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Bidding for Beers

The brewing community chips in for charity.

By John Chandler October 2, 2012


One of the biggest and most successful events on the local fundraising calendar is the annual Classic Wines Auction, which brings oenophiles and philanthropists together under one roof to raise money for an assortment of children and family charities. Since its inception in 2005, the auction has raised upward of $28 million. And now it's time for the craft beer community to step up. 

"The Classic Wines Auction is a very high-end event," says Jeremy Herrig, a member of the Ambassador Board for New Avenues of Youth. "Not everyone can afford $1000 for an auction package of wine. So we're hoping a beer auction is a little more accessible and democratically priced."

If you're a brew believer with a social conscience, the Brews for New Avenues live and silent beer auction is a must, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to New Avenues for Youth programs that benefit Portland's homeless and at-risk youth. It's only a $10 cover charge (or $50 if you want the VIP treatment), and includes live music, food cart cuisine, and a raffle. But it's those rare and boast-worthy beers that should draw the rowdiest crowd, as bids will be taken on vintage bottles and cases from the likes of Deschutes (a complete line of The Abyss from 2006-11), Rogue (Old Crustacean 1997), Hair of the Dog (Michael 2009), Upright (24 bottles of Fantasia Reserve), and the first five editions of Bridgeport's Old Knucklehead (1989-92), among many others. 

Go! And give till it hurts (your liver). 

What: Brews for New Avenues

Where: Green Dragon Bistro and Brewpub (928 Southeast 9th Ave)

When: October 13, 2 pm–10 pm


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