Do we need another beer festival in Portland? No. Do we want another beer festival in Portland? Absolutely! This weekend, Portland Craft Beer Festival will pour from its taps for the first time. So what makes PCBF unique? Here are a few reasons:
- It features beers (and a few ciders) that are created within the city limits of Portland. If you have a phobia of beers not made in Rose City, this event was made for you!!
- It's held on 4th of July weekend. It's about time we had a beerfest on the most American of holidays! Now someone needs to cover Thanksgiving and Tax Day.
- It's family-friendly on Sunday. Leave the rugrats at home on Friday and Saturday.
- It's held at Fields Park. I was just at the park a few weeks for Cider Summit Portland. It's a beautiful space. Be warned, there's very little shade.
So there you have it. Yet another beer festival in a city with an obscene wealth of beer! For more details, check out the news release below. If you attend, let me know what you think.
Cheers to great Fourth of July weekend!
Advance tickets are still available through midnight, July 2nd. Remember you receive 15 beer tickets if you purchase your mug in advance, and only 10 tickets at the door! Your mug is good all weekend – whether you attend one day or all three days. Additional tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 apiece.
The festival will be a cash only venue. There will be two ATMs on site – one inside the festival and the other outside the gate. Bring your ID – both Friday and Saturday are 21 and over only.
- Sunday, July 5th is Family Day - We will start the day with a yoga class for both children and adults at 11am (before the beer starts pouring at noon!). PCBF will be open to all ages until 7pm. There is no charge for children's admission. There will be a children's market with a variety of crafts created by kids, free vision testing by The Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, face painting (of course!), and Ruby Jewel ice cream.
- Throughout the weekend we will be announcing events happening at the Brewers/Writers tent, where you can meet and chat with various local beer celebrities.
Vendors include Floyds Coffee cart, Bunk, Farm to Fire Pizza, Urban German, The Dump Truck, Zymogear, Spencer Butte, Hip Furniture, Growlerwerks, a representative from Green Energy, Illustrated Playing Cards, Lyft, Cardamom Hills Trading Co., and - on Sunday only - Ruby Jewel Ice Cream.
Transportation options? PCBF attendees are encouraged to take public transportation:
- We hope you to ride your bike to PCBF. We have a bike valet, courtesy of Spinlister, The Global Bike Share. Present your valet parking stub inside the festival for good for a 4 oz. pour. Don't forget a lock!
- We hope you to ride your bike to PCBF. We have a free bike valet, courtesy of Spinlister, The Global Bike Share. Present your valet parking stub inside the festival for 1 free ticket good for a 4 oz. pour. Don't forget a lock!
- The Portland Streetcar runs from Downtown, Northwest, & the Inner Eastside and stops a block from The Fields Park on NW Northrup.
- PCBF will be partnering with Lyft for safe rides to and from the festival. Download the app and use the code “PCBF”, redeemable by anybody new to Lyft for a free ride up to $20.
- Pedi-cabs will also be on hand – a gorgeous trip along the waterfront park for anyone looking to go back and forth from the Waterfront Blues Festival.
- For those of you with designated drivers, there is a parking lot, Station Place Garage Lot 120, located at 720 NW Lovejoy Court, at the west end of the Broadway Bridge.
Tickets available for advance purchase through www.PortlandCraftBeerFestival.com or via www.BrownPaperTickets.org.