In Portland, any month of the year could be dedicated to local beer — what with our 40+ breweries and countless bars and pubs — but for the past six years, it’s July that’s officially known as Oregon Craft Beer Month. From hefeweizens to sours, fruit beers to IPAs, brewers have celebrated the legendary local brews for the past six years by packing the month with more than 200 activities and countless taproom specials. And this year, Oregon Craft Beer Month will be more thirst-quenching than ever!
The 2012 festivities kick off Thursday, July 5, with the premiere of “My First Oregon Brewers Festival.” This docu about the epic beer event will be screened at McMenamin’s Mission Theater, where you can sip some quality micros and enjoy a panel discussion with local brewing legends like Art Larrance, Karl Ockert, and Kurt and Rob Widmer.
After that, beer events pop up all over the city and state, like Puckerfest, a celebration of sour beers, July 13-19. All these brew-hahas eventually lead to the Oregon Brewers Festival, held in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park the last full weekend in July. Celebrating its 25th year of tapping some of the world’s best brews, this annual rite of summer draws more than 80,000 discerning drinkers with pours from more than 80 craft breweries over four days. Rare and specialty beers from across the country are accompanied by both food vendors and live music, creating one of the most festive scenes in Portland, any time of the year.
*You don’t have to wait until July to celebrate beer here — PDX Beer Week is going on right now (June 7-17)!