It being Halloween and all, I’ll start with some advice from my dear friend Willie Glover, bartender par excellence and man about town until he was killed on his Moto Guzzi by some careless SOB turning left in front of him (on Sept. 11, 1998 – Willie always was a pioneer) He’s gone, and more’s the pity, but his advice to Halloween revelers from behind the bar lives on:
People who don’t get to wear a mask on Halloween — your bartender prime among them — may not be enjoying the evening as much as you are.
“It’s a scary part of the demonic trinity of holidays that includes New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day,” said Willie Glover, who tended bar at Cassidy’s, that most genteel Old Portland establishment. “It’s a night when the normal bohemian sophistication of your bar degenerates into scenes from Dante’s `Inferno,’ and when your quiet dining room turns into an impromptu costume ball of post-apocalyptic proportions.”
“It’s a night when normally staid elementary school librarians turn into ethyl-alcohol-swilling machines. And this year, it’s on a Saturday, which only adds to the fun.”
But there’s no need to make your bartender bitter or mad. Just remember a few common-sense rules of comportment.
1) Tip. Life is hard behind that plank, especially tonight. 15 percent is a minimum, more if you’ve forgotten some of these rules.
2) Your bartender’s first job is to bring drinks for everybody, which means that he or she can’t spend all night admiring your costume or grinning at your lightsaber fights with others in your party.
3) Behave yourself, even when masked. We may not recognize you, but karma never sleeps: People who behave poorly in bars are sure to keep coming back as frat boys until they get it right.
4) Be prepared to gracefully unmask yourself, should your bartender ask you. Some bartenders don’t serve masked people. And just how did you propose to drink that beer anyway?
5) Use your inside voice. Please.
6) See rule 1.
Some Halloween Parties
Roscoe’s Halloween Summit
2 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, Roscoe’s, 8105 S.E. Stark St.;
Features pumpkin and Halloween themed beers on tap from pFriem, Ninkasi, Almanac and more along with Stone Enjoy by 10-31-15 and Fresh Lagunitas Born Yesterday IPA. Costumes are optional, but fun, says Jeremy.
5-10 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, Bazi, 1522 S.E. 32nd Ave.; $15 includes souvenir Kwak glass.
This tasting of Bosteels Brewery three world-wide known beers – Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet and DeuS – consists of 5 oz pours of each beer and is your opportunity to try the infamous DeuS (Is it champagne or is it beer?), normally available only in 750 ml Dom Perignon bottles. Plus someone will take home a Quattro (4-Kwak tasting tray) and there will be raffles with lots of swag at the top of every hour.
Growler House Halloween Party
6-9 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, Growler House, 21319 SW Sherwood Blvd., Sherwood;
N-Dubs Halloween Party
6 p.m. – close, Saturday Oct. 31, NW IPA, 6350 S.E. Foster Rd.;
Chicken & Guns is roasting a whole pig and live music starts at 9 p.m.
Ninkasi’s The Undead Workforce: Graveyard Shift 2015 Halloween Party
8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Tilt, 1355 NW Everett St.,
21+ only / costumes encouraged with $500 prize for the best.
Three Mugs Halloween Party
6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Three Mugs Brewing Co., 2020 NW Aloclek Dr Ste 108, Hillsboro;
Fall Cider Fest
1-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Orenco Taphouse, 1198 NE Orenco Station Pkwy., Hillsboro;
Features 15 ciders on tap.
The Horse Brass Turns 39
Sunday Nov. 1, the Horse Brass Pub, 4534 S.E. Belmont St.;
Oregon’s world-famous pub turns 39 — as old as jack Benny! — and celebrates with an anniversary taplist that includes:
Agrarian Ales, Cucurbita Maxima
Agrarian Ales, Kashyyyk Hoppy Black Ale
Alaskan Ales, 2009 Smoked Porter
Baerlic Brewing, Iniquitous Russian Imperial Stout
Base Camp Brewing, Eagle Cap Lager
Bear Republic, Brandy Barrel Aged Grizz
Bison Brewing, The Tramp Belgian Triple
Boneyard Brewing, Notorious Triple IPA
Carlton Cyderworks, Slake Barrel Aged Cider
Deschutes Brewery, 2009 Abyss
Double Mountain, 2013 Black Pearl
Double Mountain, Pêche Mode, Belgian Style Sour Ale w/Peaches
Ex Novo Brewing, Barrel Aged Porter
Gigantic Brewing, Old man Gower’s Winter Trippel Ale
Laurelwood Brewery, Pinot Noir Barrel IMP Stout
Migration Brewing, Barrel Aged Winter Wendigo
Oakshire Brewing, Stone Free Cranberry Ginger Wild Ale
Rouge Ales, Imp YSB
Russian River, Consecration Sour
Russian River, Suplication Sour
Sierra Nevada, Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale
Sierra Nevada, Ovila
Widmer Bro. Brewing, Gentleman’s Club
Wild Ride Brewing & Breakside Brewing Collaboration, Solidarity
Stone Brewing, Your Father Smelt of Elderberry, English Old Ale
Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival de Cervezas
1-8 p.m. Sunday Nov. 1, Bazi, 1522 S.E. 32nd Ave.; and Imperial Bottle Shop, 3090 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; $10 entrance includes glass, bracelet, and 2 tickets for 5 oz pours each. Additional tickets can be purchased for $2 each. Check in at either location. Over 20 beers, cider and wine to choose from between both locations, live music, face painting, costume contests, and more.
Almanac Sour & Barrel Tasting
6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 3, C-Bar, 2880 S.E. Gladstone St.;
Almanac Brewery Tap Take-Over with some rare Sour, Hoppy & Barrel Aged beers. Plus a fun Split-Flipper pinball Contest.
Fat Head’s First Anniversary
5 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 3, Fat Head’s Portland, 113 N.W. 13th Ave.;
Fat Head’s celebrates its first year in the Pearl with Happy Hour all day and some special beers from its excellent in-house brewery.
Sound Brewery Portland Launch Party
5-7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.
Sound Brewery of Poulsbo, Wash. debuts in Portland at Belmont Station, where they’ll be tasting bottles of Bombshell Belgian Blonde, Dubbel Entendre, Tripel Entendre and Portage Porter and will have four more on draft: Latona IPA, Humulo Nimbus Double IPA, Monk’s Indiscretion Belgian Specialty Ale & Elijah Craig Barrel-Aged Old Scoundrel Barley Wine.
Four-Legged Friends Fundraiser
Wednesday Nov. 4, Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N. Williams Ave.; and all Lompoc pubs.
It’s a day of fun and Lompoc beer to benefit House of Dreams cat shelter and Family Dog New Life Shelter. Festivities include an all day doggie costume contest on the outdoor patios at all our pubs.
Meet the Brewer
5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 5, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave.;
13 Virtues Head Brewer Dave Vohden will bring Barrel-Aged Port of Tart, Schwarz Lager w/blackberries, Pils and a Habanero Rye Pale Ale.
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