Things are beginning to get busy here in Portland as the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference officially kicks off this evening at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the Opening Night Reception. This industry only event will be abuzz with brewers and other brewing industry professionals snacking on the reported 21,000 Oysters among other locally and regionally sourced seafood and meat. Oh, and lets not forget the beer.
However, with this industry event comes some phenomenal peripheral events that continue to take place around Portland that all of us are welcome to attend. Just prepare wisely as there a few more days to go before this Craft Brewers Conference wraps up this weekend.
Here’s a list of some of the events taking place today, Tuesday, April 14th. Cheers!
Stone Brewing Quingenti Millilitre Bottle Tasting
The BeerMongers – 112 SE Division – Noon-11:00pm
Flight tasting of four different Stone barrel aged beers.
- Stone Winter Harvest – Belgian Style Golden Ale aged in White Wine Barrels w. Stone Farms Merlot Grapes
- Stone Fyodor’s Classic – ’14 Stone IRS aged in Bourbon Barrels
- Stone Southern Charred – ’12 Double Bastard Ale aged in bourbon barrels
- Stone Guardian’s Slumber – ’13 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels
They’ll also be pouring a Stone/Ska collaboration, plus some other goodies.
The Drinking Lot – Pop Up Bar
The Drinking Lot – 419 E Burnside St – Noon-10:00pm
The Drinking Lot will only be open from Tuesday through Saturday, April 18th from Noon to 10:00pm each day. Featuring a strong, refreshing selection of 12 rotating beers this 6 day pop up bar will be a great stopping point for both industry professionals and craft beer drinkers. The featured beers will listed from Bailey’s signature Digital Pour beer menu.
Tuesday’s rotating draft list:
- Gigantic IPA – Pin
- Oakshire Reclamation Lager
- Oakshire Hopollo 7
- Oakshire Free Your Soul
- Breakside Wanderlust
- Breakside Session Black IPA
- Breakside Nice Pear
- Holy Mountain White Lodge
- Holy Mountain Ceremony
- Holy Mountain The Arrow
- Green Bench Coffee Pot Bayou
- Green Bench De Soto Micro IPA
- Green Bench Berliner Weisse
Apex Bar Hosts Shelton Brothers
Apex Bar – 1216 SE Division – 2:00-7:00pm
On the opening night of CBC, Apex will be hosting two different tappings. The first will begin at 2:00pm when 11 of the taps will be home to import legends, Shelton Brothers.
CBC Kick-Off Party with Deschutes & Woody!
Belmont Station – 4500 SE Stark St. – 3:00-6:00pm
Giant beer barrel? Mobile tavern? No matter how you look at it, whenever Woody, Deschutes’ginormous beer-barrel shaped party-on-wheels, rolls into town, you know it will be a good time.
And Woody just got a makeover, with all kinds of shiny new features. This will be his Portland debut, so swing on by to see Woody in action! Belmont Station will be pouring 8 different and very special Deschutes beers on draft (4 in Woody!) and they will even be handing out commemorative CBC/Deschutes/Belmont Station glassware (while supplies last)!
Here are the beers that will be pouring:
- Super Jubel 2015
- India Red Ale
- Nuggetzilla IPA
- Evergreen Piquant
- Must Have Trippel
- Hoppy Pils Dry-Hop Lager
- Kiss From A Rose Collaboration w/ The Commons Brewery
- 2014 The Abyss
The Sour and Wild Invitational
Cascade Brewing Barrel House – 939 SE Belmont St. – 3:00-11:00pm
Cascade will feature a number of exclusive Cascade blends alongside unconventional – and in some cases rare – sour and wild beers from breweries around the country. There will also be a limited food menu available, as well as a merchandise and bottles sale station. There is no admission to attend the event and is open to the public. Admittance will be limited to ages 21 and over.
The event will sell 8-oz pours of the specialty beers; payment is by cash or credit. The lineup will rotate throughout the five days. More details are here.
Founders Tap Takeover
The Upper Lip – 720 SW Ankeny St – 4:00-10:00pm
The Upper Lip will be hosting Founders Brewing today with some very special, unique taps that are rarely seen out here on the West Coast.
- Reds Rye IPA
- Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
- Blushing Monk
- Imperial Stout
Lompoc: Touched By Oak
Lompoc Sidebar – 3901 N. Williams – 4:00-Close
Join Lompoc Brewing for its Touched by Oak event at Sidebar, its barrel tasting room and bottleshop located at 3901 N Williams Ave. Free appetizers from 5 to 7pm! Lompoc will be serving 2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Bang Red, 2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat, 2012 Franc’ly Brewdolph, 2013 Port Barrel Aged Big Bang Red, 2014 Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, plus other specialty beers and cider and guest tap Barrel Aged Victory at Sea from Ballast Point.
Stone: Brewin’ With The Locals
Green Dragon – 928 SE 9th Ave. – 4:00-8:00pm
Tonight the Green Dragon is going to be showing off some of the finest beers in the land for this epic event featuring Stone Brewing Co.!
Stone has collaborated with local breweries The Commons Brewery & Breakside Brewery to create two luscious beers that you won’t be seeing for long.
On top of that, Stone’s newest Spotlight Series ale will be making it’s premier – the illusive Imperial Mutt Brown Ale.
Fat (Head’s) Tuesday
N.W.I.P.A. – 6350 SE Foster – 5:00-10:00pm
Mike, Mark and Owen have been slaying it down in the Pearl since Fat Head’s opening a few months ago. For those that haven’t been able to make it down, or just want some more, this is for you. We will be pouring IBUsive IPA, Head Hunter IPA, Head Shrinker IIPA, Semper Fi IPA and hopefully Predictable IIPA, the Barley Brown’s/Country Malt Group/ NWIPA collaboration!
Meet the Brewers from Green Flash & Alpine
Roscoe’s – 8105 SE Stark – 5:00-8:00pm
Come out to Roscoe’s in Portland during CBC week for a special Green Flash/Alpine launch party. Head Brew masters Chuck Silva from Green Flash and Pat McIllhenney from Alpine Beer will be on hand to talk about their creations.
8 Gluten-Free Beers on Tap
Ground Breaker Brewing – 2030 SE 7th St. – 5:00-9:00 pm
Come to Ground Breaker Brewing, America’s first gluten-free brewpub and taste 8 different gluten-free beers on tap. We are running specials on taster trays if you show us your CBC badge.
Firestone Walker Traveling Oak Tapping
Yard House – 888 SW 5th Ave – 5:00-6:30pm
Firestone Walker Traveling Oak is not available at all locations, but it will be available at the Portland location and will tapped on April 14th at 5:00pm. Guests at the tapping event will also have the opportunity to meet the brewer from Firestone Walker, Matt Brynildson, while getting a first taste of the beer.
Stone Flight Night
Imperial Bottle Shop – 3090 SE Division – 6:00-10:00pm
Imperial will be offering two vertical flights of big beers from Stone Brewing Co., each paired with a sample of their delicious homemade snacks (a futile effort to keep people somewhat sober). Purchase one flight for $12 or both for $22.
Flight 1 – Odd Year Imperial Russian Stout
- 2011 Belgo-Anise Imperial Russian Stout
- 2013 Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
- 2015 Imperial Russian Stout
- 2015 Chai Imperial Russian Stout
- Candied Imperial Russian Stout Hazelnuts
Flight 2 – Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
- 2013 Old Guardian
- 2014 Old Guardian
- 2015 Old Guardian
- 2015 Extra Hoppy Old Guardian
- Chipotle Bacon Chex Mix (Thai-pistachios available for vegetarians)
Meet the Brewers and Tap Takeover: Ballast Point and Rhinegeist
Bridgetown Beerhouse – 915 N Shaver St – 6:00-8:00 pm
Come out to Bridgetown Beerhouse at N Mississippi and N Shaver to meet the brewers of Rhinegeist Brewery and Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits.
Beers to include: Barrel Aged Victory at Sea, Grapefruit Sculpin, Truth IPA, Gramps Barleywine and more!
Green Bench Beer Dinner
Accanto Restaurant – 2838 SE Belmont St. – 6:30-10:00 pm
Accanto will be pairing our Northwest/Italian cuisine with five farmhouse ales from Green Bench Brewing for a private dinner in the elegant former Genoa dining room on Tuesday night. $75 per person
Wild hermit ale
Tartare of spring lamb leg, kumquat confit, wood sorrel, java long pepper
Saison de banc noir
Chicory salad, grass fed bison heart pastrami, shaved jack cheese, charred plum vinaigrette
Skyway wheat ale
Rabbit and house guanciale ravioli, wheat broth, ruby red grapefruit, herb salad
Les grisettes wild yeast ale
Coal miner’s pie of coastal morels, green garlic, turnip leaves, caramelized onions, emmer farro
Saison de banc vert
Halibut poached in whey & hay, asparagus & English pea buerre fondue, vanilla pickled rhubarb
Contact email@example.com or call 503-235-4900 to reserve a spot at the dinner.
Firestone Walker and Boneyard at Apex
Apex Bar – 1216 SE Division St – 7:00pm-Close
Come out and join the Firestone Walker and Boneyard crew for an eclectic mix of Bitter and Bourbon beers. Meet up with friends old and new for some good times and awesome beers.
Firestone Walker List:
- Double Jack
- Pale 31
- Pivo Pils
- Bretta Weisse
- Velvet Merkin
- Hop Venom Dbl IPA
- RPM IPA
- Hop-A-Wheelie IPA
- Bone Light ISA
- Notorious Triple IPA
- Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale
- Diablo Rojo Red Ale (Spicy Edition)
- Armored Fist Imperial Cascadian Dark
- Suge Knite Imperial Stout
Bell’s After Dark
Belmont Station – 4500 SE Stark St. – 8:00pm – CLOSE
The last time the Craft Brewers Conference was in Portland, Bells’ Brewery Co. founder Larry Bell threw what continues to be one of the most legendary after-parties ever. In his hotel suite, no less.
We don’t expect this gathering to come close to topping that epic night, but The Station thought it would fun to host Larry and some of his crew and enjoy several Bell’s beers on tap — a rarity in these parts for quite some time. Belmont also will have bottles of Two Hearted Ale for sale in the bottle shop!
Here’s what will be pouring:
- Two Hearted Ale (IPA)
- Cherry Stout
- Special Double Cream Stout
- The Wild One Sour Ale
- Roundhouse IRA
- Kalamazoo Stout
- Third Coast Old Ale
- Oberon American Pale Wheat Ale
- Oarsman Berliner Weisse
- Midwest Pale Ale
The Great American Young Brewery Alliance presents: SHOWBREWS!
Sassy’s Bar & Grill – 927 SE Morrison St – 8:00pm-Close
Join three Great American breweries: Against the Grain, Gigantic, and Marz Community Brewing for a special CBC happening at one of Portland’s favorite watering holes.
Just stop by before during and after the opening reception of the Craft Brewers Conference and grab a burger, drink our liquid, and witness a beer, music and dance pairing that is the first of its kind!
Sassy’s, known for their well curated draft beer selection and no cover policy, has graciously allowed us to host an evening of collaboration and experimentation in music, beer and performance art.
During the Showbrews party our breweries will be pairing beers and music along with performances by Sassy’s professional dancers. Three curated 3 song sets will start around 9:30pm
The beers being served are:
- AtG/Marz – Forbidden Fruit dry-hopped Pale Ale with Mangosteen and Longan
- AtG – Bloody Show Blood Orange Pilsner
- Gigantic – Ginormous Imperial IPA
- Gigantic – Saboteur Baltic Porter
About the Breweries:
Against the Grain is from Louiseville
Gigantic is on the home team
Marz is based in Chicago