Hops Fest returns this weekend

11th annual event celebrates NW ales

Every Hood River County brewery will be there – and plenty of friends.

The 11th annual Hood River Hops Fest, a celebration of the fresh-hopped breed of Northwest ales, returns Sept. 27. Samples are poured by local volunteers while brewers stand ready to answer questions. An extensive selection of food, along with other vendors, is available on site.

The location is the same as it’s been for all but the first year of the fest: the parking lot at Fifth and Columbia streets.

Forty-one breweries are expected (with cider, wine and non-alcoholic beverages also available) with more tents than in past years, including additional coverage of the kids’ area.

The basics

Festival hours are noon to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for those 21 and over, and includes tasting mug and four taste tokens; additional three-ounce tastes are $1 each. Kids get in free. This is a smoke-free event; no pets permitted. More info at www.hoodriver.org...

New this year, the entrance will move from Fourth to Columbia, in front of Full Sail Brewery. Ashley Huckaby May of the Hood River County Chamber said this enables visitors to enter at the virtual front, where beer, music and vendors stand ready for enjoyment. The former entryway brought people in behind the stage. Food vendors include pizza, barbecue, sandwiches, coffee, pretzels, and more. Wine will also be available for purchase.

Also new this year, the new organization Columbia Gorge Cidermasters will have a table, with samples of fruit-based hard ciders. Vendors also include Columbia Center for the Arts and Mt. Hood Film Festival; Oregon Hops Commission; Hood River Commission on Children and Families, and purveyors of beer growler games, soaps, glass engravings, jewelry and more.

The festival is all ages from noon to 5 p.m. Kids Zone is sponsored by Mt. Hood Meadows, and includes a bouncy house and face painter and the MHM “Riglet” — experience the sport of snowboarding with the MHM instructors.

Here is the festival entertainment line-up:

Noon— Bearwater Band

1:30 p.m. — Tess Barr Blues Band

3:30 p.m. — Side Street Reny

5 p.m. — Tony Smiley

7-9 p.m. — Manimal House

Who’s Pouring?

Amnesia Brewing

10 Barrel Brewing Co

Backwoods Brewing Co.

Barley Brown’s Beer

Big Horse Brewery

Bridgeport Brewing

Burnside brewing

Coalition Brewing

Crux Fermentation Project

Deschutes Brewery

Double Mountain Brewery

Elysian Brewing Company

Everybody’s Brewing

Ex Novo Brewing Co,

Fort George Brewing

Full Sail Brewery

Gigantic Brewing

Good Life Brewing

Hop Valley Brewing

Hop Works Urban Brewing

Ice Harbor Brewing Co.

Laurelwood Brewing

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Brewery

Migration Brewing

Ninkasi Brewing

Oakshire Brewing

pFriem Family Brewers

Sasquatch Brewery

Silver Moon Brewing

Solera Brewery

StormBreaker Brewing

Terminal Gravity Brewing Co.

The Commons Brewery

Thunder Island Brewery

Upright Brewing

Vertigo Brewing

Walking Man Brewing

Wild Ride Brewing

Worthy Brewing Co.

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