In Oregon, July is Oregon Craft Beer Month. You guessed it, an entire month dedicated to the craft beers made throughout our wonderful state. During this month there are numerous events catering to all types of beer fans. The focal point of craft beer month is the 23rd Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. Beer lovers travel from all over the world to attend this event and join the 70,000 plus attendees that show up to celebrate tasty beers and great weather. To get the most out of this festival I have provided some tips and recommendations.

When:
July 22nd-25th
Thurs-Sat, Noon to 9 p.m.
Sun, Noon to 7 p.m.

Location:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

Cost:
Admission is free
Token & mug sales cease a half hour prior to the taps closing

$10 package: one mug, one program, four tokens
$20 package: one mug, one program, 14 tokens
$50 package: two mugs, two programs, 40 tokens
1 token gets you a taste, 4 tokens gets you a full mug.

Festival Tips:

  1. Don’t go on an empty stomach. Food in your belly is vital for being prepared to taste lots of delicious beers.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Strong beer and hot weather can be a dangerous combination if you do not keep yourself hydrated.
  3. Get there early. As the day progresses the festival gets very busy and some of the rare & more popular beers will run out.
  4. Don’t drink & drive! Be safe and take public transportation (the bus, or MAX) or taxi it.
  5. Bring cash. Although there are multiple ATM’s at the festival, bring cash to avoid the ATM fees.

Beers to try:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Big Eye IPA
  • Oakshire Brewing Overcast Espresso Stout
  • Upright Brewing Reggae Junkie Fruit
  • The Bruery 7 Grain Sasion
  • Collaborator Sunstone Pilsner
  • Cascade Brewing Summer Gose
  • Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 Farmhouse

A complete list of all 81 beers can be found here

Buzz Beers to try:
The Oregon Brewers Festival also has a buzz tent with special beers that are available for 2 tokens for a sample. These beers are harder to get. Below is a list of a few that are worth checking out:

  • Fort George-Barrel Aged Coffee Girl Stout
  • Full Sail-Russian Imperial Stout
  • Ballast Point-Sculpin IPA
  • Caldera-Caldera Mogli
  • The Bruery-Oude Tart

A Complete list of all of the buzz tent beers can be found here.

Have fun and feel free to leave comments on this post with your favorite beers from the fest.

- Follow Kerry Finsand on Twitter to learn more about Oregon beer.

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