Plenty of new IPA releases along with many other Portland craft beer events from April 15 to 21.
Pulp Free IPA Collabo Release Party 6-8 p.m. Friday April 15, The Growler Guys, 816 SE Eighth Ave;
Mike Hunsaker of Fat Head’s Brewery Portland and Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewery teamed-up for a “Pulp Free IPA” inspired by east coast juicy IPA flavors. They describe it as a “new-school IPA featuring juicy and tropical varietals like Mosaic, Citra, and Eldorado. This IPA features all the great things we enjoy about the new juicy IPAs but looks and tastes like beer. Big juicy aromas; a round and pillowy mouthfeel; Pulp Free finishes with soft bitterness and tropical fruit flavors. 6.4 percent, 45 IBU…”
Pulp Free IPA will be tapped at the release party, along with several beers from each brewery including Fat Head’s IBUsive and Hop Juju and Breakside Rainbows & Unicorns IPA and India Golden Ale double IPA. Plus, both brewers will be in the house to talk about their beers. Pints of Pulp Free will be $5 and you can fill a 32oz Crowler for $8 or a 64oz growler for $14.
Cascade Brewing/Bruery Terreux Collabo Party 6 p.m. Friday April 15, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St.
The event begins with a special live barrel tapping by brewers from Bruery Terreux; this will be followed by an evening with Bruery Terreux featuring five of the brewery’s sour beers and one non-sour (from The Bruery). You can look forward to tasting Filmishmish, Humulus Terreux, Oude Tart with Cherries, Sourrento, Blue BBLS and White Chocolate. The highlight of the lineup will be a collaboration blend with Cascade, a limited 10 gallon batch made solely for the event.
Almanac Beer Tasting 5-8 p.m. Friday April 15, Bazi, 1522 SE 32ndAve.; $15 for tasting tray 5 oz pours of all five beers.
Join Almanac Beer Co and Bazi for a special tasting event featuring five Almanac beers on draft:
Farmer’s Reserve Pluot: 7 percent, sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels with pluots from California Central Valley.
Apricot De Brettaville: 7 percent, farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with apricots from California’s Joaquin Valley.
Golden Gate Gose: 5 percent, tart wheat ale brewed with lemon verbena, coriander, and San Francisco Bay sea salt.
Saison Dolores: 6.8 percent, crisp dry-hopped California saison brewed with locally grown rye and wheat.
IPA: 7.5 percent, West Coast IPA hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade.
Melvin Monday & Tax Day Relief Party 5 p.m. Monday April 18, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Celebrate getting your taxes done with a foursome of fabulous beers from Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing: Melvin IPA, Asterisk IPA, Brosaic IPA and Killer Bee’s Ale. There will be flights available as well as full pours from these rare kegs.
Lagunitas Waldo Release Pre-Funk & Glassware Giveaway 4:19 p.m. Tuesday April 19, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
The Station crew jumps the gun by one day and one minute to release of this year’s Waldo Special Ale, which is usually released on 4/20 at 4:20. You get to sip Waldo a day early, and when you buy a glass of this delicious beer, you get to take home a Lagunitas Mason jar glass.
April Pairing Dinner 6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 19, Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St.; $40.
Alberta Street Pub debuts its new pairing dinner series with the beers of Ecliptic Brewing. They plan monthly pairing dinners with cideries, breweries, and eventually distilleries. This month’s menu is:
Ciabatta Points with Warm Rarebit paired with Phobos Red Ale
Korean Roasted Delicata Squash with Chioggia Beets and Fried Sage paired with Zenith Grapefruit Gose
Maple Smoked Columbia River Steelhead with Hazelnut Butter paired with Capella Porter
Grilled Flat Iron with Wild Mushroom Stroganoff paired with Tarantula Dubbel Ale
Warm Vanilla Bread Pudding
Happy 4/20 4:20 p.m. Wednesday April 20, the BeerMongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.;
At the Mongers’ annual celebration, they turn over all 11 taps to both smoked and deliciously dank smelling beers. Taplist will include beers from Pfriem, Fat Head’s, Schlenkerla, Locust Cider, Baerlic, Upright, Evil Twin and more plus a Reverend Nat’s, cider or two. Music provided by The Lew Jones Trio.
Georgetown and Lagunitas 420 Point Break Party Wednesday April 20, NW IPA, 6350 S.E. Foster Rd.;
N-Dubs will have Georgetown’s Point Break inspired beers, Johnny Utah, Bodhizafa and Pappas IIPA and Lagunitas’ 420 inspired Waldos Ale, High Westified Barrel Aged Stout, plus a showing of “Point Break” at 8 p.m. on the back wall.
99 Bottles of Art on the Wall 7-10 p.m. Thursday April 21, Baerlic Brewing Co., 2235 SE 11th Ave; $5, 21 & over.
99 Bottles of Art on the Wall is billed as a Drink and Draw – come out and try your hand in the historic art of beer bottle design. Delicious craft beer on hand along with blank screen printed 32oz growlers and Sharpie markers galore. Part of Portland Design week, all you have to do is sit, relax, drink & draw – it’s as easy as that.
Gear Up IPA Release Party 5-8 p.m. Thursday April 21, Loyal Legion, 710 SE Sixth Ave;
Join Hopworks Urban Brewery to celebrate the release of their new Gear Up IPA, a Northwest-Style IPA with a dry and tropical-hop profile. The recipe was made to provide a direct line to complex hop aromas and flavors of ripe passionfruit, pineapple, and mango. The beer is also HUB’s first foray into the world of 12 oz. six-pack can. “Every element of Gear Up IPA is meant to point to the majestic Pacific Northwest region. The beer is brewed with organic malted barley from Oregon, naturally filtered water from the Bull Run Watershed, and local hops. The label, designed by Jolby & Friends, portrays abstract landscapes of the Pacific Northwest sprinkled with images of the gear used for exploring the natural world. The HUB brew team will be on hand to talk to hopheads about the wonderful world of IPAs.
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