Portland Fresh Hops Festival Celebrates 18 Years

The Oregon Brewers Guild’s Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be celebrating its 18th anniversary by returning to the Oaks Amusement Park location on September 30 and October 1. 

“We just love fresh hop season and are very excited to be bringing our annual event back to Oaks Amusement Park this year,” stated Christina LaRue, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild.

Fresh hop beers are only available for a short window during hop harvest and are brewed with hops that were picked from the bine, usually within 24 hours. There are unique flavor and aroma attributes that only fresh hops can bring to a beer. 

“Oregon brewers are very lucky in that they have access to fresh hops from world renowned hop farmers right here in our backyard,” shared LaRue. “Over the past eighteen years, the Portland Fresh Hops Festival has strived to help highlight and celebrate these once-a-year beers from Oregon brewers across the state.”

The Guild will also be releasing the next fresh hop iteration of their State of Excitement Collaboration Series at the festival, which will be on tap, as well as available in package for purchase to take home. Proceeds from the beer will be used to support their Mashing Barriers internship program. 

An “Early Bird” ticket special will be running online August 29th through September 3rd. You can find additional information, as well as pricing and the list of participating breweries via the Oregon Brewers Guild website https://www.oregoncraftbeer.org/pdx-fresh-hops-festival.

The Oregon Brewers Guild believes that festival organizers should pay market value for beer purchased for and served at festivals, and opposes the use of “application, booth, or marketing fees” to undercut brewer revenue. Proceeds from the event  benefit the nonprofit Guild’s efforts to promote and protect the Oregon craft beer industry.

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