Portland Beer Week 2013PORTLAND — Portland Beer Week released the first round of events in this year’s events calendar, revving things up on June 6 with a Kickoff Party at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby, and ending with the Beer & Cheese Festival at The Commons Brewery , 1810 SE 10th, on June 16.

Portland Beer Week organizers are excited to announce the release of an official 2013 beer, a dry hopped Northwest India amber ale conditioned with Brettanomyces a collaboration between Breakside Brewery and Gigantic Brewing. Very limited quantities of this beer will be released on draft and in bottles to Portland Beer Week sponsor bars and retailers.

Other events include the Rye Beer Festival on Friday, June 7, the Portland Fruit Beer Festival on June 8-9, Colorado Beer Night and Washington Beer Night at Belmont Station and more.

Beer & Food pairings are an important part of Portland Beer Week and a handful of dinners at the cities finest restaurants are in order with Chef Vitaley Paley, Ned Ludd, Wildwood, Raven & Rose and roving beer dinner/pairings with Cheese Bar and more.

Special guests traveling for this years festivities include: Steve Wagner (President of Stone Brewing Co.), Chad Yakobsen (owner/brewer at Crooked Stave Brewing), Peter Bouckaert (Brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing), Jeffers Richardson (Firestone Walker Barrelworks Director), Wayne Wambles (Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewery), Adam Robbings (Reuben’s Brews), Don Webb (Naked City Brewing) and Fal Allen (Anderson Valley Brewing) to name but a few.

Additional events will be added as plans firm up, organizers promised. Keep tabs on all the festivities at pdxbeerweek.com/calendar

In its third year, Portland Beer Week is designed to educate and celebrate beer and Portland’s incredible beer community.