It’s that time of the year again – the last full weekend in July. The weekend for beer loving hoards to descend upon Waterfront Park, stand in lines for hours, and sweat as temperatures push the triple digits. Oh yeah, occasionally a teasing gulp or two of beer is sloshed into your $6 plastic cup – time to get in line again. It’s the 22nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival!
My advice is to arrive early, try the unique beers not normally available in Portland, and then leave early and make your way to one of the many bars and taverns around town with fantastic beers and 16-20 ounce pints. For the second year in a row, I will miss the brewers festival, but I am not too disappointed; I’ll drink good beer this weekend – we’re camping up near Mount Adams, so there’s a good chance we’ll be able to swing by Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson, Washington on the way home Sunday.
The festival runs Thursday through Sunday, July 23rd-26th. Taps open at noon each day and close at 9pm (7pm on Sunday). Over 80 beers will be available for sampling.