Monday, July 29, 2013

The Oregon Brewers Festival

This weekend, Cameron and I went to the Oregon Brewers Festival!

July is Craft Beer month in Oregon, and this giant festival that takes place at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park right by the river seems to be the culmination of this celebration of beer. Although I had heard that this event gets pretty crowded, being a Portland newbie I had to check it out!

The weather on Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! Also, I'm loving this dress that I got for a great deal at Madewell while I was Michigan--it's hard to see in this picture but it's got a cute little floral print and also the back is really fun!
There were over 80 different breweries at the Festival; most were from Oregon (hence the name, obviously) but there were also some breweries from other states as well
There was definitely some colorful people watching...
...and all sorts of interesting things for sale--anyone need a kilt?
Each brewery only had one beer on tap and they used a token system for payment
You had to buy a tasting glass to participate and then it was one token for a taste and four tokens for a full beer
Cam wanted to wear a unique beer t-shirt so he went with his Goldstar Beer one my sister got him in Israel
The majority of the beers seemed to be wheat beers or really hoppy ales, neither of which are my favorite
There were also really long lines at pretty much every tap

We didn't end up staying at the festival for too long because the lines were just so crazy! Granted I have a feeling Saturday was probably the busiest day of the event, but still. I wasn't a huge fan of the style of a lot of the beers they had on tap, and it was a little tough to figure out where specific breweries/beers were located at the event. There are so many great breweries right in downtown Portland along with so many other bars/restaurants that have awesome draft beer selections that it didn't really make sense to have to wait in 20-minute lines just to get a beer! I am glad we checked it out since obviously it's a very popular summer event here in Portland, however, it's definitely not one of those things that I feel like we'll have to go to next year now that I've experienced it.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Xoxo

PS: I'm linking up with Sami today!

10 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! Oregon is one of the few states that I would want to live in if we ever moved back to the US - it's so organic and has a very 'young adult' vibe :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. looks like a lot of fun despite those awful lines!

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  3. I love beer. I wish I could have been in Oregon this weekend! Beer festivals are my favorite :)

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  4. Wow! This looks like SO much fun! LOVE IT! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

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  5. Look at you settling into life in Portland, glad you're having fun!

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  6. I'm glad you made it, it's such a big part of Summer in Portland! I agree you can get a beer somewhere else without waiting but its not the experience of being at brewfest with a group of friends and then running into pretty much everyone you knew growing up. I bet Cam saw at least one person from childhood?
    I hope you are getting settled! I'd love to meet up for a drink or something soon!

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