The 2016 Oregon Brewers Brunch, hosted by Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, is SOLD OUT!
For those who have tickets, you were sent a detailed email confirmation on June 28 with everything you need to know. Following are those details:
This year's brunch is being hosted by Laurelwood Brewing Co. Laurelwood has four area locations, but for the purpose of this event, they have rented out the Grand Ballroom at the Melody Ballroom, located at 615 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214.
WHAT TO BRING
Proper ID (see below)
Cash (if you want to purchase additional beers and/or tokens)
Pretzel necklaces (gonna be a long day!)
ID AND WRISTBANDING
ID and wristbanding will take place in line while you're waiting to check in, beginning at 8:30 am. Be sure to bring proper identification confirming you are 21: Valid ID includes an Oregon Identification card, any state driver's license or ID card with photo, a passport, or a United States military identification card with photo. We are unable to accept any foreign driver's license (with the exception of Canada) due to OLCC rules. The identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival. The wristband you are given is the one you need to get into the gates of the Oregon Brewers Festival, so don’t remove the wristband after the brunch.
CHECK IN AND PROCEDURE
Check in will begin at 9 am. When you walk inside, there will be a total of six lines broken out by the alphabet. Get in the line that corresponds with the LAST NAME of the person who purchased the tickets. If your name is John Smith but your ticket was purchased by your buddy Ed James, you need to be in the “J” line. We only have the names of who purchased the ticket, and that is the person named at the top of this email.
You will be given the official Oregon Brewers Festival 2016 tasting mug, 4 tokens, a parade T shirt (awesome new design this year by Kirsten Karkanen!), 1 food scrip and 2 drink scrip for every ticket you purchased. The tokens are for the main festival, so put them in your pocket for later. You will use your glass for the beer at the brunch. The T-shirts were ordered based on the size you requested and additional sizes were not produced, so we will not be exchanging T shirts. The drink scrip are good for two beers during the brunch. Beers will be poured into the OBF glasses. You may purchase additional beers after your first two at $5 apiece. Cash is preferred. We will also be selling additional tokens on-site at $1 apiece, cash only. This will save you a line at the festival!
Will Call will close at 11am; at that time, food lines will shut down and we will begin packing up, so if you show up after that time, your ticket will no longer be valid.
EAT & DRINK
The brunch is taking place inside the Melody Ballroom. There will be a two-sided buffet line, and the menu will be the same on either side of both lines. You will hand your food ticket to the person at the front, then go through the line. You will only go through the line once, so stock up – but please, only take what you think you’ll eat, there’s no need for wasted food!
If you do not have OBF Brunch tickets, Rogue Ales hosts an overflow brunch at the nearby Green Dragon; eat breakfast there, then join with the official OBF Parade at 11:30am on July 27. Tickets available here.
Following the brunch is the Oregon Brewers Parade, which starts at 11:30am and is open to all ages with no ticket needed. More than 600 beer lovers will walk from the Melody Ballroom, cross the Hawthorne Bridge over the Willamette River, and end up on the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We'll be led by the funky sounds of the Transcendental Brass Band.
Here's the exact route: Gather outside the Melody Ballroom. Head south on SE 6th Ave to Madison. Then head west on SE Madison. Walk from there straight onto the Hawthorne Bridge, going to the sidewalk for the center span over the river, then the pedestrian ramp down to Main St. Walk on SW Naito Parkway from Main to Pine Street. Enter Waterfront Park at SW Pine St.
This year's Grand Marshal is Lisa Morrison. Also known as "The Beer Goddess," Lisa taught her first Beer Appreciation for Women classes (called SudSisters) 15 years ago. She was writing a beer blog in 1997, way before anybody had even coined the term (they called it an "online beer column" back in the day). She has taught a troupe of female chefs about beer and food pairings at a national conference, hosted a local radio show about beer for nearly nine years, judged beer in several international cities, has written for nearly every beer publication in the country (and a few outside the country) and authored a guidebook on Northwest beer. Now, Lisa is the Chief Beer Goddess at Belmont Station, an award-winning bottle shop and taproom in Southeast Portland, where she enjoys "talking beer" and sharing beer with locals, regulars and tourists alike. We are lucky to have her oversee this year's parade and opening ceremonies!
If you wish to get into the Oregon Brewers Festival gates to watch the opening ceremonies, you are required to have a wristband. We will have a security guard posted at the start of the parade from 11 to 11:30am. You will have to have your ID checked to get a wristband. Those with wristbands will enter the festival grounds at Pine Street Esplanade and Naito Parkway. Those without a wristband will have to get in line and have their ID checked at any of the other three OBF entrances.
For any OBF Brewers Brunch or Parade questions, email email@example.com. Cheers!