Beyond simply selling beer, we want to educate our customers and expose them to the dizzying array of beer, cider and mead available in Oregon. To facilitate this, we frequently offer free tastings, "Meet the Brewer" nights, theme weeks, and other special events. These events offer an excellent way to learn about styles and the brewing process, as well as meeting the folks responsible for creating your favorite beers, meads and ciders. Unless otherwise noted, all events listed as "tastings" are free and open to everyone over 21 years of age.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 5-8 PM
Original Sin Cider Tasting & Cherry Tree Release
In the bottle shop, we will be offering tastes of the new Cherry Tree plus the original Pear and maybe even a couple of surprises.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 NOON-2 PM
Dutch King's Day Celebration & Tasting with Artisanal Imports
On April 30, 2013, the Netherlands will welcome its first male monarch since 1890: King Willem-Alexander! The succession will have many consequences, of course. One of them is that what might be the best day of the year in Holland, Queen’s Day, will have a new name, Kongingsdag, or King's Day. The celebration, always on April 27 (or on April 26 when the 27th falls on a Sunday), includes reveling, parades, concerts, food and, of course, beer. Many residents wear orange, the national color. According to Wikipedia, one local said this of the event: "Friendships—and community—will be formed ... It’s not an outburst of patriotism, it’s not even about the popularity of the royal family. It’s about a sense of belonging. For one day, everybody is the same in Holland. Bright orange and barmy."
We are going to be bright orange and barmy as well, with free orange giveaways from Artisanal Imports plus a tasting of several Dutch beers in the bottle shop and a couple on draft in the Biercafe as well. Come get your orange on and celebrate with the Dutch!
MONDAY, APRIL 28 5-8 PM
Trinity Bottles Tasting and Meet the Brewer
Colorado's Trinity Brewing made its first appearance in Portland at Belmont Station last year for our Colorado Day during Portland Beer Week. And they liked us enough, they are coming here "for reals." We couldn't be happier and are looking forward to enjoying many of their amazing beers. To help celebrate, founder Jason "Saison Man" Yester will be in house and we will be tasting the following bottled offerings: TPS Report, Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangster, Blow Up Your TV, Saison Man, 7 Day and Old Growth. We also will have a couple of extremely rare Trinity beers on draft: Passed Stout Imperial Stout aged on fresh Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Dagoba Cacao Nibbs, and French Oak; and Farmoya Melange Farmhouse Ale, made with cherimoya fruit and four different types of peppercorns.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29 5-8 PM
Schooner Exact Pins Tapping & Bottle Tasting
A very special night is planned in the biercafe, when Schooner Exact brings two pins of special beers for us to tap on the bar top and enjoy as fresh as can be. We will feature the seasonal Hop Vine IPA and, exclusively in all of Oregon, a pin of Asleep at the Wheel IPA, which is usually only available in Seattle. In the bottle shop, we will be tasting a full lineup of Schooner Exact's bottled beers as well.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 5-8 PM
Heathen Bottles Release & Tasting
Vancouver, Washington's Heathen Brewing is releasing its first bottled beers! The dynamic duo, Sunny Parsons and Rodney Styker will be in the house, providing tastes of some of their bottled beers: Transcend IPA, RIP Porter, Transgression IPA, Son of Malice DIPA, Vantucky Pale Ale, and Promiscuous Blonde.