Biketobeerfest – Hopworks rings in the Fall

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Bouldering Bike Bands Breaking Big Beers. Bizarro! Saturday was the third year for Biketobeerfest at Hopworks and it was quite a party.

Rain fell, and in true Portland fashion, there was somber talk of the moisture marking the end of summer. Yet, those same people took some time to toss a bike, cheers on some break dancers and sample a few of the 15 beers on tap.

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If you throw your tennis racket during a match, your opponent might get a point or you might get a fine. But on this rainy day, there was great energy in the air watching adults throw (or try to throw) a bicycle through the air. The Huffy toss. You could make a weekly series out of that and I bet there would be a great following.

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And talk about a big beer. Brewery owner Christian Ettinger stepped on stage with a “pint” glass so large, it took two people to hold it. It was filled with a special brew created to send Ben Love off in style as he prepares to open his new brewery just a mile from Hopworks.

Wrap the whole thing up with a funky circus complete with fire dancing and chain saw juggling…and you’ve got Biketobeerfest 2011. Cheers!

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