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.
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.
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.
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
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!
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.