Win Tickets ($30): Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar | 19 Beers, Heated & Tented Parking Lot, Live Music by Copper & Coal, Food Specials

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar on February 20. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 20.

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From our sponsors:
2015 Black Out poster 4x6Black Out Beer Fest
February 20, 2015
4-10 p.m. | $15 | 21+
More info:

3901 N Williams Ave, Portland

Lompoc Brewing will host its third annual Black Out Beer Fest on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 10pm at Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave. The Black Out Beer Fest will feature 19 dark beers: four from Lompoc and the remaining 15 from other craft breweries. There will also be live music and food specials.

Tasting packages are required to drink the Black Out beers and cost $15, which includes a souvenir 15.5 oz glass tasting mug and 8 beer tickets. Additional tickets are available for $1 apiece. It costs four tickets for a full mug or $1 for a taste. Original mug and ticket sales take place in Sidebar. The Black Out Beer Fest will serve the beers in Sidebar and the tented and heated parking lot. There will also be live music by Copper & Coal. The event is for ages 21+.

The Black Out Beer Fest is a preview to the 9th annual Chowder Challenge, which will take place at the Fifth Quadrant on Feb. 21 from Noon to 4pm. The blind tasting competition pitsthe clam chowder from a dozen area restaurants and brewpubs against each other to determine who wins the coveted Chowder Cup. The event is a fundraiser for Portland’s Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure.


  • Alameda Siberian Bear Russian Imperial Stout: Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed by English breweries for export to the Russian Tzars. Higher in strength and bitterness than ordinary stouts, they were meant to travel and be consumed during the cold winters. This version was brewed with a small amount of peat smoked malt lending a smokey, scotch-like flavor to this ale. Blacker than night, roasty, smokey and strong, this is the perfect beer to black out on. 11% ABV
  • Breakside Salted Caramel Stout: A collaboration with Salt & Straw Ice Cream, this has been one of Breakside’s most popular beers over the past few years. The base beer is a full-bodied stout, with sea salt and a specially made caramel added to the wort before fermentation. The finished beer is rich and balanced with a luscious caramel flavor in the aroma and mid-palate, a hint of salt in the finish, and a smooth, rich roast character. 7.9% ABV
  • Buoy Beer Co Swarzbier: Buoy’s take on this traditional German lager features medium-bodied and malt accented without the strong roasted character found in most dark ales. 5.1% ABV
  • Burnside Red Light District: A stout brewed with chocolate and strawberries aged in rum barrels. 8.5% ABV
  • Cascade Dark Day CDA: Cascade’s tribute to the shortest days of the year, this citrusy-resinous, hop forward, malty Cascadian Dark Ale was brewed with roasted cacao nibs and a healthy dose of Brewer’s Gold, Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops. If you’re looking for a hoppy, spicy, chocolaty ale with a smooth, black malt character and gripping hop bitterness, you’ve found your cure. 6.0% ABV
  • Ecliptic OORT Imperial Stout: Named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets, OORT is as black as the vacuum of space. Loads of roasted barley and chocolate malts combine with three types of caramel malts for a rich, full, roasty mouthfeel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lends a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor. This beer is thick and chewy and has been aging since June. 8.5 % ABV
  • Fort George Tuesday’s Lunch Stout: A smooth, well balanced stout made with all the fixin’s for your PB&J Sammy. Brewed with roasted Spanish peanuts and blackberries, this beer will definitely pack your lunchbox. 9.3% ABV
  • Gigantic Saboteur Baltic Porter: It’s like Porter but with more! Richly chocolaty and roasty, with a smooth alcoholic warmth, Saboteur tastes a lot better than a machine broken by a shoe. 8% ABV
  • Hopworks Motherland Russian Imperial Stout: As dark as a moonless Siberian winter’s night, but warming enough to weather it. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness. A gentle heat and spiciness linger long on the palate, leaving you craving more of the sweet warmth of the Motherland. 9.8% ABV
  • Lompoc Batch 69 Baltic Porter: This strong dark beer has hints of chocolate and black licorice. It was brewed with a lager yeast giving it a much cleaner smoother finish than a traditional porter.
  • Lompoc 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter: A robust, dark porter with hints of toffee and soft roastiness in the nose balanced with flavors of rich chocolate and toasted nuts, aged for 10 months in Bourbon barrels. 6.4% ABV
  • Lompoc Jitterbrew Stout: A light-bodied stout that has a chocolate malt base. The brewers added six lbs of Tarrazu Santa Ekna coffee from Ristretto Roasters to the kettle and dry-hopped it with eight lbs of orange peel to create an Orange Mocha Frappuccino beer. 6.6% ABV
  • Lompoc Cheval de Trait Belge: Named in honor of Belgian work horses, which are one of the strongest breeds of horses, this dark Belgian strong ale has a malty body finishing dry with notes of chocolate and tobacco. 8.5 % ABV
  • Lucky Lab Accidentally Iced Porter: An old favorite with a new twist, Lucky Lab took a Stumptown Porter that was over-refrigerated and froze. This resulted in a fair portion of water removed. The sweetness of the porter blends with the extra kick for a subtle, smooth finish. 8.5% ABV
  • pFriem Oatmeal Stout: This creamy stout with notes of hazelnut and chocolate was inspired by pFriem brewer Dave McGinley. Oatmeal has been a long time favorite brewing ingredient since King Arthur’s time and once you savor the rich smoothness you’ll understand why! 5.5% ABV
  • The Commons Putin from the Wood: A Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. 8.0% ABV
  • Three Creeks Tenpine Double Chocolate Porter: A chocoholic’s dream! This amped up version of the brewery’s popular Fivepine Chocolate Porter features double the chocolate malt, and double the dark Belgian chocolate in the boil; it’s then aged on organic cacao nibs in the brite tank. A true dessert beer with a full body and intense chocolate flavor. 8.4% ABV
  • Upright Oyster Stout: Formerly an annual bottled seasonal, this is now a draft-only brew. The beer uses a robust bittersweet stout base and adds dozens of whole oysters plus gallons of “juice,” making the beer nearly 3% by volume oyster liquor. While it may sound strange, the result is a satiating beer with a complex flavor and finish, showing strong minerality. 5.8% ABV
  • Widmer KGB Russian Imperial Stout: Using roasted barley, chocolate malt and Midnight Wheat, KGB has a color that is as dark as a torrid past, a body as full as a well-kept dossier, and a taste as complex as a conspiracy theory. 9.3% ABV

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81 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): Black Out Beer Fest @ Sidebar | 19 Beers, Heated & Tented Parking Lot, Live Music by Copper & Coal, Food Specials

  1. Grant February 17, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Would love to come to the dark side!

  2. Z February 17, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    For once I’d like to black out with dignity.

  3. Josh February 17, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Beer + music + free tickets = A brilliant Friday night.

  4. Danielle February 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    This sounds like a fun event. Dark beers are my favorites

  5. Athena T. February 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    My husband and I love the Sidebar! This would be a wonderful event to attend.

  6. Brian T. February 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    I love All Things Beer, but the darker beers are my favorite. Would love to win tickets to this event; the wife and I are huge fans of Sidebar.

  7. Marianne February 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    I reside in the Dark, I need help convincing my husband to join me.

  8. Matt February 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    My wife and I love dark beers, live music, and everything lompoc does. I’m looking forward to this!

  9. Al February 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Dark depths of many a frothy Lompoc Brew, who would a knew,
    the next morn, I had lost a shoe.
    Sign me up please!

  10. Roya February 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    This would be AMAZING! I love Lompoc

  11. Frank February 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    My lady loves this stuff we’d be excited to go.

  12. Jessica Vandolah February 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    This sounds like a great date night for moms and dad’s ;))
    I’m in…

  13. Yume February 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    It’s supposed to be getting chillier, this week – sounds like a good time for a dark beer!

  14. Jared W February 18, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I missed the festival of the dark arts. THis would make a nice substitute send me

  15. Allison February 18, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Once you go black…

  16. Sara February 18, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    WE LOVE BEER!! And we love experiencing new flavors. And we COULD LOVE YOU TOO!! If you picked us, we’d be so grateful!!

  17. Monica H. February 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    dark beer is best beer.

  18. Toby February 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Looks like a really fun time…I got to go to the chowder fest too!

  19. Suzy February 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    roses are red
    v-day was weird
    it’s been a long week
    can’t wait to get beered

  20. Robyn February 18, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Lover of all things black

  21. Kate February 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    My friend lives just down the street from sidebar. We went there on New Years, great spot. Would love to go & enjoy some delicious brews! Cheers! :-)

  22. Madeleine February 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    It’s been a fun week so far, and this would make it even better!

  23. Madeline February 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm #


  24. brian February 19, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Bring me home to my darkside and cradle me with beer and chowder!

  25. Diana Olson February 19, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    who wouldn’t want to come to this??

  26. Diana Olson February 19, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    hello, I’m in

  27. Alex Gordon February 19, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I love beer. I drink beer often. Sometime’s I ponder about drinking beer when I am not, and then I go and drink some beer. I am a real estate agent who is always on the lookout for new places to bring clients, and this could very well be it! Dark beers have been recently introduced to my pallet and would love to explore my new discovery even further, and I also have a hot date I want to impress. I never say “no” to any invite, so winning tickets to this would be an absolute treat. Cheerio my thirsty friends!

  28. jaimie February 19, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I would like to fall in love again…. With dark beer :)

  29. Jill Reyes February 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    I just moved here from LA a month ago so please show me what’s happening in Portland friends :)

  30. Shasha February 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I would be in utter HEAVEN right here! I’d hafta go alone, but I’m willing to bet I’d meet some really AMAZING people!

  31. Aimee February 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Such a fan of dark beers! This would be my perfect fest!

  32. Jeff February 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Beer me!!

  33. Cathy February 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I wanna go!!…

  34. Mario February 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    I love beer and I have no plans Friday! This sounds like the ideal way to spend my evening, drinking beer with other people who enjoy a good craft beer.

  35. Ellen OMalley February 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    I have a 2 date on Saturday and haven’t decided what to do yet. First time dating in over 20 years. Sounds like something fun to do.

  36. ASmartt1 February 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    It’s my favorite time of year… for black beer!

  37. Colleen McD February 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    The darker the better! Love me some dark beer and need an excuse to get out of the house Friday night!

  38. Danielle D February 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Black is the color of my true love’s hair… and my favorite beer! Huzzah for Black Out Beer Fest.

  39. Chris February 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Welcome to the Dark Side – we have the BEST beer!

  40. John February 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    What a week at work!!! Could really use a Black Out Beer Fest to make things right again!

  41. Linda February 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Just now getting into darker beer. Would love a chance to experience a variety.

  42. Jen C. February 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Dark beer is quickly growing on me, would love to try out some different varieties! This event sounds awesome!

  43. Kristy Alberty February 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    You know you gotta be blind, crippled, or crazy to not want to go to this event!

    While I can easily attest that I am not any of the above three unfortunate states of existence, I can tell you also that I am a dark beer convert.

    Not that long ago, I thought dark beers would taste like a cross between motor oil and flat root beer. If the beer was that dark it had to be nasty.

    I love chocolate and a dark-beer aficionado turned me on to a chocolate Porter. I’ve never looked back. It is true, however, that I am not exactly fond of ALL dark beers, but by getting over the blanket-condemnation that I had before, I’ve managed to find some really great Stouts and Porters to enjoy, not to mention dark beers that were whiskey-barrel aged, or “hot” tasting (as in spicy) dark beers.

    I have NEVER ATTENDED a dark beer fest, though. My money is pretty tight with some other priorities right now, so expanding my social circle of events is not much of an option these days.

    PLEASE consider me for the tickets? My BF and I would have an amazing time.
    I am also quite a good photographer and I can take some shots and upload then to an online account for you to use for promotion for next year? How certain are you that you’ll get some great photographs of the Fest? *tick tock*…….

    Pick me! : ) Peace, and dark beer.

  44. stacy February 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    The only beer I like is dark beer. Normally there are a few options for dark beer when you go out. A night of many dark beers is kind of mind blowing and would be an awesome way to end my week!

  45. Sally February 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Yes. Please pick me.. I have never won and love to go!!

  46. Marianne February 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Beer festivals are one of my favorite things! I’ve been to this one the last two years and can’t wait to go again. A good friend of mine will be in town, so I’m excited to take her!

  47. Aurelia February 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Would love to attend with a very lucky friend – please pick me!!

  48. katie walker February 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Lompoc is my all time favorite brewery!! But I’ve never been to this beer fest before and would love to come and try some new dark beers!

  49. Bobby February 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    I never win these contests.

  50. Paige February 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Would love to attend this awesome dark beer fest!

  51. Miller February 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Would love to attend this awesome event!

  52. david February 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    amazeballs line-up, in my hood, and finally with a gal who loves dark brew. add fREE, and it’s perfection in a pint glass!

  53. Cassandra February 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Me either. : (

  54. Ben February 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I would love to go to this. It sounds like so much fun! Who doesn’t love beer?!?!

  55. mike February 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Let me impress my new girlfriend with knowledge of good beers! (not just the cheap stuff i consumed while nervous our first few dates)

    pdx pipeline…. love depends on you now

  56. Marissa February 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Yesssss I’d love to go!

  57. Stephen Burnett February 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    That’s one awesome beer lineup, and I want to taste every single one of them ; )

  58. Tonya February 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Would love to try that amazing lineup of beers!

  59. Jenny February 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm #


  60. Anthony February 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    This taplist makes me drool and I’d be happy to blackout from it.

  61. Andelain P February 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    This would make a fantastic date night!

  62. Dave G. February 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    After looking at that beer list, I’m salivating!

  63. Anthony February 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    My taste buds need to flavors to experience.

  64. Delish brews February 19, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    How have I never heard of this!?!? Must find a way to get there! Delishbrews on IG

  65. Sandra Dvergsdal February 19, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    I love porters and stouts and this festival has some of the best brewers of dark beers. I’d love to go.

  66. Jennifer February 19, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Because I want to drink black beer for free. Duh.

  67. Jennifer February 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    I drove from across Washington state to come drink your beer. Because washington doesn’t offer beer nor festivals like this one. Please help me get black’d out’d!!

  68. Kat February 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm #


  69. Cody February 19, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Can’t say no to this awesome beer fest! Let’s black out!

  70. Chelsea G. February 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Oh man, this would be just the cherry on the top for my week. I’ve had nursing school midterms and it’s been KILLER!! Definitely need a good break.

  71. Calvin February 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    I would love to win this!

  72. Chris February 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    i just got laid off. Give me beer please

  73. Casandra Konicek February 20, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    I would live to try some of Portland’s best dark beers!!

    • Casandra Konicek February 20, 2015 at 2:57 am #


  74. Windy Seto February 20, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Yay it’s not another IPA fest!

  75. Jordan February 20, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Nothing is better than dark beer! I have reasons to celebrate this weekend and this event would certainly help me do that!

  76. Laura February 20, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    ohhhhhhhh! This sounds like such a good night!

  77. Dan February 20, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    I attended last year and it was a really nice time.

  78. Mary February 20, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Love beer!

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