As Portland becomes a popular travel destination for the 4th of July weekend, the beer festival that was founded two years ago has become a staple on the beer festival circuit. From June 30th-July 2nd the Portland Craft Beer Festival (PCBF) returns for its third year bigger and better than ever.
Joseph Sundberg, Rodney Woodley, and Christopher Rhodes founded PCBF with a concept to highlight the massive amount of beer being produced within Portland’s city limits using our Bull Run fed water. This premise of Portland only beers being poured in a festival setting had been overlooked until the inception of the festival. The trio did a great job a finding a park that had been used for Cider Summit with Fields Neighborhood Park in Portland’s Pearl District. With the Rose City home to around 70 or so breweries this festival has grown into its own self in its two short years.
An additional new feature at the festival this year is honoring Oregon’s oldest craft brewery. BridgePort Brewing was founded in 1984 and still resides in its original location just a few blocks west of the festival grounds. For the 2017 PCBF, BridgePort will host a signature tent featuring a few offerings from its nearby brewery.
The festival will also feature a few new Portland based breweries this year. This list of first time festival breweries includes Wayfinder Beer, Rosenstadt, Tuebor, Ross Island, Mt Tabor Brewing and Gateway.
PCBF will return with its Beer Slushie machine and for 2017 it will be filled with Widmer Brothers Brewing Hefe Berry Lime beer. There will also be cider from Cider Riot!, Swift, New West and Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, as well as fizzy fruit based wine from Hi-Wheel, plus wine from Coopers Hall and & Portland Sangria.
The complete list of beers is now live via Taplister, one of the festivals new sponsors. The PCBF beer list can be viewed by beer style by clicking here.
10 Barrel Brewing Co Alameda Brewing Back Pedal Brewing Baerlic Brewing Base Camp Brewing Bridgeport Brewing Breakside Brewery Burnside Brewing Cider Riot! Coalition Brewing Columbia River Brewing Commons Brewery Coin Toss Brewing Coopers Hall Winery Culmination Brewing Deschutes Brewery Ecliptic Brewing Ex Novo Brewing Fat Heads Brewery Gateway Brewing Gigantic Brewing Grixsen Brewery Co Ground Breaker Brewing Hi-Wheel Fizzy Wine Co. Hopworks Urban Brewery Kells Brewing Laurelwood Brewing Lompoc Brewing McMenamins Oak Hills Migration Brewing Montavilla Brew Works Mt. Tabor Brewing Natian Brewery Oregon Mead and Cider Company New West Cider Occidental Brewing Co Old Town Brewing Ordnance Brewing Pints Brewing Company Pono Brewing Company Portland Brewing Portland Sangria Pyramid Brewing Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider Rock Bottom Brewery Ross Island Brewing Rosenstadt Brewery Royale Brewing Sasquatch Brewing Company Stormbreaker Brewing Swift Cider Tuebor Brewing Company Uptown Market Brewing Wayfinder Beer Widmer Brothers Brewing Zoiglhaus Brewing Co
Advance tickets to the 2017 PCBF are currently on sale with two options via Bold Type Tickets. VIP tickets are $35.00 ($39.16 after fees) and include an exclusive VIP mug and 15 tickets for larger 6 oz taster pours. Availability is limited and VIP tickets may not be available at the door. General Admission tickets are $25.00 ($28.54 after fees) in advance and include a mug/cup with 15 beer tickets. Tickets at the door will be $25.00 cash and will receive a mug/cup with only 10 beer tickets.
Wristband and tickets are good for the entire 3-day festival. With some exceptions for special beers or wine, 1 ticket will yield one 4 oz pour and 4 tickets will buy a full pour. Additional tickets will be available for purchase during festival at $1.00 apiece.
Make sure to bring cash, as the PCBF is a cash only venue. There will be two ATMs on site – one inside the festival and the other outside the gate.
Beyond all of the drinking there will be food vendors and games. Enjoy the timeless fun of table tennis all weekend with Pips & Bounce! In addition to ping pong, there will be corn hole games, hula hoops, and more. Food Vendors include The Dump Truck. PDX Sliders, Pig Sauce Co, HOTLIPS Pizza, and Urban German.
The Portland Craft Beer Festival partners with CaskAide, Inc. to raise money for charity. This non-profit organization is teaming up with TryHops for 2017. In 2016 CaskAide donated almost $10,000 to its charities.
Dates & Hours:
Friday, June 30th Noon – 10pm (21+ Only)
Saturday, July 1st Noon – 10pm (21+ Only)
Sunday, July 2nd Noon – 7pm (Family Day)
Fields Neighborhood Park 1099 NW Overton St Portland, OR 972009
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.