Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Big One's Back! Oregon Brewers Festival 2015

(photo by Timothy Horn)
The Oregon Brewers Festival is coming back to Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on July 22nd! This is the big one, folks! The bestest beer festest in the West-est! Those ginormous tents will be set up on the shore of the beautiful Willamette River and lovely beer will flow into the bellies of thousands upon thousands of joyous craft beer aficionados from around the world! 

The OBF (as us locals like to call it because we're lazy like that) will be celebrating it's 28th year. That is one helluva long time. Let's see, 28 years ago, I was living in a beer-barren wasteland known as Los Angeles. I was 26 years old and my idea of a tasty beer was a Corona with a slice of lime stuffed into the bottle. Gratefully, there were seven craft brewers in Oregon kicking ass and setting the foundation for the fermented awesomeness to come: BridgePort, Widmer, McMenamins, Portland, Full Sail, Deschutes and Rogue. I would like to personally think them for saving my taste buds.

Today, there are 61 craft breweries in the city of Portland alone, and 194 across the state of Oregon. The economic impact on the state is an unbelievable $2.83 BILLION annually. I would say that's something to celebrate. Let's get the party started!

OBF has truly become an international event. Last year, a contingent of Dutch brewers shared their brews and and brewing views. They are coming back in 2015, along with five "Kiwi" brewers from New Zealand, including Garage Project, Panhead, ParrotDog, Tuatara and Yeastie Boys. All of these special guests will be on hand daily to chat about brewing in their part of the world and I hear they are bringing along some samples for us lucky festival goers to taste. I'm really looking forward to that!

The Oregon Brewers Festival will run from Wednesday, July 22nd through the Sunday the 26th. Here's the basic lowdown:

Place:
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon Main entrance at SW Oak Street and Naito Parkway; other entrances at SW Pine St, under the Morrison St Bridge and along the sea wall at Pine.
Dates:
July 22-26, 2015 — "Always the last full weekend in July"
Times:
Weds through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9 pm Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7 pm Token & mug sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off: this is 8:30pm every night except 6:30pm on Sunday.
Admission:
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 one-time purchase of a 2015 souvenir 14-ounce polycarbonate tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. It costs four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of glasses and tokens is made on-site in one location, although there are a handful of local businesses that sell them up to two weeks prior to the event. The OBF glass/token sales booth is CASH ONLY and does not accept credit cards or checks. The festival does offer eight ATM machines on premise.

For a boatload of more information and the beer list, visit the OBF website. What? You thought I would do all the leg work for you? Actually, since it's the Internet, I suppose it's mouse work, so get to clickin'! I'll see you at the fest! I have a special OBF beer drinking costume all lined up this year. It's going to be awesome!

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