As the (North American) Organic Beer Fest takes the year off, a new festival comes to fill the void for 2017. The Organic Craft BrewFest will debut June 23 through June 25 at Overlook Park in North Portland. The goal of the Organic Craft BrewFest is to raise awareness about organically brewed beverages and sustainable living.
This three-day festival will open its gates at Noon each day. On Friday and Saturday the fest will run until 9:00pm and on Sunday it will end at 5:00pm. Organic Craft BrewFest will serve about 60 organically brewed products, with styles ranging from ciders to cream ales, ambers to lagers, and fruit beers to IPAs. All the products have been brewed using a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, per USDA guidelines.
The festival will also feature food carts, sustainability-oriented vendors and nonprofits, a soda garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children’s area with face painting and activities inside Overlook Park.
Here are additional details on advance tickets, transportation options and the festival’s charitable organization, Timbers Army 107IST from the festival’s press release…
Advance packages cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 15 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Packages at the door cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 10 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Advance packages are on sale now through Bold Type Tickets at http://www.merctickets.com/events/43891630/organic-craft-brewfest.
Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $5 at the door, which includes handcrafted Crater Lake Soda and a bottle of water; designated drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol. Minors under the age of 21 receive free admission, but must be accompanied by a parent. Leashed dogs accompanied by responsible owners are welcome.
Most products cost one ticket for a taste and four tickets for a fill. Select products, including some beers and most meads and ciders, may cost extra tickets. Additional drink tickets are available at the festival for $1 apiece.
The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. Patrons receive an extra ticket with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).
The goal of the Organic Craft BrewFest is to promote and celebrate the spirit of organic brewing. In the United States, an organic product is considered truly organic when the product bears the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official USDA Certified Organic seal; has been certified organic by an accredited organic certifying agency; and contains 95% or more organic ingredients. Products can also be made with organic ingredients, meaning the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients, excluding added water and salt. Organizations that sell less than $5,000 worth of organic products annually are not required to get certification; many of the products at this festival fall into this category.
The Organic Craft BrewFest benefits the Timbers Army 107IST (Independent Supporters Trust), whose mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. The 107IST is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland.
See a list of participants, buy tickets and learn more at OrganicBrewFest.com.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1518728001479787/