Portland 2012 Details

Explore Your Craft: Portland

Widmer Brothers Brewing and Draft Magazine Present an Unforgettable Night of Handcrafted Widmer Brothers Beer Paired with Gourmet Food, Live Music, Onsite Brewing and Artist Demonstrations

Friday, July 13th 2012 at the EcoTrust Terrace
721 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR

Event will include:

  • A live artist demonstration from local artist, Samuel Robinette, and live music from the Sami Rouissi Band alongside an interactive art experience for patrons.
  • Meet Kurt and Rob Widmer and watch Widmer Brothers Brewers demonstrate home brewing throughout the event
  • Intimate setting overlooking the Pearl District at sunset
  • Limited Tickets available NOW!
  • All inclusive tickets include tastings, entertainment, souvenir glass, and event guide with beer diary


Portland Featured Beers Include:

  • Hefeweizen
  • Rotator IPA – Shaddock IPA
  • Drop Top Amber Ale
  • Drifter Pale Ale
  • Citra Blonde Summer Brew
  • Nelson Imperial IPA
  • Pitch Black IPA
  • Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
  • Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
  • Kill Devil Brown
  • And more…


Food lovers will love the variety of pairings and options including a menu designed exclusively for this event by Whole Foods Pearl.

Pairings include:

  • Ancho molasses rubbed buffalo sirloin paired with Drop Top Amber Ale
  • Crushed orange and chili pork sliders paired with Drifter Pale Ale
  • New Zealand lamb skewer with eucalyptus mint pesto paired with Shaddock IPA
  • Pickled watermelon radish scallop ceviche paired with Hefeweizen
  • Goat cheese, hazelnut arugula salad paired with Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
  • Flavored, gourmet potato chips paired with Nelson Imperial IPA
  • Roasted apple chicken pâté paired with Kill Devil Brown
  • Grapefruit basil sorbet paired with Citra Blonde Summer Brew
  • Dark chocolate brownie with herbed raspberry aspic paired with Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout
  • Dark chocolate and bacon canapé with candies orange rind and smoked sea salt
  • And more….

In addition, satisfy your meat craving at the Olympic Provisions bar featuring housemade charcuterie.


Brian Stafford from Whole Foods Pearl District

The team at Whole Foods Pearl, led by Chef Brian Stafford, have created a true culinary experience for Explore Your Craft Portland guests. Using the same high quality ingredients found in their aisles, they’ve prepared each dish to pair perfectly with the evening’s selection of beers. The catering team at Whole Foods is passionate about the enjoyment of food and is committed to providing customers with the finest food and service with a goal of making every event beautiful, delicious, and easy.

Whole Foods Market is a leader in the natural and organic foods industry and America’s first national certified organic grocer. The Whole Foods Market motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures the company’s mission to find success in customer satisfaction and wellness, employee excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement.

Olympic Provisions

Salumist, Elias Cairo, grew up first generation Greek-American, with a father who made charcuterie at home. Doing things the old fashioned way was commonplace – a natural influence on his later journey to Europe, to apprentice in the kitchens and butcher shops of masters.

It was there that Cairo rediscovered the art of curing meat and found inspiration in the meat markets and mountain towns of the old world. The experience affirmed what he’d been taught all along – handmade is better.

Back in beautiful Portland, Oregon, Elias set out to approach the craft of charcuterie with purity and patience, recreating a nearly extinct old world technique that’s seldom seen in America. The result is Olympic Provisions, Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, established in 2009, deeply rooted in the past.

Cheese Bar

Steve Jones is the founder and owner of Cheese Bar, a retail cheese counter and casual restaurant that offers a rotating menu built with artisan and farmstead products. Steve began his cheese mongering career more than 15 years ago, opening several cheese counters in the Midwest.

In 2006, Steve launched his own retail business, Steve’s Cheese, in Portland, Oregon. Steve’s Cheese, a small cheese counter in Northwest Portland quickly developed a cult following. As a repeat instructor with the Food by Hand’s The Craft and Business of Retailing Artisan Cheese seminar, Steve has shared his enthusiasm for cheese and retail expertise with aspiring cheese mongers.

Steve’s newest venture, Cheese Bar, retains the same geeky cheese extravaganza found in Steve’s Cheese, but adds beer, wine, and prepared food, thoughtfully sourced to highlight unique products that complement each other. Cheese Bar allows Steve to share his love of beer and his pursuit of interesting cheese and beer/wine pairings. Steve’s long background in beer exploration includes classes and collaborations with many microbreweries. Steve is also a founding member of the Portland Firkin Fest.


Samuel Robinette

Samuel Robinette is a mixed media and graphic artist hailing from the bluegrass-covered hills of Kentucky. Gradually sweeping the country in his quest for world domination he began his training at the Cincinnati Art Academy and then moved south to receive his BA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His studies also include The School of Magic Men (Scholæ Magicæ Typus) where he is also currently serving as an adjunct professor.

Samuel is presently finding inspiration for his creativity in children’s picture books, the mating rituals of fruit bats, Bigfoot research, analog lo-fi sounds, Chinese poetry, as well as the theories of Adam Weishaupt and Big Daddy Kane. With a focus on graphic design and typography, Samuel’s work uses the combination of bold color and recognizable imagery to highlight the broad spectrum of popular culture we collectively inhabit.

Currently his artistic mediums of choice include acrylic, enamel, beach glass, crow feathers, screen printing, asbestos fibers, the harnessing of trade winds, oxidized pennies, and the manipulation of anything digital. To find more information about Samuel’s high art, low art, music, and graphic design exploits, visit his website at: www.accidentalcolor.com

Sami Rouissi Band

Sami Rouissi, a singer-songwriter from Nice, France plays an eclectic mix of folk, blues, soul and pop rock music. Sami’s first introduction to any musical instrument was late in life, however, he quickly recognized his love for music, and began honing his skills on the acoustic guitar. Soon after, he started performing publicly and made a living as a college student playing in the local bar scene in the south of France, slowly growing a loyal fan base. He eventually landed in Portland, and frequents the Portland music scene delivering smooth, yet upbeat sounds with a warm and soulful voice.

When Sami is not playing solo, he is accompanied by Dirk Alan and Reid Neuman. Dirk has been a utility musician for the last 30 years and plays eight different instruments including the guitar, slide, harmonica as well as vocals. Reid, a saxophone player and a recent college-grad, has played the sax for many years and shows the maturity and talent of an old jazz soul despite his young age.

“Sami is like Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, David Gray, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gay emerged into one person.” – Portland Mercury