An Evening at Explore Your Craft - Portland

In mid-July, I attended Explore Your Craft in Portland. Sponsored by Widmer Brothers Brewing and Draft Magazine, it was a unique event that combined food, beer, and art. Here's the event description from the Explore Your Craft website: 

"DRAFT has partnered with Widmer Brothers Brewing to create Explore Your Craft, an evening celebrating the artistry of brewing, cooking, visual art and musical performance. Centered around the Widmer Brothers’ collection, a chef-designed menu features dishes made specifically for and with Widmer beer, served at pairing stations throughout the space. A visual and musical feast fills the room, with a live performance artist and unique soundscapes from some of the area’s most celebrated musicians. Once inspired by pints and plates, patrons can pick up a paintbrush and join our artist in creating a special, one-of-a-kind work of art."

If you like beer and food, this was the place to be! There were 4 food stations. Each with 4-5 appetizers, paired with a beer from Widmer Brothers. Attendees were treated to all-you-can-drink pours of this taplist:

Shaddock IPA
Nelson Imperial IPA
Citra Blonde Summer Brew
Drifter Pale Ale
Pitch Black IPA
Drop Top Amber Ale
Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
Kill Devil Brown Ale

The food was delicious and the pairing were well done. I won't attempt to describe it and will let my pictures do the talking. In addition to Portland, Explore Your Craft will be held in six cities across the USA during the next few months. If it makes a stop near you, don't miss it! Check the website for updates.

Minneapolis:  September 13, 2012
Washington, DC:  October 10, 2012
San Francisco:  Date TBD
San Diego:  Date TBD
Seattle:  November 15, 2012
Boston:  Date TBD

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Ancho Molasses Rubbed Buffalo Sirloin

Goat Cheese, Hazelnut Arugula Salad.  Alder Smoked Bean Spread on Crostini

Charcuterie from Olympic Provisions

Roasted Apple Chicken Pate and Pimento Cheese Spread with Crostini 

Crushed Orange and Chili Pork Sliders

Artisanal Cheese from Cheese Bar

Dark Chocolate and Bacon Canapes with Candied Orange Rind and Smoked Sea Salt

Dark Chocolate Brownie w/ Raspberry Aspic. Incredible paired with Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout!


1 comment:

  1. Looks like a blast! I'll have to catch it when it comes to Minni


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