Boozy Experiences in Portland this Holiday Season – 2021 Holiday Debauchery Guide

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As everyone tries to make up for time lost during the pandemic, along with concerns about supply chain shortages, sharing experiences with loved ones instead of gifts has become increasingly popular in the world. this holiday season.

If you want a fun (and safe COVID-19) way to explore Portland’s alcohol scene and support local businesses, here’s your guide to the wide range of events and tastings happening throughout the month. of December.

Spirits tasting at the Lloyd Center

Eugene-based women-led distiller Thinking Tree Spirits will be visiting the Lloyd Center on Thursday December 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to offer free tastings of their spirits from farm to bottle. Thinking Tree Spirits distills two different gins, as well as rum, vodka, take-out cocktails, and seasonal offerings.

Lloyd Center, 2201 Lloyd Center

The 4th Annual Christmas Pub Crawl

Drink in Portland bars and help a child in need. The Christmas Bar Crawl partners with Toys for Tots on Saturday 11 December, from 4 p.m. to midnight, departure to Dante. A single ticket costs $ 15 and a toy donation or $ 10 cash donation to Toys for Tots is required at check-in. Tickets include two shots, a personalized badge and lanyard, and drink specials. The crawl will stop at the Jockey Club, Maxwell Bar, Opaline, Paddy’s, Pine Street Taproom, Rialto Poolroom, Silver Dollar II, Star Theater, Tube and X Exotic Lounge. The after-party will take place from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Rialto billiard room.

Dante’s, 350 W Burnside

ZING! Food & Wine Pairing Workshop

Find out which wines will pair best with your holiday meal at Willful Wine Co. on Saturday 11 December, from 10 a.m. to noon. You will taste various elements of food and wine to learn what thrills and why in this scientific exploration, and come away knowing how food and wine interact with each other, how to choose the perfect wine for the next meal you want. plan, and what goes well with yams and marshmallows. Tickets cost $ 40 per person ($ 30 for club members). If you stay afterwards, you will receive a 10% discount on all wine purchases.

Willful Wine Co, 5705-F NE 105th

Leikam Brewing Winter Craft Fair

Certified Kosher Brewery, Leikam Brewing is hosting its very first Winter Craft Fair on Sunday 12 December, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All COVID regulations will be enforced and proof of vaccination is required. Ten percent of every sale will go to Habitat for Humanity.

Leikam Brewery, 5812 E Burnside

Wine dinner with CHO wines

Ava Gene’s will celebrate the end of the harvest season with its traditional bacchanal nights on Thursday December 16, from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This wine dinner series features a seasonal six-course menu paired with Oregon wines for $ 150 per person. This month’s dinner will highlight the wines of CHO Wines, a husband-and-wife team that kicked off their inaugural release of six different Pinot Noirs and sparkling wines, and who will also be speaking at the dinner.

Ava Gene’s, 3377 Division SE

Holiday open day

Hip Chicks Do Wine will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in their tasting room. There will be in-flight wine tastings, holiday sangria, and bonus limited-production wines and ports. Special gift boxes and multi-bottle discounts will also be available. Reservations are required for flights and food is available for purchase.

Hip Chicks Do Wine, 4510 SE 23rd

Visit and tasting of the Freeland Spirits distillery

One of the few female owned / operated distilleries in history, Freeland Spirits makes handcrafted gin and whiskey in small batches using Northwest grains and plants. Every Friday until December at 3 p.m., they offer a tour and tasting of their establishment for $ 30. The tour is led by one of their distillers who will explain their process of creating spirits and the history of Freeland. Next, you can sample “The Whole Line Up” flight of four spirits and two canned cocktails in their Northwest Tasting Room. COVID Protocols Applied: Masks are mandatory at all times when you are not actively drinking or eating.

Freeland Spirits, 2671 NW Vaughn


Joshua B. Speller