Friday, August 14, 2015

11th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

Photo Courtesy of Timothy Horn 
Its time again for the North American Organic Brewers Festival. Details Below:

Where: Overlook Park 1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227 (intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)
When: August 13-16, 2015 (Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat) (Noon to 5 pm Sun)
What: 56 craft beers, four ciders, two meads and one braggot of delicious organic
Admission: Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $7 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 three-ounce taste costs one token (select beers cost additional tokens). Patrons receive an extra with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the on-site fenced Hopworks Bike Corral or with current ID showing they live in the Overlook zip code (only one extra token per person is allowed).

Description: Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF serves up more than 60 organic beers and ciders from around the world. There’s also live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a kids area. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.

The festival goes beyond beer tasting by striving to be the most earth-friendly beer festival in North America. Onsite compost and recycling containers are provided at the event. Volunteers wear organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, and all event signage is reusable. Vendors at the festival promote sustainable living through their wares and services, and attendees are encouraged to take Tri-Met or ride their bikes to the event.

Parking:
There is no parking at the event, attendees must park in the nearby Overlook neighborhood. We strongly ask attendees to use Tri-Met or bike or walk to the event. If they must drive, we ask them to be considerate of the neighborhood while attending the event – park politely, don’t litter, and keep the noise level down.

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.

Main Trailers
13 Virtues Brewing Co - You Down With O-R-G? - Pale Ale ABV: 4.8 IBU: 40
Description:
13 Virtues took its flagship pale ale (You Down With OPP? Orange Peel Pale Ale) and made it with organic ingredients for the 2015 NAOBF. This is a refreshing NW pale ale hopped with Bavarian Mandarina and Cascade hops and spiced with sweet orange peel.

Agrarian Ales - Field Bier - Saison ABV: 4
Description:
"Single malt, single hop and a rotating yeast selection. This farmhand session ale is brewed in the tradition of Wallonia, Belgium and offers thirst quenching nourishment for those hard working field hands!"

Alameda Brewing Co - Yellow Wolves of Thailand - Imperial IPA ABV: 8.2 IBU: 103
Description:
"With more than 100 IBUs and Thai basil, fresh ginger, coconut and mangoes added to Alameda's flagship brew, Yellow Wolf has enough eye-popping intensity to satisfy even the most ardent hop heads. It has a bright piney nose and light golden color. It pairs best with sunshine!"

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co - MaddAddamites NooBroo - Gruit Ale ABV: 5.2 IBU: 0
Description:
"Gruits are beers brewed with herbs and other botanicals in lieu of hops. MaddAddamites NooBroo Gruit includes many of the botanicals noted in Margaret Atwood’s novel MaddAddam. From its elusive, intriguing aroma to its subtle yet celebratory aftertaste, this light but substantial beer has mysterious undertones of rosehips, elderberries and mountain herbs, with a deeper tone of roots and woodsy bark. Saint Euell Gibbons himself would applaud it!"

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co - Lug Tread - Lagered Ale ABV: 5.2 IBU: 21
Description:
"This award-winning flagship beer is handcrafted with spring water and certified organic malts & hops. Lug-Tread is top fermented (like an ale) and then cold aged (like a lager) for a lengthy period. This gives the beer some light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Lug-Tread displays interwoven malt and hop flavors, subtle fruit flavors and a crisp, lingering finish."

Bison Organic Beer - Kermit the Hop - Imperial IPA ABV: 8.5 IBU: 80
Description:
"It isn’t always easy being green. Sexy organic hops are hard to come by. Bison scored some organic Simcoe hops and finally brewed its very first Double IPA. With more than three lbs of hops per barrel, Kermit the Hop is bright, citrusy and tongue–tinglingly bitter. Resinous pine coats the tongue and reluctantly gives way to grapefruit and a grassy bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue for days. Drinking green never tasted so good."

Bison Organic Beer - Honey Basil Alew - Herb/Spice Beer ABV: 6 IBU: 12
Description:
"Mediaeval Europeans commonly brewed with honey and gathered herbs, roots and flowers. Bison’s Honey Basil Ale carefully infuses caramel malts with fresh whole leaf basil and clover honey, creating an herbaceous, floral and virtually hop-less beer with a soft wisp of honey and just a hint of basil aftertaste."

Coin Toss Brewing Co - Black Hohl Son - Cascadian Dark Session Ale ABV: 4.8 IBU: 45
Description:
"A sessionable version of the flagship brew of Coin Toss Brewing, Black Hohl Son is dark and hoppy with a malty backbone and a hint of roast. Two-row, Crystal, Victory and chocolate malts are complemented by Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and CTZ hops."

Coin Toss Brewing Co - Nine Eyes IPA - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 65
Description:
"Nine Eyes IPA features a blend of five grains and generous amounts of Galena, Chinook and Cascade hops in the boil. It's then dy-hopped with Equinox and Azacca to make a traditional yet tropical beer. The beer is named for the Pacific Lamprey that are indigenous to Oregon City's Willamette Falls and harvested each year as part of a Native American tradition."

Eel River Brewing Co - Simcoe IPA - IPA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 60
Description:
This is an American Style IPA brewed and dry-hopped with 100% Simcoe hops.

Eel River Brewing Co - Açai Berry Wheat - Fruit Wheat Beer ABV: 4 IBU: 5
Description:
"Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) Berry Wheat Ale is a light-bodied American Style Crystal Wheat Ale brewed with organic açai berries from Brazil, and a flavorful mix of other berries."

Falling Sky Brewing - Organic Matters Lager - Dortmunder Export ABV: 5.1 IBU: 28
Description:
"Because organic matters for all organic matter, the brewers at Falling Sky made this 100% organic Dortmund Export Style Lager, which features a nice hoppy bite that finishes clean and crisp."

Falling Sky Brewing - Dirt Worshiper Pale - Pale Ale ABV: 5.5 IBU: 50
Description:
"Dirt Worshiper is an American Pale Ale brewed with organic pale malt and organic Caramunich II, bittered with organic Bravo hops, and finished with organic Bravo, Cascade and Tettenanger. Dirt has been beneath us for far too long. It is time to elevate it to its rightful position. Organically."

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver Black Currant Cider - Cider ABV: 6.5 IBU: 0
Description:
"This bright, semi-sweet farmcrafted cider was made with organic Washington apples and organic black currants, adding tart complexity and a beautiful purple blush."

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver Habanero Cider - Cider ABV: 6.5 IBU: 0
Description:
"This bright, spicy farmcrafted cider was made with organic Washington apples and organic habanero chilies steeped for several days to achieve the ideal balance of heat and depth."

Fish Brewing Co - Organic Amber - Amber ABV: 5 IBU: 35
Description:
"Medium-bodied with an appealing amber hue, this beer's organic pale, Munich and Crystal malts create a gentle sweet character that is difficult to resist. From organic Hallertauer hops come a zesty flavor and aroma that beautifully balance the malt profile."

Fish Brewing Co - Organic IPA - IPA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 42
Description:
Fish Tale Organic India Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer with a rich golden color. The organic pale and Crystal malts lay down a firm malt body that provides the backbone for an assertive hop profile featuring organic Pacific Gem. The result is a Cascadian treasure.

Fort George Brewery - Quick Wit - Belgian Witbier ABV: 6.1
Description:
"This Belgian Style ale is very pale and cloudy in appearance due it being unfiltered and its high level of wheat. It’s brewed using organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander, organic lemongrass and wild-crafted elderflower. There is no bitterness evident in this beer whatsoever, which gives your palate room to explore the smooth wheat malt and tantalizingly exotic spices that will entertain your thirst."

Fort George Brewery - Spruce Budd Ale - Herb/Spice Beer ABV: 4.9
Description:
"Made with nothing more than organic two-row malted barley and 200 lbs of spruce tips for ingredients. With each glorious sip you are able to realize what an adventure into the woods taste like. With hints of spruce, citrus and more spruce, these beer tastes like a spruce tree. With the summer heat in full swing, grab a glass of Spruce Budd, find some shade underneath a tree and enjoy life."

FOTM Brewing Co - Shocks of Sheba - IPA ABV: 6.8 IBU: 68
Description:
"This Northwest IPA is inspired by KBOO's mainstay Reggae program Shocks of Sheba. As strong as its inspiration, this IPA is made with 100% organic malt and copious amounts of local hops, offering great rhythm and a good vibe."

FOTM Brewing Co - X-Tinguisher - Wheat ABV: 5.5 IBU: 36
Description:
"Put the fire out with an ale brewed using organic pilsner, Munich and wheat malts. Fermented with a kölsch yeast, this beer is complemented by the unique Sorachi Ace hop which lends tropical, citrus and pine flavor."

Gilgamesh Brewing - Mamba - Specialty Ale ABV: 6.4 IBU: 1
Description:
"A unique malt beverage defined by black tea, bergamot, tangerine peel and rye, Mamba is light-flavored and smooth-bodied with a taste that can only speak for itself."

Hopworks Urban Brewery - Totally Radler - Radler ABV: 2.6 IBU: 15
Description:
This traditional style German beer originated in the early 20th century. It is an incredibly refreshing blend of Organic HUB Lager mixed with organic lemon soda. This thirst quencher is low alcohol so it is guaranteed to keep you refreshed while you're on the move.

Hopworks Urban Brewery - IPX Simcoe - IPA ABV: 6 IBU: 60
Description:
"This single hop pale ale is made with organic and Salmon Safe Simcoe hops from Yakima, Washington. Filled with pine and citrus aromas, IPX Simcoe is light bodied with dry, malty characteristics, and deep floral and citrus hop flavors. It's the perfect light, summery IPA!"

Kells Brewpub - Purple Sun IPA - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 69
Description:
"Buckle up for a wild ride of summer berries, citrus and hops."

Kells Brewpub - Kells Organic Red - Red Ale ABV: 4.5 IBU: 25
Description:
Kells traditional Irish Red Ale made lighter and organic.

Laht Neppur Brewing Co - Peachy Keen - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.2 IBU: 18
Description:
"This American Amber ale is made with organically grown peaches and organic two-row premium malt, with a subtle hint of cinnamon and clove. It features a very low hop profile. Get a glass and you'll be feeling Peachy Keen!"

Lakefront Brewery - Growing Power - Pale Ale ABV: 6.7 IBU: 35
Description:
"Growing Power hits the glass pale copper with a loose, fluffy white head. Grapefruit, pear and floral aromas prevail from organic Cascade, Centennial and Calypso hops, followed by clove esters and spicy phenols. Citrus and clove greet the palate first, with organic caramel and Munich malt rounding out the flavor, adding balanced sweetness and a medium mouthfeel."

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales - Kili Wit - Witbier ABV: 5.5 IBU: 14
Description:
"Kili Wit Farmhouse Ale is a traditionally brewed white beer using 100% organic certified whole hops and local organically grown barley malt, wheat and oats. African spice adds an interesting complexity to this refreshing beer. A portion of the sales for Kili Wit are donated to the K2 Adventures Foundation, which provides educational and medical services for the children of Africa."

Lompoc Brewing - Flower of the Gods - IPA ABV: 6 IBU: 65
Description:
"Did you know the Carnation is the flower of the Gods? This golden colored IPA features no carnations, but it does have a floral spiciness with earthy characteristics, and is a perennial favorite at the NAOBF."

Loowit Brewing Co - Gaiabolical - Pale Ale ABV: 5.3 IBU: 45
Description:
"Gaiabolical is a tribute to the seductive and destructive beauty of Mother Earth. Made with an amazing balance of 100% organic malts and 100% certified Salmon Safe hops, this pale ale is perfectly suited for a volcanic eruption, catastrophic landslide, massive tornado or any sunny day."

McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Livin’s Easy Summer Lager - Lager ABV: 5.2 IBU: 36
Description:
"“Livin’s Easy” is everything you can hope for in a summer lager: light, crisp and refreshing. This golden beauty was made with organic malts and carefully selected hops. The brewers fermented the beer with California Lager yeast, and cold cellared it for a summer release. Pairs best with sunshine!"

McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse - Gunga Galunga IPA - IPA ABV: 6.9 IBU: 62
Description:
"Organic as the Dalai Lama himself, this IPA is packed with citrus hop flavors and aroma without the upfront, puckering bitterness that can mask the delicate taste profiles of the hops. Any looper will tell you that gunga galunga is a Tibetan expression of peaceful dismay after making an errant golf shot. Raise your glass and experience total hop consciousness, which is nice."

McMenamins Crystal Brewery - Oaken Tower Barrel-Aged Ginger Beer - Wild Ale ABV: 6.9 IBU: 4
Description:
"Oaken Tower is a blend of American and French oak barrel aged raspberry-hibiscus ginger beer. The wild micro-beasties in the brewery's oaken tower of barrels imparted a tart acidity and muted funkiness, complementing the flavors from Stewart Brothers’ organic raspberries and Tao of Tea’s hibiscus-ginger herbal blend."

McMenamins Edgefield Brewery - Double Barrel-Aged Pavol the Collector - Baltic Porter ABV: 8.9 IBU: 42
Description:
"Named after Pavol Olsavsky, distant friend to the brewery who lives in Košice, Slavakia, this dark, chocolatey, organic lager bomb is a blend of the same base beer – a smooth, malty Baltic Porter – aged in both Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Billy Whiskey barrels and Edgefield Distillery Hogshead Whiskey barrels. All eight barrels were then blended and kegged to create a unique fusion of flavors from vanilla to oak to toffee and beyond. This lager drinks like a much lighter beer but packs a ton of flavor."

Natian Brewery - KnockBack - Amber Lager ABV: 4.4 IBU: 18
Description:
This amber lager was brewed with honey malt to accentuate the malt profile. Mexican lager yeast was used to provide the crisp finish associated with this style of beer.

Natian Brewery - Everyday - IPA ABV: 5.5 IBU: 62
Description:
"This light bodied American IPA has a strong hoppy flavor and aroma, courtesy of homegrown Cascade hops combined with Palisades, Falconers Flight and Zythos, but is not very bitter. It is an ideal beer for hop lovers that don’t want a hop bomb and can easily enjoy a few in a row."

Nectar Creek Mead - Propolis - Mead ABV: 5.5 IBU: 0
Description:
"Nectar Creek Meads are created through a combination of Oregon honey, water and yeast to create a refreshing and one-of-a-kind experience. Luscious Oregon peaches and pure Oregon honey pay tribute to the summer sun in this light and refreshing session mead."

Nectar Creek Mead - Sting - Mead ABV: 6.2 IBU: 0
Description:
Fresh ginger and pure Oregon honey combine for a sting of warmth and a tease of sweetness in this refreshing session mead.

Ordnance Brewing - 9131 Brown - Honey Brown Ale ABV: 6.2 IBU: 26
Description:
This tasty beverage is brewed as a tribute to the brewer's former life as a Wildland firefighter. The use of organic Vienna malt gives this beer a malty depth that is accented by the use of local honey.

PINTS Brewing Co - Green Line Organic Radler - Pale Ale/Radler ABV: 4 IBU: 25
Description:
This is a blend of PINTS' Green Line Organic Pale Ale and Hot Lips Lemon Soda (organic lemons make up the soda). Organic Bravo and Organic Cascade hops provide the extra citrus kick that makes this sessionable summer brew so delicious!

Reverend Nat's Hard Cider - Overlook Heirloom - Cider ABV: 8.9
Description:
"Made with a blend of organic Golden Russet and Newtown Pippin apples, then backsweetened with raw, local honey, this once-a-year cider is created especially for the NAOBF. Expect an off-dry, crisp cider, free of cloying sweetness.
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Riverbend Brewing - What Does the Fox Say? - CDA ABV: 6.7 IBU: 55
Description:
"A dark ale of NW proportions! 100% organic, dark brown in color and hopped with Oregon grown Chinook and Crystal hops. Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!"

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Münster Alt (DRAFT) - Altbier ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
Description:
""Alt" is the German word for "old" or "original" and the alt style is certainly older than German lager styles. Unlike altbier from Dusseldorf, alt from the city of Mu?nster is pale golden in color with excellent, herbaceous aroma, delicate fruit-acid palate, and long dry finish."

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Münster Alt (BOTTLE) - Altbier ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
Description:
""Alt" is the German word for "old" or "original" and the alt style is certainly older than German lager styles. Unlike altbier from Dusseldorf, alt from the city of Mu?nster is pale golden in color with excellent, herbaceous aroma, delicate fruit-acid palate, and long dry finish."

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Ur-Pils (DRAFT) - Pilsner ABV: 5.2 IBU: 32
Description:
"Pinkus Ur Pils is brewed with organic malt and hops and is free of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Pale golden in color and light to medium in body, this PIlsner is dry and well-balanced with a clean hop and malt character. "Ur" translates roughly from German to "original.""

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Ur-Pils (BOTTLE) - Pilsner ABV: 5.2 IBU: 32
Description:
"Pinkus Ur Pils is brewed with organic malt and hops and is free of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Pale golden in color and light to medium in body, this PIlsner is dry and well-balanced with a clean hop and malt character. "Ur" translates roughly from German to "original.""

Pinkus-Müller - Organic Hefeweizen - Hefeweizen ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
Description:
"This wheat ale is very light in body and color. Crisp, dry, spritzy, and refreshing unfiltered beer. It offers a clean ale-yeast aroma and flavor, without the characteristic yeasty spiciness of a Bavarian wheat beer."

Two Kilts Brewing Co. - Black Brad Pitt - CDA ABV: 7 IBU: 80
Description:
"Paying tribute to the brewers' favorite rapper Danny Brown, AKA "The Black Brad Pitt," this beer is smooth and super sexy. Hints of roast and chocolate are complemented nicely with a big hop flavor and aroma. Just watch out for Angelina because she might trying stealing your pint!"

Uinta Brewing Co - Baba Organic Black Lager - Black Lager ABV: 4 IBU: 32
Description:
"Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is pitch black in color and exceptionably drinkable."

Uinta Brewing Co - Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale - Extra Pale Ale ABV: 4 IBU: 29
Description:
"A lighter bodied pale ale, this EPA is aggressively dry hopped to showcase fresh hop flavors and aromas. It begins with slight malt flavor with a subtle sweetness. Hop character then pounces with citrus and pine notes. The beer finishes dry with an infusion of sweet hoppiness (happiness, too!)."

Vagabond Brewing - Into the Wild - IPA ABV: 6.5 IBU: 60
Description:
"Light golden in color, this beer features a dry but rich, malty sweetness with caramel complexity balanced with a spicy citrus flavor. Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade hops offer tropical and spice flavors with a citrusy nose. It's not overly bitter, allowing the hop flavor to be enjoyed."

Vagabond Brewing - Wit or Wit-Out You - Witbier ABV: 5.2 IBU: 16
Description:
"This classic Belgian Wit is made with unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and oats. It's hopped lightly with Sterling, while gently spiced with coriander and sweet orange peel. Pouring hazy with a tight white head, this is a great refreshing beer for a hot day."

Viking Braggot Co - Reverence - Braggot ABV: 6.3 IBU: 25
Description:
"Certified organic two-row and specialty malts provide a strong malt profile and rich red color. Multiple hop additions, including dry-hopping, give Reverence a distinct, but not overpowering, hoppiness. The star ingredient, orange blossom honey, serves to balance out the hops while providing an inimitable aroma and truly unique taste. Reverence is more than just a beverage – it's a sensory experience!"

Widmer - E. Nygma - IPA ABV: 6.3 IBU: 75
Description:
"Who delivers a punch line but is no joker? E. Nygma is a single hop IPA made exclusively with the mysterious but inviting Enigma hops from Australia. This little villain is made with all organic malts to give it a complementary backbone. But let’s not fool ourselves, we know who the star is in this IPA. Enigma hops are shrouded in mystery as even the growers cannot agree on what it smells and tastes like. The brewers get a bit of melon and Pinot Gris. But what only matters in this delicious puzzle is what flavors you can tease out of it. Sit back, relax, and Prost! To finding the answer."


Bottle Garden

Samuel Smith's - Organic Lager - Lager ABV: 5 IBU: 25
Description:
"Lightly kilned organic lager malt grown in the UK is the main ingredient, with a substantial addition of organic UK Vienna malt. Bright straw-gold color; medium body. Pure barley malt flavor and herbal hops in perfect balance. Clean and crisp, with brilliant conditioning."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Pale Ale - Pale Ale ABV: 5 IBU: 31
Description:
"Wider availability of organic malts has made it possible for Samuel Smith's to produce a classic pale ale from all-organic ingredients. Developed after many test batches and tasting sessions, this classic malt-accented, copper-colored pale ale features subtle fruity esters from the Samuel Smith yeast strain that interact with caramel flavors - from organic crystal malt - and fresh hops."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Chocolate Stout - Stout ABV: 5 IBU: 28
Description:
"This beer offers a full body, roasted barley flavor and fruity notes from the Samuel Smith yeast strain, all of which support a lush chocolate aroma, taste and finish."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Apricot Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 14
Description:
"Apricots contribute to a stunning fruit beer: the ripe, aromatic bouquet supports a sweet, summery flavor with just a suggestion of stone-fruit tartness. Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale is rich and full-bodied; the color is a glowing hazy orange."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Strawberry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 14
Description:
"Strawberries offer a soft and subtle flavour, making the character of this fruit beer extremely sophisticated and refined. The smooth malt and aromatic strawberry flavours merge together in an elegant fashion, with fresh, ripe strawberries shining through."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Raspberry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 11
Description:
"A dramatic fruit beer with an intense, mouth-watering fruit character derived from the natural acidity of organic raspberries. Slow, complex fermentation lends structure and depth to this special fruit beer. Smooth body, finishes dry, with a soft raspberry note."

Samuel Smith's - Organic Cherry Ale - Fruit Beer ABV: 5.1 IBU: 16
Description:
High natural acidity makes sour cherries a great choice for creating an ultimate fruit beer. The vibrant cherry character of this beer is perfectly underpinned by deliciously complex beer notes which result from the multiple yeast strains used for fermentation.

Samuel Smith's - Organic Cider - Cider ABV: 50
Description:
"Bright straw-gold with excellent clarity, Samuel Smith's Organic Cider has a light body with brilliant conditioning, a crisp clean flavor, and a dry finish. The bouquet is fresh apples, with a soft floral note."

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