Oregon Beer Events Guide 2/20 – 2/26

From newschoolbeer.com by Samurai Artist
Oregon Beer Events Guide 2/20 – 2/26


This week has some great events coming up, beginning today with smaller but popular fests like Lompoc Brewing’s Black Out Beer Fest and Chowder Challenge, as well as a new Imperial Stout Day. Mixing things up, we also have an Open Fermented experiment and releases for a barrel-aged barleywine and a double IPA to look forward to, among other things.


Amnesia Brewing 10th Anniversary Barleywine Tasting
Friday, February 20th 5pm

The BeerMongers
1125 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon 97202

The Beermongers will be hosting Amnesia brewer Sean Thommen for a special tasting event  with their 10th Anniversary Barelywine on draft and wax capped bottles. This unique beer was aged in Big Bottom Bourbon and Red Zinfandel barrels for 14 months and then blended together to produce a 10.2% barleywine that is ready to drink or perfect for aging.


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Heart of Darkness: Imperial Stout Day
Saturday, February 2st 12pm

Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
3090 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon 97202

The first installment of a new Stout Month annual event featuring the darkest of the dark…. amazing Imperial Stouts! For their namesake festival in its inaugural year, Imperial Bottleshop is sticking with local Oregon examples of Imperial Stouts. Last I heard this event was almost sold out, so go here quick if you still want in https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-of-darkness-imperial-stout-day-tickets-15509595618


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Black Out Beer Fest
Friday, February 20th 4 – 10pm

Lompoc Sidebar
3901 N Williams Ave.
Portland, OR

Lompoc Brewing will host its third annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from craft breweries including Alameda, Breakside, Buoy, Burnside, Cascade, Ecliptic, Fort George, Gigantic, Hopworks, Lucky Lab, pFriem, The Commons, Three Creeks, Upright & Widmer. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and in the tented and heated parking lot adjacent to Sidebar on N. Williams.

Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in the fest tent. There will also be live music by Comanche Joey in the fest tent. Food service will be available in the 5th Quadrant. Bring ID, the event is for ages 21+.



Open Fermentation Experiment with Bunsenbrewer and homebrewer Ted Assur
Saturday, February 21st 6pm

6506 SE 362nd
Sandy, Oregon 97055

Oregon Brew Crew member Ted Assur, in collaboration with BunsenBrewer, has made a special batch of German Hefeweizen into two fermenters, pitched the German yeast into both, and just left one open for several days. The closed fermenter is the “control” group.

Come get a free taster of these beers. See if you can tell which was which, and enjoy the beauty that comes from one simple change in the palette of beer creation.

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Fat Head’s Head Shrinker Double IPA Release
Saturday, February 21st 6 – 9pm

6350 SE Foster Rd
Portland, Oregon

Fat Head’s new Portland brewpub has been making some of the best IPAs around right from the outset. Head Brewer Mike Hunsaker is unleashing his own Double IPA recipe for Head Shrinker, packed with Chinook and Citra hops. NWIPA will be tapping one of the few kegs sold outside of the brewery, with Fat Head’s brewer Mike Hunsaker there in person.


Lompoc Chowder Challenge
Saturday, February 21st Noon – 4pm

Fifth Quadrant
3901 N. Williams
Portland, Oregon 97227

Who serves the best clam chowder in the city? A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the 9th annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 21 from Noon to 4 pm. The blind tasting competition will take place at Lompoc’s Fifth Quadrant, located at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year’s participants are Ds Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Breakside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Farm House Cafe, Fifth Quadrant, Lompoc Tavern, RingSide Fish House, Wild Wood Cafe, Widmer Brothers Pub and Year of the Fish.

Two-ounce samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from each of the participants are served in non-labeled tasting cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People’s Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup; awards are also given for second and third place. There is no charge to attend the event, but to taste the chowders, attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10.

The festivities also feature live music by Copper & Coal, a beer garden, a raffle with prizes from the participants, and pub food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the family friendly event.

The reputation of the New Old Lompoc’s clam chowder was the motivation behind holding the Chowder Challenge. The New Old Lompoc won the inaugural Chowder Cup in 2006; the Morrison Hotel stole it away in 2007, but it was wrested back by the New Old Lompoc at the next five events. In 2013, with the New Old Lompoc out of the competition while being rebuilt, the Ice Axe Grill swooped in and took the cup. In 2014, the New Old Lompoc – revived as the Lompoc Tavern – returned the cup to its original hands.

All net proceeds are donated to Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure. For more information about the event, visit www.lompocbrewing.com



WW’s Oregon Beer Awards
Monday, February 23 5:30 – 9:00pm

Doug Fir Lounge
830 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214

Willamette Week is producing the inaugural Oregon Beer Awards and presenting the winners this Monday. With categories determined by 20 or so local industry members and voted on by hundreds of beer experts in Oregon these may be the most unbiased and expertly picked awards in the state. The New School is honored to be a part of the organization and presenter of the Best New Brewery award. The awards party with many great beers on tap is free if there are any passes left, go here to download one.

15 OBA Categories:

Best New Brewery
(Presented by New School Beer)

Brewery of the Year
(Presented by JVNW)
Best Beer Bar
Best Brewpub Experience
Best Beer Festival

Best Lager
Best Session
Best Hoppy
(Presented by JVNW)
Best Strong Hoppy
Best Belgian
Best Dark
Best Sour/Wild
Best Traditional
Best Barrel-aged (non-sour, non-wild)
Best “Other” Beer (herbed, spiced, fruit, vegetable, chocolate, coffee, or other flavor)

Please join us in celebrating our Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients in each category, as well as Willamette Week’s Top Ten Beers of the Year, at the state’s first ever Oregon Beer Awards. You’ll be able to taste many of the winning beers, and get your hands on an early copy of WW’s Beer Guide.

Live music by Asher Fulero Band to follow awards ceremony, free to OBA guests.

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2000 Days in A Row
Thursday, February 26th 11am

The BeerMongers
1125 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon 97202

Don’t know exactly what the theme of this party, is but I will predict it’s for being open 2000 days in a row? All we have is a partial beer list to go on.

Russian River Temptation
-Alaskan 2013 Smoked Porter
-Stone 11-11-11 (Ale with Cinnamon & Anahiem Chilies
-New Belgium La Folie
-Dogfish Head Festina Peche
-HUB 2014 Barrel Aged Motherland
-Barley Brown’s Tank Slapper
-Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA


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