New Westside Beer Fest coming to Hillsboro in September
Editor's note: There's an update to this story announcing its cancellation. See the update here.
The creators of the renowned Oregon Brewers Festival are bringing a brand-new beer festival to Hillsboro next month.
Westside Beer Fest will take place from Sept. 24-26 at the Wingspan Event & Conference Center at Westside Commons, formerly the Washington County Fair Complex.
"The Westside Beer Fest is a simple, joyful celebration of Oregon craft beer," organizers said in a statement announcing the event. It "is designed to showcase the quality and variety of craft beers that the state has to offer."
The three-day event will be the first major craft beer festival in Portland's western suburbs since the Beaverton Craft Beer Festival announced it wouldn't return for a fourth year in 2018. The festival had been held outside The Round and featured 25 breweries in its final year.
It also comes after the pandemic shut down large drinking festivals across the country for more than a year, including events in downtown Portland like the Holiday Ale Festival.
In early March, officials from the Oregon Brewers Festival, located in downtown Portland's Waterfront Park, announced their summer event would be canceled for the second straight year.
"After the long months of lockdown, we are thrilled to welcome craft beer lovers to Hillsboro," said Art Larrance, festival co-founder and founder of Cascade Brewing. "We want to raise a glass and toast Oregon's craft brewers by spotlighting a few dozen of the state's best breweries in this beautiful new space."
Westside Beer Fest will feature 30 independent craft breweries and two cideries from across the state, officials said. Brewers are expected to feature never-before-seen brews along with some old favorites.
A full list of participating breweries will be announced this month, festival officials said.
Food vendors will be on-site, along with souvenir sales and root beer courtesy of Crater Lake Soda for designated drivers.
Tickets will be available online later this month and at the festival entrance with cash only. The event is exclusively for people 21 and older.
People may enter without a ticket, but to taste beers, festival-goers must purchase a souvenir tasting mug and drink tabs, which can be exchanged for 14-ounce pours of beer.
Westside Beer Fest officials are currently determining pricing.
Although cases of COVID-19 are surging and officials are discussing the possibility of new restrictions, event organizers are currently not capping ticket sales, Larrance told the Willamette Week. He said the event will abide by any guidelines and restrictions for public health officials.
People of drinking age interested in volunteering at the event will receive a festival T-shirt, souvenir tasting mug, and vouchers for beer.
Festival doors will open at 11:30 a.m. daily, and taps will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.
Editor's note: After this story was published, a Westside Beer Fest official noted the previously stated ticket prices are being revised. The story now reflects that ticket prices are being determined.
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