cheers

Oregonians are enthusiastic about beer. We love to talk about hops and barley. Crazy proud of our clean, fresh water. Can’t help bragging on our endlessly creative microbrewers (Tricerahops, anyone? Hop in the Dark? How about a good, old-fashioned Session?) And we’re always hot on the trail of the next best brew.

Though our dedication runs year round, we take the whole month of July to tip our hats and our pint glasses to the industry with Oregon Craft Beer Month. Spearheaded by the Oregon Brewers Guild, events statewide offer the chance to stop, sip and celebrate Oregon’s craft breweries.

The Portland International Beerfest gets things pouring from July 15-17 in the Pearl District North Park Blocks, where organizers invite you to “taste the greatest beers you never heard of” (about 155 from 15 countries). Proceeds benefit Pet Cross, which supports local animal-help groups. (Fittingly, then, dogs are welcome).

Puckerfest 5, July 18-24, celebrates “sour, wild and funky beers.” Enjoy daily rotating taps and events each evening that will feature different brewers at Biercafé at Belmont Station.

The Oregon Brewers Festival, July 28-31, brings 80 different craft beers from all over the U.S. to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Tastings, live music and beer-related vendors, writers, publishers and home-brew demonstrations are all part of the fun.

In addition to four days at the park, the celebration starts with the Brewers Brunch and Parade on Thursday, July 28, at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. Post-meal, brunchers are invited to parade to the park with the Transcendental Marching Band.

On Friday, July 29, the Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tournament tees off at McMenamins Edgefield Pub Course. Proceeds support the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation brewing scholarship program.

For all events, organizers stress responsible drinking and transportation by bus, train or taxi. The month also includes various recurring events around the state, including beer and food specials. For a complete list of fun and festivities, visit the Oregon Craft Beer Month website.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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