Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA: Stone's 21st Anniversary Beer

Stone Brewing Co. is turning 21! What type of beer might you expect them to brew to commemorate the special occasion? If you said IPA, you'd be right. Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA is a 9.8% ABV, 80 IBU unfiltered beer that features Pekko hops and a touch of wheat malt.

This limited release beer will be available nationwide in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. For more details, check out the brewery's news release below.

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Stone Brewing Celebrates 21 with a Distinctive Combination of Wheat Malt, Pekko and Mosaic Hops
That, which is unique, is all but original

ESCONDIDO, CA – Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA will hit stores this week, bringing with it a bold, hoppy profile, customary of the brewery’s anniversary beers. The beer’s distinctive combination of hops used alongside wheat malt are brand new territory for the Stone Brewing team, making it a beer to mark history, as it goes down in history.

Pekko is an under-utilized hop, which plays nicely with Mosaic to create a juicy flavor profile of orange and peach alongside just the right dankness. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and even cherry candy come through on the fruity and floral aroma. Some wheat malt is included, adding to the nice malt backbone of the beer. Its unfiltered finish enhances the grainy characteristics of the wheat while bringing out the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the hops.

“Our anniversary is a special time of year for us to celebrate where we have been, but especially where we are going,” professed Stone Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier. “This beer can stand proudly with the others as it showcases our love for brewing and beer. Sharing this love with our brothers and sisters at Stone Brewing as well as our fans, who continue on this amazing journey with us, is what this beer is all about.”

Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA rings in at 9.8 percent ABV and will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and draft.

“It’s been said that ‘nothing is original,’ which infers that we’ve pilfered freely, stolen, thieved and otherwise taken inspiration from others in every step of our journey,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder.  “No problem owning that. We haven’t invented beer, just given it our take. And with this beer, we took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry hopped it a lot and share it openly in the hopes that in some ways it may in turn inspire others.”

So the beer’s name is a celebration of thieving all things that inspire. The beer itself is a celebration of a brewer, which has devoured the inspiring for a prolific 21 years.

  • Name: Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA
  • Stats: 9.8% ABV, 80 IBUs
  • Availability: 22-ounce bottles and draft
  • Featured Hops: Magnum, Pekko and Mosaic
  • Distribution: Nationwide

Full Sail Launches Icon Series with Joey Harrington

Full Sail's latest project is a collaboration with Oregon Ducks legend Joey Harrington. As part of the brewery's Icon Series, Full Sail will donate a portion of beer's proceeds to charity.

Harrington's Bourbon Barrel Aged Northwest Red Ale was brewed with two-row pale, caramel red and caramel rye malts, along with nugget hops and was aged in Buffalo Trace whiskey barrels. It's available in 16.9 oz bottles and on draft for a limited time. For more details, check out the news release below.

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Joey Harrington’s Collaboration with Full Sail is in the Red Zone
Proceeds of the bourbon barrel aged red ale benefit Oregon’s Harrington Family Foundation

Hood River, Oregon – Joey Harrington led the huddle when Full Sail created his namesake beer. Developed and brewed with former Oregon Duck legend and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale is spicy sweet with a beautiful bourbon character and pours a deep earthy red. Harrington’s is the inaugural project in the brewery’s new Icon series, whose goal is to work with well-known influencers who share Full Sail's positive, community-minded, sustainability ethos, and to donate a portion of the proceeds to support cause-related missions.

“Collaborating with a local brewery that makes excellent beer was a way to have fun and do good,” says Harrington. “Not only does my love of smooth, balanced beer and of Oregon shine through with Harrington’s Northwest Red Ale, but through this project, Full Sail is also supporting my foundation.” Full Sail is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale to the Harrington Family Foundation, which provides collegiate scholarships and mentorship support to Oregon’s future leaders. “This beer is 100 percent in the red zone,” Harrington confirms.

Harrington and Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter brewed this red ale with two-row pale, caramel red and caramel rye malts, along with nugget hops. “With 30 years of brewing behind us, it was a first to put someone of Joey’s stature ‘under center’ so to speak in our brewhouse,” says Kelter. “He deftly took the snap and the result is our Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale. This Imperial Red Ale, aged for months in Buffalo Trace whisky barrels, is deep red and offers aromas of vanilla, spice, and toffee.”

Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale made its debut at Portland’s Pearl Tavern, a joint venture in which Harrington teamed up with well-known names in Portland’s competitive restaurant environment to craft a family friendly, community atmosphere focused on quality food and drinks – and sports - with a percentage of profits benefiting his foundation.

“How could you not enjoy it?” Harrington joyfully asks of his new brew. “It’s the sweet nectar of life, and it’s for a good cause.” Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale is available for a limited time in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft. 10.2% ABV, 39 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World ‘s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

Sharing Beer at the Milwaukee Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

Last week, I attended the 8th annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference (BBC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Yes, there is a conference dedicated to beer bloggers! And yes, beer flows endlessly at this magical place! This was my fourth visit to BBC, with previous visits in Boulder, Boston, and my hometown Portland.

From a drinking perspective, it's best to approach the conference as a marathon, rather than a sprint. I opt for small tastes and plenty of water. Anyway, while conference organizers and brewery sponsors provide more beer than attendees can possibly consume, most attendees also bring their own beer to share and exchange with fellow bloggers. Conference attendees are largely beer geeks thrilled by the prospect of tasting beers we can't find at home.

With that in mind, I raided by beer fridge and selected a handful of Oregon bottles and cans that are difficult to find outside of the Northwest.

My contribution (of Oregon beers) to the Beer Bloggers Conference

I carefully packed the beer from The Commons Brewery, Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, and Alesong Brewing & Blending in my suitcase. Protected by the force field of three large "Fragile" stickers my beer survived United Airlines and a transfer in Chicago. As far as I'm aware, it wasn't dragged off the plane in a state of diminished consciousness and arrived in Milwaukee in with it's precious cargo intact!

Over the next week or two, I'll share more details about the conference including the breweries visited. For now, I'll simply conclude the tale of my suitcase. Although I gifted or shared my fine Oregon exports with fellow bloggers, I still returned home with plenty of beer. I only purchased three of the cans pictured. The rest were given to me by fellow bloggers or were unconsumed brewery samples. Leftovers never tasted so good!

My Milwaukee BBC souvenirs

I actually returned with another beer. Sadly, the soldier pictured below didn't survive the journey home. This unfortunate happening was entirely my fault. I added the can to my luggage at the last minute without properly protecting it and it was crushed during the journey. On the plus side, pilsner scented laundry isn't such a bad thing...

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Ecliptic Brewing's Eclipse Beer

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21. The once-in-a-lifetime celestial event will make its United States landfall in Oregon.

To commemorate the event, Ecliptic Brewing is releasing Chromosphere Blonde Ale. This hoppy, yet sessionable ale should serve as a nice complement (and a fine souvenir) to the eclipse. For more details about the beer, and information about eclipse events hosted by the brewery, check out the news release below.

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Ecliptic and the Eclipse: Beer and Special Events

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ecliptic Brewing was opened based on Owner and Brewmaster John Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy.  As the total solar eclipse in Oregon approaches, it is only fitting that Harris’ space brewery is celebrating the big day with an eclipse themed beer and special events.

Ecliptic Brewing has started to release their Chromosphere Blonde Ale, brewed for the solar eclipse, in to their Oregon and Washington markets.  The beer style was inspired by the color of the sun and the desire to have a sessionable ale to drink while experiencing the eclipse on August 21, 2017.

In addition to the beer, Ecliptic will be taking part in and hosting several eclipse themed events, detailed below.

“This day has been one that I have been thinking about for a long time and having a beer for the day was of huge importance to me,” said Harris.  “The can design (done by Senior Art Director at Sasquatch Agency, Sean Haggerty) honors the event and the beer inside just as I had hoped and I can’t wait for you all to drink it while watching the eclipse.”

Chromosphere Blonde Ale:  A sessionable ale for the solar eclipse.  Amarillo and Cascade hops add citrusy flavors and aroma.  ABV 5.0% IBU 40

Ecliptic Brewing Total Solar Eclipse Events
For a full list of event details visit EclipticBrewing.com/Events.
  • Portland, OR.  Solar Eclipse Tap Takeover.  August 16th, 5pm. Beer O’Clock, 1205 SW Washington St.,  20+ Ecliptic Brewing taps, eclipse themed giveaways, and more!
  • Portland, OR. Beer, Brunch, and Bloodys for the Solar Eclipse.  August 21st, 8am.  Ecliptic Brewing, 825 North Cook Street.  Come watch the solar eclipse at Ecliptic Brewing! Reservations are required.  Email info@eclipticbrewing.com for details.
  • Tacoma, WA. Eclipse and Ecliptic: Peaks and Space Pints.  August 21st, 10am.  Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th Street.  Five Ecliptic beers on tap in time to view the solar eclipse!

About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spectra Hoppy Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.


Ninkasi Brewing releases First Rule IPA

It's time for a new seasonal IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Co! First Rule IPA, originally part of the brewery's Rare & Delicious Series, will be widely available August through December in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Brewed with six hop varieties including Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo, First Rule IPA is sure to please hopheads. For more details, check out Ninkasi's press release below.

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First Rule IPA Joins Ninkasi’s Special Release Series, Available August - December 2017
EUGENE, Ore.—It’s no secret Ninkasi Brewing Company has a hop love affair. This continues to be evident in its newest Special Release Series beer—First Rule IPA. Originally released to Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious Series in March 2017, the brewery is proud to elevate this beer to its Special Release Series in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft. Available August through December, beer drinkers can find First Rule IPA across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Crafted with the most sought-after hops, First Rule IPA is a testament to brewing without limitations. Ninkasi’s brewing team developed this recipe almost in secrecy, using the best hops available. The result? A flavorful IPA with an incredible hop profile featuring El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

“Whatever it is you like about an IPA, chances are you’ll find it in this beer,” says Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd. “The all-star lineup of hops brings elements that are tropical, floral, juicy, resinous, bubble gum, and downright dank!”

Special Release Series: First Rule IPA
First rule of this IPA is: you do not talk about this IPA. Crafted in secrecy by our band of brewers, First Rule uses a fistful of the most sought-after hops around. Juicy, citrusy, tropical and dank, this IPA is a powerful combination of hop aroma and flavor.

•        Style: India Pale Ale
•        Series: Special Release Series
•        Available: August – December 2017
•        ABV: 7.5%
•        IBU: 60
•        Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Flaked Barley
•        Hops: El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo
•        Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Fall IPA Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Use the Delicious Beer Finder to track down First Rule IPA and local Ninkasi retailers.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.


HAYDAY! Inaugural Beer Fest in Cannon Beach

There's a new beer fest in town. Well, really it's on the coast. Public Coast Brewing is sponsoring HAYDAY! 40 Oregon Beers, 1 Epic Beer Fest in Cannon Beach on Saturday, August 26. 

Check out the press release below for more details and pricing. I contacted event organizers to clarify pricing for Designated Drivers. DDs get in for free. As an option, they can also purchase a Designated Driver VIP package for $15 which includes early entry to the event, commemorative glass, lanyard, food voucher, non-alcoholic beverages and a pretzel necklace. 

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Introducing HAYDAY! 40 Oregon Beers, 1 Epic Beer Fest
Presented by Public Coast Brewing Co., inaugural beer festival on Saturday, Aug. 26 to feature 40 Oregon craft brews

CANNON BEACH - Public Coast Brewing Co., named after Oregon’s 363 miles of free and open coastline, is the presenting sponsor of HAYDAY!  40 Oregon Beers, 1 Epic Beer Fest. Taking place on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Haystack Gardens in Cannon Beach, the event will feature 40 Oregon craft brews, including coastal breweries and beyond and - of course - the new People’s Pale from Public Coast.

“We are so proud to be a part of Oregon’s renowned beer industry. When we opened our doors in 2016, we truly felt the camaraderie and collaboration from our peers,” said Ryan Snyder, owner of Public Coast. “As the inaugural Cannon Beach beer festival, HAYDAY! is our way to showcase all those breweries who helped us from the start, and bring together some of our closest industry friends for a day filled with great beer, awesome food and a ton of fun.”

Guests will enjoy fantastic eats from the Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge’s Executive Chef Josh Archibald and his mobile smokehouse, with desserts by Ruby Jewel Ice Cream. Music to be performed by Nate Bodsford.

Where: Haystack Gardens, 148 E. Gower, Cannon Beach, Ore. 97110

When: Saturday, Aug. 26 from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. (VIP access begins at noon)

  • General: $25 (includes commemorative glass, lanyard and six event tokens)
  • VIP: $50 (includes early entry to the event, special barrel tastings, commemorative glass, lanyard, six event tokens, food voucher, non-alcoholic beverage offerings and a pretzel necklace)
  • Designated driver VIP: $15
No pets or minors will be permitted at HAYDAY!

To purchase tickets, please visit: www.haydayfest.com. Call 503.436.1197 with any questions.

Home Hop Garden '17: July Update

This is just the second year I've grown hops in earnest. I'm always amazed at how quickly hop plants grow in the heat of summer! Below is a shot from The Not So Professional Hop Estate. Compare this with a picture from just one month ago (listed at the bottom of my June update). They've grown a lot!

The Not So Professional Hop Estate, July '17

Some of my key observations from the past month:

  • Hop burrs are forming! This is important because burrs turn into hop cones. I expect to see many cones in development next month.
Hop Burrs Forming

  • My 2nd year Centennial and 3rd year Willamette have no burrs and have been surpassed in height by four of my first year plants. Three of my first years have formed burrs. I believe the reason for the underperformance of my older plants is the lack of self-produced nutrition. I discussed this in last month's update. My theory is bolstered by the fact that my 2nd year Chinook (which benefitted from extra nutrition) is looking great, and has the most burrs. It's growing like crazy and has attached itself to its neighbor!
2nd Year Chinook (on the right)

1st Year Cascade

  • I've got some sort of leaf rot on a few of the plants. If you look closely in the picture below, you'll see a white fuzz.  It's limited to the lower regions of the plant, and does not appear to be harming the top leaves where the hops are growing. I just pull these leaves off.

I can't wait to see how things will look in a month.  Check back soon!

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30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival: Fun Facts

The 30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival opens on Wednesday, June 26. The list below, compiled by event organizers, features some interesting facts about this year's OBF. In my opinion, the MOST interesting fact isn't even mentioned on this list, and has not been largely promoted.

The $1 token sample pour has INCREASED from 3 oz. to 4 oz. this year. As you might expect, this is unusual because most festivals have tended to decrease pour size over time due to increasing costs. I guess we can consider it a 30th Anniversary gift to attendees! See you under the tents!

Photo courtesy of OBF

  • 30th year of the festival.
  • 91 independent craft beers are poured in the main festival, from 90 different breweries (Deschutes has two entries, one Gluten-Free).
  • Another 90 independent craft beers will rotate in the Specialty Tent.
  • Two countries are represented: Netherlands (1), and United States (89).
  • 13 states are represented: California (8), Colorado (2), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Montana (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), Oregon (56), Tennessee (1), Washington (14), and Wisconsin (1).
  • There are 19 breweries making their first appearance at the festival this year, including Ancestry Brewing, Backwoods Brewing, Baerlic Brewing, Belching Beaver Brewery, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Chetco Brewing, Cloudburst Brewing, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Druthers Brewing, Elk Horn Brewery, Falling Sky Brewing, Ghost Runners Brewery, Ghostfish Brewing, Heretic Brewing, Loowit Brewing, Oregon City Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, Two Kilts Brewing and Vanguard Brewing
  • 64 of the beers are claim to be unique to the festival.
  • The lowest alcohol beer is Elk Horn Brewery’s Berliner Style Weisse at 3.5% ABV.
  • The highest alcohol beer is a two-way tie at 11% ABV between New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk Thai Curry and Caldera Brewing’s Cousin Rick Triple IPA 20th Anniversary Brew.
  • While IPAs are the most popular style, sours are close behind. 
  • More than 40 of the beers employ fruit in the brewing process.
  • There are three Gluten Free products this year, from Deschutes, Ghostfish and Omission.
  • Number of volunteers at the festival: 2,000.
  • Number of anticipated attendees: 80,000 from all over the world.
  • The following breweries have never missed a festival: Bayern, BridgePort, Deschutes, Full Sail & Widmer. Both McMenamins and Rogue have each missed only one.

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Summer Seasonal Debuts from Widmer Brothers, Smuttynose, Full Sail, and Fort George

The summer beer season is in full swing! While there a multitude of summer seasonals on the market, I thought I'd highlight a few limited release beers that are making their debuts this season. I present, for your consideration, Widmer Brothers Hefe Berry Lime, Smuttynose Summer IPA, Full Sail Session Watermelon, and Fort George 3-Way IPA:

Widmer Brothers Hefe Berry Lime *:  Looking at the label, you might expect this to be a fruity beer. Make no mistake, this is first and foremost Widmer Brothers' classic Hefe, but with summery twist! The berry and lime flavors promised on the label are present, but the fruit notes augment the flavor rather than dominate it. While the fruit flavor is present, it's not sweet. It finishes with a surprising tart twang. Nicely balanced and very well done!

Smuttynose Summer IPA *:  This brand new summer seasonal from Smuttynose Brewing Co. is made with Zeus, Citra, Saphir, and Amarillo hop. It weight in at a svelte 5% ABV and 25 IBUs. It's light bodied, full of tropical and citrus flavors, with a dry finish. If you're looking for a new session IPA, give it a try.

Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat *:  Full Sail's latest release from its Session line showcases one of everyone's favorite summer fruits. Make that everyone but me. I'm one of the few that isn't a fan of the melon 'o water. Undaunted, I cracked open bottle. The aroma has is similar to Session Premium Lager, and the watermelon flavor makes its appearance in the middle and finish. The watermelon is unmistakable, but not sweet. If you like watermelon, you should give this well balanced beer a try.

Fort George 3-Way IPA:  This year's installment teams Fort George with Ruben's Brews and Great Notion. Hazy IPAs (also known as New England or Vermont IPAs) are all the rage in craft beer these days. This cloudy hop bomb showcases the Azacca, X331, Mosaic, and Citra hop varieties. In a word, it's JUICY! It has tons of citrus, tropical, and piney flavors but without the harsh bitterness. Get your hands a can before it runs out!

While warm weather will still be with us for a while, the summer beer season is starting to wind down. So be sure to enjoy your favorites while they last. Autumn beers are already starting to find their way onto grocery stores shelves!

*  Samples provided by the brewery

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30th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival!

The Oregon Brewers Festival turns 30 this year! The festival opens on Wednesday, July 26 for a five day run. Here are a few of this year's highlights:

  • The new Safe Ride Home program provides various discounts helping festival attendees to get home safely
  • The Specialty Tent is back featuring 90 rare, bold, and experimental beers on a rotating basis.
  • Untappd geeks rejoice! OBF is an official Untapped venue. Users of the app can easily check into their beers and receive push notifications about beer rotations.
  • Designated drivers and children accompanied by parents can enjoy free Crater Lake in the Crater Lake Soda Garden.

Last, but not leastthe main tents! They'll be serving 91 different craft beers, 64 of which are unique to OBF! Click here to download the taplist. For more details, check out OBF's full news release below or visit the Oregon Brewers Festival website. Happy 30th birthday to Oregon's biggest beer festival!

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30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival starts July 26, 
features Specialty Tent and introduces Safe Ride Home Program

PORTLAND, Ore. — An estimated 80,000 people will flock to Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park in less than two weeks for the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival. The milestone event will take place July 26 through July 30; hours are Noon to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday, and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

The main festival will feature 91 independent craft breweries, with each brewery serving one beer; this year’s participants come from 13 different states, plus one from The Netherlands. The festival is also bringing back its popular Specialty Tent, featuring more than 90 rare, bold and experimental beers from the participating breweries. These beers are extremely limited in quantity and will pour on a rotating basis; beers will be available by tasters only and each taster will cost double or triple tokens.

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 event also features live music, food booths, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations. The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and it is free to enter the festival grounds. In order to taste beer, the purchase of a 14 oz. souvenir tasting mug from the current year is required, which costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay five 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 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.

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