Base Camp Brewing’s 2nd annual Collabofest

Base Camp Brewing Collabofest 2016

This Saturday, January 30, Portland’s Base Camp Brewing is hosting their second annual Collabofest, which features 16 breweries and two cideries teaming up to produce 17 unique collaboration brews. Base Camp has pulled together a Who’s Who of the Portland brewing scene to participate, and proceeds from the event will benefit two non-profits: the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Oregon Wild.

Here are details from the Facebook event page:

Collabofest showcases the authenticity and creativity of the Portland beer scene. This year will feature 16 breweries plus two amazing cideries as they collaborate to create new innovative brews and ciders.

The event will kick off on January 30th at 1 pm for our VIP guests and a special brewers meet and greet. Doors open to the public at 2 pm and the party continues until 8 pm. This is more than just a beer festival, there will also be live music, human fussball, food trucks and the event is open to all ages!

We look forward to celebrating with you all!

This years pairings include:

  • Ex Novo Brewing and Ecliptic Brewing
  • Burnside Brewing Co and The Commons Brewery
  • Gigantic Brewing Company and Stormbreaker Brewing
  • Breakside Brewery and BTU Brasserie
  • Base Camp Brewing Company and Culmination Brewing Company
  • Occidental Brewing Company and Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Laurelwood Public House & Brewery and Baerlic Brewing Co.
  • Widmer Brothers Brewery and Pub and Fat Head’s Portland
  • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and Cider Riot

General admission costs $25, and the VIP is $40; you can purchase either online here.

Travel Portland, under their #PDXNOW hashtag campaign/tagline (“Portland is Happening Now”), is the presenting sponsor, and they have an article up that details each collaboration beer from each brewery team-up. How it works is, the breweries brewed two beers, one at each other’s respective facility—so for instance, Ex Novo and Ecliptic brewed Midnight Black Gose at Ex Novo’s brewery, and then brewed Nightfall Black Pilsner over at Ecliptic.

And in the vein of Portland “Happening Now” and especially “Keep Portland Weird,” Travel Portland sent out one of more unusual promo packages I’ve received:

#PDXNOW Zines and Socks

Yep, socks and zines. I haven’t seen legit zines since… a long time, anyway. And fittingly, each is related to beer in some way (my favorite of these three is the “Tiny Bars” guide). It’s a clever idea—I can’t really think of anything quite as “Portland” as zines and Pine State Biscuit socks for something like this. And it’s an interesting change from the usual beer-related promos I get—namely, actual beer.