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Cheers to the Oregon Brewers Festival Opening Today

Oregon Brewers Festival
Oregon Brewers Festival
Timothy Horn

From July 23rd through July 27th, 86 craft breweries from around the world will offer over 30 styles of beer to more than 85,000 global beer loves at the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival (OFB). When The OBF was founded in 1988 by Art Larrance, co-founder of Portland Brewing Co.; Dick and Nancy Ponzi of BridgePort Brewing Co.; and Kurt & Rob Widmer of Widmer Bros. Brewing Co. Along with McMenamins, these were the only microbreweries operating in Portland. Presently Portland is home to 56 breweries — more than any other city in the world.

This year over 30 styles of beer will be represented with fruit beers surpassing IPAs this year as the most represented style with 15 entries. Among the unique offerings available at this festival includes Yosteamite Sam (ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 30) brewed by Old Town Brewing (OTB). As per OTB's description of this beer: "In keeping with the outlaw spirit of beloved prospector (and namesake of this sessionable beer) Yosemite Sam, Old Town’s common beer bucks convention with a big dry hop of Northwest grown hops. A single infusion mash of Pilsner, caramunich and aromatic malts was dry-hopped with Centennial and Ahtanum hops. A clean-fermenting yeast lets those simple, straightforward doses of hops shine through. This beer is light-bodied with a clean, crisp finish; nothing common about it."

As a new feature to the 2014 festival, the festival nearly a dozen brewers from the Netherlands will be serving their wares in the Speciality Tent. Also, this event features live music and homebrewing demos, as well as food and beer-related vendors. Minors and designated drivers can partake of the complimentary handcrafted root beer offered at the Crater Lake Root Beer Garden offers complimentary handcrafted root beer for minors and designated drivers.

Admission is free to the festival grounds located in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Minors will be admitted if accompanied by an adult. Those looking to sample beer need to purchase a 2014 souvenir tasting glass for $7.00. Beer tokens cost $1 each with one token used for a 3 oz. beer tasting and four tokens for a 12.8 oz. glass of beer. The taps will be open from Noon to 9pm Wednesday through Saturday and then Noon to 7pm on Sunday.

Consider leaving the car at home and ride the Max Light Rail line located on SW Oak Street just one block west of the festival. Cyclists can take advantage of the festival's free monitored on-site bicycle parking.