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A Tale of Two Cities’ Beer Culture

August 13, 2014
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A Tale of Two Cities’ Beer Culture

Join in the Fun and Try Trios of Kiwi & Rip City Brews

No need to dust off your passport, you can get a taste of New Zealand’s annual beer festival, Beervana, right here in Portland on August 14 at Belmont Station. With 53 craft breweries, Portland is home to more breweries than any other city in the world, making it the Northwest’s very own beervana. In celebration of this, the Wellington beer fest invited three Oregon breweries to participate in a collaborative brew and share ideas and experiences between the two craft beer capitals. As a part of this “Beervana Exchange,” New Zealand brewers came all the way to Portland to create three brews that unite the best of both sides of the equator. Now’s your chance to try the fruits of their labor at a unique tasting event, Belmont Station’s Beervana to Beervana. 

Available in a tasting flight of three, the featured collaborative beers are:

PDXNZESB: Gigantic Brewing paired up with Wellington’s 8 Wired Brewing to create this citrus fruit hop explosion. A blend of New Zealand Pacifica hops and Oregon’s own Crystal hops; caramel and bready malts balance this brew out. 6.8% ABV.

Nova Pacifica: Portland’s The Commons Brewery meets its match in NZ’s Tuatara. The duo crafted a Saison brimming with New Zealand Sauvin and Oregon Meridian hops. 5.2% ABV.

Widmer Brothers Manuka Helles Honey Lager: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company teamed up with beer writer John Holl, editor of All About Beer and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook (Storey) in a media brew. Brewed with New Zealand’s own Manuka honey and Wakatu hops, this lager is a clean and refreshing spin on the classic Munich Helles style. 5.3% ABV.

What:         Beervana to Beervana

When:        Thursday, August 14, 2014 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:       Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215

*Media are invited to attend as the event’s guests and taste the collaboration brews at no charge. Please check in with Lisa Donoughe, at lisa@watershedcom.com to book your place.

About Belmont Station: Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland’s premier beer destination. Two different beer locations under one roof, the bottle shop features more than 1,300 beers that have been thoughtfully selected, meticulously rotated, and properly stored. The BierCafé features 20+ lovingly curated, rotating taps, all of which pour world-class brews. Enjoy a draft while shopping in the store, or take any bottle over to enjoy in the BierCafé. Learn more at belmont-station.com

About Wellington’s Beervana: In its 13th year, Beervana is the premier New Zealand celebration of craft beer, with more than 200 different beers available to taste.  Beervana is held at Westpac Stadium, in Wellington on August 22nd and 23rd. Up to 12,000 people are expected to attend two days of tastings. Beervana features brewer meet and greets, beer seminars, home brew and media brew competitions and delicious food from some of Wellington’s best eateries. Learn more about Beervana and its Taste of Portland at http://beervana.co.nz

For more info on the Portland Breweries:

Gigantic Brewing Company: http://giganticbrewing.com

The Commons Brewery: http://www.commonsbrewery.com

Widmer Brothers Brewing: http://widmerbrothers.com 

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