Though the evening is almost upon us Friday through Sunday brings ample opportunity for many of you to get out of the house, shirk your yard work and enjoy a cold one. Below are some events this weekend with a couple of mention-ables for the week coming.


June 26th, 2009

Portland, OR

12:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST *runs through Sunday the 28th
North American Organic Brewer's Festival, Overlook Park
The world’s largest selection of organic beer will be poured at the North American Organic Brewers Festival June 26-28th in Portland’s Overlook Park. Festival organizers have just released this year’s beer list, with over 75 organic ales and lagers.

Last year the NAOBF drew 15,000 attendees and raised over $3300 for charities. The NAOBF also collects food for the Oregon Food Bank, offering a $1 discount off the price of the festival’s compostable tasting glass, in exchange for three cans of organic food.

When the festival started in 2003, founder Craig Nicholls chose beneficiaries working on various aspects of sustainability. The NAOBF continues to support causes linked to the organic and sustainability movement; the Oregon Tilth, an organic certification body that also conducts research on organic farming. Because agricultural chemicals are one the leading causes of cancer the Leukemia Lymphoma Society was a natural partner for the festival. The Oregon Food Bank promotes a better diet for those in need, through distribution of local organic food.

In addition to the multitude of organic beers and ciders on tap at the event, the NAOBF showcases a wide array of sustainability oriented vendors, live music, face painting for children, and local and organic food vendors. Perennial festival favorite Horn Of Africa features organic traditional Ethiopian and Somali cuisine, other vendors offer local pork sausages, soups, and organic juice and coffee.

The NAOBF uses compostable tasting glasses made from corn, which are collected on site along with all food waste for composting through help from the City of Portland’s Master Recycler Program and Cloudburst Recycling. Biodiesel generators and solar panels provide electricity for the event. The NAOBF encourages responsible transportation choices as well, extending a one-dollar discount on the tasting glass to attendees who take MAX light rail (which stops at Overlook Park). On site parking is provided for bicycles, but not for cars.

The 2009 beer list may be viewed on the festival website

June 26th, 2009

Redmond, WA

5:00 PM PST to 7:00 PM PST
Leavenworth Ales Tasting, Malt & Vine
16851 Redmond Way Redmond, WA 98052

June 26th, 2009

Olympia, WA

5:00 PM PST to 7:00 PM PST
Pyramid Tasting, Gravity Beer Market
1001 East 4th Ave Olympia, WA, 98501

June 26th, 2009

Seattle, WA

5:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST
USA FIT Rock N Roll marathon pre-race mixer, Museum Room at the Pike Pub
1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101-2017

7:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST
Full Sail Black Session Release, Beveridge Place Pub
6451 California Avenue S.W. Seattle, WA 98136

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