Portland sure is a beautiful city — the picturesque bridges spanning the Willamette River, bicycle-filled streets, world-famous food carts and friendly people make it a phenomenal spot to call home. It's no wonder so many transplants (many of them from Colorado, it seems) migrate toward Stumptown.
It's also why we get so excited any time New Belgium Brewing holds an event in Portland. Put simply, it's one of the best cities in the country.
The Aug. 1 Clips Beer and Film Tour in PDX didn't disappoint — in both good and bad ways. You see, Portland is known for being a rainy city, but during these last few summer weeks not a single drop has fallen from the sky. At least that's what the locals told us. So we were ready for a sunny and warm Thursday night to show experimental films and drink experimental beers.
Things didn't turn out that way.
Rain came down all day Thursday, and while Portland residents are accustomed to the wetness, we'd be lying if we said it didn't (ahem) dampen some spirits.
No matter, Portland's cycling community braved the elements, and we had ourselves a mighty fine Thursday night filled with beer, films and food. What else do you need?
Did we mention the Tour's location in Portland? We were situated just south of the Hawthorne Bridge in Waterfront Park. For those not familiar with Portland, that means that the films were practically being screened on the mesmerizing Willamette river. It was certainly one of the more breathtaking spots on the Tour's 21-city schedule.
Portland feels like the older, wiser and happily married sister to New Belgium's hometown of Fort Collins. So, in a way, we were simply visiting family. Visiting family can be a total drag sometimes though, and this definitely was not a drag. So Portland, thanks for being the awesome older family member. We can't wait to visit you next year.
Cheers — Nic The Intern