Portland isn’t shy about its love of beer — the city has nearly as many beer festivals as it does breweries. And with at least one beer festival every month, the city has thirst-quenching events year-round. Belly up to some of Beervana’s biggest annual suds celebrations.
February Beer Festivals in Portland
Oregon Craft Beer Month
Hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild over President’s Day weekend, Zwickelmania is a statewide tasting event with more than 120 breweries across Oregon — and more than 40 in the Portland metropolitan area — opening their doors and offering free tastings and food pairings to visitors. Brewer-led discussions and tours give visitors a unique backstage pass to some of the world’s best craft breweries and free shuttle buses ensure safe sipping.
March Beer Festival in Portland
Founded in 2015, the SheBrew Brewfest features more than 30 female craft beer, cider and mead makers, musicians, and comedians. This two-part event starts with a homebrew competition and culminates in an all-day festival benefiting the LGBTQ charity Human Rights Campaign.
April Beer Festivals in Portland
Baker’s Dozen Coffee Beers & Donuts
In a perfectly Portland pairing, the Baker’s Dozen festival offers samples of 13 unique coffee beers and 13 custom donuts from local producers. Many of the beers feature coffees roasted in Portland, as well.
Nano Beer Fest
Good things come in small packages at this festival, celebrating pint-sized producers from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Sample carefully crafted brews from more than two dozen “nano” breweries (defined as those which brew three or fewer barrels of beers at a time) at the Nano Beer Festival at John’s Marketplace.
Portland is home to breweries galore and some of the finest beer on Earth. Combine this robust brewery scene with the many bustling brewpubs and the abundance of beer-themed events, and you have a true must-visit beer destination.
Portland Beers by Style
Ordering a pint in a city with 70+ breweries can be intimidating — use our insider’s guide to Portland beer styles to sip your way through Beervana’s best IPAs, saisons, stouts and other brews.
Kid-Friendly Breweries in Portland
In a city with so many excellent breweries, parents don't have to choose between spending time with their kids and enjoying a great pint of beer.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Portland hosts dozens of beer festivals every year, but none compares to the Oregon Brewers Festival. With offerings from 80 craft brewers, the event draws nearly 70,000 attendees to the downtown waterfront every July.
Dog-Friendly Portland Breweries
Plenty of Portland’s 70+ breweries cater to both two- and four-legged visitors, providing pooch-friendly patios and bowls of water for thirsty pups.
May Beer Festival in Portland
Sip of Spring
Held at the picturesque Rossi Farms in Northeast Portland, the Sip of Spring celebrates spring beers and ciders from more than a dozen local brewers. (Don’t worry about May showers — the event is held undercover in the barn.)
June Beer Festivals in Portland
McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery and Public House (Portland’s original brewpub, brewing since 1985) hosts the Hillsdale Brewfest. Also known as the “Battle for the Belt,” this annual competition pits the pros from across McMenamins’ empire against one another — and lets fans taste offerings from all 22 McMenamins breweries in one spot.
Portland Beer Week
A celebration of the local craft brewing scene, the 11-day Portland Beer Week (because seven days cannot contain Portland beer) is packed full of tastings, festivals, parties and educational events all over town. Highlights include SNACKDOWN! a fun food and beer event where some of Portland’s best chefs and brewers are paired into teams to make their greatest snack and beer combination.
July Beer Festivals in Portland
Portland Craft Beer Festival
Debuting in 2015, the Portland Craft Beer Festival rounds out the summer’s plentiful beer fest offerings by restricting its tap list to only beers brewed in the city. The selection is hardly limited with 70 breweries (and counting) in Portland.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Held in the last full weekend of July for more than 25 years, the Oregon Brewers Festival brings more than 80 craft brews to Portland for a four-day Brewfest, the largest gathering of its kind in North America. One of the country’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the event is situated in downtown Waterfront Park, on the banks of the Willamette River. It attracts scores of award-winning beers, live music, food vendors, beer memorabilia, and homebrewing demonstrations every year.
August Beer Festival in Portland
Portland BBQ & Brews
Barbeque and summer go hand in hand. Commemorate that iconic pairing at Portland BBQ & Brews. This three-day-long celebration brings together delicious local food, drinks and live music to Monroe Field outside Revolution Hall in southeast Portland. Soak up the sun while sampling beer, cider, spirits, and finger-licking-good BBQ.
September Beer Festivals in Portland
It almost goes without saying that “Munich on the Willamette” celebrates Oktoberfest with gusto. Though Oregon’s largest celebration is about an hour south of the city at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, where thousands have been celebrating since 1966, there is plenty of German beer-fair fun in Portland. The city’s most prominent German bar, Prost, celebrates with the annual Prost! Oktoberfest, as well as the Oaks Park Oktoberfest.
October Beer Festival in Portland
Portland Fresh Hops Fest
“Fresh hop” beers – made with hops picked in the previous 24 hours – are difficult or impossible to make for breweries in drier climates. But at least 75 of Oregon’s breweries lie within 100 miles of hop fields, making the state the epicenter of “fresh hop” beer production. Portland revels in its proximity to hop heaven with Portland Fresh Hops Fest, an annual celebration of more than 25 bright, earthy, pleasantly bitter brews at Oaks Amusement Park.
Hood River Hops Fest
The biggest event of its kind in the state — if not the world — the Hood River Hops Fest features more than 60 fresh hop beers from dozens of Northwest breweries. Sample seasonal specials by Hood River locals like Double Mountain, Full Sail, and pFriem Family Brewers. The party also features live music, Willamette Valley wine, arts and crafts from local makers and a family-friendly play area.
November/December Beer Festivals in Portland
Since 2017, the annual holiday ZooLights display at the Oregon Zoo has gotten a grown-up spinoff. For two nights every November, BrewLights takes over the zoo. Tickets include adult-only access to the festive display and samples from local breweries.
Holiday Ale Festival
Held under the city’s holiday tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the five-day Holiday Ale Festival features more than 50 of the Pacific Northwest’s best seasonal suds, all bracing winter ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter’s night. With a reputation as the premier winter beer-tasting event on the West Coast, the gathering keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear-top tent that provides cover while allowing for views of the city lights.
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