Portland, OR – Spring is in the air and for those of the Rose city, that means a few more months till Oregon Beer Month, Oregon Brewer’s Festival and the North American Organic Brewers Festival. This year’s festival featured at the familiar Overlook Park near the intersection of North Fremont and Interstate Avenue, will more than likely host approximately 15,000 eager drinkers.
Word has come to us from the event organizers that the hours for this year's festival will be noon to 9:00PM Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th, with noon to 5:00PM on Sunday. Admission will be free with the cost to drink beers $6 dollars for the compostable (disposable), cornstarch glass, and $1 each for a taster token (which gets you four ounces). As a reminder to those aspiring to full fours, it will cost your $4 (4 tokens) to till up the glass. As a side benefit to those using mass transit (MAX) or donate canned food, you will receive a $1 off towards the glass (with proof of ticket or canned goods).
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 75 organic craft beers from around the country. From summery Saison and Kolsch styles to rich and hearty stouts, the festival offers beers to please every palate. There's also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, and a children's area.
The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch glasses made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste, and food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable. –source, North American Organic Brewers Festival
For those salivating at the prospect of what is in store we have attached a small sample and a link.
Bison Brewing *
• Chocolate Stout
• Dry Foreign Style Stout
• Honey Basil Ale
• Herbal Ale
• Golden Promise **
• Golden Ale
Crannog Ales *
Sorrento, British Columbia
• Backhand Of God Stout
• Irish Stout
• Beyond the Pale Ale
• Pale Ale
• Green Lakes Amber
• American Amber Ale
Eel River *
• Acai Berry Wheat
• Fruit wheat beer
• English Style IPA
June 25th, 2010, June 26th, 2010, and June 27th, 2010
North American Organic Brewers Festival, Overlook Park
”Corner of North Fremont Street North Interstate Avenue” Portland, OR 97217
The NAOBF was established in 2005 by Craig Nicholls, who also founded Oregon's first certified all-organic brewery, Roots Brewing Co.
"A lot of the thought process that went into making this festival sustainable was due to my kids," explained Nicholls. "They made me think about the future and what it may hold for them. I researched the effects of global warming, carbon footprints and genetically modified organisms on the planet, and I didn't like what I learned."
Added Nicholls, "I don't want my kids to grow up in this 'world of plenty' and have nothing because we have done a big part in destroying the planet."
Studies show that the world's population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth's ecosystems can replenish. The NAOBF aims to bring awareness of sustainable living to its participants and attendees by encouraging brewing and drinking organic beers, using local and sustainable energy, and purchasing locally grown foods and locally made products.
The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The festival benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, visit www.naobf.org.