January 8th, 2010
Portland’s Beer and Blog: Celebrating two years of beer-ing and blogging. But mostly beer-ing.
Whenever I hear about tech types from out of town swinging by Portland, the first question out of my mouth is always—always—this: “Any chance you’re going to be here on Friday?”
Why? Because every Friday for the past two years the best place to meet and chat with the Portland tech community—as a community—has been Beer and Blog, a gathering with humble beginnings as an ad hoc support group of bloggers helping bloggers over beers that has steadily grown to become the de facto happy hour for the Portland startup and tech scene—whether you happen to blog or not.
And now, that little happy hour is all growed up in Internet years. Beer and Blog is celebrating its second anniversary today.
They’ve accomplished a ton over the past year. Making sure people had blogs, helping people find jobs, lining up sponsors so attendees could have some freebies.
And I’d also personally like to take the time, once again, to thank all of the Beer and Blog organizers and regulars for their help with 30 hour day. There were many many families who had a very happy holiday thanks to your efforts and generosity. We couldn’t have done it without you. So thank you.
Back to our heroes.
Now, to celebrate their success, they’re stepping it up by having a Sexy Nurd do a set and more.
SexyNerd is such a rock star that the paparazzi will be there, of course, to capture him mingling with us beer and bloggers. Pose with SexyNurd in your best Sexy or Nurd and you’ll end up in the tabloids and on the SexyNurd blog. You’ve been warned!
This is just the beginning of another great year for Beer and Blog. And there are already some pretty interesting events slated, including—word around the campfire says—a visit from the Mayor.
So take off work a bit early and head down to the Green Dragon. It’s been a really productive first week. You deserve it. And go spend some time getting reacquainted with the Portland tech community you know and love. It’s going to be a good year. You’re going to be seeing a lot of these folks do a lot of great things.