Thursday, June 13-Sunday, June 16
Oregon-centric beer bar Loyal Legion has been championing a vast array of local flavors since opening a few years back, which makes it the perfect place to cap off PDX Beer Week. This event is devoted to the smallest breweries around the state, with our funky friends at Little Beast Brewing leading the curation. That means there’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite or two, amidst the sea of weird experiments that are too wild and rare to ever hit the mainstream.
Cost: Entry is free, the beer is not
Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
PDX Pride Weekend is the perfect chance for community members and allies to celebrate the diversity that makes cities like Portland bastions for progressive attitudes. It happens to include a constellation of raging parties at bars across town too, if the big crowds of the parade or the riverfront festival are too much for you to handle.
Saturday, June 15
The beer geek superteam that assembled Culmination Brewing in 2016 could’ve rested on their laurels after their amazingly consistent IPAs and small-batch experiments vaulted them towards the top of the heap almost immediately, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, they’ve been hosting events that pair their beer with things like coffee, doughnuts, and in this case, a splendid selection of cheeses and charcuterie. Be sure to pack an extra roll of Tums.
Sunday, June 16
At this year’s edition of Snackdown, attendees get to enjoy dishes made by local chefs from the kitchens of Ned Ludd, Shalom Y’all and others, all paired with beers brewed specially for the occasion by industry giants like pFriem and Fort George. The wrestling garb and a whole lot of yelling certainly gives the event a hint of the stuffy pageantry of The Feast, but the food does most of the talking.
Cost: $49 for ten small platters and ten 5oz pours
Friday, June 21-Sunday, September 1
In case you missed the memo, almost every city park in and around Portland pops up a projector and screens classic movies throughout the summer. Chances are the park in your neighborhood is involved, and they may even be showing something fresh out of the second-run beer theater as well. Grab a blanket and get cozy on the lawn.