Summer is flying by! One of the highlights of the Portland summer season, The Oregon Brewers Festival, kicks off next Wednesday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 27.
I'll share more information about OBF during the next week, including the full taplist. But for now, here are some fun facts to whet your appetite:
• 27th year of the festival.
• 88 handcraft beers are poured in the main festival; another 100+ in the Specialty Tent.
• There are 86 participating breweries (Deschutes has two entries, one Gluten-Free), plus Collaborator, a project in which Oregon Brew Crew homebrewers create the recipe and have it made and distributed by Widmer Bros. Brewing.
• 14 states are represented: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin; plus British Columbia. In the Specialty Tent we also have Germany and The Netherlands.
• In the main festival, Maui Brewing Co traveled the furthest at 2,568 miles; Dunedin Brewing from Dunedin, Florida, was a close second with 2,483 (and the brewers actually drove their kegs on a road trip to the fest!); and Dogfish Head from Milton, Delaware was third at 2,434 miles.
• There are 17 breweries making their first appearance at the festival this year, including Ashtown, Central City, Cigar City, Coronado, Crux, Ecliptic, Ex Novo, Fitger’s, Grain Station, Kells, Mazama, No-Li, North Rim, Payette, Sixpoint, Viking Braggot and Wild Ride.
• There are 30 different beer styles. The past few years have seen a battle between Fruit and IPA for style most represented: this year, the IPAs win, although some of them cross into both categories.
• The lowest alcohol beer is Cigar City's Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse at 3.5% ABV.
• The highest alcohol beer is Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale at 11% ABV.
• There are 30 beer styles represented. The most represented styles are fruit beers, with 15 entries. This is the first time in the event’s history that IPAs have not been the most common style.
• Number of volunteers at the festival: 2,200.
• Number of anticipated attendees: 85,000 from all over the world.
• Number of breweries that have participated in the Oregon Brewers Festival since inception: At least 365 (we do not have records from 1989 or 1990, so this is based on the remaining years).
• The following breweries have never missed a festival: Bayern, BridgePort, Deschutes, Full Sail & Widmer.
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