2019 Portland Fresh Hops Festival

The Oregon Brewers Guild presents the 2019 Portland Fresh Hops Festival for it’s 16th year on Friday and Saturday Sept. 27-28th. Before this two-day event, the Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest will return Sept. 16-29th at Prost! Marketplace on N. Mississippi. Returning to the Oaks Amusement Park pavilion, the Portland Fresh Hops Festival does have a few new tricks up it’s sleeve this year with new collaboration beers from farmers and breweries, conversations with innovative brewers, early-entry tickets, live music, and 60-plus fresh hop beers from Oregon. The festival is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

More from a press release:

The Cone Wars
New this year, The Cone Wars is a friendly competition featuring Oregon’s world-class hop farms. Each farm is collaborating with an Oregon brewery to craft a fresh hop beer. A crowd vote determines the winner. Collabs include:
• Baerlic Brewing Co. / Indie Hops  • Breakside / Crosby Hop Farms •  Hopworks Urban Brewery / Goschie Farms  •  McMenamins /  Sodbuster Farms  •  Ninkasi / Goschie Farms  •  Wolves & People / Crosby Hop Farm 

sunset in the hop hard at Agrarian Ales
Sunset in the hop yard at Agrarian Ales. Photo by Aaron Brussat

Bines and Brewers
Brewing with fresh hops presents particular challenges. There are tight timelines, logistical issues and other factors that make it unpredictable, but uniquely rewarding. Who better to share stories from this unique process than brewers themselves? This year, Breakside Brewmaster Ben Edmunds and other Oregon brewers share their favorite stories. This event is only on Friday evening.

Admission to the festival is free on Saturday. A tasting package is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and eight tickets. Friday evening tickets are limited, and are $25, including a tasting package. There are also limited Friday/Saturday combo tickets for $35. Additional drink tickets are available for purchase at the event. Purchase event tickets here

But wait, there’s more!
The final beer list will be released in mid-September, but you can find a working list here.

Minors are not allowed on Friday, but are welcome from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a small children’s play area – not to mention a huge one next door, as Oaks Amusement Park is open for business through Sept. 29. We will serve craft root beer from Double Mountain Brewery – for the kids and the designated drivers.

What’s with fresh hops, anyway?
There are four primary ingredients in beer: barley, yeast, water and hops. The pleasant bitterness and floral aroma in many beers comes from the hop flower, or cone. Those cones are delicate, and most are processed into pellets or dried as soon as they’re picked. There is an oh-so-brief window after they are plucked from the bine (not vine!) when they are suitable for brewing. Fresh hops can create a unique flavor profile that can’t be replicated with dried hops.“Most Oregon breweries are within a few hours of a world class hop farm,” says Oregon Brewers Guild Co-Executive Director Tony Roberts. “There aren’t many other places in the world where so many brewers have such easy access to hops harvested and delivered on the same day.”

Fair pricing 
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.•••

About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect 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.


WHAT: The 16th Annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival 
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 and noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Oaks Amusement Park
TICKETS: Limited Friday tasting packages are $25, Saturday admission is free, tasting package is $20.
Limited Friday/Saturday combo ticket is $35. Tickets are available at: https://portland.boldtypetickets.com/events/97937956/2019-portland-fresh-hop-festival

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