This is a flask of P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., not of beer.
  • This is a flask of P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., not of beer.

The Mercury’s Malt Ball is great for once-a-year music-and-beer pairings, but McMenamins’ Crystal Ballroom and Brewery is giving us a taste of musical beer and fermented music on a quarterly basis. It starts Wednesday, October 14 with the release of Make It Through the Night Light Lager, tapped in conjunction with P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., something of a Portland punk supergroup, performing at Lola’s Room one floor beneath the Crystal’s floating dance floor.

Crystal’s brewer, Drew Phillips, is as passionate about music as he is beer. He’s even begun organizing a separate event called Blasphemous—it sounds more like an Experience than simply a concert or festival—to take place in February. But that’s too far off. For now, he’s ramped up about these quarterly creations, which are separate from McMenamins’ existing monthly specialties.

“I’ll be working with bands to design a conceptual beer around a song, album, (or) attitude,” says Phillips by email. As for the one kicking it off, he comes with a long history of fandom of P.R.O.B.L.E.M.’s previous punk projects. He was even recruited to play banjo, yes banjo, in guitarist Scott Williams self-described satanic country band.

Make It Through the Night is a light lager built on a base of Czech Pilsner and Caramel Munich malts and hopped with grassy Horizon and Tettnangers. It comes out at 4.9 percent ABV. “The phrase ‘make it through the night’ stands next to ‘get in the van' as one of the great tour phrases,” explains Phillips. “For every punk rock band, there are one hundred stories of hard living on the road. Some contain enough truth to be legend, some enough to maybe be considered a half-truth. What's not in dispute is anything that anyone in Portland punker pack P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. tells you about their time on the road.”

Tickets are $5 and the event is all-ages; openers include Drouth and Spit Vitrol. Online tickets are available here.