When is the Festival?
The 2021 Oregon Brewers Festival will take place Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31, 2021. It will not take place on Sunday.
Where does the OBF take place?
The OBF is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The closest physical address is 300 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204. The event takes place between the Morrison and Burnside Bridges. There are four entrances: under the Morrison Street Bridge, at SW Oak Street, at SW Pine Street, and along the sea wall at Pine. The SW Oak Street entrance will put you closest to the token and tasting mug sales.
How much are tickets to the OBF?
The Oregon Brewers Festival is not a ticketed event, and there is no admission charge to enter the festival grounds. In order to consume beer or cider, you purchase a tasting package for $20 that includes a souvenir tasting mug and 10 tasting tokens (mugs are available on their own for $10 and tokens are $1 apiece). Additional tokens are sold for $1 apiece. The purchase of mugs and tokens is made on-site. The mug/token sales tent is open from Noon to 8:30 pm. Mugs and tokens are non-refundable.
How much does a beer or cider cost?
Beer and cider is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. A full 14-oz mug of beer or cider costs five tokens, or one token for a 3-oz taste. Enjoy Happy Hour on Wednesday and Thursday from 12pm to 3pm and pay four tokens for a full 14-oz mug of beer or cider, or one token for a 3-oz taste.
How can I volunteer?
The Oregon Brewers Festival is always looking for volunteers. In addition to having a great time, you’ll receive a festival tasting mug, 16 tokens for beers, and a special festival T-shirt. You must be at least 21 years of age to volunteer. Sign up via the website.
I'm coming from out of the area, what's the closest airport?
You’ll want to fly into Portland International Airport (PDX).
Where do you recommend I stay?
There are many hotels within walking distance to the Oregon Brewers Festival. If you do an online search of “Hotels near 300 SW Naito Parkway, Portland Oregon 97204″ you’ll see all the options for hotels within walking distance. We are also located just one block from the MAX Light Rail Line, which allows you to stay further out from the downtown district (which can be pricier) and safely commute to and from the festival. Click on this LINK from Travel Portland for a list of area hotels. Cheers!
Where can I find parking?
There is no on-site event parking. The closest SmartPark is at 33 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209. Our on-site Hopworks Bike Corral, located under the Morrison Street Bridge, lets you park your bike for free and it is manned by volunteers. Public transportation is a great idea when alcohol is involved, and the MAX line drops off only one block from the festival at SW First and Oak Street. The OBF does not offer parking validation.
Can we park a motorhome nearby?
Portland does not offer much in the way of RV parking; however, the area’s vast 52-mile public transportation light-rail system allows you to park outside the city and ride in. While it is illegal to park an RV in Park & Ride lots outside the city, there are legal street and mall parking spaces for RVs next to some transit lots. TriMet’s MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) Light Rail connects Portland City Center with Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, North/Northeast Portland and the Portland International Airport. Other options can be found at https://www.travelportland.com/article/rv-parks-near-portland.
Where is the Hopworks Bike Corral located?
The Hopworks Bike Corral allows you to park your bike for free, where it is watched over by volunteers. It is located just outside the southeast corner under the Morrison Street Bridge; park your bike there first, then enter the festival at the Morrison Street Bridge entrance. Nearly 1,000 bikes are annually parked in the bike corral.
Is there anywhere to buy mugs and tokens in advance?
In the two weeks leading up to the festival, you can pre-purchase mugs and tokens at a few locations around town, including Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Lodge at Cascade Brewing, Belmont Station, and Deschutes Portland Pub. Buying in advance saves you a line at the festival!
Is there a line to get into the festival?
Depending on the time of day, you may see a line at each entrance. It usually moves quickly. Our security company checks the identification of EVERYONE who enters the festival to ensure they are of proper drinking age. To help the line move quickly, please have your ID ready, and make sure it is one of five types accepted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (see the next question for acceptable ID).
What is the appropriate ID to get in?
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification as proof of age in order to gain access to the festival. Valid ID includes
- An unexpired and unaltered U.S. state or District of Columbia driver license.
- An unexpired and unaltered identification card issued by a U.S. state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, United States Virgin Islands, or American Samoa, with photo, name, date of birth, and physical description.
- An unexpired and unaltered ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe with photo, name, physical description, and date of birth.
- An unexpired and unaltered passport or passport card.
- An unexpired and unaltered U.S. military ID card.
We are unable to accept any foreign driver’s license (with the exception of Canada). Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.
If you look under the age of 26, be prepared to show your ID at the gate, and again at the beer/cider trailer.
Can I bring my child?
Minors are allowed during all hours of the OBF with a parent;. Parents of minors ages 14 to 20 will be required to sign a form accepting responsibility for the minor while onsite. DO NOT purchase a mug for your minor. Minors receive free handcrafted soda in the Crater Lake handcrafted soda garden, served in provided plastic cups (no tasting mugs allowed) for all minors and designated drivers. We also have a face painter in there from 1-5pm daily. The Crater Lake Soda Garden is located on the riverside of the festival, just north of the Pine Street Esplanade entrance.
My friend is 20, can he/she come with me?
No, our OLCC license only allows for minors when accompanied by a parent.
Can I bring someone under the age of 21 as my designated driver?
No, our OLCC license only allows for minors when accompanied by a parent.
Can I bring my pet?
For the safety and happiness of our furry friends, and for venue cleanliness, please leave your pets comfortably at home. Service animals are welcome.
Can I bring a blanket or sand chairs?
Can I bring my mugs and tokens from past years?
No to mugs, but yes to tokens! The 2021 souvenir tasting mug is the only vessel that will be filled, so do not bring in mugs or glasses from past years hoping to use them. The 2021 mug may be purchased on its own for $10 and is valid throughout the event. If you leave and plan to come back, take it with you, because if you forget your mug, you will have to purchase a new one.
Tokens never expire; you can bring old tokens to this year’s festival, and you can save leftovers from this year for any future festival.
When do you stop selling mug and tokens?
We stop selling mugs and tokens at 8:30pm daily.
When do taps close?
Taps close at 9pm daily. That means no alcohol is poured after those times. You can hang out for a little while after that, but security will do a sweep at about 9:45pm.
Why aren't the mugs made of glass?
Portland Parks Bureau and the Portland Police do not allow glass in Portland parks.
Does the OBF accept credit cards or checks?
The OBF mug/token sales booth does not accept credit cards or checks (credit cards are accepted at the souvenir booth and select food vendors). The festival does offer eight ATM machines on premise (which do have service fees):
Next to the Info Booth at the Oak Street entrance
South end of the mug/tokens sales booth
South entrance to the north tent
North entrance to the south area
How can I find the beer or cider I want?
The festival is divided into two areas: north and south, with Oak Street being right in the middle. Each area features four semi-trailers that pour up to 12 products apiece. The trailers are numbered starting at the first trailer at the south end of the park, closest to the Morrison Street Bridge. One through four is on the south end, five through eight is on the north end. Cider has been interspersed with the beers. We have a printed program for free with a map inside indicating locations; and we are an Untapped Verified Venue.
Will any of the beers or ciders run out?
Yes. Be prepared for beers and ciders to run out toward the end of the evening each day. The OBF purchases a minimum number of kegs from each of the participants to place them on a level playing field; kegs are tapped on a schedule, rather than just flowing until they run dry. For a variety of reasons, some beers appeal to the sampling appetites of many, and therefore sell faster. Every beer will be pouring at the start of every day, so if you are coming to taste specific beers, we recommend you come early in the day.
Is there any food on site?
There are six food carts offering a variety of food and non-alcoholic beverages on site. These restaurants do NOT accept tokens; most only take cash, although some accept credit cards.
Can I bring outside food and beverage into the venue?
You many bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Security has the right to check your bags, and beverage containers will be checked for alcohol. You may also bring in an empty water bottle and fill it on-site.
Where can I buy a pretzel necklace?
The popular pretzel necklaces are not sold on site, people make their own and bring them in. You are welcome to bring in pretzel necklaces for you and your friends, but you may not sell them.
Is there anything to do besides tasting beer, cider and wine?
Tasting is the focus of the OBF, but there are many other activities as well. Joining the breweries are exhibits by homebrewers and breweriana collectors. The Crater Lake Soda Garden offers free handcrafted soda for minors and designated drivers (no tasting mug purchase required), or will sell to drinkers for one token. A souvenir booth sells OBF merchandise (cash or credit accepted) and a handful of beer related vendors sell their wares. We have a Meet the Brewer tent, a Brewer’s Dunk Tank, DJs spinning tunes, and a game area with corn hole and ladder toss at the south section.
Can I smoke?
Sorry, no smoking. The Portland City Council passed a total smoking ban in city parks in 2015, so smoking is not allowed at the Oregon Brewers Festival. The ban applies to all tobacco, e-cigarettes, marijuana and vaping products.
Is there gluten-free beer?
TBD with the 2021 lineup.
Is there cider?
There will be cider, the lineup is TBD for 2021.
Is there wine?
There will be a limited selection of wine available in 2021, the lineup is TBD.
Is there water available for drinking?
We have four rinse stations – two at the north trailers and two at the south trailers – that pour “potable” water, meaning it is safe for human consumption. Additionally, most of the food vendors sell bottled water. You can also bring in your own water.
What's the Safe Ride Home Program?
We’re pleased to be working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) on its SAFE RIDE HOME PROGRAM. PBOT is partnering with taxis and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to offer reduced-cost rides home with the goal of preventing people from driving under the influence. You can get up to $20 savings on taxi rides and up to $5 savings on TNC rides. Posters with a scannable QR code will be displayed during the Oregon Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park. Riders can access the link to the taxi discount and the TNC promo code through the QR code.
Is this event ADA accessible?
Absolutely! Fencing and other crowd barriers are placed so as to provide an accessible route. The Pine Street concrete access lane across Waterfront Park is left open during setup and throughout the event.
There are ADA restrooms available in multiple locations.
There is accessible ADA beer service available at two locations on either end of the park (four locations total). These areas are located on the south end between Trailers 2 and 3 and at the north end of Trailer 4; and on the north end between Trailers 6 and 7 and at the south end of Trailer 5. All locations are marked with ADA access signage and offer dedicated servers who will get the attendee any beer they request from any of the four trailers on the respective section of the park.
Food and other beverage options are located on an accessible route, with all self-service items available from a seated position.
Accessible tables provide knee space: tables are a minimum of 27″ high, 30″ wide and 19″ deep, with tabletops no higher than 34″. Companion seating is available in the same area.
The event is located close to accessible public transportation (one block from a MAX Light Rail stop on SW 1st Ave) and an accessible route is available from the public transportation stop to the event. There is accessible paved parking available (at a cost) across the street from the festival grounds, with an accessible route with signage from the parking lot to the activities.