Oregon is known world- wide for great beer. I've been told that there are more breweries per capita in Portland than any other place on the planet. Nearly every day I learn of a new brewery that I can't wait to check out. Without a time machine and a spare liver, I'll never be able to taste all the amazing beers Oregon has to offer. For sure, an abundance of beautiful beers to try is a first world problem that I am happy to have but that doesn't change the fact that I will never be able to visit every brewery in the state of Oregon. My solution to my awesome first world drinking problem is attending beer festivals. Oregon is host to a wide variety of beer festivals with beer offerings that range from big corporate breweries to the "we just got a 10 gallon system" breweries. If you love beer, I recommend attending every single beer festival you can. The festival you'll find me at this weekend is the 10th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival where we'll all get the chance to sample over 60 different beers and ciders. In between sampling brews, there will be plenty of food offerings as well. I hope to see you all there!
1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227
(intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)
June 26 – June 29, 2014
Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat
Noon to 5 pm Sun
Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full glass of beer 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 or a ticket from the on-site fenced Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).
The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The festival donates a portion of the proceeds to the Overlook Neighborhood Association and Portland Public Schools.
The Interstate MAX/Yellow Line "Overlook Park" Station is directly across from Overlook Park and is the second stop from the Rose Quarter transit mall, heading north.