Monday, September 15, 2014

11th Annual Hood River Hop Festival

One of our favorite beer festivals returns again for its eleventh year. The 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest will be on Saturday, September 27th and will feature 65 or more fresh hop beers. See info below:

Logo & info from Hood River hops Fest website

11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest

Saturday, September 27, 2014


VIP Admission @11am

(541) 386-2000

Coming from the Portland area?
Click here for BREWVANA’s Hood River Hops Festival Package!
Tickets are now on sale through Brown Paper Tickets 


$20 VIP Admission*

*includes commemorative mug and 8 (3oz.) taste tokens

$10 GA Admission**

**includes commemorative mug and 4 (3oz.) taste tokens

$4 Wine Drinkers & Designated Drivers

20 and under are FREE

1 Token = $1 = 1 3 oz. Taste

Between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets in downtown Hood River

***Admissions has been moved to Columbia Street across from Full Sail Brewing
****Parking in downtown Hood River will be FREE on Saturday, September 27th
It’s a beer-lover’s dream when fresh-hopped brews from more than three dozen, Northwest craft brewers are on tap at the Hood River Hops Fest. The event showcases Hood River County’s very own microbreweries as well as some of the best of the Northwest brewers. Fun for the whole family, this festival includes great local cuisine, regional arts and crafts vendors, and a day-long lineup of live music. The annual Hood River Hops Fest attracts thousands of thirsty visitors. Come taste the best of Hood River County at Hops Fest.
20 and Under allowed until 5pm
Kidz Zone sponsored by Mt. Hood Meadows
This year’s activities include the Mt. Hood Meadows Riglet, face painting by Shining Faces, and a bouncy house from Party Masters.
We have also added a new tent in the under 21/food court area for dining.
2014 Music Line-up (New lighting for the stage and sound in the beer garden too!!)
• Bearwater Band • Tess Barr Blues Band • Sidestreet Reny • Tony Smiley • Manimal House
No Pets!
2014 Brewery Line-Up:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.Amnesia BrewingBackwoods Brewing Co.Barley Brown’s BeerBase Camp Brewing CompanyBig Horse Brew PubBridgeport Brewing CompanyBurnside Brewing CompanyCoalition BrewingCrux Fermentation ProjectDeschutes BreweryDouble Mountain Brewery & TaproomElysian Brewing CompanyEverybody’s BrewingEx Novo Brewing Co.Fort George BreweryFull Sail Brewing CompanyGigantic BrewingGoodLife BrewingHop Valley Brewing CompanyHopworks Urban BreweryHumble BrewingIce Harbor Brewing Co.Laurelwood Brewing Co.Logsdon Organic Farm BreweryMigration BrewingNinkasi BrewingOakshire BrewingpFriem Family BrewersSasquatch BrewerySeven Brides BrewingSilver Moon BrewingSolera BreweryStormBreaker BrewingTerminal Gravity Brewing Co.The Commons BreweryThunder Island BrewingUpright BrewingVertigo BrewingWalking Man BrewingWild Ride Brewing
2014 Vendors:
Arts/Crafts/Merchandise/Informational Columbia Center for the ArtsLyon CraftOregon Beer GrowlersOregon Hops CommissionPoloka JewelryScrumptious SudsSecret Dragon CollectiblesThe Old TrunkX-Communicated Mormon Drinking Team, Vintage Journals, Bob Stone SubaruHood River Commission on Children & FamiliesMount Hood MeadowsVolcanic Bottle Shoppe
Amalie’s PretzelsApple Valley BBQBoda’s KitchenHR Fire Dept. featuring Painted Hills Natural BeefLeah’s LunchSolstice Woodfire Mobile CafĂ©Taqueria El RinconcitoThe Local Grind
Hard Cider/Wine
Columbia Gorge CidermastersNaked Winery

Thundercone Fresh Hop releasing September 19th

Fresh Hop season is in full swing now and fresh hop beers are now starting to arrive via draught and some bottled as well, at locations everywhere. McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale will be released at all locations In Oregon and Washington on September 19th. On Friday I was invited out to McMenamins Edgefield to check out the production brewery and sample some beers. One of the samples was Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (and given a growler to take home). This year McMenamins Fresh Hop Ale is using fresh Brewer's Gold hops at all 22 locationsin Oregon and Washington. I enjoyed the slightly spicy-herbal hoppiness aroma and the citrusy, herbal, spicy and earthy taste. So check out the McMenamins announcement below and get some Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale starting September 19th.

Autumn is arriving and, with it, McMenamins Fall Seasonal, Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale, is back for another year. To celebrate the hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest, McMenamins brewers have decided to create a seasonal beer utilizing fresh, or undried, hops straight from the hop fields. Throwing caution to the wind and using seven different vehicles, over 1,000 pounds of fresh Brewer's Gold hops are frantically delivered from Sodbuster Farms just north of Salem, Oregon, to 22 McMenamins Breweries all over Washington and Oregon, henceforth known as “The Running of the Brewers.” Each batch of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale is brewed within hours of the hops being picked off of the vine. This is a daunting task but one that the McMenamins Brewers feel is well worth the monumental coordination involved. The resulting beer is an absolute fresh hop showcase.

Check out this cool video they made from the 2012 fresh hop harvest and making of  Thundercone.

This beer is so refreshing and hop-filled that you may think you are dreaming but, like Shakespeare's play, Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale is in reality a short lived dream come true.
Malts: Canada Malting Superior Pilsen Malt, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40
Hops: Chinook (Bittering), Fresh Brewer's Gold hops (Flavor & Aroma)
OG: 1.061  TG: 1.013  ABV: 6.19%  IBU: 56  SRM: 7

Disclosure: I was given this growler of Thundercone Freshhop Pale Ale.