Thousands of people came out in the 100 degree heat to cool-off with some cold pints, and celebrate the amazing beer culture in the Pearl.
Four Pearl District breweries, BridgePort, 10 Barrel, Fat Head’s and Deschutes served-up delicious locally-crafted pints at last weekend’s Pints in the Pearl event. The limited edition beers (listed at BrewPublic) that each brewery created specifically for Pints in the Pearl were all crowd favorites and a big draw for the tasting event. In addition to serving-up pints, the breweries also provided delicious bites, like the wings from Fat Head’s and the stuffed pretzels from Deschutes. And, the line at the Verde Cocina booth was full of people looking for fresh and savory Mexican food.
Pints in the Pearl set-out to be a new kind of beer festival from the beginning, and The Not So Professional Beer Blog agreed. “I’ll cut to the chase by saying I thoroughly enjoyed Pints in the Pearl. Yes, it was very different from what I expected, but that’s not always a bad thing. It had more of street festival vibe than that of a beer fest.”
Others appreciated the knowledge and expertise of their beer severs. “Unlike most other Portland beer festivals which are manned by volunteers, these stations are manned by brewery staff who can speak with interested attendees about the nuances of the brews they’re pouring.” wrote Mary R. Garrison in the Examiner.
Entertainment was also on tap within the blocks closed-off for the huge street party with great local bands like Hank Sinatra, Sama Dams, and Weather Machine performing throughout the day, all hosted by local celebrity MC, Poison Waters, who raised everyone’s spirits as they raised their pint glasses. And it wasn’t just fun for the over 21 crowd, Harper’s Playground set-up fun games and activities for kids and their families to enjoy as well.
Pints in the Pearl was conceived by the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA), but would not have been such a success without the help of the many volunteers, both businesses and individuals. Carolyn “CC” Ciolkosz, Executive Director of the PDBA said, “We really appreciated the collaboration between the neighborhood businesses and breweries, and the wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors who helped put on this great event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year!”
Get your Pints in the Pearl Schwag!
You can still get your hands on souvenir pints with logos from all of the participating breweries, as well as t-shirts from the event for $7 each by sending an email to the Pearl District Business Association.