I’ve said it before, this time of year is beer festival season in Oregon, and this weekend is one of the big ones: the North American Organic Brewers Festival taking place in Portland from Thursday the 26th through Sunday the 29th.
Two of Portland’s beloved industries – organic beer and sustainability – come together in an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living. We serve up organic beers and ciders alongside live music, food, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profits and a children’s area – all in a beautiful tree lined setting overlooking downtown Portland.
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.
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!
It all takes place at Overlook Park, and (because it’s organic and sustainably-themed) there is no parking on site provided—you are encouraged to take the Tri-Met, or bike or walk.
The beer list is terrific and features all beers that are entirely or mostly organic (they have a handy classification for each one if you’re tracking that sort of thing).
Finally, soccer fans rejoice: the Fest will be hooking up four flat screen TVs in order to show all the World Cup matches as well as the Friday Portland Timbers game. So you won’t miss a beat.
Be sure to make the NAOBF part of this weekend’s plans, if you can!