Beer lovers will take to Hoover Ridge Sunday for the first annual Hoover Ridge Hops Fest.

The event is one of two new ones added to this year’s Hoover Ridge lineup by the Madison Parks and Recreation Authority (PRA). Last month, the group held the Wool and Wine Festival in conjunction with the annual sheep dog trials. The PRA hopes the two events add something different to the park, bringing in people who may have never visited the facility before.

The hops festival was born out of brainstorming by the authority’s committee.

“We were thinking of events to bring people out and try something a little different,” PRA’s Valerie Miller said. “We have a good location to bring in music and craft beer.”

The festival will be held 2-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 and will feature craft beer from O’Connor, Hardywood, Beer Hound Brewery, Devil’s Backbone, Shock Top, Starr Hill, Brothers, Pale Fire, South Street Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Goose Island, Troegs and Dominion, along with Bold Rock Hard Cider. The event is being sponsored by Beer Hound Brewery, Far Gohn Brewing Company and Tour de Madison.

“It was important to use as many fairly local and Central Virginia beers as possible,” Miller said. Local brewery Bald Top, which will be celebrating its summer kick-off weekend, will be helping in other ways.

Music will be provided by James 3 at 2:30 p.m. and Chamomile & Whiskey at 4:30 p.m.

Early bird tickets are available for $25 while tickets at the gate will be $35. Admission for designated drivers and minors will be $5. Identification will be checked at the gate and coolers are not permitted. Guests may bring chairs or blankets. Pets are not permitted for the event due to the crowd expected. The PRA estimates approximately 1,000 people will attend. Ticket sales are cut off at 2,500.

Upon arrival, those with tasting tickets will be given 10 tickets with each tasting costing one ticket and a pint costing five tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are also available from the PRA office and on-site. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m.

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