1. Cascade Brewing Barrel House: According to their Twitter account the new barrel house in SE Portland near the Green Dragon will open at the end of this week. The opening is supposedly a bit tentative so I will leave it to you to look up the tweet and keep an eye out for any changes (I will tweet any confirmation or changes as they become available). Look for a nice selection of the sour beers Cascade has become famous for brewing.
2. Fresh Hops Tastivals: Love the festivals, hate the name. They kick off this Saturday in Sisters and then continue with Hood River (10/2), Portland (10/9) and Eugene (10/16). Details here. The Portland festival has a preview party the night before on Friday 10/8. $20 gets you a pint glass, 8 tokens, and a sandwich dinner. Details and tickets here.
3. Double Mountain Brewing Beer Belly Dinner at Eastburn: October 14th from 6:30 - 9 pm. This month's edition of Eastburn's monthly Beer Belly dinners finds Matt Swihart of Double Mountain bringing some interesting brews to the table including Killer Green, Oktoberfest, Bonne Idee with Kriek, Molten Lava, and the new Pilsner. Details at Eastburn's website.
On to the music. The fall concert schedule is really shaping up nicely. After a great MFNW (of which I managed to not see a single show), some great shows are coming through the area right through October.
25th: Local Natives (Wonder Ballroom)
28th: Dirty Projectors (Aladdin)
Neon Indians (Wonder)
29th: Dirty Projectors (Aladdin)
Matt & Kim (Roseland)
School of 7 Bells (Doug Fir)
30th: Arcade Fire (Memorial Coliseum)
3rd: Surfer Blood with Drums (Wonder)
4th and 5th: The Black Keys (Crystal Ballroom)
5th: Caribou (Wonder)
8th: Eels (Roseland)
9th: Frightened Rabbit (Wonder)
16th: Broken Social Scene
with The Sea and Cake (Crystal)
19th: Belle and Sebastian (Schnitzer)
22nd: She & Him (Schnitzer)
Norm McDonald (Helium Comedy Club)
23rd: Norm McDonald (Helium)
Blue Scholars (Wonder)
27th: DJ Shadow (Roseland)
28th: Best Coast (Holocene)
Of Montreal (Roseland)
29th: Sufjan Stevens (Schnitzer)