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High Five
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The organic beer industry has seen impressive growth in the last five years, and Oregon is credited with leading the charge.

$41 million in organic beer was sold in the US last year, up from $19 million in 2005.

That achievement will be celebrated starting this Friday with the 6th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival — a three-day celebration of certified organic beer and sustainable living practices. The festival, founded and organized by Roots Organic Brewing owner Craig Nicholls, will take place in North Portland's Overlook Park.

The event has witnessed steady growth since its inception, with over 15,000 people attending last year. This year, the festival is looking to expand its influence beyond just beer. "We hope to reach out to more families this year," said Nicholls, citing the inclusion of more educational and kid-friendly activities to foster a more sustainable lifestyle.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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