Top 18 Portland Beer Festivals for 2021
[Updated with 2020 festivals and dates]
Festival Update: In light of Covid-19 many of these festivals slated for March 2020 and beyond are canceled or postponed. For example, Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) was canceled in 2020 and is also canceled for 2021 with plans to reboot in July 2022. This article will be updated when OBF’s 2022 plans have been finalized. In the meantime, beer events open to the public can be found here.
Many deem Portland as the Craft Beer Capital of the World. Others swear it’s the greatest beer city on earth. While many other U.S. States have now jumped on the craft beer bandwagon, the Portland (aka Beervana) craft beer scene is still one of the best anywhere.
You’ll find everything from brewery open houses to craft beer festivals that happen year-round in Beervana. These events make every year a great year for drinking beer in Oregon. If you are looking for the top Portland beer festivals 2020, look no further!
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Oregon Brewers Festival
Every year, over 50,000 pilgrims will make the trek at the end of July to Portland, Oregon for the Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF). Founded in 1988 when craft brewing was just getting off the ground, this festival celebrates a flourishing industry that now boasts more than 8,000 craft breweries nationwide.
Portland – aka Beervana – is currently the #1 large metro area for beer tourism, according to Travelocity’s first Beer Tourism Index so it’s no surprise the Oregon Brewers Festival is also a considered a destination.
2020 marks the 33rd annual Oregon Brew Fest (OBF) and will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland from July 22 through July 25 2020. While many have come to think of this festival as the Portland Brew Fest, because of the location, it really celebrates all Oregon beer and beyond. Choose from a wide range of beers from Belgians to braggots, cream ales to coffee beers, goses to gluten-free, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds, and saisons to stouts.
The festival will be pouring 80 beers from craft breweries across the United States, plus eight ciders and local wine. The festival is also reviving its popular Specialty Tent, where participating brewers send one-off kegs of rare, bold, and experimental beers.
The gates open at 11:30 am daily with the taps operating from 12 pm to 9 pm. As the festival progresses, the noise tends to increase as some taps run out. So get there early during the daylight hours to enjoy a full selection of beer in relative peace and quiet.
Even though the focus of the festival is on beer, a decent selection of food booths enable festival-goers to supplement their beer with a meal with live music, craft vendors and homebrew demonstrations with cornhole and ladder toss providing additional amusement.
While some beer festivals are +21, this festival allows minors during all hours of the festival when accompanied by an adult. Minors and designated drivers can pick up complimentary handcrafted root beer and soda at the Crater Lake Soda Garden.
One can enter the Portland Brew Fest gratis, but if you want to drink, you must purchase a tasting package for $20 that includes a 2020 souvenir tasting mug and 10 tasting tokens (mugs are available on their own for $10). Additional wooden beer tokens cost $1 each, with one token providing a sample and five tokens a full mug. (Specialty Tent and select beers/ciders may cost extra tokens).
Enjoy Happy Hour on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 pm to 3 pm and pay just four tokens for a fill or one token for a taste. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site, or in advance on the website.
Cash Only Tip: This event is cash-only. While ATMs are located on the premise, if possible, avoid the lines as well as ATM fees and arrive with cash in hand or buy ahead of time at www.oregonbrewfest.com.
Parking Tip for Oregon Brew Fest: Avoid the headaches of parking downtown by either taking public transportation or cycling. A Tri-Met MAX Light Rail station is located just one block away from the main entrance or cyclists can park their bike for free at Hopworks Urban Brewery’s secure bike corral.
While this festival remains the largest Portland-based beer festival, events celebrating beer can be had just about every weekend during the summer months with additional festivals scattered throughout the year. Here’s a listing of some of the Portland brew fests 2020 favorites.
Additional Portland Beer Festivals
Brewstillery, February 29, 2020
At this festival hosted at Stormbreaker Brewing, breweries and distilleries team up to create the perfect pairings. Each pairing consists of a 4 oz. pour and a 1/4 oz. spirit taste.
5th Annual Bakers Dozen Fest, March 22, 2020
A celebration of 13 perky coffee beers and 13 doughnut morsels all included.
Cider Rite of Spring, April 11, 2020
A celebration of the blossoming Northwest cider industry, this annual event now entering its 7th year will feature more than 100 ciders served by 30 different cidermakers and cidery representatives from the Pacific Northwest. Included in this festival are ciders that are either made for the event, aren’t available locally or are a limited run.
Portland Farmhouse & Wild Ale Fest, May 8-9, 2020
Portland, Oregon’s only Farmhouse beer festival and the Pacific Northwests’s largest event celebrating American Farmhouse and Wild/mixed fermentation ales. This Portland Craft Beer Festival will be held at Glendoveer Golf Course and Von Ebert Brewing Glendoveer.
Sip of Spring, May 16, 2020
Spring beers are in bloom all over the city, and Sip of Spring provides a venue to gather with friends and enjoy a beer––¬or a cider––outside on a working farm in the city limits, with a view that is unparalleled. Held at Rossi Farms in NE Portland and showcasing small Oregon craft breweries.
Portland Beer Week, June 12-21 2020
Now entering its 10th year, the highlights of this 11-day celebration of beer in the world’s greatest city include their closing event Snackdown the 21st and Beer and Cheese Fest on the 20th. Expect to see a very high profile official beer release and a number of cool collaboration products like a beer hot sauce and beer chocolate.
Also, Ecliptic Brewing’s Brewer’s & Their Bands is hosted during Portland Beer Week and showcases multiple live music performances, beers from multiple breweries in a festival-style format, and food from Ecliptic’s kitchen.
Portland International Beer Fest, June 19-21 2020
The Portland International Beer Festival 2020 is a three-day beer festival, one can sample over 200 world-class beers from 16 countries including some rare, hard-to-and, exotic beers. Portland Beer Fest is a local favorite and for good reason! It’s held annually in the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, Oregon. The festival was founded in 2001 by Rick Carpenter and showcases hard-to-find beers and ciders from all over the world.
Cider Summit PDX, June 19-20, 2020
This annual cider summit features over 200 regional and national ciders from 61 producers along with a range of food offerings, a dog lounge, live music featuring several of Portland’s legendary blues artists, and an event store with bottles to go. This event is a perfect opportunity for beer and wine lovers to try the range of ciders available.
Portland Craft Beer Fest, July 3-5, 2020
During this festival, all breweries within the city limits of Portland, Oregon have the opportunity to showcase their beers. Also, featured will be selections of Portland’s craft wines and winders and locally-based food vendors.
Summer Strawberry Beer Fest, Summer 2020
This festival features over a dozen rare, sweet and juicy and in-season beers made with strawberries.
Puckerfest, July 17-20, 2020
A weekend celebration of sour and wild ales held at Belmont Station.
Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Summer 2020
Another craft beer festival in Portland is the three-day fruit beer fest that kicks off Portland Beer Week. This fest offers a diverse array of breweries and cideries highlighting both local makers and national breweries along with music, food and all-ages activities.
The Feast Portland, September 17-20, 2020
Feast Portland has burgeoned to a plethora of events held throughout Portland that celebrate the diversity of Oregon’s and Pacific Northwest ’s food culture. As this festival grows in size and scope, they add additional breweries, cideries, and distilleries featuring their wares during this festival.
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Portland Fresh Hops Fest, Late September 2020 (usually last Friday/Saturday)
The Portland Fresh Hops Fest is a celebration of the annual hop harvest that takes place from mid-August to mid-September in Oregon. The festival features Oregon craft beers made with hops that are freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting. Also, the Fresh Hops Pop Up Beer Fest is a 10-day outdoor beer garden featuring a covered tent, food specials, daily tappings, and fire pits. This is one of the premier Portland craft beer festivals of the year.
Peche Fest, Autumn 2020
A celebration featuring rare tart, juicy and funky peach-infused beers and ciders in a variety of styles.
Sip Of Fall, October 10, 2020
Spend a crisp fall Saturday tasting autumn ales and cider at the Sip of Fall Beer Festival, taking place in a picturesque barn at the historic Rossi Farms. The festival features autumn-themed ales and cider on a working farm in the city, with a fire pit, pumpkin picking and more.
Holiday Ale Fest, December 3-6, 2020
More than 50 winter warming brews converge on Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for a warm and celebratory 4-day holiday event.
Check out this website for a comprehensive listing of 2020 Portland beer festivals.
WHEN TO VISIT PORTLAND
Summer is the best time to visit Portland. The weather is great, the cafes open their outdoor seating areas and your chance of running out of things to do is virtually zero. You can also visit during the not-quite-summer months of June and September to take advantage of slightly lower hotel rates and thinner crowds.
If you’re traveling on a budget or want to steer clear of your fellow tourists, just pack an umbrella and head to Portland during the winter off-season.
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Day Trips from Portland, Oregon & Top Tours
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