Dutch craft brewers to be welcomed to Oregon
at “Bridging Cities: One Beer at a Time” event on July 19

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Brewers Festival is hosting 11 Dutch (and one German) craft brewers to the Oregon Brewers Festival from July 23-27. To celebrate their arrival, the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, the Portland Dutch Society and the Portland Utrecht Network are welcoming the guest brewers on Saturday, July 19, from Noon to 3pm at the Raccoon Lodge, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Portland. Festivities will include a catered BBQ and beer, with music by Dutch musician Michele Van Kleef (michelevankleef.com) and PSU jazz musician Lance Vallis. In addition, a silent auction will be held (emceed by Charles de Greef of KBOO’s Holland Hour), featuring beer and merchandise donated by the visiting brewers, as well as contributions from local restaurants and arts organizations.

The “Bridging Cities: One Beer at a Time” reception is open to the public. Admission is $25 per adult and $10 for children up to 16 if purchased by July 12 at www.PortlandDutch.com. Space is limited and advance purchase is strongly advised. On July 13, adult ticket prices increase to $30. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Portland Utrecht Network’s efforts to further develop the current “Friendship City” status to a formal “Sister City” relationship, as well as help to fund future cultural exchanges. Numerous connections between the cities are being explored, such as transportation, business, sustainability, design, tourism, and craft brewing.

To learn more about the Bridging Cities reception, the Portland Dutch Society or the Portland Utrecht Network, visit Facebook/PortlandDutch or Facebook/PortlandUtrecht. For more information on the Oregon Brewers Festival, July 23-27, and the visiting brewers who will be serving their beer in a special tent during the festival from 1pm to 3:30pm daily, visit www.oregonbrewfest.com.