Independence Day Pre-Funk
2:30 p.m. Friday July 3, Three Mugs Brewing Co., 2020 NW Aloclek Dr Suite 108, Hillsboro;

Come in for some classic American fare: beer, burgers and hotdogs. And air-conditioning, the lads are quick to add. Wear USA colors and you’ll get half off your first Three Mugs Brewing beer and 10 percent off your tab after that.

First Friday Tap Attack with No-Li Brewing
7 p.m. Friday July 3, Sellwood Public House 8132 S.E. 13th Ave.;

The former Northern Lights Brewing of Spokane is making some great beers these days and here’s your chance to try them, including Poser Golden/Blonde Ale, Born & Raised IPA, Spin Cycle Red, Crony Brown Ale, Brass Monkey American Strong Ale and Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout.

Big Al’s/Widmer Lord of the Wings
7 p.m. Friday July 3, Big Al’s Vancouver; 16615 S.E. 18th St., Vancouver;

This wing-eating competition is part of 100 Days of Hefe, Widmer Brothers Brewing’s summer-long celebration of its flagship beer, Hefeweizen. The brewery will be raffling off 100 yellow-and-black city cruiser bikes, one per event during the summer, and Friday you can see the Audi Q5 to be given away in September at the end of the 100 days.

Portland Craft beer Festival
4 -10 p.m. Friday July 3, Noon-10 p.m. Saturday July 4, Noon- 7 p.m. Sunday July 5, The Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 N.W. Overton St.; $20 include mug and 10 tix 21 & over Friday & Saturday; Sunday is family day. Cash only, ATMs onsite.

Portland Craft Beer Festival organizer Joseph Sundberg figured that there was room in Portland’s crowded schedule of beer fests for a new festival, especially if it celebrated – and poured – only the beers brewed within Portland city limits.
“The Portland Craft Beer Festival will be an annual opportunity for fest-goers to sample a substantial cross section of beers from every brewery in Portland,” said Sundberg at a recent PCBF media event. “What makes the PCBF unique is the fact that only beers brewed within the city limits of Portland will be featured at the PCBF – this is different from the other beer festivals that occur in the city. Along with beer, there will be selections of Portland’s craft ciders and wines, as well as locally based food vendors.”
As the beer list of more than 100 great craft beers suggests, Portland is obviously the best city in the world in which to pull this off – it being the best beer city in the world and all.

  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony opens the festival 4 p.m. Friday July 3.
  • The Portland Beer Hall of Fame will be unveiled 3 p.m. Saturday July 4 with the announcement of the inaugural inductees. Ballots will be available to vote on next year’s inductees.
  • Sunday July 5 is Family Day, which begins at 11 a.m. with a yoga class for children and adults. The fest will be open to all ages until 7 p.m. and kids get in free. There will be a children’s market with a variety of crafts created by kids, free vision testing by The Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, face painting, and Ruby Jewel ice cream.
  • Throughout the weekend there’ll be events at the Brewers/Writers tent, where you can meet and chat with various local beer celebrities.

The PCBF benefits CaskAide, Inc., which was formed to partner with the festival to support Portland neighborhood interests through the promotion of local breweries. This year, the beneficiaries are the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation,The James Beard Public Market and the Oregon Brew Crew.

Womens World Cup Finals
1-8 p.m. Sunday July 5, Bazi beer garden: S.E. 32nd Ave closed between Market Street and Hawthorne Blvd.;
4 p.m. Sunday July 5, Cloumbia River Brewing, 1728 N.E. 40th Ave.;

These are just two of the places that will have the big screens tuned to the big game Sunday.

Knee Deep Brewing Tap Takeover
5 p.m. Thursday July 9, The BeerMongers, 1125 S.E. Division St.;

The Mongers say that if you enjoy dank IPAs – and who doesn’t? – this Auburn, Calif. brewery may be your new favorite. Simtra, Hoptologist, Breaking Bud, Lupulin River, Citra Pale and Hop Shortage are just some of the beers they’ll be pouring that night.

Pioneers of the Brewpub Bill
7 p.m. Thursday July 9, McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St.; free, all ages.

The brewpub law passed in 1985 ushered in our current glory years as one of the world’s great beer cities, and it’s impossible to imagine Oregon without brewpubs. But to it hear from those who were there, it was a close-run thing and you can listen to those original beer pioneers speak about Oregon craft beer history at the historic Mission Theater. Brian McMenamin, Dick Ponzi, Art Laurance, Kurt WIdmer and Fred Bowman were all there in ’85 and they’ll recount the maneuvering in Salem that it took to get the bill passed in a panel discussion that I’ll moderate. Beth Harrington’s OPB feature film, “Beervana,” will screen after the discussion.

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