This Saturday – Willamette Week’s Beer + Cider Pro/Am

If there’s one thing Portland’s beer community knows, it’s the importance of fostering up-and-coming brewers: the lifeblood of today’s craft beer culture. It feels even more so when the local homebrewing scene gets the chance to collaborate and learn from established brewers throughout the Portland-metro area.

And so became the Beer and Cider Pro/Am, now in it’s fifth iteration and sponsored by Portland’s Willamette Week. This year’s gathering on Saturday will witness 32 pro brewers paired up with local homebrewers, with attendees, in excess of 500, voting for their favorites on hand. 

This year’s event now being held at District East, the festivities are expected to impart that same small gathering vibe as in years past, as opposed to the festival like atmosphere of most beer events in town. Described by Brewvana as “the most unique beer festival of the year,” this installment should be no different; with food, music and a gaming lounge available, in additional to all the unique, fresh, and small batch offerings.

All the details, including the homebrewer and pro-brewer pairings are listed below. Tickets available here.

Saturday, October 14
Noon (VIP Entry) / 1 p.m. (GA Entry) – 6:30 p.m.
District East
2305 SE 9th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214

Music. Gaming Lounge. Food.

General Admission $28
ENTRY 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
+ 32 two-ounce tastes
+ commemorative pint glass
+ free games

VIP $55
ENTRY 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (you are welcome to stay until closing at 6:00p.m.)
+ all of the above
+ 1 hour with limited guests (only 100 available), a meal voucher from one of our amazing food carts and a commemorative T-shirt

Designated Driver / Non-Drinker $10
ENTRY 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
+ free games

Steven Brainerd with Baerlic Brewing (Ben Parsons)
Jim Thompson with Breakside Brewery (Natalie Baldwin)
Bill Schneller with Culmination Brewing (Conrad Andras)
Shannon Houfek with Drinking Horse Beer’s Timothy Schaaf
Dan Schlegel with Great Notion (James Dugan)
Warren Johnson with Montavilla Brew Works (Michael Kora)
Matsuki Okubo with PINTS Brewery (Alan Taylor)
Dylan VanDetta with Rogue Brewery (Danny Connors)
Jim Sullins with Three Mugs Brewing (Jay & Josh Jennings)
Joseph Seeley with Unicorn Brewing (Jason Webb)
Keith Belshaw with Widmer Brewing (Thomas Bleigh)
George Dimeo with Zoiglhaus Brewing (Alan Taylor)
Dean Ehnes with Gigantic Brewing (Ben Love)
Mike Marsh with McMenamins Brewery (Matt Bergfield)
John Moore & Jarrett Creason with Ancestry Brewing (Jeremy Turner)
Parker & John Hall with Upright Brewing (Alex Ganum)
Chad Graham with Block 15 Brewing (Nick Arzner)
Charles Macaluso with Hair of the Dog (Alan Sprints)
Corrie Heath with Ex Novo (Ryan Buxton)
Erik Nelson with Bridgeport Brewing (Jeff Edgerton)
Lisa Morrison with Fort George (Dave Coyne)
Aniss Benelmouffole with Burnside Brewery (Kory Linsenmeyer)
Jeremie Landers & Jenn McPoland with Ross Island Brewing (Carston Haney)
Ritch Marvin with Fat Head’s Brewing (Eric Van Tassel)
Miranda Karson with Swift Cider (Aidan Currie)
Charlie Johnson & Chris Sears with 5 Ciders (Shannon Mosley)
Bit House Saloon’s Team Riff Raff with Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Brad Von Hoene)
Coyan Corder with Carlton Cyder Work’s (Keenan Bailey)
Keegan Fennel with New West Cider (Alex Beard)
Chelsea Stowers with Cider Riot (Angie Watkins)
Lee Bobbi with Oregon Mead and Cider (Patrick Lawrence)

About Warren Wills

Warren is the former Assistant Editor & Portland Correspondent for American Craft Beer. Creator of "The State of American Craft Beer" series, he now maintains his own site at
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