... it's even easier on the last weekend in July during the Oregon Brewers Festival - the largest event
of its kind in North America. This three-day froth fest draws 80,000 beer enthusiasts to Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park to sample the nearly 90 beers
produced by local, national and international brewers.
If you miss this summer event, however, don't worry. There are additional Portland beer festivals throughout the year.
The Holiday Ale Festival
(December) in Pioneer Courthouse Square celebrates the release of seasonal winter ales that
are produced by two dozen of the region's best craft breweries.
Sip BridgePort's Ebenezer Ale,
a Widmer Winternacht
or a MacTarnahan's MacFrost
while staying toasty inside the festival's heated tent.
With its clear walls, the tent also affords a front-row view of Portland's holiday tree, festive lights and downtown window decorations.
As winter begins to fade, brewers - and vintners - gear up for Portland's annualSpring Beer & Wine Fest
Held inside the airy Oregon Convention Center, this is the nation's largest spring festival dedicated to the world of alcoholic beverages, including
microbrews, wine and distilled spirits.
Offering tastings, product demonstrations, in-depth seminars, music and more, the festival is designed to be both fun and educational.
Bones & Brew
(September) pairs the West Coast's only national barbecue competition with outstanding regional and national beers.
Held at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the event features barbecue cook-offs, brews, music, family events and a great riverside setting.
Year-round, Portland's microbrew culture thrives in the view-and-brew-style theaters run by the McMenamin brothers
At such facilities as the Badgad Theater & Pub (a wonder of Moorish architecture) and the Mission Theater, you can enjoy pizza, beer
and a movie (yes, on the big screen) - all at once!