Even if you're not one of the industry insiders attending the Craft Brewers Conference at the Oregon Convention Center this week, you can drink like one at The Drinking Lot, a six-day-only pop-up beer bar from the geniuses at Bailey's Taproom. They've taken over an empty used car lot a few blocks from the conference at the corner of E. Burnside and NE MLK (which, as luck would have it, is outfitted with carport-style shelters to keep drinkers out of the drizzle) and turned it into a temporary tap room.
The Drinking Lot opened yesterday, and from now through Saturday its 12 taps will rotate beers from more than 22 breweries including locals like Gigantic, Oakshire, and Breakside, as well as places further afield like Green Bench in Florida, Bell's in Michigan, and Marble in New Mexico. And because good beer tastes even better with good food, they're bringing in food trucks. Pulehu Pizza kicked things off first, and the Bunk Truck will be parked on site Wednesday and Thursday.
The Drinking Lot: 419 E. Burnside. Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. through Saturday, April 18. Cash only. 21 and over.