American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), the largest national American craft beer event, kicks off today. Events are taking place in all 50 states to celebrate brewers and the culture and community that makes craft beer what it is.
CraftBeer.com, a product of the Brewers Association (BA), is a resource for ACBW events taking place across the country. New this year is a video montage that literally puts a face on brewing through the use of brewer “selfies.” Check out the video and find an event (or three) near you.
American Craft Beer Week
May 12 – 18, 2014
The Hillsdale Brewery & Public House, the first brewing location for McMenamins and Oregon’s first brewpub since Prohibition days, will be hosting the 21st Annual Hillsdale Brewfest on Saturday, February 22 in SW Portland, Ore.
This McMenamins-only brewfest holds great significance due to the fact that the winning beer will be McMenamins’ entry for the Oregon Brewers Festival taking place in July. Patrons will have the opportunity to order 10-beer sampler trays, try out all 20 entries and vote for their favorite. Along with their beer being brewed for OBF the winning brewer will receive the notorious championship belt. The beers run the gamut from pale to porter, competing head-to-head.
An addition to this year’s festival is that a special Hillsdale Brewfest stamp will be available for people working on filling their McMenamins Passport.
21st Annual Hillsdale Brewfest
Hillsdale Brewery & Public House
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Open at 11:00 a.m.
Black Out Beer Fest, a festival showcasing dark beers from Lompoc Brewing and nine other Oregon breweries, will take place on Friday, February 21st 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
The 15 beers will be spread out between Lompoc’s adjacent spaces – Sidebar and the 5th Quadrant brewery bar – as well as the parking lot they share which will be tented and heated. In addition to the beers, ranging from sweet stouts to Baltic porters and barrel-aged beers, live music will be provided by Leslie Lou and the Lowburners for the 21+ event.
Tasting packages include 15.5 oz souvenir glass tasting mug and 10 tasting tickets for $15 with additional tickets available for $1 each.
Alameda 2012 Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout
Breakside Salted Caramel Stout
Cascade Milk Stout
The Commons Boysen Imperial Belgian Porter
Ecliptic Mintaka Export Stout
Laurelwood Baltic Porter
Lucky Lab CDA
pFriem Belgian Stout
Widmer Creaminess Rye Stout
Lompoc 2013 Sour Stout
Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter
Lompoc 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash
Lompoc 2009 Merlot Barrel Fermented Batch 69 Porter
Lompoc Galia Belgica Belgian Strong Dark
Lompoc Cherry Wood Porter
Black Out Beer Festival
Friday, February 21st 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
3901 N. Williams Ave, Portland
Breakside Brewery in Portland, OR is releasing Big Country, the first in a series of limited release, seasonal beers. The beer is the brewery’s take on a winter ale and inspired by the starkbiers and weinnachtsbeirs found in Germany. It is available now through February 1, 2014 both on draft and in 22 oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.
To mark the occasion a release party will take place on Monday, December 2nd at Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern. The entire Breakside brewing staff will be at the party and bottles of Big Country will be for sale. They will also have two other Breakside beers on tap – Smoked Apple Ale and Wanderlust IPA – and plenty of cool schwag for the 7:00 p.m. raffle.
Big Country Release Party
Monday, December 2nd 6:00 p.m.
Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland
BridgePort Brewing, a staple of craft beer in Oregon for 30 years, is hosting a FUNdraiser to benefit beer blogger and craft beer champion, Angelo De leso.
Angelo is well known in Portland, Ore. and beyond for his love of craft beer and tireless promotion of the industry through his blog, Brewpublic. He’s had a bad run of luck health wise, starting with seizures and resulting in a diagnosis of a brain tumor. The tumor was found to be benign however the diagnosis and treatment has resulted in massive medical bills.
To help with those bills BridgePort Brewpub in the Pearl district of Portland is hosting Drink for De leso on Thursday, November 21st. All of the proceeds from BridgePort’s new IRI, Imperial Red Ale, will go straight to Angelo, along with 20% of food purchases made by customers that mention Angelo that night. Stop in to contribute while enjoying BridgePort’s beer and food, help spread the word through the Facebook event or visit Angelo’s Fundly campaign.
Drink for De leso
BridgePort Brewpub, 1313 NW Marshall St., Portland
Thursday, November 21st 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
BridgePort Brewing, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, will be honoring three decades of brewing by releasing a set of three beers, The BridgePort Trilogy Series, in 2014.
Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton chose his favorite variety of hops, Crystal, to use in the first beer in the series. The varietal is known for its spice and citrus notes and was used to dry-hop the pale ale that will be available January 2014. The other two beers in the series will be released in May and September, available where all BridgePort beers are sold. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite beer from the series and the winning brew will return as a year-long offering in 2015.
1313 NW Marshall St.