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HOOD RIVER, Ore. (June 23, 2008) — Celebrating its fifth year as the premier fresh hops beer tasting event in the Pacific Northwest, the Hood River Hops Fest on Oct. 4, 2008, will feature beers from more than 20 Northwest craft brewers, an expanded menu of food with an emphasis on local restaurants, Columbia Gorge wines and activities for the entire family.

“Hops Fest started as a tribute to the great, fresh-hopped microbrews of the Pacific Northwest, and that still is the reason that thousands of people attend,” says Charlie Devereux, who is helping coordinate beer vendors for the event, which is organized by and operates as a fund-raiser for the Hood River Downtown Business Association. “But we also want to provide a variety of other reasons for people to attend. Our goal is a safe, fun, family-friendly event.”

Among those attractions will be a rich array of food offerings, many from local restaurants. New musical offerings will put an emphasis on traditional and fun sounds (can you say “Ooom-pah!”).

An expanded play area for children will allow families to attend during the afternoon of the event, which runs from noon to 9 p.m. in downtown Hood River.

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Featured breweries again will include Gorge favorites such as Double Mountain Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, Big Horse, Elliot Glacier, Walking Man and Mt. Hood Brewing. Organizers are still lining up additional brewers to pour tastes this year. Stay tuned by checking the Hops Fest web site regularly. If you’ve got it bookmarked, fine; that link will still work.

In addition to beer, Hops Fest 2008 will feature a more diverse selection of local wines. The number of labels producing quality wine from the Columbia Gorge AVA has grown rapidly, and Hops Fest 2008 hopes to work closely with the Columbia Gorge Wine Growers Association to offer a broad selection to wine lovers.

Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities, or individuals interested in volunteering, should contact the Hops Fest Steering Committee at 541-490-0022.