Try a variety of Portland beers during Oregon Craft Beer Month — Photo courtesy of Gina Pina
Portland, Ore. is widely known for its large and constantly growing craft beer scene. The reputation has even earned Portland the nickname "Brewvana" because of the high number of microbreweries found here. Not only does Portland have more microbreweries and brewpubs than any other city in the world, but it also has over 10 festivals solely dedicated to beer.
During July, visitors will find over 500 events in 60 cities across Oregon - all part of Oregon Craft Beer Month - including the main event: the five-day Oregon Brewers Festival.
From July 23-27, 2014, is the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival, bigger and better than ever at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. This year will feature more than 80 different craft beers from around the United States, including two gluten-free craft beers.
Crowds at the Oregon Brewers Festival — Photo courtesy of Brx0
At the festival, you'll have the chance to learn about 20+ styles of craft beers and sample them. Be sure to sample the ones you are most interested in first, because once they sell out for the day, they’re out until the next day. (You can check online to find out ahead of time which beers will be there and where they will be located.)
If you want to attend but you have kids, you still can. Minors are allowed with a parent and can enjoy complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer. To avoid crowds, try to go before the weekend.
There will be more than just beer at the festival. On hand will be six vendors selling food on site. Food and nonalcoholic drinks can also be brought it. Live music will be going on throughout the festival, and there will be exhibits by hop growers, homebrewers, breweriana collectors and national beer writers.
There is no admission cost to get into the festival grounds, but you must purchase a souvenir tasting glass for $7. It is the only glass they will fill with beer.
To purchase beer to fill up your glass, you will need cash to buy tokens; there will be several ATMs at the festival. Beer can only be purchased with the tokens. Four tokens get you a full glass of beer or one token will get you a taste. Remember to bring leftover tokens from last year, because they are still good!
So, grab your kids (if you have some) or just grab some friends and plan to hit up the Oregon Brewers Festival.
For more information, visit OregonBrewFest.com.