Category Archives: Events

BenFest returns today at Belmont Station in Portland

One of the most unique beer fests I’ve seen spawned in Oregon, BenFest, returns today for its fifth annual incarnation, taking place at Belmont Station in Portland from 6 to 9pm. This is a beer festival featuring all beers brewed by, you guessed it, brewers named “Ben” in Portland—of which there are an unusual number! Here’s the rundown from Belmont Station: BenFest serves as the official closing ceremony of Oregon Craft Beer Month and features … Continue reading →

Oregon Brewers Festival 2015 Beers: My Take

The 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival starts tomorrow (Wednesday the 22nd), and as always they have a terrific beer list lined up to be pouring—105 beers spread out among 10 trailers and the International Beer Tent. I’m not going to re-post the beer list here—it’s already amply covered elsewhere, notably the OBF site itself, as well as on Facebook, on the New School, and then there’s Jeff’s always-great breakdown the numbers. Instead I’m offering my … Continue reading →

Oregon Brewers Festival: 28 years, 105 beers, 5 days

This week marks the 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the oldest and largest beer festivals in the country, taking over Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west bank of the Willamette River for five full days from Wednesday (July 22) through Sunday (July 26). This brewfest will see a staggering 85,000+ people attend over its five days and even for all that, it has grown gracefully over the years (adding the fifth day in … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference, 2015

Tomorrow the 2015 edition of the Beer Bloggers Conference (since renamed the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference) kicks off in Asheville, North Carolina—one of the country’s most vibrant beer cities. It looks to be a terrific conference this year, with a great agenda—one I’m sorry to miss, but unfortunately it just wasn’t in the cards for me to make it this year. The good news is, I can follow along online—and you can too, via … Continue reading →

Celebrate 30 years of the Brewpub Bill today with McMenamins

This year Oregon celebrates 30 years of the Brewpub Bill, the law that legalized the on-premise serving of beer by breweries which paved the way for the brewpub. That little one line sentence doesn’t really do justice to the history behind the bill, which was passed on June 17, 1985 and signed by governer Vic Atiyeh on July 13, but you can read the full story in Pete Dunlop’s book, Portland Beer, as well as a … Continue reading →