Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival Takes Place at Zidell Yards

2015 Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival

The pairings of beer and food has been such a common occurrence over the years that it now seems a bit mundane. However many times vegan food is overlooked as a compliment to its sudsy beverage. This will change on Saturday when fans of both beer and vegan food will receive a festival that shares these two passions. The inaugural Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival will take place on Saturday, September 26, at Zidell Yards in Portland’s South Waterfront.

Though this is the first year of the Vegan Beer & Food Festival here in Portland, this event has been taking place for the past six years in Los Angeles. This will be the first time that this fully vegan event will take place in the Pacific Northwest and Portland will be home to what is planned to be an annual event that will transform the vacant Zidell Yards into one of the liveliest atmospheres in all of Portland on Saturday.

The festival organizers have brought together some amazing vegan food creations from Portland’s favorite vegan restaurants, carts, trucks, and vendors along with a few from this year’s Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival. Beyond the food there will be unlimited pours from 100+ handpicked craft beer and a super chill lineup of live music of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Mimicking Birds, LoveBomb Go-Go, Modern Kin and Genders. This will all be taking place near Portland’s new Tilikum Crossing Bridge and its close proximity to TriMet MAX, Bus and Portland Streetcar.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival will take place from 1:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, September 26th. There will also be a VIP option that allows for entry an hour early at Noon. One must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Last pour will be at 6:00pm.

Overlooking Project Pabst from Portland's Aerial Tram
Overlooking Zidell Yards from Portland’s Aerial Tram (photo by D.J. Paul)

Advance Tickets are now on sale and will also be available at the door. However ticket prices will increase by an additional $10.00 on the day of the event. There are many various ticket options that begin at $25.00. Here’s a rundown on all ticket options.

Non-drinking Ticket – $25
Includes: Admission to the event at 1pm and unlimited Kombucha sampling in your own signature 4oz. VBFF glass to keep. (Food is sold separately, You cannot sample beer with this ticket)

General Admission Ticket – $45
Includes: Admission to the event, entry at 1pm, and unlimited beer sampling in your own 4oz. VBFF glass to keep. (Food is sold separately)

VIP Ticket – $65
Includes: Admission to the event, early noon entry, exclusive and unlimited beer tasting in your own 4oz. VBFF glass to keep, access to VIP areas. (Food is sold separately).

VIP Designated Driver – $35
Includes: Admission to the event, early noon entry, VBFF glass to keep, access to VIP areas. (Food is sold separately). Non-drinking ticket.

Upon entry, everyone is given a 4 oz Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival commemorative glass for unlimited pours. Yes you read that correctly, unlimited pours! A wide variety of Kombucha is highlighted for those who don’t drink alcohol. Beer and food is all vegan and food prices will vary by vendor.

Best of all BREWPUBLIC is giving away TWO PASSES ($90.00 value) to the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival. All you have to do to win these two passes valued at $45.00 each is to leave a comment with your interest in winning at the bottom of this article. The drawing will take place on Thursday night.

The beer list is quite extensive and will feature two breweries that rarely if at all are seen in Portland that are Golden Road Brewing and Modern Times. The entire beer list includes the following:

  • 21st Amendment: Down to Earth Session IPA / Back in Black Black IPA
  • Anchor: Anchor Steam / Anchor Big Leaf Maple
  • Atlas Cider: Blackberry / Apricot
  • Baerlic: Invincible IPA / Cavalier Classic Cream Ale
  • Ballast Point: Grapefruit Sculpin / Grunion Pale Ale
  • Basecamp: Ripstop Rye Pils / Celestial CDL
  • Bison: Chocolate Stout
  • Chetco Brewing: Willa Nelson IPA
  • Cismontane: Cali Commons Lager
  • Coalition: Space Fruit Citrus Infused West Coast IPA / King Kitty NW Red Ale
  • The Commons: Urban Farmhouse Ale / Ginger Lime Myrtle
  • Culmination: Sai What / Euphoric IPA
  • Deschutes: Jubelale / Pine Drops IPA
  • Ecliptic: Spica Pilsner / Orbiter IPA
  • Eel River: TBD
  • Elysian Brewing: Dragonstooth Stout / Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
  • Fat Heads: Sunshine Daydream Session IPA / Guden Hoppy Pilsner
  • Finn River Farm Ciders: Finnriver Fresh Hopped Cider / Finnriver Pear Cider
  • Fort George: Optimist IPA / Scotch Ale
  • Gilgamesh Brewing: Mamba / Fresh Prince of Ales
  • Golden Road: Almond Milk Stout / Heal the Bay IPA / Citra Bend (VIP)
  • Ground Breaker: Ollalie Ale / IPA No. 5
  • Hilliard’s Beer: Chrome Satan / Boom Box IPA
  • Iron Horse Brewery: Irish Death / IPA
  • Lagunitas: Lagunitas IPA / Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ / Imperial Pils (VIP)
  • Leikam Brewing: Janis Hoplin IPA / Funkytown Apricot Ale
  • Modern Times: Disruptor / Irish Death
  • Natian: KnockBack Organic Amber Lager / Everyday Organic IPA
  • New Belgium: Pumpkick / Trippel
  • Ninkasi: Oktoberfest / Dawn of the Red
  • Portland Cider Company: Kinda Dry / Hop’Rageous
  • Reverend Nat’s: Revival Hard Apple Cider / Hallelujah Hopricot
  • Rogue: Pumpkin Patch Ale / 7 Hop
  • Upright: Six / Seven
  • Wild Ride Brewing: Float On Saison / Quencher: Session Ale with Lime and Ginger
  • Woodland Empire: Old Boise Lager
A view of Tilikum Crossing from Feast Portland Night Market (photo by Cat Stelzer)
A view of Tilikum Crossing (photo by Cat Stelzer)

Kombucha will also be offered and is curated by Kombucha Hunter. Some of the offerings will include Brew Dr., Eva’s, GT’s. Happy Mountain, Health-Ade, Humm, Kombucha Town, Lion Heart, Oregonic Tonic, Rose City, and SOMA.

Food will be full servings and regularly priced so its encouraged to bring some friends along and share in all of the vegan food options. Food vendors will be: Back to Eden, Blossoming Lotus, Brown Sugar Baking, Charlie’s Brownies, Clean South, The Coffee Bus, Doomie’s, Follow Your Heart, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Heidi Ho Organics, Infinity Sauces, It’s a Rawsome Life, Juniper Collective, KindKreme, Masala Pop, Native Bowl, Nicholas Restaurant, Obon PDX, Of Roots & Blooms, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, Plant Food For People, Portabello Vegan Trattoria, Sage Vegan Biestro, Sizzle Pie, Snackrilege, Southern Fried Vegan, SushiLove, The Vegetarian Blog, Victoria Bar and Violet Sweet Shoppe.

Craft Marketplace will feature: Berkley Illustration, Beanfields, Fox Peak Apparel, Mountain Mel’s, Salty and Sweet Design, XO Soap Co, Hana Designs, Black Studios, Panda With Cookie, SMASHED! Boozy Jams + Jellies, Urban Cheese Craft, and Portland Roller Derby.

Proceeds from the Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival will benefit www.outtopasturesanctuary.org.

Portland Vegan Beer & Food Festival

Zidell Yards
3121 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97239