'Hillsbrew Fest' beer festival coming to Hillsboro in February
The team behind the renowned Oregon Brewers Festival has announced plans for a new beer festival in Hillsboro in February 2022.
The Oregon Brewers Festival creators expected to hold a new beer festival in Hillsboro in September but scrapped those plans due to surging cases of COVID-19.
Now they're back with "Hillsbrew Fest," which is slated for Feb. 25-27 at the Wingspan Event & Conference Center at Westside Commons (formerly the Washington County Fair Complex).
The three-day event will feature a wide variety of beer styles from 30 independent craft breweries and two cideries, according to a Monday, Nov. 22, announcement.
Breweries across Oregon are expected to participate, bringing brews from the Willamette Valley, the coast, the Columbia River Gorge, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Portland metro area. A full list of featured breweries will be released in December, festival officials said.
Many of the beers at the festival will be publicly available for the first time, and others will be brewery favorites, officials said.
"After more than 30 years producing craft beer festivals, I can't wait to get together with the community in Hillsboro and raise a glass to Oregon's best," said Art Larrance, festival co-founder and founder of Cascade Brewing. "More than half of the beers at Hillsbrew will be making their debut with us, so attendees will get a chance to try some really unique new craft brews."
The festival will be the first major craft beer festival in Portland's western suburbs since the Beaverton Craft Beer Festival announced it wouldn't return for a fourth year in 2018. The festival had been held outside The Round and featured 25 breweries in its final year.
It also comes after the pandemic shut down large drinking festivals across the country for more than a year, including events in downtown Portland like the Holiday Ale Festival.
In early March, officials from the Oregon Brewers Festival, located in downtown Portland's Waterfront Park, announced their summer event would be canceled for the second straight year.
Larrance and his Oregon Brewers Festival partner, Teddy Peetz, had hoped a new festival in Hillsboro called "Westside Beer Fest" earlier this fall would bring beer-lovers back together, only to have the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 quash the event.
Hillsbrew Fest will include food vendors and souvenir sales. The Pacific Northwest-based classic rock and soul band The Denominators play live music.
Free, handcrafted root beer from Crater Lake Soda will be available for designated drivers, festival officials said.
Tickets will be available online at hillsbrewfest.com in December and at the festival entrance. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The event will be exclusive to people 21 and older.
People of drinking age interested in volunteering at the event will receive a festival T-shirt, souvenir tasting mug and vouchers for beer.
Festival doors will open at 11:30 a.m. daily, and taps will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.
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