Weekend In Beer – Beginning October 27, 2023

St. Helens, Oregon goes all in for Halloween each October. Tonight the city hosts Witches Brew Fest. (image courtesy of Spirit of Halloweentown)

It’s gonna be a ghoulish weekend that’s chock full of beery Halloween celebrations. With the weekend leading up to Halloween that takes place on Tuesday, there are plenty of ways to celebrate all across the beautiful state of Oregon!

Things kick off this afternoon in Halloweentown, aka St. Helens, Oregon, with the Witches Brew Fest. Over in Bend, Boneyard Pub will be hosting its Halloween Party this evening. Also taking place today is the release of Rip City Remix IPA that is brewed to support the inaugural season of the Rip City Remix, the Portland Trail Blazers G-League team!

On Saturday in Bend, Beers From the Dead 2 will see that microbrews of the past get resurrected. In Portland, both Breakside and Montaville Brew Works will be hosting Halloween celebrations, while Deschutes Brewery will host the release of the 2023 vintage of Jubelale with local artist Ben Woodcock in the house.

Learn more about these events and so many more in this week’s Weekend in Beer…

Witches Brew Fest
Friday, October 27 – Saturday, October 28 – 4:00-10:00pm
The Witches Brew Fest is Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, from 4:00-10:00 PM. This is event will be located on the Plaza Square in front of the Old Court House in St. Helens. The tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased on the Spirit of Halloweentown website. The proceeds to this event will benefit Zamboanga Paddling Club which is a non-profit sport, fitness, competition and social club. Zamboanga teaches the techniques of Hawaiian Outrigger paddling while teaching the heritage of the Hawaiian culture and providing aloha. To learn more visit: https://spiritofhalloweentown.com.

Plaza Square – St. Helens, OR

Boneyard Pub Halloween Party Night
October 27 – 6:00-10:00pm
Celebrate Halloween at the Boneyard Pub. The spooky decorations will be up and it’ll be time to party! There will be some great food and drink specials, costume contest and tunes spinning from DJ Chuck Boogie!

No cover, all ages welcome but Bang Bang Bar is 21+.

Boneyard Pub – 1955 NE Division St – Bend, OR

Rip City Remix IPA Release Party
Friday, October 27 – 6:30-9:30pm
Portland has a new professional basketball team that’ll make its debut next month. The Portland Trail Blazers have added a team to the G-League and the Rip City Remix will make its Portland debut on November 17th at Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland.

In time for tip off will be the team’s very own beer, Rip City Remix IPA from Backwoods Brewing. Grab a first taste of this new IPA on Friday at Backwoods in the Pearl. The beer will also be available in cans.

And if you stop by the pub on Friday, Cory Edberg  will be providing some free live music!

Backwoods Brewing in the Pearl – 231 NW 11th Ave – Portland, OR

Cider Month Blowout Bash
Friday, October 27 – 7:00-9:00pm
As Cider Month winds down, Portland Cider Co. will host a party at its Westside Pub in Beaverton, Oregon. There will be plenty of cider, cider-cocktails, food specials and live music from Curtis Reynolds.

Portland Cider Westside Pub – 4005 SW Orbit Rd. – Beaverton, OR

Beers From the Dead 2
Saturday, October 28 – Noon-6:00pm
After a successful run last year, Beers From the Dead returns for its second installment. Produced by Grand Craft Beer Productions, Beers From the Dead 2 returns for the second year bringing together old classic microbrews from Oregon for an afternoon of imbibing, all to support next month’s Bend Ale Trail Month.

This year’s Beers From the Dead 2 will take place at On Tap Bend that’s located in Northeast Bend. Tickets are not required as all beers will be available a la carte in full or half pints. On Tap Beer Garden & Food Trucks will host a costume contest (for grown-ups, kids, and dogs) and Bend Ale Trail passports and event glassware will be free for the first 200 customers.

This festival will be an excellent way to celebrate Halloween Weekend in Central Oregon. Instead of the trendy Hazy IPAs, Cold IPAs or pasty stouts, Beers From the Dead 2 will bring back the microbrews that helped kick off the movement that began three decades ago.

The lineup, which is subject to change, includes the following Oregon breweries and beers:

  • Deschutes Brewery – 1986 Cascade Golden Ale
  • McMenamins Brewery at Old St. Francis – Aristocratic Imperial IPA
  • Boneyard Beer – Black 13
  • Silver Moon Brewing – Darkside Stout
  • Hop Valley Brewing – Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve
  • 10 Barrel Brewing – Oregon Brown IPA
  • Cascade Lakes Brewing – Angus MacDougal’s 80-Shilling Scottish Ale
  • Crux Fermentation Project – PNW Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Rogue Ales – Dead Guy
  • Cascade Brewing – Pumpkin Smash

Then to satisfy your hunger, there will be plenty of food options at On Tap Bend. Its current roster of food carts includes Tamales El Guero, Himalayan Bites, The Bleu Rooster, PHILLYSTYLE, and Rush’s Squares.

On Tap Bend – 1424 NE Cushing Dr.Bend, OR

Autumn Cask Fest 2023
Saturday, October 28 – 2:00-8:00pm
Away Days of Southeast Portland hosts its twice-annual celebration of cask-conditioned beers, featuring its own beers made by brewer Marshall Kunz alongside offerings from Nebuleus, Upright, Level, Machine House, Obelisk, Gigantic, Steeplejack and ForeLand.

Early bird tickets have sold out, but the public is welcome to join in on the tasty real ale beginning at 2:00pm!

Away Days Brewing – 1516 SE 10th Ave. – Portland, OR

Boos & Booze Party
Saturday, October 28 3:00-10:00pm
Join the team at Breakside Slabtown for a full day spooky soiree that’ll feature live music, costume contests, and specialty cocktails!

The schedule is as follows:

  • 3:00-5:00pm: Pet Costume Contest (Patio)
  • 6:30-10:00pm: 21+ Party with DJ3E (Mezzanine)

Plus, a Costume Contest for the humans with winners for Best Costume, Best Couples Costume, Funniest Costume, and Most Creative Costume! Judging starts at 9:00pm!

Breakside Brewery – Slabtown – 1570 NW 22nd Ave. – Portland, OR


Deschutes Brewery Jubelale Celebration
Saturday, October 28 – 5:00-7:00pm
It’s that time of year again as Deschutes Brewery releases its famed winter seasonal beer, Jubelale, for the 36th consecutive year! During the release on Saturday evening, 2023 Jubelale label artist and former Deschutes team member, Ben Woodcock, will be in house to sign posters of his crafty artwork! Plus, there will be $5 Jubelale pints, food specials, live music, and more!

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House – 210 NW 11th Ave – Portland, OR

Deluxe Brewing Disco Dance Party
Saturday, October 28 – 6:00-9:00pm
This night of celebration will be an opportunity for customers to dress up in their 70s disco-era best as DJ Aaron Harris of mynewdj spins the greatest 70s disco hits. The event will feature a costume contest at 8:00pm with prizes for best disco-themed costume, most creative costume, and best couples or group costumes. Expect themed food and drink specials with a photo booth area for customers to document their night. A true highlight of the night will include the debut of Deluxe Brewing’s newly acquired 20” mirrored disco ball.

Admission to the event is free. Customers may order craft beer, cider, wines, or from a full cocktail menu featuring hand-made spirits from Sinister Distilling Company. The on-site Deluxe Food Cart serves customers delicious brewery fare during open taproom business hours.

Deluxe Brewing Company – 635 NE Water Ave. – Albany, OR

Montavilla Brew Works Halloween Blues Bash
Saturday, October 28 – 6:00-9:00pm
Beer, blues and ghoulish fun all come together at Montavilla Brew Works on Saturday. The night will feature a new collaboration beer release that was brewed with Portland’s latest brewery to enter the scene, TPK Brewing Co., Melissa’s Famous Nacho Bar, and music from the High Gravity Trio.

Make sure to get creative in your Halloween costume as at 7:00pm the Best Costume Contest begins!

Seats fill up very quickly, so arrive early to grab some brews and enjoy the tunes! 21+ only. No cover.

Montavilla Brew Works – 7805 SE Stark St. – Portland, OR

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