This year's Oregon Brewers Brunch at BridgePort is SOLD OUT. However, if you missed out on tickets, Rogue Ales is hosting its annual Overflow Brunch, also on Wednesday, July 24 from 9 to 11:15am at 1339 NW Flanders St. Cost is $15, which includes breakfast and one beverage ticket. Tickets are available at www.Rogue.com/store. Tasting glasses & tokens will also be available for purchase.
The Oregon Brewers Parade will start around 11:30am. More than 600 beer lovers will walk from BridgePort Brewing Co. at 1313 NW Marshall Street to the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with traffic assistance from the Portland Police. This year's Grand Marshal is John Foyston, longtime beer writer who currently writes The Beer Here column in The Oregonian. John will join event founder Art Larrance, who will be chauffeured along the parade route in style courtesy of PDX Pedicab. We'll also be accompanied by the funky sounds of the Transcendental Brass Band. The parade will leave from NW 13th & Marshall Street at 11:30 am sharp. The route is just shy of two miles. There is no cost or age restriction to take part in the parade.
For those attending the Rogue Brunch or those just walking in the parade: If you wish to get into the Oregon Brewers Festival gates with those from either brunch to watch the opening ceremonies, you are required to have a wristband. We will have a security guard posted at the start of the parade at NW 13th & Marshall St. beginning at 11am until the parade leaves at around 11:30am. Be sure to have your ID checked and get a wristband. Those with wristbands will enter the festival grounds at Pine Street on the esplanade. Those without a wristband will have to get in line and have their ID checked at any of the other three OBF entrances.
Opening ceremonies at the festival site at Noon - everyone with a tasting glass and a wristband gets a complimentary glass of BridgePort's beer from the barrel.