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Wilsonville Brewfest is back

More brews, eats and tunes all for a cause.

Beer lovers, rejoice! It’s no longer necessary to trek all the way to Portland to enjoy the region’s brewed bounty.

After last year’s overwhelming success, the Wilsonville Brewfest is coming back to the Villebois neighborhood for its second year this Saturday.

Sponsored by nonprofit corporation BrewsForCommunity Inc., founded by Erin and Jim Telles of The Beer Station and Katie and Andy Green of Green Group Real Estate, this year’s Wilsonville Brewfest aims to be bigger and better. Featuring 21 local breweries and a tap list of 38 brews composed of all styles of beer and ciders, Erin Telles said that the design of the selection is “to please all palates.”

Although last year’s Brewfest was a huge success, organizers say that they learned a few lessons and intend to pull out all the stops for 2016.

“Last year’s turnout was much larger than anticipated,” said Telles. “This year, we planned for the maximum capacity of the venue, ordered more than twice as many glasses as last year and are telling folks to pre-purchase their tickets to reserve their glass.”

Once attendees enter the venue, drinkers will receive a custom Brewfest glass used for tastings at multiple booths. Tables, chairs and water are provided but festival goers are permitted to bring their own chairs and water.

Despite the event being centered around brewed libations, kids can get in on the action at the root beer garden or indulge at one of the food vendors. Slick’s Big Time BBQ truck will be serving comfort food alongside Wetmore’s Quality Dogs, Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn and Cacioppo’s Mediterranean Oven.

Live music will keep the party going with musical selections from the soul/pop duo Pending Black, the ‘60s and ‘70s inspired acoustic duo The Whiskey Darlings, along with Mark Elmer and the Sofakings.

Organizers caution that since Piazza Villebois is tucked into a residential area, parking will be limited. The SMART transit system Trolley shuttle is set to run every hour starting at noon from Town Center Park, with the last shuttle leaving the Brewfest at 8 p.m. Copies of the SMART map and schedule of the Brewfest route are available at The Beer Station prior to the festival.

Telles wants attendees to know that the Wilsonville Brewfest’s goal for the festival is more than just revelry and is intended to strengthen the community.

“We chose Wilsonville Community Sharing as the recipient of this year’s Brewfest profits because we know that the need is much greater here than most people realize,” said Telles. “WCS is a fantastic organization directly helping the community that we live in. Working with them previously and seeing how much our dollars help our neighbors really spoke to us.”