Ah, the Oregon Brewer's Festival. This year is the 26th anniversary of one of the nation's longest running beer fests! Always the last full weekend in July, it is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Naito Parkway, along the Willamette River in downtown Portland. This year's dates are July 24-28. That's right...it's starting on a Wednesday this year. They figured if they can't make it bigger in size, they'll make it longer! Woo Hoo! More beer for more days!
There will be over 80 beers from around the nation being poured, along with plenty of eats. This is a big brewfest, albeit not as large as the GABF held every year in Denver, Colorado. One of the interesting things about the OBF is that only one beer per brewery is allowed. This makes way for plenty of breweries to have their beer on tap. Also, there are quite a few out-of-state breweries represented because as they say on their website, "You can pick up a six-pack of local craft beer at almost any grocery store, and you can try special, seasonal brews right where they are made. It would be easy to create a festival simply featuring Oregon's wonderful beers. However, the goal of the Oregon Brewers Festival is to create a balance of local beers with beers that are not generally distributed throughout the Portland area, thus exposing the local public to beers they might not have the opportunity to try."
For a list of the brews being offered this year, please click here.