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Okemo's Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival Aug. 3-5

July 24, 2018

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort will host its tenth annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties Team, August 3 through 5. Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn courtyard will be the setting for enjoying the great outdoors and sampling a variety of beer, cider and wine from regional and national producers. Live music will accompany the tasting all three days and an on-site marketplace will feature food trucks and craft vendors. On Saturday, festival attendees will determine the Peoples’ Choice Award, as local restaurants vie for the title of 2018 Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Champion.

Returning this year to the courtyard at the Jackson Gore Inn, Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival has become a true family event. With free admission to the venue for all ages, soda sampling for kids with popular fruity flavors and more adventurous ones like birthday cake and toasted marshmallow, and with the festival’s close proximity to Okemo’s Adventure Zone and Spring House Pool & Fitness Center, kids of all ages can be entertained for hours on end.

Hops in the Hills attendees will be able to sample beverages from a selection of more than 120 beers and ciders, plus more than a dozen fine wines. Festival hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3; noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. The musical lineup for the weekend includes East Coast Soul on Friday evening, North and South Dakotas, Rek’Lis and Nine Deez Nite on Saturday, and Los Elk and Joshua Panda Project on Sunday.

In addition to beer and wine sampling on Saturday, Hops in the Hills attendees may take part in determining this year’s Peoples’ Choice winner of the Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Championship. Each $5 pack of chicken wing tickets allows guests to sample five chicken wings prepared by seven local restaurants, and cast one vote for their favorite wing. This year’s Chicken Wing Champion will be announced at the end of the day, August 4.

Admission to Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival is free and open to all ages. Soft drinks and food items will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks and the Adventure Zone Waffle Cabin or Coleman Brook Tavern. Beer and wine tasters must be 21 or older and present a valid ID. Pricing for tasting varies according to the size and style of drinkware purchased. Sampling portions range in size from three ounces for wine, up to 18.5 ounces for beer and cider. Each sampling glass is sold with three tasting tickets and additional refill tickets are available.

Okemo’s Adventure Zone and Evolution Bike Park will be operating throughout the weekend. Visitors can rip, zip and flip their way from one gravity-gripping adventure to the next. Among Okemo’s Adventure Zone features are a mountain coaster, a treetop challenge course, bungee trampoline jumping, miniature golf, bounce houses, a mining sluice and much more. Each of Okemo’s Adventure Zone features is priced individually or visitors can purchase an Adventure Zone Day Pass wristband. Lift-served mountain biking at Okemo’s Evolution Bike Park operates daily at the Resort’s Sugar House mid-mountain lodge, located above the Clock Tower base area. Scenic chairlift rides on Okemo’s Sunburst Six bubble chair are also available.

To learn more about Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival, call (802) 228-1600 or visit

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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 |