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Ski and snowboard resort east of Government Camp to host winter brew fest Saturday, Dec. 14

COURTESY PHOTO - There will be eight to 10 breweries involved including Double Mountain, Everybodys Brewing, Ferment, Full Sail, Kyla, Ninkasi, pFriem, Sunriver and Widmer.As the snow accumulates on Mount Hood, Mt. Hood Meadows resort is promising a flurry of seasonal events.

From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, the popular recreation destination will host its 13th annual Winter Brew Fest to kickoff the holiday fun for the 21-and-older crowd with a hopping event in the Vertical North lounge.

The brew fest began as a way for Meadows to celebrate the recovery of Highway 35 after a tremendous snow event blocked traffic resort traffic for the first few weeks of ski season in 2006.

This year the event also will celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Vertical North dining area, which now has its own kitchen and expanded bar.

"It's a great event not just for kicking off the season now but remembering certain years and what it took to get the season started," said Dave Tragethon, Meadows vice president of marketing.

COURTESY PHOTO - This year the Winter Brew Fest will celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Vertical North dining area, which now has its own kitchen and expanded bar. The Green Room band will provide live entertainment from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

There will be eight to 10 breweries involved including Double Mountain, Everybody's Brewing, Ferment, Full Sail, Kyla, Ninkasi, pFriem, Sunriver and Widmer, serving up three to four brews each.

"We're so fortunate to have such great microbreweries in the Pacific Northwest," Tragethon noted.

Admission is $16 and includes a commemorative mug, four tasters and a raffle ticket. You must be 21 and have a valid ID in hand to enter the festival in Vertical North, but children are welcome in the nearby Vertical area during the event.

"For a lot of people, the brew fest is their first time on the mountain," Tragethon said. "It's really signifying getting the season going and meeting up with new friends."


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