Just one year ago, during Oregon Craft Beer Month, a couple of beery people met up over beers during Belmont Station’s Puckerfest. After an hour or so of hearty laughter and general mirth, they moved the party to a local brewery in an effort to further their #31beers / #31breweries accomplishments for Oregon Craft Beer Month. Born from initial friendship over local beer, and the resulting organization of a group of locals, monthly gatherings have ensued to enjoy and discuss craft beers, share homebrew, support local venues, welcome folks from out of town, and support craft beer in the Portland Metro area and beyond.
PDX Beer Geeks / #pdxbeergeeks© (the brain child of Michael Umphress (@mmcooljam) and Emily Engdahl (@emilyengdahl)) took flight quickly, developing into a small group with an informal gathering at Short Snout Brew. Beers were enjoyed… Brainstorming was done… and the rest, as they say, is history. Now over 500 fans strong, and in celebration of their first anniversary, join the PDX Beer Geeks / #pdxbeergeeks© as they toast this first great year.
The party includes special beers from Fort George, Natian, and The Commons, in addition to a special release by the little nano-brewery who hosted the very first meet-up, Short Snout Brewery of Milwaukie, Oregon. Debuting the Blackberry Sage Porter, the friendship fostered at that first Short Snout gathering propelled the geeks forward into a wonderful community, celebrating the cheer of beer all over our great nation.
A fun filled evening of friends gathering and beer drinking will be had at EastBurn the evening of July 21, 2012. Several raffle prizes will be available throughout the evening. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the event. Prices are $2/ticket or $10/10 tickets. Tickets will also be available with specific beverage purchases for raffle prizes including:
Brewvana Brewery Tours gift certificates
Eastburn gift certificate
Bridgetown Beerhouse gift certificate
Vintage Cocktail Lounge gift certificate
HikesandPints.com gift certificate
#pdxbeergeeks First Anniversary Party
EastBurn Tap Room
18th and E Burnside in Portland
Saturday, July 21, 2012
4 – 10 pm
It’s definitely a testament to the folks behind #pdxbeergeeks that I thought they’d been around for a lot longer. Cheers and congrats guys!
And if you’re in Portland, be sure to stop by and help them celebrate!