Tired from late-night fireworks and a whole yard full of barbecuing friends and family, on July 5 Will and I drag our selves (actually, I’m the drag queen; Will has the unflagging pep of youth and energy drinks) up to Lisa Morrison’s studio space in the 6th Floor of the PacWest Building, 1211 S.W. Fifth St., Portland. We are there to be interviewed by the Beer Goddess herself, for her radio show “Beer O’Clock.” Lisa, running a temperature that day, tried to reschedule her interviews, but was unable to do it. We are sealed into a soundproof 10-by-6 foot space around which germs could easily move. Lisa greets us, a bit green around the gills, and assures me she is not contagious. “Famous last words,” I say.
In the studio, I sit behind Lisa’s engineer and watch with amazement as she transforms her low-energy sickliness into a radio personality. Her introduction is downright vivacious. She interviews Rick Like on the Pints for Prostate fundraiser as lines squiggle and lights flash across the screen of an impressive bank of recording equipment. And then, it’s our turn. We are asked to tell the world about our new publication, the Oregon Beer Growler. Will talks fast, I try to translate for him, and in a few short minutes, it’s all over. We’ve been interviewed by the Goddess.
You can catch our show today, at 3 p.m., or in a month or so online at http://beergoddess.com/beer_o_clock. I’ve listed the radio stations on her network, in case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t heard the show. It’s a great place to tune into each week to catch the news about the growing Oregon craft beer scene!
Beer O’Clock is part of the Radio Northwest Network! Here’s where you can find Beer O’Clock:
KXL — 101 FM — Portland , KWRO — 630 AM — Coos Bay , KLOO — 1340 AM — Corvallis, KWVR — 1340 AM — Enterprise , KPNW — 1120 AM — Eugene, KFLS — 1450 AM — Klamath Falls, KCMX — 880 AM — Medford, KACI — 1300 AM — The Dalles , KTIL — 1590 AM — Tillamook, KYRS — 88.1/92.3 FM — Spokane.
-- Blog by Gail Oberst
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
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