Dedicating a week to beer in Portland is a little like observing Children’s Day (which, by the way, is June 1). As parents undoubtedly remark, “Isn’t every day Children’s Day?” The same goes for Beervana, where suds are celebrated every waking and drinking hour. But with limited-edition brews, a lineup full of events and specials at bars and brewpubs citywide, Portland Beer Week is no gimmick. In fact, it overflows with so much hop fever, that the “week” spills over into 11 days of thirst-quenching fun.
Running June 11-21, 2015, PDX Beer Week features three big festivals: The Fruit Beer Festival at Burnside Brewing features a collection of custom-brewed beers and ciders made with all kinds of fruit, the perennial favorite Rye Beer Fest offers upwards of 20 rye beers at EastBurn, and the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest at The Commons Brewery pairs nearly a dozen breweries and beers with cheese selected by expert cheesemonger Steve Jones. Other special events like pairings, brewer’s dinners, seminars, neighborhood pub crawls, tap takeovers and much more keep the beer and the fun flowing.
Portland restaurants event get in on the PDX Beer Week celebration, often offering special beer-inflected products at local eateries. In light of all those suds, it’s probably smart to spread the week over 11 days, after all.