Portland, OR - Although its April is coming to an end, it never hurts to remind people that in a couple of months OBF will be upon us. Last year we visited the grounds as we have in the past, mostly to try the new beers, and it was a blast. Probably the one memory that sticks out the most last year would be the "Buzz Tent", featuring rare sometimes 'one-off' beers from local breweries. Despite a first year running and some issues, we think that this coming year will bring more interesting offers and even some surprises.
This year the coordinators expect to see 70,000 fans travel through the entrances all in the name of good beer, good food, and weather permitting, warm weather. Beginning on July 22nd and running through Sunday July 25th you are invited to walk around Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, enjoy a sample or full glass of local and regional ales (and lagers), while taking in the outside air.
"From Ambers to Belgians, Pales to Pilsners and Ryes to Stouts, the Oregon Brewers Festival serves up more than 20 beer styles from 81 craft breweries from around the country. The event also features four days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, and industry displays. The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers. Minors are allowed into the event when accompanied by a parent." –source, Oregon Brewers Festival
Cost to get into the park is free but you must bring a valid photo id, cash, and a strong liver, to enjoy the beers featured at the festival. Current beer sampling packages are $10, $20, and $50 (with $50 providing the most value). With every purchase you receive a souvenir mug (otherwise good luck getting a sample since mugs from year's past are invalid). As a side note if you wish you can use four of your token to fill up the glass. And for those of you that knock back a few "tokens" worth of beer, you can always get more tokens at $1 a piece.
Course this wouldn't be a beer notice without reminding you of some public transportation options. Those riding a bike can be reassured that they are safe inside the monitored bicycle lot located at SW Oak Street and Naito Parkway, which is one block from the MAX Light Rail line.
Here is what OBF had to say about their festival.
The Oregon Brewers Festival takes place during Oregon Craft Beer Month, a celebration of craft beer by Oregon's specialty breweries. A variety of special events will take place at craft breweries throughout the state, culminating with the Oregon Brewers Festival. The festival also hosts two ticketed auxiliary events: the Oregon Brewers Dinner, held on the eve of the festival opening, and the Oregon Brewers Brunch and Parade, a kick off to the festivities held the morning of July 22.
The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has succeeded, especially in Oregon, and particularly in the city of Portland. There are currently 106 craft brewing facilities in Oregon, and 35 breweries operating within the Portland city limits – more than any other city in the world. The Portland metropolitan area boasts 35 breweries, making it the largest craft brewing market in the United States.
For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit www.oregonbrewfest.com or call the event hotline at 503-778-5917. –source, Oregon Brewers Festival