What we felt was like to happen once again is now official, the 2021 Oregon Brewers Festival has been cancelled. This cancellation marks the second consecutive year that the festival has been cancelled. This year’s OBF joins the already cancelled Portland Craft Beer Festival that was to take place in early July.
Originally scheduled to take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon from July 28 – 31, 2021, this year’s event will be no more. OBF founder Art Larrance had hoped after cancelling last year’s festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic that things would be better one year later. Well this is not the case. Planning for the massive festival would already have had to begin. With too much ambiguity on where we will be in late July with the virus, it is best to dream for a better festival in the year 2022 that is scheduled to take place from July 27-30, 2022.
The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 by Larrance alongside a few other early brewing luminaries during the infancy of what was then known as microbrewing. This annual summer tradition has been one of the nation’s longest and most beloved beer festivals. Let’s hope for a better 2022!
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.