In conjunction with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, Bovenizer and Fort George Brewery were the primary organizers of the fest. This was a three-day beer-xtravaganza and had free entry, although you needed to purchase a tasting glass for $8 and tokens in order to sample the many ales and lagers. The tokens cost a dollar a piece and each was good for four ounces of beer. One dollar for four ounces of beer? Yes, please! Especially since you could pay three tokens to get your sample glass filled to the brim. While the hubby opted for full pours of each of the beers, I wanted to sample as many beers as possible so I went with the four ounce pours.
In addition to the 30+ beers on tap, there were amazing food vendors serving up everything from potstickers to beer cheese soup, hamburgers to organic produce. This was also one of the most kid friendly beer festivals that I have ever been to. In Chicago, while it is not a strange occurrence to find a baby in a bar, they are typically not permitted in festivals. At the Brew Cup, however, there was a whole section for kid’s activities, including sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and hula hoops. Towards the end of the night as the beer was flowing, though, the adults were getting in on that action, too.
As this was a Brew Cup, there were two prizes awarded. The ‘Thar She Blows’ cup was awarded to the Honey Orange Wheat from Eugene City Brewing since it was the first keg to kick. The second cup was for the People’s Choice award, won by Two Kilts Brewing for their Scotch Ale. Congrats to the winners! The Pacific Northwest Brew Cup was a perfect introduction to the truly exceptional beers of Oregon. A huge thank you to Brian Bovenizer of Fort George Brewery and Michael Umphress of #pdxbeergeeks. I couldn’t have asked for a better beercation!