The event is a collaboration between Ridgewalker Brewing, Waltz Brewing and the Forest Theater.

FILE - Costumed Imperial stormtroopers march in the Starlight Parade in downtown Portland in 2016.Before learning the fate of the Jedi, "Star Wars" movie-goers will be able to prepare for the experience Friday, Dec. 15, with a first-of-its-kind pub crawl in downtown Forest Grove.

Neither Jeff Farrar of Ridgewalker Brewing nor Noah Zumwalt of Waltz Brewing, the event's chief architects, have previously planned a pub crawl, they told the News-Times. But it's been something Farrar has been wanting to try for some time, the Ridgewalker tap manager said, and the release of "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" provided a perfect opportunity.

"Jeff and I both like 'Star Wars,'" Zumwalt said. "We were working on a different event, and he brought it up. … Since we're both nerds, it just worked out."

The two Forest Grove breweries will each represent a different end of the spectrum of good and evil. Ridgewalker will be the "light side of the Force" destination, taking the side of the righteous Jedi Knights. The "dark side" of the evil Sith Order will be embodied by Waltz.

"You get the choice. You choose the light side or the dark side — light side being you come to Ridgewalker, dark side being you go to Waltz," Farrar said, adding quickly, "Not that there's a 'good' and 'bad' or anything. It's just to add another fun aspect."

COURTESY - The winners of a costume contest and a raffle on Dec. 15 will receive a growler with this promotional logo.The breweries have collaborated on a "Star Wars"-themed logo for the event, featuring silhouettes of TIE fighters and a Death Star. Limited-edition growlers featuring the logo will be raffled off and given to the winner of a "Star Wars" costume contest that will be held along with the pub crawl.

The pub crawl includes a scavenger hunt as well, with hidden cards and photos that participants must find. In addition, each participating establishment will have a unique trivia question about the "Star Wars" saga. For correct answers, additional points will be awarded.

The pub crawl will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Afterward, event-goers will gather at the Forest Theater, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Forest Grove, for the judging of the costume contest, the raffle drawing, and the tallying of points from the pub crawl and scavenger hunt. The winning team — up to four people — will receive gift certificates to participating businesses.

The event will also boost the 70-year-old Forest Theater, a local landmark that has struggled recently to get movies onto its marquee. "The Last Jedi" will be screened at 10 p.m. at the downtown Forest Grove theater.

Pub crawl tickets are $8 and include admission to the movie. Early signups are available exclusively at Ridgewalker Brewing, 1921 21st Ave.

Farrar said he was just informed Tuesday, Dec. 5, that the Forest Theater would be able to show "The Last Jedi" at 10 p.m. in concert with the event. That's a valuable piece of the event, he said.

"I was just going to do the pub crawl and not the movie, but I was like, 'Ahh, it makes so much sense to do the movie part,'" said Farrar.

He added, "It's all last-second, but I think it's going to work out."

"It sounds like we had a great deal of interest from the community and people outside of Forest Grove," Zumwalt said.

He called Farrar "the good ideas guy," remarking, "He did a great job putting it together and coordinating with me and Kaiser (Brewing Co.) and the other businesses involved."

Indeed, Farrar is already thinking ahead to the release of the hotly anticipated superhero movie "Avengers: Infinity War" next year and doing a summer pub crawl. He said he wants to bring together the business community of downtown pubs, restaurants and breweries.

"My whole vision outside of this is really to just break those walls down between other businesses and just work together as a team, because I don't see anything wrong with that," Farrar said. "It only helps each other out."

Event space for the pub crawl and movie screening is limited, with only 340 seats available. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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