There's a whole country full of craft beer out there, and Portland's 21st annual Oregon Brewers Festival aims to share it with you. In fact, given that only seven of the 72 breweries featured at OBF (one of the nation's largest beer fests) hail from east of the Mississippi, you could say that the Oregon Brewers Festival is the end of the Oregon Trail of beer.
Join us, then, in a re-creation of the Oregon Trail via selected breweries that will be doling out samples at Waterfront Park this weekend.
And by Oregon Trail, we're talkin' about the '80s-era educational Apple II computer game featuring a tiny pixilated covered wagon bound for Oregon City and the fertile Willamette Valley.
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Thao Nguyen's garnering the attention of both indie kids and the Starbucks crowd. Hear why tonight.
DRINK: The Oregon Brewers Festival takes place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway between the Morrison and Burnside bridges. Noon-9 pm Thursday-Saturday; noon-7 pm Sunday July 24-27. Call 778-5917 or visit oregonbrewfest.com for info. Mugs cost $5, taster tokens $1 each.