Saturday, August 8, 2015

Next up, the North American Organic Beer Festival

World's largest organic beer festival, Aug 13-16, 2015 at Overlook Park. 50+ organic beers & ciders, live music, food, vendors & more!
What's not to like about beer festivals? There's beer, generally quite a lot of it, and it can be very good, it also can be pretty awful. You know what else they have a lot of at beer festivals? Yes, drunk people, but also trash. Festivals generate an incredible amount of garbage. Part of that is the structure of the festival, part of that is people don't always make the best choices when they imbibe. Heck, people don't alway make the best choices of what they imbibe, how else can you explain Four Loko. The North American Organic Beer Festival, NAOBF, or just the Organic Beer fest is different. Check out these stats from their site.
In the interest of sustainability, NAOBF works diligently to minimize its waste stream. In fact, of the 2,018 lbs. of waste generated at the 2014 event, NAOBF kept 95% from going into the landfill due to extensive composting and recycling efforts, and the event generated only 101 lbs. of garbage. This was the third year in a row that NAOBF diverted over 90% of its waste from the landfill.
Only 101 pounds of garbage from the whole festival? That's awesome. Granted this isn't the size of OBF, but it's not a tiny festival either. There will be over 50 beers and ciders on tap. This fest appeals to me on so many levels. The commitment to waste reduction, encouragement of transit and bikes, family friendly atmosphere, and it's in my neighborhood. I haven't always made it due to travel schedules, but I will this year. I'll be pouring Thursday afternoon for the opening day and sampling after that.

Beers I'm looking to try:
Some of these are from favorite breweries, others the description as peaked my interest and others, like Pinkus Müller, are a unique opportunity.

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co, Ontario, Canada Lug Tread | Lagered Ale | 5.2% ABV, 21 IBU
Bison Organic Beer, Berkeley, CA Kermit the Hop | Double IPA | 8.5% ABV, 80 IBU
Eel River Brewing Co, Fortuna, CA Simcoe IPA | American IPA | 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU
Falling Sky Brewing, Eugene, OR Organic Matters Lager | Dortmunder Export | 5.1% ABV, 28 IBU Loowit Brewing Co, Vancouver, WA Gaiabolical | Pale Ale | 5.3% ABV, 45 IBU
Uinta Brewing Co, Salt Lake City, UT Baba Organic Black Lager | Black Lager | 4% ABV, 32 IBU Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland, OR E. Nygma | Single Hop IPA | 6.3% ABV, 75 IBU 

Something from Pinkus Müller - we'll see what's available
Because all beer drinkers are white guys with beards, right?

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