Combining three of Portland's biggest passions -- weird beers, semi-nude women, and ridiculous costumes that aren't outfits worn unironically every Last Thursday -- Night of the Living Ales returns next Friday to drop its former status as a bar crawl in favor of a massive party featuring live music, one-of-a-kind beers that taste like candy, and zombie go-go dancers who may or may not also be named Candie
Assembling all manner of costumed vampires, women in binders, zombies, Batmen, naughty nurses, naughty pirates, and, with any luck, naughty Ed Begley Jrs, NOTLA's going down in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing Co, where said undead dancers from Sinferno Cabaret'll shimmy to music by Oh Darling and dance-crazy multi-instrumental DJ Boy Eats Drum Machine, who should really change his name to Boy Eats Disappointingly Small Snickers Bar in recognition of the holiday. Boy will also drink beers made specifically for the event, including Burnside's Almond Joy Porter -- which thankfully tastes like chocolate and coconut, and not that "nutty" Joy Behar -- Oakshire's pumpkin-y Vanilla Jack Porter, and a blend of Upright's Fantasia Ale & Bushwacker's cider
And of course there's a costume contest, in which everybody in attendance will be judged based on categories such as scariest, celebrity-est, and sexiest... congrats, person smart enough to go as Ed Begley Jr!
Beers produced at Burnside Brewery are unfiltered and cleaned of particulates using a lagering process. In layman's terms, this means that the beer takes longer to make but tastes like liquid sunshine. The menu features a selection of cured meats and charcuterie that has been meticulously paired with the beers on offer.