Written by: Tina-Maria Garcia; Portland, Oregon
Summertime is the best time of the year in Portland. The skies stay mostly blue and the temps remain comfortable in the upper 70’s and 80’s. This makes for perfect conditions to enjoy the many outdoor festivities that Portland has to offer and this coming weekend just happens to be my favorite Portland event of the summer, Brewfest!
July 26-29th is the 25th annual Oregon Brewer’s Festival. This is one of the biggest beer festivals in the nation with approximately 80,000 people expected to attend this year. The festival takes place downtown on the waterfront. There will be over 80 craft beers from around the US on tap. The festival kicks off with a Brewers Brunch and Parade on Thursday. The taps will be flowing Thursday- Sunday. Gates open at noon! In order to partake in the beer tasting you must purchase a $6 souvenir mug. You purchase beer with tokens, and it is $1 for one token.
There will be live music, food and other beer related entertainment such as home brewing demonstrations. As the tents get crowded the random cheering begins. Raise your glass as the cheers roll through the tent or start a cheer of your own. That’s my favorite part, besides the beer! Every year I always have so much fun hanging out with friends and family, enjoying the sunshine and strategizing which beer to try next. Sometimes we race to get to certain beers because the popular ones go fast. My personal favorite are the fruit ones, they are perfect for summer time. We also add a little competition to the day by comparing pours to see who gets the “pour of the day”.
The Oregon Brewer’s Festival is one heck of a good time!
If you head down to the Brewer’s Festival, make sure to re-arrange transportation.
Visit http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/index.php for a complete list of featured beer and other festival information.