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.

Starting in December, Servers and Bartenders Can Legally Drink on the Job

In other states, you can buy bartenders a shot for a job well done, or just because you’re drunk and lonely.

But not in Oregon. Here, a bartender at isn’t even legally allowed to sip a beer that a customer says went bad. (It didn’t go “bad,” by the way. Drink your beer and be quiet.)

Well, starting in December, employees at OLCC-licensed shops will be allowed to drink beer while they’re working.

Just… not very much.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission made the decision to allow minimal tastings of beer, wine or cider for employees of liquor-licensed businesses. The rule change is intended to allow servers to make sure drinks are not flawed, and to facilitate server education and wine tastings.

Tastings are limited to a maximum of one ounce per serving and a maximum of six ounces total—a bit under half a beer—between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. for employees over 21.

“It’s something the industry has been asking for for a while and we’ve been trying to look for solutions,” says OLCC spokesperson Christie Scott. “Before, it was easier to enforce it. It was easier to say, ‘you’re drinking or you’re not. But this way, it is not as black and white—but that’s the point, to carve out some exceptions that make sense.”

The rule doesn’t apply to liquor.

“It’s very limited.,” she says. “it’s not that they can drink on duty. They can taste on duty and only under certain circumstances.” 

For example, if a restaurant is doing a wine tasting, this rule allows employees to taste along with the customers. Or if a server uncorks a bottle of wine, they can taste it for quality control.

“The industry, from what we’ve heard through advisory committee meetings, is pleased. It’s something they’ve been asking for for a long time,” she says. “The administration now has been really open to change.”

But the new rule only goes so far. There’s a specific reminder that marijuana consumption is still not allowed on the premises of liquor-licensed businesses, and that it doesn’t matter if a bartender is on their lunch break.

Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewed a Beer Together—And It’s Really Good

Did you know Deschutes Brewery once made batches of Doggie Claws and Fred? Well, it did, replicating Hair of the Dog’s beers on its own larger system. You won’t find Deschutes beers based on recipes that have earned Hair of the Dog’s Alan Sprints a global following for his tiny Southeast Portland brewery on their own, though. Rather, they’re half the blend for the just-released small-batch bottling of Collage 2.

Related: Deschutes Brewery Will Expand to Virginia

Blending is the secret to most of the best barrel-aged beers, providing depth and nuance you don’t get from a typical oak bomb. Blending is common with barrel-aged beers that have the same base, according to Deschutes assistant brewmaster Ryan Schmiege. “Less common is the blending of completely different components to create one beautiful offering,” he says. “That was, I think it’s safe to say, what [Deschutes’] Gary Fish and Alan Sprints wanted to accomplish.” The result is extraordinary and something like a really good fruitcake—grape and apricot and vanilla and warm maltiness.

The final blend was approved by Sprints and Fish, who picked it from a few variants presented to them. It goes without saying they have great taste. Recommended.

Ohio Brewery Transplant Fat Head’s Is Crushing Portland At Its Own Game

Mike Hunsaker likes the weird barrels.

Last week, the brewmaster at Fat Head’s celebrated the two-year anniversary of his Pearl District pub, the first spinoff of the original Fat Head’s brewery in suburban Cleveland, by releasing a huge array of barrel-aged beers.

While most breweries buy big lots of oak from Kentucky bourbon houses, Hunsaker tracked down the odd lots, making connections with hyped craft distilleries like Utah’s High West.

Fat Head’s was already making Portland’s best West Coast IPAs—we had a panel of experts blind-test all 67 IPAs made within city limits, and Fat Head’s placed first and second. Now, Fat Head’s also has the city’s most distinctive barrel program, with a dozen-plus one-offs aged in Mellow Corn, Madeira and cognac barrels.

Related: We Drank Every IPA in Portland—These Are the Best

My pick was a Belgian strong dark aged in barrels used to make Nocino, an Italian liqueur flavored with green walnuts. The bitter green nuts and smoky sweet caramel notes paired perfectly, creating a beer with an absurd depth of flavor.

Pimp My Sleigh is a silly name for a beer, Fat Head’s is a silly name for a brewery, and the brewery’s branding ain’t doing it any favors. But damn if this Ohio transplant isn’t crushing Portland at its own game. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR.

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.

Remembering Dean Pottle, Proprietor of Portland’s Famous Cannabis-Friendly Homebrew Speakeasy

Dean Smiley Pottle passed away Oct. 13 at age 65.

Pottle was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Dorothy Ohlroegge and Harold “Hal” Pottle, loving Quaker parents of English and German descent. Mrs. Pottle named her two sons after her favorite singer, Dean Martin, while Smiley was an old family name.

Dean was raised in the small town of Wilton, Connecticut. Dean’s family also owned land in New Paltz, New York, including the breathtaking Mohonk Mountain House.

As a young man, he was enchanted by horses, which he would ride through the fields to the rear of the family home. He had a love for animals, always having a cat living with him. Like most boys, he loved outdoor adventures and was an Eagle Scout, proud that he could live off the land at a moment’s notice.

Dean was a real hippie in the late ’60s, drinking and pot smoking from an early age—pastimes he would later continue at Dean’s Scene, his famous Portland speakeasy.

He especially enjoyed live music and was a lifelong fan of Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper and the Who. As a matter of interest, Dean enjoyed sharing the views formed in his youth of equal rights for women, peace, justice and equality for all. Dean was a longtime vegetarian and an avid environmentalist.

In 1977, Pottle married Misty Lorien, and they enjoyed many adventures together. The marriage had its highs and lows, eventually coming to an end in 1996, at which time Dean moved to Portland. He purchased a home in the Fremont District across from Alameda Brewery, receiving the keys and beginning his newfound bachelorhood on Oct. 30, the day he has annually celebrated as the opening of Dean’s Scene.

Interestingly enough, it was Misty who bought him his first homebrew kit and set him on the path he would happily travel the last two decades of his life. Dean was known as a generous man of integrity and real principles.

With the conversion of his basement into a working brewery featuring a walk-in cooler and eight taps always flowing freely, Dean took the kindness he received from his friends and multiplied it, returning it to the entire world.

He was the master of ceremonies behind the bar at Dean’s Scene, where you never had to drink the same beer twice. Dean Pottle was a successful licensed plumber and small businessman for almost two decades in the Portland area. He plumbed several local breweries and numerous older houses. The underground speakeasy was continually upgraded. Many friends had a hand in the evolution of the home of Party Gyle Brewing.

Dean’s Scene became the lifeblood of the underground beer culture in Portland, Oregon. Dean collected numerous ribbons from homebrew competitions.

Dean was featured on local and national television programs and was the star of the Drinking With Daren series. Dean’s Scene became known throughout the world as one place you had to see if you ever made your way to Portland.

Dean was a man with a big heart, and he loved goodwill and good cheer. He is lovingly remembered by all he came in contact with for sharing his joy of life and love of great beer with them. He will be remembered as a man who loved a strong craft ale, a good political conversation, and a room filled with friends and strangers alike.

Dean is survived by his two sisters, Jill Pottle of Massachusetts and Leslie Carlson of Kansas, his brother, Martin Pottle of Rhode Island, and an entire planet of both humans and animals who are honored to call him “friend.” Portland will never be the same without him.

GO: A memorial celebration for Dean Pottle is at 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 30, at Alameda Brewing, 4765 NE Fremont St. Dress is “beer fest formal.”

Pfriem’s Pumpkin Beer Is One of the Best of the Year

Pumpkin is past its peak. Last year, the bottom fell out of the pumpkin-beer market, leaving bottles on the shelves through Christmas. Are we living in a post-squash society? Maybe, but the great pumpkin beers still sate me—and, apparently, sell well.

Related: We Tried 23 Pumpkin Beer and Ciders—These Are the Best

Pfriem’s very pure pumpkin ale is the best I’ve had so far this year, easily besting old favorites like Southern Tier Pumking. The Hood River brewery didn’t take any short cuts, putting roasted pumpkin in the mash and organic pumpkin puree in the kettle. Pfriem used a classic blend of fresh pie spices, ground by hand, and paired it with a Belgian yeast that offered its own clove notes. While other breweries are slowly backing away from pumpkin, Pfriem actually made more this year than last. If you see a bottle, get it. Recommended.