Sunday, May 22

North American Organic Brewers Festival

Many don't realize how much I personally appreciate organic beer, food, farms, and the people involved with such a difficult endeavor. Sustainability too is a huge plus to any building and/or industrial process in our environment. This brewers festival encompasses these many fine traits, as well as the enjoyment of craft beer, and good people. Many don't know that I am a big environmentalist when it comes to treating our planet well, being as sustainable as possible, and using fresh, organic, farm raised, subsidized-free, hard working people products. We're not talking slaughter house cattle here eating a bunch of junk corn.. we are talking free range beef cattle with a smile. Politics aside, check it out.

The days of bad tasting organic beer has been long over for some time. It's more a stereotype now, though some still haven't figured out how to make an organic beer taste as good as Hopworks 7-Grain Survival Stout. I never made last years event, but heard that a good lot of the beers were quite bad. I think this year is going to be different. I think this year is going to be more packed, and I really think this entire idea is really going to catch on.. a bit too much. I am sure it will have to move to some fair grounds in the future. Perhaps a fair.. where the idea can also educate people on organics, and sustainability.

I hope to make it as I reserve other beer events for vacation days. If some additional time off lands during the event, you will find me there!

7th Annual North American
Organic Brewers Festival
June 24-26, 2011 in Overlook Park in Portland, Oregon

Noon to 9 p.m. Fri & Sat and Noon to 5 p.m. Sun

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 (more for select beers), and a four-ounce taste costs one token. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated MAX ticket, a ticket from the onsite bike corral, or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Mass Transit
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. Use the Tri-Met website for directions from your door to Overlook Park (1301 N. Fremont St. Portland, OR 97227).

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