The Nano Beer Fest, an event dedicated to very small producers, is back and growing

The Nano Beer Fest is growing.

The event dedicated to small growers – typically those making batches of 3 barrels or less – is not only back after a pandemic hiatus, but is gaining momentum as it will take place at both John’s Marketplace locations, east and west of the city.

The first Nano Beer Fest is scheduled for April 29 through May 1 at the Bottle Shop in Multnomah Village. The fall edition of the event will then be held November 11-13 at the new store on Southeast Powell Boulevard. There are also plans for a summer nanometer market week, although dates and location are yet to be determined.

“Our goal is to help nano-breweries build awareness of their brands,” Chris Rhodes, one of the festival’s organizers, said in a press release. “We do this by hosting festivals and events and act as liaisons between nano-brewers and restaurants, bars, drinkhouses, bottle shops and just about any other place or venue that helps these nano-breweries to make themselves known.”

In the past, the Nano Beer Fest was one of the only occasions where you could taste many small local brands in one place at the same time. Participants include Leikem and Mad Cow, both of which have expanded and opened venues to the public, as well as Eugene-based Manifest and Wolf Tree, which produce in Seal Rock but also have a tasting room in Newport.

The Nano Beer Fest was started in 2008 at Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard (now Cooper Mountain Ale Works), when the owners were looking for ways to showcase small brewers just getting their start. More than a decade later, it has grown into a biannual event that not only offers beer, but also ciders and mead.

A souvenir glass and 10 Spring Festival tasting tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. The links will be available from March 25.

Joseph K. Bennett