This Friday and Saturday, March 6-7th will mark the 23rd annual Lucky Lab Barleywine Festival and Big Beer Tastival. Taking place at Lucky Labrador’s northwest Portland brewpub, this classic event showcases a huge variety of high abv beers, many of them vintages from years past. The event will run from noon to 10pm on both days
One of Oregon’s longest running festivals, Lucky Lab’s Barleywine Festival and big beer tastival, returns this year March 6-7th, 2020. The fest takes place Friday and Saturday at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall in Northwest Portland. Both days will run from noon to 10 p.m. with a $16 entrance fee for a glass and four tokens.
Lucky Lab Barleywine Fest will feature twenty barleywines on tap at any given time but will rotate through a lineup of over 70 old and young beers. The Barleywines range from hoppy and bitter American-style versions to rich, malty and fruity English-style Barleywines, some barrel-aged and others from steel.
Additional drink tokens for 4 oz. pours are $2.25 each. Lucky Lab’s full menu of hand-tossed pizza, deli sandwiches, salads, and snacks will be available. The Lab’s tap list of ales and ciders will be on hand as well. The Lucky Lab is conveniently located near tri-met lines 16, 15, 77, and the Portland streetcar. Biking, walking, and the use of buses and light rail are highly recommended modes of transport.
A full and final taplist is not yet available but here are a few that we know so far:
Alameda Green Mountain
Buoy Love Lost at Sea
Burnside Brewing Keg Nog
Deschutes Black Mirror
Double Mountain 11th
Ecliptic Orange Giant-3 years
Gigantic Massive, Ben Flerchinger Edition
Heathen Reindeer Tears
Lucky Labrador Pinot aged
Matchless Where is my Barleywine
Montavilla Ben’s Barleywine
Pelican Mother of all Storms
Pfriem Sherry aged Blonde
Rock Bottom Funny Bunny-2 years
Upright English barleywine
The Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, located at 1945 NW Quimby, is a casual brew pub located in an old truck manufacturing facility. Dogs are allowed on the spacious, covered patio. The pub features outstanding pizza as well as deli sandwiches, soups, salads, and other snacks. The Lab has three other pubs in Portland located on N Killingsworth, SE Hawthorne, and SW Capital Highway. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–11p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon – 10 p.m. Minors are welcome until 10 p.m.
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.