Northwest Beer Guide: OR: Portland: 2015: Dine with your favorite brewer during the Craft Brewers Conference

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is the only industry event that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

For professional brewers, CBC is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. The conference is also a great social event with 10,000+ brewing industry professionals enjoying craft brews together. BrewExpo America® allows exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference and trade show for the brewing and brewpub industry! (Please note: This is an industry only conference and trade show & is not open to the public.)

If you read the above then you've know doubt been scratching your scalp raw, trying to surmise why we put that there.

It's a warning to everyone, citizen and tourist alike, to run like hell; as brewers and breweries (technically more than plural) descend on Portland.

Starting Monday, April 13th, and running through April 17th - the Rose City will be filled with over 10,000 members of craft brewing brotherhood.

While in town, those brewers, brewery representatives, and owners; will be visiting various seminars and tables, all in the name of making better beer.

But rather than describe courses like "Brewhouse Operations, Part One: Influence on Yield and Quality" or "Beyond the Daily Grind: Community Partnerships and Sustainability", I'm here to let you in on a little secret; there's rare beer to be enjoyed.

As a blissful side-effect of visiting PDX, out-of-state breweries (that don't currently sell beer in Oregon) will be temporarily invading bars and restaurants, to create one of the largest block parties known to man.

Additionally there will be dinners, complimented with both instate and out-of-state breweries. Without further delay here are some helpful places to check out, starting on Monday.

Dinners

Eastburn - April 13th from 6:30pm [Tickets]

Charlie Bravo Charlie Beer (7 course) Dinner. Featuring Avery Brewing, DC Brau Brewing, Surly Brewing, Flying Dog Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Maui Brewing and Burnside Brewing.

This is the event you don't want to miss! Kicking off the Craft Brewers' Conference, the Charlie Bravo Charlie Beer Dinner is 7 courses of fantastic brew paired with amazing food from Chef Joseph Dougherty and his creative staff. This dinner will be a fun, casual affair and EastBurn will be closed to the public for this event. All in attendance can enjoy the run of the house and arrive early to have some pre-funk fun in the Tap Room with Skee Ball as well as after dinner entertainment. The participating breweries will be Avery Brewing, DC Brau Brewing, Surly Brewing, Flying Dog Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Maui Brewing and Burnside Brewing. See the menu on EastBurn's website! http://www.theeastburn.com/charlie-bravo-charlie-beer-dinner/

Zupan's Meats - April 15th from 4pm - 6pm [Tickets]

Join us at Zupan's Markets, Burnside for a special meet & greet opportunity with Bill Sysak, Craft Beer Ambassador and Cicerone at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Tapas menu & beer pairings features collaborations between Dr. Bill & Zupan's Markets chef Alex Bourgidu.

MENU:
Grilled Spanish octopus, skordalia
Arrogant Bastard Ale

Lambs tongue, spring onions, capers & radish
Paired with Stone Smoked Porter

Marinated olives, orange peel, thyme & serrano
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

Fried artichokes, aioli
Stone Enjoy By 4.20.15 IPA

Pan-fried sardines, black garlic
Commons/Stone Farmhouse Ale

Smoked cod brandade
HUB/Stone Cascadian Dark Ale w/Spanish Cedar

Please note: No tickets will be mailed. We’ll have your name and number of reservations purchased on the guest list at the event.

Zupan's Meats - April 15th from 7pm - 10 pm [Tickets]

Join us at Zupan's Markets, Burnside for a special 5-course beer dinner featuring Bill Sysak, Craft Beer Ambassador and Cicerone at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Menu features collaborations between Dr. Bill & Zupan's Markets chef Alex

MENU:
Lamb’s lettuce with soft egg, English peas,
mint & cardoncelli mushrooms
Baird/Iishi/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Scallop crudo, whipped asparagus crème, salmon skin, caviar & fennel
Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison

Grilled Hamachi, pork belly & manila clams
Stone Spotlight Imperial Mutt Brown Ale

Shaved chioggia beet, heirloom carrots, fava beans, sweet herbs, coriander, lime & EVOO
Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale

Porchetta, charred leeks & herb, with citrus salsa
Stone 2015 Extra Hoppy Old Guardian Barleywine

Tickets: $85

Seating is extremely limited.

Please note: No tickets will be mailed. We’ll have your name and number of reservations purchased on the guest list at the event.

Culmination Brewing and Tails & Trotter Beer Dinner - April 16th from 6pm [Tickets]

This dinner will feature Portland’s own Tails & Trotters Northwest Hazelnut finished pork prepared by the Culmination Kitchen Executive Chef Carter B Owen.

Guests will receive:

  • a commemorative Culmination / Tails & Trotter Belgian tulip beer glass,
  • 2 beer tickets,
  • your meal,
  • and a tour of the Culmination Brewery.
  • Tickets are limited. buy yours soon!
  • Heads and Tails Dinner Menu
  • Tails & Trotters St. Louis Ribs braised in Porky BBQ Sauce,
  • Tails & Trotters Pate with pickled veggies and crostini,
  • Culmination Kitchen’s Smoked Pork Rillettes (Tails & Trotters Picnic Shoulder) with house mustard and garlic toast,
  • Braised Porky Collards,
  • and Potato Salad!

Imperial - April 17th

The Bruery Pop-Up Beer Pairing Dinner with Coquine from 6pm – 9PM

image sourced from Imperial Bottleshop & Taprom

We’ll be closing our doors for a special three hour private event on Friday, April 17th as we graciously host The Bruery and Coquine Supper Club for a 6-course, pop-up beer pairing dinner. 40 lucky diners will feast on a menu of rustic, yet avant-garde seasonal cuisine paired with word-class beers:

1) “Jardiniere” - a new Belgian pale ale, crisp & refreshing
House made ricotta and fava bean crostini with pea blossoms and lemon

2) “Sourrento” - a limoncello-inspired sour blonde with lemon & lactose
Smoked green farro with artichokes, schmaltz, rosemary and brown butter bread crumbs

3) “Loakal” - oaked American Red Ale generally only available in Orange County
Roasted carrots with creme fraiche, oats, benne seed, aleppo pepper, and crispy pig ear

4) “Geriatric Hipster Club” - beer equivalent of an Old-Fashioned; oak, bitters, orange peel
Beef tartare with Douglas Fir and hazelnuts

5) “Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla” - sour stout aged in oak barrels with tart cherries and vanilla beans
Duck confit with cannelini beans, Amarena cherry glaze, fennel and caraway

6) “Freckle” - mole-spiced imperial stout
Carolina Gold Rice Pudding with cinnamon, vanilla, orange, and dark chocolate

$75 per person (18% gratuity added for a total of $88.50). For reservations, please email info@imperialbottleshop.com or call Imperial at 971.302.6899 between noon – 5PM.

About Coquine Supper Club
Coquine is a soon to be opened restaurant at 6839 SE Belmont street in Portland's Mt. Tabor neighborhood. Chef Katy Millard and Ksandek Podbielski began their trek towards the top of Mt. Tabor in 2012, staging one-of-a-kind dinner parties and pop-ups on farms, in wineries and in other restaurants. Along the way this husband and wife duo have developed a ravenous following for Katy's sophisticated but playful food, and Ksandek's genuine hospitality and knack for pairing food and drink, which was mostly recently showcased serving as head of the wine program at award-winning restaurant Roe. Katy spent five years working her way up through five different Michelin-starred kitchens in France, and worked as the sous chef at Daniel Patterson's upscale Coi Restaurant in San Francisco before helping him launch Plum.

About The Bruery
The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname.

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