrels on locally grown Montmorency cherries. Also available in 375ml. bottles with a limit of 1 per customer.
Super Nebula Breakfast with Turkey Wild Turkey bourbon barrel matured Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs, maple syrup, and coffee beans. Also available in 375ml. bottles with a limit of 1 per customer.
Super Nebula Vanilla Chocolate Raspberry bourbon barrel matured Imperial Stout with vanilla, cocoa nibs, chocolate and raspberries. Also available in 375ml. bottles with a limit of 1 per customer.
Sunday, February 16th
Vintage Bottle Release and Tapping
We’ve got 5 very special vintage kegs to tap and 10(!) vintage bottles to put on the shelves!!
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.