Win Tickets ($30): Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar | 15 Dark Beers, Heated Tent, Music by Leslie Lou and the Lowburners

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar on February 21. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 21.

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From our sponsors:
Black Out Beer Fest @ SidebarBlack Out Beer Fest
February 21, 2014
4-11 p.m. | Free Admission, $15 for Tasting Package | 21+
More info:

3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-3996

Lompoc Brewing will host its annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 11pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 15 dark beers from Lompoc and special guests Alameda, Breakside, Cascade, The Commons, Ecliptic, Laurelwood, Lucky Lab, pFriem and Widmer.

Tasting packages are required to drink the beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 10 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar; the beers will be located in Sidebar, the brewery bar and the tented and heated parking lot. Live music will be provided by Leslie Lou and the Lowburners. The event is for ages 21+.

The beer lineup features Alameda 2012 Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout; Breakside Salted Caramel Stout; Cascade Milk Stout; The Commons Boysen Imperial Belgian Porter; Ecliptic Mintaka Export Stout; Laurelwood Baltic Porter; Lucky Lab CDA; pFriem Belgian Stout; Widmer Creaminess Rye Stout; and Lompoc 2013 Sour Stout, Batch 69 Baltic Porter, 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Monster Mash, 2009 Merlot Barrel Fermented Batch 69 Baltic Porter, Galia Belgica Belgian Strong Dark, and the release of Cherry Wood Porter.

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82 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar | 15 Dark Beers, Heated Tent, Music by Leslie Lou and the Lowburners

  1. Dusty February 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I will take this blackout challenge !! Black and stout beers are my specialty.

  2. Roya February 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    would love to win this! my boyfriend would love it!

  3. Steven February 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    This was great last year. Would like to go again!

  4. Denise February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    I love beerfests and would love to go!

  5. Sarah February 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Looks like some interesting beers to try!

  6. Kaitlyn Schuh February 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Would love to win these!!

  7. Tom Fite February 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Because beer is a wonderful thing. Dark beer is even wonderfuler.

  8. Michelle February 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    I am new to Portland and I am on a mission to find my new favorite beer. I happen to have a strong preference for Porters and Stouts, especially Imperial Stouts so the Blackout Fest is the perfect event for me. Unfortunately I just finished grad school so my beer budget does not match my desire to try all the beers. If you give me tickets, that problem would be solved !

  9. Larissa February 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    My boyfriend and I are new to the area and this would be a great way to connect to people and the local scene! Pick us please! :)

  10. Aimee February 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Porter, stout, porter, stout, stout…it’s like my personal heaven!

  11. Laura February 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I love all Portland beers! This sounds like a fun way to spend a chilly February evening, I’d like to won!

  12. Christine February 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    Porters and stouts are our favorites, we’d love to taste!

  13. Nicole February 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    New to Portland and this place is in my new hood! And hey I <3 beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Nicole February 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Yes please! Taser tickets are fantastic!

  15. Orlena February 19, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Imperials, porters, and stouts. Oh my.

  16. Amber Bradley February 19, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Because I heart beer and I have a date that night and this would be perfect!

  17. Dennis February 19, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Its my quest to learn about craft beer_so I would love to have this chance.

  18. Renata February 19, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Stouts and porters are my favorite and having some tastes of these will put on a good base for the Chowder Challenge I am attending at 5Q the next day. Two days spent at Lompoc- yes, please!

  19. Jill truskolaski February 19, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    my sister is in town from ny and would love to bring her to this beer fest… love dark beers

  20. Kira & Joey February 19, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I’m coming to Portland this weekend from Vancouver and my friend and I want to thoroughly explore Portlands brewery landscape! We love beer and would love to go to Blackout Beer Fest!

  21. Breana February 19, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    I love dark beers! Sounds pretty awesome.

  22. Tamara February 19, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    A beer fest haiku:

    Portland date night fun
    Delicious beer on my lips
    Someone gets lucky

  23. Dennis February 19, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    So,I admit a fondness for the dark brew and would love to join in the search for light.

    • Dennis February 19, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      Moderation? Humm Im interested in moderation.

  24. Jeremy brill February 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Yummy yum

  25. Chezz February 20, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Black is beautiful, baby!

  26. Michael February 20, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    I’m ready to wear my dark beer goggles, pick me!

  27. SpaceJamReunionTour February 20, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    There was once a time when the only thing darker than my foggy memory of my late night oft besotted promenades, was my deliciously filling beer. I was not a snob by any means, I too enjoyed the cheapest of cans, but dark beers filled you up just enough that you could make the walk to a friends off-campus house upright. It was a simpler time, food could be garnered by points, girls could be wooed with smiles, and Mondays were optional. If I can’t go back, I might as well have the beer so pretty please, with sugar and gumdrops.

  28. emmy February 20, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    People are always trying to recommend me ambers and hefeweizen and shit cause I’m a girl. Bring on the good stuff, please!

  29. Noel February 20, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    not gonna lie, I go to plenty of beer fests and would love to add this one to the repertoire.

  30. Sean February 20, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I’m more of a wine drinker but I’ve been slowly converted by my friends and really enjoy the darker beers that have more complex flavors. This looks to be a promising event that could tip the scales for me to beer once and for all!

  31. Kate February 20, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    i want beer.

  32. Steve February 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I want to win because this sounds like fun!

  33. Chad February 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I love dark beer. They re the only beers I like. It is great you do this every year. It allows me to finally be happy at just one bar.

  34. Phoebe February 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Beer + free stuff= winning!! :) I’d love to go!

  35. Kat February 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Challenge ACCEPTED!

  36. Stacey February 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    My husband is really into the dark beers these days, I would love to treat him to this!

  37. Mary February 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    This sounds awesome!

  38. Jon February 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Blackout beerfest sounds like my college days. Still up for a great time and good beers, though! Bring it!

  39. Jamie B February 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Having moved here from Denver, I am missing out on Stout Month that takes place every February. This would fill the void of missing Stout Month.

  40. Melanie February 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    I am a creature of the darkness; I am also a creature of beer.

  41. Howard February 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Dark beers are the endpoint of the evolution away from PBR, Hamm’s, Coors, Miller, Bud, Rolling Rock, etc.

    Dark beers contain the roasted malts that beer lovers crave, and more volume of the ingredients that make a great beer.

    Dark beers require more skills to brew because it’s more difficult to just toss in a bunch of hops and cover up any errors that have been made in the brewing process.

    Dark beer is like a big Cabernet or Bordeaux, full of character, depth and mystery.

    Dark beer reminds me of being in a pub in Dublin on a cold and stormy night,

    And finally, one cannot solve the World’s problems over a Lite beer.

  42. Naomi February 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    What a fun idea– and a great spot.

  43. Caitlin February 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Mmm dark beer! Perfect for these chilly rainy days.

  44. Gaby February 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I’m planning a log day in the powder at Meadows–nothing goes better with an amazing day of skiing than a few dark beers! Yum!

  45. Andrea February 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    All things dark beer, of course I have to go! Sounds like the perfect thing to get through these nasty rainy days.

  46. Marcia February 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m on an extreme budget, and am not sure how I’m going to survive the weekend without some delicious PDX beer!

  47. Megan Andricos February 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Dark Beers are my passion. Would love to go to this to unwind and enjoy.

  48. Matt February 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    This sounds awesome! Dark beers & a fun night out – why not?!

  49. Ashley February 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Take me to the dark side! I love trying new dark beers!

  50. Adam Rust February 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I want to win because I LOOOOOOVE dark beer! Stouts have always been my favorite and to go to this would be a dream. Please!

  51. Greg February 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    All the beers I wanted at the Festival of the Dark Arts last weekend, so this would go a long way in making up for them.

  52. Philip Snapp February 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I would like a big delicious beer.

  53. Eric February 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Why do I want to go to the Black Out Beer Fest? Because, Luke – the dark side is our destiny!

  54. diane February 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Looking forward to this…..we love dark beers!!!!!

  55. kim February 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    I LOVE dark beer! And the line up of dark brews looks great! I have never been to this event before. Would love to win tickets!

  56. seth francis February 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Hell yeah! cuz you don’t know you’re alive till you black out ! make it so number 2…..

  57. Linda February 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Perfect weather for some dark beer. I’d love to go!

  58. AJ February 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Oregonians drink about 30 gallons of beer per year. If only it were all dark beer! Please send me to the Black Out Beer Fest!

  59. Laurel February 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    So many stouts and porters, count me in!

  60. Jim Mc February 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Love going to beerfests and dark beers are soooo good!

  61. Josh February 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    No math for me just beer…dark beer.

  62. Anthony February 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Love Lompoc (and Breakside, and Laurelwood, and Pfriem, etcetc.) & love roasty, malty, tasty beers; I’m in!

  63. Amanda February 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    My girlfriend and I are having a date night tomorrow and this would be the perfect date! She is new to PDX and I’m encouraging her to try any craft beer possible. These stouts and porters would be an awesome start!

  64. birdonit February 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Once you go black, you never go back…or so I’ve heard.

  65. Ashley T. February 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I saw this poster at Lompoc & thought it sounded like my kind of event! I love their beer!

  66. Jessica February 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    I LOVE BEER!! my roomates and I are beer freaks! Always doing beer pong and going to all the beer festivities in Portland. They are from California so it would be cool to take them!

  67. Leanne February 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I love beer, but money is tight so we’re using all our extra money to buy magic beans. If I win, I’ll let everyone climb the beanstalk (should one arise).

  68. Natalie February 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I would love to attend this!

  69. Karen Gillis February 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Why Silly Rabbit, because I am broke and want to go sample some dark suds!

  70. Kevin February 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Beer me!! :)

  71. Tricia February 21, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Hi, please enter me in the contest to win the beer fest tickets. I love dark beer, especially in the winter.

  72. Carly February 21, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Better late than never on my submission :) What better way to spend a Friday night in PDX than sampling some good local brews, with other beer lovers.

  73. Carol February 21, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    DARK beers are the ONLY beers!!!!!!!! Cheers!!!!!!!

  74. Stephen February 21, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    This is so deliciously right up my alley..
    Oh how nice it would be to go!

  75. Taylor February 21, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Wow! Well I think I’ll be coming whether I win or not, sounds too good to miss. The Dark Side is calling!

  76. kettles1008 February 21, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Went to this last year and had a great time! Would love to win tickets to go again.

  77. Max Woodcock February 21, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Having a really rough month and could really use a pick me up. Plus i’m obsessed with dark beers so this is like christmas for me. Help me out please!!!

  78. Rebecca February 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Three words: Salted Caramel Stout!

  79. Sophie February 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    We live right next to side bar. Walking means no need for designated driver! Sounds great.

  80. Justin Samuelsen February 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Love dark beer. Love NOPO. Sing me up.

  81. Janine Campbell October 30, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Pick me!!! Pick me pretty pleeeeease!!!

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