Beer Week Preview: OR: 6/5–6/15 Portland Beer Week returns with food, beer, and more.

In a few short years, the term Beer Week has become synonymous with beer-themed dinners, brewery-sponsored tastings, and festivals. During that time the number of events has grown from an average of 20 per 'week' to (in some cities) a  colossal 200 events. As with each host city, the intent is to either showcase the city's breweries or its beer culture. With the exception of a select few, many cities have retired their week-long celebrations.

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Portland, much like Seattle, is happy to confirm the return of their 'Beer Week' courtesy their main sponsors Columbia Distributing and Pizza Schmizza.

Started in 2010, Portland Beer Week (June 5th thru June 15th) celebrates beer culture in Portland. Compared to other city's 'beer week', the "Rose City" promotes cooking with beer, pairing beer, and even deconstructions (through the practice of beer cocktails). Additionally the organizers are happy to announce the official Beer, Worthy Day Session India Rye Ale and the official sandwich, Ice Cream and Donut.

More on the official sandwich, Ice Cream Donut

All Lardo locations and Easy Company will be featuring a special sandwich as well as the official beer week beer and t-shirt for sale as a special package for the duration of Portland Beer Week. Lardo’s collaboration official beer week sandwich if made with an Olympic Provisions Kielbasa, smoked Tillamook cheddar, sauerkraut, Worthy/Hopworks Session India Rye Ale mustard on toasted ciabatta.

Salt & Straw recreated Portland Beer Week's "Day Drinker Session India Rye Ale" in ice cream form. Instead of just pouring beer directly into ice cream, Salt  Straw have worked
very closely with the brewers to showcase the unique ingredients and flavors that make this beer special. Available for a limited time at select Portland BeerWeek events.

Blue Star Donuts is developing a special beer week beer donut that will be featured at their 2 locations and at select beer week donuts. Details of the style and recipe are still under wraps though…

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More on Worthy Brewing's Day Session India Rye Ale

Introducing the official beer of the 2014 Portland Beer Week - “Day Drinker Session India Rye Ale” made for the discerning daytime drinking enthusiast. Brewed at Worthy Brewing Co. in Bend, OR Day Drinker ISA marks a longtime coming reuniting between Worthy Brewmaster Chad Kennedy and Hopworks Urban Brewery owner/brewmaster Christian Ettinger who previously brewed together at Laurelwood Brewing where Chad succeeded Christian when he left to open Hopworks. Day Drinker Session IRA is designed for drinkability, with a balance of fruity northwest hops and spicy crystal rye and fermented with a smooth Kolsch yeast. Hops are focused on aroma and flavor over bitterness with rye malt flavors adding balance. It’s an aromatic and smooth beer with loads of hop character.

Malts: Organic 2 row, Organic Wheat malt, crystal rye, crystal 60 and rye malt.

Hops: Nugget, El Dorado, Meridian, Amarillo, CTZ and Simcoe.

Original Gravity: 11 Plato. ABV: 4.32 %

On top of donuts, ice cream, and Session IRA; the organizers are happy to welcome (special guests) David Walker from Firestone Walker, Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale from Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing, and Elysian's David Buhler and Steve Luke.

Then there are dinners paired with restaurants like Irving Street Kitchen, Raven & Rose, The American Local, Old Salt Marketplace, Firehouse, and event Whole Foods.

Finally there will be plenty of festivals -  including the Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 7th & 8th), the Beer vs. Cider & cheese pairing, beer cocktails (sponsored by Ninkasi), Sour/Wild beer seminars, a rye beer festival, and even a pub crawl.

Kick-off starts this Wednesday, with events at the Imperial Bottleshop & Taproom, East Gilsan pizza lound, Sizzle Pie, Ground Kontrol, a Brewer Bash at Ecliptic.

More on the kick-off parties during Portland Beer Week

Portland Beer Week kicks off with events at Imperial Bottleshop & Taproom, East Glisan pizza lounge, Sizzle Pie, Ground Kontrol and a Brewer Band Bash at Ecliptic Brewing from 6-10pm. Featuring all brewers who are musicians sharing their musical skills on the newly opened Ecliptic Brewing patio including Brewmaster John Harris’ Random Orbiters, Double Mountain Brewery’s Brewmaster/Owner Matt Swihart and his Mountain Pool Service, Cascade Brewing’s Brewmaster Ron Gansberg’s band Black Lodge, The Commons Brewery’s Sean Burke’s bluegrass group Maris Otter and Elysian Brewing’s co-founder Dave Buhler playing songs from his solo record “What You Dream.” Beers from all the brewers will be on tap in addition to Ecliptic beers and including the first tapping of the official beer week beer Worthy/Hopworks Session IRA. Thursday June 5, 2014 6pm - 10pm Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227

For more information, including additional events and festivals, visit Portland Beer Week’s website,

About Portland Beer Week

Portland Beer Week is a 10 day celebration of craft beer in the greatest beer city on earth. Dedicated to promoting Portland and our diverse craft beer culture, Portland Beer Week is a grassroots organization founded in 2011 as an annual city-wide event. We explore the boundaries and the things that make us great with fun, unique and educational events that take place all over the city with the best in restaurants, breweries, bars, retail stores, bottle shops and more. Attendees of Portland Beer Week can expect to both be entertained and enlightened with creative beer pairing events, beer dinners with some of the cities top chefs, seminars on subjects like barrel-aging and sour beers as well as festivals exploring styles such as the Rye Beer Fest and Portland Fruit Beer Festival. Each year we also select two breweries who collaborate to create the official annual Portland Beer Week beer available in limited quantities in bottles and kegs during beer week.

About Columbia Distributing

Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s largest malt beverage, wine and non-alcoholic distributors. Our success is based on the fact that we never lose sight of delivering what are really important—quality products, timely service, and a genuine concern for our customers' needs.

And we succeed because of the enthusiasm and dedication our employees bring to their jobs every day. Whether it’s their dedication to our customers, their dedication to the communities we serve, or their dedication to each other—it’s the people who work here that make it such a great place to work.

About Pizza Schmizza

It hits you the moment you see it. This is not just another pizza place. There’s a vibe, an ambience, a feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on. A happy place – serious about the food and drink it offers. Serious about the customer enjoying a memorable experience. Serious, happy, and edgy. Irreverent. With a name like Pizza Schmizza, the irreverence is palpable. Try the Alligator Pizza, the Schpaghetti & Meatball Pizza or the Frikin’ Chicken Pasta. Or any of our numerous eclectic schpecials. There are many reasons why kids of all ages demand Schmizza, why so-called adults – those “in-the-know-” know better than to settle for any old pizza. So, now that you know, even if we won’t go into more details ([in] security, you know!!), please scheck us out, Yelp, Google, Foursquare Schmoursquare, do something – schocial or anti-schocial. Just get it over with, and you’ll soon discover why Schmoregonians, for nearly 20 memorable years, have schwarmed to Schmizza when they want great pizza and great times.

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