Since 2002 the Oregon Coastal town of Astoria has been hosting one of the longest running fall seasonal beer events in all of Oregon. The Pacific Northwest Brew Cup, features more than 40 regional breweries and returns to the Astoria waterfront on September 25-27, brought in part by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, with proceeds benefiting local downtown revitalization efforts.
Always held the last full weekend in September, the PNW Brew Cup is held overlooking the nearby Columbia River next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The festival features northwest beers on tap Friday through Sunday, along with live music, food vendors, and activities for the entire family. Admission for the September 25-27 festival is free, but to sample beers one must purchase a souvenir mug ($9) and tokens ($1 each, good for a 4 oz. pour). New this year is a home brew competition that will take place on Sunday, September 26, that is hosted by Hondo’s Brew & Cork.
Last year the People’s Choice Award winner was Prodigal Son Brewing in Pendleton, OR for its Huckleberry Wheat. The 2014 “Thar She Blows” Award, for the first keg to blow was Mill City Brew Werks from Camas, WA for its Logsplitter Imperial IPA.
Hours for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup are the following:
Friday: 12pm to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 10pm
Sunday: 11am to 4pm
Prior to the start of three day festival on Friday, the PNW Brew Cup Brewer’s Reception Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 24 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Barbey Maritime Center. Try select beers, meet with North Coast brewers, and sample some delicious eats from the North Coast Food Web. Tickets are $35 and include sample tastings, a 2015 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup tasting mug that can be used throughout the weekend, and tasting tokens for the Brew Cup! This event is 21 and over only.
Then to get you ready for the weekend the PNW Brew Cup Brewer’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 9:30-11:00am. Tickets are $15.00 and this event is 21 and over only.
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.