The 23rd annual Oregon Brewers Festival is scheduled July 22-25 at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, with more than 70,000 fans traveling from all over the world to participate.
From ambers to Belgians, pales to pilsners and ryes to stouts, the Oregon Brewers Festival serves up more than 20 beer styles from 81 craft breweries from around the country.
The event also features four days of live music, food booths, craft vendors and industry displays. The Crater Lake Soda garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers.
Admission to the festival grounds is free but, to sample beer, a taster package is required. They are available in $10, $20 and $50 increments. All packages include a 2010 souvenir mug (which is required for consuming beer), a program, and various quantities of tokens, which are used to purchase beer.
The festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. There are now 106 craft brewing facilities in Oregon, and 35 breweries operating within the city of Portland, more than any other city in the world.