Monday, February 9, 2009

We know they serve great beer, but who serves Portland's best clam chowder?

A dozen pubs and restaurants will contend at the third annual Chowder Challenge to determine the answer to that very question on February 28th from 12pm-6pm at the 5th Quadrant, located at 3901-B North Williams Ave. in Portland.

The public is invited to sample New England-style clam chowders (no Manhattan allowed) from a dozen area brewpubs and restaurants. The chowders are served up in non-labeled, two-ounce cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite. The chowder receiving the most votes is named the People's Choice Winner and takes home the coveted Chowder Cup.

Celebrity judges (including Beer Northwest editor, Megan Flynn) will determine the winners of the other three categories: Most Authentic, Most Flavorful and Best with Beer.

Admission is $10, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Locks of Love.

Alameda Brewhouse, EaT: An Oyster Bar, 5th Quadrant, Hedge House, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Horse Brass Pub, Laurelwood Public House, Lucky Labrador Brewpub, Morrison Hotel, New Old Lompoc, Oaks Bottom Public House, and Rogue Ales.

Reputations are on the line: the Morrison Hotel set the bar in the last challenge, sweeping all categories and wresting the cup away from the inaugural winner, The New Old Lompoc.

The festivities will also feature a beer garden, live music, a rootbeer garden, and food for purchase. Minors are welcome at the event. Click here for more information.

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