Enjoy a hoppy afternoon
To organizer Erin Telles, the quality that differentiates the Wilsonville Brewfest from other hop-friendly events in the Portland area is its inviting atmosphere.
Telles said the festival caters to families and those just wanting to savor a refreshing brew and a relaxing afternoon in the park.
"The overall feel is: bring your family, come down to the park, eat good food and enjoy the day," Telles said.
The fourth annual festival, which will feature selections from 21 breweries, four food vendors and two bands, is slated for 12-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at The Piazza in Villebois.
While last year's festival included exclusively small breweries, beers from more well-known names like Boneyard Beers, Barley Brown's Brewpub and pFreim Family Brewers will be on tap this year. Telles also said attendees can drink a wider array of ciders than last year's fest and kids can enjoy root beer.
"Those are big names in Oregon that people really love," Telles said. "As much as we love smaller breweries, it's awesome to bring in breweries that have given our state a lot of recognition and are also people's favorites."
As for individual beers, Telles is excited about Oregon City Brewing's Creamy and Dreamy Pale Stout, which comes with cacao nibs and cold brew coffee and looks like a pale ale but tastes like a stout; and Shattered Oak's doppleberry, which was aged in a barrel for a year and has hints of berry and caramel. But she said the festival will satisfy myriad tastes.
"We have so much good beer here in Oregon that sometimes it's just a matter of perspective," Telles said.
The festival will also include Wilsonville breweries Vanguard Brewing, Ordnance Brewing, McMenamins and the Ram Restaurant and Brewery — all of which will provide brewery staples and seasonal selections.
"(We're) highlighting the fact that you don't have to go to Portland to drink beer. We have great craft places to drink beer in our neighborhood," Telles said.
Papa Smoke, a classic rock, country and southern rock band, and Steve Hale and The Super Soul Heroes, a folk-rock outfit, will provide live entertainment. Vendors include Wetmore's Quality Dogs, Slick's Big Time BBQ, Koi Fusion and Miss Hannah's Gourmet Popcorn Company. The vast majority of the
event's proceeds will go to charities.
"It's really great music to listen to as you're hanging out, having an afternoon in the park," Telles said of Hale. "I've had him (Papa Smoke) in here and absolutely love their sound. Toe tapping, dance along music that is going to be a great addition to close out the festival."
For the first time in Wilsonville Brewfest history, attendees can vote for their favorite beer on Untappd, a beer sharing and discovery application, and can also indicate where they're from on a map inside the festival. Telles said many beer-drinkers from outside the Portland area have attended past festivals.
"It started as a neighborhood brewfest (and turned into) something they're (attendees) planning their vacations for," Telles said.