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


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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

One response to “North America’s Largest Independent Brewfest”

  1. Dave Wilson says :

    Sorry the Watermelon Wheat didn’t hit the spot for you. Just wanted to let you know that the beer did change names but the recipe stayed the same. Sounds like you found some other great beers though.

    Cheers ~ Dave

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