After its first 12 day run this past year in December, 54° 40’ Brewing returns with its 2nd Annual Twelve Days of Kölschmas for 2016 when the brewery celebrates its to favorite things, Käscadia Kölsch and Christmas! This year’s celebration will take place from Wednesday December 7th through Sunday December 18th. BREWPUBLIC is excited to present the area’s best Johnny Cash cover band, Get Rhythm, when they perform at 54° 40’ Brewing for the very first time on Saturday, December 17th.
“We had such a blast meeting new folks at last year’s Kölschmas events that we wanted to keep the festivities going and make this an annual event.” said Bolt Minister, brewer and owner of 54° 40’ Brewing in a news release. “I brew Käscadia Kölsch to be a beer that brings people together and there’s no better time than the holidays to make that happen. So, the 12 Days of Kölschmas is just a natural way for us enjoy the company of other beer lovers.”
For 2016, the 12 Days of Kölschmas will feature 8 events inside the brewery’s taproom in Washougal, Washington and the other 4 events will be held at Caps and Taps, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, Grapes & Growlers, and the new Craft Pourhouse. Highlights at the taproom include, a tree lighting ceremony kickoff event, a Mele Kalikimaka Hawaiian dinner to benefit Meals on Wheels, a brass septet performing classic Christmas songs, movie screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, cornhole tournament, and Beat the Brewer challenge on a vintage NES video game console.
Outside of the taproom there will be two events in SW Washington at Caps & Taps, where the brewery will pair Christmas candy with Käscadia and other 54° 40’ selections, and at Grapes and Growlers where the brewery will have a BINGO! night with cash prizes and swag. Portland has two events as well, the first at Imperial Bottleshop and Taproom, where you’ll receive a free pint of Käscadia if you bring in a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a warm coat for Imperial’s own clothing drive. Craft Pourhouse, in Beaverton, will be the final outside event where 54° 40’ will supply crafty supplies to make your own Christmas ornaments while you drink Käscadia Kölsch.
The event will culminate on the weekend of December 17th with BREWPUBLIC presenting Johnny Cash cover-band Get Rhythm. This will be a free all-ages show at the taproom. Lastly, on Sunday December 18th the taproom welcomes Santa Claus! Bring a camera and take your own free pictures with Ol’ Saint Nick from 2-5pm, a great event for kids of all ages!
Here’s a complete rundown of all the events during the 2016 12 Days of Kölschmas.
Wednesday, December 7th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Taproom tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm with all day Happy Hour.
Thursday, December 8th – Caps and Taps 337 NW 4th Ave., Camas, WA
Christmas sweets and beer pairing with a fun filled lineup of treats paired with 54° 40’ Brewing beers.
Friday, December 9th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Cornhole tournament from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Saturday, December 10th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Classic Christmas music by Festival Brass from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Sunday, December 11th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Mele Kalikimaka Dinner, a Hawaiian-style dinner to benefit the Meals on Wheels program. Tickets are available at the Taproom.
Monday, December 12th – Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom 3090 SE Division St., Portland, OR
Bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots and get your first pint of Käscadia Kölsch for free from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Tuesday, December 13th – Grapes & Growlers 3425 SE 192nd Ave. #105, Vancouver, WA
Join 54° 40’ Brewing for an evening of BINGO with cash prizes and swag to be won from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Wednesday, December 14th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
The screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will take place beginning at 6:00pm.
Thursday, December 15th – Craft Pourhouse 16055 SW Regatta Ln. #700, Beaverton, OR
The 54° 40’ Brewing crew get crafty as they visit the new Craft Pourhouse in Beaverton to make Christmas ornaments from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Friday, December 16th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
NES Classic Night as patrons try and best the brewer on his vintage NES console.
Saturday, December 17th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Get Rhythm presented by BREWPUBLIC for a night of classic Johnny Cash music performed by the talented Get Rhythm from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Sunday, December 18th – 54° 40’ Brewing Taproom 3801 S Truman Rd., Suite 1, Washougal, WA
Santa Claus visits 54° 40’ Brewing from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Bring your own camera and get a picture with Old St. Nick. As always, all ages are welcome!
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.