June 15, 2009
North American Organic Brewers Festival
Jared over at The Weekly Brew was kind enough to send me a link to the The North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF), which will be held in my area next week.
The North American Organic Brewers Festival features beers from as far away as England and Germany. Oregon’s brewers dominate the event with locally crafted organic beers. Some of the festival’s breweries brew exclusively organic beers, though others will be specially crafting organic beers just for the event.
Whats great about the NAOBF is that they strive to make the event the most earth friendly beer festival in North America and Europe.
Festival attendees sample beer from compostable corn-starch tasting glasses instead of the heavy plastic mugs used at other beer festivals. 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 signage is reusable.
They are also encouraging people to take Tri-Mets MAX line to the event by giving a $1 discount off of tasting glass.
The event is free and open to the public. Participation in beer tasting is $6 for a reusable tasting glass and samples are $1 a token. A full glass is 4 tokens. Strong beers (over 8% alcohol by volume) and certain imported beers will cost more. Children are welcome with guardians. Sorry no pets allowed. Beer sales are restricted to people 21 years and older with valid ID.
So if your wanting to try some excellent Organic Beers check out the NAOBF at Overlook Park in Portland, Oregon next weekend.