This year the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival welcomes an estimated 80,000 attendees and reintroduces the Specialty Tent for beer geeks and a new Safe Ride Home program for everyone. The milestone event will take place July 26 through July 30 at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park; hours are noon to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday.
More from the press release:
The Oregon Brewers Festival presents more than two dozen beer styles ranging from fruit beers to radlers to IPAs to sours. The complete list of participating breweries is currently available on the festival website, and on the event’s Facebook page, under Beer List. The Oregon Brewers Festival is an official Untappd venue, and attendees are encouraged to follow the event on the mobile Untappd app and subscribe to push notifications; this will be the best way to find out when beers change over in the Specialty Tent or tap out in the main festival.
The Oregon Brewers Festival’s top priority is the safety of its attendees, so it has partnered with Great Western Malting, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police Bureau, Radio Cab, SmartPark and Vision Zero to encourage its guests to get a Safe Ride Home. The Safe Ride Home program offers up to $18 in discounts for getting home safely. Attendees who park in a SmartPark garage can leave their car overnight and receive a $5 parking voucher, redeemable from 9am to Noon the day after attendance, making the overnight parking free. Attendees can also take a Radio Cab home and get a $13 discount off their fare. Check the website and look for the Safe Ride Home booths at the Festival for full details on the program.
Patrons are also encouraged to take Tri-Met, as the MAX Light Rail has a station one block from the main festival entrance. Those who ride their bikes can park them for free in the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral; people riding BIKETOWN bikes may also use the Hopworks Bike Corral as a drop off station location. For those who bring a designated driver, the Crater Lake Soda Garden provides complimentary handcrafted soda (no mug purchase required). Minors, who are allowed into the event all hours when accompanied by a parent, also receive free Crater Lake Soda, and there is a face painter available Friday through Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
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, with nearly 5,000 craft breweries in America, according to the Brewer’s Association. The economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on the local economy is annually more than $30 million. For more information visit OregonBrewFest.com or join @OregonBrewfest on social media.
Event Name: Oregon Brewers Festival (no apostrophe)
Venue: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 300 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
Dates: July 26-30, 2017
Social Media: @OregonBrewFest
Facebook Event: Facebook.com/events/1065560490238569/
Hashtags: #OBF #OBF17 #OBF30years