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 5-15, 2014, Beer Week features three big festivals — the Fruit Beer Festival (June 6-8), the Rye Beer Fest (June 13) and the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest (June 15) — but other events keep the taps flowing. Here’s a sample:
- June 5: Kickoff party at Ecliptic Brewing with a variety of craft beers, as well as live music from bands fronted by brewers.
- June 6-8: Fruit Beer Festival at Burnside Brewing features custom-brewed beers and ciders made with everything from passion fruit, peaches and pears to cherries, rhubarb and blueberries.
- June 8: Beer Versus Cider, a ticketed event that pairs Cheese Bar snacks with ciders from Reverend Nat’s and beers from Upright Brewing.
- June 12: The first annual Weird Beer Fest at Imperial Bottle Shop lets adventurous palates taste Portland’s wild side.
- June 13: Rye Beer Fest returns for its third year, offering upwards of 20 rye beers at EastBurn.
- June 14: An epic, all-day pub crawl snakes its way around North Mississippi and North Williams avenues, starting at noon and including local favorites like Interurban, Prost!, Hopworks Bikebar and Lompoc Fifth Quadrant.
- June 15: Portland Beer and Cheese Fest at The Commons Brewery features 10 different craft beer samples paired with cheese selections from champion cheesemonger Steve Jones of Cheese Bar.
These are just a few of the many events Portland Beer Week has brewing. In addition, there will be special beer-inflected products at local eateries, like an ice cream from Salt & Straw, a doughnut from Blue Star Donuts, a sandwich from Lardo, and, of course, a beer from Hopworks and Worthy Brewing Company (which is actually based in Bend, but hey, the more the merrier). In light of all those suds, it’s probably smart to spread the week over 11 days, after all.