Another dry summer in Portland: Oregon Brewers Festival canceled with no clear return
In its heyday, the festival was an annual event that drew 80,000 people to Portland’s waterfront. It is off for 2023, after returning last summer from a two-year hiatus.
For the third time in four years, there will be no big beer festival at Portland’s Waterfront Park this summer.
The Oregon Brewers Festival returned last year, after COVID-19 forced organizers to cancel the annual event in 2020 and 2021. In a statement, organizers cite several reasons for canceling this summer’s festival, including low attendance, higher costs and extreme weather.
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From The New School
December 12th, 2022 would have been the 62nd birthday of the late, great, Jim Parker. Jim Parker was a storyteller, great beer ambassador, and a lovely human who was one of the last great publicans. His life and legacy goes hand in hand with the emergence of craft beer as a cultural force, and his wisdom and friendship touched and inspired innumerable people in the industry to follow this passion project.
Read more of this excellent article on The New School
CHEERS TO THE LAND
Breweries honor the terroir that makes Oregon beer so great.
By Tim Neville
Great beer starts with great ingredients.
In Oregon that means citrusy hops grown in sustainable ways that keep rivers healthy and salmon swimming free. You can create depth with rich barley coaxed from volcanic soils in Central Oregon fields. To add some nose, consider some Columbia River fruit plucked from a newly revitalized heritage orchard.
Thirsty yet? In October brewers from around the state are pulling out all the stops to create a wide array of “Cheers to the Land” beers, all in a limited release during that festive month. Each will highlight just how important a thriving agricultural industry is, not just for awesome beer but also for preserving the landscapes and farms that make Oregon such a tasty place to visit.
Proceeds from sales go to the Oregon Agricultural Trust, a nonprofit that helps farmers and ranchers protect their land and pass it on to the next generation. “We are so lucky,” says Bryan Keilty, a brewer at Gorges Beer Co., which has locations in Portland and Cascade Locks. “There aren’t too many places in the world that can grow what we grow here.”
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The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 18th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning to Oaks Amusement Park this year and we are looking for a few more volunteers for the following shifts:
Fri 9/30 5:30-8:30pm Beer Server or Check-in/Sales
Sat 10/1 1:00-4:00pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
Sat 10/1 3:30-6:30pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
Sat 10/1 6:00-9:00pm Beer Server or Check-In/Sales
The event will be held on:
Friday, 9/30 from 4pm-8pm
Saturday, 10/1 from 12pm-8pm
All volunteers must be 21 or older.
OLCC Server permits are preferred, but not required to volunteer. We will have pre-shift meetings to go over OLCC regulations, as well as how to recognize and deal with very intoxicated persons (VIPs). If you do have an OLCC server permit, please have it with you for your shift.
You will notice that shifts have been shortened to three hours. As a thank you for your time, you will receive a volunteer shirt, as well as an event glass and drink tickets that can be used at the festival outside of your shift.
If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please click/share the link below to complete our online sign up form.
If you have any questions, please contact Christina LaRue.
2022 PDX Fresh Hop Festival Volunteer Sign Up
The Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest returns for it’s 7th year in 2022 at Portland’s “top food cart pod” the Prost! Marketplace on N. Mississippi Ave. The beer garden features ten food trucks and ten rotating taps. Each day of this 17 day fresh hop marathon will feature seasonal rare seasonal beers with special tappings nearly every day celebrating some of the best and brightest breweries and regions. Sep 16, 2022 – Oct 2, 2022
Get the details here!
The 33rd Oregon Brewers Festival returns after a two-year hiatus to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, July 28
through July 30, 2022. There are some important differences in this year’s festival, which I’ve included below, along with a few
Oregon’s longest-running brewfest will be three days long in 2022. This year, the festival has been downsized slightly to
accommodate the realities of 2022. High gas prices and challenges with airlines make travel more difficult, and more than half of
OBF’s attendees have historically come from outside the Portland area. The footprint of the fest is a little smaller, going from
the Morrison Bridge to Pine Street. Additionally, the parade is not happening this year, for reasons beyond our control. Despite
these differences, we anticipate this being one of the most lively OBFs yet, and all signs point to it being very well-attended.
Read more and get advanced ticket package here
10th Cider Summit Portland returns June 10 & 11
Oregon’s largest cider tasting festival returns to celebrate in-person
Cider Summit Portland, the area’s largest cider tasting festival, will be held in Portland June 10 and Jun 11 at The Fields Park, 1099 NW Overton St. in Portland’s Pearl District.
This year, Cider Summit returns to an in-person celebration in Portland after two years of virtual events. Attendees will enjoy a tasting selection of 150+ hard ciders from the industry’s leading cidermakers, many of whom will be on hand to guide guests through the available lineup.
Get the details here!
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Annual Open-House Style Event Returns to In-Person with Precautions
The Oregon Brewers Guild announces the return of their 14th Annual Zwickelmania® event. The statewide open-house style celebration of Oregon craft breweries will be returning safely in-person in February and is free to attend. As in previous years, the event will be held on two separate weekends, highlighting Portland breweries on Saturday, February 19th and then statewide on Saturday, February 26th.
“Zwickelmania® has been a staple event for the Guild for over a decade and we are very excited to be able to transition back to in-person this year,” shared Christina LaRue, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “We made the pivot last year to an online platform, offering virtual brewery tours and panel discussions with brewers via Zoom and social media. Our members are looking forward to being able to offer guests an in-person experience and will be ensuring the safety of the public, as well as their teams is a top priority.”
The lager masters at Chuckanut Brewery are opening a taproom in Portland, OR on December 9th, 2021. The Bellingham, Washington founded brewery recently closed their flagship brewpub, but expanded their production facility and plan to make the Portland location dubbed the “P Nut Beer Hall” a focus of their operations going forward.
The new beer hall is located at 920 SE Caruthers St in Portland in the busy SE Division neighborhood. The hall features a large beer hall style table, lots of windows and bar height areas to mingle as well as a party room for private groups, game nights and special events. For those that prefer the great outdoors there’s lots of picnic tables out front.
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Portland Fresh Hops Festival Needs Your Help!
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October 1st and 2nd and we are in need of additional volunteers to help out for the following shifts:
Friday, 10/1 3pm-close: Beer Servers, Check-in
Saturday, 10/2 3pm-close: Beer Servers, Check-in
All volunteers must be 21 or older and FULLY VACCINATED to participate.
Oregon’s freshest Fresh Hop event kicks off the seasonal hop harvest celebrations with 17 straight days of fun September 17 – October 3rd from 8am – 10pm. The 6th annual Portland Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest has yet to miss a year, and this will be the largest lineup of beers so far.
Oregon’s Largest Fresh Hops Festival Returns In-Person, Vaccinations Required
The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October, albeit a bit different than
previous years. The event, which has been held previously at the Oaks Park Amusement Park, will be moving to the Glendoveer Golf &
Tennis driving range, with food options provided by Von Ebert Brewing. The event will be held on October 1st and 2nd.
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The month of February usually brings two of the Oregon Brewers Guild’s favorites: Oregon Craft Beer Month and its annual Zwickelmania open house-style event. Unfortunately, as the pandemic and state restrictions carry on, holding in-person events is still not an option. The good news is the Guild will be holding virtual Zwickelmania events, as well as releasing the fourth iteration of their State of Excitement collaboration beer.
In an effort to help highlight Oregon Craft Beer Month, throughout February the Guild will be promoting its member breweries from across the state via their social media outlets. Origin stories, photos, beer releases, as well as food & beer specials will be the main focus.
The virtual Zwickelmania events will coincide with the original in-person dates
More Via Oregon Craft Brewers Guild
One of Portland’s oldest breweries will cease production next month
Portland Brewing, one of the Portland craft-beer scene’s founding breweries, will stop production after 34 years in downtown and industrial Northwest Portland next month, according to a post on the brewery’s Facebook page. The brewery will produce its last MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale by Feb. 5
Read More Via Bend Bulletin
Twenty-six collaborated on a Harvest IPA, brewed in Redmond at Wild Ride Brewing.
For its third iteration, the Oregon Brewers Guild brought together twenty-six of Oregon’s breweries to collaborate on State of Excitement No. 3, a Harvest IPA brewed at Redmond’s Wild Ride Brewing.
Via Oregon Brewer’s Guild