Newport, Oregon usually expects a quiet weekend when Highway 20 is closed for repairs. But that will not be the case when the Coastal artery closes on May 20th. This two-day closure coincides with Rogue Ales’ 5th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival (“BMAF”) at their brewery in Newport, Oregon.
BMAF, the largest dog-beer festival in the world, draws about 3,500 people and 850 dogs to the Newport annually. The festival includes beer from over 50 microbreweries, dog celebrity look-a-like contests, dog washes, dog Olympics, live music and regular tours of the Rogue Brewery and Distillery. The event benefits the Central Coast Humane Society, Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and Friends of Lincoln County Animal Shelter. In March, BMAF was named Oregon’s best festival with a budget under $150,000.
If coming from Portland and areas north, Rogue suggests traveling on I-5 South to Exit 294 (OR-99W/Tigard) to OR-18 W / OR-233 S/SE Dayton Bypass. OR-18 leads to US-101 S (Oregon Coast Highway) which leads directly into Newport.
Those coming from Salem should take OR-22 W to OR-18/Salmon River Highway to US-101 S (Oregon Coast Highway) into Newport.
Dog and beer lovers traveling from Eugene and other areas south should take follow OR-126 to US-101.
Finally, if coming from Corvallis/Albany take Highway 34 to Walport and turn North on US-101. This will add approximately 40 minutes to your trip.
Those coming from the West are advised to take a boat.