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An Elegant Brew

As celebratory as Champagne and every bit as sophisticated, craft beer sets the tone for a modern, autumnal and oh-so-Oregon reception

Flight of Fancy
Artisanal beer from Hood River’s award-winning pFriem Family Brewers served in elegant glassware paired with Southeast Portland–based Vibrant Table’s pub grub with an haute cuisine twist signal to guests that they’re in for a special experience. Left to right: pFriem Family Brewers pilsner complements a grass-fed beef mini slider with Mama Lil’s peppers on a house-made brioche bun; Flanders-style red ale paired with a shrimp beggar’s purse; Belgian-style dark ale is served with a quail Scotch egg Made with Carleton Farms pork sausage. Mini goblets and serving tray, Crate and Barrel.

Mix It Up
Mixed metals and clean, simple service ware strike a contemporary note, while the flowers’ rich reds, golds and barley tones mirror the hues found in beer. Cactus and agave plants add textural interest. Flowers by Vibrant Flowers. Service ware, gold-rimmed glassware and utensils from Barclay Events. Beer-can-style glasses from Kitchen Kaboodle. Hot sauces from Marshall’s Haute Sauce in Southeast Portland and NW Elixirs. Beer bottles with custom labels designed by Justin Saylor of Vibrant Table Catering & Events serve as favors for guests. Table from Something Borrowed. Chairs from Crate and Barrel.

Hoppily Ever After ABOVE: A projected wall graphic by Northwest Portland’s Really Big Video personalizes the event space, while rustic elements combine with high-shine pFriem Family Brewers kegs to underscore the beer theme with subtlety and style. Flowers and plants by Vibrant Flowers. Bar and stools from Barclay Events.

Triple-layer chocolate stout cake with a hint of orange zest by Little Red’s Bakeshop & Café in Southwest Portland. Cake stand and votive holders from Crate and Barrel. Cacti from Vibrant Flowers.

For a playful twist on a familiar beer accompaniment, Vibrant Table Catering & Events created a Buffalo-style, frenched chicken breast with an organic rainbow carrot and celery salad and Rogue River blue cheese from Rogue Creamery. Utensils, service ware and gold-rimmed glass from Barclay Events. Beer-can-style glass from Kitchen Kaboodle.

Autumnal ArrangementVibrant Flowers combined roses, miscanthus, astrantia,  eucalyptus, blooming berzelia berry, king protea and otherflowers in a stunning, richly textured bouquet, embellished with a sweet medallion from Betsy & Iya in Northwest Portland.