If you have not heard by now, Portland is a beer city. Portland’s craft beer tradition got started 30 years ago with breweries like Bridgeport and Widmer. Today, Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. You can hardly turn a corner in this city without running into a brewery, take a look here.
July is our designated craft beer month. All month long there is some sort of event, special tasting, or gathering nearly everyday. OregonCraftBeer.org has the full list here. In this post however, I want to highlight the festivals, starting with the Portland Craft Beer Fest which starts today.
PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FEST JULY 3 – 5.
The Portland Craft Beer Festival takes place in the Pearl at Fields Park. The PCBF is a celebration of Portland beer and features only beer brewed within Portland city limits. Given that there are 50+ breweries in town, there will be no shortage of beer. The PCBF starts today at 4 (although may open early) and admission is $20.
SOUR BEER FESTIVAL JULY 14 – 20
The Sour Beer Festival is hosted by the best bottle shop in Portland, Belmont Station. If you have yet to try sour beer I highly recommend giving the sour beer festival a try. Sour beer is actually pretty good and it is fun to try something from brewers who are not trying to out hop each other.
OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL JULY 22 – 26
The Oregon Brewers Festival is the granddaddy of all Oregon beer festivals. What started out as a couple of brewers tapping some kegs on the waterfront has turned into a premier beer event attracting people from all over the world. This year’s event will feature 90 craft beers from across the country and 15 international beers. Admission is free, however, to taste beer you will need to purchase a $7 mug and $1 tasting tokens. As all always the event will be on the Waterfront.