WOW! We can't believe it's been ONE YEAR since we first opened our doors in Slabtown. Our first year been a rollercoaster of a ride as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we're so thankful for our supportive community here. Makers have always been at the center of what we are about, so there's no better way to celebrate our ANNIVERSARY than by uplifting our community's Makers!Check out our origins
BEER + MAKERS... the perfect Portland combo!
The Makers Fair was hosted right here in our front yard--we closed down NW Wilson street in front of the Brewery + Taproom on the crisp but sunny Fall afternoon of Saturday, October 9th from 12-6p. We welcomed over 1,600+ Portlanders into the fair to celebrate with Slabtown's best crafted beer (ours, obviously), food, goods, and community! In partnership with Makers Union PDX, we hosted 42 local makers--everything from ceramics to beard oils to mushroom powders--including a live painter! The event was free to attend, and all ages were welcome.
It was such as success, we're already planning the next iteration. Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you can mark your calendars--see you there!keep up with us on instagram
We are THRILLED to have partnered with a union of talented and passionate Portland Makers. Makers Union PDX was founded in the spring of 2020 as a solution for Portland-area makers whose business models were based on in-person markets and retail accounts.
As stores closed and markets were canceled, three co-founders bootstrapped the creation of a grassroots online marketplace. The purpose of the marketplace is to support our creative community, provide space for makers to sell their goods, and raise funds for community members deeply impacted by the pandemic.
In 2020, they donated 15% of sales to the Black Resilience Fund, an emergency fund dedicated to healing and resilience by providing immediate resources to Black Portlanders. They also partnered with Portland Made to mobilize nine vacant retail windows around Portland with locally made goods from over 100 brands and artists, half of whom are BIPOC. Each window runs for six to eight weeks and features a QR code that takes you to pdxwindowshop.com, where you can learn about each person and purchase their goods.Support Your Local Makers
We teamed up with our Slabtown friends, Freeland Spirits, to craft an extra special Creation just for The Makers Fair. This is one barrel-aged beauty. The barrel itself has a history steeped in amazing flavors.
It started off as a Pinot barrel, and if you know how good Oregon Pinots are you’ll know this is a solid foundation for flavors. Freeland then aged some honey in there… and then Freeland aged their Geneva (style gin) in there… and then their team of Free Spirits chose us to add THE LAGER to this special barrel. The result is simply divine. Velvety smooth, crisp, clean layers of honey and gin botanicals perfectly complimenting THE LAGER you already know and love.Check out this limited release
42 talented makers of ALL STYLES. Check them out below, support them if you can!