Japanese and Portland collaboration beer festival Fuji to Hood returns to northeast Portland’s Culmination Brewing on Sat. April 25th and Tickets are on-sale now. Full disclosure: I am one of the organizers! But dont let that stop you from attending this one-of-a-kind event that features 17 collaboration beers, 1 collab cider and 1 collab kombucha.
More from a press release:
Each craft fermentation team has been tasked with using atleast one Japanese ingredient in their collaborations. Fuji to Hood will also feature Japanese food vendors, sake, DJ’s and more in an expanded outdoor tented space at 2117 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR 97232 from noon – 6pm.
Fuji to Hood promotes industry, cultural, and interpersonal exchange between Oregon and Japan, by exclusively featuring beverages made in collaboration between craftspeople from both regions. Participants spend months jointly planning their beers, ciders, and kombucha, and personally attend the event to share their creations with festival attendees. As in 2018, Culmination Brewing will host this event in front of their taproom, with a VIP session from 11AM to 12PM, and a general admission session from 12PM to 6PM.
Fuji to Hood was first held in Portland in 2018 with 10 brewery collabs and 1 cider collab. The following year the fest jumped to Japan for Hood to Fuji and expanded to 17 collaborations with Oregon brewers making the trip for the event in June. In 2020 Fuji to Hood returns to Portland with 18 collaborations made in Oregon with the Japanese brewers traveling out to attend the festival.
Japanese ingredients expected in this year’s beer and cider menu include a number of citrus fruits, persimmons, koji rice, matcha green tea, peppercorns, dried plums, and even shiitake mushrooms. As an extra offering at Fuji to Hood, an Oregon-Japan collaborative kombucha will also be served.
Collaboration teams include the following well-known breweries, cideries, and kombucha makers from Oregon and Japan:
Boneyard + Heiwa Craft
Breakside + Ise Kadoya
Brew Dr. Kombucha + KOMBUCHA SHIP
Cascade + RISE & WIN
Culmination + Nara Brewing
Ecliptic + Y.MARKET
Ex Novo + Shiga Kogen
Fort George + Black Tide
Gigantic + North Island
Great Notion + Son of the Smith
Hair of the Dog + Yokosuka Beer
Level + Repubrew
Little Beast + Harvest Moon
Modern Times + Minoh Beer
New Hokkaido + Far Yeast
Reverend Nat’s + Hitachino Nest
Ruse + Spring Valley
Upright + Fujisakura Kogen
Von Ebert + Shonan Beer
Free tastings of saké from Oregon’s SakeOne will be available, and vendors will sell Japanese food to accompany the fantastic beverage selection. Fuji to Hood ticket packages will be available for purchase on-line at www.fujitohood.com. The 2018 event sold out, so it is highly recommended to make ticket purchases in advance. Each ticket can be exchanged for a 4 oz. pour of a beverage of choice. A number of ticketing options will be available:
The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take Tri-Met or ride-sharing services. Attendees can take advantage of a special hotel promotion kindly offered by KEX Portland. Use of the promotion code “Fuji2Hood” will discount room rates by 10% for stays during the April 21 to April 29 timeframe.
In celebration of its dedication to fostering relations and exchange between Oregon and Japan, the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) will receive a portion of festival ticket sales.
For more information, please visit www.fujitohood.com or follow @Fuji2Hood on social media, using the hashtag #fujitohood.
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.