Hood River Hops Fest

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Portland, Oregon is known for its creativity…and we celebrate it! Whether that creativity is in traditional fields of music, visual art, literature and film, or in burgeoning fields such as the culinary and brewery arts, creativity is noticed and appreciated here.

You can experience all these art forms and more at the award winning Hood River Hops Festival.

The primary focus of this event, if the name didn’t clue you in, is beer. This years’ event showcases many of the top local and regional brewers (this year’s lineup includes local favorites Burnside Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Full Sail Brewery and Bridgeport Brewery, along with some lesser knowns and up and comers including the Commons, Old Town, and Gigantic Breweries). The event will also feature some of the finest culinary delights, local musicians, wine mongers and visual artists that the region has to offer—and it’s all affordable and family friendly (kids are allowed until five pm).

If you have never been to a hops festival, think of it as a wine tasting except that beer is the flavor to savor, not wine—and spitting is frowned upon. If you’re not a big beer person, or if you’re new to the beer scene, beer festivals are a great way to not only get to try out different varieties of beers, but also to get to know some of the local brewmasters and breweries.

The Hood River Hops Fest is nestled in the heart of Hood River with panoramic views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Breathtaking views, good brews, and good food… yes please!  And, because this is Portland, the festival offers many covered areas, including the brew tents to keep you dry on those unpredictable fall days.

The festival offers a variety of options, VIP passes are twenty dollars and get you in an hour early with extra drink tokens, ten bucks gets you general admission tickets and four drink tokens and four bucks lets you in as a designated driver/wine drinker. Additional drink tokens are a dollar.

Hood River Hops Festival is an annual event which takes place next on September 28th of 2013. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday amongst the natural beauty of Oregon, amongst friends, and amongst tantalizing drinks and food that will leave you salivating and grateful to live in such a tremendous part of the world.

Even as summer rolls into fall, the outdoor activities keep coming and the Hood River Hops Fest is a top, must attend event.

For more information, please visit the following link: http://hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/hops-fest

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