Explore Your Craft: When Beer, Food, Music, and Art Collide


This Friday, July 13, Draft Magazine and Widmer Brothers Brewing will host a unique beer pairing event in NW Portland. Instead of just pairing beer with food, music and visual art will also play a key role in the evening. I recently attended beer pairing events at The Oregon Garden Brewfest and the National Homebrewers Conference in Seattle and had a great time at both. After all, when you have good beer and good food, what's not to like?!?

For more information (including details about food and beer pairings) and to order tickets ($45 per person), visit the Explore Your Craft website. In addition to the event in Portland, similar events will be held later this year in Minneapolis, Washington DC, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and Boston.


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Photo courtesy ExploreYourCraft.com


Photo courtesy ExploreYourCraft.com


Photo courtesy ExploreYourCraft.com


WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING AND DRAFT MAGAZINE CELEBRATE THE ART OF BEER WITH THE 2012 EXPLORE YOUR CRAFT SERIES


PORTLAND, Ore. – June 25, 2012 – Explore Your Craft, a collaborative effort by Widmer Brothers Brewing and DRAFT magazine, kicks off its 2012 series in Portland, Ore., on Friday, July 13, and tickets are available now. A series of seven events held around the country, Explore Your Craft celebrates the artistry of brewing, cooking, visual art and musical performance.

Other events in the 2012 series will be held in Minneapolis; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; San Diego; Seattle; and Boston.

WHAT: Centered around the Widmer Brothers Brewing portfolio, the Portland event will offer a selection of small plates from Chef Brian Stafford of Portland’s Pearl District Whole Foods paired with specific beers, along with a charcuterie station from Olympic Provisions. The celebration will also feature the work of local artists and musicians, and attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in the creation of a unique work of art.

Featured beers at the Portland event will include Widmer Brothers’ summer seasonal Citra Blonde Summer Brew, the newly released Shaddock IPA from the brewery’s Rotator IPA Series, Kill Devil Brown Ale from the brewery’s Brothers’ Reserve line and many more, including Widmer Brothers favorites such as Drop Top Amber Ale, Drifter Pale Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen and Pitch Black IPA.

WHO: Special guests will include the following:
  • Kurt and Rob Widmer, founders of Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Samuel Robinette, a local artist exploring photography, painting, film, illustration, typography and other abstract art forms
  • Sami Rouissi, a Pacific Northwest musician

WHEN: Friday, July 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: EcoTrust Building, 721 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
COST: Admission is $45 per person. Purchase tickets online at exploreyourcraft.com.



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