Hoppy the SquirrelWhen is the Organic Beer Fest held?

The 13th annual event will take place June 22-25, 2017.

What does it cost to attend?

Admission into the event is free. To drink, you must purchase this year’s cup for $7 (sorry, glass is not allowed in the park). You will then purchase tokens at $1 apiece. Most beers cost four tokens for a full cup or one token for a taste, although select beers and most ciders cost extra tokens. You can purchase as many tokens as you wish, but they are NON-REFUNDABLE. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (limit one extra token per person). The event is cash only. We do have ATMs on site, however, you will be charged event fees, so we recommend you plan ahead and bring cash!

Where is the Organic Beer Fest held?

The Organic Beer Fest is held at Portland’s beautiful Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St (the intersection of N Fremont St and Interstate Ave) Portland, Oregon, 97227.

How do I get to Overlook Park?

Festival attendees are encouraged to use the MAX, walk, or bike to the event to reduce the carbon-impact of the event. There is No Parking provided for this event. Show a validated Tri-met ticket or ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral for an extra token.

Is there a place to park my bike?Hopworks-logo-160px

Ride your bike and park it in the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers will watch over your wheels while you savor some of the country’s best organic brews. Bicycle parking is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

What’s the closest Tri-Met line?

Take MAX – Yellow Line (Portland’s Light Rail System):

The Interstate MAX/Yellow Line “Overlook Park” Station is directly across from Overlook Park and is the second stop from the Rose Quarter transit mall, heading North. Use the Tri-Met website for directions from your door to Overlook Park (1599 N. Fremont St. Portland, OR 97227).

If You Must Drive

Please Drink Responsibly and bring a Designated Driver. Also please be aware that there is No Parking provided for this event, making responsible transportation choices the easiest way to reach the event.

Northbound from Interstate 5:

  • Take Exit 303 (Swan Island) and proceed over viaduct to first light.
  • Turn left and proceed .3 miles on Interstate Avenue.
  • As you search for a parking spot please be respectful of the parks neighbors.

Southbound from Interstate 5:

  • Take Exit 303 (Swan Island).
  • At first stop sign (Alberta Street) turn right.
  • At first light (Interstate Avenue) turn left and proceed .5 miles.
  • As you search for a parking spot please be respectful of the parks neighbors.

Cab Photo

DO NOT park in Kaiser Permanente parking lots or parking garages; you will be ticketed!

Where can I find parking?

There is NO PARKING provided for this event. DO NOT park in Kaiser Permanente parking lots or parking garages; you will be ticketed. Please be considerate of the neighborhood when parking for the event – these people live here and are generous enough to allow us to host this event every year. Please do not block driveways or park the wrong way – you will be ticketed or towed!

Overlook Park is big – where is the main entrance?

The main entrance is on the south side of the park, on North Fremont St.

Is there a line to get in?

Possibly, depending on the time of day. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) requires us to check the identification of all who enter the festival to ensure they are of proper drinking age. So if you want the entry line to move quickly, you can help. Have your ID ready, and make sure it is one of three acceptable types in the state of Oregon.

What is appropriate identification to get in?

No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification as proof of age in order to gain access to the festival. Valid ID includes a valid state driver license with a photo; a valid ID card issued by a state with photo, name, date of birth and physical description; a valid passport; or a valid United States military identification card. We are unable to accept any foreign driver’s license (with the exception of Canada). Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.

Can I bring my child?

YES! If you are a parent and want to bring your child to the festival with you, this is allowed and encouraged. Children aged 20 and under will only be admitted with parents. Guardians – including boyfriends, girlfriends, cousins, etc. are not acceptable per the OLCC.

Kids playing in the kids section

Can I bring someone under the age of 21 as my designated driver?

No, our OLCC license only allows for minors when accompanied by a parent.

Can I bring my pet?

Animals are not allowed on the festival site except for ADA animals while performing their qualifying services. Companion animals ARE NOT considered ADA. If you bring an animal that does not qualify, you will be asked to remove the animal. Thanks for understanding!

Can I bring outside food & non-alcoholic beverage?

Yes, you can, but be prepared for security to check what you are bringing in. No outside alcohol is allowed in the event.

Is the event ADA accessible?

The Organic Beer Fest is located close to accessible public transportation (immediately on a MAX Light Rail stop on N Interstate Ave). An accessible paved route is available from the public transportation stop to the event; there is also accessible paved parking available with ADA tags on Fremont St – however, these are first come, first serve, so we cannot guarantee availability. There is an accessible paved route from the parking area to the activities.

The event takes place in a grassy park with no pavement. There are no stairs or steps to navigate within the park. There are accessible ADA restrooms available. For the beer, there is accessible ADA service available and marked at each of the beer trailers with beer runners provided to get beers. Food and other beverage options are located on an accessible route, and all self-service items are available from a seated position. We have accessible tables that provide knee space, and companion seating is available in the same area.

Can I bring my own tasting cup?

If you wish to sample beer, you must purchase the current year’s official tasting cup; no other cups will be filled.

Cheers!

Does the festival accept credit cards or checks?

Cups and tokens are cash only; many of the food and commercial vendors will accept credit cards.

Is there an ATM on site?

Yes, there are several located near the token sales area. However, they come with the typical event service fee, so if you want to save a couple bucks, bring cash!

What time do taps close?

Taps close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. That means no more beer is poured after those times. You can hang out for a little while after that, but security will do a sweep about one-half hour after the taps close asking you to leave.

Will any of the products run out?

We may run out of a product on one of the days and depending on stock and what hour the festival is at, we will not put another keg on until the next day. We order accordingly for the festival.

Ice Cream!

Is there any food on site? Can I pay with tokens?

There are on-site food vendors offering a number of options. These restaurants DO NOT accept tokens.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is NOT allowed in Portland Parks as of July 1, 2015.

How can I book a hotel room?

http://www.travelportland.com/visitors/index-lodging.html

Are you accepting craft/commercial vendors?

Please email chris @ organicbeerfest.org

I’m a musician, how can I play the event?

Please contact our stage coordinator, music at organicbeerfest.org

Don’t see the answer to your question here?  Email info @ organicbeerfest.orghops-right

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