Festival Preview: OR: Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp arrives in PDX, starting Tomorrow (8/16)

Portland, OR – As we continue to catch up on emails we spied this one in our inbox.

For most of us that don’t live in Portland, Seattle, Boise, it’s pretty much a given that you will not be visiting a brewery. Instead you are more than likely one of many members of a nearby pub, tavern, or bar; consuming everything from a Manny’s Pale Ale to a Black Butte Porter. And more than likely you being a literal consumer of Black Butte or Manny’s have pondered what it would be like to visit the brewery. Wonder know more, at least in regards to Deschutes Brewery.

About Deschutes Base Camp

Deschutes Brewery brings its Base Camp campaign to home turf for an amazing week of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers, ambassadors and fanatics will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews.

What is Base Camp you may ask? It’s a place where Deschutes Brewery offers beer fanatics a spot to “pitch a tent” of sorts – and find their footing with the cornerstone of Mirror Pond Pale Ale. Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week is a celebration of Mirror Pond’s easy-drinking goodness, along with many more of the brewery’s passion-heavy, pioneering brews. The Deschutes Brewery team is traveling around to cities all over the west this year, providing passionate fans with a seriously fun exploration of beer.  Make the trek to Base Camp.  It all begins here…

So what does that mean to you? The answer is pretty simple, get in the car, the bus, or go with a friend to one of the many events featured starting tomorrow (8/16) and running through August 20th. So with further delay here is the schedule starting with a minimal breakdown before getting into detail.

Events (Woody Appearances)

Tuesday August 16th, 2011

  • 5:30-9:00 PM $50 per person, all inclusive. (503) 445-7400 to make a reservation.
    Four-Course Paired Beer Dinner at 23 Hoyt
    529 NW 23rd Avenue Portland OR

Join us for an evening of decadence, served up by 23Hoyt Chef Amber Webster, who joined this revamped "New American" tavern last December. Amber brings a gutsy, farm-to-table sensibility to the 23Hoyt menu and a light hand with hearty and satisfying dishes – perfect for pairing with Deschutes Brewery’s lineup of beers. Come at 5:30 for beer-infused charcuterie, then make your way to the sit-down, four-course meal which is sure to dazzle. The complete menu and beer pairing announced in early August.

Wednesday August 17th, 2011

  • 4:00 to 7:00 PM
    Bikes and Brews at  Vendetta featuring Woody!
    4306 North Williams Street Portland, OR

Base Camp for bike riding beer fanatics gears down for a stop along the N. Williams “bike highway” at Vendetta for some local, two-wheel-style festivities (one-wheel-style is welcome too!). Base Camp’s official beer, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, along with other superstars Hop in the Dark, Inversion IPA, and Twilight Summer Ale will quench any, and all, well-earned thirsts. Metropolis Cycle Repair will graciously offer complementary bike inspections. N. Williams neighbors Corsa Concepts, Signal Cycles, and Portland Design Works will contribute their own visionary quicksilver as well. Cycling-related prizes like jerseys, socks, and a copy of the vintage cycling epic Breaking Away, will be raffled off. This community event should not be missed by any two-wheeled enthusiasts!

  • 8:00 – 10:00 PM
    The Stoic Release featuring Black Butte XX Flights, Homebrew Battle & Woody! at Belmont Station
    4500 SE Stark Street Portland, OR

Deschutes Brewery’s latest Reserve Series beer, The Stoic, has finally arrived! Its five year journey from experimental beer at the Pubs to “ambrosia in a bottle” is complete. The finest Belgian traditions have inspired our contribution to the American Quadruple scene-a remarkably smooth, yet complex brew, featuring pomegranate molasses, dark candy sugar, Pinot Noir and Rye Whiskey barrel-aging, and a healthy alcohol content. The Stoic reveals itself this night. Join us to taste…and testify! Beer recipes, hop giveaways, special prizes, and flights of other Reserve Series fancy, like Black Butte XXI, XXII, and XXIII, guarantee an unforgettable evening.

As if that wasn’t enough…

Attention homebrewers…stand up and be recognized! Escort your proudest homebrew to Belmont Station. We will transport it to Bend for a thorough Deschutes Brewery Sensory Panel evaluation. Prizes will be awarded for best label, story, and overall flavor. The Grand Prize Winner will earn a day with a brewer in one of Deschutes Brewery’s brewhouses in Bend or Portland!

To enter: Please bring one 22 oz. bottle of your brew to Belmont Station on August 17th. Attach a creative label to the bottle. Also attach some paper. All with a rubber band. This paper should include: name of beer, style and description, IBU’s and ABV (if known), full name of homebrewer, phone number, e-mail address…and the story behind the beer. Then count yourself in!

Thursday August 18th, 2011

  • 5:00 – 9:00 PM  $10 and incl. 1st food & beer taster OR 1 full 16oz beer!
    Deschutes Brewery Street Fare at the Deschutes Brewery Portland Pub featuring Woody!
    NW Davis St. Portland, OR between 11th & 10th
    Additional taster tickets are $4.

The 2nd Annual Street Fare, featuring street cart vendors, Deschutes Brewery beer and live music guarantee to wow you, your friends, and even your mother! Join us on August 18th as we shut down the street in front of our Pub from 5-9 PM for our most excellent party of the year!

Street Cart Vendors Include:
*Robb’s Really Good Food
*Perierra Creperie
*Oregon Ice Works
*Fuego de Lotus
*Flavour Spot

* Via Chicago
Old Light

*Lost Lander
Shhh…we can’t announce the headlining band until August 7th so be the first to find out by following us on Facebook or Twitter! See you there!

Benefitting Morrison Child and Family Services

Friday August 19th, 2011

  • 3:00 –7:00 PM
    Brewtank Dunkfest featuring Woody! at John’s Market
    3535 SW Multnomah Blvd. Portland, OR

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls!

Come help Deschutes Brewery dunk all of our favorite unusual suspects, like brewers, beer writers, and bar owners. Our “brew-dunk-tank” will only be filled with water (as our attorneys advised)…but that means more beer for everyone to drink! Pints of Base Camp’s official beer, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, plus crowd favorites Black Butte Porter and Green Lakes Organic Amber, will be available to slake mighty appetites. BBQ brats and various entertainments, like a one-man band, will lend a classic carnival feel to this fine summer afternoon. Tickets can be purchased for the “brew-dunk-tank” and… Black Butte XXII and XXIII Reserve Series flights. All proceeds go to Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). Each dollar raised buys one Water Restoration Certificate, which equals 1,000 gallons of water restored to the middle Deschutes River!

  • 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
    CONFLUX – A Night of Collaboration at Refuge PDX
    116 SE Yamhill Portland, OR

Combine local artists Andrew Wade Smith and Liz Harris and you have a 3D atmosphere with video projection, raw materials and sound. Live music from Commodorks, Monarques, Sean Flinn & The Royal We, and Goodnight Billygoat, delicious appetizers, and some damn tasty beers from Deschutes Brewery makes for an evening of sensory overload. Held at Portland’s premier audio visionary center— touted as a space for artists, musicians, retailers, dancers, and communities to congregate and create. Congregate and create? That’s what craft beer is all about! To honor this spirit of collaboration, we’ll be sampling the newly released Conflux No. 2, a White I.P.A. developed in conjunction with Boulevard Brewing Company.

Saturday August 20th, 2011

  • 8:00 AM –2:00 PM
    Oyster Urban Adventure Race featuring Woody! at the Pioneer Courthouse Square
    Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, OR “Transition Area”

Deschutes Brewery celebrates the adventurer in everyone, and nothing brings out that spirit better than the Oyster Race Series. That’s why the brewery is the official beer sponsor of the event series and is proud to help bring this race to Portland. Deschutes Brewery’s giant wooden barrel, aka Woody, will be on hand to encourage participants with his rolling coolness, and perhaps even serve a few celebratory brews as the day wears on. Tony Smiley, aka the loop-ninja, will showcase his verbal talents with smooth riffs to set the positive vibe. Good luck everyone…and Bravely Done to those who conquer the course.

  • 3:00 – 6:00 PM
    Oyster Race After Party at Momo’s
    725 SW 10th Avenue Portland, OR

Why race without a celebratory beer to wash it down? Oregonians take pride in combining their outdoor recreation and craft beer. So…Deschutes Brewery, sponsor of the Oyster Urban Adventure Race Series, hosts the after party for racers, spectators and the random wandering beer adventurer on the spectacular patio at Momo’s.

  • 7:30 –10:00 PM
    Women and Beer Movie Premiere at the Bagdad Theater
    3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR

This documentary film celebrates women in the craft brew industry. Deschutes Brewery brewer extraordinaire Veronica Vega will be in the house! And so will the extraordinary Black Butte Porter. More than two years in the making, the film examines the choices women make in their personal and professional lives, as a minority in the craft beer business. It’s not for feminism or equality, it’s for “The Love of Beer.

About Woody

Come see our giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, the good-times-on-wheels mobile bar. He will be rolling his way all around Portland during Base Camp Week, complete with multiple delicious Deschutes Brewery beers, a stereo, and a disco ball. He is a natural gathering spot at any event for all thirsty individuals.

That’s all there is to see here folks. Cya at the Base Camp!


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