Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SeaPort Offers a Direct Flight to Yakima for Fresh Hop Fest

For one weekend only, SeaPort Airlines will be transporting “Hop Heads” direct to Yakima for the 7th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

On October 3rd, SeaPort Airlines will offer a direct flight from their private PDX terminal to Yakima, WA making the Fresh Hop Ale Festival more accessible to the Portland Metro area. SeaPort Air will deliver festival-goers on Saturday, October 3rd from PDX at 2:30pm direct to Yakima and bring them back to Portland on Sunday, October 4th at 11:30am. The cost is $298 roundtrip, subject to a $3.60 Federal Segment Fee.

“I’ve attended this festival and look forward to it every year,” says Kent Craford, President of SeaPort Airlines. “The only thing better than attending the Fresh Hop Ale Festival is avoiding the drive home!” Nothing celebrates the superior taste of craft beer better – and the fact that Yakima produces 77% of the US hop crop – than the 7th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

For a brew to be considered a “fresh hop ale” for the festival competition, it must be produced with hops that were picked no more than 24 hours prior to brewing. Brewers then bring their freshly brewed kegs of beer to the fest, where an expert panel of judges, selects first, second, and third place Fresh Hop Ales. Festival-goers also vote, with their taste buds, and a “Most Pours Award” crowns the crowd favorite.

Come to the source: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 6pm-11pm (21 and over only, ID required) at the Millennium Arts Plaza downtown Yakima. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the gate. Hilton Garden Inn room packages are available by calling 509.454.1111. All festival proceeds benefit the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley (est. 1962) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the coordination and promotion of arts events and programs in the valley.

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