Boozy Experiences in Portland This Christmas Season – Holiday Debauchery Guide 2021
With everyone trying to catch up on time lost by the pandemic and concerns about supply chain bottlenecks, sharing experiences with loved ones instead of gifts this holiday season has grown in popularity.
If you’re looking for a fun (and COVID-19 safe) way to explore Portland’s alcohol scene and support local businesses, here’s your guide to the wide range of events and tastings that take place during the month of December.
Liquor tasting at the Lloyd Center
The women-run, Eugene-based distillery Thinking Tree Spirits will open on Thursday December 9th from 4pm to 7pm to offer free tastings of their farm-to-flask spirits. Thinking Tree Spirits distills two different gins as well as rum, vodka, take-away cocktails and seasonal offers.
Lloyd Center, 2201 Lloyd Center
The 4th annual Christmas pub crawl
Have a drink at Portland’s bars and help a child in need. The Christmas Bar Crawl works with Toys for Tots on Saturday December 11th, from 4 p.m. to midnight, starting with Dante. A single ticket is $ 15 and requires a toy or cash donation of $ 10 to Toys for Tots upon check-in. The tickets include two shots, a custom badge and a lanyard, as well as drink specials. The crawl stops at the Jockey Club, Maxwell Bar, Opaline, Paddy’s, Pine Street Taproom, Rialto Poolroom, Silver Dollar II, Star Theater, Tube and X Exotic Lounge. The afterparty takes place from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Rialto Poolroom.
Dantes, 350 W Burnside
ZiNG! Food and wine workshop
Find out which wines will go best with your Christmas dinner at Willful Wine Co. Saturday December 11th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will taste different food items and wines to learn what and why what goes well with yams and marshmallows is so delicious on this science-based exploration tour. Tickets are $ 40 per person ($ 30 for club members). If you stay after that, you will receive a 10 percent discount on all wine purchases.
Willful Wine Co, 5705-F NE 105th
Leikam Brewing Winter Craft Fair
As a certified kosher brewery, Leikam Brewing is holding its first Winter Craft Fair on Sunday December 12th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All COVID regulations are enforced and proof of vaccination is required. Ten percent of every sale goes to Habitat for Humanity.
Leikam Brewing, 5812 E Burnside
Wine dinner with CHO wines
Ava Gene’s celebrates the end of the harvest season with its traditional bacchana evenings on Thursday December 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This wine dinner line offers a seasonal six-course meal of Oregon wines for $ 150 per person. This month’s dinner will focus on the wines of CHO Wines, a couple who have launched their first release of six different Pinot Noirs and sparkling wines and who will also speak at dinner.
Ava Gene’s, 3377 SE Division
Open house on the public holiday
Hip Chicks Do Wine will have an open house on the holiday Saturday 18th December and Sunday 19th December, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in their tasting room. There will be flight wine tastings, holiday sangria, and bonus taverns of limited-production wine and ports. There are also special gift boxes and discounts for multiple bottles. Reservations are required for flights and food can be purchased.
Hip Chicks Do Wine, 4510 SE 23rd
Freeland Spirits Distillery Tour and Tasting
Freeland Spirits is one of the few female-owned / operated distilleries in history. Every Friday through December at 3 p.m. they offer a guided tour and tasting experience of their facility for $ 30. The tour will be led by one of their distillers who will teach you the process of making spirits and the story behind Freeland. Then you can try the flight “The Whole Line Up” with four spirits and two can cocktails in their tasting room in the northwest. COVID protocols enforced: Masks are required at all times when people are not actively drinking or eating.
Freeland Spirits, 2671 NW Vaughn