Saturday, July 2, 2016

11th Annual Oregon Craft Beer Month Begins July 1st

Courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Guild
 OCBM Takes Oregon’s Summer to New Heights with 450+ Events
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 1, 2016) The Oregon Brewers Guild is thrilled to celebrate craft beer in Oregon with the month-long party that is Oregon Craft Beer Month. The 31 fun-filled days of OCBM are loaded with more than 450 beer-related events statewide. So go sip new releases, sample unique pairings, and visit your local brewery — this is what July is all about.
“July is the biggest month for craft beer in Oregon for brewers and consumers alike, with the Fourth of July weekend being the largest craft beer weekend in the U.S.,” says Brian Butenschoen, executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “We’ll have nearly 500 events across the 300 brewery owned locations in Oregon, along with our retail partners in bottle shops, grocery stores, pubs, restaurants, and taverns across the state.”
Oregon Craft Beer Month kicks off on July 1st with the second annual Portland Craft Beer Festival at The Fields Park in Northwest Portland, July 1-3, 2016.  The ceremonial first keg of the Portland Craft Beer Fest will be tapped by Oregon Treasurer and Portland’s Mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler. This festival showcases more than 100 craft beers from 42 Portland breweries. 
For beer lovers and adventurers alike, the optimal summer getaway awaits with a trek down one, or all seven, of Oregon’s Ale Trails. Visit Oregon’s largest beer trail located in Bend, and check out the Ale Trails in Eugene, Eastern Oregon, the Breweries of the Gorge, Southern Oregon, the North Coast, and the soon to be launched Portland Eastside Ale Trail
The month-long beer celebration culminates with the 29th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, July 27-31 at Waterfront Park. It’s the nation’s largest festival, with over 112 craft beers including 88 from the U.S., and 24 international brews from the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and China.
Throughout OCBM, connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #ocbm16.  Untappd will also have a special OCBM badge for imbibers who log three or more Oregon brews this month. We’ll drink to that!

About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 152 brewing companies, 128 associate or supplier members and more than 3,800 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see

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