Oregon and Portland in particular are already great craft beer destinations. By last count at the end of 2014, there were 221 breweries and 179 brewing companies in Oregon, spread across 71 different cities (58 of those are in Portland)*. Well, Travel Portland isn’t satisfied. They want even more craft tourism to come to Oregon and have partnered with Base Camp Brewing Company to introduce a series of limited-availability #PDXNOW beers as part of their larger “Portland Is Happening Now” Winter Tourism campaign.
Other participating breweries included: Baerlic, Breakside, Coalition, Ecliptic, Ex Novo, Fat Head’s, Gigantic, Hopworks and Strombreaker. Along with Base Camp, that makes 10 Portland area breweries, each contributing a beer to the series. Back on January 24th, Base Camp hosted #PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest, which was the public’s first chance to try these 10 brand new beers.
According to Travel Portland:
The Portland is Happening Now campaign highlights three of Portland’s top tourism draws: tax-free shopping, the city’s robust culinary community (and the opportunity to enjoy it during Portland Dining Month) and the innovative craft beer scene (Portland has nearly 60 craft breweries, more than any other city in the world).
Portland is Happening Now
The Portland is Happening Now campaign highlights three of Portland’s top tourism draws: tax-free shopping, the city’s robust culinary community (and the opportunity to enjoy it during Portland Dining Month) and the innovative craft beer scene (Portland has over 60 craft breweries, more than any other city in the world).
The campaign kicked off in Seattle in November with the unveiling of a giant handcrafted cuckoo clock featuring chainsaw-carved Portland icons such as Mount Hood, salmon, beer, bikers, Portlandia, Sasquatch, roses and rivers, among others. The tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in America at more than 24 feet tall and nine-and-a-half feet wide, this unique work represents the fact that something interesting is happening in Portland every hour of every day. The clock is on display at Portland International Airport until the end of March.
Winter Deal Wheel Offers Visitors Free Stuff
As if tax-free shopping weren’t enough, the Portland is Happening Now Deal Wheel highlights a dozen of the many discounts and deals around Portland available to winter travelers, including free dining, shopping and beer-related items. Visitors who book a Portland hotel stay for travel through March 31, 2015, on TravelPortland.com will be given access to a downloadable coupon pack that features more than 85 coupons valued at more than $1,000.
The items travelers can redeem without a purchase (deals are good through March 31, 2015) include the following:
- Bunk: One FREE sandwich at any Bunk Sandwich or Bunk Bar location
- Columbia Sportswear: One FREE Portland is Happening Now shopping tote by Portland Garment Factory at the downtown or airport location
- Hopworks Urban Brewery: One FREE ceramic mini-growler from Portland Growler Co. (beer not included) at the North Williams Avenue or Southeast Powell Boulevard locations
March is Dining Month in Portland
Each year, Portland’s culinary leaders offer three-course dinners for $29 every day of the week during the month of March. Portland Dining Month showcases award-winning chefs and restaurants while making culinary exploration of one of the nation’s most talked-about food destinations even more affordable. In 2015, Portland Dining Month will feature more than 100 restaurants, including farm-to-table icons such as Paley’s Place and Higgins Restaurant alongside some newer stars like Smallwares and Ned Ludd. Find more information about the promotion and participants atTravelPortland.com/diningmonth. Portland Dining Month donates a portion of the proceeds from each reservation made through OpenTable to the Oregon Food Bank.
Here’s a look at the #PDXNOW brews, which debuted on Jan. 24:
|Shared Theme||Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer||Brewery & #PDXNOW Beer|
|Amber||Base Camp Brewing CompanyBridge Builder Bock||Coalition Brewing Co.Mutual Fermentation|
|Hefeweizen||Hopworks Urban BreweryHop-Lic Kellerweizen||Baerlic Brewing Co.Baer-Works Radlerweizen|
|Gose||Breakside BreweryJuggling Plums Gose||Fat Head’s BreweryWeiss Weiss Baby|
|Belgian||Ecliptic BrewingDownkriek Cosmic Storm Belgian Sour||StormBreaker BrewingUpkriek Cosmic Storm|
|Gose||Gigantic BrewingQuadtastic B² + G + EX = #PDXNOW||Ex Novo Brewing CompanyGose Either Way|
Currently, you can find all of these beer available on tap at Base Camp Brewing until the end of February. Also, the collaboration beers are available at the respective breweries’ taprooms. There is also an event coming up in Seattle on February 19th, where all of these beers will be available to try. Details and location for this event have not yet been announced, but check back here as I will update this post when the information becomes available.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.