When I started out as a writer, freelancing at City Pages in Minneapolis, I was knee-deep in the indie rock music scene. For a whole year I was paid to write about and photograph live shows that I didn’t have to pay for. Life was good!
Flash forward to the current day where I find myself writing and photographing the Portland craft beer scene – and maybe more like “up to my neck” this time.
So when I heard that this year’s edition of the St. John’s Winter Beer Fest will not only feature great winter beers from local brewers BUT ALSO 18 record vendors, I immediately realized where I’ll be spending time this weekend!
The 8th edition of what has become a St. John’s institution, now dubbed The St. John’s Winter Beer Fest and Record Show (<–tickets), starts this afternoon at 2pm and runs through Sunday.
The entire event is a benefit for the St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO). From the farmers market, community clothing closet, storefront improvement grants to advocating for affordable housing and services, SJCO is an important asset in to the St. Johns community.
All the additional info including featured breweries, times, and location are listed below.
The beer side of festival will feature an impressive array of Winter Ales, IPAs, Barleywines, Stouts, and Ciders from over 30 breweries and cideries including pFriem Family Brewers, Fremont Brewing, Block 15, Gigantic, Upright Brewing, Logsdon, Ecliptic, Fort George Brewing, Base Camp, Swift, and Lompoc. Taps will be flowing in the beautiful main ballroom of The Colony (7525 N Richmond Ave. Portland, Oregon 97203) at the following times: Friday and Saturday from 2 ’til 10pm, Sunday from 2 ’til 6pm.
Here’s the taplist for Friday!
pFriem Family Brewers – Oatmeal Stout
Ordnance Brewing – Wilsonville – Blackfisk
StormBreaker Brewing – Winter Coat
Fremont Brewing – Winter IPA
Occidental Brewing Company – Lucubrator
Gigantic Brewing Company – Glow Cloud
Upright Brewing – Saison Vert
Look Long Brewing Company – Mansplainer Sage Porter
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery – Chocolate Espresso Stout
10 Barrel Brewing Company – Flannel Pajamas
Fort George Brewery – Magnanimous
Vertigo Brewing – Friar Mike Gone Wild IIPA Lompoc Brewing – LSD
Montavilla Brew Works – Red Krush Red Ale
Swift Cider – Pineapple Hop
WildCraft Cider Works – Krampus
Shelton Brothers Oregon – Monchshof – Festbier
Andechser – Doppelbock
Sierra Nevada – Celebration IPA
Base Camp Brewing Company -B.A. Imperial S’more Stout
On the other side of this gorgeous venue you’ll find all the vinyl you could ask for, featuring sponsors Discogs and Crate Diggers, plus another 16 vendors from around Portland, plus live DJ’s spinning tasty grooves. The record show portion of the event happens from 3 to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, not on Sunday.
There will also be food trucks in the parking lot including Urban German and The Other Chef.
And in case you weren’t already enticed by the ticket link above, you can buy your tickets here for $20, which includes a 4oz commemorative glass and ten drink tickets (most beers are only a single ticket). And who knows, you might just run into me chugging vinyl and flipping through beers… or something like that.