Just because I'm out of town doesn't mean you can't go to these events:
Meet the Distributors Night
Friday March 11 (tomorrow)
Bottles, 5015 NE Fremont
While meeting the distributor may not draw your lust, these beers might: Upright Four aged in Ransom Spirits Gin barrels, Double Mountain Bonne Idée (saison), Oakshire Heart Shaped Box (stout)--plus others. I still haven't made it to Bottles, but I have looked in when it was closed, and even from the street I could see it had a cozy, welcoming vibe.
Sidebar, 3901A N Williams, from 4pm
Beermongers, 1125 SE Division, from 6pm
Friday, March 11 (tomorrow)
Lots of impressive beers issuing from the Lompoc barrel room on Friday, with two locations for sampling. For St. Patrick's day, Lompoc offers Dagda, an Irish ale that was aged in bourbon barrels a year. That will be at both locations, as will the '09 vintage of Old Tavern Rat, Lompoc's barleywine. The Sidebar will also be pouring Norman Invasion, a merlot-aged biere de garde. Beermongers has Franc'ly Brewdolph (Belgian strong aged in French cabernet barrels), '08 Monster Mash Imperial Porter, and Roggen Roll, an amber rye ale.
Double Mountain Fourth Anniversary Party
8 Fourth Street, Hood River
Saturday, March 12, 2011 noon-11pm
This has all you expect, which means food, music, and 15 taps (including some "rarities from the cellar"), and this, which you may not: a Charlie Devereux-inspired strong called Two-by-Four Anniversary Ale. If you're anywhere near Hood River, you should pop in for a pint; those rarities are worth seeking out.