Beer Hall: Cherry Festivus, Zoiglhaus’ One Year Celebration, and 10 Barrel’s Pray for Snow Party

These days, you don’t have to give up your hoppy favorites to take a pretty solid trip to the land of European beer.

Pfriem’s excellent pilsner just became the first American-made version to medal in the European Beer Star, and we have an ever-increasing number of breweries and bars dedicated to old-world traditions to go with our decidedly American brewpubs.

This week, spend some of that plane ticket money on a trip to Portland’s own cherry beer festival to taste new and old world krieks, and follow it up by a trip to Lents’ year-old German-style beer hall. But don’t forget to sprinkle in an IPA from Inglewood, a salted caramel stout from a SE Portland suburb, and watch people eat shit on skis while drinking a $3 can of cucumber kettle sour in the middle of NW. Then, laugh in the face of anyone who tells you their town has better beer culture than yours.

They don’t. They just don’t.

Thursday, November 17

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp ChicoCabra Celebration

(Bridget Baker)
(Bridget Baker)

In the world of garage and basement-dwelling homebrewers, a trip to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp may as well be a week spent at the Wonka factory. Two of Belmont Station’s own cashed in their golden tickets this past year, returning from Chico with a tasty batch of stout to share with their jealous, beer-soaked universe. Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St. 5-7 pm. Free.

Friday, November 18

Cherry Festivus

Hilary Sander
Hilary Sander

The second annual celebration of cherry-infused ales and lagers is a much-expanded affair, now three days long, and including artisanal chocolate pairings. With world-sought pours like Cantillon Kriek, De Garde’s Petit Kriek, and a cherry-filled-randall pour of Ecliptic’s imperial cherry porter, we’ve got two words that pair well with all of the aforementioned changes: Yes, please. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave. 5-11 pm Friday, November 18, 3-11 pm Saturday, November 19, 1-7 pm Sunday. November 20.  

Three Weavers Launch Party

Given their affinity for all things hip-hop, it’s not surprising that the folks at N.W.I.P.A. have taken a liking to Inglewood-based brewery Three Weavers since its inception two years ago. Creators of fantastic ales and lagers both hoppy and otherwise, female brewmaster Alexandria Nowell is the beer equivalent of a 2016 XXL Freshman Class member—making waves from the rap-haven’s 30 barrel brewhouse that are well deserving of a spin (or several pours). N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 6-9 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 19

Zoiglhaus’ First Anniversary Party

Zoiglhaus
(Emily Joan Greene/WW)

Lents-based German-style outpost Zoiglhaus has been slowly gorwing into its massive East Portland space for a full go around the sun, climbing the ranks of bavarian-themed breweries since opening a year ago. They’re already crafting some of the best Helles and Berliner Weiss that this city has ever known, and you can celebrate that fact this evening by tasting some of brewer Alan Taylor’s even rarer stuff, all while listening to the sweet (sweet?) sounds of a band called European Takeout. Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave. 5-10 pm. Free.

10 Barrel Pray for Snow Party

Emily Joan Greene
Emily Joan Greene

Even the macro gods smile upon ski season. 10 Barrel reaches into its deep pockets to close down two streets near its NW Flanders locale for a snow-packed rail jam that includes $3 cans of Cucumber Crush and Pub Beer all evening long. Cheap sour beer and an opportunity to watch people crash and burn on skis and snowboards in the Pearl District? Say what you want about Budweiser, but they sure know how to throw our kinda party. 10 Barrel Brewing, 1411 NW Flanders St. 5-10 pm. Free.

Tuesday, November 22

Russian River Brewing Night

Five taps of legendary Russian River brewery will take over Green Dragon tonight—with limited-edition bottle sales as well. Expect Supplication sour brown aged in pinot barrels, Temptation sour blonde aged in chardonnay barrels, and Consecration sour dark aged in cabernet barrels, plus Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave. 5-9 pm. Free.

Breakside Salted Caramel Stout Release

You know your stout is good when an IPA-dedicated beer bar throws it a launch party. Long among the best seasonal dark ales to bless this river town, Breakside’s Salted Caramel Stout ooozes complex, salty-sweet aromas, providing a perfect compliment to the world’s darker days. But with a fully stocked kegerator of other Milwaukee-made creations, there’s still probably something hoppy to sate your lupulin tooth, too. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 6-9 pm. Free.

Beer Hall: Fire and Brimstone, Belgian Fest, and the Bodhizafa Victory Lap

Let’s face facts.

With all that’s going on, everyone in this city could use a beer. Or several.

For that, you’re in luck. GABF-winning hoppy ales appear, as does a healthy dose of self-loathing brews, in the form of a massive number of smoked and chili beers. But if you just want something strong, head one down to Beliganfest, where high-alcohol ales are sure to boost your spirits, at least until the morning.

Friday, November 11

Bodhizafa Victory Lap

Georgetown Brewing’s Great American Beer Festival-topping IPA hits the taps at NWIPA this weekend, along side other wonderful Seattle-made ales and lagers tapped just in time to drown the sorrows of the work week (and election season). Get there early, given the circumstances, we expect the good stuff to go soon. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 6-9 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 12

Fire and Brimstone
Saraveza’s annual celebration of smokey and spicey beers may be sans Hop & Vine this year, due to the closure of the fellow Killingsworth beer spot, but it emerges from the ashes with some fantastic rare options. Beers like Bell’s Smoked Stout coalesce with jalepeno cream ales and a spicy hot tepache from Reverend Nat’s, filling the Packers bar with more sweat than the average Sunday game time. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St. 11 am-12 am, November 12. Free.

Belgianfest VII
The seventh year of Bailey’s Belgian-inspired celebration includes several new innovations. This year, the beer bar uses the event to launch the first of its Hausbier releases, a year-round series which begins with a Belgian lager from The Commons. They also start a special “fest withing a fest” at The Upper Lip, showcasing six of the finest American sour cherry ales they could get their hands on. With the typically amazing taplist also blessing the downstairs, there’s a heck of a lot to drown your sorrows with this Saturday. Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway. 12-11:55 pm.

Cider Riot! Grand Opening
The Cider Riot! pub has been open quietly for a while, but they’ve decided it’s time to be open loudly. They’ll be throwing down verticals of the so-good-it-makes-life-seem-sad-somehow 1763 West Country-style cider, plus a potent cocktail of drinking cultures: tequila-barrel-aged Irish cider and six drafts. Cider Riot!, 807 NE Couch St. 12-9 pm. Free.

McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop Anniversary
Limited-edition taster trays, prizes, and big discounts hit 23rd Ave’s best bottle shop this weekend, in celebration of a solid year in business. That makes this your go-to, to-go option. McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman St. 11 am-10 pm. Free.

Beer Hall: Urban Family and Bagby Beer Nights, Over-Ripe IPA Release

One of the best things about being a beer lover in Portland is just how little you have to travel to taste the best of the rest.

Breweries and their employees can’t resist a trip to our hop-blessed rivertown, and that means we get to taste the wares of the world without more than a few minute drive to a great local beer bar.

Such is the case this week. As one of the city’s oldest institutions celebrates four decades with an assortment of purpose-brewed beers from far and wide, some of the best new breweries from the west coast share their finest ales and lagers with salivating bridgetown audiences.

For those who (inexplicably) don’t want to spend their vacation days trudging to breweries the world over, this week is a good time to save yourself some footwork.

Thursday, November 3

Horse Brass 40th Anniversary

Horse Brass
(Thomas Teal)

There is no beer bar in Portland more storied than Don Younger’s (RIP) venerable Horse Brass—and certainly none that could claim 40 years of history and an honorary beer made by Pliny kings Russian River. For their official entry into middle age, Horse Brass will tap their Russian River Don the Younger beer, a Rogue Horse Brass anniversary ale, and staff collaborations with breweries including Culmination, Rosenstadt, Solera and Sierra Nevada. They’ll also pull crazy beers out of their 40-year-old cellars. Come drink them. Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St. All Day, November 1-6. Free.

Related: Portland Wouldn’t Be Beervana Without This 40-Year-Old English Pub Bought on A Cocktail Napkin

Urban Family Brewing Night

Seattle’s Urban Family trucks some kegs south to Division St., bringing three farmhouse ales and a sour ale with apricot and plum. Even for the Commons and Upright faithful, these four should be a special treat. Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St. 5 pm. Free.

Bagby Beer Company Night

Bagby Beer Co. rolled out of Denver this year with a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for its other-worldy Sweet Ride Pilsner, a fantastic blend of bready malt and lager yeast that rawards big, gluttonous gulps. That beer, along with the three other tasty treats make their way up from Oceanside this Thursday, where they will glare at you from the taps on inner-SE Portland’s most bodacious bottle shop and taproom. The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division St. 5 pm. Free.

Ecliptic and Fort George JH² Release Party

Fort George’s Jack Harris and Ecliptic’s John Harris celebrate the release of their latest co-named creation tonight at N Portland’s biggest rising star beer bar, a hoppy creation called JH². With two other brews from each brewery tapping as well, there’s plenty to enjoy in this cozy spot on Lombard. Lombard House, 7337 N Lombard St. 6 pm. Free.

Friday, November 4

Beervana: An evening with Alworth

Beervana founder Jeff Alworth is nothing if not an expert in international brewing traditions, and it’s that knowledge he aims to share this Friday evening, over some NW Portland pints. Alworth will illuminate shared pints with the stories of their creation, an interesting primer for those looking to delve deeper into beer and brewing beyond Oregon’s well-endowed creators. The Big Legrowlski, 812 NW Couch St. 7 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 5

Over-Ripe IPA Release

Great Notion
(Maya Setton)

 

The latest New England-style creation from Alberta’s best brewery is an IPA brewed with Azacca, Simcoe, Columbus, and Motueka hops, which the brewery claims tastes of delicious, over-ripe cantaloupe, honey dew, and papaya. If that’s the case, this one should be a fantastic addition to the brewery’s already terrific hoppy arsenal. Grab a crowler while you can. Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House, 2204 NE Alberta St #101. 12-11 pm. Free.

Beer Hall: Pumpkin Beers Abound, and the Horse Brass Turns 40

As the masses don their masks, so do Portland’s many breweries and beer halls, replacing their typical hoppy fare with stronger, darker, and more gourd-fueled flavors this weekend.

There are several places to get your creep on this week, with a festival of pumpkin beers, the 40th anniversary of one of the nation’s longstanding beer institutions, and a two day festival of evil-themed ales and lagers which is split between two of SE Portland’s best ale apothecaries.

Even if you don’t feel like dressing up, you should still dress up your liver — many of these rare treats will ghost out of tap lists in just a few days.

Thursday, October 27

Alesong Brewing and Blending Night
Matt Van Wyk’s upstart Alesong whistled its way to Great American Beer Festival gold this year, just a short time after first opening its doors, courtesy of a delicious dry-hopped wild ale called Touch Of Brett. Tonight, that beer, and several other surely excellent Brett beers and sour ales hit the taps at Imperial, where nerds the city over will guzzle them with glee. Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St. 5 pm. Free.


Friday, October 28

Roscoe’s Beer Summit: Halloween
Roscoe’s breaks out the pumpkin ales and various other dark concoctions for two days of candy, beer, and costumes. With beers like Alesong’s harvest ale, Dogfish Head’s Flesh and Blood, and a 2014 version of our much beloved gourd ale Pumpking (Southern Tier), there will be plenty on hand to sate your spooky side, and to scare the shit out of your liver. Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St. 2 pm-12 am Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. Free.


Saturday, October 29

Killer Pumpkin Fest
Not even Typhoon Songda can keep a great pumpkin down. Live out your pumpkin-spiced fantasies at the rescheduled Killer Pumpkin fest at Green Dragon. You can smash pumpkins, bowl pumpkins, or just carve (family-friendly!) shapes into them. There will be 40 pumpkin beers, enough to get you high on cloves if the alcohol doesn’t get you first—plus, like, pumpkin food and dog-costume contests. $5 suggested donation. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave. 11 am-12 am. Free.

Sunday, October 30

Kwaktoberfest
Three of Belgium’s Bosteels Brewery’s finest—Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, and DeuS will tap today at Portland’s best Belgian ale apothecary, providing a tasty imported treat for an otherwise American holiday weekend. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave. 2-8 pm. 5 oz samples of each for $15.

Tuesday, November 1

Horse Brass 40th Anniversary
There is no beer bar in Portland more storied than Don Younger’s (R.I.P.) venerable Horse Brass—and certainly none that could claim 40 years of history and an honorary beer made by Pliny kings Russian River. For their official entry into middle age, Horse Brass will tap their Russian River Don the Younger beer, a Rogue Horse Brass anniversary ale, and staff collaborations with breweries including Culmination, Rosenstadt, Solera and Sierra Nevada. They’ll also pull crazy beers out of their 40-year-old cellars. Come drink them. Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St. All Day. Free.

Dia de los Muertos Festival de Cervezas
A host of death-themed ales and lagers hit the taps at two of SE Portland’s finest ale houses this Tuesday and Wednesday, in celebration of Mexico’s annual all soul’s day. Dark beers like Breakside’s Bourbon Aztek join blood-red sours like Double Mountain’s Devil’s Kriek, culminating in a tasty—albeit dangerous for your health—multi-day assault on your tastebuds. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave, and Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St. 3-9 pm. $5 entry, tickets $1.50 each or 10 for $12.

Beer Hall: Choctoberfest, Killer Beer Fest, and Brewers For Boobs

With multiple rare keg tappings, anniversary celebrations, and delectable beer-and-food pairings, there’s a lot to look forward to this week in the land of beer and rain.

Why not make a weekend of it?

See what the other side of the nation is up to on Thursday, grab some beer and chocolate on Friday, raise some money (and some pint glasses) for breast cancer research on Saturday, and cap it all off with a special meal at N.W.I.P.A. on Sunday night.

With events this good and rain on the horizon, those feeling more voracious may even want to blend up some other beer-fueled indoor detours.

Thursday, October 20

Other Half/Great Notion Pre-Collaboration Party

(Bridget Baker)
(Bridget Baker)

Brooklyn’s Other Half treks four kegs of of its much-beloved hoppy stuff (and one stout) to Belmont Station this evening, where it will sit alongside five of Great Notion’s best. A celebration of a collaboration to come, think of this as a beer-soaked rehearsal dinner. Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St. 5 pm. Free.

Friday, October 21

Choctoberfest

Is there something else you want on a Friday night that isn’t beer, chocolate and German sausage? A whole mess of Portland’s small-batch artisan chocolate makers will be pairing beers with local breweries including Ex Novo, Hair of the Dog and Laurelwood. $20 ($25 at the door) nets beer, chocolate pairings, and German-style appetizers. Old Portland Hardware, 1667 SE Tacoma St. 6 pm. $20-25.

Brewpublic’s 8th Annual Brewniversary

Saraveza
(Jack Southard)

Two GABF gold medal winners join several other rare blogger’s delights as Brewpublic celebrates eight years online at this packed Packer bar. Come for the full pours of Alesong’s much-lauded Touch of Brett, stay for the cheese curds and fried chicken. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St. 11 am-11 pm. Free.

Pilsner Urquell Unfiltered Keg Tapping

Fresh kegs of unfiltered Pilsner Urquell are serious stuff. Shipped cold via air straight from the brewery, this rare unpastuerized Czech lager will showcase all the fresh, nuanced characteristics that are usually flashed out of it before international deployment. A stateside appearance of the good stuff means a free trip to light lager mecca for those willing to wander to SE Division on a Friday. The BeerMongers, 1125 SE Division St. 5 pm. Free.

Saturday, October 22

Brewers For Boobs

(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

No, this isn’t a Trump thing. It’s a breast-cancer fundraiser with belly-dancing, a beer battle and also a raffle whose prizes include a three-night stay at Sunriver Resort, where some of the best brews in Oregon are currently being made. Oh, and if that’s not all confusing enough, the musical entertainment will be first breakbeats, then salsa. East Burn, 1800 E Burnside St. 5 pm. Free.

Killer Beer Fest

Killer Beer Week comes to a close today, as Bailey’s taps some of the finest and rarest beers from the Northwest and beyond. Nerds note: They’ll have six extra-special taps pouring at the decidedly quiet Upper Lip, including some of that unfiltered Pilsner Urquell you may have missed at The BeerMongers yesterday. Hell, that’s a beer so nice you may as well grab it twice. Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway. 12 pm-12 am.

Ecliptic’s Third Anniversary Party

John Harris’ space-themed warehouse launches an imperial version of his terrific porter aged with cherries to celebrate three orbits around the sun. Given that his current take on the style won gold at this past year’s Oregon Beer Awards—and that this is the man who birthed Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter—we’re inclined to think this beer will be well worth the trip. Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St. 11 am-11 pm. Free.

Sunday, October 23

Grain and Gristle and Upright Brewing Dinner

Hilary Sander, NWIPA
Hilary Sander, NWIPA

Fuck. This looks good. Grain and Gristle is one of the only Portland gastropubs to every give gastropubs a good name—a wood-laden hall of deeply savory comforts. Upright is the wildly inventive basement brewery that makes other basement breweries seem like amateurs. Anyway, there’s dinner from one and a bunch of rare beers and bottle pours from the other. Awesome. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 5 pm. Sold out.

Beer Hall: Beer Pro/Am, Breakside Oktoberfest, Killer Beer Week Begins

A Fall of fests continues this week, with our annual Beer Pro/Am joined by the reopening of a popular Killingsworth haunt, the kick-off of Killer Beer Week, and Breakside’s late addition to the Oktoberfestivities.

Also of note is a significant smattering of cloudy, New England-style IPAs, a new favorite of the editorial staff since Great Notion’s Juice Jr. first blessed our lips in the midst of 72-other local IPAs.

Get up, get out and drink something.

Thursday, October 13

Cloudy IPA Night at Imperial

Imperial celebrates the cloudy fall weather with a whole mess of hop haze this week, pouring West Coast versions of the increasingly haute New England-Style IPA. Cloudy and juicy as they come, these extremely aromatic creations feature all or mostly late-hop additions, with flavor and aromatics that ride right up to the thick green chlorophyll line. Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St. 5 pm. Free.

Friday, October 14

Killer Beer Summit

Montavilla’s best beer bar joins forces with the fine folks at Brewpublic, kicking of their annual weeklong SXNW of one-off beer events. The corks come out tonight, with selections from Alesong, Melvin, Bagby Beer, and more on tap. Roscoe’s Pub, 8105 SE Stark St. 5 pm. Free.

Tin Bucket Fresh Hop Fest

Thought you’d seen your last kick-ass fresh-hop fest? Wrong, motherfucker! There’s this one. Tin Bucket’s tapping all three Breakside fresh hops, plus Culmination, Crux, Ecliptic, Flat Tail, 2 Towns and Machine House. Freshness is dead. Long live freshness.  Tin Bucket, 3520 N Williams Ave. 5 pm. Free.

Saturday, October 15

Portland Beer Pro/Am

For the fourth year, 30 pro brewers including Breakside, Fat Head’s and Great Notion team up with homebrewers to create some seriously ambitious one-off beers like a brett Burton Old Ale, a jalapeno cream ale, and…CBD-infused beer. A taste of all 30 beers is $25 cheap! It is, indeed, our favorite time of year. North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. 12 pm. $25.

Saraveza 8th Anniversary & Grand Re-Opening

The “goodies” emerge from the cellar of a recently-updated Saraveza this Saturday to celebrate eight prosperous years on N Killingsworth Ave. With pours from De Garde, Deschutes, Russian River and more, there should be plenty of the good stuff to go around. For when you need to soak some of that up, a little birdy tells us their newly-revitalized menu is more than up to the task. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St. 11 am. Free.

Breakside Oktoberfest

Just when you thought amber lager season was over, so comes Breakside with their annual celebration of the (now past) harvest. We’ll give them a mulligan, because they’ll have the most creative takes on German-style beers in town. Between and roast wheat lager, a spruce-tip wheat, and a helles with cucumber, we expect our thirsts to be most-happily sated. Breakside Brewery & Tasting Room, 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie. $15 for souvenir glass and 4 drink tickets.

Alchemeat: The Portland Beer and Charcuterie Festival

The inaugural beer and meat festival will debut this year at rising star Culmination Brewing, an excellent off-season pair for Portland Beer Week’s annual Beer and Cheese fest. With boards from Tails and Trotters, Old Salt, and Laurelhurst Market, plus two 13oz pours for $35, this should be one that bears repeating. Culmination Brewing, 2117 NE Oregon St. 12 pm. $35.

Killer Pumpkin Fest

OMG #pumpkinspicelife! Over 40 pumpkin beers will clove up your nutmeg at Rogue’s Green Dragon. If you’re tired of pumpkin spice beer, there’s pumpkin spice cocktails, pumpkin food, and pumpkin costumes. Oh dear gourd. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave. 11 am. $5 suggested donation.

Monday, October 17

Vermont-Style IPA Fest

Hazy, juicy, wonderful Vermont-style IPAs take over at N.W.I.P.A., the hall of #donthazemebro. Get cloudy goodness from Great Notion, Noble Ale Works, Block 15, Claim 52, and Brooklyn’s Other Half starting at 2 pm. $14 ticket includes burger, and is available at nwipa.beer. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster. All Day. $14.

Natalie Baldwin Won the Annual Portland Pro-Am Beer Competition as an Amateur—Now She Returns as a Pro

One of the best beers that’s ever appeared at the annual Portland Pro/Am beer festival was headed for a drain pour.

It was 2014, and Natalie Baldwin, then recently hired as an assistant at Burnside Brewing, paired up with longtime pro brewer Dave Flemming of Kells. She was 24 and got to know Fleming while tending bar at Pints in Old Town.

Baldwin and Fleming teamed up for the Pro/Am—the event, which pairs amateur and pro brewers, returns Saturday—to brew a milk stout. It was intended to be a roasty and slightly sweet homage to Great Divide’s Chocolate Yeti, a classic beer from Baldwin’s native Colorado she credits as her gateway drug.

On the day they brewed, Baldwin and Fleming gave their beer a heavy dose of lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar that is often used to back-sweeten a beer. The “milk” in milk stouts lends thick, creamy mouthfeel with its sweetness, providing a round, quaffable quality to sharp-edged dark malts.

“I had never brewed with lactose before and Dave had, but not super consistently,” she says. “He’d done it once and didn’t think it was enough, so this time he added more.”

More was too much.

“It was a shit load of lactose,” Baldwin says, “It was way—way, way—too sweet.”

With the competition coming up, the pair met up over coffee to discuss their tank full of Frankenstein. As they spoke of what to do with the many gallons of thick, sweet, ale at their disposal, Baldwin dumped some of it into her coffee cup as a joke.

“‘Oh, it’s a sweetener,’” she recalls joking, before stealing a taste.

That sample, and the beer that would emerge from it, were a delightful accident. The acidity from the coffee perfectly balanced the overly sweet character of the dark ale beneath it, a utopian blend of chocolate roast and fluffy-sweet malt. Their coffee milk stout went on to win both people’s and judge’s choice at our 2014 competition, and helped Baldwin climb the ranks at Burnside.

Natalie Baldwin
(Christine Dong)

Part of what makes Baldwin so good—we’ve seen a renaissance at the brewery since she took over the tanks—is that she’s able to work on the fly. Over a shift-ending pint at Burnside, she tells the story of a late-night brewing session when she ran out of ice for the bath she was using to chill her beer.

“I ended up using Otter Pops from the freezer as the ice for the ice bath,” she laughs, “The beer actually turned out pretty well.”

Part of what makes the Pro/Am so special is that the brewing teams man their own tables, unlike other festivals where volunteers do the pouring. They not only talk about their beer, but see who loved it as they collect marbles from the voters. Those marbles are the ballots and crown the winner. After the voting boxes had been taken from the 2014 competition, three people came up late to give Baldwin their marbles.

Two years later, she dug them out of her purse to show me.

“I almost always have them on me,” she says.

Last year, Baldwin judged the competition, which was won by a 19th-century stout made by 13 Virtues and Bill Schneller. This year, Baldwin will compete as the pro half of the Burnside team, having aided homebrewing couple Jen McPoland and Jeremie Landers in the creation of a lavender and vanilla cream ale.

Natalie Baldwin
(Christine Dong)

Though her humble beginnings are now thousands of batches behind her, Baldwin still feels some anticipation when it comes to helping birth her latest creation—especially given her history.

“It’s kind of cool to be on literally all sides of the competition,” she says, “It’s definitely nerve-wracking.”

SEE IT: The Portland Pro/Am beer festival is at the North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., on Saturday, Oct. 15. Noon-6:30 pm. $25. Tickets at wweek.com/beerproam.

Beer Hall: Peche Fest, Zoiglhaus Oktoberfest, and Deschutes Vintage Night

As fall wags its wet tail across the city, darker seasonal and post-harvest brews start popping up across town, providing plenty to distract from these dreary days.

Whether tapping into Oregon’s many delicious peach beers, tasting some rare cellared treats, or enjoying an Oktoberfest that doesn’t actually take place during Oktoberfest (the real Bavarian deal officially ended on October 3), you’ll find plenty of liquid courage a-flowing here.

Friday, October 7

Handmade Beer and Bike Festival

Two of our city’s favorite activities combine once again this fall, as the Beer and Bike Festival returns with six breweries in tow. Think of this as an ideal time to shop for new paint, frames, and grip tape, all while enjoying the quaffable ales of Widmer, Baerlic, Hopworks, Falling Sky and more. The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. 5-9 pm October 7, 10 am-8 pm October 8. $20 for beer and bike entry, $10 for just bike entry.

Deschutes Vintage Night

The dark beer season begins with a few cellared selections from Bend, which bless the condo-lined North Williams’ best ale apothecary this week. Especially sought-after pours of vintage Abyss and Black Butte Porter will help ease any pain associated with now-drizzly commutes on this bike corridor. Tin Bucket, 3520 N Williams Ave. 5-8 pm. Free.

Saturday, October 8

Peche Fest

Do you dare to drink a peach? Try 25 of them—from classics like the 2016 versions of Logsdon’s Peche ’n Brett and Upright’s Fantasia to the Imperial Stone Bu from de Garde, a tart peach Berliner Weisse from Great Notion, and entries from Almanac, Block 15, Pfriem and Cascade—whether wit, brett, barrel-aged, kettle-sour or cider. A $25 VIP session goes from 1 to 3 pm, and then all hell breaks loose for a mere $10 admission. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St. 3-10 pm. $10-25.

Zoiglhaus Oktoberfest

Last week was Rosenstadt. The week before was Occidental. This week it’s Zoiglhaus (and Widmer in the square, if you’re into ’90s alt-rock). Portland’s German breweries each get their own Oktoberfest. But this one should be damn good, especially as regards the beautiful hefeweizen and helles lager, even more so than the liter steins of fresh-hop Oktoberfest. Zoiglhaus, 5716 SE 92nd Ave. 3 pm. Free.

Widmer Oktoberfest

Widmer’s biggest Oktoberfest yet satisfies beer bros of all ages with the sultry sounds of 94.7 FM DJ Gustav, who champions various lesser known pop-alt-rockers while the brewery offers an assortment of ales which would be better (and much more affordably) drank and its own pub. Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th & Yamhill. 12-9 pm. $25-75.

Monday, October 10

N.W.I.P.A. Burger Monday With Melvin Brewing

Jackson Wyatt slams hophead loyalists with cabs and fresh pours of Melvin Brewing’s Hubert Pale Ale and 2×4 double IPA this Monday, in a pairing which also includes the beer bar ‘s famed mythical Monday burger. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 6-8 pm. Free.

Beer Hall: The End of Fresh Hop Season, Oktoberfest Is Nigh

Better late than never, beer fans. This week marks your last chance to partake in two of the beer world’s most exciting annuals: Fresh hop season and Oktoberfest.

Blessed are we who live in Portland, because you have multiple opportunities in which to drink your amber lager or fresh-hopped-anything this weekend, with parties happening as far south as Oregon City and as far east as Montavilla.

Seriously, get out and fill that glass with the good stuff before everything on tap has pumpkin or spices in it (you know, next week).

Friday, September 30

Portland Fresh Hop Fest

The Oaks Park Fresh Hops Beer Fest is always late to the party—meaning some of the fresh-hop beers aren’t utterly fresh—but it’s the biggest fresh-hop fest in Portland, and it’s on its mitzvah year this year, lucky number 13. Expect 60 different fresh-hop beers, in all their great or awful or middling glory. $20 gets a glass and 8 drink tickets. Extra drink tickets are $5 for 4 or $2 each. Kids are allowed on Saturday, but it’s baby-free on Friday. Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 5-9 pm Friday, 12-8 pm Saturday.  

7th Annual Fresh Hop Summit

Montavilla is momentarily fun, because Roscoe’s will have its 7th Annual Fresh Hop Summit, with 30 different fresh hops including Breakside, Laurelwood and Pfriem. No special admission or glasses or whatever—as with all Roscoe’s summits, it’s a low-overhead affair, but taster trays will be on hand. Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St. 2 pm. Free.

Prost! Oktoberfest

Patio at Prost! (Prost!)
Patio at Prost! (Prost!)

Mississippi Ave gets its share of this year’s stein-filled party late, with a ceremonial keg tapping at 6 pm Friday, face painting, and multiple imports on draft (as usual). Given how amazing sister-bar Stammtisch fared when they hosted their own seasonal festivities just a short while ago, we’re sure this will be a quality affair. Prost!, 4237 N Mississippi Ave. 11 am-9 pm Friday-Sunday. Free.

Saturday, October 1

Rosenstadt Oktoberfest

CO of Rosenstadt
CO of Rosenstadt

 

The city’s only German brewery co-run by an actual German will have its Oktoberfest… in actual Oktober. The Festbier’s first tapping will be Saturday at pork-shoulder masters The People’s Pig, who will also be serving a special menu. The People’s Pig, 3217 N Williams Ave. 1-10 pm. $25-30.

Feckin O.C.Toberfest

Those south of the Portland limits get their taste of Germany’s finest this weekend, courtesy of more than a dozen Bavarian and Oregonian taps at Feckin Brewing. Suburban sausage-and-massive-pretzel-lovers rejoice. Feckin Brewing, 415 McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City. 12 pm. Free.

Tuesday, October 4

Citra Showers Release

Noble Ale Works brings the first keg of its acclaimed IIPA, Citra Showers, to Portland from the land of Disney, a magical castle of grapefruit, lemongrass, and mango that will have you crying lupulin-laced tears of joy. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Forster Rd. 5-10 pm.

Here Are Portland’s Upcoming Oktoberfests

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

Occidental Oktoberfest

Emily Joan Greene
Emily Joan Greene

Occidental hosted a big Oktoberfest sausage party already in September; now it’ll be a guest of McMenamins—pouring the Kaiser’s Cup-winning altbier and Oktoberfest—along with three other beers—at the McMenamins bottle shop on Northwest 23rd Avenue. 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, 2290 NW Thurman St., 971-202-7256, mcmenamins.com.

Related: We Tried All of Portland’s German-Style Beers—Here Are the Best.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 30-OCT. 2

Prost! Oktoberfest

Patio at Prost! (Prost!)
Patio at Prost! (Prost!)

Stammtisch had its Oktoberfest block party early; now the more hard-partying German sister pub takes the fest into its end stages by taking over a food-cart parking lot with a beer truck full of German beers while Prost grills up some meat. Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N Mississippi Ave., 503-954-2674, prostportland.com.

Related: St. Johns’ New German-Style Brewpub Doesn’t Rival Munich, But It’s Got a Great Patio

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

Rosenstadt Oktoberfest

CO of Rosenstadt
CO of Rosenstadt

The city’s only German brewery co-run by an actual German—and maker of our favorite Portland weissbier—will have its Oktoberfest in actual October. The festbier’s first tapping will be Saturday at pork-shoulder masters the People’s Pig, who will also be serving a special menu. Tickets at eventbrite.com. The People’s Pig, 3217 N Williams Ave., 503-282-2800. 1-10 pm. $25.

O.C.toberfest

Oregon City will host an Oktoberfest with local flair, with German-style brews from the southeast suburbs’ many breweries, including Bent Shovel, Coin Toss, Oregon City Brewing, Shattered Oak and Feckin. Lents’ Zoiglhaus will also be poured, as will a few echt-Bavarian brews, German sausage and some live tunes. Feckin Brewing, 415 S McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, feckinbrew.com. Noon-1 am.

Related: Every Radler We Could Find in Portland, Ranked.

SATURDAY, OCT. 8

Widmer Oktoberfest

Andrew Koczian
Andrew Koczian

For its long-running downtown Oktoberfest, Pilsner champ Widmer will tap five beers in Pioneer Courthouse Square tents and put on the decidedly un-German stylings of…the X Ambassadors of Ithaca, New York. But “DJ Gustav” of 94/7fm sounds kinda German. Maybe he’s into Kraftwerk. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. Noon-9 pm. $35 for admission, stein and one beer token.

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, SEPT. 30-OCT. 15

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

If you’re gonna go German, go in hard. Leavenworth is a tiny Vashington willage, an almost perfect replica of Bavaria in the Pacific Northwest, and its Oktoberfest is like a small-town version of the real thing. Sooo many lederhosen. So many accordions. So much Ayinger and Hofbräu and Paulaner. And, what the hell, also Prussian beer from Kostritzer. Downtown waterfront of Leavenworth, Wash., leavenworthoktoberfest.com. $10-$20.