Wednesday, August 31

2011 Hood River Hops Fest

I've always liked Fall better than most seasons anyway. The atmosphere in Portland, and the rest of the northwest just seems to have this certain dark and spooky feel to it throughout the season before winter hits. Things seem to slow down, and life gets more in perspective. The more I got into craftbeer, the more I also found that my favorite beers seem to hit during my favorite season.

I freakin' love fresh hop beers. Just love them. Something about greeting the season with a beer like Deschutes Fresh Hop Mirror Pond that just readies me for many more throughout the Fall months. As I am not a big fan of Winter seasonals, tasty fresh-hop beers, pumpkin beers, and other darker styles that I can palate will satisfy.

Hood River is cranking up the famous Fresh Hop Fest this year once again with over 25 different fresh-hopped beers to sample. If you know where Full Sail Brewing is, then you also know about the large parking lot across the street from its front side. That is where the fest will be held.

Date: October 1, 2011
Time: Noon-9pm
Location: Between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets in downtown Hood River

21 and older: $6 including a tasting mug, $1 per 4oz taste token
20 and under: Free admission until 6pm with parent or guardian

Pets are not allowed.

Entertainment Line-up:

Noon-2pm Spring Creek Bluegrass Band
2-4pm Tilly Jam
4-6pm Tess Barr Blues
6-7pm Tony Smiley
7:15-7:45pm Bellydancers
8-9pm Tony Smiley

"An expanded menu of local culinary food, over 20 arts and crafts vendors, a selection of Gorge wines, a robust children’s play area, and a day-long lineup of live music will guarantee fun for the entire family."

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