Saturday Oct. 24, Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N. Cook St.;
Ecliptic celebrates its second year with the Intergalactic Party featuring live music, food, special release beers from the vault, and the second anniversary beer Strawberry Moon Sour Ale, which debuts on Oct. 20. Offerings include:
Orange Giant Bourbon Barleywine
Ellipsing the Sun Ale collaboration with Cigar City
Remember how much fun you had as a cub scout building and racing your Pinewood Derby car? Well, probably a lot of you don’t, so you may as well get your introduction Saturday, where there’ll be some good Lagunitas beer to drink – something we cub scouts did not get to do…
Oakshire’s Single Batch Fest
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct.24, Oakshire Public House, 207 Madison St. Eugene;
This year’s line up features breweries from all over the Pacific Northwest showcasing their rarest one-off creations – including many fresh-hopped and pumpkin beers and other seasonal favorites. Live music and a selection of food carts will complement the beer lineup, and the party is also a sendoff for brewer Matt Van Wyk, who’s leaving Oakshire after several years to start his own project.
The Great American Spirits Festival 2-10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison; $25 includes entry to the event plus seven tasting tickets. 21 & older only with valid I.D.
The one-day fest benefits the Oregon Distillers Guild and features more than 40 of the finest distillers, blenders and industry specialists in the country, including 20 from Oregon. Spirit vendors will offer product tastings as well as hand-crafted cocktails and take-home recipe cards. The event will also highlight retro drinks and feature local bartenders from Salty’s on the Columbia, and other area restaurants, creating cocktails using festival spirits. Sample the depth and complexity of the whiskeys, vodkas, rums and liqueurs, and experience spirits crafted from locally owned and operated distillers and blenders, plus artisan distillers will be on hand to discuss the passion and expertise of craft distilling.
Halloween Pre-Funk Party
7 p.m. – close Saturday Oct. 24, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;
Here’s your chance to test your costume, sip from a curated list of special Halloween beers and ciders and dance to the fun and funky grooves of DJ Murphy at Belmont Station’s Halloween Pre-Funk Party. Yes, there’s a costume contest for some great prizes like glassware, brewery swag and Winterhawks tickets plus a parking pass – so make sure to dress for success…
30th Anniversary of Oregon’s First Brewpub-Brewed Beer
Sunday Oct. Oct. 25, All McMenamins properties;
The original Hillsdale Ale was brewed 30 years ago Sunday at McMenamins Hillsdale pub and the company engaged in some serious arch-ale-ology to reproduce that first recipe — but in an updated form, because the first McMenamins beers used malt extract, because malsters sold malted barley by the ton and not the bag back in the early days of craft brewing. Celebrate Oergon’s first brewpub brewed beer Sunday at all McMenamins locations — thay’ll all be pouring Hillsdale Ale for the special price of $4 a pint or $8 for a growler fill…
Academy of Whisky Fall Classes
1-4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 25, Ramsay’s Dram Home Campus, 2861 SE Woodward St.; $80 sign up at www.ramsaysdram.com
Learn about the whisk(e)ys of the world from the master, Stuart MacLean Ramsay in a series of informative, entertaining classes. Nor is it all bookwork by any means – you’ll taste a hearty selection of the best whiskies from each category, and explore the history and culture behind each dram and region, and you’ll enjoy a laugh or two along with your dram, because Ramsay – who years ago ran the old BridgePort brewpub – is a one of the world’s great drinking companions and has stories from a lifetime of experience. Class size is limited to 10 students and the first class is about Speyside & Highland Single Malt Whisky.
10 Barrel Brewing will be bringing brewers from all three locations including Shawn “Big Daddy” Kelso, Tonya Cornett and Whitney Burnside, plus IPAs from the Pearl, Bend and Boise. NW IPA is reinstating Burger Mondays for this event and will be preselling burgers to ensure smoother service so check the NW IPA Facebook page for updates.
“Field Guide to Bitters & Amari” Book Launch Party
Dunno about you, but it would be a VERY bleak summer for me without about ten dashes of Angostura bitters in my G & T – I like what the Brit’s call a pink gin…Portlander Mark Bitterman has gone way beyond store-bought bitters in his fascinating new book, Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari, billed as the most comprehensive handbook available on selecting, understanding, mixing, and cooking with bitters, and aimed at everyone from professional bartenders and chefs to casual entertainers and home cooks. Meet the author and learn more about the book this Tuesday.
Curse of the Curds Poutine Pop-Up
6-8 p.m.Thursday Oct. 29, Deschutes Portland Pub, 411 N.W. 11th Ave.; $10 a tasting plate (donated to Sisters of the Road.)
Five chefs from breweries including Deschutes, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and Rogue Ales.interpret the classic poutine dish of french fries, gravy and cheese curds using Face Rock’s Vampire Slayer curds and one of their beers in their gravy. A judging panel including Portland’s premier cheesemonger Steve Jones will determine the winner and guests who buy a tasting plate can cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Second Annual Great Pumpkin Belmont St. Beer Crawl
7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 29, Circa 33, Barebones, The Liquor Store, Belmont Inn & Side Street
Look for people drinking pumpkin beer and dressed as pumpkins – or at least wearing orange.
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