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Microbrew Capital of the World

Friday, July 4, 2014

Portland is a city of superlatives that proudly calls itself the “Microbrew Capital of the World.”  There are more breweries and pubs in Portland than any other American city – we counted nearly 40!  And, it is said, that in the Portland metropolitan area it will take you no more than 10 to 15 minutes to walk to your nearest brew pub or brewery! Is your mouth watering yet!?

“Beervana – a beer lover’s paradise” is Oregon’s second name and there are no better months to enjoy Beervana then during our glorious summer months, when Portland proudly hosts several beer festivals, including the upcoming Puckerfest from July 11-17, the Oregon Brewfest from July 23-27, and the Portland International Beerfest from August 8-10.


Mighty Mike’s Manpower Stout, Cryin’ Coyote Western Ale, Black Rabbit Porter, Mr. Toad’s Wild Red, Oregon Honey Beer and Wheat Berry Brew, are just a few of the imaginative types of beers produced from breweries in Portland. Of course the breweries themselves have to have unique names too, like “Hair of the Dog”, “Lucky Labrador” or “Full Sail.”

In Portland, beer is not just beer and it certainly isn’t the usual American thin standard brew.

For all you beer lovers, come to Portland – it’s worth it!

And stay with us!! The hostel is conveniently located in Northwest Portland close to many breweries and within a few walking minutes from the brewery blocks of the Pearl District. The hostel leads weekly Brew Pub Crawls. Please check our activities board at the front desk for event dates and times.

The Simpsons predict the winners of the FIFA World Cup 2014!

Monday, June 23, 2014

simpsonIn one of the latest Simpsons episodes, entitled “You do not live like a referee,” the famous American family travels to Brazil to attend the World Cup and in true Simpsons fashion, Homer Simpson is quickly roped into being a referee in the games and the shenanigans begin.

The most interesting part of the episode to us is the show’s prediction that Brazil and Germany will fight it out this year in the final game of the World Cup.  It is yet to be seen what will happen in the real games, but the Simpsons seem to think that Germany will take it all, 2-0.  I am sure that many of our hostelers will be pleased with such an outcome, but we’re still rooting for team U-S-A!

The hostel will be leading special activities during the World Cup season. Please check our activities board at the front desk for more information.



World Naked Bike Ride 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

pdxwnbrOnce again it’s time to get weird  – for one night only, you can take your clothes off and enjoy a nice bike ride around the city.

Saturday, June 7th, at 8 pm, the World Naked Bike Ride will take place at Normandale Park in NE Portland with the removal of all fabrics and the application of body paint.

The World Naked Bike Ride originated as a protest against society’s dependency on oil and as a way to raise awareness of the dangers cyclists face on the road.  The event started in Portland in 2004 with about 100 naked cyclists and rose to 8,000 nude bikers in 2013, a record that the WNBR hopes to break this year.

The official route of the 2014 ride will not be disclosed beforehand, so all attendees must be at Normandale Park before the 9 pm start time.

The will also be an official after party, presented by the Portland Mercury and The 10 Barrel Brewing Company. It will take place at 2410 N. Mississippi Ave with DJs, dancing, food carts, and $3 beer!

Now, here’s a few important things to know about the ride according to the WNBR:

  1. Wear helmets and shoes!
  2. Do not ride drunk or bring alcohol!
  3. Arrive at the location with your bike or by public transportation but not by car!
  4. Arrive at location wearing clothes especially if you arrive on public transportation!
  5. Bring a backpack so you can get undressed and store your clothes!
  6. The use of cameras is not allowed at the starting and ending location!
  7. Ride carefully!
  8. Respect others!
  9. Have some fun!

The hostel will be leading a special activity to celebrate the World Naked Bike Ride.  Please check our activities board or ask at the front desk for more information.



Portland’s Party

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Portland Rose Festival


One of the Portland’s most famous events is the Rose Festival. It first occurred in 1907 and actually a whole series of events that kick off over Memorial Day weekend. This year’s festivities will take place from May 18 through June 15, 2014.

The festivities will get started on Friday, May 23rd, with a literal BANG in form of fireworks. The fireworks will be choreographed to music provided by 101.9 KINK FM. The Rose Festival fireworks are one of Oregon’s largest and most spectacular firework shows and will take place beginning at nightfall at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.


Portland’s waterfront comes alive by the Rose Festival City Fair. There will be rides, live music, local beer and tasty treats, as well as a wide variety of shopping. The fair is open for three full weekends. A part of the City Fair is the RoZone Stage which will host the headliners Capital Cities and Vintage Trouble. Marc Broussard, Vicci Martinez, Valerie June and Scars on 45 will be rocking the stage the upcoming kick off weekend.

Over the next weeks Portland Center Stage will show daily musicals and rock shows like “Lizzie” America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess. Also there will be art shows around the city like the 15th Annual Wilsonville Festival of Arts and the Frank Hirahara Photo Collection. The 23rd Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew Fest.

On May 31st Oregon’s most popular fun run will take place, a race of ridiculously dressed and costumed runners along the 3.1-mile Starlight Parade route. The craziness continues after nightfall when diverse floats and traditional marching bands hit the Starlight Parade. The parade draws more than 250,000 spectators to downtown Portland.


Each year, the Lloyd Center Ice Rink is transformed into a colorful rose garden for the Annual Spring Rose Show, the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The port of Portland opens its ships for Fleet Week and the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race will take place on Willamette River.

The Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the single-largest spectator event in Oregon. More than 500,000 spectators line the 4.3 mile parade route which begins inside the Memorial Coliseum and continues through Downtown Portland. Bands are judged near the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and NE Multnomah Street.


Major Portland Rose Festival Events:

Fireworks Experience
May 23
This kick-off event features a lighting ceremony followed by a grand display of fireworks over the Willamette River
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Rose Festival City Fair
May 23 – 26May 29 – June 1June 5 – 8
Held over most days of the festival, the CityFair offers all the favorite fair activities – live entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, and arts and crafts.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Starlight Parade
May 31
Floats and marching groups decked out in lights of all kinds.
(Downtown Portland)

Fleet Week
June 4 – 8
View and tour naval vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 5 – 6
(Lloyd Center Ice Rink)

Rose Cup Races
June 13 – 15
A variety of races and exhibits.
(Portland International Raceway)

Queen’s Coronation
June 7
(Memorial Coliseum)

Grand Floral Parade
June 7
Colorful floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, and more.
(Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland)


The Portland Rose Festival has a lot to offer and is fun for everyone! The hostel will be leading special activities during the festival. Please check our activities board at the front desk for more information.

New Merchant Discount Offers

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Merchant Discount Offer for May:

Buy a pastie or savory pie and get a slice of sweet pie for 50% off

at Pacific Pie Company!

Seriously, the best pies, pasties, and lamingtons in Portland!

This local neighborhood business is providing this generous offer to guests at the

Northwest Portland Hostel and Guesthouse

Guests must show their keycard or membership card to receive this special discount!

* Offer limited to one per person

* Valid until June 11, 2014

June Merchant of the Month:

Buy one combo and get the second combo FREE! 

at Supa! 

The perfect place to satisfy a grilled cheese and soup craving!

Guests must show their keycard or membership card to receive this special discount!

* Offer limited to one per person

* Offer valid through June 2014


Hi There!

Friday, May 2, 2014

I’m Julia and I will intern at the HI Northwest Portland for the rest of the year. I was born in Germany in a small town in the beautiful Bavarian Forest. I grew up in Hannover, Regensburg and Munich and later on made my way to Berlin, where I used to live before I came to the US. I deliberately chose the term “used to live” since I am not planning to go back!

A really smart guy, called St. Augustine, once said “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page”. I made his quote my life motto and by the end of my life not only do I want to have been to as many places as possible but also do I want to have said something as smart as he did so people can reference my quote. So far it went really well concerning the travelling part but somehow no one takes my quotes seriously…

I love travelling, especially backpacking! I travelled to almost all countries in Europe, I spent a year backpacking through Australia and New Zealand, I have been to Peru and Venezuela, and visited Canada and the United States many times. On my visits I have spent over a year in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I definitely prefer the West Coast over the East Coast and my favorite place until now was San Francisco!

I came to the US to get an insight into the American working conditions and I got this awesome opportunity to work at the Northwest Portland Hostel. My internship allows me to engage in fun hostel activities and meet new people from all over the world. I am also a part of the green team and will be participating in community events. My internship will also help me gain experience in hostel management tasks and improve my social media marketing skills.

All my friends from San Francisco told me that Portland is just like SF without all the shitty parts and people are even friendlier. As European, I could hardly believe that this is possible but I have to confess that the people here in Portland are incredibly friendly.

That is not the only thing I like about Portland. As Bavarian, I highly appreciate Portland’s beer culture and I am also used to the green scenery. I can’t wait for summer and start exploring Oregon’s countryside and the coast.

On the move?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Are you planning a move to Portland? If so, Portland Monthly magazine has put together a series of interactive maps that may help you decide which Portland neighborhood is right for you.

There’s data on people, lifestyle, crime, and real estate trends to help you choose.  Find it all here.

Happy house/apartment/condo/loft/townhouse/bungalow/attic/basement/cave/etc. hunting to you!






Northwest Portland staff have their dessert and drink it too

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week, some members of our staff got together for a real taste of Beervana – a “dessert” beer tasting extravaganza!

The object of the event was simple.  We wanted to find the best darn dessert beers out there!

Here were the contestants:

beer lineup onebeer lineup twobeer lineup three

From left to right we have:

Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland, OR – S’more Stout: This beer has it all!  “Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character.”  We loved the intense smoky flavor of this beer, as well as its amazing bottle, that’s covered in a contour map.  We also gave it extra points for being brewed right here in the best city of Portland, Oregon!

Breakside Brewery – Portland, OR – Salted Caramel Stout:  Of all the beers, I think we were all the most excited to try this one.  Salted caramel! Stout! A collaboration with famous Portland ice cream shop, Salt & Straw! Our mouths were watering with anticipation for weeks! After trying it though, I think we all agreed that we liked its rich stout flavor, but couldn’t really taste the caramel or hint of salt we were looking for. However, we gave it extra points for being brewed in Portland.

beer spread

Iron Horse Brewery – Ellensburg, WA – Mocha Death Ale: With a name like “mocha death” there was no way we weren’t picking this one up off the shelf.  This beer is “laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness, with fresh, locally roasted (in Washington) espresso beans and pure cocoa.” Yummy! All in all, we loved its rich coffee flavor and gave it top marks, for a Washington beer 😉

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, NY – Creme Brulee Stout:  This beer was the first of the night that wasn’t brewed in the Pacific Northwest, so we were skeptical of it, to say the least.  The brewers over at Southern Tier describe this beer’s flavor as “caramelized sugar, vanilla, custard, nicely sweet and balanced, rich and milky,” and they weren’t kidding! We really enjoyed the deep flavor of this beer and we thought it had a sweetness that some of the other beers didn’t have.  This beer was definitely what we were thinking of when we imagined sipping a “dessert beer.”

Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY – Chocolate Decadence Stout: Our last beer of the night was Ommegang’s Chocolate Decadence Stout.  This beer had a delicious deep dark chocolate and malty flavor that we really enjoyed, but it didn’t have the sweetness that its fellow New York buddy had.

So which beer was our favorite???

The winner was:

beer favorite

Southern Tier. Sorry Portland, New York took it this time.


Earth Hour: Uniting People to Protect the Planet

Saturday, March 1, 2014

If you’re wondering what more you can do to help the planet, here’s your answer: Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.  This minor action will go a long way to helping the world fight global warming.

This year, the NW Portland International Hostel will be asking all of our guests to join the movement by turning off laptops and other electronic devices on March 29th from 8:30-9:30 pm.

The hostel will also be hosting a food and beer tasting event, and, like last year, our lucky tasters will be blindfolded and asked to guess each food they’re given.  Hostelers who guess 8/10 foods correctly will win a special prize!


Last year’s blind taste testers

Let the countdown to Earth Hour begin!

Click here to find out how to get involved in your local community.


Portlandia is alive and well!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Now that the snowpocalypse is behind us, the Rose City is spring-ing forward with two very “Portlandic” events.

First, after a (too) long hiatus Portlandia is back at the Mission Theater on February 27th!

In case you’re one of the few who isn’t watching the show…

Portlandia is an IFC Original Series created, written, and starring the very funny Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist of Sleater-Kinney).  Each episode is composed of a few mini skits showcasing the antics of silly walking Portland (sometimes all too real) stereotypes.

One of my all time favorite skits was when Carrie and Fred leave Portland and head to Southern California where they quite literally face the wrath of the sun!

Being from Southern California myself, but having lived in Portland for the past three years, this is a reality that I am sadly all too familiar with….seasonal defective disorder anyone?

Make sure not to miss Portlandia at the beautiful Mission Theater (only a block and a half away from the hostel!) on Thursday nights at 7:00 and 10:00 pm.

And for a complete schedule of Mission Theater events click here.


Second, “Portraitlandia” is on display at the Newspace Center for Photography until March 2nd.  “Portraitlandia” is the amazing work of photographer Kirk Crippens.  Crippens is an internationally renowned artist whose photos have been on display all over the United States, China, and in Europe at the National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh.

His “Portraitlandia” series is a personal favorite that we featured in our January post, “How to dress like a Portlander.”

The photographs are like the IFC series, in that they capture the quirky residents of Portland, but this time in a more serious and contemplative tone.

We hope to see you there!!