After a three-year run in Northeast Portland at Holladay Park the 2017 Portland International Beerfest (PIB) returns to the Northwest Portland and its North Park Blocks. PIB will take place this coming weekend, Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th. The three-day festival features regional and imported beer along with Bicycle Pie Joust, cask beer and full pints of Pilsner Urquell.
This now annual beer festival has been on the move the past few years but after a three-year trial run PIB owner Rick Carpenter decided it was time to return to downtown Portland. As for the changes and the festival’s return to the North Park Blocks we recently interviewed Rick about these changes.
Why did you make the move back to the North Park Blocks after abandoning it a few years back for Holladay Park in NE Portland?
Rick Carpenter: We loved Holladay Park. It was a huge risky undertaking to move there in the first place. We thought Portland was ready for it but sadly they are not. Costs were way up in each of the 3 years we were there and attendance was flat. Not down, but flat. We needed up. Portlanders man, so frustrating. So often they don’t put their true support where their mouths are. People said it was a great move, but then didn’t come. I grew up in Parkrose and know all too well about the lower NE side stigma of the Lloyd Center area. But Portlanders are wrong. That park is awesome. Really bummed it didn’t work out. I told myself I’d give it 3 years and that’s what we did. Technically (and ironically) our Pearl set-up will be more expensive (per sf.) but cost less overall. We think it’s worth it and we know how to do it right. Unlike some other festivals we constantly put our money where our mouth is, year after year, investing in things that make our event better for everyone. The time, money, and effort we put into the Holladay Park move is a good case in point. Have faith that we’ll do it right this time too back in the Pearl.
There are 2 big reasons going back to the Pearl make sense in 2017
The extra (3rd) street closure is huge.You’ll be amazed how much bigger it is. Our usable area will increase by 8000sf. We get to ditch that goofy entrance with the street crossing at NW Davis. All that will now be INSIDE the event.
The grass.In our final years here before the city had done a lousy job keeping it green. It was worse every year, finally becoming a dust bowl…so we moved. But in 2016 they fixed it, plus now we’re in June when it’s at its best. This park is pretty sweet when the grass is green.
As with many beer festivals PIB is a charitable event, how much money have you raised for your charitable causes over the years?
Rick: PIB & SIB have been around for 17 years and combined (each one donates to their local market) and combined we have donated around $300,000 to local animal welfare groups over that time. In addition we have always included our local charities in the events, providing them booths (which we pay for) to promote their causes and take addition on-site donations (see puppy kissing booth at PIB). They do pretty well there also but I don’t know their numbers.
For 2017, PIB has upgraded its website to a more user friendly version with a complete beer list and map for where each beer is pouring along with a description and ticket cost per beer. Beers will range from 1 ticket to 7 tickets per 4-ounce pour. To get a peek of this year’s beers click here. As of this posting the breakdown is as follows.
1 Ticket – 52 beers (2 of which are Machine House Cask Beers)
2 Tickets – 62 beers
3 Tickets – 53 beers (3 of which are full Pint Pours)
4 Tickets – 17 beers
5 Tickets – 10 beers
6 Tickets – 5 beers (1 is a 2 oz. pour)
7 Tickets – 5 beers
Entry into PIB is free but to drink there are two different ticket advance ticket packages that are on sale through Friday, June 23rd at 2:00pm.
THE BIG DEAL package includes 30 Beer Tickets & Portland International Beer Glass for $35.00. REGULAR ENTRY includes 15 Beer Beer Tickets & Portland International Beer Glass for $25.00. Both of these ticket packages have to be purchased in advance by clicking here.
If purchased at the gate entry is $25.00 and includes 10 Beer Tickets & Portland International Beer Glass. Extra beer tickets are $1.00 each and beers range from 1 ticket to 7 tickets per 4 ounce pour. Free re-entry all weekend when you have the 2017 PIB Glass and wristband. Entry is for those 21 years of age or older.
Portland International Beerfest 2017 Hours:
Friday, June 23 – 4:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, June 24 – Noon-10:00pm
Sunday, June 25 – Noon-7:00pm
Portland International Beerfest North Park Blocks 210 NW Park Ave Portland, OR 97209
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.