Oregon is, of course, known for its brews (more microbreweries than people, last time we checked) and wines (two million cases sold last year—and that fact is real). But starting Thursday, it’s the bartenders’ turn to shine at Portland Cocktail Week.
The second annual event celebrates the art of mixology with seminars, parties, specials, and more. When our sister magazine Portland Monthly spoke to Oregon Bartenders Guild president Dave Shenaut, he said the fest was about showing off the city’s drinking scene: "[The] overall goal is to look at Portland as a center for craft cocktails, being on the cutting edge." But he stressed that fun is also a driving force—it is booze, after all.
Happenings are scheduled from Thursday to Sunday, and they include a 4K charity run (best done before drinking), an arcade sponsored by Makers Mark, and the Great American Distillers Festival, which features a cocktail-making invitational. Portland Monthly outlined the parties and competitions you shouldn’t miss.
Ready for a road trip? Try the Distillery Package at the Jupiter Hotel, an East Burnside spot that hosts to several Cocktail Week events: For $169 you get a room, a $40 credit to Distillery Row, a collection of recipes, and a gift certificate to Water Avenue Coffee (which you’re gonna need at the end of the weekend).
And if you can’t make it south of the border, look for Seattle’s own Cocktail Week starting October 27.