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A grassroots organization of Portland beer industry leaders is debuting this Monday with a launch event that serves as a fundraising for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Coinciding with President’s Day, Monday’s event features a keg—sometimes two—from breweries around Portland and beyond at 12 different beer bars around town and all proceeds will benefit the ACLU.

The Beer Party PDX’s stated mission is “to organize members of the Portland beer community in order to effectively protect and promote basic civil rights including voter access, freedom of speech, and equal rights.” The founding members include bar and brewery owners, brewers, business consultants, and writers. (Disclosure: this writer is a founding member).

The nearly comprehensive* list of the dozen beer bars involved in the Beer Party PDX Launch Event and the beers they’ll pour for this fundraiser are as follows:

Bailey’s Taproom: Pfriem Family Brewers Citrus Zest IPA.
Bazi Bierbrasserie: Heater Allen Märzen.
BeerMongers: Double Mountain Gypsy Stumper IPA.
Belmont Station: Coalition Space Fruit IPA.
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom: from around Washington, Loowit (Experimental Hop IPA #8), Machine House, Three Magnets (Stout & Proud), Urban Family (Magnolia Redux dry-hopped saison), Woodland Empire (Set Em Wild Set Em Free beet Berliner Weisse); from Boise’s Crooked Fence, Hither Coffee Brown Ale; from Eugene’s Ninkasi, Helles Belles Lager and Believer Double Red; and from Portland's own Ruse, Vernacular IPA.
Lombard House: Ecliptic “Orange Giant” barleywine & The Commons Urban Farmhouse.
Loyal Legion: Baerlic 80 Bob Scottish Ale.
Roscoe’s: Vertigo Madagascar Vanilla Porter & a beer from Uptown Market.
Saraveza Tavern: a beer from Montavilla Brew Works.
The Thirsty Sasquatch (Vancouver): a beer from Base Camp Brewing.
Tin Bucket: a beer from New Belgium.
The Upper Lip: Culmination Urizen Pale Ale.
Uptown Market: beers from Matchless and Ruse Brewing.

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*Specific beers are subject to change and some bars may have more than one keg designated as a Beer Party fundraiser beer. To wit, other breweries and cideries supporting this launch include Bull Run Cider, Cider Riot!, Swift Cider, Burnside and Fort George.

This is the first of many planned events with the intent of garnering attention for civil rights issues and increasing participation and action on local, statewide, and national levels. If you, dear reader, would like to participate in a future event, or want to inquire about becoming a member of Beer Party PDX or hosting a Beer Party event, email at beerpartypdx@gmail.com.