Barrels, BBQ, Bach and Baerlic, Sunday Parkways with Coalition and the rest of the craft beer events for the week of August 18.
Goose Island Barrels Bash 5-7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 18 Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
Goose Island’s barrel aging project – perhaps the biggest in the country – includes Tequila Barrel-Aged Hombre Secreto and Hombre Sectro with Mango and the time spent in tequila barrels lends these Belgian-style pale ales a peppery, spicy note that plays well with the Belgian yeast.
As part of the Station’s Barrels Bash, They’ll also be pouring Goose Island’s Juliet Belgian-style Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries, Sofie Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel and a very special keg of Bourbon County Stout aged in Oregon’s own Duck Pond Pinot Noir barrels.
Night Before Party with Finnriver Farm and Cidery 6-9 p.m. Thursday Aug. 18, Bazi, 1522 SE 32nd Ave.;
Join the Finnriver crew and celebrate the night before the Gold Medal match for women’s soccer with a flight of special ciders and a cider dessert utilizing Finnriver’s Sparkling Black Currant and some cider cocktails. Jana and her team will also be on site sampling Finnriver’s various lines of ciders.
A Finnriver cider flight will be available for $10 – 5 oz pours of each of the following four ciders:
Apple Abbey – 6.5 percent, Belgian-inspired craft cider fermented in two batches, with two strains of Belgian-style abbey yeast. Nose of tropical fruit with hints of spice and pepper. Subtle infusion of oak to fill in the body and then sweeten with organic can sugar for a semi-sweet finish. Double Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Seattle Wine Awards.
Oak & Apple – 6.5 percent, barrel-aged craft cider. Citrus is layered with a smooth whiskey depth and spicy rye spirit showcasing American Oak, Northwest Rye Whiskey and Washington organic apples for a semi dry finish. Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Portland International Cider Cup.
Sidra – 6.5 percent, Spanish-American craft cider fermented with open head space in the tank allowing exposure to oxygen, which promotes the wild vinegar bacteria that provide the pungent acetic nose these ciders, are famous for. Fermented with oak and lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar for a dry finish.
Sparkling Black Currant – 6.5 percent, a light cider with a purple blush that blends heirloom and organic dessert apples with the tart mysteries of organic black currant. Immensely drinkable with a semi-sweet finish. Gold Medal winner at the 2015 World Cider Championship.
Two Ladies and One Stout 5-8 p.m. Friday Aug. 19, McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman St.; all ages OK.
The Bottle Shop folks will be celebrating Goose Island’s time in town by pouring beermosas and tapping Matilda, Sofie, Goose Island IPA, and the 2015 Bourbon County Stout.
10 Barrel ‘Double Barrel’ Battle of the Beers Saturday Aug. 20, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St.;
There’s a Battle of the Beers among 10 Barrel brewers Tonya Cornett in Bend, Shawn Kelso in Boise and Whitney Burnside in Portland and the brewery has even put together a beer variety pack featuring a beer from each of the brewers. But why mess around with bottles when the Station has all three beers on draft this Saturday?
Tonya’s Cerveza Negra Mexican Dark Lager
Whitney’s Dat Sesh Doh Session IPA
Shawn’s Category 57 Double IPA
Fans vote for their fave and the winning brewer will be crowned at a party at his or her 10 Barrel location. Also, the Station crew will be pouring three more special 10 Barrel beers, one from each brewer:
Tonya’s Kiwi Crush Sour Ale
Whitney’s unnamed new IPA
Shawn’s Dry-Hopped Pilsner
Sunday Parkways with Coalition Brewing 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Aug 21, Coalition Brewing, 2705 S.E. Ankeny St.; kids & pets welcome.
Portland’s Sunday Parkways are already a pretty great idea, when automobile traffic in a designated part of the city is limited so that bikes and pedestrians can take over the streets. The addition of some great Coalition beers makes this Sunday Parkway a special one. Elan Walsky and crew are teaming with their neighbors, Crank Bike Shop, who will be outside the brewery Sunday with a bike tune-up station while the brewery is serving a taplist that includes All Seeing EyePA Session IPA (the Official Velo Cult Bike Beer;) Space Fruit Citrus IPA; Serendipity Summer Session Ale;Roselandia Rose Petal Sour; Sangria Bretta Brett Ale (Collab with Enso Urban Winery;) Hawaii 503, a Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Coconut IPA; King Kitty NW RedAle; and the release of a brand new beer – Crime of Passion Passion Fruit Sour.
A/C in the brewery
Up N Smoke BBQ Pit Food Cart
Misters and paddling pools to keep you cool outside.
Shaded tents, Music, Games and more.
Bach & Beer with Steuart Pincombe 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 24, Baerlic Brewing Co., 2235 SE 11th Ave.; 21 & older only.
Trust the Baerlic Brewing crew to come up with new ways to enjoy good beer. On Wednesday, they’re hosting internationally recognized cellist Steuart Pincombe in an event bringing together two of the finer things in life: Bach & beer. Baerlic Brewing will be pairing three beers with three Bach cello suites played live in the Baerlic taproom.
Here’s what the Baerlic folks have to say about the event: Just as many brewers follow a recipe that was used hundreds of years ago, Pincombe’s approach to playing Bach also looks back on old “recipes” and methods of playing. The program of Bach’s Cello Suites will be interspersed with short explanations of Steuart’s historical, interpretive approach along with comments from the brewery on the historical brewing method of each beer. Each of the three suites will be paired with one of Baerlic’s own brews.
The concert is part of a project called Music in Familiar Spaces, a yearlong tour of the US bringing the highest level of classical music performance to homes, churches, cafés, bars, or any place where community already exists. One of the aims of the Music in Familiar Spaces tour is to make classical music accessible to a wide and varied audience by performing in familiar, comfortable and untraditional spaces and by designing programs that invite the audience to experience the music in a new and engaging way. The audience will also be asked to name-their-own-ticket-price, paying what they can afford and what they deem the concert is worth (beer is sold separately). Music in Familiar Spaces was started by Steuart with his wife Michelle and the couple have been on tour since October 2015, living and traveling full-time in a 1959 FAN trailer.
BBQ Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 24 & 31, Chill n Fill, 5215 N. Lombard St.;
Chill n Fill hosts the Dixon’s Rib Pit crew, who’ll be in the house on August Wednesdays with a BBQ menu of pulled pork, brisket, bbq chicken and St. Louis Style Ribs. Sandwich dinners start at $8, the rib dinner is $15 and depend on it, cold beer will be available.
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