Portland’s BenFest returns this Thursday

For some reason, Portland, Oregon has a preponderance of brewers named Ben, and for the last several years folks have been celebrating with BenFest, quite possibly the niche-iest beer fest around. BenFest features beers brewed by the various Bens and the Bens themselves, and this year it’s taking place at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom on Thursday, July 31.

Here’s the description and taplist:

Close out Oregon Craft Beer Month in style with the many Bens who brew delicious beer in Portland! For the 4th Annual BenFest, we’ll be raffling away exciting prizes and pouring special beers from:

Breakside Brewery’s Ben Edmunds
– BourBEN Barrel-Aged Ansatz Smoked Doppelbock

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House’s Ben Kehs
– Smoky Mountain Schwarzbier

Gigantic Brewing Company’s Ben Love
– Citrus Ginormous Imperial IPA

Occidental Brewing Company’s Ben Engler
– Roggenwiezen

Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Ben Dobler
– Gentlemen’s Club aged in Brandy Barrels

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub’s Ben Flerchinger
– Blonde Am-Bention

Baerlic Brewing Co.’s Ben Parsons
– Rad Summer Radler

We’ll be offering a special 7-Ben Sampler Tray for your drinking pleasure.

It’s taking place from 6 to 9pm, and yes that’s a lot of Bens. What’s up with that?