In the two main beer tents, the OBF served 84 different craft beers, including two gluten free beers, from 14 states across the country. An additional 40 some beers were tapped in the Buzz and Sour Tent, which offered tastes of rare and specialty beers from the participating brewers, and ran out by the close of Saturday night due to an overwhelming demand.
The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has succeeded, especially in Oregon, where 116 brewing companies operate 150 brewing facilities in 58 cities in Oregon. There are 51 breweries operating within the Portland city limits, more than any other city in the world; the Portland metro area is the largest craft brewing market in the nation with the most number of breweries at 64, according to the Oregon Brewers Guild. A recent survey of OBF attendees shows that the Oregon Brewers Festival annually generates an economic impact of more than $23.2 million for the local economy.
The Oregon Brewers Festival always takes place the last full weekend in July. The 26th annual event will take place July 25 through July 28, 2013. For more information, visitwww.oregonbrewfest.com.