Hood River, OR - Saturday is fast approaching for those of us looking for an excuse to get out of the house. Known as one of the "premier fresh-hops beer-tasting event" in the Pacific Northwest, this is not a festival to pass up. Currently you will be on the hook to choose from 25 Northwest breweries while enjoying local foods, scattered throughout the festival.
This isn't just a beer festival though you are encouraged to check out the over 20 arts and crafts vendors, try some of the Gorge wines, watch children play, all with the soundtrack of live music throughout the day.
Here is what Double Mountain owner Charlie Devereux has to say about Hops Fest.
“Hops Fest started as a tribute to the great, fresh-hopped microbrews of the Pacific Northwest, and that still is the reason that thousands of people attend,” says Charlie Devereux, who is helping coordinate beer vendors for the event which is organized by and operates as a fundraiser for the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce.
If all this is intriguing enough, then head over to downtown Hood River, between 5th and 7th Street / Cascade and Columbia Street. Admission is free but in order to enjoy the beers, you will be asked to purchase a 14 ounce commemorative mug for $6. Tokens will be required as well, with each setting you back around $1 for a 3-ounce taste or 4 tokens ($4) for a full fourteen (14) ounce pour. Food and craft prices will be set by the vendors.
For more details keep reading below for additional information and enjoy the Fest.
Visitors can supplement their tasting with food from Gorge restaurants, including slow-smoked pulled pork from Apple Valley Country Store, panko breaded fish, and hand-cut fries from Three Rivers Grill. The day-long musical lineup will include singer/songwriter musicians, traditional Bavarian style sounds, and a little rock and blues notes.
Children are welcome from Noon-6pm, after which the venue will be open to adults only until closing at 9pm.
The 7th Annual Hood River Hops Fest is generously sponsored by CH2M Hill OMI, Your Rental and Party Center, and the City of Hood River.
Saturday October 2nd, 2010 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hood River Hop Fest
Between 5th & 7th Street and Cascade & Columbia Street Hood River, OR
About The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce
The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce supports economic and tourism development for the region and provides promotional programs to its 425 members. As a county-wide organization, it supports businesses, organizations and governmental agencies in Cascade Locks, Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, Pine Grove and Mount Hood.