Your cup may runneth over if you decide to grab a mug and enjoy this spirited celebration of Oregon?s rich craft brewing tradition. Held each July at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, the Oregon Brewers Festival is not a tasting competition but a chance for the public to revel in ales, stouts, porters and lagers from more than 70 local and national microbreweries. While a majority of the brewers are from Oregon, breweries from around the nation are represented. Many of the local brewers create special beers just for the festival, ensuring that beer lovers will have many a chance to taste something new.
Craft brewing has enjoyed a recent resurgence in Oregon, becoming a distinctive part of the area's identity. Oregon now boasts over 70 microbreweries, with 28 and counting in Portland alone. Brewpubs that make their own beer on-site can be found throughout Portland and across the state. The Oregon Brewers Festival offers beer enthusiasts the chance to learn more about the beverage they adore. An educational tent is filed with exhibits from hop growers, maltsters, home brewers, and beer writers. Live music is also offered throughout the weekend, and a root beer garden serves their own frosty beverages to drivers and children.