Brewery Grand Opening, Art & Beer at PAM, Autumn Beer Fest: Beer Events for the Week of November 3

‘Tis the Season: (Back when I had editors, I was never allowed to use that phrase, nor ANY variation of “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”nor anything that included the phrase “them thar hills…”good rules for betrter prose, yes, but sometimes you just want to unfurl the cliche, such as now, when I’m talking about winter beers:) That’s the very first bottle of Deschutes Jubel Ale, which John Harris still has in his cellar. The Jubel on shelves now is the 30th (!) edition, and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration — one of my favorite beers ever — was first released in 1981. Of course, America’s first true craft brewery, Anchor Brewing, has ’em both beat with the release of the 47th Anchor Christmas Ale: “In 1975 Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition. Every year, Anchor creates a new, secret recipe with a completely unique label for their Christmas Ale, but the intent with each brew remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas Ale (6.7% ABV) is sold only from early November to mid-January. This highly anticipated seasonal delight is complex and full in flavor, with a velvety texture and an alluring aroma of coffee and roasted wood…” (FoystonFoto)
To celebrate the 30th bottling, for the first time ever, the 2017 packaging will feature not one, but a series of custom snowflake themed illustrations by Bend, OR artist MaryLea Harris.

Level Beer hosts its Grand Opening, Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon at Portland Art Museum, Autumn Beer Fest at McMenamins and the rest of the Beer Events for the Week of November 3, 2017.

Breakside Back to the Future is Back Party
6 -11 pm Friday Nov. 3, Lombard House, 7337 N Lombard St. ;
Lombard house hosts one of its favorites breweries and celebrates the return of Breakside’s Back to the Future along several other Breakside beers and the Back to the Future Trilogy screening on the TV.

Movie Madness Fundraiser w/ Melvin, Modern Times & Sunriver
11am – 10 pm Saturday Nov. 4, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
The Bier Cafe will feature special drafts from Modern Times, Melvin and Sunriver and $1 of every pint sold of these beers will be donated to help Portland’s iconic video rental store, Movie Madness, stay in business for another 25 years.

Level Beer Grand Opening
11 am – 10 pm Saturday Nov. 4, Level Beer, 5211 NE 148th Ave; kids OK.
The eagerly awaited new brewery has a grand opening party that includes special beer releases such as Hazy IPA – Hazing is Socially Unacceptable – On draft and cask conditioned firkin; English Dark Mild – And the Crowd Goes Mild – On draft and cask conditioned firkin; Imperial Hazy IPA and more. Brewery Tours noon-3 pm. #MotoFotoPDX foto booth. Various bands throughout the day and a DJ in the evening. Raffle with some special prizes including a brew day with the Level crew — Collaborate and develop a recipe with the brewers then make your beer in the brewery. Also: lotsa swag including T shirts, gift cards, a logo Stanley Growler, and many other There’s even stuff for the kids, including a bouncy house shaped like a pony, face painting starting at noon, toys, a coloring contest, and more.
and yes, it’s a ways out there, but thanks to Brewvana’s generous shuttle service, that’s not your problem

Brewvana Brewery Tours Shuttle Sked:
1 pm Pick up Bailey’s Taproom
1:20 Pick up Nepo 42
1:40 pm Drop off at Level Beer
2:30 pm Pick up at Level
3 pm Drop off / Pick up at Baileys
3:20 pm Drop off / Pick up at Nepo
3:40 pm Drop off at Level
4:30 pm Pick up at Level
5 pm Drop off / Pick up at Baileys
5:20 pm Drop off / Pick up at Nepo
5:40 pm Drop off at Level
7 pm Pick up at Level
7:20 pm Drop off Nepo
7:40 pm Drop off at Baileys

Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon
1-6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.; $25 includes Museum admission, a commemorative glass, an art/beer program booklet, and 10 tasting tokens.
The Portland Art Museum and artist Eric Steen present Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon, a statewide exploration of landscape, art, place, and history, through the lens of Oregon craft beer and cider making. Art & Beer: Pitchering Oregon brings together a diverse lineup of 18 Oregon craft brewers paired with 18 artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection selected to represent or evoke a range of Oregon landscapes.

Brewers from each of these regions made one-of-a-kind beers inspired by the artists and the surrounding landscapes to collectively create a drinkable portrait of one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful states in the U.S. In addition to the grand tasting, other General Admission activities include Informal brewer and curator chats alongside the featured artworks, Museum docent tours of beverage-themed art, A sensory/smell experience highlighting local/regional ingredients from around the state and Super 8 film processing demos using different types of beer led by the NW Film Center.

Fifth Annual Boones Ferry Autumn Ale Fest
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville; Free admission, all ages welcome; 21+ to drink
While this event previously featured McMenamins alumni and current brewers, it’s changed slightly this year to focus on Wilsonville area breweries and cideries. Brewers will still showcase their best fall ales in a bit of friendly competition known as the “War for the Oar.” The winning brewer (selected by festival attendees) receives bragging rights and an engraving on a wooden oar trophy – reason enough to brew some amazing autumn ales. Also: live music from Rich Layton & The Troublemakers, tours of the Old Church Brewery – including the recently renovated Undercroft Bar – and a full McMenu.

Brewery List:
Vanguard Brewing
Stickmen Brewing Company
Bent Shovel Brewing
Ordnance Brewing
Coin Toss Brewing
Feckin Brewery
Concordia Brewery
Crystal Brewery
Edgefield Brewery
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery
John Barleycorns Brewery
Hillsdale Brewery
Wilsonville Brewery
Anthem Cider
New West Cider
Max’s Fanno Creek Brewery
Oregon City Brewing

Baerlic Brewing Tasting
6-8 pm Monday Nov. 6, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
The Baerlic Brewing crew will be in the Bottle Shop pouring free samples of their fine beers, including New Noise – India Pale Ale;
Harshmellow Mtn – Gin Barrel-aged Belgian Blond; Early Bird – Pale Ale; and East Side – Oatmeal Pilsner.

A fresh pour of Pilsner Urquell Mliko (Milk/Sweet) from its special faucet.

Pilsner Urquell Nefiltrovaný (Unfiltered) Tapping
5-8 pm Tuesday Nov. 6, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
Taste a rare treat indeed, an unfiltered and unpasteurized keg of Pilsner Urquell air freighted to select pubs around the world, such as Belmont Station. Compare with the canned beer and learn more about the World’s first — 1843! — Golden Pilsner.