Still plenty of time to enjoy Oregon Craft Beer Month
Though the fifth annual Oregon Craft Beer Month is already under way, the sheer number of events still on the schedule means you have plenty of time to get your fill of fantastic craft brew on a road trip for beer to the Beaver State, or as some call it, “Beervana.”
Festivals, beer tours and tastings, and even a golf tournament fill the calendar through the end of July. The highlight of the month will be the 23rd annual Oregon Brewers Festival, always held on the last full weekend in July (in 2010, that means festivities run from Thursday, July 22, to Sunday, July 25).–
Admission to the festival on the banks of the Williamette River in Portland is free; to sample the beer from more than 80 breweries across the nation, you must purchase a “taster package.” Free root beer will be available for designated drivers and minors, who must be accompanied by a parent.
The Brewers Festival also will feature live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, presentations by beer writers and publishers, homebrewing demonstrations and a variety of food.
For more information on Oregon Craft Beer Month, visit the Oregon Brewers Guild website.
To learn even more, here’s a video from Chad at at Laurelwood Brewing Co. (now with two pubs in the Portland Airport). He also offers a breakdown of some of the events during Oregon Craft Beer Month.