Level Up with Level Beer for Some Work Life Balance

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Work life balance – a difficult level to achieve. But those at Level Beer in Portland, Oregon, are well on their way to becoming over achievers. While they may not agree that they have found that sought after work life balance, they have found that balance in their beer, along with a unique take on leveling up.

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Welcome to the sixth episode in our series of podcasts where we have partnered up with Malteurop Malting Company (MMC) to highlight some phenomenal craft breweries for American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22.


Level may mean equal but it also means fun. Especially when you take “level” and turn it into play. Video game themed beers, I mean. Level up with us as we chat work life balance, beer balance, and the ability to keep it all level until you can figure out that next level. In life or video games, we hope you level up, beer in hand!

Meet Shane Watterson from Level Beer

A passion for anything that ferments along with a love of beer is a great formula for becoming a brewer. And that is exactly what Shane Watterson became after finding his first job with the Deschutes Brewery team. Knowing that he ultimately wanted to open a brewery of his own, he teamed up with his other two partners, Jason Barbee and Geoffrey Phillips and did exactly that. Join us as we chat beer, work life balance (Is that really possible?) video game nostalgia and the joys of growing up in the 80s and 90s, and more.

Shane Watterson at Level Beer in Portland Oregon
Shane Watterson Owner/Brewer Level Beer (photo courtesy of Level Beer)

“I like drinking beer. I was surrounded by homebrewing growing up with my brother and buddies and my dad. After college, I went crazy about it. There’s something about the process. I like a good process. The whole process struck a chord with me.”

Shane Watterson, Brewer/Owner at Level Beer

Connect with Level Beer

Level Beer
5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, OR 97230

Level 2 – Multnomah Village Taproom
7840 SW Capitol HWY
Portland, OR 97219

Level 3 – Buckman Kerns Taproom
1447 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

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Malteurop Celebrates Craft Breweries During American Craft Beer Week

The annual nationwide event of American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22, 2022, celebrates small and independent craft breweries throughout the U.S. Malteurop (MMC) has joined forces with us at Living a Stout Life to highlight just a few of these remarkable breweries through their stories behind the beer. Raise a glass to salute the resilient and extraordinary community that is craft beer!

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Your hosts, Ken and April, goofing around at MMC in Great Falls, MT

Click here for the breweries we highlighted for American Craft Beer Week in 2021! There’s much to celebrate.
Click here for the breweries we’ve highlighted so far this year for American Craft Beer Week 2022.


Want More?

It’s not Portland, but Bend is quite close.

If you’re looking for breweries to visit that are near Portland but not in Portland, here you go!


Oregon Coast Breweries

Still need more breweries in Oregon? No problem – How about along the entire coast?


Some of Seattle’s Best Breweries

We toured Seattle for a day and put together this great list of breweries. Go to all of them or one of them, but just go!


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“We appreciate you highlighting our brewery on your podcast, your enthusiasm for craft breweries, travel and adventure and the patronage of not only you, but the friends you bring into Tres Litros.”

Jason at Tres Litros Beer Co

“Ken and April do a fantastic job of mixing the culture of beer and adventure into something akin to a fine barrel-aged sour. They are wise beyond their years. Loving this podcast and it will be on our weekly playlist for SURE!”

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Shout Outs:

Shane, you get it! Sometimes we all just need a beer beer. Meaning there are times we need to focus fully on the conversation at hand and beer is simply the backdrop, not the main attraction. But, you also understand that when it is in the background, it still needs to be damn good. Thank you. We’re done here. Goodbye!

To Jesse Clark and Gretchen Jones from Malteurop Malting Company for putting this together. It may have been meant to highlight Level Beer for American Craft Beer Week, and that it did, but it also shined the spotlight on you two and the community within MMC.

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