Cost of Beer Festivals

September 5, 2011

The Seattle Cider Summit is this Saturday, and I am trying to get some of my Seattlite friends to join me. However, I was met with a little bit of resistance because of the cost and that it was not exactly kid friendly. This promoted me to look into the cost of other festivals.

Spring Beer and Wine Fest

Where: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Package: $20 for admission, wine glass or plastic beer mug, and 10 tokens
Admission: first 1,000 people are free each day, otherwise $5 each
Cup: $5-$8 depending on if you want plastic or glass (though there are ways around this).
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: varies
Kid friendly: allowed until 7pm
Review

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Oregon Gardens Brew Fest

Silverton, OR
Package: $15 for admission, glass beer mug, and 5 tokens
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: varies
Kid friendly: allowed noon – 4pm
Review from 2010
Additional comments: You get to check out the Oregon Gardens as well.

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Washington Brewers Fest

Saint Edwards State Park, Kenmore, WA
Package: $20 for prepaid admission (extra $5 if bought at gate), glass beer mug, and 6 tokens
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: varies
Kid friendly: yes
Burtle’s Review
Additional comments: Possibly the most expensive festival we have gone to

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Portland International Beer Fest (also Seattle)

Park Blocks, Portland, OR
Package: $20 for prepaid admission (extra $5 if bought at gate), glass beer mug, and 10 tokens
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: 1-6
Kid friendly: no
Reviews 

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Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
Admission: free
Cup: $6
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: 1-2
Kid friendly: yes
Reviews
Additional comments: Probably the cheapest to attend due to no admission fees, but it does get crowded

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Portland or Seattle Cider Summit

Package: $20 for prepaid admission (extra $5 if bought at gate), mug, and 10 tokens
Extra Tokens: $2
Tastings: varies
Kid friendly: no
Review
Additional comments: This is a cider only event, and the initial buy in may be cheaper than trying to buy additional tickets.

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Holiday Ale Festival

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR
Package: $25 for admission, plastic mug, and 10 tokens
Extra Tokens: $1
Tastings: varies
Kid friendly: no
Review

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So, everything is pretty close to each other, and one can expect to spend probably $20 easily on a beer fest with the exception of the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Summary

Event Package Cost Tickets Included Kid Friendly
Spring Beer and Wine Fest $20 10 allowed until 7pm
Oregon Gardens Brew Fest $15 5 noon – 4pm
Washington Brewers Fest $20 6 Yes
International Beer Fest $20 10 No
Oregon Brewers Fest ($6 for glass & 10 tickets = $16) 10 Yes
Cider Summit $20 10 No
Holiday Ale Festival $25 10 No
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3 Responses to “Cost of Beer Festivals”


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  2. […] serves up a lot of dark beers, and this year it cost $25 with a mug and eight 4-ounce samples (same price as last year, but with two less tastes). Between the five of us, we got to sample quite a bit as one of us would go get a sample and then […]


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