One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival annually draws 85,000 beer-lovers from around the world.
The annual festival, usually held in July, features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays.
Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park — Photo courtesy of Oregon Brewers Festival
This year, in the two main tents, the Oregon Brewers Festival will serve beers from 90 craft breweries around the country; each brewery sends just one special beer to the event.
From Belgians to braggots, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds and saisons to stouts, there’s a style for nearly every palate. The Oregon Brewers Festival even offers gluten-free products, as well.
Continuing its foray into featuring international craft brewers, the Oregon Brewers Festival has also invited five brewers from New Zealand to come to the event along with their beer. The Kiwi contingent includes Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage Project, Panhead and ParrotDog.
Select styles from these breweries will be featured in the festival’s International Tent, along with daily meet-the-brewer sessions. The International Tent encourages a long-term cultural exchange with brewers around the world as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer.
Taste beers from around the world at the Oregon Brewers Festival — Photo courtesy of Oregon Brewers Festival
The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event. There's no admission charge to enter the festival grounds either. Instead, in order to consume beer, you must purchase the 2015 souvenir tasting glass. The cost is $7.
Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of glasses and tokens is made on-site. But there are a handful of local businesses that sell them up to two weeks prior to the event.
Although the festival has utilized a glass tasting vessel the past two years, the Portland Police Bureau has required the festival to return to plastic for safety reasons; attendees should be satisfied with this year’s alternative, which is a high-quality, 14-ounce polycarbonate glass made in Finland.
The Oregon Brewers Festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail. The Max has a station just one block away from the main entrance.
Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from the #BC2Baja Bicycle Tour will watch over bikes for free.
The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer and soda to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent.
This year's annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 22 through July 26, 2015. Event hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and then noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.