NINKASI Pacific Rain Party ft. SMALL SOULS

NINKASI Pacific Rain Party ft. SMALL SOULS

Sun, July 30, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Ninkasi Brewing - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Ninkasi Brewing
It began with a pint…

Two friends share a pint at a small beer bar in Eugene, Oregon and begin a conversation that undoubtedly involves the craft they are imbibing.

Back in 2005, neither Jamie Floyd nor Nikos Ridge knew exactly where their friendship would lead. What they did know was it would probably center around beer.

Born and raised in Eugene, Nikos moved to Manhattan to begin a career in finance. After five years, he began to pine for the West Coast lifestyle of his hometown and moved back to Eugene in 2004.

Simultaneously, Jamie began to discover his love of brewing. Born in Cupertino, California, Jamie moved north to attend the University of Oregon in 1990. He brewed his first batch of homebrew in the kitchen of a campus co-op called The Lorax. That first stout propelled Jamie into an 11-year brewing career at Steelhead Brewery in Eugene.

Introduced through mutual friends, the two had become buddies at a time when Jamie was ready to embark on his own. Over a pint of Jamie’s beer, Nikos and Jamie discussed the potential of opening a brewery – a dream Jamie was certain to make happen. With Jamie’s brewing background and Nikos’ finance knowledge, the two had a winning combination to successfully open a business. After leaving the pub, Jamie eagerly waited an hour before calling Nikos with an affirmative, “this is happening.”

Enter the Goddess.

Jamie and Nikos knew they not only wanted a brewery, but they wanted to do things a little differently. The dream: become “the village brewer,” providing a place for people to come together over a pint. Looking to brewing history, the two decided to name the brewery Ninkasi [nin-kah-see], the ancient Sumerian Goddess of Fermentation.

After scraping together enough funds from friends and family, the two produced their first batch of beer in June, 2006. This inaugural batch of Total Domination IPA was the result of a 17-hour brew day inside a leased space in Springfield, Ore. The following six months, Jamie and Nikos continued to brew on a 15-barrel brewhouse located within a German restaurant.

In 2007, Ninkasi moved to its current location in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Known for its eclectic art, the two knew this neighborhood would easily foster community. Fast forward to 2011, and the hard work of both founders landed them the fastest growing craft brewery in the United States with a top selling IPA in Oregon. Fast forward to present day, and Ninkasi ranks the 33th largest craft brewer in the United States (Brewers Association, 2016).

Independently owned. Community-driven.

Now in its tenth year, the brewery continues to grow while remaining fully independent and continuously focused on community. A team of two has increased to a family of over 100 employees who operate Ninkasi’s tasting room, production and lab facilities, sales force, marketing teams, local distribution arm, and a donations program. Ninkasi maintains a year-round Flagship Series of seven beers, including Total Domination IPA, followed by seasonal, special release, and R&D offerings.
Small Souls - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Small Souls
Small Souls is a collaboration between Portland singer-songwriter Brian Rozendal and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Daste. Daste joined Rozendal's namesake band in 2009, but the band members parted ways the following winter to pursue other creative projects. After a six month hiatus, Rozendal and Daste reconnected, this time as a duo with a stronger emphasis on collaborative songwriting and sonic exploration. What started as a simple demo evolved into an ambitious EP, which they released in February 2012. With the support from a community of musicians and music-lovers, they're now ready to record their first full length studio album.
Jeffrey Martin - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Jeffrey Martin
Two years ago Jeffrey Martin became a high school English teacher, and at the same time his songwriting earned him a slot on a national stage in the NPR Mountain Stage Song Contest. Since then he has been touring around the country and teaching English in between tours.
He has self-released two short records in the last two years (Gold in the Water and Build a Home), and he is gearing up to release a debut, full length, label-backed, record in July of this year.
Martin writes what he finds arresting, and hopes the listener feels the same. His songs often speak to large social issues, and yet he writes and delivers them with an intimacy and vulnerability that makes you feel like he is singing directly, and only, to you.

Beyond contests and festivals, Martin's songwriting has also earned him shows with some folk heavy hitters like Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov, Joe Pug, Sean Hayes, David Wilcox, and others.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212