Looking for an unforgettable beer experience this Spring? Check out the best beer tasting event in the country; the Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Festival.
Started in 1994 by native Oregonian Steve Woolard, the Spring Beer & Wine Festival has grown to include: cheese, spirits, live music, a culinary stage and vendors to browse between tastings.
The festival offers the opportunity to try beers from all over the globe, the main focus however is West coast beers. Brewers ranging from startup to mainstay are always in attendance. A list of brewers scheduled to be in attendance can be found here: www.springbeerfest.com/brewers.htm and include favorites like Walking Man from Stevenson, Wash., Ninkasi out of Eugene, Ore. and Lompoc from Portland, Ore.
Brew masters love to unveil special beers that are either special seasonals or very limited release at the festival, so get there early if you want to get in on the special releases, they go fast.
March 29-30, 2013
Friday and Saturday
from 12 noon till 11 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Day of event pricing
Admission . . . . . . . . . $5*
Souvenir beer glass . . . . $10
Souvenir wine glass . . . .. $5
Plastic Beer mug . . . . . . $5
Sampling tokens . . . . . .. $1
Package for One. . . . . . .$25**
Package for Two . . . . . . $50***
*Free admission to first 1000 both days
**Includes 1 admission, 1 wine glass or plastic mug, and 10 tokens
***Includes 2 admissions, 2 wine glasses or plastic mugs, and 20 tokens.
Online pre-event packaging
No waiting in line! Enjoy Express entry with a designated ID checker and sales agents that will allow quick entry to the fest along with your choices of signature Souvenir Tasting glass, wine glass or plastic beer mug. Also receive $2 off parking at the Oregon Convention Center. These packages are only available on line.
Online Pack: - $20
Express admission entry, beer mug or wine glass + 10 tokens.
Express Souvenir Glass Pack for One - $25
Express admission for one, SBWF Souvenir Tasting Glass + 10 tokens.
Express Souvenir Glass Pack for Two - $50
Express admission for 2 individuals, Two SBWF Souvenir Tasting Glasses + 20 tokens.
Event details can also be found by visiting the Spring Beer & Wine Festival website .
Avoid parking and driving all together and take the bus or Portland's light rail, which has a stop at the Oregon Convention Center where the event is being held. Visit trimet.org to plan your trip.