Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
Columbia River Gorge’s 4th annual BIG Holiday Hangover Beer Festival is on Saturday, January 25th from 1-7pm at Hood River, OR’s The Ruins indoor/outdoor venue. Produced by non-profit organization Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.), the BIG Holiday Hangover Fest will feature over thirty craft beers from eleven area breweries.
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This intimate festival provides a rare opportunity for guests to meet and celebrate with B.I.G. members and sample a variety of brews from the Columbia River Gorge region.
The event features a dynamic lineup of regional live bands, kicking off at 1:30pm with the Night Farmers. The Greenneck Daredevils will take the stage at 3:30pm followed by Hillstomp at 5:30pm. Delicious culinary creations provided by regional food vendors Four & Twenty Blackbirds and Paco’s Tacos.
“If you’re into night-farming, green-necking, hill-stomping good times, drinking the best beer on the planet, join us for our annual Holiday Hangover at the Ruins! We picked the bands, we picked the beers, and we pick you to come party with us,” Double Mountain owner and BIG President Matt Swihart said.
Free parking and shuttle service will be available by MountNBarrel, The Gorge’s Tour Company. Guests can park at Lot 1 at the Hood River Waterfront and The HOP will deliver you to and from the event.
Admission includes a collectable pint glass and eight taster tickets. Additional tastings and Springhouse Cellars wine will also be available for purchase. This is a 21 and over event. Advance tickets are $20 / $25 at the door. For tickets visit: www.beerfests.com.
Event Details: BIG Holiday Hangover Beer Festival Date: January 25th, 2020 Time: 1pm – 7pm Location: The Ruins, 13 Railroad Street, Hood River, OR 97031 Parking: Free Parking & Shuttle from Lot 1 at the Hood River Waterfront Provided by MountNBarrell, The Gorge’s Tour Company Advance Tickets: $20 at www.beerfests.com or $25 at the door / 21+ event
About Breweries in the Gorge: Breweries in the Gorge (BIG) is a non-profit group of 12 breweries in the Columbia River Gorge region of Washington and Oregon. Spanning two states, with more than 250 fun loving, beer drinking, dedicated individuals, lured by the nature and beauty of the Columbia Gorge, BIG’s members are joined by passion and a love for life, bonded by respect and mutual commitments to producing exceptional beer. BIG is united in promotion and progression of craft beer, and in helping beer fans discover some of the Nation’s finest beer, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
For more information about participating breweries, visit their websites:
Backwoods Brewing Company – Carson, WA www.backwoodsbrewingcompany.com
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom – Hood River, OR www.doublemountainbrewery.com
Dwinell Country Ales – Goldendale, WA www.counrtyales.com
Everybody’s Brewing – White Salmon, WA www.everybodysbrewing.com
Ferment Brewing – Hood River, OR www.fermentbrewing.com
Freebridge Brewing – The Dalles, OR www.freebridgebrewing.com
Full Sail Brewing Company – Hood River, OR www.fullsailbrewing.com
pFriem Family Brewers – Hood River, OR www.pfriembeer.com
Solera Brewery – Parkdale, OR www.solerabrewery.com
Thunder Island Brewing Company – Cascade Locks, OR www.thunderislandbrewing.com
Walking Man Brewing – Stevenson, WA www.walkingmanbeer.com
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