Hood River's Annual Hopfest: Hoppening September22


“Come on, take a little swig,” Ellen said to me with amusement.

“Just to see what all the commotion is about, Squatch,” added Sarah.

These two!  The co-owners of Lodge 902 in Hood River can really apply the inter-species pressure to a Sasquatch like me. I'm elusive and impressive! But in this singular moment I morphed into a pimply ninth grader stuttering through my braces. First, they swindled me into staying at the Lodge last winter, next they cajoled me into playing host once in a while (which was admittedly enlightening) and now this — sweet talking me into tasting beer.

“Okay, but I normally DISlike whatever you humans DO like,” I grumped.

I’m big so -- okay --  I drank the whole pint. 

Holy mountain top! It was magical! It had whispers of fiddle ferns, hops, pine, fermented citrus and fizz. I wanted more.







If you’re a fan of the suds, or festivals at all, check out the Hood River Hops Festival coming next month to downtown Hood River.

Saturday, September 22, noon - 8pm

  • Downtown Hood River in the Columbia Lot on 5th and Columbia

  • More than 50 featured breweries (from mostly Oregon and Washington)

  • More than 60 fresh-hop beers, plus food vendors and live music
  • Live Music Line-up to be Announced Soon!


  • 21+ Entry Only Ticket: $10
  • 21+ Beer Garden Ticket: $15 presale; $20 day-of.   Includes entry, commemorative glass mug and five 3.5 oz. taste tokens.
  • Under 21: Free admission. Family-friendly.

Note: The venue is open to people 21 or older only from 5pm until closing at 8pm.

+This year the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and Hood River Hops Fest volunteer grant program donated $3,250 to several non-profits in the Hood River community.