Portland Beer Events For The Week Of May 18

54°40’ Brewing’s Preserve the Wonder IPA is a new seasonal draft collaboration with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, brewed to help ensure the wild and wonderful Columbia River Gorge endures for generations to come. The Preserve the Wonder campaign aims to acquire and protect seven unique properties totaling more than 400 acres along the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, and 54°40’ invites local beer drinkers and environmentally minded consumers to learn about the conservation backstory when ordering a pint.At 6.1 percent and 65 IBUs, the beer is a citrus forward West-coast style India Pale Ale brewed with organic 2-row and Munich malts. Citra and Mandarina hops dominate the aroma for big bright citrus punch. “It’s a wonderful IPA to share with your friends while exploring the beauty of the Gorge,” says Bolt Minister Owner and Brewer at 54°40’ Brewing. Preserve the Wonder IPA will be 54°40’s entry into the first annual Brewfest in the Park, June 23-25. Also look for Preserve the Wonder IPA tapping’s accompanied by presentations by Friends of the Columbia River Gorge throughout fine drinking establishments in the Gorge, as well as Vancouver and Portland. 54°40’ will also be donating $1 from every pint of Preserve the Wonder IPA ordered at the 54°40’ taproom in Washougal to benefit land conservation efforts in the Gorge.

A new beer fest at Cascade Brewing, hopped whiskey from Double Mountain and NW Industrial pub crawl and the rest of the Portland area beer events for the week of May 18th.

Cascade Brewing Sour Flower Fest
Thursday May 18-Sunday May 21, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St; Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy.;
Cascade Brewing’s new Sour Flower Fest showcases their sour ales made with flowers and features the debut of a half dozen new small batch blends made with floral ingredients. Look for Desert Bloom, Cherry Blossom, Pistil Whipped, Hop Flower Sour and Bees Knees, as well as Hips and Tips, a non-sour; these will be available at both pub locations. In addition, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House will be serving Bouquet of Flowers, Rose City Sour, Vintage Strawberry, and a floral themed live barrel that will tap on May 15 and pour during the festival.

Fearless Kanikapila- Ukulele Jam Session
6-7:30 p.m. Thursday May 18, Fearless Brewing Pub, 326 South Broadway, Estacada;
The Fearless Brewing folks invite ukelele players of all skill levels to bring their ukes (or banjos, guitars, or rhythm instruments) to this casual jam session, which could become the forerunner of a third-Thursday session every month.

Double Mountain Hopped Whiskey produced by Hood River Distillers. (image courtesy of Double Mountain Brewery)

Double Mountain Hopped Whiskey Release Party
5-7 p.m. Thursday May 18, Double Mountain Taproom, 4336 SE Woodstock Blvd.;
Double Mountain Brewery and Hood River Distillers have created a new hopped whiskey, which showcases the bright flavors of Apollo, and Cascade hops. Smooth citrus and floral flavors complement the sweetness found in 100percen corn whiskey, they say and the 82 proof whiskey will soon be on shelves at liquor stores throughout the Northwest. “I’ve always been torn between my affection of hoppy beers and whiskey,” says Double Mountain co-founder and brewmaster Matt Swihart. “Now I don’t have to choose.”

Finnriver Cider Summit Saison Release Party
5-7 p.m. May 18, Cider Bite, 1230 NW Hoyt St.;
The Release Party marks the Oregon debut of a special Saison style collaboration cider Finnriver Farm & Cidery made for the Cider Summit events in 2017. This limited edition ’Saison style’ cider will be featured at each of the four annual Cider Summits in 2017, in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Taste and enjoy Cider Summit Saison and limited release Habanero al Duce Cider, made with habaneros and caramelized sugar. A farm inspired coloring contest will take place with prizes each hour at Cider Bite, a presenting sponsor of the seventh Annual Cider Summit at The Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl June 16 & 17.

Jamaican Taste PDX Pop-Up
5-8 p.m. Friday May 19, The BeerMongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.
WW says that pop-ups such as Ranch Pizza and Jamaican Taste are the current hot trend in Portland food culture and the good news for BeerMongers fans is that Ranch regularly delivers to the 12th & Division bottle shop, and Jamaican Taste PDX will be there Friday night with a menu of jerked chicken, fish cakes, patties or the new combo plate which allows you to by pass those agonizing choices and try it all…

Wasabi Sushi PDX Opening
Friday May 19, Wasabi Sushi PDX, 980 SE Madison St.;
Alex and Phyu Naung opened their first Wasabi Sushi PDX Food Cart n the fall of 2015 and on Friday, they’ll be opening their first brick and mortar location, which will feature the new  Sushi Burger, Sushi B-Ritto and the Sushi Donut among its many menu items. Also:  local craft beer, local wine, and sake. Beers being poured the first week will include Culmination Brewing Phaedrus IPA, Ruse Brewing Translator IPA, Commons Brewery Citrus Myrtle and Zoiglhaus Kolsch.

Edgefield Cider’s 25th Birthday
Friday May 19, Edgefield Cidery, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale; all ages welcome, 21 and older top drink.
The McMenamins have been making cider for a quarter century now and they’re celebrating the birthday with the release of McMenamins Black Cherry Cider plus $5 Edgefield Cider pints, $15 Edgefield Cider growlers, Cider House Fondue and OSU Creamery cider-washed cheese with fresh-cut fries.

(image courtesy of Boedecker Cellars)

Northwest Industrial Neighborhood Beverage Crawl
1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 NW 31st Ave.; Sasquatch Brewing Co. Taproom, 2531 NW 30th Ave.; Boedecker Cellars, 2621 NW 30th Ave.; Leah Jørgensen Cellars at Staver Locomotive, 2537 NW 29th Ave.; all ages except 21 & older only at Sasquatch Brewing.
Portland Brewing, Sasquatch Brewing, Boedecker Cellars, and Leah Jørgensen Cellars at Staver Locomotive are opening their doors, bottles and taps Saturday and donating a portion of the proceeds to Friendly House. Each location will offer their own special food and drink specials:
Portland Brewing: $15 for a flight of five 6-oz. beers of your choice and an appetizer of wings.
Sasquatch Brewery: Brewery tours, discounted beer, and a free 16 oz. Sasquatch glass with the purchase of a pint.
Boedecker Cellars Winery + Tasting Room: $15 entry fee includes a flight of four wines, music by guitarist Tommy Houston, wine friendly appetizers and a Boedecker Cellars shatterproof glass with wine purchase.
Leah Jørgensen Cellars: Tastings of their wines for purchase, live music, and small seasonal bites.

The Central Oregon Brewers Olmpics at Crux Saturday may be a reboot of the brewers games of a decade ago, which included this rather terrifying event among the keg relays, spent grain tosses and the rest…we can only hope. (FoystonFoto)

Central Oregon Beer Week Brewers Olympics
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday May 20, Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St., Bend; all ages.
This would be a great week to plan a visit to the Bend area because the Central Oregon Brewers Guild is hosting more than a dozen events for Central Oregon Beer Week 2017. I’ve picked just one to stand for all those, the Brewers Olympics, which is perhaps modeled on the events of a decade or two back held at Mt. Hood Brewing in Government Camp and Pelican Brewing at Pacific City, which featured brewers performing athletic feats of various and often arcane sorts. Beer was — and likely will be — involved.

The Crux event is a fundraiser for the brewers guild and will feature 10 local brewery teams competing in games such as yeast balloon toss, spent grain relay, cheap beer toss, jockey box assembly and others. They’ll also have a small beer fest that day, which will include beers from the breweries entered into the games. More details about all the other events here

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