The reclamation of the earth is quickly happening. For the last hundred years we went to any means, both high and low, to feed the greatest amount of people. This took a great toll on the earth and the sea to do this, and while a great many lives were saved, there was a price to pay. Now we begin to repay that debt by putting back the value into the soil and the water.
As Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” When we come together to support that cause of giving back to the world that has nourished us, we let our voices be known.
And what better way for our voices to be known than in the style of a joyous afternoon with drink in tow, hand in hand with our fellow man?
This weekend marks the 7th annual North American Organic Brew Fest, the largest organic brew festival in the world. The NAOBF takes every measure to ensure that all festival aspects leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. From the director Craig Nicholls and media spokesperson Chris Crabb’s media release;
We have taken this festival beyond simply serving organic beer and cider. You’re
drinking your beer from a reusable and compostable cornstarch glass made
from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Our
food vendors use compostable serving ware and follow stringent sustainable
practices. Our electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and
solar generators. And our volunteers are wearing organic cotton and hemp
t-shirts, and drinking from BPA-free water bottles.
In addition to being able to sample from over 70 organic brews and ciders, there comes a great front for relaxation in the form of a circulating band list as well a beautiful view from the park (as well as in its patrons). Though it may rain or shine, I can assure you that there will be a comfortable spot on the lawn, ample bicycle parking, and a host of great people welcoming you in for a delicious pint.
Visit this weekend at Overlook park and check out www.naobf.com for more details!
Posted by Will Oberst-Cairns
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.