Function PDX has released the rest of its pop-up schedule for 2022, starting with Block 15, ForeLand, and de Garde collab

Function PDX has released the rest of its pop-up schedule for 2022, starting with Block 15, ForeLand ...

Function PDX, which is located on Portland's Northwest 23rd Avenue, is releasing its featured-brewery calendar for the remainder of 2022, a line that starts with a mash-up of three heavyweights in May: Block 15 Brewing of Corvallis, and guest breweries ForeLand Beer of McMinnville and De Garde Brewing of Tillamook.

Function offers a brewery for a month, rebranding the space as a taproom for the featured brewery and selling its merchandise, pouring the brewery's beers on tap, as well as offering its packaged beers, and organizing events such as meet the brewers.

De Garde, ForeLand, and Block 15 will add to the usual offerings at Function in May by releasing a collaboration beer, Trilateral Response, that is brewed for the audience. The brewers claim they are "taking a classic wit that includes coriander and Seville orange zest and amping it up with Nectaron and Wakatu hops from the Southern Hemisphere. The result is a dry, refreshing ale with intense citrus and tropical aroma, all balanced out with fruity

The collaboration is going to be fantastic, Armstrong said. Were extremely pleased to have these powerhouse breweries, all for different reasons. We're excited to showcase everything from Block 15, focus on ForeLand's farmhouse portfolio, and then anything de Garde will let us get our hands on.

The rest of the year will include:

Function PDX has been hosting similar pop-up events since 2017, when Armstrong opened the Portland space. After growing up in Kent, Washington, and attending the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship, he moved to the Rose City in 2006 to work at the global footwear and sportswear business's headquarters.

He eventually pursued stints at Widmer Brothers Brewing and Pabst Brewing, but that life required too much travel for the married father of three boys. Function PDX, which he built a few steps down from the sidewalk in the trendy retail area, was re-imagined.

Function initially favored brand pop-ups for upcoming restaurants and bars, but the focus was sharpened in 2019 as a result. After a pFriem Family Brewers event raised massive crowds, Armstrong decided to concentrate on breweries, and has since featured some of the state's finest, as well as breweries from across the West and the country.

Armstrong is also branching out of Function to create a portfolio of beer-focused businesses. When the pandemic hit and he had to cancel Function events, Armstrong started a business that continues today for partner breweries.

Several houses have been purchased by him in Beaverton, near the Washington Square Mall, as well as the, which operates outside the taphouse.

Armstrong said he intends to expand the beer club, which sends personalized beers to members' homes in May. In June, he announced that he would close Pacific Growlers for three weeks and renovate the space, reopening the first of a series of taprooms in the suburbs.

"Now as a suburbanist myself, I just want to create cool spaces for suburban life," Armstrong said. He hopes to explore BrewStop locations in cities such as Lake Oswego, where he lives, and Hillsboro, and Happy Valley. He hopes to also explore opening a second Function space in Bend.

BrewStop and any additional locations would not be directly connected to Function, but they'd "have a footprint" for events on Northwest 23rd, such as promoting the featured breweries in the suburbs, pouring some of the featured breweries' beers, and offering packaged beer.

For the time being, Armstrong, who is now operating independent institutions under the Function Hospitality umbrella company, said he can't wait to introduce the year's breweries to Portland's Function.

"We started the year off with a bang, and I'm fortunate to see it progress throughout the remainder of 2022," said the author. "We have a fantastic mix of established, forward-thinking breweries mixed together with fantastically innovative and up-and-coming brands. Beyond excited, honestly."

More on these year's upcoming brewery offerings:

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