Better late than never, beer fans. This week marks your last chance to partake in two of the beer world's most exciting annuals: Fresh hop season and Oktoberfest.
Blessed are we who live in Portland, because you have multiple opportunities in which to drink your amber lager or fresh-hopped-anything this weekend, with parties happening as far south as Oregon City and as far east as Montavilla.
Seriously, get out and fill that glass with the good stuff before everything on tap has pumpkin or spices in it (you know, next week).
Friday, September 30
Portland Fresh Hop Fest
The Oaks Park Fresh Hops Beer Fest is always late to the party—meaning some of the fresh-hop beers aren't utterly fresh—but it's the biggest fresh-hop fest in Portland, and it's on its mitzvah year this year, lucky number 13. Expect 60 different fresh-hop beers, in all their great or awful or middling glory. $20 gets a glass and 8 drink tickets. Extra drink tickets are $5 for 4 or $2 each. Kids are allowed on Saturday, but it's baby-free on Friday. Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 5-9 pm Friday, 12-8 pm Saturday.
7th Annual Fresh Hop Summit
Montavilla is momentarily fun, because Roscoe's will have its 7th Annual Fresh Hop Summit, with 30 different fresh hops including Breakside, Laurelwood and Pfriem. No special admission or glasses or whatever—as with all Roscoe's summits, it's a low-overhead affair, but taster trays will be on hand. Roscoe's, 8105 SE Stark St. 2 pm. Free.
Mississippi Ave gets its share of this year's stein-filled party late, with a ceremonial keg tapping at 6 pm Friday, face painting, and multiple imports on draft (as usual). Given how amazing sister-bar Stammtisch fared when they hosted their own seasonal festivities just a short while ago, we're sure this will be a quality affair. Prost!, 4237 N Mississippi Ave. 11 am-9 pm Friday-Sunday. Free.
Saturday, October 1
The city's only German brewery co-run by an actual German will have its Oktoberfest… in actual Oktober. The Festbier's first tapping will be Saturday at pork-shoulder masters The People's Pig, who will also be serving a special menu. The People's Pig, 3217 N Williams Ave. 1-10 pm. $25-30.
Those south of the Portland limits get their taste of Germany's finest this weekend, courtesy of more than a dozen Bavarian and Oregonian taps at Feckin Brewing. Suburban sausage-and-massive-pretzel-lovers rejoice. Feckin Brewing, 415 McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City. 12 pm. Free.
Tuesday, October 4
Citra Showers Release
Noble Ale Works brings the first keg of its acclaimed IIPA, Citra Showers, to Portland from the land of Disney, a magical castle of grapefruit, lemongrass, and mango that will have you crying lupulin-laced tears of joy. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Forster Rd. 5-10 pm.