If you haven't had beer made with freshly harvested hops, (which frankly is hard for those of us who live here to believe) then you haven't had the pleasure of knowing all that great beer can be.
And if you already know and love fresh-hop beer then you know there is no better festival than the Hood River Hops Fest, held every year on the last Saturday of September. The HR Hops Fest gives you a chance to try firsthand one of man's greatest inventions, and in one of the most beautiful places in the world-the Columbia River Gorge.
With 44 Pacific NW breweries in attendance bringing 65 fresh-hop beers, the HR Hops Fest brings in the best of the best from around the area. From local favorites Pfriem, Double Mountain, and Full Sail, to regional heavyweights Oakshire, Ninkasi, and Deschutes, it's like all the stars align for the perfect beer experience.
From Noon-9pm at the HR Hops Fest, you will hear some of the best regional live music to pair perfectly with whatever beer you're sampling. We've got The Poor Sports, Tess Barr Band, Big City Wind Down, and Tony Smiley all lined up to entertain you.
The HR Hops Fest prides itself on being family friendly. What does that mean? It means under 21 get in free and are welcome to stay until 5pm, we have a kid's zone for lots of fun outdoor play, and local food vendors bring their carts and serve up great food for carnivores to vegans and everyone in between (including kids).
Seriously, is there really any better place to drink beer? We can't think of anywhere more suitable for a downtown party than beautiful Hood River. With views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the Columbia River rolling by, and all that fresh air, you'd think beer was invented just so we can hold the Hood River Hops Fest.