Fresh on the heels of the passage of Oregon's wine growler bill, which permitted licensed establishments to fill appropriate reusable containers with bulk vino (read a good overview of rules here), Northwest Portland's the Bent Brick is throwing a little soiree to promote the practice this Thursday, August 8. Featuring wines from Boedecker Cellars, Love and Squalor, Guild Winemakers, Wooldridge Creek, Cana’s Feast, Ribera Vineyards, Proletariat Wine Co., Johan Vineyards, and Helioterra Wines, the growler party will feature tastes of all available wines for discerning drinkers to sample before purchasing (bring your own jugs or purchase at the event). $20 admission includes samples and food provided by the restaurant, and the event runs from 6-10 pm (advance tickets available by calling the restaurant at 503-688-1655). The Bent Brick has long made a point of serving local wines on tap (in addition to an uniquely all-American spirits selection, which has led one of the most creative cocktail programs in town), so this should be an immensely educational opportunity to enjoy some of the Northwest's finest.

And we've got two free passes to the good times for one Blogtown fan: just e-mail your name to our editor here by Monday, August 5 and type "WINO" into that subject line. We'll pick a winner at random for a free evening of fun. Happy drinking!

UPDATE: Contest is now closed... thanks for playing!

The Bent Brick is located at 1639 NW Marshall.