Hood River Hops Fest returns Sept. 28

Beer lovers from near and far will be visiting the annual Hood River Hops Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28. At least 40 breweries from the Northwest and beyond will be on hand.

The event showcases Hood River County’s own microbreweries as well as some of the best of the Northwest brewers. An expanded menu of local culinary food, arts and crafts vendors and a day-long lineup of live music will guarantee fun for the whole family. The annual Hops Fest attracts thousands of thirsty visitors. Official Hood River Hops Fest gear (hats, T-shirts) will be available for purchase.

The festival is located between Fifth and Seventh streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets in downtown Hood River.

Hours: Noon-9 p.m.; VIP admission at 11 a.m. Ages 20 and under allowed until 5 p.m. A “Kidz Zone” play area will be hosted by Mt. Hood Meadows. No dogs allowed at the event.

General admission is $10, which includes mug and four taste tokens. Designated driver and wine drinker admission is $4. Each additional taste token is $1. (One taste token = 1 3 oz. taste; four tokens = 1 full beer)

Visit the Hood River Hops Facebook page and the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce website to enter special contests to win free VIP entrance packages.

Participating breweries

The Gorge: Big Horse, Double Mountain, pFriem Family Brewers, Full Sail, Everybody’s Brewing, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Backwoods Brewing Company (Carson), Solera Brewery.

Portland: Laurelwood Brewing, Widmer Brothers, Breakside Brewery, BridgePort, The Commons, Old Town Brewing, Sasquatch Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, PINTS Brewing, Humble Brewing, Gigantic Brewing, Burnside Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, Migration Brewing, Amnesia.

Astoria: Fort George Brewery

Eugene: Ninkasi Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, Hop Valley

Ontario: Beer Valley Brewing

Bend: Goodlife Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Silver Moon Brewing

Baker City: Barley Brown’s

Hillsboro: Vertigo Brewing

Seattle: Elysian Brewing

Tri Cities: Ice Harbor Brewing

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins Colo.)

Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, Calif.)

Music entertainment lineup

Noon-3 p.m. The Poor Sports (‘80s rock cover band)

3:30-5 p.m. Tess Barr Blues Band

5:30-7 p.m. Big City Wind Down classic ballads and rocking contemporary sounds.

7:30-9 p.m. Tony Smiley (loop ninja)

Festival vendors include Dolcetti Jewelry, KV Pottery Studio, Lyon Craft, Scrumptious Suds, Usanza Designs, Three Rivers Grill, Apple Valley BBQ, Boda's Kitchen, Hood River Fire Dept./Painted Hills Brat Fundraiser, Leah's Lunch, Solstice Woodfire Café, Taqueria El Riconcito, Naked Winery, Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, X-Communicated Mormon Drinking Team, Bob Stone Subaru, Columbia Center for the Arts Film Festival.

Informational booths include Hood River Commission on Children & Families, Mt. Hood Meadows, Mount Hood Railroad-Polar Express, Northwest Hops, Oregon Beer Growlers and the Oregon Hops Commission.

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