Bikes and beer will be celebrated in true Portland style this weekend at Biketobeerfest, a carfree event being thrown by Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). The event is Saturday, September 19th, from noon to 10pm. And it’s totally free and open to the public.
There’s one catch — the event is carfree. There will be plenty of bike parking right outside the entrance, but no car parking. The block of SE 29th next to the bar will be carfree. And attendees are asked not to arrive by car.
The program is up on the website, and it looks great — performances by local bands including March Fourth Marching Band, a performance by iconic Portland mini bike dance troupe the Sprockettes, roller races, tons of activities for kids, a BMX trick riding exhibition, something called the “Huffy Huck Off,” a handbuilt bicycle show and tell, and a rodeo just for bike shop workers.
Hopworks will also be premiering two beers brewed especially for the occasion.
We’ll be there, hosting a mini BikeCraft fair, with a double handful of some of the best local bike-oriented crafters and artists. I’ll be posting in the next couple of days about the amazing, handmade biked-out goods that we’ll have there.
The event was originally set to be called Biketoberfest, but a trademark issue influenced organizers to change the name.
HUB, which has been open at SE 29th and Powell since 2008, has focused on bikes since its inception, wooing bicycling clientele with plenty of bike parking, decor made out of used bike parts, spare tubes available behind the bar, and sponsorship of local bike causes and teams.
September 19, noon to 10pm
SE 29th and Powell, Portland
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com