13th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Fest

The hop harvest is one of the most exciting times of the year for craft beer. It's also the only time of year that brewers have the opportunity to utilize freshly picked hops before they are kiln dried. Also known as "wet hops" due to their high water content, fresh hops are known to impart unique and often intense aromas and flavors not found in beers using dried hops.

Fresh hop beers are usually brewed hours after the hops are harvested. They're made in small batches are are available for a short time in the fall. The Portland Fresh Hops Fest is your chance to sample more than 60 Oregon-brewed Fresh Hop Beers!

This fest was one of the first I wrote about when I started my blog six years ago (they called it a "Tastival" back then). Strangely enough, I haven't been back since then. The taplist (you can see it here) looks great and I think I'll need to end my long fresh hop festival drought!

For more details, check out the news release below or visit the Portland Fresh Hops Fest event page.

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13th annual Portland Fresh Hops Fest returns to Oaks Park Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Fresh Hops Fest is a celebration of the annual hop harvest that takes place from mid-August to mid-September in Oregon. This year’s 13th annual event will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Hours are 5pm to 9pm on Friday and 12pm to 8pm on Saturday. The festival features more than 60 Oregon craft beers made with hops that are freshly picked off the vine and used within hours of harvesting.

This year’s festival will feature more than 60 Oregon brewed fresh hop beers; the list of participants can be viewed at http://oregoncraftbeer.org/freshhopsfest/. Beers may run out; for the greatest selection, arrive on Friday or before 3pm on Saturday.

Admission to the event is free; in order to drink, it costs $20 for a souvenir glass and eight drink tickets. Advance tickets are on sale here. Use code PFHF16 to save 10% off of tickets through 09/16/16 at 5pm. People who have purchased tickets to either the Handmade Beer + Bike Fest, the Willamette Week Beer Pro Am or The Wedge can receive $5 off the price of admission at the door (must bring previous event ticket; limit one discount per person). Additional tasting tickets are available onsite for $2 each, or four for $5. Event parking is free.

Food will be available from Monk’s Deli and the Urban German Grill. Vendors include the Timbers Army No Pity Van, the Oregon Hop Growers Association, Illustrated Playing Cards and Bottle Tap.

Minors are not allowed on Friday, but are permitted on Saturday until 5pm (Oaks Amusement Park rides will be open from 12pm to 7pm that day). Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed.

The festival is still seeking volunteers, which receive a glass, a t-shirt and a $5 food voucher, plus other perks. An OLCC servers permit is not required to participate as a volunteer server at this event. See details or sign up at www.ocb.events-connect.com.

The Portland Fresh Hops Fest is organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 156 brewing companies, 130 associate or supplier members and more than 3,900 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer).

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