Every year, and especially during the summer, there seems to be at least one new beer festival popping up on the Portland beer scene. Landing on the weekend between Memorial Day and the start of PDX Beer Week is a festival put on by the Pearl District Business Association. Pints in the Pearl is a one-day block party that will feature four breweries, all located in the Pearl - 10 Barrel Brewing, BridgePort Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and Fat Head's Brewery.
Admission to the festival, which will take over the street (and be closed to vehicles) at NW 13th and Everett, is free. For those that want to enjoy the beers and/or food each of the breweries will be bringing, $20 will provide a souvenir stainless steel pint and three tokens. The tokens are good for either a 16 oz pour of beer or a food item, including Fat Head's chicken wings. They've made plans to have a six-foot grill on site to finish their rubbed and smoked Smokehouse Wings and I suspect this will be one of the most popular food items. Other food available includes grilled chicken, corndogs and pretzels,which should pair well with the beers that range from lager to IPA to Belgian styles.
A couple of notes for those thinking about attending - it is a family friendly-festival (a bonus or a detraction depending on your own child-friendliness) and only credit/debit cards will be accepted for payment (generally not an issue unless you're a cash-only kind of person).
Pints in the Pearl
Saturday, June 4th 12-9pm
NW 13th and Everett