With so many beer festivals these days it’s easy to overlook a few of the old standbys and one of them is the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup held each fall in Astoria, Oregon at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
The beautiful backdrop of the Columbia River brings forth a fun filled atmosphere of craft beer, live music and food. Taking place from Friday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, the 18th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup will feature three days of small batch beers, ciders and meads on tap.
Each year the Brew Cup invites regional brewers and cidermakers from Washington and Oregon to bring their beverages to Astoria and pit them amongst each other. Attendees then get to vote for their favorite. At the 2018 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup the People’s Choice award winner went to Wild Ride Brewing for its Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter and the Thar She Blows went to Boneyard Beer for its Enzymatic IPA.
The 2019 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup will feature 36 offerings on tap from over 30 brands including Astoria Brewing Company, Bale Breaker, Boneyard, Buoy Beer Company, Caldera, Ecliptic, Everybody’s Brewing, Finnriver Farm, Fort George, Gigantic, Goodlife, Great Notion, Georgetown, Hondo’s, Matchless, Melvin, Mill City, Modern Times, North Jetty, Level, Modern Times, Mount Olympus, pFriem, Public Coast, Prodigal Son, Reveille, Reach Break, Swift, Sunriver, Culmination and Trap Door, Wild Ride and Walking Man Brewing. A full list of beers being served is being updated and is available here.
Admission is free but to drink a souvenir mug must be purchased at $12 and $1 tokens are required for tasting. On Sunday, festival goers can fill a growler for only $10!
Live music will be showcased all three days of the festival, including Giants in the Trees, Krist Novoselić’s new band. Here’s the lineup.
Friday Music Schedule:
Sharon Hartley Band alongside Mike Coykendall (M. Ward, Bright Eyes)
Freak Mountain Ramblers
Saturday Music Schedule:
KMUN’s Troll Radio Review
Hearts of Oak
Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles
The Desert Kind
Giants in the Trees (featuring Krist Noveselic on bass and accordion)
Sunday Music Schedule:
The Brownsmead Flats
Enjoy bites from several local food trucks including Sasquatch Sandwich, The Good Bowl, Monte Alban Mexican, and The Hot Box BBQ. Soft pretzels will also be available.
A corn hole tournament on Sunday will bring out the competitive streak in festival goers, with prizes given to first, second and third place winners. Additionally, kids can create one-of-a-kind fish-print shirts with help from the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s education staff.
There are many ways to access this river front festival. You can ride the trolley from your downtown hotel, take a stroll along the Astoria Riverwalk, take a local taxi, rent a bike, or park on the east side of the parking lot near the Barbey Maritime Center.
Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Drive Astoria, OR
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.