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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Oregon Brewers Festival Opens With a Flourish

You have to love a city that has approximately 30 breweries and opens its annual beer festival with a parade that stops downtown traffic -- and no one appears bothered, not the least of whom is Mayor Sam Adams, grand marshal for the march.

I am in Portland, Ore., and got to take part in the opening ceremonies for the 22nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The are 80 brewers featured at the event, each pouring a single beer. The laid back atmosphere includes live entertainment and various food vendors. Pints for Prostates has a booth at the event, thanks to OBF founder Art Larrance and PR star Chris Crabb.

I was able to sample a few beers during breaks from the booth. Port Townsend Hop Diggidy IPA, McMenamins Hot for Teacher IPA, Pikes Monk's Uncle Tripel, Ninkasi Radiant Summer Ale Brown were all nice to sip in the outdoors.

We took our dinner break at Henry's 12th Street Tavern, enjoying a tasty $5 cheeseburger with an Amnesia Desolation IPA, then stopping at the nearby Deschutes Brewpub for a rich roasted Obsidian Stout before closing out the festival.

We're heading back to the OBF for more fun today and will also be at the Rogue Distillery & Brewery at 1339 NW Flanders at 5 p.m. tonight for a Pints for Prostates fundraising event.

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