Portland is home to the 3rd annual Feast Oregon Bounty festival this September 18th through 24th with an exciting lineup of food and drink events at different locations across town. Though Feast Portland is primarily a celebration of culinary delights with top chefs and exotic night markets they do not ignore drinks either with many cocktail, wine and even a handful of educational craft beer events worth checking out. Here we have highlighted the best/most interesting events for craft beer lovers but if you branch out into being a foodie or perhaps your a coffee, spirit, soda or wine geek and there is even more to offer.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational Presented by Dave’s Killer Bread
Thursday September 18 6-9pm $95
If your a sandwich fan then this is a cannot miss event and I am really excited to be attending it this year. Description: The goal: Sandwich Supernova. The event: The Sandwich Invitational, Feast Portland’s killer kick-off party, where wildly imaginative, chef’d-up interpretations redefine everything you thought the humble sandwich could be. This year, 14 of America’s top chefs gather under the stars at Downtown Portland’s Director Park in their quest for sandwich success. Test your sandwich savvy by voting for the People’s Choice winner, wash it down with local Widmer Brothers Brewing beers, Northwest wines and cocktails and you have yourself a deliciously unforgettable evening. Tickets.
Charles Phan and Andy Ricker at Sen Yai with Widmer Brothers Brewing
Thursday September 18 7pm
This is the only beer dinner during Feast Portland this year and even at $150 a head it is already SOLD OUT.
Friday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Friday September 19 12 – 5pm $60
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Not really a beer event at all but one of feasts main events combines the best of Oregon from charcuterie, wine, and fruit to beer from 14 local breweries. Description: Oregon is known for outstanding artisan offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, wine, beer and coffee. Come taste them all at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting when we transform Portland’s “living room” into the city’s dining room for two days of Feast-ing! At the festival’s premiere daytime event, you can eat and drink your way through artisans, wineries and breweries. And while you’re indulging in Oregon’s best, the country’s top chefs return to the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage for lively cooking demonstrations. Whether you’re new to Oregon’s bounty or a dedicated locavore this event is not to be missed. Tickets.
A Walk on the Sour Side
Friday September 19 2-3pm $55
Portland Art Museum
The most beer geek friendly event of Feat this year is this sour beer tasting panel though its not as good as the one during Portland Beer Week. Description: Pucker up sweetheart! Sour beers are having a moment and we’ve fallen head-over-heels for them. By inoculating beers with wild yeasts and aging them in wood, craft brewers are turning out fragrant, sour, and sometimes super sour beer. Let our favorite brewers and beer aficionados explain the process while you sit back and enjoy the final product. Tickets.
Tastes Great. Less Filling.
Saturday September 20 230-330pm $55
Portland Art Museum
Another all beer seminar/tasting panel this one focusing on the unexpected rise of northwest lagers. Description: Make Lager. Not war. In the battle for craft brew supremacy, the Pacific Northwest first came to fight with hop-heavy IPAs and stouts strong enough to put hair on your chest. And while we’re not about to abandon our sudsy heritage, lighter style brews are all the rage. Come taste the best new lagers, Kolsch, Hefeweizens and more as we explore the lighter side of beer with some of our favorite brewers and beer geeks. Tickets.