The 8th annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival returns this Saturday, Sep. 30

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival

The annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival returns to Village Green Park in Sisters, Oregon this Saturday, September 30. This year’s eight edition of this fest features 26 breweries, quite a bit more than the ten that originally appeared at the inaugural event back in 2010. It takes place from noon to 8pm, and proceeds from the event will help to benefit the American Cancer Society as well as the Central Oregon Brewers Guild.

Here’s the description from the Facebook event page:

Join us for the 8th Annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival! This years’ festival is brought to you by Three Creeks Brewing Company, American Cancer Society and The Central Oregon Brewers Guild. The event will feature 26 Oregon breweries and will be held in Village Green Park in beautiful Sisters, OR.

Hang out in the park for free. If you want to join in on the festivities, it is $15 which includes a pint glass and 5 tokens. Each additional token can be purchased for $1 (4oz pour.)

The event is family friendly. Dogs are allowed in the park, but not inside of the tent.

The list of breweries in the lineup and what they will be pouring are:

  • Alameda Brewing (Portland)
    • Solar Cones – Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV, 40 IBUs (Centennial)
  • Bend Brewing (Bend)
    • Friends & Fermentation – Double IPA, 8.6% ABV, 70 IBUs (Cascade & Gargoyle)
  • Bridge 99 Brewery (Bend)
    • The Fresh Hop 2017 – IPA, 7% ABV, 82 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Buoy Beer (Astoria)
    • A Tide that Bines – IPA, 7.2% ABV, 55 IBUs (Amarillo)
  • Burnside Brewing (Portland)
    • Keller Couch – Unfiltered Lager, 5% ABV, 20 IBUs (Sterling)
  • Cascade Lakes Brewing (Redmond)
    • Sizzle Juice Fresh Hop IPA – IPA, 5.8% ABV, 37 IBUs (Simcoe)
    • Frog Water – IPA, 6.5% ABV, 70 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Crux Fermentation Project (Bend)
    • Dr. Jack Fresh Hop IPA – IPA, 6.9% ABV, 50 IBUs (Cascade)
    • Way Two Fresh – Double IPA, 9.9% ABV, 65 IBUs (Mosaic & Simcoe)
  • Deschutes Brewery (Bend)
    • Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale – Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 40 IBUs (Cascade)
    • Fresh Hop Oktoberfest – Marzen, 6.3% ABV, 41 IBUs (Willamette)
  • Ex Novo Brewing (Portland)
    • Eliot IPA – IPA, 6.6% ABV, 65 IBUs (Amarillo)
  • Fort George Brewery (Astoria)
    • Fresh IPA – IPA, 6.4% ABV, ? IBUs (Citra)
    • CoHoperative Ale – Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, ? IBUs (community hops)
  • Gilgamesh Brewing (Salem)
    • The Fresh Prince – IPA, 6.7% ABV, 60 IBUs (Centennial)
    • The Dark Prince – CDA, 6.5% ABV, 65 IBUs (Simcoe)
  • GoodLife Brewing (Bend)
    • Fresh Hop Descender IPA – IPA, 7.5% ABV, 50 IBUs (Centennial)
    • 150 Hippies – Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs (Simcoe & community hops)
  • Immersion Brewing (Bend)
    • Rollin Freshies – IPA, 6.4% ABV, 66 IBUs (Cascade)
    • Get Along Little Hoppies – IPA, 6.2% ABV, 70 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Mazama Brewing (Corvallis)
    • Green Magic – Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, ? IBUs (Centennial)
  • McKenzie Brewing (Eugene)
    • Crystal Caves Fresh Hop – Pale Ale, 6% ABV, 45 IBUs (Crystal)
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend)
    • Backyard Special – Special Bitter, 4.9% ABV, 28 IBUs (yard hops)
    • Thundercone – Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV, 54 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene)
    • Green Haze – Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV, 40 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Ordnance Brewing (Boardman)
    • BC Fresh MJ – IPA, 6.6% ABV, 53 IBUs (Centennial)
    • Citra-Fresh RX – Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV, 34 IBUs (Citra)
  • Pelican Brewing (Pacific City)
    • Elemental Fresh Hop – Pale Ale, 5.7% ABV, 50 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Royale Brewing (Portland)
    • Fresh Prints – Pilsner, 5% ABV, ? IBUs (Cascade)
  • Silver Moon Brewing (Bend)
    • Hoppopotamus Fresh Hop IPA – IPA, 7.8% ABV, 75 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Stickmen Brewing (Lake Oswego)
    • Haze-C – IPA, 6.8% ABV, 48 IBUs (Centennial)
    • Fresh Hop Blonde – Blonde Ale, 4.7% ABV, 20 IBUs (Cascade)
  • Sunriver Brewing (Sunriver)
    • D’Bomb – IPA, 6.5% ABV, 60 IBUs (Amarillo)
  • Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters)
    • Conelick’r Fresh Hop Pale – Pale Ale, 5% ABV, ? IBUs (Centennial)
    • Hop Wrangler Fresh Hop Red – Red Ale, 6.8% ABV, ? IBUs (Amarillo)
  • Wild Ride Brewing (Redmond)
    • Journey to Planet Fresh Hop Pale Ale – Pale Ale, 6.6% ABV, 40 IBUs (Nugget)
    • 3 Sisters Wet Hopped Ale – Red Ale, 6% ABV, 40 IBUs (Cascade & Centennial)
  • Worthy Brewing (Bend)
    • Hop Gusher – Pale Ale, 6% ABV, ? IBUs (Crystal)

Many, if not most, of these breweries will have two beers pouring, though it’s not always the case that both beers are fresh hopped. And some will only have one available (usually the out of town breweries, whose beers are provided by Bigfoot Beverages in this case). Still, I expect a good 30 to 40 fresh hops beers on tap, which at four ounces per taste is more than enough to get your (my) fill!

Village Green Park is a great venue for this fest, and it’s remained thankfully low-key over the years that I’ve been attending (granted, I don’t stay late into the evening). If you’re anywhere around Central Oregon this weekend, and you love fresh hops, then you owe it to yourself to attend.

See you there!

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival 2017 flyer

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