There’s plenty of reasons to brave the rain this weekend. Try excellent pours all over town and enjoy inside warm brewpubs and beer bars.
Friday marks the launch of this year’s Killer Beer Week, meaning excellent beer in various styles will hit many of the Rose City’s finest beer haunts over the next seven days. That, a special cider tasting, and Ecliptic’s fourth spin around the sun are all worth checking out—as is the excellent dark english ale from Samuel Smiths that can be found at a McMenamin’s near you come Monday.

Friday, October 20

Killer Beer Summit

Local beer blog Brewpublic kicks off its ninth annual Killer Beer Week with a summit that includes special pours like a barrel-aged Scotch ale from Port Brewing and a mixed fermentation beer saison from Anchorage Brewing. Also hitting taps is Cultivating Mass, an imperial porter than has been quietly aging in bourbon barrels in Milwaukie for 18 months. On a related note, we prefer Lyft to Uber. Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St. 5 pm. Free.

Cider Smackdown!

Six all-apple ciders compete for blind tasting supremacy — and a monthlong tap handle at Bushwhacker Cider — this weekend, providing you a perfect opportunity to get in tiny subjective arguments about dryness, tannins, and acidity while ignoring the tiny, subjective disagreements you got in at work this week. Bushwhacker Cider, 1212-D SE Powell Blvd. 6 pm. Free.

Saturday, October 21

Killer IPA Fest

Killer Beer Week started Friday at Roscoe’s, but N.W.I.P.A. is kicking out the heart of the week with two days of killer IPAs. Saturday is hard-to-get out-of staters like Pizza Port, El Segundo, Columbus Brewing and Structures. Sunday is great double hazy IPAs from local spots like Great Notion and Ruse. Kick ass. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 2 pm. Free.

Ecliptic Fourth Orbit Anniversary Party

John Harris’ space-themed brewpub celebrates four trips around the sun with a barrel-aged imperial cherry porter and various other brewery-exclusive beers, in addition to providing small bites and live music. Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St. 11 am. Free.

Sunday, October 22

Killer IPA Fest—Double Trouble

Six hefty imperial IPAs follow up yesterday’s lower ABV varieties, with sizes and colors ranging from Claim 52’s cloudy 8-percent New England to Barley Browns’ clear, 10.2-percent Tankslapper. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Rd. 2 pm. Free.

Monday, October 23

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout on Tap

Famed English brewery Samuel Smith’s has begun exporting kegs of its acclaimed oatmeal stout all across the United States, with 30 McMenamins locations including 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, the Bagdad Pub, and two bars at Edgefield all getting some of the good stuff. 30 McMenamins locations, all regular hours. Free.