30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

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Oregon Brewers Festival says
The Oregon Brewers Festival will celebrate its 30th annual event July 26 through July 30 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is a beer tourism destination, and an estimated 80,000 annually travel from all over the world to Beervana to drink up what the festival has to offer. Gates open at 11:30am daily, and taps are open from Noon to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

The main festival serves 84 beers from craft breweries across the nation (each brewery serves one product). This year, the festival is reviving its popular Specialty Tent, where participating brewers send one-off kegs of rare, bold, and experimental beers. Festival attendees can try another 40+ rotating craft beers in the Specialty Tent throughout the duration of the festival. (Note, the International Beer Garden, introduced four years ago as part of a cultural exchange of craft beer, is taking a hiatus for 2016, and will likely return in the future).

The Oregon Brewers Festival always offers a wide variety of beer styles ranging from Belgians to braggots, cream ales to coffee beers, goses to gluten free, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds, and saisons to stouts. The complete list of participating breweries will be announced by March 1 on the festival website. The event also features live music, food booths, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds. In order to consume beer, the purchase of a 2017 14 oz. souvenir tasting mug is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay five tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The event is cash-only, with eight ATMs located on-premise.

The Oregon Brewers Festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail, which has a station just one block away from the main entrance. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral. 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.

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 flourished, especially in Oregon, which as of July 1, 2016 had 206 brewing companies, operating 246 brewing facilities in 74 cities across the state. The Portland Metropolitan area alone has 96 breweries. The economic impact of the festival on the local economy is annually more than $30 million.

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