Monday, June 17, 2013

The 9th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

With Portland Beer Week behind us, it's time to focus on one of our favorite festivals of the year.  With the incredible motto of, "Where we encourage you to Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time!"  Something we can truly stand behind.

From press release - An eclectic mix of more than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living annually come together the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time” at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. The 9th annual event will take place June 27th through 30th at Overlook Park in North Portland.
Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday. Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost double tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank (limit one discount per person). 

The NAOBF donates a portion of proceeds to the Overlook Neighborhood Association and the Oregon Food Bank. Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from 40 different breweries. There's also live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children's area with face painting and activities. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.