North American Organic Brewers Festival — Photo courtesy of North American Organic Brewers Festival
The North American Organic Brewers Festival is the world’s only organic brewers festival, and they want everyone to come out and “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.”
The event's set for Overlook Park at the intersection of North Fremont St and Interstate Avenue in Portland, Ore.
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival serves up 50 organic beers and ciders from three dozen breweries. Some of the breweries are certified organic, but most brew a one-off organic batch just for the event.
New this year is the the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, featuring 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus in Germany and Samuel Smith’s from Yorkshire, England.
The event also offers live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and nonprofits in a beautiful park setting. Food vendors include the Dump Truck, Portland Curry Co., Urban German Grill, Viva! Vegetarian Grill and La Crepe Ape.
Kids' area at the North American Organic Brewers Festival — Photo courtesy of North American Organic Brewers Festival
This beer festival is family friendly, and minors are allowed with their parents. There's even a kids' area that will offer art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors (and designated drivers).
Admission to the North American Organic Brewers Festival is free. But you must purchase a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company if you want to participate in tasting beer.
Plus, you'll also need to buy $1 tokens to buy a tasting. A full cup of beer costs four tokens, and a taste costs one token; select beers and ciders may cost double tokens.
Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person). There will be ATMs on-site, because this event is cash only.
Be safe and consider taking advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. (Donations are appreciated.)
If you're driving to the event, keep in mind that there's no parking provided. And remember not to park in Kaiser Permanente parking lots, or else you'll get ticketed.
The 2015 North American Organic Brewers Festival will be celebrated from Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Hours include noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.