The NAOBF or The North American Organic Brewers Festival kicks off on it’s new date, this Thursday August 13th through Sunday August 16th at Overlook Park in North Portland. The purpose of the NAOBF is to promote both organic beer and sustainability. The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Onsite compost and recycling containers are provided at the event. 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.
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 festival was first organized by early Organic brewer Craig Nichols back in 2003. Since then both the festival and the sales of organic beer has continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. Organic beer sales in 2014 reached $92 million, up 16.8 percent over 2013 sales.
The festival is serving up more than 60 organic beers, ciders, braggots and mead along with live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profits and a children’s area, all in a beautiful park overlooking NW Portland. The event is even family friendly and offers a root beer garden with free root beer for kids and designated drivers.
Beers, Ciders & Braggots: See the tap list here
“We are excited to bring you an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample DRAFT beer from Pinkus-Müller, the world’s first certified organic brewery. Pinkus Ur-Pils and Münster Alt kegs will be tapped at 4pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (extremely limited supply, tasters only). We are also pleased to introduce the Merchant du Vin Bottle Garden, which will feature 11 bottled beers and ciders from Pinkus of Germany and Samuel Smith’s of Yorkshire, England.” – From the official press release.
NEW DATES: August 13-16, 2015
Noon to 9 p.m. Thurs, Fri & Sat, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sun Admission Admission into the event 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 four-ounce taste costs one token (select beers cost double tokens). Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (limit one extra per person). The event is cash only. We do have ATMs on site, however, you will be charged event fees, so we recommend you plan ahead and bring cash!