28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival News

2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Drinking Vessel

It’s never too early to begin planning your summertime activities, including this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival. Taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival will run from July 22nd – 26th.

If you want to participate in the 9th annual Oregon Brewers Brunch mark your calendars for Friday, May 1st Saturday, May 2nd. This is the day when tickets will go on sale on the OBF website beginning at 8:00am.

This year’s Oregon Brewers Brunch will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd from 9:00 to 11:30am at Metalcraft Fabrication, 723 N Tillamook St. and will be hosted by Lompoc Brewing.

The cost for this year’s brunch is $45 per ticket that includes brunch, two beers, a T-shirt, the official OBF tasting glass and four OBF tokens. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. Only 600 tickets will be sold, click here for the link.

Oregon Brewers Festival Parade

The Oregon Brewers Parade will start immediately after the brunch at 11:30am and is open to everyone, not just brunch attendees. More than 600 beer lovers will walk from Metalcraft Fabrication, across the Steel Bridge and end up on the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival. This year’s Grand Marshals are Kurt and Rob Widmer.

Kurt & Rob Widmer at Multnomah Whiskey Library

There is no cost or age restriction to take part in the parade. Many of the brewers dress up in costume – look for monks, Hammerheads, mad brewery scientists and more. The beer fans take over the streets, and it truly is a spectacular celebration of craft brewing – many say there is no better way to kick off the festival!

This year, OBF will feature 90 breweries from 15 states presenting a number of diverse styles. Here’s the current 2015 OBF Beer List that’s listed by brewery with its beer name and style if available. 2015-Oregon-Brewers-Festival-Logo

  • Alameda Brewing Co – Alameda Black Bear Stout – Foreign Export-Style Stout
  • Ambacht Brewing – Matzobrau – Belgian Dark Wheat
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co – Gose
  • Ballast Point Brewing Co – Grunion Pale Ale – American Pale Ale with Citrus
  • Base Camp Brewing Co – Hop in the ‘Pool – Late-Hopped Helles Lager
  • Bayern Brewing – Dump Truck – Summer Bock
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co – Double Aught – Bohemian Pilsner
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co – Paddle Break Blonde – Belgian Style Blonde Ale
  • Bison Organic Beer – Kermit the Hop – Double IPA
  • Boneyard Beer – Bone Light – India Session Ale
  • Boulder Beer Co – Nothing too Fancy – American Pale Ale
  • Boundary Bay Brewery – Double Dry Hopped Sorachi Ace Pale Ale – Pale Ale
  • Breakside Brewery – Rainbows & Unicorns – Session Rice IPA
  • BridgePort Brewing Co
  • Buoy Beer Co – India Pale Lager
  • Burnside Brewing Co – Smoked Berlinerweiss
  • Calapooia Brewing C0 – Big Aft Pale – American Pale Ale
  • Caldera Brewing Co – Dry Hop Mosaic IPA – IPA
  • Cascade Brewing – Raspberry Wheat – Fruit Wheat Beer
  • Central City Brewing – Red Betty – Imperial IPA
  • Claim 52 Brewing – Radler
  • Coalition Brewing Co – Honey Trap – Honey Wheat Ale
  • Collaborator – Vanilla Valley Pale Ale – Vanilla Pale Ale
  • Deschutes Brewery – Red Wheat – Red Wheat
  • Deschutes Brewery – Gluten Free – Gluten Free Ale
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Glancing Blow – English Pale Ale
  • Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom – Homestead – Northwest Pale Ale
  • Dunedin Brewery – Session IPA
  • Ecliptic Brewery – Belgian Saison
  • Eel River Brewing Co – Emerald Triangle Session IPA – Session IPA
  • Epic Brewing Co – Hop Syndrome – Lager
  • Fearless Brewing Co – Strawberry Cream Ale – Fruit Cream Ale
  • Fire Mountain Brewery – Paradise – German Blonde Ale
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co – Pivo Pils – Hoppy Pilsner
  • Fish Brewing Co – Saison
  • Flat Tail Brewing Co – Big Green – Dry Hopped Strong Saison
  • Flying Fish Brewing Co – Cold Press Pale – Coffee Pale Ale
  • Fort George Brewery & Public House – Stout
  • Fremont Brewing Co – Summer Ale – Pale Ale
  • Full Sail Brewing Co – Session IPA – Session IPA
  • Gigantic Brewing Co – Kölsch
  • Gilgamesh Brewing
  • GoodLife Brewing Co – Jay Bird – Naked Wheat
  • Great Divide Brewing Co – Whitewater Ale – Hoppy Wheat Ale
  • Green Flash Brewing Co – Soul Style – Single IPA
  • Hale’s Ales – Guapo’s Saison – Saison
  • Hop Valley Brewing Co – Lager
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Klamath Basin Brewing Co – Potato Pale Ale
  • Kona Brewing Co
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co – Double IPA
  • Laht Neppur Brewing Co – Blazing Peaches – Experimental Beer
  • Laurelwood Brewing Co – Hipster Sunburn – Saison
  • Logsdon Brewing Co – Aberrant – Belgian Golden Ale
  • Lompoc Brewing Co – Saison
  • Lucky Labrador Brewing
  • Mad River Brewing Co – Jamaica Sunrise ESB – Extra Special Bitter
  • Maui Brewing Co – Kihei Kölsch – Kölsch
  • Mazama Brewing Co – Raspberry Hibiscus Fruit Beer
  • McMenamins – India Session Ale
  • Melvin Brewing – Melvin IPA – IPA
  • New Belgium Brewing Co – IPA
  • No-Li Brewhouse – Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale – Fruit Beer
  • Old Town Brewing Co – Mushroom Ale
  • Omission Beer – Gluten Free Ale
  • Payette Brewing Co – Learning Barn – Farmhouse Ale
  • PINTS Brewing Co – Honey’s Bunches of Oats – Breakfast Beer
  • Port Townsend Brewing Co – The Ship – Single Hopped IPA
  • Portland Brewing Co – Super S.M.A.S.H. – Imperial IPA
  • Prodigal Son Brewery – Huckleberry Wheat – Fruit Wheat
  • Rogue Ales
  • Seven Brides Brewing – Crooked Finger IPA – IPA
  • Sixpoint Brewery – Fruit Beer
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lager – Baby Daddy Session IPA – Session IPA
  • Sprecher Brewery – Abbey Triple – Belgian Ale
  • StormBreaker Brewing – Mississippi Dry Hopped Red – Dry Hopped Red
  • Sunriver Brewing Co – Belgian White IPA
  • Terminal Gravity Brewing – Wallow Lake Lager – Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
  • The Lost Abbey – Wit Bier
  • Three Creeks Brewing Co – Dry Hopped Belgian Golden Ale
  • Upright Brewing Co – Biere de Garde
  • Uptown Brewing – Uptown Session Ale – India Session Ale
  • Vertigo Brewing – Lemongrass Wheat – Wheat Beer
  • Victory Brewing Co – Prima Pils – Pilsner
  • Viking Braggot Co – Gypsy Tears – Hibiscus and Blueberry Braggot
  • Walking Man Brewing – Littlefoot – India Session Ale
  • Wasatch Brewery – Ghostrider White IPA – White IPA
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing – Margarita Beer
  • Wild Ride Brewing – Quencher – Summer Session Ale
  • Worthy Brewing Co – Walk on the Wild Side – Badlands Indigenous Ale

Returning for the second year to OBF is the International Tent. The goal of this program is to encourage a long-term cultural exchange with brewers around the world as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer. This year, OBF has invited five brewers from New Zealand to come to the event along with their beer. The Kiwi contingent includes Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage Project, Panhead and ParrotDog. Select styles from these breweries will be featured in the festival’s International Tent along with daily meet-the-brewer sessions.

There will also be a number of Dutch brewers from last year returning, since they had so much fun! Last year’s Dutch journey, dubbed #NLtoPDX, was made into into a documentary called “It All Starts with Beer” the trailer is now online, with a goal to release the full documentary in May.

Then on to some sad news as the OBF will change its tasting glass that has been utilized during the past two years. The Portland Police Bureau has required the festival to return to plastic for safety reasons. Fortunately OBF has abandoned the milky white mugs used prior to the glass, and moved on to a high quality, 14-ounce polycarbonate glass made in Finland. This “glass” will allow the color of the beer to shine through and won’t have the unsavory smell of the old plastic mugs. The cost of a tasting “glass” remains the same at $7.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the waterfront at the end of July!