Festival News: Hood River: New breweries, Hood River Hop Fest Awards, and more at this year's Hood River Hops Fest. September 24th, from noon to 8pm

Press Release

Hood River, Ore. ...  Hood River Hops Fest, the Pacific Northwest’s largest fresh-hop beer festival with more than 75 brews on tap, this week announced the full line-up of participating breweries. 50 local and regional breweries – the most breweries ever to be featured at Hood River Hops Fest – will be pouring samples of seasonal and fresh-hop beers.

Several breweries are making their first appearance at the 2016 Hood River Hops Fest, including 54°40' Brewing CompanyCalapooia Brewing CompanyCoin Toss Brewing Co.Freebridge BrewingPayette Brewing and Zoiglhaus Brewing Company. Exciting brews to make an appearance at the festival include the return of Double Mountain Brewery’s Killer Red and Killer Green, and pFriem Family Brewers’ Fresh Hop Mosaic Pale Ale. A small selection of local hop ciders will also be on tap, along with select wines from Naked Winery.

New for 2016 is the Hood River Hops Fest Awards, which include a People’s Choice and Top of the Hops awards. The Oregon Beer Awards’ new Fresh Hop category will also be judged during the event, with festival and non-festival beers alike vying for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, to be presented at the Oregon Beer Award ceremony in Portland on February 28, 2017.
Held in the heart of picturesque downtown Hood River, this year’s festival is Saturday, September 24, 2016, from noon to 8 p.m.

2016 Hood River Hops Fest Breweries
54°40' Brewing CompanyWashougal, WA
Alameda Brewing Co.Portland, OR
Backwoods Brewing CompanyCarson, WA
Baerlic BrewingPortland, OR
Base Camp Brewing CompanyPortland, OR
Beer Valley BrewingOntario, OR
Big Horse Brew PubHood River, OR
Buoy Beer Co.
Breakside Brewery
Astoria, OR
Milwaukie, OR
BridgePort Brewing CompanyPortland, OR
Burnside Brewing Co.Portland, OR
Coalition BrewingPortland, OR
Calapooia Brewing CompanyAlbany, OR
Coin Toss Brewing Co.Oregon City, OR
Crux Fermentation ProgramBend, OR
Deschutes BreweryBend, OR
Double Mountain Brewery & TaproomHood River, OR
Ecliptic BrewingPortland, OR
Elysian BrewingSeattle, WA
Everybody's Brewing CompanyWhite Salmon, WA
Ex Novo Brewing CompanyPortland, OR
Fort George BreweryAstoria, OR
Freebridge BrewingThe Dalles, OR
Full Sail Brewing CompanyHood River, OR
Georgetown Brewing Co.Seattle, WA
GoodLife Brewing Co.Bend, OR
Grain Station Brew WorksMcMinnville, OR
Grixsen Brewing CompanyPortland, OR
Hopworks Urban BreweryPortland, OR
Lagunitas Brewing CompanyPetaluma, CA
Logsdon Farmhouse AlesHood River, OR
Migration BrewingPortland, OR
Payette BrewingBoise, ID
Pelican Brewing Co.Pacific City, OR
pFriem Family BrewersHood River, OR
PINTS Brewing CoPortland, OR
Sasquatch BreweryPortland, OR
Silver Moon BrewingBend, OR
Solera BreweryParkdale, OR
Stickmen Brewing CompanyLake Oswego, OR
StormBreaker BrewingPortland, OR
Sunriver Brewing Co.Sunriver, OR
Three Creeks Brewing Co.Sisters, OR
Thunder Island Brewing Co.Cascade Locks, OR
Walking Man BrewingStevenson, WA
Wild Ride BrewingRedmond, OR
Worthy BrewingBend, OR
Zoiglhaus Brewing CompanyPortland, OR

All-day Fun
In addition to fresh-hops beer and cider, Hood River Hops Fest features local cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and a children’s play area, which is open until 5 p.m. Children are welcome throughout the afternoon. The venue is open to adults only from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Live Entertainment Schedule
This year’s headline act is the Seattle funk band Polyrhythmics – a high-energy eight-piece group featuring the trumpet, sax, trombone, flute, drums, bass, keys and vocals. 

Noon – 1:10 p.m.Will West & The Friendly Strangers (Portland)

1:30 – 2:40 p.m.Tony Smiley (Vancover, WA)
3:10 – 4:20 p.m.The Verner Pantons (Portland)
4:50 – 6:00 p.m.Vinyl Gold (Portland)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Polyrhythmics (Seattle)


Saturday, September 24, 2016. Open to all ages from 12-5 p.m., and adults ages 21 and over from 5-8 p.m.
Downtown Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia Parking Lot (between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade Avenue and Columbia Street).
  • 21+ Entry Only Ticket: $10 presale, $15 day-of
  • 21+ Beer Garden Ticket: $15 presale; $20 day-of. Includes entry, commemorative glass mug and five 3.5 oz. taste tokens
  • Under 21: Free admissionNote: The venue is open to adults only from 5 pm until closing at 8 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through at hoodriver.org/hops-fest, or at the entrance the day of the event.

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


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. It received the silver medal for Best Beer Festival from the 2015 Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards, and was named Best Event of the Gorge for 2010-2013.

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. With accommodations ranging from luxury hotels to historic B&Bs, Hood River is a four-season destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, weddings, corporate events and more. It was named 2015 Best Adventure Town in the West by Sunset Magazine. 

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