Today begins the Oregon Brewers Festival, our annual Super Bowl of beer. It starts with a parade through downtown, a ceremonial tapping of the OBF cask, and four days of sun-soaked beer tasting on a green ribbon between the Willamette River and downtown Portland. Fred Eckhardt will lead the parade, which he probably should do every year--he is the patron saint not only of the Portland beer community, but good beer in general.
I will be tweeting pics and comments throughout the day, as no doubt will scores of other folks. Watch for the #OBF hashtag to check in on the happenings. (But I can give you a sneak preview: beer, smiles, sun, whooping.)
See you there--