The Portland Craft Beer Festival Debuts in July

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The Portland Craft Beer Festival debuts in July and is one of two major new festivals in Portland, Oregon that are starting this year. Founded by Joseph Sundberg the theme of the Portland Craft Beer Festival is to showcase beers from every brewery within the Portland city limits and none outside of it.

Also making this new festival unique is the addition of local Portland-crafted wines and ciders alongside the beers. Already planned as an annual event to kick off Oregon Craft Beer Month, the Portland Craft Beer Festival begs the question of just how obsessed we are with local beer. No doubt statistically we are enormously proud of and drink more of our own locally made beer then anywhere else in the country, but do we expect the same in our festivals?

CaskAide, Inc. and its partner charities are the non-profit beneficiaries of the PCBF. CaskAide, Inc. was formed to partner with the Portland Craft Beer Festival with the intent of supporting Portland neighborhood interests through the promotion of local breweries.

The first annual Portland Craft Beer Festival will be held the first weekend in July and will unofficially kick off the Oregon Craft Beer Month.

The Portland Craft Beer Festival is expect to have approximately 100 different beers from as many as 55 breweries, once again, all brewed within the city limits of Portland, Oregon.

Individual participation cost is $20 for a keepsake mug and 10 beer tickets. 1 ticket will yield one 4 oz pour and 4 tickets will buy a full pour. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 apiece.

Tickets will be available for advance purchase through or directly through after January 15, 2015.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact:


  • R
    Tue Jan 6, 2015 7:30 AM

    What is CaskAide and why are they a beneficiary of the festival? I can’t find much information via my favorite search information other than the they domain was registered in November.

    • Rob
      Tue Jan 6, 2015 6:24 PM

      This looked a little hinky to me as well…Oregon Secretary of State business filings show that CaskAide and PCBF have the same address. And GuideStar, while not an absolutely definitive source, returns no record on that name.

      Also, no mention in this release (or on the rudimentary PCBF website) of a venue for this “festival”?

      • Samurai Artist
        Samurai Artist
        Tue Jan 6, 2015 8:35 PM

        Here is a little known secret about all the large festivals. They all have a made up non-profit behind them that the owners of the fest created in order to get benefits for the festival that help them become profitable. For instance the city or parks give you a discount if a non-profit is the license holder applying for the space. Also the OLCC will not let you have un-certified volunteer pourers unless a non-profit holds the liquor license, if your a benefit than you can issue temporary serving permits. So pretty much all fests have their own non-profit founded by the owner, that does not mean that the non-profit is a sham, they actually have to be legit and disperse some amount of the profits to charities.

        And the location of the fest is The Fields Park, the same spot they held the Cider Fest last year. It’s on the far north end of the Pearl District off 11th and NW Overton.

    • Rob
      Tue Jan 6, 2015 10:39 PM

      Thanks for the education on those relationships, Ezra.

      I’m still not sure Portland needs another festival shoehorned between the International and the OBF – but hey, we’ll see…