Your Go-To List for Brewvana During #CBC2015, Part 2

The Big Daddy beer convention has parties to match.

cbc_2015_400x266_400By now you’ve heard that #CBC, the SXSW of beer, is on in Portland, OR this week. It’s day three, the cold hail and rainy skies have turned blue and warm (70 by 6pm tonight!), and the generally low-key locals agree: it’s “insane.” Breweries are selling out of beer (a mixed blessing if there ever was one) and the local watering holes are going great guns day in and day out. What is on your agenda for days three and four of what might be the biggest professional brewers' convention in U.S. history? What have been your favorite panels, pints, and parties? Tell us below.

And read on for our guide to events open to both #CBC and BeerExpo goers, as well as the general beer-loving public. Portland, we love you, too.

Thursday, April 16

Beer Machines: “A Steampunk Ode To The Craft Revolution”
Pure Space
1315 NW Overton
8 pm - 1 am

“Join Deschutes Brewery for a memorable evening with a Beer-Dispensing Art Competition, Immersive Circus Theater and an array of Live Music! This year’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is in our backyard so we're throwing a huge warehouse party full of surprises!”

Amber Waves
1900 N.W. 18th Ave.

Victory Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery co-host Amber Waves, a “non-traditional art exhibit” celebrating the artistry of craft beer. $25 includes souvenir tasting glass, beer samples from 22 acclaimed breweries, snacks, and access to the Amber Waves silent auction. (Free to brewing industry professionals with a valid 2015 CBC badge.) Tix here.

Fort George Brewery and Finnriver Cidery Present “F-Bomb”
1004 N Killingsworth St

Astoria’s Fort George Brewery, and Finnriver Cidery & Saraveza bring together 10 specially selected draft offerings ranging from well-loved favorites to the unique, including limited release offerings, barrel-aged ciders, beer collaborations and a specially created cider & beer cocktail.

The Bruery at The Upper Lip
Bailey’s Upper Lip
720 NW Ankeny

The award-winning SoCal experimental beer mavens bring sought-after releases like Mélange 1, Jardinier, and the ever-elusive Black Tuesday to Bailey’s reserve beer-focused bar. Meet the brewers.

Snakebite Punk Rock Night
Star Theatre
13 NW 6th Ave.

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Cider Riot!, Gigantic Brewing Company, and legendary Microbrasserie Trou du Diable present an evening of special reserve ales and ciders including the collaboration Snakebite. Live music from Northwest punk legends D.O.A., local anarcho punks Defiance, Quebec’s Dance Laury Dance, and Audio Visceral from Ontario featuring Beau’s founder Steve Beauchesne, and DJ Erock spinning classic punk vinyl. Free with conference badge until 9pm, $10 after.

Ecliptic/Dogfish Head Power Lunch
Ecliptic Brewing Co.
825 N Cook St.

Join legendary craft brewers John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head for three courses prepared by Ecliptic Brewing executive chef Michael Molitor paired with three beers from each brewery. Noon, $35, tix available by calling 503-265-8002.

Boneyard and friends Beergasm
The Green Dragon
928 SE 9th

The brew-soaked party includes 3 Floyds Brewing Co., Bagby Beer Company, Surly Brewing Co., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Hollister Brewing Company, Boneyard Beer, Almanac Beer Co., Rogue Ales, Fat Heads Brewery, Barley Browns Beer, Melvin Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Societe Brewing Company, Beavertown Brewing, Piece Brewing, Alpine Beer Company. Tickets here.

Beers of Enchantment
The Beermongers
1125 SE Division St

Alebriated Distributing and Brewpublic showcase New Mexico-born brews from La Cumbre, Marble and Santa Fe Brewing Company.

OMSI + Ninkasi Space Dinner
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
1945 SE Water Ave.

A three course dinner with Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi, which recently sent beer yeast into orbit.

HUB + Stone collaborative Session Cascadian Dark Ale release
HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) and Festhalle
2944 SE Powell Blvd
5-9pm; CBC and Brew Expo attendees only

Attendees receive four complimentary beer tickets and grilled sausages from the Hopworks kitchen, and each night will feature live music.

Never Say Dry
White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th Ave.

A massive collaboration mashup event featuring Stone & Breakside, plus Ska, Baird, Bonfire, and many others.

Firestone Walker & Hair of the Dog Afterparty
Katie O’Brien’s
2809 NE Sandy Blvd

10 specialty bourbon barrel aged beers from Firestone Walker and 11 from HOTD. Live music from Witch Mountain from 8pm.

Friday, April 17

Beer & Sandwich Pairings
1212 SE Hawthorne
5pm - on

The celebrated portland sando smiths Lardo pair up with Breakside and six other breweries, featuring 13 different beers, and six different sandwiches.

Hopsteiner collaborative IPX Single Hop Ale, experimental hop, beer release
HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery) and Festhalle
2944 SE Powell Blvd
5-9pm; CBC and Brew Expo attendees only

Attendees receive four complimentary beer tickets and grilled sausages from the Hopworks kitchen, and each night will feature live music.

The Bruery Pop-Up Beer Pairing Dinner w/ Coquine Supper Club
Imperial Bottle Shop
3090 SE Division St

A three hour private event for The Bruery and Coquine Supper Club’s 6-course, pop-up beer pairing dinner. Reserve beers include “Jardiniere” - a new Belgian pale ale, paired with house-made ricotta and fava bean crostini with pea blossoms and lemon; and “Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla” - sour stout aged in oak barrels with tart cherries and vanilla beans, paired with duck confit with cannellini beans, Amarena cherry glaze, fennel and caraway. $75 per person (18% gratuity added for a total of $88.50). For reservations, please email or call Imperial at 971.302.6899 between noon – 5PM.

Sin Frontera Sneak Peak
Hop and Vine
1914 N Killingsworth St.

“This collaboration was born from the concept of brewing an identical recipe together at each individual brewery. The brewers from each brewery will be present along with 2 of the 3 versions of the collaboration brews for the first ever release! Join the celebration with Raphaël from Brasserie Trois Dames in Switzerland, the Jester King Brewery team from Austin, Texas and Chad and crew from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Denver, Colorado.”

Shelton Bros. Tap Takeover
614 SW 11th Ave at Alder
3pm on

Shelton Brothers, widely considered the nation’s top importers of international beer from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and beyond – will be taking over the taps at Jackknife with a dozen exotic, hard-to-find brews. Expect acclaimed beers from France, New Zealand, Japan, Scotland, Denmark and more, along with brewers and the importers themselves.

Pioneers of Craft Beer
Horse Brass
4534 SE Belmont

"Breweries in attendance include: Ecliptic Brewing, Deschutes, Alaskan, Widmer, Anchor, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Bridgeport, Hales, Pikes, Bells, Hair of the Dog, Full Sail, and Dogfish Head. We will also be welcoming some of the other pioneers of craft beer including like Tom Dalldorf from Celebrator magazine, Fred Eckhardt, and John Foyston."

Experimental Hops Night
1216 SE Division
2pm on

"Try beers brewed with some new and experimental hops from the American Dwarf Hop Association (including Azacca, Jarrylo, Pekko, ADHA527, ADHA529, and ADHA484). Breweries showcasing beers brewed with these hops include Ecliptic Brewing, Bagby Beer Company, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Coppertail, 3 Floyds, Founders, Alameda, The Post Brewing Co., Stone, The Hop Concept, Wicked Weed, Victory, Phillips, OXBOW, Lagunitas, Iron Goat, Tributary, and The Unknown."

Double Mountain Tap Takeover & CBC Wrap Party
1004 N Killingsworth St
5pm - late

“All Double Mountain Brewery Beers All Night Long, including some very limited cellar offerings poured from Double Mountain owner and head brewer, Matt Swihart’s “Beer Service” Panel Van, for a total of 14 delicious Double Mountain brews.”

Saturday, April 18

Sour Sunrise with Almanac, The Rare Barrel, and Sante Adairius
Hop and Vine
1914 N Killingsworth St.

A “recovery brunch” featuring sour flights from three noted California breweries. The 1st flight will be a "mimosa-esque" offering of apricot sours, followed by a "coffee-ish" trio of dark sours, all to accompany a special Hop & Vine brunch lineup, prepared to compliment the flights.

Beer and Donuts
Culmination Brewing
2117 NE Oregon

Author Brian Yaeger (“Oregon Breweries”) and Culmination Brewing Company host “a morning repast of a baker’s dozen doughnut samples and a baker’s dozen of the perkiest coffee beers.” Admission includes a total of 13 3-oz beer samples, 13 gluttonous doughnut morsels, coffee, and also available for purchase will be breakfast sandwiches.

BeerAdvocate at Belmont Station
Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark

"Kill Kegs! Help kill Belmont Stations’s rare and one-off kegs with the Alström Bros and the rest of the BeerAdvocate crew. Meet the BA crew, BA mag contributors, beer media, and fellow BeerAdvocates."

Photo © Jason E. Kaplan

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