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Fresh Northwest Hops to Headline 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest

Oregon’s most scenic craft brewery destination welcomes visitors to sample the region’s seasonal brews on September 27, 2014

Hood River, Ore. — Featuring one of the largest fresh hop beer selections in the nation, Hood River prepares to welcome thousands for its one-day craft beer festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Hood River Hops Fest showcases more than 45 fresh-hop beers from over three-dozen breweries for beer lovers to sample, along with local wine and cuisine.

Located in the heart of downtown Hood River, within walking distance of four microbreweries, the festival kicks off at 11 am with a V.I.P. sipping hour, when attendees can preview their favorite ales without standing in lines. The event is open to the public from 12 to 9 pm.

Local breweries — including Full Sail Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Double Mountain Brewery, Big Horse Brewing, Logston Farmhouse Ales, Walking Man Brewing, Solera, Everybody’s Brewing and Backwoods Brewing Company, as well as regional and national heavyweights — will be on hand to show off their seasonal offerings. With the light, fruity aroma of summer beers behind them and the heavy, bold flavor of winter ales on the horizon, many brewers look forward to the short window of time every fall when they can incorporate freshly harvested hops into their brews. The resulting fresh hop varieties are unpredictable, limited and loved by many.

“Northwest beer drinkers love their hops,” said Mike Glover, Executive Director of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, host of the event. “Hood River Hops Fest is one of country’s the longest-running beer festivals specializing in the unique flavor of seasonal, fresh hop beer. We look forward to welcoming people during the peak harvest season to savor all the area has to offer.”

Hood River Hops Fest Fun Facts:

  • Ranking of Hood River among U.S. cities* for number of breweries per capita: 1
  • Anticipated number of fresh-hop beers: 45+
  • Anticipated number of breweries in attendance: 30+
  • Number of attendees in 2013: 6,000
  • Number of breweries within a one-mile radius of event: 4
  • Number of breweries within a 20 minute drive of event: 6
  • Number of days in which freshly harvested hops can mold: 3
  • Number of farms, wineries and fruit stands along the 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop: 32

*Cities with more than one brewery.

Hood River Hops Fest Event Details

Saturday, September 27, 2014. Open to all ages from 12-5 pm, and adults ages 21 and over from 5-9 p.m. V.I.P. hour begins at 11 am (requires tickets pre-purchased online).

Downtown Hood River, Ore., in the Columbia Parking Lot (between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade Avenue and Columbia Street).

Adults age 21 and over
$10 General Admission: Includes a commemorative mug and four 3-ounce taste tokens; $1 each for additional taste tokens.
$20 V.I.P Admission: Includes a commemorative mug and eight 3-ounce taste tokens, as well as early (11 am) entry into the event; $1 each for additional taste tokens.

Wine drinkers and designated drivers
$4 General Admission

Adults and youth age 20 and under?
Free admission. Note: The venue is open to adults only from 5pm until closing at 9pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the entrance the day of the event. VIP tickets available online only.

Call the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 386-2000 or visit the official Hood River Hops Fest Website and Facebook page.

About Hood River Hops Fest

Hosted annually by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, Hood River Hops Fest is a beer lover's dream. The event showcases more than 60 fresh hop brews from throughout the Northwest as well as favorites from Hood River County's own microbreweries. An expanded menu of local culinary food, arts and crafts vendors from the Northwest, and a full lineup of live music guarantee fun for the whole family. hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/hops-fest

About Hood River, Oregon

Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River is wildly gorge-ous, offering outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit and fantastic food, wine, beer and cider. The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce supports economic and tourism development in Hood River, Cascade Locks, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood. hoodriver.org

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