Here in Portland, we love our craft beer. With 40+ individual breweries and counting Portland is definitely a beer destination. Throughout the year there are a variety of beer festivals. The grandaddy of them all is the Oregon Brewers Festival, which starts on Wednesday. The festival has come a long way since it started in 1988 when there were just 22 breweries represented. This year there will be 85 different breweries from across the world sharing their beer with us.
If you have never been to this event, I highly encourage you given it a try. While it can get a little busy, weekday afternoons are usually mellow enough. The largest crowds will be Friday night and on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the brewers festival is free. However, if you want to taste the beer you need to buy a tasting mug and wooden tokens. The mug is $7 and tasting tokens are $1. A taste will cost you one token and a full mug will cost you four. The exception is the speciality tent which only serves tastes for two tokens. There are food vendors, music, and best of all children are welcome. It is a great event and a Portland must.by