The Oregon Brewers Festival is held annually in Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland.

In Oregon, one way we celebrate July is by proclaiming it Craft Beer Month. Throughout the state, Oregonians and visitors celebrate the burgeoning craft beer scene at sunny summer festivals. And during the last full weekend of July, the Oregon Brewers Festival marks the culmination of the month with a four-day event that draws visitors from all over the world. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to help you get the most out of sipping suds at the 25th anniversary of this popular festival.

When and Where
July 26 – 29, 2012
Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland

Oregon Beers to Try
This year’s festival will feature 85 handcrafted beers from across the country. Here are a few crafted right here in Oregon that we’re excited to try:
10 Barrel Brewing Company Raspberry Crush
BridgePort Brewing Stump Town Stout
Fort George Brewery Quick Wit
Laurelwood Brewing Portlandia Pilsner
Oakshire Brewing 25
Prodigal Son Brewery Splendor in the Glass V: The Splendor Under the Stairs

Find a full list of beers with descriptions here.

Buzz Beer Tent
A limited selection of highly-prized brews are available for tasting in the Buzz Beer Tent. Come early, as the tasters here will go quickly. Look for the chalkboard outside the tent, or follow the Buzz Tent on Twitter @OBFBuzzTent for the latest updates.
New this year, the Sour Beer Tent will celebrate one of the newest trends in the craft beer world.

Beyond the Beer
Look for exhibits by hopgrowers, homebrewers and beer writers. Minors and designated drivers will enjoy the free root beer garden, and everyone can soak up the live music all weekend long.

Admission to the Oregon Brewers Festival is free; to taste, you’ll need to purchase a mug ($6) and taster tokens ($1).

About the Author: Emily Forsha

Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s content editor and a runner, hiker and biker of many Oregon trails. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two little boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.

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