By Emily Engdahl
Ah, Portland. You tease us with indeterminable bursts of lovely weather, enough only that we fall prey to selective weather amnesia. As the rain descends upon the Rose City, natives and transplanted residents alike begin the slow retreat indoors, marking the passing of our dark weather days one pint at a time.
If you’re looking for sports, beauty, movies, music, and more to pair with your beer, never fear. Oregonians (tho clad in Gortex from head to toe) know how to keep the suds flowing, and offer a myriad of activities to keep from going stir crazy in the grey months ahead. There’s even meetups for Pints & Sticks, pairing knitting with beer. Though your rows might not be straight, you can knit yourself a cozy blanket and settle in for the winter with like-minded friends.
When beer loving Oregonians are no longer able to enjoy gloriously sunny outdoor fests, we have a variety of winter festivals, where we can move our drinking inside. Luckily, we also have multiple alternatives to traditional breweries, bars, and taverns. Whoever coined the term “liquid sunshine” was clearly a beer lover - with an Oregon beer in your hands, that grey horizon looks more and more like an opportunity to snuggle up.
Here are a few of my favorite Portland venues where a person can play and drink beer:
Timbers | portlandtimbers.com
Thorns | portlandtimbers.com/thornsfc
Blazers | nba.com/blazers
Rose City Roller Derby | rosecityrollers.com
Winterhawks | winterhawks.com
Rose City Futsal | rosecityfutsal.com
Portland Meadows | portlandmeadows.com
Velo Cult | velocult.com
77 Salon | seventyseven.us
Amore Salon | amoresalonspa.com
Comma Vino Spa | commavinospa.com
Modern Man : Mississippi | themodernmanpdx.com
Twilight Rummage Sale | facebook.com/EastPortlandEagles
Ground Kontrol | groundkontrol.com
Pints & Sticks | meetup.com/Pints-Sticks
Record Room | recordroompdx.com
Alberta Rose Theater | albertarosetheatre.com
Mississippi Studios | mississippistudios.com
Laurelhurst | laurelhursttheater.com
St Johns | stjohnscinema.com
McMenamins | mcmenamins.com/Theaters
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.