Portland Fresh Hops Festival Returns This October

The Oregon Brewers Guild’s 17th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival will be returning in-person this October, albeit a bit different than previous years. The event, which has been held previously at the Oaks Park Amusement Park, will be moving to the Glendoveer Golf & Tennis driving range, with food options provided by Von Ebert Brewing. The event will be held on October 1st and 2nd.

“Fresh hop season is an industry favorite and being located in the Pacific Northwest gives our members an added advantage to brewing with hops harvested and delivered on the same day,” states Christina LaRue, Executive Director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “The Portland Fresh Hops Festival is a much anticipated annual event highlighting those beers and we wanted to find a safe way to bring it back this year.”

In light of the current situation, the Guild is taking added precautions to help ensure public health and safety is a top priority. The two-day event will be outdoors and broken out into three separate four-hour sessions, limiting the number of attendees per session and allowing for full sanitizing of the site between sessions. Pours will be offered in compostable, single-use cups with special event glassware for pick-up as you exit the event. Social distancing and face masks will be strongly suggested. Entry will be open to folks 21 or older, and will also require proof of full vaccination. 

“Holding an in-person event has its risks and we are taking the added measures to help protect our team, brewers, volunteers, and attendees,” said LaRue. “We know that some folks will be disappointed, but we are hopeful that we will be able to see everyone back at the event in 2022.”

The Guild will continue to monitor the current public health situation and adjust or cancel the event if deemed necessary.

Additional event information such as session times, pricing and list of participating breweries will be available via the Oregon Brewers Guild website (https://www.oregoncraftbeer.org/events). 

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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