Base Camp’s Spring Tour!

BC-Spring-Tour-SeattleBase Camp is hitting the road for our Spring Tour through Washington State, coming to a spot near you!

We’ve been busy getting some great events lined up for the month of April.  Join us in lifting a pint to the Pacific Northwest!  Just in case you’re not able to easily read the calendar image above, our schedule is as follows:

April 10:  tasting at Haggen Food in Burlington

April 13:  tap takeover at Ballard Beer Co. in Ballard

April 15:  tap takeover at Chuck’s Hop Shop, on 85th Ave. in Greenwood, Seattle

April 17 and 18:  LEAVENWORTH ALE FESTIVAL!  WOOHOO!  We’ll be pouring a few of our favorite beers at one of our very favorite festivals.  Get your tickets here.

April 22:  tap takeover at Collective On Tap in Woodinville

April 24:  tasting at newly-opened The Cave in Kirkland

April 29:  tasting at Wine World in Seattle

April 30:  tap takeover at newly-opened The Thirsty Hop in Kirkland

Are we missing something?

Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and let us know where else we need to include in our #SpringTour.  Let us know if you’re planning on joining us, too!

New Location Series Beer

The second installment in this year’s Location Series highlights one of our brew crew’s favorite local get-aways.  We’re lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest, where adventures into the Great Outdoors can be found literally all around us.

A best-kept secret of Oregon anglers, the Salmonberry River runs through the Tillamook State Forest, hooking up with the north fork of the Nehalem River before running out to the Pacific.  Healthy forests, great trail access, clean waters, and a strong spring steelhead run makes the Salmonberry a treasure for fishing and hiking.

We’ve partnered up with our friends at the Native Fish SocietyNative-Fish-Soc-logo to help spread the word about the Salmonberry River.  The volunteers at NFS have worked to protect and restore the Pacific Northwest’s rivers, preserve fish populations, and provide advocacy for watershed preservation since 1995.  To learn more about the good work they do, and how to get involved, check out their website at

Our Location Series beer, dubbed the Salmonberry River Dunkel, was brewed in homage to our brewers’ experiences fishing and hiking the river.  We’ve tried to communicate the earthiness of hiking in along a rain-soaked trail with dark floor-malted barley, the aroma of its wooded slopes with piney hops and a touch of cedar character, and the fresh coastal air with a subtle tang of Oregon sea salt.

This limited-edition beer will be available on draft and in our aluminum 22oz bottle, beginning Tuesday, April 7th.  Join us at 6pm for its release in the taproom and catch a presentation from the fine folks at NFS.  See you then!



Ten Great Breweries, Not Enough Snow

Collabofest brings the heat with all-new beers from 10 of Portland’s best breweries; melts all the snow we needed for our Rail Jam

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 23, 2015 – The crew at Base Camp Brewing Company is taking a positive view of this disarmingly balmy January weather.  Their much-anticipated beer festival, Base Camp’s Collabofest, is slated to kick off tomorrow with VIP admission at noon under clear, sunny skies.

“We’re stoked to have the weather shaping up like this.”  says Base Camp’s Ross Putnam.  ”We can leave our rain jackets at home?  For an Oregon beer festival?  In January?  I’ll take it.”

Attendance at tomorrow’s Collabofest is expected to exceed the event organizer’s expectations, thanks to the cooperative weather.  Advanced ticket sales have gone swiftly, with only a handful of advance-sale VIP tickets still available.  Find VIP as well as general admission tickets for sale online at the Portland Mercury’s

Here’s a look at the #PDXNOW brews, debuting at Collabofest and subsequently released on draft across Portland:

Brewery & Beer Brewery & Beer
  Base Camp Brewing Company, Bridge Builder Bock Coalition Brewing Co., Mutual Fermentation
  Hop works Urban Brewery, Hop-Lic Kellerweizen Baerlic Brewing Co., Baer-Works Radlerweizen
  Breakside Brewery, Juggling Plums Gose Fat Head’s Brewery, Weiss Weiss Baby
  Ecliptic Brewing, Downkriek Cosmic Storm StormBreaker Brewing, Upkriek Cosmic Storm
  Gigantic Brewing, Quadtastic Ex Novo Brewing Co., Gose Either Way

Three of Portland’s finest food carts– Gonzo Falafel & HummusKOi Fusion, and Grilled Cheese Grill– will be on hand to provide a wide range of food options.  Live music from 4pm to 6pm and a DJ spinning 7pm to 10pm will keep the block party atmosphere going through the afternoon.

Base Camp’s Rail Jam is the only casualty of the warm weather.  Due to the area’s overall lack of snow, this snowboard and ski expo extravaganza is cancelled, slated for a lack-of-snow-check at next year’s Collabofest.  Rail Jam partners US Outdoor StoreWindell’sZeal OpticsClif BarGorge Performance, and Adventures Without Limits will still be enjoying the party and have fun with everyone.

About Base Camp Brewing Company

Base Camp Brewing Co. is proud to partner with Travel Portland in developing and implementing the #PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest series of limited-release brews from 10 of the area’s finest craft breweries.  The brewery’s focus on brewing innovative lagers and ales for the adventurous palate fits perfectly with the overall scope of Travel Portland’s Portland Is Happening Now campaign.  For more information on Base Camp, visit

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#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest!

Portland has a sense of community that is hard to experience in any other city; the brew scene of Portland is no different. With over 60 breweries in town the Portland beer community runs deep and is filled with an extensive amount of knowledge. So, living in the true Portland spirit Base Camp wanted to bring this amazing community together to create something innovative and a ton of fun! With that, Collabofest was born!

#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp Collabofest, hosted on January 24th, 2015 at Base Camp Brewing Company will kick off the Portland Is Happening Now beer campaign. This will be the public’s first chance to try these innovative, never-before-sampled brews from 10 local breweries: Base Camp, Baerlic, Breakside, Coalition, Ecliptic, Ex Novo, Fat Head’s, Gigantic, Hop Works and Stormbreaker.

Northwest beer lovers will not want to miss this event. Collabofest will kick-off at noon where VIP guests can pick up their custom Klean Kanteen stainless pint, beer passport, 10 taster tokens and two pint tokens. General admission, which includes a custom beer mug, beer passport and 10 taster tokens, will be open from 1 – 8 p.m. Enjoy the delicious brews, dance to the tunes of Ryan VanDrodrecht from 4 – 6 p.m., eat delicious food provided by Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill and let the kiddos be entertained with a few fun games like ring toss and corn hole!


We do know that the weather here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest is a bit iffy in January, but we are guaranteed a forecast of snow in the form of a free, all-ages, ski and snowboard rail jam starting at 7 p.m. hosted by All the Homies! Huge shout-out to Windell’s, US Outdoor Store, Gorge Performance, Clif Bar and Zeal Optics for making this event possible.

Collabofest tickets are $20 for General Admission (kids and your lovely designated driver are free) and $35 for VIP. Prices go up on the day of so purchase your tickets before hand. Grab your mittens, carpool with your friends and come on down to celebrate the teamwork for the Portland beer community!


bier-de-garde-fbWoot!  Thanks to everyone that helped us celebrate our birthday over last week.  We’re always blown away by the incredible support for craft beer and the Base Camp family that you share with us.

We released this delicious special brew on draft a few days ago. . .  it’s GREAT fresh off the keg, but if you really want to make the most of this bière de garde you’ve gotta cellar it!  We hand-bottled 100 cases of it in some rad Belgian glass bottles (yep, glass, for the first time ever here at BCBC) so you can include it in your beer cellar and enjoy at your own personal Base Camp some time soon.

These bad boys are available for purchase at BCBC, and a select number of cases have been set aside for wholesale (Oregon only; sorry!).  Feel free to contact us if you’d like us to set some aside for you!

Oktoberfest 2014 – Saturday 10/4


Join us Saturday, October 4th, to celebrate this year’s harvest season AND Portland-made craft beer!  We’re bringing together some of our favorite bits of Bavarian tradition with a few fun twists of our own.  Live music and family-friendly games throughout the day mean a good time for your whole crew, but we’re also going to be releasing special, limited-release, firkin-conditioned beers that are sure to make your inner beer nerd cry “Heilige scheiße, das ist gut!”

The highlight of the day for many of the Base Camp crew, however, will be our first annual Weltmeister Human Fussball Tournament.  Yes, that’s right, HUMAN FOOSBALL!  Sign your team of 6 to 10 peeps up for entry in this winner-takes-all, bracketed tournament via our EventBrite site.

Schedule of Events:
All Day: Special Firkin Beers being tapped. Our favorite food carts bringing you delicious food! Deutschland Curry, Gonzo Falafel and Hummus, KOi Fusion will all be there!
11am: Doors Open
11am – 8pm: Support our local vendors! We’ve got a great line-up of local businesses joining us this year! Portland Rock Gym, Ghost Sign Studios, It’s Only Love Athletic Wear, Up Cycle 27 and more!
11am – 3pm: Kinder Karneval Games
3:30pm – 6:30pm: Human Fussball Tournament
7pm – 8:30pm: Doug Stickler Trio
8:45pm: Dance music brought to you by All The Homies

Stay tuned via Twitter or our Facebook page for more info on music lineup, food vendors, beer info, and more!



Protohop Festival!

Protohop Festival Provides Sneak Peek Into Future of Oregon’s Hops

Base Camp Brewing Company teams up with Indie Hops and Oregon State University’s Hop Breeding Program to showcase some of the Willamette Valley’s most exciting experimental hop varietals.  A limited number of tickets are available– get yours now!

The brewers at Base Camp Brewing Company have been busy. Over the last three months, this inner-southeast Portland brewhouse has turned out over a dozen batches of single-hopped craft beer, a late-hopped Helles-style lager, from their pilot brewery. Each of these beers features a different experimental hop varietal, developed by Oregon State University’s Hop Breeding Program and provided by Indie Hops.

These protohop varietals are yet to be cultivated on a large scale, representing a segment of some of the Willamette Valley’s most promising future hops. “We feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to work with these hops years before they are commercially available,” says Base Camp’s head brewer, Paul Thurston, “and are stoked to share these flavors of the future with our region’s beer lovers!”

Due to the small batch size of these exceptional beers, a limited number of tickets for admission to the Protohop Festival is available.  To get yours, check out our online sales here or stop by the taproom!  Claim your spot AND save $5 by purchasing in advance.

Solstice Party 6/21

Join Outdoor Project and Base Camp Brewing Co. in Portland on the Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 21, to celebrate the longest day of the year. It’s going to be a BLOCK PARTY, and we’re shutting down SE Oak Street between 9th and 10th avenues. You’ll find tons of delicious food and beer for sale, and there will be music and an outdoor-themed movie in the evening. And the best part is that admission is totally free thanks to sponsorship efforts from our favorite Portland outdoor and media companies!

We’ll be starting at 11 a.m. and going into the night. Stop in for some food and drinks on the way to or from an outdoor adventure, or stay the whole day and celebrate the first day of summer. The event will feature outdoor-themed activities throughout the day that will be open to everyone.

Oregon Wild and Ascending the Giants will also host booths throughout the day, so come meet them and hear their stories about the wonderful work they do. They’ll be selling raffle tickets at the event for a ton of awesome prizes contributed by the event’s Sponsors.


Presented by Vortex Music Magazine, the evening will feature performances by Portland’s Brownish Black and Melville. Melville will get it started at 6 p.m.

Sponsors + Activities Schedule

We will be joined by the wonderful sponsors listed below. Many will have merchandise for sale at the event, so swing by to pick up some deals on outdoor gear for the summer heat or to learn about upcoming classes and events they’ll be hosting. Sponsors include: EvoNext AdventureU.S. Outdoor StorePortland Rock GymRare Earth Adventures, The ClymbDeviationPro Photo SupplyNW AlpineCrossfit RMRPlywerkVita CocoBicycle Transportation Alliance, and Tri Team PDX.

11 a.m.: Out with the old and in with the new, and you are the lucky ones to benefit! Base Camp will be having a massive sale on cases of its adventure-ready aluminum 22s starting at 11 a.m. and going until they’re sold out. The hottest deal of the day will be Northwest Fest at $25 a case. Base Camp will also be extending discounts on In-Tents IPL, Ripstop Rye Pils, and Lost Meridian Wit at $45 a case.  Come and get them while they last! (Brewhouse)

Noon: The Clymb Giveaway #1 (Outdoor Stage)

1 p.m.: U.S. Outdoor Store – Outdoor Adventure Presentation + Slideshow (Tap Room)

2 p.m.: Rare Earth Adventures – Life Hacks Presentation (Patio) | The Clymb Giveaway #2 (Outdoor Stage)

3 p.m.: Events TBA.

4 p.m.: Deviation – Summer Ski Tuning Clinic (Brewhouse) | The Clymb Giveaway #3 (Outdoor Stage)

5 p.m.: Events TBA.

6 – 9 p.m: Performances by Melville and Brownish Black. (Outdoor Stage)

All Day: Hang out and enjoy Base Camp’s delicious brews. Play games including cornhole and hammerschlagen. Eat, drink and get inspired for summer’s outdoor adventures.

Saturday, June 21, at Base Camp Brewing Co. at 930 SE Oak Street in Portland, Oregon. It will run from 11 a.m. until late night, it is free to attend, and it’s open to ALL AGES.

Three new beers for May/June

We’re releasing our Hop in the ‘Pool Late Hop Helles lager this Thursday, 5/8, at 6pm.  But, Base Camp, it’s just a traditional German light lager in both grain bill and fermentation character!  Just you hold on one second, mister– this beer’s singular MASSIVE hop addition happens in the whirlpool, not the brew kettle, for a huge hop taste and aroma with a mellow bitterness.  It’s gonna be rad.


Next up is our yet-to-be-named amber kellerbier.  Light, crisp, subtly hopped, and ready for summer.  Stay tuned for release date!


Soon after (let’s say this side of mid-June) we’ll make our second installment in our Location Series, paying homage to the smoky, dry hills along the Chetco River in southern Oregon.  Word on the street is we’ll be bottling this bad boy.


It’s a good month for beer around Base Camp.  Cheers, all!

Shannon Huffman Polson to Celebrate Book Release Anniversary here at Base Camp Brewing Company

Shannon Huffman Polson will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of her memoir North of Hope here at Base Camp Brewing Company, this Wednesday, April 30th at 7 p.m.

North of HopeFrom the author:

“It all started in Portland. That’s where the phone call came, the one that said I’d lost my father and stepmother to a grizzly bear attack two thousand miles to the north in Alaska’s Arctic. You know that if you read North of Hope, and if not, it comes in the first few pages so I’m not giving it away. But Portland is where it started, at the Sunday market, after I’d bought a picture frame made of blue stones and some hand made soaps.

In the year following that call I sung the Mozart’s Requiem with the Seattle Symphony Chorale under the direction of Itzhak Perlman, and over the anniversary of their deaths, I was on the same river where they had died. I followed each of their last days, the same flights, the same rafting trip. The police had given me back their journal and their maps, only slightly torn by the bear that had ravaged their campsite, and I visited each of their camps, saw the place where they died.

Then I wrote North of Hope. I think of North of Hope as a Requiem, which I included as short movements within the narrative on the river. It came out a year ago- this month is it’s birthday, and I’m privileged to celebrate in Portland where it began. North of Hope was released a few months after my second child arrived, and it is a rebirth, though not without cost. Come toast wilderness and words.”

Much of North of Hope takes place in the Pacific Northwest, and is an unlikely love story with the Alaskan landscape and its inhabitants that claimed the lives of Shannon’s father and stepmother in a rare grizzly attack. Shannon’s moving narrative explores the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy, and her deep appreciation for the untamed and remote wilderness of the Alaskan Arctic moves her story effortlessly between adventure, natural history, and sacred pilgrimage. North of Hope is as much an internal journey as a literal one, and a great piece of writing too. She received her MFA from Seattle Pacific University and is a contributing writer to blogs and publications, including the Huffington Post and High Country News. You can find more information at her website.