Wednesday, July 6, 2016

29th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival - July 27th through July 31st.

Wow, hard to believe that in just three weeks the Oregon Brewers Festival celebrates its 29th year. We love the Oregon Brewers Festival and we're looking forward to attending this year.
See details below for the 29th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Festival

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the nation's longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival is a craft beer destination, and 80,000 annually make the pilgrimage to Beervana to drink up what the festival has to offer. The 29th annual event will take place July 27 through July 31 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Gates open at 11:30am daily, and taps are open from Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

The main festival will serve 88 beers from craft breweries across the nation, including two gluten-free products. The International Beer Garden will feature another 25 products, with six breweries from Japan – Baird, Iwate Kura Beer, North Island, Shiga Kogen, Shonan and Y Market; seven breweries from The Netherlands – De Molen, Frontaal, Maximus, Oedipus, Oersoep, Oproer and Van Moll; one brewery from China, Jing-A; plus two breweries from Germany – Brauerei Nothhaft and Lang Bräu. The brewers from each country will be available daily to talk about their beer. The International Beer Garden was incorporated three years ago as part of a cultural exchange of ideas, knowledge and the celebration of craft beer.

The Oregon Brewers Festival offers a wide variety of beer styles ranging from Belgians to braggots, cream ales to coffee beers, goses to gluten free, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds, and saisons to stouts. The event also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations.

The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds. In order to consume beer, the purchase of a 2016 12 oz. souvenir tasting mug is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The event is cash-only, with eight ATMs located on-premise.

The Oregon Brewers Festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take the Tri-Met MAX Light Rail, which has a station just one block away from the main entrance. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral. The Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer and soda to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent.

The Oregon Brewers 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. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which as of July 1, 2016 had 206 brewing companies, operating 246 brewing facilities in 74 cities across the state. The Portland Metropolitan area alone has 96 breweries. The economic impact of the festival on the local economy is annually more than $30 million.

For more information visit or follow and @OregonBrewfest on Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #OBF16. For a complete list of participating breweries, visit

Event Name
29h annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

July 27 through 31, 2016 — “Always the last full weekend in July”

Wed through Sat, gates open at 11:30am, taps are open from Noon to 9pm
Sun, gates open at 11:30am, taps are open from Noon to 7pm
Token & mug sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off (8:30pm daily, except 6:30pm Sunday)

The OBF is not a ticketed event; admission into the festival venue is free. In order to consume beer, a one-time purchase of a 2016 tasting mug is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. Cups and tokens are sold on-site; they are also available up to two weeks prior to the festival at select local locations, including Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. The festival is cash only, and there are eight ATMs on-site.


  • 29th year of the festival.

  • 88 independent craft beers are poured in the main festival, from 87 different breweries (Deschutes has two entries, one Gluten-Free).

  • 24 independent craft beers are poured in the International Beer Garden.

  • There are 103 participating breweries: 87 from the United States (with 88 beers); one from China (with four beers); six from Japan (with 11 beers); two from Germany (with two beers); and seven Dutch (with seven beers) in the International Beer Garden.

  • Five countries are represented: China (1), Germany (2), Japan (6), Netherlands (7), and United States (87).

  • 15 states are represented: California (8), Colorado (3), Delaware (1), Florida (1), Idaho (2), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Montana (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (55), Utah (1), Washington (9), Wisconsin (1) and Wyoming (1).

  • In the states, Lakeland Brewing from Lakeland, Florida, traveled the furthest with a distance of 2,522 miles. Internationally, Jing-A Brewing from Beijing, China, traveled the furthest, at 5,492 miles.

  • There are 27 breweries making their first appearance at the festival this year, including 54° 40′ Brewing Co, Aslan Brewing Co, Baird Beer, Brouwerij Frontaal, Coin Toss Brewing Co, Culmination Brewing Co, Doomsday Brewing Co, Everybody’s Brewing, Feckin Brewery, Iwate Kura Beer, Jing-A Brewing Co, Lakeland Brewing Co, Lang Bräu, North Island Beer, Ordnance Brewing, Riverbend Brewing, Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Schooner Exact Brewing Co, Seaside Brewing Co, Shiga Kogen Beer, Shonan Beer, Slanted Rock Brewing Co, Three Mugs Brewing Co, Thunder Island Brewing Co, Van Moll, Y Market Brewing & Zoiglhaus Brewing

  • There are 36 beer styles represented.

  • 53 of the beers are unique to the festival.

  • The lowest alcohol beer is a three-way tie at 3.5% ABV: pFriem Family Brewers’ Mango Sour, Oersoep Brewery’s Schnappi and Buoy Beer’s Dragon Weisse.

  • The highest alcohol beer is a two-way tie at 11% ABV between New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake and The Lost Abbey Serpent Stout, both bourbon barrel fermented stouts.

  • Number of volunteers at the festival: 2,000.

  • Number of anticipated attendees: 80,000 from all over the world.

  • Number of breweries that have participated in the Oregon Brewers Festival since its inception: 429

  • The following breweries have never missed a festival: Bayern, BridgePort, Deschutes, Full Sail & Widmer. Both McMenamins and Rogue have each missed only one.

For more information visit or follow and @OregonBrewfest on Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #OBF16. For a complete list of participating breweries, visit

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