Wednesday, June 11
Beers Made by Walking Hike
This is your chance to meet a beer not after it's brewed, but at its inception. Matt Wagoner of the Forest Park Conservancy will lead brewers and members of the public on a series of nature hikes meant to inspire beer that will serve as "portraits" of the Forest Park landscape. This month's hike will go along the north end of Forest Park, and will include brewers from Sasquatch Brewing. The hikes are free but limited, so you'll need to get a ticket at beersmadebywalking.com. Forest Park. 3-6 pm. Free.
Thursday, June 12
DaNet Russian Pop-Up
Every second Thursday, starting July 12, Vitaly Paley will get back to his Russian roots with a five-course, communal-table Russian dinner called DaNet at his otherwise unassuming Portland Penny Diner. The meal will start with blini—both traditional and potato—and move on to a succession of dumplings, soup and piroshki (meat pies), a meat or fish dish, and dessert. Expect courses to be paired with fancy infused vodkas, which the Russians are basically batty for. Oh, and there will also be batshit Slavic music. Portland Penny Diner, 410 SW Broadway, 228-7224. 6:30 pm. $65.
Summer's First Barbecue
So it's neither summer nor the first barbecue. But consider this the summer's first barbecue the way Michelle Obama is the first lady. Toro Bravo's John Gorham will be out there making goat, the eponymous Greg Higgins will be smoking longaniza and buttifarra sausage, and the Bent Brick's Scott Dolich will be barbecuing oysters. Veggies will get their due with barbecued tempeh sliders from Stacey Givens of the Side Yard, and there will be barbacoa sopitos, pork-belly links, lots of local brews and no fewer than seven makers of pie. The event benefits the Ecotrust. Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., ecotrust.org. 5:30 pm. $50-$65.
World Cup Beer Garden
In case you've been completely asleep at the switch, with your earmuffs and blinders on, the World Cup starts today. And there will be a whole ding-dang World Cup Beer Garden popping up in the parking lot of the now-closed Gypsy bar, which might be the best thing to happen in that parking lot for like 10 years. See our World Cup cover package for more details. World Cup Beer Garden, 625 NW 21st Ave., 202-744-1496, facebook.com/worldcupbeergarden. 8:30 am-9 pm daily.
Friday, June 13
Artigiano Friday the 13th Jazz
Italian cart Artigiano, in its ever-vertiginous ascent to restaurant status even as it remains a food cart, will hold a Friday the 13th party with acoustic jazz bass and guitar from Zac Allen and Jon Letts. The cart also has beer and wine these days, complete with happy hour from 5 to 6 pm, so really the only thing it's missing is a roof instead of an awning. Artigiano, 3302 SE Division St., 781-3040. 6-9 pm.
Rye Beer Fest
To celebrate the great rye beer revival (they could have added rye whiskey here, seriously), Taplister will take over EastBurn with a solid 22 rye beers, including a black rye kolsch from Stone Brewing, rye saisons from Agrarian Ales and Humble Brewing, a brett rye grisette from Breakside, a dry rye pale from Oakshire, and a German-style rye from (of course) Occidental. Partial proceeds will be donated to the Children's Cancer Association. EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St., 236-2876. 4 pm-2 am.
Art and Beer: The Drunken Cobbler
This is sort of a chicken-and-egg thing. The Portland Art Museum invited five local breweries to come by and brew a beer inspired by art, in this case the 18th-century piece The Drunken Cobbler by Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Except this painting was obviously also inspired by beer. Itâs a vicious cycle, you seeâenough to get you feeling drunk. It is, in all cases, a prime opportunity to drink beer at the art museum, including an apricot brett ale from Breakside, a French Biere de Garde from Widmer (see below) and an âunbalancedâ blue-collar grisette from Laurelwood. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-0973. 6 pm. $10 museum members. $12 nonmembers.
Saturday, June 14
Taste of Parkrose
Parkrose is an interesting proposition—a strip of bars and car-detail shops, and then suddenly food heaven for a few savory blocks. Well, the East Portland neighborhood is bringing that food out to the streets, from Romanian-German sausages to German baked goods to Chinese, Thai, Greek and Mexican fare. Tastes are free. Plus, Latin horns from El Raffa de Alaska & the Deadliest Catch. Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 106th Avenue. 10 am-6 pm.
Tuesday, June 17
El Gaucho Cigar and Whiskey Affair
What else do you do at the old-guard steakhouse, if not gnaw expensive cigars and mull old Scotch? In this case, the cigars are Nicaraguan Regius Robustos, and the Scotches are a trio of 18-year-olds from Oban, Glenmorangie and Johnnie Walker. Snacks from prosciutto-wrapped dates to chocolate ganache are meant to pair with the whiskey, and not the other way around. El Gaucho, 319 SW Broadway, 227-8794, elgaucho.com. 6 pm. $75.