The 2014 North American Organic Brewers Festival is quickly approaching! This year's celebration of organic and earth-friendly beer will be held June 26 - 29 at Overlook Park.
While all of Portland's summer beers festivals offer plenty of great beer, NAOBF is one of my favorites because it's very family friendly. The festival not only "allows" kids, but caters to them. New this year, Chipotle will sponsor a special Kids' Zone and Crater Lake Root beer will return to lull the little ones into a sugar-induced state of euphoria.
NAOBF details are listed below. The beer list, with full descriptions, will be available next week. I'll publish it as soon as it's available. Mark your calendars!
10th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival
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 bike corral (one discount per person).
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up 60 organic beers and ciders from around the nation. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and the Chipotle Kids’ Zone with free activity books, grow pots, face painting and Chipotle kids’ meal cards.
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, bamboo and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable.
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.
|Photo by Timothy Horn|