Broad Street between 5th and 6th streets was stuffed with more than 2,000 beer enthusiasts, up from about 1,500 in 2014. The reasonably priced celebration of fresh-hop beers was a heck of a deal and offered a lot of palate joy. There was no shortage of extra drink tickets. Near the end, people were handing them to strangers by the handful for free.
Bottom line: Cool, harvest-season theme for a brew festival.
The only widespread gripe? A forehead-thwacking porta-potty shortage, certainly baffling for any brew festival in year two. Folks who arrived later in the afternoon also noticed that many breweries ran completely out of beer by 6 or 6:30 p.m. Bummerville, considering the event ended at 8. But that’s the risk at a brewfest.
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Hoptober Freshtival’s biggest hurdle might be its own success.
Could a new location be in its future? I’m hearing that’s being kicked around as a possibility.