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Celebrate Craft Beer in Portland at the Inaugural Big Woody Festival

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Kick off this weekend with the Big Woody barrel-aged beer festival at the Left Bank Annex in Portland. The inspiration for this festival came from the Little Woody beer festival in Bend, which has drawn thousands of craft-beer lovers to Central Oregon for the past five years.

On January 17th and 18th, breweries from throughout the Northeast will showcase their products for attendees to sample and experts to judge. Among the Northwest breweries participating in this event include Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery, Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing, Lagunitas from Petaluma and Elysian from Seattle. As the Big Woody is a sanctioned Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) each brewery’s beers will be judged by BJCP certified experts.

In addition, participants can enjoy a tasting of small-batch American bourbon, rye and single-malt whiskeys, including Burnside Bourbon, Crater Lake Rye Whiskey, McCarthy’s single malt, and Blanton’s Original. Also, some of Portland's favorite food carts will be around to supply the beer-paired dishes.

The festival will take place on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th from 4pm to 11pm. Entry to the festival is $40 and includes 20 tasting tokens and a commemorative snifter glass. Designated Driver tickets are available at a cost of $20.00 and includes a meal voucher and non-alcoholic drinks. No one under 21 will be admitted. Get your tickets in advance as this even is projected to sell out.

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