Growler’s Taproom Announces DIY Invitational Beer Lineup

Over the past couple of months, owners Binh Pham and Joe Rodgers have transformed the former Growlers Hawthorne space into the freshly remodeled Growler’s Taproom. In this transition Pham and Rodgers have transformed the once growler fill shop into a full beer bar. The new business will still fill growlers in your own container along with new smaller sized Crowlers in 8oz, 12oz and 16oz cans. However the focus on the new business will to feature beer that is consumed on premise and inside its newly added beer garden.

During this change over the two business partners brought in Jim Parker to assist in the taproom as Ruby Fusaro continues on as the beer buyer. Prior to coming to Growler’s Taproom, Parker previously worked at Baerlic Brewing for the past few years. In his position at Baerlic he was part of the brewery’s distribution team. In a nutshell he was the person that did sales and delivered kegs to the brewery’s accounts. Baerlic is similar to many other breweries that self distribute its beer and do not rely on an outside beer distributor to do so.

So to bring to light many of these smaller breweries that also self distribute, Growler’s Taproom will present its first DIY Invitational on Saturday, September 9-10, 2017. The DIY in DIY Invitational stands for Deliver It Yourself!

The two-day event will feature beers from 30 self-distributed breweries, four self-distributed cideries, four self-distributed kombucha brewers and a self-distributed ginger beer brewer. Admission into the DIY Invitational is free and all beers, ciders, kombuchas and soda will be available in 4, 12 and 16-ounce sizes.

A pint at Growler’s Taproom that features 40 tap selections.

The whole idea behind this event is to show that no matter what your taste, there is a self-distributed producer in Oregon making something you will love,” said Parker in a statement. “Self-distributed makers are the ultimate in independent producers. When you buy from a self-distributed maker, you know the money is staying in the community.”

Beers range from simple and sublime — the last keg of Montavilla Brew Works’ Korabrau Helles Lager and the first run of Heater-Allen Bobtoberfest; to the wild and crazy – Agrarian Ales’ Resplendent, described as “chips and salsa with lime in a glass.” In between, there is everything from German hefeweizen, English Summer Ale, Kolsch, pale ale, red ale, a couple of stouts, a host of IPAs and sours as well as every other style you’d expect to find on a Portland taplist. Ciders range from a single origin Newtown Pippen from Carlton Cyderworks to an oak-aged kiwi cider from Wildcraft.

There’s even a beer with a little history for event organizer and Growler’s bartender Jim Parker. Baerlic Brewing, where Parker worked for nearly two years as sales manager, is sending a keg of Old Bald Farts, a strong ale Parker helped brew last November that has been aging nine months in a Bull Run Distillery whiskey barrel. The beer is from a 1997 recipe Parker created at his first brewing job.

And since the DIY Invitational happens to be taking place on the same day as BenFest (Saturday, September 9th at Gigantic Brewing), a portion of the total DIY Invitational proceeds will be donated to the Ben Flerchinger family. In addition, all profits from the sale of the keg of Benvention, a beer brewed by Coin Toss Brewing in honor of Flerchinger who passed away earlier this year, will go to the family as part of Growler’s Charity Tap program.

Here’s a rundown on the beers that are expected to be pouring at the DIY Invitational.

DIY Invitational Beer Lineup

Brewery Beer Style
Alesong Cherry Parliament Barrel-aged sour
Scout Jam Marionberry Red
Vanguard Vanguard Hefe German Hefe
Montavilla Korabrau Helles
Heater-Allen Bobtoberfest Oktoberfest
Backpedal Summer Breeze English Summer Ale
Stormbreaker Right as Rain NW Pale Ale
Sasquatch Vanilla Bourbon Cream Cream Ale
Freebridge Cherry Heights Cherry Berliner Weisse
Agrarian Resplendent Jalapeno Kettle Sour
Yachats Puncheon Pie Flanders Red
Little Beast Field Folk Saison
Bend Wicked Medicine Belgian Strong Dark
Yachats Puncheon Pie Flanders Red
Claim 52 Kolsch Kolsch
Captured by Porches Oregon Sunshine Golden Ale
Coin Toss Benvention Dry-hopped Amber
Wolf Tree Spruce Tip Spruce tip pale
Bent Shovel Schwarzbier Schwarzbier
Viking Braggot Alessandra Grapefruit Pale
Block 15 Perishable Produce: Blazey IPA
Cold Fire Tangle of Tigers IPA
Ruse Translator IPA
Allegory Cosmic Coincidence IPA
Oregon City BA Elevator Barrel-Aged IPA
Santiam Attack Parrot IPA
Convergence Bretheren Double IPA DIPA
Hop Haus Route 66 Red Red
Gateway Woodhill Stout Stout
Falling Sky Dreadnut Stout Tropical Stout
Baerlic Old Bald Farts with Wood Barrel-Aged Strong
Bauman Boysenberry Cider
Wildcraft Kiwi Oak Aged Cider
Baird & Dewar’s Cherry Kriek Cider
Carlton Newtown Pippen Cider
SOMA TBA Kombucha
LionHeart Pina Peno Kombucha
Smith Tea TBA Kombucha
Underdog TBA Kombucha
Transistor Ginger Beer Ginger Beer

In addition to beer, cider, kombucha and soda drinking, Saturday will feature a performance by bluegrass band Bigfoot Mojo from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be cornhole games out in the beer garden on both days.

You can always find what is pouring on any of the 40 taps at Growler’s Taproom by clicking its What’s On Tap. Growler’s Taproom is open 11:00am-11:00pm seven days a week.

Growler’s Taproom
3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214