Anniversaries, lambics, vintage beers and a remodel: The Beer Here for the … – The Oregonian

The remodel will unify the room, replace booths with tables, open up the space and — best of all — add nine taps for a total of 24…


Laurelwood’s 13th Anniversary

5 p.m. today, Friday, Northeast & Southeast Laurelwood Pubs, 5115 N.E. Sandy Blvd. & 6716 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.;

Laurelwood celebrates 13 years with events at both its Portland pubs including $3 pints, entertainment, anniversary cake, raffles and, at 5 p.m. at the Northeast pub, the tapping of a special firkin of Piston Pale Ale from Laurelwood’s Hollywood Pub Series of special beers.

uprightparis.JPGUpright in Paris: The sight of Upright Four, Five, Six and Seven for sale in a good bottle shop is hardly an unusual one, except that these bottles were prominently displayed in the premier craft-beer shop in Paris, La Cave à Bulles. The crowded and popular shop is evidence that craft beer is beginning to get a toehold in Paris, which now has half a dozen small craft breweries and a fine little craft-beer taproom called Brewberry. FoystonFoto


Upright Brewing Fifth Anniversary& Bottle Release

1-6 p.m. Saturday, Upright Brewing Tasting Room, Left Bank Bldg., 240 N. Broadway, Ste 2;

One of Portland’s most innovative young breweries marks five years with the release of Anniversary Saison, a new barrel aged celebratory saison that features an old style profile with a mix of Upright’s favorite elements.

Pelican Beach Party & Seasonal Release

5-9 p.m. Saturday, Pelican Brewery & Tasting Room, Tillamook;

The Governor was conceived and brewed to honor past Oregon governor Tom McCall. During his time as governor in the late sixties and early seventies, McCall was instrumental in the passing of the Oregon Beach Bill which protected Oregon’s beaches and dedicated them to public access forever., Raise a toast to Governor Tom McCall for his farsighted actions that have preserved everyone’s ability to enjoy the entire wild and beautiful Oregon Coast.

The Governor is a strong golden lager brewed in the Maibock style. With a generous malt bill providing body and depth, and Oregon-grown Sterling hops giving a subtle floral hop character, The Governor finishes both bold and balanced. Pelican is throwing a Beach Party to celebrate the beer and special guests will include a panopoly of pols: senators including Ron Wyden; representatives; the mayor, a couple of county commissioners and — they hope — you…

New Name, New Taps for an Old Favorite


Widmer Brothers Brewing Pub, 955 N. Russell St. Closes Monday Mar. 24, for remodel; reopens Mar. 28; 30th Anniversary Grand Reopening April 3.

If you love the Widmer Gasthaus as it is, go have a pint or a meal this weekend, because the Gasthaus, which opened in 1996 and quickly became a Portland favorite, closes Monday for its first-ever remodel. When it reopens next Friday March 28, it’ll be as the Widmer Bothers Brewery and Pub; it’ll have more light and open space; and best of all, it’ll have two dozen taps — nine more than now — and will feature a wider array of Widmer’s many special and small-batch beers brews at the Widmer pilot brewery.

“We are making some pretty big changes to The Widmer Pub but some things won’t change,” says Rob Widmer. “Guests will still find delicious beer, fresh, local food and a friendly, beer knowledgeable staff. But mainly, we’re very excited to be able to share more of our innovative, small batch beers.”

The remodel will also unify the room, which currently is divided between pub and restaurant. The remodel will open up the space and bring in more natural light, a community table will connect the dining area and the bar, tabletops will replace booths throughout the pub and a new wood banquette will be installed in the main dining room.

This is a big year for the brewery, which was incorporated 30 years ago on April 2. The 30th Anniversary celebration includes several special beers during the upcoming year and a grand reopening party for the remodeled pub on Thursday April 3.


Lindemann’s Lambic Tasting

6-9 p.m. Tuesday, The BeerMongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.;

You say you don’t like fruit beers? It may be that you’ve tasted only those cloying beers made by adding fruit essence with a heavy hand. Certainly, the word cloying or syrupy does not apply to the classic lambics of Belgium, as Merchant du Vin rep

Tom Bowers will prove as he pours through the line of Brouwerij Lindemans Fruit Lambics — Framboise, Peche, Cassis, Pomme and my rfavorite, Kriek — Gueuze, and Faro — and there’ll be some special surprises as well.

French & Basque Cider Tasting

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Belmont Station, 4500 S.E. Stark St.;

French cider expert Rebecca Pagel will be in the bottle shop, tasting several French ciders and one Basque cider now available in Portland: From Normandy, she will be sampling Le Pere Jules Poire, Cidre Brut and Cidre Demi-Sec. The Basque cider she will be sampling is Sagarnoa Txopinondo Cider.

alanbrewery.JPGHair of the Dog’s open four-barrel kettle was once in a food processing plant but for the last 20 years it’s produced some of the world’s most respected and sought-after beers. Sprints has no plans to change, even though filling a fermenter involves a three-brew, 24-hour marathon for him and assistant brewer Denver Bon. Foystonfoto

Vintage Beer Dinner

5:30 & 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Le Pigeon, $125, reservations: 503-546-8796.

Author Patrick Dawson’s new book, Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time, could have been written about Portland’s Hair of the Dog Brewing, and Dawson, brewer Alan Sprints and chef Gabriel Rucker will all be persent for this very special brewers dinner. The event is built around Rucker’s five-course tasting menu and six aged Hair of the Dog beers including Blue Dot Double IPA, a 2010 Doggie Claws, 2012 Michael, two 2012 versions of Fred and Pannepooch, a strong Belgian-style ale.

2014 Farmhouse Fest.jpgComing next weekend to Saraveza…

New Belgium Love Leopold Blackberry Sour Tapping

6 p.m. Wednesday, Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St,;

As a prelude to next week’s Portland Farmhouse & Wild Ale Festival, New Belgium Brewing will tap a blend of Love’s Leopold, an American Wild Ale aged in Leopold blackberry flavored whiskey barrels.


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