This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown at Portland Craft

After months of planning, the inaugural “This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown” went down this past Sunday at Portland Craft. The event was a huge success and raised $1000 for the charity Five Star Footy Club, who put on soccer camps for kids locally and internationally.

The 6 competing restaurants, Portland CraftEl Camino’sCalabash BistroCartems Donuts & Earnest Ice CreamWoodland Smokehouse and Street Meet all brought their “A” games and delivered some serious sandwiches paired with some great beers off the Portland Craft tap list. All the pairings were fantastic and completely unique.

The sandwich and beer pairings went down like this:

Calabash Bistro did a Jerk Duck Confit Sandwich with Jerk Duck Confit, calabash slaw, pickled cucumber, jerk aioli on a bake (Caribbean fried bread), paired with Hopworks Rise Up Red Ale.

El Camino’s had their Carne Guisada Bocadillo with Braised beef short rib, caramelized onions, chimichurri sauce, manchego cheese, arugula on a bakery fresh baguette, paired with Main Street Pilsner.

Portland Craft had a Southern Meatloaf Sandwich with Slow baked southern meatloaf, bacon and a rich tomato sauce on a fresh potato bun, paired with Alameda Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA.


Cartems Donuts & Earnest Ice Cream did up The Donut Ice Cream Burger with chocolate ice cream, sliced mango, strawberry balsamic “ketchup”, apple “mustard” and praline bacon on a lemon poppy seed mini donut, paired with Deschutes Black Butte Porter.

Street Meet created an amazing Seared Albacore Tuna Club with Seared Local Albacore Tuna, Crisp Pancetta, Tarragon Aioli, Heirloom Tomato, Arugula, Bakery Fresh Olive Bread, paired with Lagunitas IPA.

Woodland Smokehouse brought their Smoked Meat Sandwich with thick cut smoked meat, bourbon mustard on rye bread, paired with Elysian Dragonstooth Stout.

All of the pairings were spectacular, but in the end one was named the champion by the guests in attendance. Cartems Donuts & Earnest Ice Cream took home the medal for the top sandwich and beer pairing of the day!

A huge thanks goes out to all the restaurants who competed, to Portland Craft for hosting, to all the guests who bought tickets and helped a great cause and an extra special thanks to Stephanie Frigon, my partner in creating totally awesome event.

See you all at the next one!

Photo Credits: Ashly Kissman

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