It's only natural: Inside the Organic Brewers Festival (pictures)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The North American Organic Brewers Festival starts June 27 at North Portland's Overlook Park. Click through the gallery for a gander at some of the brewers, and their beers, that'll be featured during the four-day event.
With word today that Oregon’s craft brewers are totally rocking their sales and production numbers, it only seems fitting that the Portland area's microbrewing community hold some sort of gathering.
Enter the North American Organic Brewers Festival, taking place between June 27 and June 30 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Some 15,000 beer lovers, as well as a sizable contingent of families and kids (who'll no doubt partake in some Crater Lake Root Beer) will hit the event, which features the theme "Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time."
Organic beer is becoming a sizable business. Certified brews generated $66 million in sales in 2012, up about 24.5 percent from 2011. With a growing selection, the event's organizers, including founder Craig Nicholls, are pretty picky about which breweries get to participate.
The festival will serve up about 60 beers from 40 different breweries. At last year's event, 91 percent of the generated waste at the event was diverted from landfills.
Entrance to the ninth annual Organic Brewers Festival costs $6 for a refillable mug, and taster tokens are available for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens. A four-ounce taste costs one token.
The festival benefits the Overlook Neighborhood Association and the Oregon Food Bank.
Click the image above for pictures of some of the tasty concoctions — including offerings from Hopworks Urban Brewery, McMenamins and Widmer Bros., to name just a few — that'll be tapped at this weekend's festival.
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