Fresh Hop Shortage

Portland, OR–Hop heads not arriving in the first few hours and willing to tolerate long lines in a cramped venue experienced little bounty. Hopefully in the future, better planning will accommodate beer enthusiasts unable to arrive at at the very beginning of a nine hour festival.  We arrived midway through the festival, not expecting every beer to still be available, but certainly hoping for a semblance of selection.   A better option for those wanting a more comfortable, affordable, and bountiful experience would be to visit places like Belmont Station, Bailey’s Taproom, or the HorseBrass Pub.  Many local brewpubs still have their fresh hop offerings available.
2008 Fresh Hop Tastival Guide
2008 Fresh Hop Tastival Guide
Midway through the cramped festival, not much left aside from Hopworks and Laurelwood beers
Midway through the cramped festival, not much left aside from Hopworks, Lompoc, and Laurelwood beers
Maddening crowds depleted the Portland Fresh Hops quickly
Maddening crowds depleted the Portland Fresh Hops quickly
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