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Kicking Off Summer With Portland's Beer Festival Scene

Updated on May 30, 2017

Portland's plethora of summer beer festivals confirm Travelocitty's listing of Portland as a major destination for beer lovers. Here's three festivals in June well worth catching.

Cheers to Belgian Beers 2016
Cheers to Belgian Beers 2016

Cheers to Belgian Beers

The summer beer festival season kicks off with Cheers to Belgian Beers festival, held from June 2 to 3, 2017. This event features over 70 Belgian-style beers brewed by Oregon craft brewers using the same single yeast strain. To ensure the diversity of the yeast strain, as well as show off the creativity of Oregon craft brewers, the color and strength of each brewery’s beer is determined by a dart throw. This ensures a wide diversity of beer styles that show off the artistry of how each brewer approaches the same yeast strain.

According to Rob Lutz, cofounder of StormBreaker Brewing, "Cheers to Belgian beers is one of my favorite beer festivals. The first craft beers I fell in love with were Belgian beers; quads, and dubbels, and even sours before I found IPAs. It's exciting to experiment and brew a beer specifically for a festival designed for Belgian beer enthusiasts especially in a place where hoppy beers are the dominant favorite." Fellow cofounder Dan Maleah adds, "It's interesting and fun to see what the other breweries will come up with utilizing the same yeast strain. It's a can't miss event."

This event will take place at the North Warehouse (723 N. Tilamook St.), and is free with a $20 charge for a glass and 8 drink tickets, which are required to taste any beers. Additional tastes are $1. No minors are permitted at this 21+ event

Fruit Beer Festival 2016
Fruit Beer Festival 2016

Portland Beer Week

Portland Beer Week is a city-wide, multi-venue, multi-medium, artistic and culinary inspired journey. This year's activities run from June 8 to 18, 2017 with over 100 events taking place throughout the greater Portland area. Among the highlights include the Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 9-11). This all-ages event showcases a range of fruit beers like Stormbreaker's Boysenroggenbierry (a Boysenberry Roggenbier) along with a selection of ciders along with local vendors, food, DJ's and non-alcoholic drinks. Other offerings during this week include speciality events like Masters of IPA, Portland Beer and Cheese Fest and Rye Beer Fest along with educational seminars and other offerings.

Brewfest in the Park

This family friendly event takes place at Overlook Park from June 23-25, 2017. Over 60 organically brewed craft beverages including beer, cider, and mead will be available for sampling Along with food carts, vendors, and a Crater Lake Soda Garden for minors and designated drivers. Check out their website for additional information.

A full listing of Portland craft brew festivals can be found here.

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