The Malt Ball is back!

Starting in 2012, the Portland Mercury has teamed up with the Oregon Brewers Guild to put on an annual music and beer festival that highlights the creativity and superiority of both the craft brewing and music scenes of our city. The result was the Malt Ball, and it's become a can't-miss event on Portland's beer and music calendars. It's a kickass concert with rare beer tastings. It's a beer festival with great live music. It's a one-of-a-kind event, and it's happening at the Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, February 28—just a few short weeks away.

This year's Malt Ball boasts the best and brightest of Portland bands, with 12 specially hand-picked acts to play the festival's two sessions (afternoon and evening). PLUS we've got lots of great Oregon brewers on hand to offer up specially brewed Malt Ball beers and other rare choices. Take a look at this year's lineup!

Blue Skies for Black Hearts
Big Haunt
Pinehurst Kids
Fog Father
Levon's Helmet

Like a Villain
Holy Grove
The Fourth Wall

Participating brewers include Alameda Brewing Co., Baerlic Brewing, Base Camp Brewing Co., Brannon's Pub and Brewery, Buoy Beer Co., Burnside Brewing Co., Claim 52 Brewing, Coalition Brewing, McMenamins Crystal Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Full Sail Brewing Co., Gilgamesh Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Lompoc Brewing, Portland Brewing, and Solera Brewery. There's more info on the Facebook event page, too, including set times for the bands.

And! Tickets are on sale for both sessions RIGHT HERE—so get 'em quick before they're all gone. This year's ticket price is pretty unbeatable: You can attend both sessions (with 10 beer tastings) for $25, or an individual session (with five beer tastings) for only $15.

The fourth annual Malt Ball! Oh yes, it's happening.