The Oregon Brewers Festival starts today at noon. This year marks a couple of firsts for the Brewers Festival. This is the first year the event starts on a Wednesday and it is the first year using glass mugs. Starting at 11:30 is the Oregon Brewers Parade which marches from Bridgeport Brewing to the festival grounds at waterfront park. Then there is the ceremonial tapping of the first keg at noon and the party begins.
This is one of my favorite events in Portland. However, I will admit the festival is not for everyone. It can get very crowded especially late Saturday afternoon and evening. If you want to avoid the crowd I suggest going on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon. All the beers will be available (yes they do run out of the popular ones), the lines will be short, and there will be plenty of places to sit and enjoy your beer.
Admission to the festival grounds is free. A tasting mug is $7 and tokens are $1 each. A taste will cost you $1 and a full mug will cost $4. Children are also allowed at the festival. The Oregon Brewers Festival runs from July 24 – July 28th. To see some great pictures of the festival click here.by