There's Hood River's Hops Fest and there's the Yakima's Fresh Hop Ale festival and then there's Heathens & Hops.
Located in East Portland (1305 SE 8th Avenue), the White Owl Social Club has quitely been promoting their interpretation of what a "beer bar" should be. Admittedly the location has gone through some personality changes - but we think the current theme is here to stay.
Like their previous bar festival, Lagerfest, the Heathens & Hops focuses on a particular style or approach to beer. This time around the 'Social Club features fresh hop ales & lagers. In fact the event is guaranteed to feature 15 breweries, each with their own spin on a fresh hop beer.
The event starts at 6pm, when they start tapping the first batch of kegs. Around the same time the bar will keep things interesting with Heavy Metal Trivia. Around 9pm the second batch of kegs will go on.
For more information associated with the beers or the White Owl Social Club we've posted them below.
- Fort George XVI chapel. Belgian Style fresh hopped Vortex IPA
- Deschutes Chasin' Freshies. Fresh hopped IPA
- Elysian Kama Citra. Fresh Citra Hopped Red Ale
- Double Mountain Killer Red and Killer Green
- Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere
- Ninkasi Total D. Fresh Crystal Hopped Total Domination
- Coalition Green Pig. Fresh Hopped Mr Pig's Pale
- Bridgeport Hop Harvest. Imperial Double Fresh Hopped Pilsner
- Laurelwood Fresh Hopped Workhorse IPA
- Schooner Exact Fresh Amarillo Hopped Pale Ale
- Widmer Dark N' Dank. Fresh Santium and Golding Hopped Red
- Hop Valley Citra Self Down Fresh Citra Hopped Pale Ale
- Goodlife 150 Hippies
- Migration Better Off Fresh Fresh Hopped IRA
- H.U.B. Bitchin' Camaro. Fresh Crystal Hopped Lager
Owned by the same management team as Sizzle Pie, the White Owl has gotten a thoroughly modern industrial makeover; a leather-black paint job, plenty of cozy booths, low-lantern lighting, and an imaginative option-laden menu, while retaining its essential street cred. Local spirits are abundant, including New Deal Vodka, Burnside Bourbon, Aviation Gin, Eastside Distilling's Silver Rum, and House Spirits Coffee Liqueur, all of which turn up in a variety of potent combinations, such as the "secret" mai tai ($9) recipe obtained from their buds over at Rum Club.
The food is parsed from the American bar cuisine playbook, and the sandwiches are referred to as being either "two hand" or "one hand" (sliders). Unlike most fare that's designed primarily to soak up hooch, the White Owl menu takes pride in accommodating patrons with food allergies or who just want to nosh on something with actual nutritional value. And despite the presence of "good for you" items like kale slaw ($3.50 for a side, $6 for a plate) and a seasonal grain salad with quinoa ($3.50–8) the goal here seems to be hearty and rib-sticking comfort food.