The newly rechristened Organic Beer Fest (the beer imbibing event formerly known as the North American Organic Brewers Festival) opens in less than two weeks!
To be perfectly honest, organic beer—while it's all well and good, isn't of huge interest to me. But this festival is one of my favorites for few reasons. First, I love Overlook Park. It's ideal for a beer fest. Great views, lots of wide open spaces, and right on the MAX line. Next, this festival has a relaxed vibe unlike any other beer fest. I'm not sure how to explain it. It just is. I've never been to a hippy commune, but I imagine it would be much like this. Finally, in my opinion, it's the most family friendly beer fest in town. It's the only one that has become an annual outing for my entire family.
OK, time to get down to business... 55 fine beverages will be served for your pleasure. You'll find 49 beers, 5 ciders, and 1 mead. You can download the complete taplist here. For more festival facts, take a look at the festival's info sheet below.
|photo by Timothy Horn|
Organic Beer Fest Facts
12th Annual Organic Beer Fest
1599 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227 (intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)
August 25-28, 2016
Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday; Noon to 5pm Sunday
Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, recyclable cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full glass of beer costs four tokens and a three-ounce taste costs one token (select beers and ciders cost additional tokens). Patrons may receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the on-site fenced Hopworks Bike Corral or with current ID showing they live in the Overlook zip code (limit one extra token per person).
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival serves 55 organic beers, ciders and meads. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary handcrafted Crater Lake Soda for minors and designated drivers, and a kids area. The Organic Beer Fest is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.
The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be an earth-friendly beer festival. Onsite compost and recycling containers are provided at the event, along with recycling czars to make sure everything is properly sorted. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable. Vendors at the festival promote sustainable living through their wares and services, and attendees are encouraged to take Tri-Met, walk or ride their bike to the event.
There is no parking at the event, attendees must park in the nearby Overlook neighborhood. We strongly ask attendees to use Tri-Met or bike or walk to the event. If they must drive, we ask them to be considerate of the neighborhood while attending the event – park politely, don’t litter, and keep the noise level down.
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.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1711019725783328/