Memorial to the crew of the USS Oregon in Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
With the promise of more beer than I could shake a stick at, Dave and I flew from Austin, Texas via Dallas, to Portland
, Oregon for the 1998 Oregon Brewfest. Dave was a native of these parts and it seemed reasonable that he would be the perfect tour guide. I'd never been to Oregon before so I let him lead the way. He gave me a cursory tour of the city and then we headed for Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the site of the Brewfest. As we made our way into the park, we stopped and took notice of the ships' mast that serves as a memorial for the crew of the USS Oregon. The pennents flying had some meaning I'm sure, but I didn't know what it was. as we proceeded on the tents and vendors lined up for as far as you could see. We purchased our taster mugs for about $5 and commenced the drinking. The price of the mug allowed you to try as many beers as you liked. Each mug had a "taster" line on it so as not to give away too much! I sampled some really good beer as well as some very bad. Not all beer is brewed alike, my friends! Most of what I tried were the local and microbrew. Now that was a way to spend an afternoon. Having stomached all the beer we could handle and not fall off our rocker. We found ourselves a hearty meal, let it settle abit, then headed on to Columbia River Gorge.