North America’s Largest Independent Brewfest
I arrived yesterday afternoon after fighting through 45 minutes of traffic (replete with an accident on I-84 and emergency vehicles and all that business) , and even a brief 15 minute Max ride once we hit fareless square to the Oregon Brewer’s Festival (according to my pen, North America’s Largest Independent Brewfest).
Dan and I tested about 6 new beers, most from our favorite local breweries (Cascade Brewing, Widmer Bros, Deschutes Brewery) and some not-so-local (21st Amendment, Lang Creek Brewing, Iron Horse Brewery).
We both agreed on the tastiness of only two beers – Deschutes offering (20th Anniversary Wit) and Widmer Bros (Full Nelson).
Overall there were about 72 different breweries represented. I was gunning for the 21st Amendment Watermelon offering, which ended up dissapointment, as they have changed their brew. It used to be a Watermelon Wheat, and now it’s called “Hell or High Watermelon.” Very bitter, and with almost zero Watermelon zest. I didn’t let that spoil the evening though!
Afterwards, Dan and I met Steven and Angie at Gustav’s. Because after a day of drinking – what could be better than delicious German food (complete with fondue and schnitzel)?
If you’ve never done the Brewfest – treat yourself to $20 worth of delicious beers, and the intriguing Portland atmosphere.
Just remember, you’ll probably get some sand in your shoes.
Much Love, Mindy C