This is the biggest and oldest beer festival in Oregon and is held every year in July at Water Front Park. Jeanette and I and friends Audrey and Mike got an early start. I find it works best to get there right at the noon opening and make sure to leave by four. We had no trouble managing the small crowd early in the day. After four the place is a circus. This summer event is always heavy on IPAs, and pale ales. We did find a few dark beers but very much the exceptions. There is always enough variety to find beers to sample. The layout and routine was pretty much as most years. The only difference this year was removing the long tables and chairs from under the tents to make it an all-standing area.