What we're about

We are a casual group of Portland women who like to get together to drink & learn about great craft beer and have fun with a bunch of great ladies! Any ladies, ages 21 - 101, are welcome! Beer Necessities Mission: Give beer-loving women (drinkers, brewers, bartenders) an opportunity to meet other beer-loving women & share some good brews and stories in the process. Only a love of beer is required, not any level of beer knowledge. We'll learn and drink together!

All BN events are ladies only, unless noted (i.e. when we crash public events like festivals, bring whoever!)

Feel free to reach out to me with any ideas of events that we could do! Especially looking for breweries or bars owned, managed, or employed by awesome ladies! Reach me at jillian@jbproductscorp.com

Back story: Sarah Eshelman founded Beer Necessities in Austin Texas in September 2014, a spinoff of her friend's group in Chicago. She then moved to WA and is head of the Seattle Chapter. I started a sister group in PDX simply because I wanted to join a group like Beer Necessities in Portland. Read more about BN-Austin here: http://www.austinchronicle.com/food/2016-07-08/barrel-fever/

I look forward to meeting you all! Cheers,

Jillian Francis
Portland Twitter: @jb_happyhour
Portland Instagram: @jb_happyhour

Seattle Twitter: @SarahBrews
Seattle Instagram: @EshelBeer
Seattle Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Beer-Necessities-Seattle/
Austin Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Beer-Necessities-Women-Who-Love-Beer/

Upcoming events (4)

The Brewpub Experience @ Columbia River Brewing

Columbia River Brewing Company

Come join us for a pint and meet Lynn Burkhardt, of Columbia River Brewing, for a behind the scenes look at owning and running a Portland brewpub. This is a great opportunity to get a woman's perspective on the Portland Beer Scene. She will meet with us at 5pm for a 1 hour session. Feel free to ask questions while enjoying a pint. Extended Happy hour prices $1.00 off beers. Lynn is also extending the Lunch "BBQ Special" for the ladies. Full BBQ Plate @ $11.00 Choice of: Brisket, ribs, pulled pork or bbq chicken. Plus 1 side choice of: Potato Salad, Collard Greens, Baked Beans. About the Brewery: "Established in 2010, we are located in the Hollywood district and are proud of the years we have served the neighborhood. Come say hi and enjoy our fine beers and food." Columbia River Brewing is also a 2012 GABF winner for their "Stumbler’s Stout – Oatmeal Stout – Mild Roasted Chocolate Flavor from the Malts. Full Bodied Ale with a Tan Color Head. 34 IBU’s 6.5% ABV"

SheBrew Beer Fest!

Buckman Coffee Factory

Tickets are now available for 2019! https://act.hrc.org/page/27940/event/1 All genders, all ages, fundraising event to show support for female-identified members of our community all while supporting LGBTQ people here in Oregon and across the Nation! Featuring local female craft beer and cider brewers, musicians, businesses and community partners. Join us for an exciting day while celebrating LGBT equality and hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. The cost is $25.00 in advance ($30.0 at door). You can buy your tickets online at https://www.shebrew.beer/. Bonus: We may have an entry for this event. I will work out the details and update you further. If we do have an entry, we will need to brew the beer at the end of January. I will also check out requirements for submitting kegs.

Let's Enjoy a Pint @ Migration Brewing

Migration Brewing - Gresham

Let's hang out and enjoy the scenery of this brand new brewpub! About the brewery: Migration Brewing, a northeast Portland staple, has expanded to a production facility and brewpub in Gresham. From humble brewpub beginnings at NE 28th and Glisan, Migration Brewing built up its own self-distribution business and popular taproom. CORE BEERS ON TAP: OLD SILENUS - abv 7.8% ibu 75 (2016 GABF Bronze Medal Winner) deep mahogany color, rich malt body, faint cherry and cocoa undertones. This beer also took home a Bronze Medal at the 2016 GABF. PATIO PALE - abv 5.8% ibu 55 classic pale ale with a nose of passion fruit, orange rind and berries. balanced bitterness and crisp finish STRAIGHT OUTTA PORTLAND IPA - abv 7.3% ibu 69 west coast ipa with big tropical juicy aromatics and crisp finish STEP IN THE ARENA - abv 6.4% ibu 27 strong roasty profile with hints of chocolate and caramel MO-HAZE-IC - abv 6.1% ibu 22 hazy ipa with orange, passion fruit and papaya aromas OUTLAW JOSEY - abv 6% ibu 46 nw red ale. strong malt body with toffee and toast, complemented by pine and citrus aromas PROPER PILSNER - abv 5.1% ibu 30 crisp, clean, herbal german pils with lemony nose and moderate bitterness

Field Trip - "Women in Beer" FEST @ Pike Brewing, Seattle WA

Pike Brewing Company

Field trip to SEATTLE! This is a ticketed event that will absolutely and positively be SOLD OUT early as it is much anticipated every year. Once tickets become available for 2019, I will email everyone the link. We will speak with our BeerNec sisters in Seattle and see if some of us can "couch it". I am planning to book a AirBnB near the location. If you want to stay in one of the rooms, I can add add'l names to the booking. However, I will need to know by Jan/Feb 2019. Travel: I will drive to Seattle. I have room in my car for 4 ladies. Guests: You are definitely allowed to bring guests! If you are bringing a male guest, you will have to arrange for your own lodging. Group lodging will be for ladies only. Website: https://www.pikebrewing.com/ About the Event: Hosted by Pike Brewing. Event attendees will be treated to tastes and bites from over 35 local breweries, cider makers, cheese makers, restaurants, chocolatiers and more. Samples will be available from notable Seattle names as well as newcomers to our food and drink industry. Participating businesses include: Last Year's BREWERIES AND MORE: Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Chuckanut Brewery, Dru Bru, Floating Bridge Brewing, Hierophant Meadery, Hi-Wheel Wines, Icicle Brewing, Georgetown Brewing Company, Lowercase Brewing, Pico Brew, Pike Brewing Company, Pondera Winery, Populuxe Brewing, Optimism Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Sumerian Brewing Co, Timber City Ginger Beer, Woodinville Ciderworks Last Year's RESTAURANTS & TREATS: Altstadt, Capitol Cider, Café Lago, Flour Box, Gnocchi Bar, Heritage Restaurant, jcoco chocolate/Seattle Chocolates, Succulent Catering & Events, Tankard & Tun, That Brown Girl Cooks, Volunteer Park Café Pike Morning After Pale is the official beer of Women In Beer. This women-brewed beer also benefits Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

Past events (22)

Brew Beer for SheBrew Festival @ Unicorn Brewing

Portland U-Brew & Pub

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