Seventh annual Hops in Humboldt not just for beer drinkers

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

This year's Hops in Humboldt Beer Festival was a great success due to the endless volunteer hours put in by committee members and the community. Over 2,500 people attended the annual event in the Friendly City of Fortuna on Saturday and not everyone was drinking beer.

As over 40 breweries prepared their taps, merchandise and food vendors offered a variety of items from which to choose. Although the event was for 21 and over, only several underage snuck in through the protection of their mommy's tummy. The event was sprinkled with many designated driver pregnant moms who came for the vendors, music, and friendship of such a fun event.

Drake Mollberg of the new Redwood Curtain Brewing Company in Arcata boasted, "This is an awesome event and we are so happy to be a part of it! We brought some great beers to share including a Belgian Style Ale, Imperial Golden Ale and a double hopped IPA."

Joanne Snyder of Eureka brought her jewelry business, Spiritbead, to the event saying, "I have been around for years and this is a great event. As a vendor the price is good and the event provides a good time."

Julie Abouzelof, who is new to the area, came down to watch local band Boomsauii open the event. "They are just having a lot of fun up there and don't take themselves too seriously. They are so great to listen to and I am glad I came to this event so I could hear them play." Megan Hensley added, "Boomsauii is just a lot of fun and I just love their spirit. You can't help but smile when you are around them."

Attendee Jeff Pauletti after trying several of the beers proclaimed Grand Teton Brewing Company's ESB Bitch Creek, "This is the best beer! I cannot believe the line is not longer here - it is such a great Brown Ale with a pleasant surprise. This is the best beer of the day," he said.

The event benefits the Fortuna Parks and Recreation Department, Police Programs, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Youth Athletics, Senior Services, and Schools. To ensure the safety of those in attendance and the surrounding community transportation around the city was provided to several locations and Redwood Transit System had buses running to Eureka and Arcata.

Heather Nuberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

1. A large booth in the center of the event sold several types of Official Hops in Humboldt merchandise.

2. Hundreds gathered to partake in the 100's of beers, bands, food, and friendships.

3. Joanne Snyder of Eureka brought her portable Spiritbead business down to Hops for the day and can be found most days in Eureka by the gazebo.