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Save the Planet at the North American Organic Brewers Festival

Photos by Timothy Horn
Photos by Timothy Horn

Now entering it's 10th season, the Portland based North American Organic Brewers Festival was founded by Craig Nicholls following a private organic-brewing symposium he hosted at the Lucky Lab in 2002. He believed that if more brewers made organic beers, the demand for organic hops and grain would increase and prices would go down. Since 2007, this festival has been held at Overland Park in North Portland.

This year's festival will feature 60 different varieties of brews and ciders made by 40 breweries and cideries that have invested in brewing organic beer with many of the breweries brewing a one-off batch made just for this event. Expect a range of beer styles ranging from Belgians and goldens to stouts and porters. Also, the festival will feature live local music and sustainability-oriented nonprofits and vendors. In addition to promoting organic beer, this festival also works to reduce their waste by recycling or composting 92% of their total waste. Also, they use local and sustainable energy, and purchase locally grown foods and locally made products

Minors are welcome to this family friendly event when accompanied by their parents. The Chipotle Kids’ Zone will offer grow pots, free activity books, Chipotle kids’ meal cards, and face painting. Also, a root beer garden will offer complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers. Non-service animals are not allowed on the festival site.

Festival organizers anticipate that 15,000 beer and music lovers will attend this festival. Admission into the event is free though one does need to purchase a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass and $1 tokens in order to taste beer. A four-ounce taste costs one token with select beers costing double tokens. Patrons will get a $1 discount toward a tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket. The event is cash only with ATMs available on site if need be. On site vendors will be selling food and will accept cash only.

Attendees are encouraged to take Tri-Met, bike or walk as no parking is provided for this event. Tne Tri-Met/Yellow Line "Overlook Station" is located directly across from Overland Park. Cyclists can park their bikes in in the Hopworks Bike Corral which will be staffed by volunteers from Rotary Club of Portland-Westside’s Cycling 2 Serve Fellowship. This service is free though donations are encouraged which will go to benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” efforts to eradicate polio worldwide.

The North American Organic Brewers Festival runs from June 26th through Sunday, June 29th from noon to 9pm Thursday to Saturday and then from noon to 5pm on Sunday.

Update: Festival organizers will be hooking up four flat screen TVs to show all the World Cup matches as well as the Friday Portland Timbers game. So people can watch the matches, drink organic beer with friends and enjoy one of Portland's nicest settings.

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