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Widmer teams with Keen Footwear for new 'Full Fender Brown Ale'

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It has finally happened. For years now we've wondered why the largest beer maker in Portland — Widmer Brothers Brewing — didn't have a bike-themed beer. After all, not only are we the best biking town in America, but Widmer is a very bike-friendly company. Co-founder Rob Widmer even rode his bike in a commute challenge during National Bike Month in 2008.

Now comes word that Widmer has collaborated with another Portland-based company, Keen Footwear, to make a new beer that will be called Full Fender Brown Ale.

We don't know all the details yet, but the official announcement and label art are expected to be unveiled next week.
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Portland's pedal-powered pub crawls are becoming big business

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Pedalounge owner John Boblett at the helm.
(Photo © Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

The sun was setting over the back parking lot of the Blitz Ladd when John Boblett flipped a switch on his custom aluminum dashboard and was immediately surrounded by soaring Columbian pop music and the hoots and hollers of 16 middle-aged professionals pedaling as fast as they could toward their first pint.

For Boblett, that's the start of a summertime Friday on the Pedalounge. And he hasn't even added that stripper pole yet.

As Portland's summer heats up, the pedal-powered microbrew tour business is booming — and changing fast.
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Portlanders launch 'Hop in the Saddle'; a guide to local beer by bike

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

A trio of Portlander women have joined forces to launch Hop in the Saddle, a forthcoming (they hope) guide book that will take readers on a bike tour of local craft beer breweries and pubs. The project launched via Kickstarter today and its supporters are hoping to raise $15,000 to make the book a reality.

Behind the project are: noted author Ellee Thalheimer, whose Cycling Sojourner guide book came out earlier this year; freelance reporter Lucy Burningham, who has written about beer and bikes in The New York Times, Outside, and other national publications; and Laura Cary, a graphic designer based in Portland. (Check bios of all three of them at HopintheSaddle.com.)

Given what I know about these women, this will be an excellent book! Beyond that, one lucky backer of their Kickstarter campaign will get a one-of-kind, custom "beer bike" built by none other than famed local builder Tony Pereira (who happens to be the husband of Mrs. Burningham). All it takes is a donation of $10,000 or more.
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Metrofiets launches beer bike rental business

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

When local cargo bike manufacturer Metrofiets unveiled their "Hopworksfiets" back in September 2009, it was a sensation. The bike, custom made for Hopworks Urban Brewery to be a beer bar on wheels, was a media darling and even made it onto the Discovery Channel.

The bike itself was a smash hit, but it also saw huge demand as event organizers throughout Portland realized its popularity and beer-dispensing qualities.

Now the owners of Metrofiets have made version 2.0 and they're getting into the beer bike rental business themselves. (more...)

Event: Beer for Bikes at the Oregon Brewers Festival (7/28/11 - 7/30/11)

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Event Name: Beer for Bikes at the Oregon Brewers Festival
Event Date: July 28-30 2011
Start Time: 11:45:00 AM
Web Site: http://washingtoncountybikes.org/events

Join us for 2 hours watching bikes for attendees at the 24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival and get a beer mug and tokens for your efforts.
The shifts start at 15 minutes before the hour and the last will continue until about 30 minutes after closing or the last unlocked bike has left the lot, whichever comes first.

Shifts are:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 28,29 & 30.
11:45AM – 2:00PM
1:45 – 4:00 PM
3:45 – 6:00PM
5:45 – 8:00 PM
7:45 – Close (Approx 9:30)

Sunday, July 31
11:45AM- 2:00 PM
1:45 – 4:00PM
3:45 – CLose (Approx. 5:30PM)

Contact Volunteer[at]washcobtc[dot]org to register for your shift.
Remember, 1st come, first served! They go fast, so sign up now!

Location:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Event: Bikes & Beer at the Organic Brewers Festival (6/24/11-6/26/11)

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Event Name: Bikes & Beer at the Organic Brewers Festival
Event Date: June 24-26, 2011
Start Time: 12:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://washingtoncountybikes.org/events
Event Description: Give us 3 hours watching over bikes and we’ll give you chips and a mug for free beer at the 7th Annual Organic Brewers Festival at Overlook Park in Portland.

Running from Friday June 24 – Sunday the 26th, the festival hours are Noon-9 on Friday and Saturday and Noon-5 on Sunday.

Contact us at Volunteer[at]washcobtc[dot]org to schedule a shift time.

Available hours are:
Friday & Saturday
11:45AM – 3PM
3:45PM – 6PM
5:45PM – Close

Sunday
11:45AM – 3PM
2:45PM – Close

The event leader contact information will be provided to all volunteers who register.

Good reviews for Portland's latest bike-friendly bar

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Plenty of bike parking at the new Apex Bar on SE 12 and Division)
(Photo © Andrew Kreps via Twitpic)

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Event: North American Organic Brewers Festival (6/25,26,27/10)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Event Name: North American Organic Brewers Festival
Event Start Date: 25 June 2010
Start Time: 12:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.naobf.org
Event Description: More than 15,000 beer lovers will converge upon Portland this summer to take part in the world's largest all organic beer festival. The sixth annual North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) will take place June 25 through 27 in Portland’s Overlook Park at the intersection of N Fremont St and Interstate Ave.

Event hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full glass of beer costs four tokens (more for select beers), and a taste costs one token. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated MAX ticket, a ticket from the secure onsite bike corral, or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank.

The NAOBF aims to bring awareness of sustainable living to its participants and attendees by encouraging brewing and drinking organic beers, using local and sustainable energy, and purchasing locally grown foods and locally made products.

The event serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from around the nation. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children's area, all in a beautiful park setting.

This year's bike parking, sponsored by Hopworks Urban Brewery, has been largely expanded and will now be manned and secured. Plus, ride your bike and park onsite and get $1 off your tasting glass!

The NAOBF goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch glasses made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste, and food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable.

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The festival benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, visit www.naobf.org.

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