Portland Walking Tours

Drink a beer, save the planet

June 24th, 2011

If you like drinking beer, supporting great charities and saving the planet (and who doesn’t?), Portland has the perfect event for you this weekend.

The 7th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival opens today, June 24, in Overlook Park in Portland, Oregon. Beers start pouring at noon and keep going until 9 PM Friday and Saturday, and 5 PM Sunday. Proceeds benefit  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Oregon Food Bank.

Volunteers serve up organic beers and ciders from around the world, accompanied by live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profits and a children’s area – all in a beautiful tree lined setting that overlooks downtown Portland.

This year’s event features:

  • 32 producers of organic beverages
  • 49 different organic beers and ciders
  • Six food vendors
  • 22 musical performances

Admission is free, but the purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch glass is required for tasting beer. A full glass of beer costs four tokens (more for certain beers), and a four-ounce taste costs one token. Tokens cost $1. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated MAX ticket, a ticket from the on-site bike corral, or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Find more information at the North American Organic Brewer’s Festival website.