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Forkfly Launch Party at Henry’s Tavern September 5, 2010

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ForkflyThursday night I went to Henry’s Tavern in the Pearl for the Forkfly Launch Party. I got there before things really kicked off so my friend John and I decided to have a beer in the bar at Henry’s. I was excited because they have a great beer selection and have Double Mountain’s IRA (my current favorite Oregon Brew). The little ice strip along the bar is a fun little perk. I knew there was free food at the Forkfly event so we did not eat, but some of the happy hour food looked really nice and was quite inexpensive. What was not inexpensive was the beer. $11.50 for two pints during happy hour. Are you kidding? Um, no, they were not. So I don’t think I will be drinking at Henry’s very frequently.

By the time we got back out to the patio, the party was moving. They had sausages, mac n cheese, and sliders fresh off the grill. They were even nice enough to make me some special sliders with no cheese. Ninkasi IPA was flowing and this was not a “one free beer and then you pay” kind of event. You could come back and fill your plastic cup as often as you like. Dangerous, but excellent!

My business partner Courtney and I had registered for the adventure race. It was more a scavenger hunt requiring a smart phone, but luckily, Court has one of those (I only upgraded to a web enabled phone this week- smartphone coming soon I hope). The race was more a scavenger hunt then an adventure race. The Pearl was divided into four zones and you had to go to 10 Forkfly merchants total, at least two in each zone, take a picture, tweet the picture, and then get back to Henry’s. The first place prize was an iPad and I wanted it!

So we set off sprinting. We hit PF Changs, Whole Foods, and Henry’s in zone 1, a yoga studio, a bakery, and another store in zone 3, and two other merchants in zone 2. We were sprinting and weaving our way through First Thursday crowds. I could feel my face getting redder and redder, but I thought we had a good chance of winning. The problem was we had not mapped out zone 4 before we took off and the only places we had addresses for were down on Lovejoy. So we turned it on and ran all the way up to Lovejoy and 13th for our 10th picture and tore back to Henry’s. I kind of thought I might puke. And when we hit Couch Street just a few yards from the entrance, we heard them announce that another team had made it back before us. By two minutes, we finished second.

So we won a room at the Mark Spencer and some concert tickets (I let Courtney have them for her upcoming anniversary- the iPad, we would have used for the business). After that I felt I had earned some more free beer and food so I recovered in style. There was more music and lots of raffle drawings to keep me occupied. I hope Forkfly throws another party soon!

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Skeeball Tournament at East Burn April 15, 2010

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Last night was a night of firsts for me. It was my first visit to East Burn, another place I want to hit on a Tuesday night for $2 pint night. It was my first event with the Portland Microbrew Meetup. It was also the first time I played skeeball in at least 15 years. But it won’t be the last for any of these things.

The Portland Microbrew Meetup hosted the first annual skeeball tournament last night at East Burn. It was a great event for meeting new people, drinking beer, and participating in a little friendly competition. There were about 30 people there and the host, Chad did an excellent job of setting up the brackets and managing the tournament. Everyone got to play in the first and second rounds. The second round started the head to head eliminations. The championship round was pretty intense with the victor scoring over 400 points. The vibe was friendly with lots of cheering on all sides.

East Burn’s basement is a cool little space. It is dark, has games, a DJ booth (I am guessing that gets used on the weekends), and a pretty serious fish tank in the corner. There are 20 beers on tap and the taps rotate regularly. So you can always find something new to try. PBR tall boys are only $2 and most people at the tournament had switched to them by the end of the evening. The food menu is pricey and more upscale then I would have expected from hanging in the basement, but the upstairs bar area definitely seems to have a more posh feel to it.

Anyway, if you have a hankering to relive your skeeball glory days, head to East Burn. You may find me there practicing to make it through more than two rounds in next year’s tourney.

Tonight there Fire on the Mountain, right down the road from East Burn, is donating half the dinner proceeds to the MS Society. There will be live music and more than a few people. I’ll be there so I’ll post on it tomorrow.