This is a new brewfest for me and I have never been to the Oregon Gardens before. When it started there were many news stories about parking problems so I stayed away from it. They have taken a number of steps to take care of this problem so this year we gave it a try. Parking was no problem. It turn out to be a great venue for a brewfest. The event was held in a forested area that provide nice shade and plenty of room to move around. Between the five of us we tried around thirty different beers, meads and ciders. As with most summer events it was heavy with IPA and there were some good ones. After we finished with our sampling we walked around the garden and enjoyed the landscaping and flowers.
Lining up to enter. We had a little worry when we saw a sign for no outside food. We always to crackers to clear our palate between tasting. But after explaining it was need for the best experience they let us keep them.
Normal check in with ID check, bag search and paying.
After years of leading hikes I have learn how to follow the signs to get to your destination.
Audrey and Jeanette were just not picking up on the subtle trail signs and started heading in the wrong direction. But we got them turn around and back on the trail.
A smart guide also looks back as they hike along so you know what the signs look like on the way back.
After entering the first garden you see are these large ponds.
You do have to walk a little ways after entering to get to the event.
The event was held in the Rediscovery Forest.
The central area was a grassy area with a large tent.
Outside view of the big tent.
They had music inside the tent in the evening.
Not many folks when we got there but the number grew as the day went on.
Lots of room in front of the huts that were serving the beer.
Good signage let you know what was being poured at each hut. The number on the hut was referenced in the guide book you got at check in.
Food Vendors just up from the bathrooms
Nice wooded area to have the event.
They had a beer tasting bingo going on and Jeanette played and won a key chain.
So no matter which way you go you can shop and get beer at the same time.
On this path was most of the Vendors.
One of several vendor tents that were around the area.
They had BBQ.
Audrey and Jeanette get their picture taken by the Spud Bus. It turned out Mike knew the owner.
There were a half dozen food cart with food available.
Beer on ones side of the event and relief stations on the other.
After we used up on tickets we walked around the garden.
Fountains, Sculptures, bridges and ponds filled the garden.
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