Fresh Hop & Oktoberfest Celebrations 2018

Fresh Hop & Oktoberfest Celebrations 2018

Fall beer events are something I look forward to all Summer. They coincide with a change in the weather, as well as a shift in beer styles. Hop harvests began two weeks ago in the Willamette Valley, spurring the beginning of fresh hop beer season. Brewers have been picking up boxes right from the farms, and often add the hops to their brews the very same day.

September is also the month for Oktoberfest celebrations, a Bavarian tradition that originated in Germany in the 1800’s. In Oregon, Oktoberfest is celebrated over the last couple weekends of the month, with the most prominent festival happening in Mount Angel.

Below you’ll find an outline of the events going on over the month, a list I’ve curated based on my own experiences. I hope you find it helpful! Prost 🍻

Fresh Hop Brewfests

PDX Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest

When: September 12th-16th & 19th-23rd, 2018 from 11:30am-9pm Wed-Sat, 11:30am-6pm Sun

Where: Burnside Brewing outdoor area

Entry: Free, pay as you go

What’s cool? Daily tappings, brewer nights,

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15th Annual Hood River Hops Fest

When: September 22nd, 2018 from 12pm-8pm

Where: Columbia & 6th St in Hood River, OR

Entry: $15 for a glass + 5 tokens

What’s cool? The freshest of the fresh hop beers from the PNW.

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Portland Fresh Hop Festival

When: September 28th-29th, 2018

Where: Oaks Amusement Park

Entry: $20 for a glass + 6 drink tickets

What’s cool? More delicious fresh hop beers, with the backdrop of an amusement park.

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PDXBeerGirl Oktoberfest Celebrations 2018

Oktoberfest Festivals


When: September 8th, 2018 from 11am-8pm

Where: Both Stormbreaker locations

Entry: Free, pay as you go

What’s cool? Live music, Bavarian-style beer and food pairings at both spots.

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53rd Annual Mount Angel Oktoberfest

When: September 13th-16th, 2018

Where: The entire town of Mount Angel, basically

Entry: $5-30 for access to the premium beer garden venues, depending on the day

What’s cool? This is a yearly favorite of mine. Several days of beers, food, dancing & fun for the whole family.

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Stammtisch Oktoberfest 2018

When: September 21st-23rd, 2018

Where: 401 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR, 97232

Entry: Free, pay as you go

What’s cool? Live music, food, and of course, beer.

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Oktoberfest at Occidental Brewing

When: September 22nd, 2018 from 12pm-9pm

Where: 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203

Entry: $10 (glass stein + one beer fill)

What’s cool? Live music, food & brews!

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Prost! Oktoberfest

When: September 28th-30th, 2018

Where: 4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Entry: Free, pay as you go.

What’s cool? A grand takeover with live music, beer, and food. Glassware for sale.

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Widmer Brothers 14th Annual Oktoberfest

When: September 29th, 2018 from 12pm-11pm

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Entry: Free from 12-4pm, $34-75 for concert/glass/tokens from 4-11pm

What’s cool? For the second year, Widmer is hosting a concert in the square. Small batch beers will be available, as well as German favorites, in the beer garden area.

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McMenamins Oktoberfest at Kennedy School & Edgefield

Where & When: Kennedy School September 29th, 2018 from 12pm-9pm; Edgefield September 30th, 2018 all day

Entry: Kennedy $25 for glass + 12 tokens; Edgefield Free, pay as you go

What’s cool? Kennedy school will host a more traditional brewfest with live music, while Edgefield will have live music and Oktoberfest beer/food all around the property.

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