Big anniversaries and German biers, Portland Craft Beer events for the week of April 22-28.
Sixth Annual GermanFest Noon – Midnight Saturday April 23, Bailey’s Taproom, 213 S.W. Broadway;
Beginning at Noon the Bailey’s taps will be pouring a full line up of German-style beers from Oregon breweries and Altengartz German Brand Bratwurst will be parked out front of Bailey’s Taproom providing authentic German sausages throughout the day.
Here are the breweries and beers:
Baerlic – Cascadian Dark Hefeweizen
Base Camp – Rauchbier
Bend – Schwarzbier
Boneyard – Doppelbock
Breakside – Dunkel
Burnside – Maibock
Buoy – Roggenbier
Coldfire/AleSong – Berliner Weisse w/ lime & lemongrass
Double Mountain – Pilsner
Ex Novo – Smoked Dunkel
Falling Sky – Kolsch
Fat Head’s – Weizenbock
Gigantic – Kolsch
Heater Allen – Roggenbier
Hopworks – Double Altbier
Montavilla – Helles
Pints – Gose
Santiam – Vintage Doppelbock
Stickmen – Berliner Weisse w/ cantaloupe
Terminal Gravity – Berliner Weisse
School of Krautrock 6 p.m. – Midnight Saturday April 23, The Upper Lip, 720 S.W. Ankeny St.;
As part of GermanFest at Bailey’s Taproom and in celebration of the German love of music and dancing, The Upper Lip will play host to a German electronic music chronology. Doors open at 4 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. with Eric Sterling bringing in the influence of German electronic music with a “Krautrock” set. At 7 p.m. Proqxis blends Krautrock into the early stages of the genre and from 8-10 p.m. Evan and Bowser will slowly progress the set into modern electronic and wind down the night with some original production work from Bojarski. Six taps of German-style beers will be available by breweries from Oregon to Pennsylvania to Germany:
Rosenstadt – Kolsch & German Pale
Victory – Kirsch Gose & Prima Pils
Ayinger – Alt Dunkel & Maibock
Reinheitsgebot’s 500th Anniversary Noon-10 p.m. Saturday April 23, Prost!, 4237 N. Mississippi Ave.;
Celebrate the 500 year anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German Bier Purity Law of 1516 which states only water, barley, hops, and yeast can be used in the making of beer. Prost commemorates the anniversary by turning the adjoining Mississippi Market place into a massive biergarten, pouring some special beers, roasting a whole pig, with traditional German music playing all day. The featured beers include Weihenstephaner 1516, Andechs Bergbock Hell, and Radeberger Zwickl and Chef Graham Chaney of Stammtisch will be roasting a 125lb whole pig on the spit for a 4 p.m. pig roast with traditional side dishes. You’ll want to be one of the 75 people there early enough to score a $10 ticket
Reinheitsge-Not: Celebrate Ingredient Freedom Noon-5 p.m. Saturday April 23, Baerlic Brewing Co., 2235 SE 11th Ave; $20, includes Souvenir glass and 8 tix. 21 & over.
Even Germasn brewers sometimes chafe at the restrictions imposed by Germany’s 500-year-old beer purity law and American brewers – fugeddaboutit! American craft brewers have rarely allowed themselves to be limited to just four ingredients, and as a result, we have the most vibrant brewing culture in the world. The Baerlic crew celebrates ingredient freedom by flagrantly breaking the world’s oldest beer rules and pulled together some their favorite breweries, including Breakside Brewery, Ex Novo Brewing, Fat Head’s Portland, Fremont Brewing Co., Gigantic Brewing Co., Ground Breaker Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Occidental Brewing Co., Payette Brewing Co., StormBreaker Brewing, Baerlic and more…
Third Annual Hopped Cider Fest Noon – close Saturday April 23, Rev. Nat’s Hard Cider Taproom, 1813 N.E. Second Ave.; $20 for glass and 7 tokens.Token sales end at 9 p.m. 21 & older only.
Rev. Nat’s offers unique hopped ciders, most of which were made especially for this festival and cannot be found anywhere else: Cideries include Cider Riot, Schilling & Co., a Bauman’s Cider Co./Rev. Nat’s collabo, more than a dozen from Rev. Nat’s plus hopped ciders from Finnriver, Wandering Aengus, New West Cider, Apple Outlaw, Incline Explorer, a collabo from Rack & Cloth and pFriem and more.
Shakesbeer 6-9 p.m. Sunday April 24, McNally’s Taproom, 370 E. Main St., Hillsboro;
McNally’s Taproom and actors of the Bag & Baggage Co. celebrate the Bard’s birthday in appropriate style – with beer. Join B&B actors as they monologue your favorite Shakespearean scenes and speeches while you – and they, one hopes, declaiming being notoriously thirsty work – enjoy specialty brews from Samuel Smith.
Fremont Brewing Night 4-10 p.m. Tuesday April 26, The Upper Lip, 720 S.W. Ankeny St.;
The Fremont Brewing makes a stop at one of Portland’s finest taprooms, all six of whose taps will be pouring Fremont beers, including a couple of rare options including The Sister Imperial IPA, Summer Ale, Shine Pilsner, Independent IPA, Bourbon Barrel Abominable and Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Cinnamon Abominable Ale.
Fremont Tour de Oregon Tasting & Special Draft 5-7 p.m. Wednesday April 27, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Join the Fremont crew on the Stark street leg of their Tour de Oregon road trip. They’ll be tasting a wide array of their beers in the bottle shop and several of their more rare, seasonal or new beers will be pouring in the Biercafe, including Independent IPA, Summer Pale Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Cinnamon Abominable Ale and The Sister Imperial IPA.
Go Dutch on King’s Day 5-9 p.m. Tuesday April 26, Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave.;
Each year at the end of April the Dutch celebrate their King with a day of parties, orange clothing and yard sales. Bazi is encouraging patrons to wear Orange on Tuesday and experience a special Dutch tasting tray from La Trappe along with a special visit from their brewmaster. La Trappe is one of only ten Trappist breweries in the world allowed to carry the logo “Authentic Trappist Product”. This logo guarantees authenticity, recipe, tradition and, in the case of La Trappe, a thriving working relationship between monastery and brewery. These world-class beers have been brewed at the Cistercian Abbey of Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven since 1884.
Dutch sampler trays of four 5- oz pours will be available for $12 and complimentary “King’s Day” t-shirts will be available with every sampler tray purchase while supplies last. Also: orange beads, crowns, bottle openers and other swag.
Cheers to 30 Years/Reflection Nebula Pale Ale Tapping 6 p.m. Thursday April 28, Ecliptic brewing, 825 N. Cook St.;
Celebrate with Oregon brewing legend John Harris as he embarks on his fourth decade in the biz: “I started Brewing in April of 1986 at the Hillsdale Brewpub in Portland,” Harris wrote in a recent email. “It has been a long strange ride! Two years at McMenamins stretching the boundaries brewing with fruit when most folks thought we were nuts. Moving to Bend and helping start Deschutes for four years. Then 20 years with Full Sail and my fellow employee owners. Then off on my own to start Ecliptic. I am very proud of all my years making beer for a living. I have created many beers over those years but there is one I am linked to more than any other. I brewed a special beer, Reflection Nebula Pale Ale, to celebrate this 30 year milestone. I invite you to join me for a beer to celebrate.”
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