Oregon Brewers Festival 2018 toasts 31 years of celebrating independent craft beer

Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017 but like seriously having fun.

Beloved festival announces details for Oregon Brewers Festival 2018 event, adds cider and wine to the mix.  I’ll be back in Portland, Oregon, USA for this event this year.  So please let me know if you want to meet up!

More than 70,000 beer lovers are expected to travel from around the world to attend the 31st annual Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) this summer. Considered one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer events, the outdoor festival will take place July 26 through July 29 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west bank of the Willamette River. Gates open at 11:30am daily, and taps are open from Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday.
The OBF will serve 80 craft beers from small, traditional, and independent craft breweries located in 10 different states, as well as The Netherlands, and Baja, California. The northwestern Mexican state of Baja has defined itself as the country’s largest contingent for “cerveza artesanal,” and the festival is excited to present five breweries from that region.
The complete list of participating breweries includes 54-40, Agua Mala, Anderson Valley, Backwoods, Baerlic, Bayern, Belching Beaver, Boneyard, Boulder, Boundary Bay, Breakside, Buoy, Caldera, Cascade, Coin Toss, Crooked Stave, Depoe Bay, Deschutes, Double Mountain, Ecliptic, Everybody’s, Fauna, Fort George, Fortside, Freebridge, Fremont, Gigantic, Golden Valley, GoodLife, Great Divide, Great Northern, Great Notion, Heathen, Heretic, Hopworks, Insurgente, Iron Horse, Kells, Laurelwood, Lompoc, MadTree, Maui, McMenamins, Melvin, Migration, Monkless, Natian, New Holland, Ninkasi, Old Town, Oproer, Oregon City, Pelican, Perennial, pFriem, Portland, RiverBend, Rogue, Royale, Rusty Truck, Sasquatch, Scout, Silver Falls, Silver Moon, StormBreaker, Sunriver, Terminal Gravity, Three Creeks, Three Mugs, Thunder Island, Transpeninsular, Upright, Uptown Market, Vertigo, Von Ebert, Wendlandt, Widmer, Wild Ride, Wolf Tree, and Zoiglhaus.
The festival will present more than two dozen different beer styles ranging from Berliner Weisse to Belgians, IPAs to IPLs, pales to Pilsners, and sours to stouts. For the first time ever, the OBF will also offer two ciders – one from Cider Riot! and the other from Reverend Nat’s – as well as one red and one white wine.
The vibrant festival will also feature live music all four days with no cover charge, six food booths, a number of beer related vendors, souvenir sales, and homebrew demonstrations.
The OBF is not a ticketed event; it is free to enter the festival grounds. In order to taste beer, the purchase of a souvenir tasting mug from the current year is required, which costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full mug of beer, or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The event is cash-only, with eight ATMs located on-premise.
The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take Tri-Met; the MAX Light Rail has a station one block from the main festival entrance. Alternately, attendees who ride their bikes can park them for free in the Hopworks Urban Brewery secure bike corral. 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.
In celebration of their impact on Oregon brewing history, the McMenamins family has been chosen as this year’s ceremonial Grand Marshals to lead the parade and tap the official opening ceremony first keg. Soon after McMenamins opened Portland’s Barley Mill Pub on S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. 35 years ago, Brian and Mike McMenamin, along with other craft brewing pioneers, successfully lobbied their elected representatives to pass an Oregon bill allowing people to make and sell their beer onsite. The “brewpub” concept was born and McMenamins opened Oregon’s first post-Prohibition brewpub, the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in S.W. Portland. Today, McMenamins remains a family run company and offers hundreds of varieties of handcrafted beers.
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 more than 5,300 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 $20 million. For more information visit OregonBrewFest.com or follow @OregonBrewfest on social media, using hashtag #OBF18.
Here is some previous recaps:

Meet Beckie

Beer Bestie, Beckie with #DannerBrasston and Jenna with #BulletTheDog at Gigantic

Meet Beckie.  She is my best friend, dog-auntie to #Bulletthedog, bad ass Athletic Trainer, professional beer drinker.  I first wrote about Beckie on this blog back in 2011, “I don’t have a sister, but I’m lucky enough to have an amazing best friend who is like a sister to me.”  Since then our friendship has only grown stronger.  She has been drinking beer with me for years, in two different countries, and two different states.  She also does some beer drinking on her own and I’d like to highlight that as well.  So look forward to seeing more blog post from her on this blog.  In her own words:

I’m an Athletic Trainer by trade, but also consider myself an exert beer taster. Member of the “Frommates” friend-family and been Jenna’s best friend for 10 years. My opinions can sometimes be seen on here, especially if I’m able to finish my beer before Jenna steals it to take a sip (that doesn’t happen often).  

[Jenna’s Note: This only happens when she gets strawberry beer!]

Previous articles mentioning Beckie include:

Siem Reap Brewpub – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Himawari Microbrewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dead Lizard Brewing Company – Orlando, FL

Cascade Brewing Sour Fruit Fest 2016

Great Notion Brewing – Portland, Oregon

Oregon Brew Fest 2014

Biketobeer 2013

Fruit Beer Festival 2013

First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival

 

GUEST POSTS:

 

Arch Rock Brewing Company, Gold Beach, OR [Guest Post]

 

Leave a comment and say “hi” to Beckie.  You’ll be seeing her and hearing from her more on BiteSize Brews!

2017 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $23.9 Million for Local Economy

A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $23.9 million.

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Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017

Jeff Dense, professor of political science and craft beer studies at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students administered 908 on-site interviews between July 26 and July 29, 2017.

The study utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County. The 2017 OBF generated an estimated $15.3 million in direct, $4.4 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) and $4.1 million in induced (expenditures by employees from wages paid by companies in direct contact with tourists) economic impact. The $23.9 million economic impact for the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival constituted a 18% decrease from the 2016 edition of the event which can be attributed to a 15% decrease in total attendance.

Respondents were queried on a range of demographic factors, along with estimates of expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, expenditures at the festival grounds and retail purchases.

Two of the most significant findings unearthed by the study are the number of women (44.2%) attending the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival, along with a precipitous decline (38%) in lodging expenditures by OBF attendees, despite a 6% increase in the percentage of out-of-town visitors.

“Women are the key to the future of the craft beer industry,” Dense said, adding “The lodging industry should take heed to the increasing number of cost conscious visitors who are availing themselves of the vacation rental lodging market and staying with family and friends while attending craft beer festivals and other community events in Portland.”

Other findings of the study include:

  • Visiting OBF patrons spent an average of $532.
  • Nearly half (48.7%) of attendees were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington (9.9%) and California (9.7%) were highly prevalent at OBF.
  • Food and drink ($6.9 million) accounted for the largest share of OBF patron expenditures, followed by the lodging industry ($5.9 million).
  • Half (47.2%) of patrons were attending OBF for either the first or second time.
  • OBF generated $1.3 million in indirect business taxes for state and local government.

Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017 but like seriously having fun.

ABOUT THE OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL
Founded in 1988, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the longest running beer festivals in the country. The event annually draws tens of thousands to Waterfront Park in downtown Portland to celebrate independent craft beer. The Oregon Brewers Festival always includes the last full weekend of  July; next year’s dates are July 26 to July 29, 2018. Learn more at OregonBrewFest.com or follow @OregonBrewfest on social media.

Oregon Garden Brewfest 2017 Recap

I’ve been super lucky to have attended a few awesome years of the Oregon Garden Brewfest!  As the 2017 Oregon Garden Brewfest fast approaches.  I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of the previous Oregon Garden Brewfests:

11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest

2015 Brewer’s Tasting Dinner

Sunshine at the Oregon Garden Brewfest 2015

Oregon Garden Brewfest 2014

Tiffany and I enjoying the OGBF 2014!

Brewer’s Tasting Dinner OGBF 2014

 

Anyone going to the Oregon Garden Brewfest?  Or the Oregon Brewer’s Dinner?  Would love to see you there!

Brewer’s Tasting Dinner offers the ideal way to kick off the Oregon Garden Brewfest

A limited number of tickets to the event are still available

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden will kick off this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Restaurants, with the 6th annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The popular event will take place on June 15, the eve of the festival, at 7pm at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public at $60; tickets and more information are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewers-tasting-dinner-2017-tickets-28794852178.

The Brewer’s Tasting Dinner serves six courses, each featuring a small-plate paired with a unique beer from one of six selected breweries. This year’s featured breweries include Agrarian Ales from Eugene, OR,Burnside Brewing Co from Portland, OR, Gilgamesh Brewing from Salem, OR, Mazama Brewing Co. from Corvallis, OR Pelican Brewing Co. fromPacific City, OR, and Wolf Tree Brewery from Seal Rock, OR.

Representatives from each of the breweries give a presentation about their beer during the dinner, which is attended by brewers participating in the festival, industry insiders and beer aficionados.

A special overnight package is available at the Oregon Garden Resort, which includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner and tickets to Oregon Garden Brewfest, starting at $259. Packages can be booked at oregongardenresort.com or by calling 503-874-2500.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour south of Portland, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 16 through 18 and will feature 60 breweries pouring 120 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. There’s also live music and a variety of food and artisan vendors. The festival will again be held in the Rediscovery Forest, and attendees are welcome to explore the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday evening; minors are welcome until 5pm on Saturday and all hours on Sunday.Admission ranges from $15 to $50; all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets.Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

New this year is a family-friendly Father’s Day Fun Run that will start at 9am on Sunday, June 18th, and take place fully inside The Oregon Garden, winding through Garden paths and among 60,000 annual flowers planted in the Garden. Participants will receive admission into the festival, a t-shirt and a full glass of beer after the run. For more information visit: oregongarden.org/brewfest-5k/.

The Oregon Garden is also offering campsites on Garden property, just a short walk from the Oregon GardenBrewfest. Guests can choose between walk-in sites, RV sites and car-camping sites. Camping starts at just $120, and requires purchase of a 3-day festival pass.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Restaurants and sponsored by the Oregon Lottery,Renewal by Andersen, Goschie Farms, Imperial Bottle Shop, Kona Ice, DrinkTanks, Crater Lake Soda,Cascade Mt. Realty, Republic Services and North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.

Who’s going to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner would love to sit down and have a pint with you?