The Most Interesting Block Party in the World: Ex Novo turns two Saturday; Your week in beer for July 7 – 13

Jason Barbee of Ex Novo with The Commons brewer Sam Pecoraro at Ex Novo's 1st anniversary. (FoystonFoto)
Jason Barbee of Ex Novo with The Commons brewer Sam Pecoraro at Ex Novo’s 1st anniversary. (FoystonFoto)

I’ve been loving the Ex Novo beers that have been showing up in my favorite bottleshop/taproom, including The Most Interesting Lager in the World and Stiff Upper Lip ESB. But to really sample the range of great beers made by head brewer Jason Barbee (above, with The Commons brewer Sam Pecoraro at last year’s anniversary bash) it’s best to head to the source, and this Saturday is a prime time to do just that. The Ex Novo crew is shutting down the street again to celebrate two years (and my birthday, I’ll continue to believe, despite lack of official – or any, for that matter – confirmation of the fact) with a block party featuring live music, reserve beers, an Anniversary Beer bottle release, BBQ, games, fun and general awesomeness.

The party starts at noon Saturday July 9 at the brewery, 2326 N. Flint St., and music starts shortly therafter with Corner, There Is No Mountain, Fanno Creek and – at 6 pm, The Lonesome Billies.

The tap list includes Eliot IPA;The Most Interesting Lager in the World; Dynamic Duo (with Boadicea and Centennial hops;) Cactus Wins the Lottery (Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse;)
Saison Lillis; Where the Mild Things Are; Thick as Thieves; It’s Business Time, Kiwi Session IPA; Brexit Through the Gift Shop, English Summer Ale; Star Spangled Lager; Paddy Wagon Nitro Stout; ’15 Kill The Sun, Bourbon & Pinot aged Imperial Stout; and ’15 Peaching to the Choir.

Also BBQ and the Pip’s Original Doughnuts truck will be onsite.

An Optional $30 VIP Package includes an Ex Novo tulip glass, and two very special bottles: First Anniversary Beer – Unus, a Brett Saison (cellared over the past year) and
the Second Anniversary Beer – Duo, a Barrel Aged Peach Lambic, plus private tours with Ex Novo founder Joel.

The painted mural at Ex Novo Brewing. (FoystonFoto)
The painted mural at Ex Novo Brewing. (FoystonFoto)

Migration’s New Beer Fridays in July
Friday July 8, 15 & 22, Migration Brewing Co., 2828 NE Glisan St.;
Migration is celebration Oregon Craft Beer Month by releasing a new beer every Friday, starting this week with The Pils I Took, described as a crisp light bodied lager with a subtle herbal spiciness and a hint of lemon on the nose (4.3percent, 26 IBU). Next week is Pablo’s Honey (6.9 percent, 20 IBU,) Sambucus Saison refemented in a oak wine barrel with local honey and Brettanomyces. ISA Got Back, 4.4 percent India Session Ale, will be released on July 22.

Portland Brewing Beer-Infused Cupcake Competition
11am- 4pm Saturday July 9, Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 NW 31st Ave.; Free entrance, food & beer available for purchase. $10 to Taste test the four cupcakes; $16 paired with the beers in each recipe.
Craft beer is a perfect ingredient for sweets, so Portland Brewing teamed up with Friendly House to host a beer-infused cupcake competition featuring Piece of Cake Bakery, Fat Cupcake and Bella Cupcake. Also: Live music from The Beacon Street Titans; photo booth, face painters, games & giveaways; dunk tank; cupcakes; food from Portland Brewing; special appearances by local superheroes; and more.

Gleaming the Cube: Ninkasi’s Tenth Anniversary
3-7 p.m. Sunday July 10, Landmark Saloon, 4847 SE Division St.;
Ninkasi celebrates ten years with a party that feature 10 beers including a special tapping of N10 Anniversary Blended Ale, and a raffle whose prize is the handcrafted Ninkasi fire pit.

Stone Brewing Woot Stout Release Party
5-8 p.m. Tuesday July 12, The BeerMongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.;
Every year Stone releases this sing stout in collaboration with writer/actor/comedian Will Wheaton and Drew Curtis to coincide with San Diego’s ComicCon and the Mongers are holding the party in Portland. The taplist includes:

  • 2016 WootStout Release
  • 2015 WootStout
  • Wussy Beer  — Stone’s first Pilsner

In the spirit of collaboration and comic book greatness, the folks from neighboring Books With Pictures will also be in the house with some great comic books to browse and purchase. Come dressed as your favorite comic book character and you might even win a prize.

Gigantic Brewing & Bailey's Taproom National Brain Tumor Society Fundraiser

Bailey’s & Gigantic Fundraiser
4 p.m. – close, Wednesday July 13, Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway;
Gigantic & Bailey’s Taproom tap a special firkin of Half Pint ISA – dry hopped with Amarillo hops and keg of VIVID Imperial IPA. 100 percent of the sales of both beers go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society (A 501(c)(3) nonprofit). Brewpublican Angelo De Ieso is fighting an Oligodendroglioma and spearheading the effort.

(Want to contribute to the NBTS on behalf of Team Brewpublic/Angelo but can’t make it to this event? You can sign up to walk on August 7 with Team Brewpublic, or simply make a tax-deductible donation, HERE.)

  • Half Pint ISA is described as “an incredibly drinkable 3.7 percent and hopped with Crystal, Cascade, Galaxy and Simcoe. Small but hoppy.”
  • Vivid Imperial IPA features Wai-iti and Kohatu hops from New Zealand and the intriguing tropical and citrus aromas and flavors derived from these unique hops.

Willamette Week/New Seasons Best of Portland Block Party
5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday July 13, Willamette Week, 2220 NW Quimby St.; $22 BBQ ticket includes two beers for 21 & older; BBQ ticket is $18 for under 21.
Willamette Week closes down Northwest Quimby Street for an epic block party that include the Best BBQ Championship, featuring the head chefs from Podnah’s Pit Barbecue,Reverends BBQ, Russell Street BBQ, Southland Whiskey Kitchen and others. Enjoy vendors and samples of Portland’s favorites: popsicles, budtenders, bike shops, bakers, tattoo artists, condiment makers, distillers, brewers and so much more, including surprise visits from some favorite local celebrities. Music will be provided by XRAY FM and the evening line-up, including WW reader’s poll Best Radio Show finalist DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. Proceeds from the party benefit nonprofit partner Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs, a community supported agriculture organization in North Portland providing individual and family garden plots, employment opportunities for adults and teens, after-school and summer activities for children, homework clubs, an emerging livestock project, a Community Health Worker program, our youth-run entrepreneurial businesses and more.