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80,000 expected at this year's Oregon Brew Fest

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An annual summer favorite in Portland is ready to tap the kegs.

The Oregon Brewers Festival, which has expanded to become a five-day festival, opens Wednesday at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

An estimated 80,000 people are expected to turn out for the festival. There will be 82 breweries and 25 beer styles represented - not to mention 3 million ounces of beer.

A parade of about 700 people kicks off the festival at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies will follow, a wooden barrel of Bridgeport Blueberry Belgian will be tapped and the beer will be poured starting at noon.

Taps are open from noon to 9 p.m. through Saturday, and then noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

This year is the 26th annual festival. It focuses on craft beer, but there's also live music, beer-related vendors, homebrewing demonstrations and food from around the region.

Admission into the festival is free.

To drink beer, visitors must purchase a 12-ounce tasting glass for $7, and then purchase wooden tokens at $1 apiece. A full glass of beer costs four tokens and a three-ounce taste costs one token.

Minors are allowed when accompanied by a parent.

More information is available at www.oregonbrewfest.com.

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