I am a Portland native whose first keg purchase was Widmer Hefeweizen, when you could still only get it in kegs. I am married to a beer blogger. I have a long history of drinking amazing beer, from when I could drink beer. That being said I do not love everything about the Portland beer scene. I dislike beer festivals. I do not go. The scene can get loud and obnoxious, and due to the fact I barely reach 5'2" tall, people with tunnel vision tend to run into me. It's a real drag. I have given up on all but one, North American Organic Beer Festival. (NAOBF)
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At an event like this I get to geek-out on something besides the beer, I get to geek-out on the sustainable features as well. Composting and recycling is a huge part of the festival organization. From the compostable cornstarch based cups, to the crew of people manning the compost/trash/recycling stations; the landfill diversion goals go along with the spirit of the festival. The beer is good, the green practices even better! The diversion rate for 2012 was 91%! Including nearly 900 pounds of recycling and 800 pounds of compost.
NAOBF will continue to be one of my favorite events and the only festival I attend. I love the fact that Portland can support this very "Portland" festival. Including families and the high level sustainability goals opens the door for many people like me who are turned off by the crowds and vibe at other events.