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Attendance grew at Hoptober Freshtival beer fest in Boise

The second annual Hoptober Freshtival from Boise Brewing was blessed with mostly excellent weather Oct. 17 — and a larger turnout in its sophomore year. (Check out photos here.)

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.

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.