Gilgamesh Brewing Limited Edition Porter Honors Trailblazer Terry Porter

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Salem Magazine: Terry Porter I want to thank everyone who has supported the Terry Porter beer and helped us get our message out. With your help, Columbia Distributing, Gilgamesh Brewing, and Terry Porter have raised over $36,000 for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. We greatly surpassed our goal of $10,000 and we are only halfway through the season of this delicious beer. We released the Terry Porter at the beginning of January and we intend on having it on the market through the end of the Trail Blazer's season and throughout a potential playoff run. Sales and hosted events have been a huge success. The bottle signings have generated thousands of dollars and we’ve seen excellent turnouts. The next bottle signing is today, the 10th from 6-7pm at the Bridgeport Whole Foods Market in Tigard. On top of the $2 per bottle that we donate, participants are encouraged to contribute extra donations to the Foundation.  We are also offering Gilgamesh/Porter basketball jerseys, just like the one on the bottle. The jerseys sell for $50 per jersey and 100% of the proceeds goes to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. To keep the momentum up, we have spent our own marketing funds on a fun commercial that Terry helped create. This has been a dream come true for the Gilgamesh family, and we are so proud to work with a Blazer legend to raise money for such a great cause. Thanks go out to everyone for their support.

Terry Porter, ambassador for the Portland Trail Blazers, and Gilgamesh Brewing want Oregonians to quaff a pint or two for a good cause.

The former NBA point guard and the Salem brewery have teamed up to create a new, limited-edition craft beer – The Terry Porter. It’s a porter-style brew, of course, but Gilgamesh’s latest release is more than just a play on words to sell a dark, malty beer. The Terry Porter was created to honor and raise funds for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.

For each 22oz. bottle sold in retail, Gilgamesh and its distribution partner, Columbia Distributing, will donate $2 to the foundation, as well as $40 for every half-barrel keg sold in bars and restaurants across Oregon. At the Gilgamesh Campus, $1 will be donated for every Terry Porter pint purchased in the restaurant, and $2 during Blazer games. Patrons are encouraged to donate on their own as well.

The Cause

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ranks among the nation's Best Children's Hospitals, and is one of 21 members of the Children's Oncology Group's Phase 1 and Pilot Consortium.  Nationally recognized physicians and nurses provide a full range of specialty and sub-specialty care to tens of thousands of children annually, resulting in 200,000 discharges, surgeries, transports and outpatient visits annually in a patient- and family-centered environment. OHSU Doernbecher providers also travel throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, providing specialty care to more than 3,000 children at more than 200 outreach clinics in 15 locations.

The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation is raising funds for a five-story guest house facility at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) South Waterfront campus. The $40 million project will provide housing for families with children receiving care at OHSU Doernbecher, as well as other families whose loved ones are OHSU patients.

In 2014, OHSU Doernbecher housed approximately 500 families for over 5,000 nights at West House Waterfront, a temporary facility located on the fifth floor of the Marriott Residence Inn in Downtown Portland. That same year the hospital had to find alternative accommodations for over 1,000 families because of lack of space at West House.

The Collaborators

When Gilgamesh approached Porter, the retired player and coach quickly em-braced the concept of The Terry Porter brew. Porter, who played ten seasons with the Trail Blazers in the mid-1980s and 1990s, is a board member of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“We’re hoping the fans will get behind it,” Porter said. Many families cannot find or afford hotel rooms near OHSU Doernbecher. Providing housing “takes a burden off the plate” of the families, Porter said.

Matt Radtke, sales manager for Gilgamesh and part of the family that founded the brewery in 2009, said The Terry Porter is the company’s first “co-branded” beer. The idea for The Terry Porter beer sprung from a conversation with one of Radtke’s friends who runs a blog site for Trail Blazer fans, Pinwheel Empire. Pinwheel is helping the project with photography, videos, and social media content.

“We did a test batch and it came out really well. We’ve been selling out in the brewery pub,” Radtke said. “I’m excited to see how it takes off when we launch throughout Oregon.”

Gilgamesh’s best-selling beers to date include Mamba, Oedipus IPA, and DJ Jazzy Hef. Columbia Distributing is always looking for ways to give back to the community and jumped on board when Radtke proposed the idea. Columbia Distributing immediately jumped on board when Radtke proposed the idea. Oregon President Mark Walen and his team are constantly searching for charitable activities. “Gilgamesh, Trail Blazer Terry Porter and Doernbecher…that’s a winning combination,” said Walen. “We are always looking for ways to contribute within our community. We’re honored to join in this effort to raise much needed funds for such a great cause.”