October 30, 2013

Portland Beer Week has new events this year

The event features a creative, eclectic schedule that seems to have something for everyone.

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Craig Dilger, who has been brewing beer at home for the past nine years, will be on the upcoming Portland Brew Week’s tour of home brewers. Dilger, left, with help from his friend Bill Boguski, generally brews up several batches of beer each month at his Portland apartment.

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Dilger and Boguski stir in ground barley to create the mash mixture that they will use when making their next batch of home brew.

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Another fun event will be the Beer Week Scavenger Hunt organized by Port City Running Tours, the same group that will also be hosting its regular brewery running tours.

The scavenger hunt will kick off from Rising Tide Brewing Co. at 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Teams of runners will answer trivia questions and follow clues that lead them all around the city. When they stop at a bar or brewery, they’ll have to answer a question, complete a challenge or solve a clue.

“These clues are basically going to lead them all over the peninsula,” said John Calvin Stevens III, owner of Port City Running Tours. “There’s not going to be any rhyme or reason to them. There’s a little bit of planning involved here, as well, some strategy to plan out where these locations are so you’re not zig-zagging across the city.”

Stevens said a lot of people get nervous about combining drinking with running, but he reassures them that the distances are not that far, and the samples are not that large.

The scavenger hunt will be a timed event, and along the way Stevens will throw in some bonus challenges that, if completed, will subtract minutes from a team’s overall time. Most of the challenges involve drinking beer.

“We’re not requiring anyone to drink along the way,” Stevens said, “but as a Beer Week event we’re going to encourage it.”

That’s as it should be: During Portland Beer Week, even runners should be allowed to throw back a few.

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Craig Dilger heats up water used in making the mash mixture for his next batch of home brew beer at his Portland apartment.

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Craig Dilger grinds up freshly roasted barley that he will be using to brew his next batch of home brew.

 


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