2012 Spring Beer & Wine Fest Starts Tomorrow!

The 18th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest will be held this Friday and Saturday (April 6 & 7) at the Oregon Convention Center. I attended last year (for the first time in over 10 years) and had a great time. You can check out my 2011 Spring Beer & Wine Fest recap here.

While it may not be ranked in the upper echelon of beer festivals by some of us beer geeks, don't let that keep you away. If you seek hard-to-find, limited releases, look elsewhere. If you want to sample great craft beer that's readily accessible, this festival is for you! In addition, this event is unique due to its inclusion of wine, spirits, and food (including delectable deserts and artisan cheese).

For more details (including the taplist), visit the Spring Beer & Winefest website or check out the event press release below. Have you attended the Spring Beer & Wine Festival? How did you like it?

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Celebrate Artisan Food and Drink at Portland’s 18th Spring Beer & Wine Fest ~ April 6-7, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 6-7, 2012 – One of Portland’s original beer festivals, the 18th annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest returns to the Oregon Convention Center for another year of exceptional artisan food and drink.

The festival will partner with the Portland chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to send kids, who are battling neuromuscular diseases, to summer camp. Multiple local craft breweries and wineries will generously donate one-of-a-kind specialty beers and wines that will only be available at the MDA booth. Festival attendees can help send a kid to camp by making a $5.00 donation in exchange for a 14 oz beer or 5 oz glass of wine. All fundraising proceeds will help local MDA families.

Festival-goers will enjoy samples of more than 80 craft beers, 30 regional wineries and many local artisan spirits, plus delectable tastes of specialty cheese and handcrafted chocolate, all while mingling with brewers, winemakers and other craftspeople. In addition, the festival will also offer a global shopping marketplace, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars on the Chef’s Stage, and live music featuring Northwest bands.
“As the Spring Beer & Wine Fest continues to evolve each year, we are able to bring even more of the best artisan food and drink under one roof for everyone to enjoy,” says festival founder and director Steve Woolard. “Plus, while eating, drinking and being merry, we are also strengthening our commitment to the community, with a generous portion of proceeds benefiting local charities such as MDA and American Heart Association (AHA).”

The Spring Beer & Wine Fest will be open Friday – Saturday, April 6-7, 2012, from Noon – 11 p.m. both days at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, Ore.).

Admission is free for the first 1000 each day. Tasting packages are available for $20, which includes admission, a wine glass or plastic beer mug and 10 tokens. Purchased individually, sampling tokens are $1 and may be used for beer, wine, spirits and food. A mug or glass is required for beer tasting. The festival features Rastal glasses.

Minors accompanied by an adult are permitted until 7 p.m. each day; children ages 12 and younger are free.


  1. Trying the flavor of these chocolate wines was a suprise. They were actually very good and typically the quality was good.

  2. Brian G/msubulldog25April 05, 2012 8:22 AM

    I've always enjoyed SBWF and will be volunteering to pour 3:30-7:30 on Friday. Sure, they don't have the most AMAZING beer lineup of the year, but it's pretty good (and I like the cheese!). Looking forward to sampling the Logsdon, Long, GoodLife, Rusty Truck, Flyers, etc - things I don't try much of. Also that damn delicious Chili Beer from Calapooia... will probably have 3 minimum!
    Hope to see you there!

    1. Hey Brian. Sorry I missed you. I left around 3pm. I'm with you--I enjoyed trying the beers from all the new breweries. Thanks for the tip on the Chili beer! That was good stuff! Cheers!


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