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Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival returns to Okemo Aug. 5-7

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort will host its annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties August 5 through 7. This is a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Summer Event. Okemo’s Jackson Gore will be the setting for enjoying the great outdoors and sampling a variety of beer and wine from regional and national producers. Live concerts will accompany the tasting all three days and an on-site marketplace will feature food trucks, craft vendors and Saturday’s popular chicken wing championship.

Returning this year to its new location in the courtyard at the Jackson Gore Inn, Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival becomes a true family event with its close proximity to Okemo’s Adventure Zone and all the amenities of the Inn. Also making an encore this year, a beer pairing dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern on Saturday, August 6, will feature Shmaltz Brewing Company, a craft brewing company located in Clifton Park, New York. Okemo Executive Chef Scot Emerson’s four-course beer pairing dinners are a culinary adventure that matches fresh, locally produced foods with fine craft beer. Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dinner reservations are required and available by calling (802) 228-1600.

Hops in the Hills attendees will be able to sample beer from a selection of more than 80 beers and ciders, plus a number of fine wines. Festival hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 5; noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7. The musical lineup for the weekend includes Get Up Jack on Friday evening, Bella’s Bartok and The Alchemystics on Saturday, and Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers on Sunday.

In addition to beer and wine sampling on Saturday, Hops in the Hills attendees may take part in determining this year’s winner of the Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Championship. Each $5 pack of tickets allows guests to sample five chicken wings prepared by 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.

Admission to Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival is free and open to all ages. Soft drinks and barbecue items will be available for purchase. Beer and wine tasters must be 21 or older and present a valid ID. Pricing for tasting varies according to the size and style, ranging from six ounces to 25 ounces, of tasting glass purchased. 

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 The Evolution Bike Park operates at Okemo’s Clock Tower base area daily.
 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 |