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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 20 - July 27 2013

Welcome to the weekend and another edition of this all-local Portland blog! This weekend our theme is BEER, BEER and MORE BEER! If you don't love Portland beer then by golly, why do you even live in PDX, eh? This weekend we kick off the Portland Beer Festivals and we do it in style!


PIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 150 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing from all over the planet, many from right here in the Pacific NW. Stroll around the beautiful park with a cold one as you listen to music play all weekend.


Yeah we've been called that. Fair enough. July ain't just for "lawnmower" beers. Sure we'll have a few, but it's winter somewhere right? PIB will roll out a downright gaudy selection of top rated Barley Wines, Imperial Stouts, Double IPA's, Barrel Aged Strong Ales, funky Farmhouse Saisons, and Sour Ales.


Yup. Did we mention top rated? Some are among the most highly rated for their style IN THE WORLD. Every single beer at PIB is hand picked. You may not like them all, but a few will become your new BFF.


Not. Mainstream isn't something we're very good at. But if you're ready to live a little are try something new and amazing, perhaps even really exotic (yet delicious), we're your guys.


That's what you should be. The main point of PIB is to try things you've never had before. Come find out why our motto is...



We'll give you a few days to recover and then on July 24, The Oregon Brewfest kicks off and YOU WILL BE THERE.




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Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton


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    • UnBox'd

      I've come bearing a warning: beware boxes!

      Boxes, my friends, are treacherous. Who can really trust them? I know I don't. Sometimes decorum demands that I succumb to ritual and therefore must gently, trepidaciously unseal a festively-colored, bow-festooned carton to behold dubious wonders, the expectation of which shines forth from the wide smile of the gift-giver because he or she is the one having the most fun in the room.

      That's right, gifts are for the benefit of the gifting. You didn't know that? Ask yourself, who really has to do the work here? The gifter has passed you a box containing mystery and is now to be held blameless for whatever happens next. You, the giftee, now bear the burden of said gift. Because it's always the thought that counts! The gift-rendering individual may be offering you the keys to a new Rolls (none of my friends, surely, but I don't know how yours Rolls...*snort*), or it may be a hamster sandwich. You have to open it to find out (unless the hamster isn't fresh, of course), and by opening it, you accept it. Done deal. All the gifting person has to say is that he or she thought you said you wanted one.

                                                                            You really shouldn't have. 

      Yes, sometimes good things come in boxes, but the godz of Chance have no memory, so every unwrapping is at best a 50-50 proposition. At least half the time you'll be forced to return it surreptitiously, or hide it in a closet between parties or card games, or claim you accidently broke it and are heartbroken about it (whereupon you run the risk of getting a replacement).

                                                   "Well let's just see how long it is before your father "sees the light" again!"

      Forget about gifts though. There are other boxes to fear. Cleaning out the attic? The garage? If the dust on the outside of that box hasn't been disturbed, don't open it! Jeebus, anything could be in there! Remember that item you accused a relative of stealing because you could never find it since the last visit? Bingo. Or it might be a nostalgia trap and you'll grow old sitting and rummaging and staring and “remembering when”. Or it might contain spiders. Hell man, it'll have spiders in it anyway. Get rid of it!

                                                                        "I say, is it Boxing Day, Number One?"

      You know the worst boxes are the ones you climb into. Yeah, there's that box, the last box, but you aren't actually getting into that one unassisted, right? (Right? Please say “Right!”) No, the worst boxes to get into are the ones you think you have to get into. These boxes are the real bad news, and it's just too bad that our modern life makes them so necessary. They make their owners idle, they take up too much space, they're inefficient and foul the air, and worst case, lead their occupants to that last box quicker than they'd like.

      Chances are, though, that this is being read by people who live in Portland, Oregon, or by people who want to live here. And here you really don't need that metal rolling box so much, if at all. That's one box you may avoid altogether if you dare. Lots and lots of people here dare.

      This blog entry was brought to you be the number “2”. As in two feet, or two feet plus two pedals and two wheels (or three, if you must).

      Unbox. Stride, roll, and Live.



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    The Portland Photo of the Week

    The Portland Photo of the Week is by Michael Barton who shares with us a beautiful day at Rocky Butte/Joseph Wood Hill Park.

    Rocky Butte/Joseph Wood Hill Park

    Our Photo of the Week wins a $20 gift certificate to the world famous: Powell's Bookstore. 

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown


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    Featured Portland Events


    First Thursday Portland

    January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm –"Pearl District"First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First ThuOrganized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland


    First Fridays SE Galleries Art Walk

    January 4, 2013 at 6pm to December 6, 2013 at 8pm –"Various SE Galleries"Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist reOrganized by First Fridays | Type: first fridays


    Tabor Farmers Market

    January 5, 2013 at 6pm to December 28, 2013 at 7pm – "SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St."Tabor Farmers Market @ Cafe au Play is a Year Round Farmers Market in SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. This unique market surrounds Cafe au PlaOrganized by Tabor Farmers Market | Type: farmers market


    Last Thursdays on Alberta

    January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street"Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, musOrganized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on albertaYou have not respon


    FREE Tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory

    June 15, 2013 at 12pm to December 21, 2013 at 1pm –Portland Center StageOn the first and third Saturdays of each month, the historic Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE, behind-the-scenes tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 mil


    Summer Fun Camps and Classes

    June 17, 2013 at 9:30am to August 15, 2013 at 4pm –Portland Metro ArtsSUMMER FUN AT PMA.  A rich variety of exciting half-day and whole-day camps/workshops are available. Some programs focus specifically on dance, music, theatre or visual arts. Others are multi-arts,Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: campsandclasses


    OMSI Mummies of the World Exhibit

    June 30, 2013 to September 8, 2013 – OMSI Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancOrganized by Lorri E. | Type: omsi


    Photo Contest: Oregon Wild

    July 3, 2013 at 6pm to September 20, 2013 at 7pm –submit online: Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland, OR 97217 Email: Find adventure in the perfect shot. The Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest is back for its ninth yOrganized by Oregon Wild | Type: photographycontest


    Music on Main Street

    July 10, 2013 at 4:30pm to August 28, 2013 at 7pm –"Main St. & Park"One of the best parts about summer in Downtown Portland, Music on Main Street returns for another year of free summer music. Located in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway &aOrganized by PCPA | Type: music on main street


    Plaza Palooza - FREE Concerts!

    July 11, 2013 at 6pm to August 29, 2013 at 8pm –Between NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. and Grand Ave., directly across the street from the Oregon Convention CenterOregon Convention Center’s FREE summer concert series, Plaza Palooza, opens Thursday, July 11th with one of VH1’s most popular artists and past ‘Voice’ finalist, Vicci Martinez. Vicci's appearance wiOrganized by Plaza Palooza | Type: freeconcerts!


    Portland Beerfest 2013

    July 19, 2013 to July 21, 2013 – WaterfrontPORTLAND INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST 2013 PIB is a high end 3-day beer festival specializing in rare, hard-to-find, exotic beers. Over 150 world-class beers from 16 countries will be on hand, hailing fromOrganized by Portland Beerfest 2013 | Type: portland beerfest 2013


    5th Annual Glendi Greek Festival 2013

    July 19, 2013 at 11am to July 21, 2013 at 9pm – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox ChurchEVENT:  5th Annual ‘Glendi’ Greek Festival 2013.  ‘Glendi’ is Greek for Celebration!  Eat, Dance, be GREEK for a day!  Free Live Entertainment and Free Admission.  Get ready to experience mouth waterOrganized by | Type: festival


    Montavilla Street Fair 2013

    July 20, 2013 all day – MontavillaAnnual Montavilla Street Fair 2013 2013 date to be confirmed.  Visit for details. Historic Downtown Montavilla, primarily along Southeast Stark street betOrganized by Montavilla Street Fair 2013 | Type:montavilla street fair 2013




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