Viking Beer Fest 2023

Viking Beer Fest 2023

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Early bird discount

Viking Beer Fest 2023

Beer tastings meet Vikings and combat in this festival featuring music, a Viking Ship, Nordic food, and more! Expanded for 2023

When and where


Nordic Northwest Campus incl. Fogelbo 8800 SW Oleson Road Portland, OR 97223

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 1 day 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Select from two captivating days this year! Grab early bird prices while they last.

📅 Friday, August 25th, 3pm – 10pm (VIP entrance: 2pm)

📅 Saturday, August 26th, 3pm – 10pm (VIP entrance: 2pm)

🎟️ Tickets: Early Bird $39, Advance $44, Full Price $59. All tiers offer same admission.

Embark on a mesmerizing journey to the heart of Viking heritage at the 2023 Viking Beer Fest, where frothy brews and Nordic traditions meld into a singular, unforgettable experience! Revel in the exhilaration of last year’s sold-out festival, now with even more enthralling features:

⚔️ Extended Celebrations: A 2-day extravaganza to cater to soaring demand. Get your tickets before they are gone!

🛡️ Enriched Viking Experience: Double the re-enactors and merchants each day, immersing you in ancient Nordic customs and demonstrations

🪓 Thrilling Combat: Witness live, heart-pounding combat throughout the festival

🥗 Scrumptious Nordic Cuisine: Feast on exquisite Scandinavian food and the acclaimed Broder Söder

🍻 Exclusive Brews: Indulge in custom ales from local breweries concocted solely for the festival

🎵 Engaging Music and Activities: Dance, play, and rejoice like a true Viking

🏹 Amazing Art Reveal: Be among the first to behold a colossal recycled art Troll sculpture, masterfully crafted by renowned Danish artist Thomas Dambo!

🚌 Expanded parking and shuttle options: Now easier than ever to get here! Shuttles will run from DoubleTree on SW Locust St. across from the Washington Square Mall.

Embrace the allure of time travel as the Timberhaven Vikings and Northwest Viking Alliance transport you to a bygone epoch! Delve into living history, admire artisanal demonstrations, and observe electrifying live combat.

Elevate your adventure with a VIP ticket, granting you access an hour early at 2pm and two custom beer cans designed by Ridgewalker Brewing.

As twilight descends, congregate around the fiery encampment and dance under the starlit sky! This 21+ ticketed festival is graciously sponsored by Loyal Legion, Ridgewalker Brewing, and DoubleTree by Hilton Portland-Tigard. Be sure not to miss our tap takeover at both Loyal Legion locations before the festival!

Embrace the merriment by donning your finest Viking-inspired garb and fully immersing yourself in the spirit of the event. Join us for a spellbinding voyage into the heart of Nordic culture!

Experience the Charm of Fogelbo, a National Historic Treasure

Travel back in time as you explore Fogelbo, a log house and grounds adorned with walking trails and structures reminiscent of a charming Swedish village. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2020, Fogelbo was built by Henry Steiner and his son, with Steiner known as one of the chief carpenters behind Timberline Lodge. Feel free to wander and discover the enchanting grounds and trails.

Savor Beer Tastings and More

Delight your taste buds with an array of beers from across the PNW region, meticulously selected by our sponsor, Loyal Legion. Your admission includes eight 4-ounce tastings from our kegs, plus two bonus tastings if you arrive via Uber, Lyft, or TriMet. Additional tastings can be purchased at the festival. With approximately three dozen beer varieties, your palate will be spoiled for choice. Enjoy your pours in high-quality, souvenir glassware (real glass, not plastic!) that you can take home after the festivities. Please note that the last pour is at 9:30 PM each day.

Wyrd Leatherworks & Meadery and Oran Mor Astisan Mead will provide mead tastings for the festival on our ticket system, with additional flights, bottles, and merchandise for purchase. Bröder Söder offers aquavit, wine, and cocktails for purchase.

Several breweries will be launching custom brews exclusively for the festival, including special offerings from Ridgewalker Brewing, Stormbreaker Brewing, McMenamins, Vertigo Brewing, Integrity Brewing, For Tomorrow We Die Brewing, Ashtown Brewing, Time Travelers Brewing, Fracture Brewing, and Bull Run Cider. Interested in joining as a featured brewer? Contact us at info [at] nordicnorthwest [dot] org

Ridgewalker’s menu will include Jormungandr (Nordic Red Ale), Aegirs Ale (Nordic Golden Ale),Thors Cousin (Nordic IPA), Midgard Rhubarb (Strawberry Rhubarb Cider),Nordic Troll Beer, and Lingonberry Cider.

Experience Enthralling Live Music and Performances

Join us on the picturesque grounds of Fogelbo, where an exciting blend of live music and entertainment awaits you. Throughout the day, immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional tunes, performed by talented local musicians.

As the sun sets, prepare for an unforgettable transformation of the Viking Ship stage. Gather around the crackling bonfire and let the rhythmic beats of DJ music guide your dance moves under the starlit sky. Aerialist @pdx.elle will be back with amazing performances!

Stage Schedule:

🪓 Doors @ 3pm (2pm for VIP)

🎶 Live Music @ 4pm

  • Vänta Bara (Friday) – Swedish folk music on cello and fiddle
  • Lordagsmys Trio (Saturday) – Traditional and modern Scandinavian tunes on mandolin, flute, and fiddle

🎵 Live Music @ 5pm

  • TBA (Friday)
  • Dan Schlesinger (Saturday) – Jazz and classical Scandinavian folk tunes on euphonium & trombone

👗 Costume Contest @ 6pm

🧔🏻 Beard Contest @ 6:30pm

🎧 DJ music @ 7pm

  • TBA (Friday)
  • Spin Instructor (Saturday)

🔊Headliner DJ @ 8pm

  • Kevin Davis Jr. (Friday) – House DJ
  • CraZeke (Saturday) – Tech house and bass performance

🔚 End @ 10pm

Indulge in Nordic Cuisine

This year, we’re thrilled to expand our Scandinavian food offerings, presenting a mouthwatering selection of options. Menus are subject to change.

🧆 Broder Söder – Signature onsite Scandinavian restaurant serving delicious food, cocktails, wine, and aquavit

  • Swedish Meatballs – Sherry cream sauce, boiled potatoes, dill sour cream, Arguksalat
  • Impossible Meatballs – Vegan impossible meat, sherry coconut cream, boiled potatoes (vegan)
  • Salmon burger – Brioche bun, butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, tartar sauce. Served with Nordic potato salad
  • Nordic Potato Salad – Yukon gold potatoes, creamy dill dressing
  • Pickled Herring – Mustard vinaigrette, knackebrod, rugbrod
  • Arguksalat – Sweet pickle salad

🌯 Ingrid’s Scandinavian Food – Sweet and savory lefse wraps and more

🌭 Franko’s Gourmet Hot Dogs – Reindeer sausage, game options, hot dogs

🍰 Carina’s Bakery – Hand-made Scandinavian vegan baked goods and sandwiches, with many gluten free options

🥧 Humble Pie Baking Co. – Savory meat hand pies, sweet fruit hand pies, an assortment of cookies and mini cakes

  • Beef braised in Scandinavian mulled wine with hearty veg served with lingon gastrique
  • Smoked fish (salmon or trout) with rosti and horseradish creme fraiche
  • Kissell hand pie – cider, honey, cranberries and raspberries
  • Aqvavit chocolate mouse in pie shell topped with toasted Swiss merengue

Shop from Viking Vendors

Browse and shop from an assortment of merchants selling unique items, such as:

  • Timberhaven – Viking merchants featuring a variety of apparel and more
  • Ravenwolf Creation – Wooden house wares, furniture
  • Bronzehammer – Bronze and brass jewelry and personal items
  • Nordic Trader – Various jewelry and personal items.
  • Hearthfire Nordic Wares – Silver jewelry
  • Nordic Northwest – Branded hats, totes, cups, and light up flower crowns. Cups include full pours of beer
  • Finnware – Nordic gifts, shirts, and more inside Nordia House until around 6pm
  • Kelly Farrah – Known for creating props for Pirates of the Caribbean, The Walking Dead, and more, Kelly will be selling custom made drinking horns
  • Scandinavian Design Studio – Merchandise including Viking Beer Fest branded t-shirts, stickers, and bottle openers
  • INKBUS Tattoo – Mobile tattoo vendor

Witness Special Appearances

Nick Marcelja of Red Troll Forge, as seen on the hit show Forged In Fire (Season 4 Episode 2 and 21, and winner of episode 2), will showcase his coal forge and anvil setup while selling his wares at the festival.

Discover the Majestic Viking Ship

Behold the impressive 20-foot replica of a Viking Ship, proudly displayed on the lush lawn of Fogelbo. This striking centerpiece not only offers a fantastic photo opportunity but also transforms into a dynamic stage in the evening.

Explore the Fogelbo Beer Stein Collection

Delve into the rich history of Nordic countries as you admire Sir Ross Fogelquist’s exquisite collection of beer steins and kegs, each telling a unique story of craftsmanship and tradition.

Find Hidden Gnomes

Embark on a playful quest to locate gnomes, hidden somewhere within the Nordic Northwest grounds. Snap pictures of 5 of the 10 hidden gnomes and share at the Nordic Northwest table to claim a special prize!

Behold the Wonders of the Night Sky

As night falls, gaze upon Viking and Norse constellations through an extraordinary telescope, revealing the celestial marvels that captivated our ancestors.

Unleash Your Inner Viking with Costume and Beard Contests

Embrace the Viking spirit as you participate in our themed contests. Show off your finest Viking attire during our costume contest and flaunt your facial hair prowess in the beard contest. Unleash your creativity and compete for the coveted titles!

Challenge Yourself with Kubb (“Viking Chess”)

Test your skills or learn this intriguing game, believed to have been invented by Vikings in the Middle Ages.

Awaken Your Warrior Spirit with Axe Throwing

Portland Axe Throwing brings their mobile unit to the festival, allowing attendees to try their hand at axe throwing from 4 – 9pm each day. Please note that this activity requires an additional purchase on-site, not included in general admission.


Interested in being a sponsor? Email us at info [at] nordicnorthwest [dot] org


Want to volunteer and get free admission? Click here:


Limited lot parking is available onsite at Nordic Northwest (8800 SW Oleson Rd) or West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd). Please note the West Hills lot is available after 2:30pm Friday and throughout the event Saturday.

Limited street parking is available on nearby roads such as SW Taylors Ferry Rd, SW 89th, SW 90th, and SW 91st.

As parking is limited, and this is a beer festival with drinking, we do not recommend you drive. We recommend Uber/Lyft or TriMet. Bus line 45 – Garden Home stops in front of the venue.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (9575 SW Locust St, Tigard, OR 97223) will have a small shuttle running to and from the festival. First Student will have 1 school bus on Friday and 2 on Saturday that leave from the DoubleTree lot as well. You can use any of these shuttles for free to get to the festival. Do not park in the DoubleTree lot, there is nearby street parking.

Overnight Lodging

We encourage you to book a stay at DoubleTree and support our transportation sponsor, only 2 minutes away from the festival! Get a special rate here:


Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email info [at] nordicnorthwest [dot] org to arrange further assistance.

Weapons Policy

No real weapons are allowed at the event, and no weapons that are sharp or may hurt anyone will be allowed. Prop and fake weapons are allowed as part of Viking costumes if they will not hurt anyone accidentally. No guns are allowed, real or fake.

Other Info

No pets, only service dogs are allowed. This is a 21+ ticketed event. No smoking. Event details subject to change.

By entering the space, you consent to be photographed, videotaped, audio recorded, and/or otherwise documented. Your presence at the event constitutes your consent to use such recording(s) of your appearance, voice, and name in any and all Nordic Northwest related educational, promotional, marketing, and advertising efforts in perpetuity, for any purpose. You understand that all photography, filming, and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you by entering this area.

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