Ah, December in Beervana. Most places would be concluding their schedule of events by wintertime, but here we're just heating up. Nothing a Portlander loves more than heading out into a 42 degree, pitch black rainy night (which seems to start at 3:30) for a pint.
I wish I could spend more time talking about the events below, but time ain't on my side. You, however, should take the time to click the links and consider attending: all three get my highest recommendation:
The Commons One-Year Anniversary Today and Friday, December 6-7, 5pm
Mike Wright has actually been selling his beer professionally longer ago than a year, but Beetje moved from the garage into commercial space and got a new name. In the year since he opened the doors to the Commons, he's medaled at the GABF. Special beers and a new release on Thursday. Go say congrats.
Chef's Challenge Beer Dinner, Deschutes Brewery Monday, December 10, 6pm
Celebrity chefs, local personalities judging them (including noted literati Lucy Burningham), and rare Deschutes beers. And the proceeds go to Morrison Child and Family Services, so no post-feast guilt. It's all good.
Humbug Lager Fest, Occidental Brewing Saturday, December 15, noon
Portland's most overlooked great brewery hosts a fest with the most overlooked category of beers. Eight beer-geek fave breweries, possible "celebrity" DJ's, and lagers. You should drink more lagers.