11th Annual NAOBF: August 13-16

The 11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival will be held August 13-16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. In recent years, NAOBF has been held in late June. However, due to a change in timing of another beer fest, NAOBF organizers decided to shift the event to early August to avoid schedule conflicts. Since Portland weather is usually dicey in late June, I think August will work out much better.

While there are a ton of beer fests in town, I always look forward to NAOBF, because it's only one of two beer fests that are very family friendly. My kids always get a kick out of the free (for kids and designated drivers) Crater Lake Root beer garden. They'll be thrilled to learn that Orange Cream Soda is also being served this year. I'll be sure to add that one to my tasting list. I wonder if it's on Untappd?

On the beer front, a couple of highlights. The festival is introducing the Merchant Du Vin Organic Bottle Garden that will feature 11 organic beers and ciders from England and Germany. Also, be sure to check out the tappings of rare kegs from Pinkus Müller, the world’s first certified organic brewery, located in Münster, Germany. For more details, check out NAOBF's press release below or the festival web site.

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North American Organic Brewers Festival  Celebrates 11 Years of Drinking Organic, Saving the Planet
Eco-conscious beer festival will serve up more than 60 organic drinks

PORTLAND, ORE – With a motto to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time,” the North American Organic Brewers Festival – the world’s only organic brewers festival – will celebrate its 11th year this August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival will serve 63 organic beers, ciders, meads and braggots from three-dozen breweries located in the United States, Canada, Germany and England. Styles run the gamut from Ambers to Belgians to Wild Ales, with a bit of everything in-between. (A complete list of participating breweries is available at www.naobf.org.) The event also offers live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits and a kid’s area in a beautiful park setting.

This year’s event will feature an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample draft beer from Pinkus Müller, the world’s first certified organic brewery, located in Münster, Germany. Pinkus Ur-Pils and Pinkus Münster Alt kegs will be tapped on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival at 4pm daily. Because of its limited supply, only tasters will be available, and it will cost two tokens for a taste.

The festival is pleased to introduce the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, which will feature 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus and Samuel Smith’s of Yorkshire, England. The bottled products will be available all days of the festival in both taster and full cup options. These products will cost either double or triple tokens (triple for fruit beers).

Admission into the NAOBF is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer costs four tokens and a taste costs one token; select beers, ciders and meads cost double tokens. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral, or a valid ID with an Overlook neighborhood zip code (one extra token per person allowed).

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. A kid’s area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda for minors (and designated drivers). 

Events generate a lot of waste, and the festival works extremely hard to minimize its footprint. Of the 2,018 lbs. of waste generated at the 2014 event, the NAOBF kept 95% from going into the landfill due to extensive composting and recycling efforts, and the event generated only 101 lbs. of garbage. This was the third year in a row that the NAOBF diverted more than 90% of its waste from the landfill. 

The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. The festival also asks its attendees to please be considerate of the Overlook neighborhood while attending the event: park politely, don’t litter, and keep the noise level down.

For more information about the NAOBF, visit naobf.org. The festival is on Facebook and Twitter @NAOBF, hashtag is #NAOBF15.

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