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Finishing PDX Beer Week at Sour Solstice

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 

As PDX Beer Week comes to a close there is still one big event to attend. Portland residents, kick off the official start of summer at the 1st annual Sour Solstice Berliner Weisse & Gose Festival.

A unique selection of 10 tart and refreshing, German-style sour wheat beers brewed by breweries across the States. The country comes together for one night to dive-in on some of the highest quality brews in our great nation.

Ticket purchase in advance is running at $15, and tickets at the door are going for $20.

The fun doesn’t stop with your average pint. A variety of syrups will be made available at the venue for mixing with the Berliners.

Sour Solstice will also have a new up and coming food option for those attending. Portland’s first bicycle food cart will be at the event. “The Portland Crab Cart” will be hitting the grill hard cooking up scrumptious dungeness crab cakes.

Don’t miss the last hoorah of PDX beer week. June 20-21 at noon is when the event kicks off. Sour Solstice is hosted at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 Southeast Division Street Portland, OR 97202.

 

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Cost: $18

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Cost: $20

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Homebrew Kit 

If the beer lover in your life is considering brewing, a good place to start is with a homebrew kit. Available at any local homebrew shop, be warned that if they haven’t brewed before, you might be starting a time consuming, expensive habit.

Cost: $30.95 and up

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Growler 

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Cost: $5 and up

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Cost: $499+

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Cost: $59+

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Bräuler

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Cost: $149 (with co2 kit)

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Cascade Hops

Cascade Hops 

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Cost: $16.99

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Guild Membership

Oregon Brewers Guild Membership 

When you purchase an Oregon Brewers Guild membership for them, they aren’t just a beer lover or geek anymore, they are beer SNOB. Don’t worry, that’s a good thing because SNOB stands for Supporter of Native Oregon Beer. The Oregon Brewers Guild has a special membership for enthusiasts and it comes with a snazzy shirt so when they walk into a brewpub, they’ll look boss.

Cost: $20

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Beer Bike Carrier

Beer Bike Carrier

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