The winter blues have driven many a Portland guy to drink, because what else are you going to do while listening to Johnny's sweet albino guitar riffs? To get all the drinking with none of the blues, check out Plew's First Annual Winter Beer Festival.
Taking off inside the mighty St. John's hop haven of Plew's (with help from the home-brewing "young upstarts" of the North Portland Fermentation Association), the WBF promises a warming indoor suds-stravaganza featuring hard-to-score quaffables, the premiere of Portland's newest (and smallest) brewery, and a chance to drink and eat 'til midnight, though not After Midnight, because again, this has nothing to do with blues. Score your real-glass glass and
immediately drink a ton and break it be the first to try newbie Humble Brewing's inaugural Cascadian Dark Ale with a malty backbone balanced by "tons" of hops, and swig rarities like Occidental's Doppelbock brewed specially for the event, and Oakshire's 9.2% ABV Very Ill-Tempered Gnome, who's pissed because Travelocity brought him in after going public, leaving him to miss out on the big payday he would've spent on pointy hats. They'll also keep your stomach filled with non-beer, with fat Phillys from La Casa Amarilla, and a variety of encased meats grilled by Tim the Sausage Guy; plus there'll be vendors like local herb-slingers Olive and Vine, who'll teach you how to use unique greens in your own beer, awesome if you're a chronic home brewer.
Random door prizes like coozies, hats, and tees from local breweries will be gifted randomly throughout, and you can unleash your worst for the daily ugly sweater-off with competitors posted to (and voted on) at their Facebook page, though given the local complexion this time of year, everyone's already a Winter.