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Monday update: Within five days, GrowlerWerks topples its stretch goal with $226,604 in pledges


Photo Credit: COURTESY OF ECLIPTIC BREWING - Ecliptic Brewing celebrates its one-year anniversary at 825 N. Cook St. with an intergalactic planetary party to eclipse all others. On Thursday, Oct. 23, owner/brewmaster John Harris will host an eclipse viewing party from Ecliptic's parking lot. The liquid sunshine is finally here, Portland. Or is it?

Either way, time to grab your favorite beverage and be inspired and entertained.

Thanks to you, Portland's bars, bottleshops, breweries and distilleries are celebrating a lot of anniversaries this fall.

Saraveza Bottle Shop and Pasty Tavern, 1004 N. Killingsworth St., will mark its sixth birthday this Saturday, Oct. 18.

Employee picks will be on tap, plus housemade birthday cake and last known keg of “Freaky Nasty,” Saraveza’s Imperial IPA (also called double IPA), an insanely hoppy beer brewed by employees in collaboration with Breakside Brewery for the IIPA Fest. The bar is open 11 a.m. to midnight; no cover charge.

It's also happy sixth birthday to Brewpublic, the craft beer blog that's documented the growth of the industry in the Pacific Northwest.

To celebrate, they're holding their annual Killer Beer Week (Oct. 17-26) and first Killer Belgian Fest, with 11 local beer venues offering some fof the year's best and most sought-after local brews.

For a list of events, visit www.brewpublic.com. The party is set for 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Bazi Bierbrasserie,1522 S.E. 32nd Ave., for your midweek drinking pleasure.

And finally three cheers to Ecliptic Brewing, celebrating its one-year anniversary at 825 N. Cook St. with an intergalactic planetary party to eclipse all others. On Thursday, Oct. 23, owner/brewmaster John Harris, an astronomer by night, will host an eclipse viewing party from Ecliptic's parking lot.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Portland will see a partial solar eclipse, with more than 50 percent of the sun blocked. Ever looked in a microscope with beer goggles? A special menu and beer pairings will be available too.

The party keeps going — on Oct. 25, there will be live bluegrass bands, brewery tours and the debut of Ecliptic's Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale and Oort Imperial Stout, as well as other special beers from its vault, starting at 1 p.m. For more, www.eclipticbrewing.com.

Census rolls into town with samples

If you haven't yet tired of beer-themed events, the North Carolina's "Beer Census 2014" truck will be stopping in Portland next week to sample some of our finest craft brews.

They'll visit Belmont Station Tuesday, Oct. 21; and the BeerMongers and John's Market on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

It's all part of a promotion for "Next Glass," an app that will soon be launched that promises to scientifically predict what beer and wine drinkers will enjoy, without ever having tried a sip.

"The app is going to be perfect for anyone who is tired of subjective descriptions based on the personal opinions of others," says Kurt Taylor, chief executive officer of Next Glass, which got its start two years ago.

The nationwide road trip aims to test as many unique and local craft beers as possible. Isn't that what Portlanders do every weekend?

For more, visit www.nextglass.co.

uKeg project fills up with cash

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF GROWLERWERKS - Portland's GrowlerWerks raised just about all the money it needed in one day through Kickstarter for its new 'uKeg 64.' The campaign launched on Oct. 15 and by the next morning had raised $77,614 from 734 backers, with 52 days to go. Finally, a sign that we show our local innovators mad love: A Kickstarter project for Portland-based GrowlerWerks' "uKeg 64" was funded in one day, this past week.

The campaign launched on Oct. 15 and by the next morning had raised $77,614 from 734 backers, with 52 days to go.

That enables GrowlerWerks to go forward with their standard half-gallon sized growler that is pressurized so it keeps oxygen away from beer and maintains what they say is the perfect carbonation, from first to last pour.

"When oxygen hits beer, it forms aldehyde, which ruins the flavor profile," says Shawn Huff, an engineer who founded GrowlerWerks last year with three business partners.

In doing research, he says, they'd found that "nobody had cracked the code."

The uKeg is also good for cider, wine, kombucha or soda, and comes with an interchangeable tap so it can be filled anywhere.

They're still time to support the project. Their Kickstarter stretch goal is $120,000, which will fund equipment and tooling for their one-gallon size growler, the "uKeg 128," good for long trips or sharing with friends.

Backers can get the half-gallon size for $99 and gallon-size for $129, plus other awards.

"We thought it would make good gifts," Huff says. "We won't ship til May but will ship a brochure to put under the tree." Check it out: www.growlerwerks.com.

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