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Come for the Beer, Stay for the Prizes: Groupon Sponsors Beer and Blog this Friday, June 24

June 20th, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie

Beer and Blog is on a roll with top-notch sponsors this year! We’re thrilled to announce that our latest high-profile sponsor is, drumroll please… Groupon! Yes, in addition to giving you steep discounts at cool local businesses, the daily deals giant wants to buy you a beer. And it all happens this Friday, June 24.

Former Beer and Blog captain Kerry Finsand will represent on behalf of Groupon Portland, so make sure to say hi and congratulate him on his new marketing role (where he gets to do this kind of thing all the time, maybe even at a future Beer and Blog? Hint, hint…). In addition to providing beer for all attendees, one very lucky person will win a $100 Groupon gift certificate! You must be present to win.

As always, your free pint or beverage of choice is first come first served. We’ll see you this Friday from 4-6pm at the Green Dragon!


Now that's Bold! Bay Area Start-up Bolder Sponsors Beer and Blog this Friday

June 8th, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie

We’re pleased to announce a last-minute sponsor for this week’s Beer and Blog! San Francisco-based start-up Bolder just happened to be in town, and when they heard about Beer and Blog, they generously stepped up to sponsor. Bolder believes that everyone has the power to change the world through their actions, and they’ve built a platform where businesses and individuals can come together and do just that. It’s very simple: take a challenge, share your action, and get rewarded.

In return for buying you a beer, all Bolder asks is that you give the platform a try, take a challenge or two (and maybe even start one of your own?), and bring any feedback with you to Beer and Blog.

Drinks, as always, are first come first served, so arrive early to secure your free pint or other beverage of choice. See you at the Green Dragon!


Portland Seed Fund and Beer and Blog Present: Beers for a Pitch!

May 31st, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie

Have a great start-up idea? Need to refine your pitch? You’re in luck, because on June 3, Portland Seed Fund is coming to Beer and Blog.

The Portland Seed Fund seeks out exceptional entrepreneurs and offers them funding, mentoring and advising with the goal of creating jobs, driving economic activity and promoting entrepreneurship in the region. And this Friday only, they’ll buy a beer or other beverage of your choice for anyone who pitches an idea.

Shine your shoes, polish your language, and make sure you’re at the Green Dragon this Friday from 4-6pm. They might not fund your startup, but at least they’ll fund your drink!

Please RSVP here (only your name is required) so we can get a sense of who’ll be pitching. We’ll see you there!


Beer+Blog+Bowling+FreshBooks = This Friday

May 10th, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie


No excuses, you’re coming to Beer and Blog this week. Because you love beer, and Saul Colt, the Smartest Man in the World and Head of Magic at FreshBooks, wants to buy you one. Yes, we are very stoked to announce that FreshBooks, the fastest way to track time, organize expenses and invoice your clients, is sponsoring this week’s Beer and Blog.

But wait! There’s more. After the usual Green Dragon festivities, FreshBooks has generously offered to throw an after party at Grand Central Bowl. Beer+Blog+Bowling = best Friday night ever.

But wait! There’s more. They also want to give you one month free of FreshBooks. Sign up for your free month here. Why, you ask, is FreshBooks being so wonderfully, fantastically magnanimous? Because we are just that awesome (not lying, that’s the response they gave us)! And because they’re pretty awesome, too.

We’ll see you Friday, as always, from 4-6pm at the Green Dragon. The beer is first come, first served, so get there early to secure your free pint!


Google Wants to Buy You Beer

February 10th, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie

Say whaaa??? To celebrate the launch of Hotpot – Google’s new way for you and your friends to share recommendations on bars, restaurants, hotels and other hot spots in order to get personalized Google search results – Google is sponsoring the Portland Beer and Blog on Friday, February 18! You do realize what this means, right (other than that Google’s buying you beer)? It means that thanks to Hotpot, you’ll never again find yourself all dressed up with nowhere to go. Or at the very least, you’ll know where you could go. And you don’t even have to dress up. But I digress.

In return for buying you beer, Google has just one oh-so-small request. If you haven’t already, please sign up for Hotpot, give it a try, come to Beer and Blog and deliver your feedback to Google in person. That’s right. In person. How often do you get to shake hands with a Google employee, much less give them direct feedback about a product? It’s kinda like this one time when I ran into Isla Fisher in a hostel in Athens before she was semi-famous, and her step brother (brother-in-law? I forget) totally hit on me. Maybe slightly cooler than that. Again, I digress.

In a nutshell, Hotpot works like this: You rate local places – bars, restaurants, cafes, night clubs, museums, whatever. Write a quick review if you’re feeling extra generous. Then invite your friends to join. Repeat. And the next time you do a search on Google.com, Maps, your phone – wherever you do Google searches! – you’ll get recommendations on places to check out based on your tastes and recommendations from friends. Just like so:

As if that’s not enough, the super nerdy among you may have the chance to participate in some more focused, nitty-gritty chit-chats about the product, where you can really give Google a piece of your mind.

And just slightly off-topic, if you stop by Deschutes Brew Pub up in NW Portland, Google wants to buy you even more free beer. Just show your bartender the Android rating widget or iPhone Places app on your phone and get a free pint of the yummy Red Chair NWPA plus a commemorative pint glass — on Google. The deal lasts as long as supplies last.

Sooooo… we’ll see you next Friday at the Green Dragon, right? 4pm sharp. Drink tickets will be plentiful, but not unlimited, and they’re first come, first serve.

Please RSVP below so we know how many people to expect:


The Best Beer and Blog EVER: Coming to a Green Dragon Near You

February 8th, 2011 in Uncategorized by rcangie

Heres to a beerfully, bloggingly wonderful 2011!

Here's to a beerfully, bloggingly wonderful 2011!

Oh my gosh, you guys. Just a couple weeks ago, I was sitting at home, minding my own business, when our fearless leader mediaChick popped up on Gmail chat and asked if I wanted to help her co-captain the Portland Beer and Blog. First I did a little happy dance (I’m glad she couldn’t see me) and then demurely accepted her offer. And by demurely I mean, “Oh my gosh! Yes! YES! This is gonna be SO AWESOME! Holy cow, it will be amazing. So seriously. Uh… what do I have to do again?” Hey, it’s a subjective term, right?

I’m thrilled to take up the helm with Michelle and totally rock Beer and Blog in 2011! But first I need your help. What kinds of events do you want to see from us this year? We know, we know, more sponsored beer. But think outside the beer keg, peeps. Do you want to meet more local companies? Learn some stuff from guest speakers? Have informal topics of discussion? Other?

Fire away in the comments!

(Oh yeah, and here’s a little more information about me.)