Hawthorne Hophouse 1st Annual FreshtoberFest!

ninkasi Hawthorne Hophouse invites you to join us in a celebration of all things fresh hop, starting on Monday, September 22nd, and culminating in a big shindig on Saturday, September 27th. Saturday’s events include live music, outdoor games, TriceraCyclehop Races, Corn Hole, and complete awesomeness!


The line-up is:
Monday 9/22, 10 Barrel (with Mayme)
Tuesday 9/23, Oakshire (with Adam)
Wednesday 9/24, GoodLife (with Chris)
Thursday 9/25, Reverend Nats (with Jason)
Friday 9/26, Laurelwood (with James)
From 1pm to 8pm on Saturday, we’re taking over the entire parking lot to party down. Under the tent you’ll find outdoor games, including corn hole and the Ninkasi’s TriceraCyclehop tricycle race tournament, as well as live music from two fantastic local bands, and, of course, beer galore.
Ninkasi and Fort George will be front and center, and you can sample Ninkasi’s fresh hop brews, plus their Oktoberfest and Triceratops, and Fort George’s fresh hop brews outside on the patio. We’ll also have tons of fresh hops on tap inside from many local breweries, including Pints, CiderRiot, and Commons. You can always get yourself full pints, but we’ve also got $2 half pints available for the day. Yep, two bucks for a giant pour of any of the beers we’ve got.
Cascadia Groove Connection is performing from 4pm-6pm and Steph Infection & the Heebie Jeebies will be on from 7pm-9pm. We’ll also have a special tasty Oktoberfest menu, created by our boys JD and Greg, for your snacking pleasure.



Glencoe School Fundraiser

glencoePlease join us in supporting Glencoe School on Tuesday, September 30, for a fundraising event.  Hawthorne Hophouse will be donating 20% of our sales on this date to Glencoe.  Please bring in your family and friends to help us raise money for a neighborhood school.  We have a great kids’ menu and will be serving up specials all day and night.

If you have a non-profit organization you would like to support, contact us to see if we can help with a fundraiser such as this.  Email us at orhophouse@gmail.com for more details.


Fish Brewing – Leavenworth Biers – Spire Mountain Cider

fishspire leavenworthFor the Month of September, Fifteenth Ave will be hosting Fish Brewing Company, and delicious brews from Leavenworth Biers, and Spire Mountain Cider! Many of you have fallen in love with these beers, and are always sad when they’re gone! Here’s your chance to hang out with us and hoard growlers of all your Fishy favorites!

Join us on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8 PM for a free tasting with John and all his friends! … and of course all your favorite Hop-Heads at the pub!



Day Drinkers, UNITE!
15th Ave will be hosting a private bottle share event on Saturday, the 30th of August at 10AM.

Prior to the restaurant opening, we are inviting beer lovers to come share stories and favorite bottles, new or old, with fellow PDX beer aficionados.

Fun and snacks galore, Please bring yourself, a bottle to share, and a healthy appetite for bubbly beverages.

21 and over only, please! Set your alarm, we’ll see you there!

BAERLIC – Brewer of the Month

baerlicHello, Beer Lovers!
Come to Fifteenth Ave this month to help us welcome and congratulate one of Portland’s newest breweries (and our dear friends!) Baerlic Brewery! We will feature rotating beers from Baerlic all month long, including Cavalier Classic Cream Ale, Invincible IPA, Ultra Summer Ale (USA), Eastside Oatmeal Pilsner, Noble Stout, and Primeval NW Brown Ale. All these beers are available for sale in Growlers for $10 a fill, and eligible for Happy Hour pricing – (just like all the delicious brews crafted in PDX!)
On Thursday August 21st, the Baerlic family will join us at 6pm to chat, drink, and maybe hand out some cool shwag!
Come share a pint with us, and support great local beer!



Think you know Portland beer? Now, you’ll have the chance to find out!
For the second year in a row, Oregon Hophouse will be hosting a blind tasting event, The PDX Palate-Palooza! In conjunction with Portland Beer week, June 5-15th head on over to Hawthorne, or 15th Avenue to test your skills!
Participants will buy a flight of 12 beers for $15, and will have a chance to match the beer and brewery to the sample. Each flight comes with an answer sheet and a list of the beers provided.
Once the entries are sorted out, the finalists will be invited back to Hawthorne Hophouse on July 8th and given a complimentary flight of 8 beers from the day’s taplist to again try and correctly identify them.
The stakes are high! First place winner will receive a lifetime Mug Club Membership, and a Stainless Steel Brauler. Second place will win a one year Mug Club Membership and a Stainless Steel Brauler, and the third place winner will receive a Stainless Steel Brauler.

Get ready, beer lovers! Do your research!

March is Cider Month at the Hophouse!

cider-monthMarch is here, and that means dozens of delicious ciders on tap for Cider Month!  We have decided to turn March into a month-long celebration, so that more people and cideries could enjoy and participate.We will be featuring cider from Wandering Aengus/Anthem, Two Towns, Reverend Nat, Carlton Cyderworks, Snowdrift Cider, FinnRiver Farms, Julian, Tieton, Blue Mountain, Two Rivers Cider, Atlas, and more.
At both locations we will offer a flight of eight ciders  for $8 (half-price on Mondays) and there are free cider tastings each week at each location, featuring an individual cidery. The particular tastings are listed on our event calendar.

The last weekend of March we will be offering Cider Specials until the kegs are gone.  Join us to celebrate the beautiful ciders of the region and beyond!

RPM, Vortex are Top Oregon IPA winners!

Beer type poster sidewaysAfter a month of 8-flight tastings, and about 800 unique votes, we have two winners. Boneyard’s RPM is the top vote-getter for the second year in a row, and will get permanent Tap 1 status at Hawthorne for 2014. This year we had a close second with Fort George’s Vortex, and we love that beer too, so we decided to split the award and turn over Tap 1 at 15th Avenue to that great beer. Another great reason to love Vortex – you can get it in cans and take it to the mountain!

The third distant vote-getter this year was Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack, which recently received national accolades. Actually, Barley Brown won the online vote but hardly got any votes in the pubs themselves. The beers tasted in both locations all month were: Boneyard IPA, Gigantic IPA, 10 Barrel Apocalypse, GoodLife Descender , Double Mountain Hop Lava, Fort George Vortex, Worthy IPA, Hop Valley Alphadelic.

Here’s the raw data:
Last year: 2012 2013 Winners notes:
Boneyard RPM Boneyard RPM wins again Tap 1 at Hawthorne
Ninkasi Total Domination Vortex Very close second. Tap 1 at 15th Ave.
10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA Barley Brown Distant third, Barley Brown, strong online vote
Fort George Vortex Gigantic Gigantic moves up
Vertigo Friar Mike’s IPA Worthy Newcomer from Bend, of course
Gigantic IPA Double Mountain Sixth thru eighth virtual tie.
3 Creeks Hoodoo Voodoo Laurelwood
Oakshire Watershed 10 Barrel

We did filter out approximately 10% of the votes, which were duplicates and/or had no emails, etc. So we feel pretty good about these results. One interesting thing – Ninkasi got less than 20 votes this year, but came in second last year. Total Domination is not a bad beer, of course, but you all were rooting for the smaller and newcoming breweries, in general. Also, there are only two Portland breweries on this list, yet Portland has the most breweries and the most people in the state by a long shot…

For those of you who voted for the winners and handed over your valid email, you’ll be getting your $1 beer coupon soon. Check your inbox within the next day or two…

And cheers! Here’s to RPM and Vortex!


January is IPA month!

She walked here on crutches to get her some IPAs...

She walked here on crutches to get her some IPAs…

Just like last year, we are now conducting a month-long survey of Hophouse patrons, who will be able to choose the top Oregon IPA. All of our customers will be able to vote online or in the pub. Last January, you overwhelmingly picked RPM, a big beer by a newer, small brewery in Bend called Boneyard. We had RPM  on Tap 1 most of the year at both pubs – we filled a ridiculous amount of pints and growlers with RPM in 2013.

Will you vote to keep RPM in the top spot, or is there another stronger beer out there? Will it be another up-and-coming Bend brewery, or a beer made here in Portland?

Please vote via the survey, or stop by a pub and fill out a form. One ballot per person – we’ll discard any duplicates.

Like last year, if you do pick the eventual winner, you’ll get a card for a $1 pint of that beer. The winning beer will be announced February 4.

Also this month, within the pubs, we are offering an 8-flight taster of some of your favorite IPA’s.  All of these beers are Hophouse staples – loved by us and you alike – and were either top finishers in last year’s polls or are in top demand right now. These beers will be on tap at both pubs all month:

Boneyard IPA, Gigantic IPA, 10 Barrel Apocalypse, GoodLife Descender , Double Mountain Hop Lava, Fort George Vortex, Worthy IPA, Hop Valley Alphadelic.

This is a good opportunity to come see if there is really that big of a difference between the beers, because you can taste them side-by-side. The 8-flight taster will cost only $8. Plus if you love one of these, you can always get a pint or two or fill up a growler.

Widmer’s Brrrbon on tap at 15th Ave

Widmer-BrrrbonWidmer Brothers and Hophouse present an ongoing seasonal beer event, beginning on 12/18, featuring three of Widmer’s famed seasonal ales, the Brrrbon series, vintage 2013. Now you can taste all three of these unique, flavorful beers at one event.

Kick-off night is Wednesday 12/18 at 6:00, when Nick Reely from Widmer will be on hand to pour tasters and snifters of all three beers at a discount.

Special pricing available – $5 for the taster flight of all three beers, or $6 for a snifter pour of one of the beers. Prices and flights good while quantities last, hopefully throughout the holiday.

Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’13. This beer is an imperial version of their Brrr seasonal ale, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This smooth winter warmer combines a rich malty sweetness with complex oak, vanilla and caramel characters … 9.5% ABV, 40 ABU.

Vanilla Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’13. The brewers added fresh whole vanilla beans to a few select barrels of Brrrbon ’13, which heightens the vanilla character imparted by the barrels, and adds a delicious layer of complexity to the beer’s oak and caramel character. 10.7% ABV, 40 IBU.

Ginger Barrel Aged Brrbon ’13. The brewers added fresh chopped ginger to the Brrrbon ’13. The addition of ginger complements the oak, vanilla and caramel flavors of the beer, and results in a unique, smooth winter warmer perfect for the season. 10.7& ABV, 40 IBU.

Nick will be on hand pouring the first night (12/18 6:00 – 8:00 PM), and our Hophouse staff will continuing pouring the specially-priced flights and seasonal beers until the taps run dry, hopefully throughout the holiday. We’ll also have several other Widmer specialty beers on tap all month, as part of a collaboration with our Widmer neighbors.

And as always, $10 growler fills on select beers. Come fill up for the holidays!