August 20th, 2014
Hop Madness 2014 is canceled. This was a very tough decision to make, but due to low pre-festival ticket sales it’s become clear that we’re not going to get anywhere close to breaking even this year. Let me give you a little back story. First off Hop Madness has never really been a money making event. We’ve always broken just about even if you don’t count the time that Brian and I put into running the event. When I took over hosting Hop Madness 5 years ago I was made aware of the situation from the previous organizer. The event was held at Willamette Mission Park and after you got done paying for fees for the park, bringing in fresh hop bines, and insurance the event lost about 50 bucks. In the following years we did more advertising and putting posters for the event up all over the place and we weren’t able to raise the number of attendees up past 100. We got an offer to move the event over to the Rogue Hop Farm and our costs dropped down a bit, but we were still just barley breaking even. I didn’t do this to make a profit, I did it because I love the event and I have a great time hanging out with all the people that show up.
Second, Hop Madness used to be the only beer related event in August. About 3 years ago that all started to change. More and more events have started happening and I believe it’s siphoned off some of the hard core Hop Madness people/groups away from the event. This years confirmed attendance is 19 people. If I was to hold it, it would be anywhere from $300-450 out of my pocket, if not more. I’d love to be crazy rich and host this event anyways for the people that want to go, but that just isn’t in the cards. That’s one of the biggest factors that has lead to the tough tough tough decision to cancel the event.
Next I have to give a big thanks to Rogue. When I realized that we weren’t going to get the attendance we needed to put on this event I contacted them to find out what my losses would be. They stated since we’ve been a great event to have over the years they would refund my deposit and wouldn’t hold me liable for the event. That is just plain outstanding customer service and I was floored by their generosity. Please support them and let them know you’re thankful for the way they have treated Hop Madness. If you have time, head over to their facebook page and let them know what a wonderful company they are and that their staff at the Hop Farm and event coordinators are awesome.
Finally, I don’t know what the future of Hop Madness is going to be. Will it be back in 2015 or is it finally time to retire the event? Do we turn this into a bi-yearly thing? What do we do to make the event more popular? Washington and California have events like this that are attended by hundreds of homebrewers, what’s Oregon doing wrong? There’s a lot of questions I don’t have the answers to. I do know one thing, I would love some help figuring out the future of the event. If you want to help create some sort of “advisory council” please contact me or reply to this post and I will reach out to you in the next few weeks.
If you have already purchased a ticket for this years Hop Madness event, I will be issuing refunds sometime over the next few days. I’m trying to find out from Paypal if I can issue refunds with the fees restored. Don’t worry, this post is my pledge to you to make sure you get every single cent back. All of your money will be refunded even if I have to drive over to your house and issue a refund in person. If you haven’t received a refund by 8/31, feel free to contact or publicly shame me.
It’s been a great 11 years of the event. Hopefully there will be a 12th year somewhere in the future.
Hoppy Trails (oh god I used a pun, I’m sorry)
August 14th, 2014
Hop Madness 2014 is just 9 days away. Tickets are currently on sale. Get yours today!!!
June 12th, 2014
We are proud to announce that Hopmadness 2014 will happen August 23rd-24th, 2014 at the Rogue Hop Farm in Independence Oregon. More details will come over the next couple of days. Tickets should go on sale on June 15th. Please help get the word out to all of your Homebrewing and Beer Loving friends.
In addition I’ve had a few people ask “Hey what about a band?” Well I’m looking into it. If you know of a band or if you know anything about booking a band, please let me know I don’t know what I’m doing and could use some help here.
If you have any questions please use the contact form.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again on August 23rd!!!!!!!!
August 17th, 2013
Because over the past few years I’ve always had a few people contact me asking where the Farm is on the day of Hop Madness, I always make sure to post the address and a Google Maps link. If you you get lost, either email me or contact the farm at 503-838-9813 and we will get you headed in the right direction. Here’s the address:
3590 Wigrich Rd.
Independence, OR 97351
Here’s a Google Maps link:
August 15th, 2013
These are the general times that things will start at, but in the past we’ve had to push things around due to unexpected circumstances
12:00 – Hop Madness Starts, Check-in Open
1:00 – Hop Bines arrive for picking
3:00 – Judging for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer Competition
4:00 – Hop Farm Tour
5:00 – Hop Olympics
6:30 – Best Damn Hoppy Beer and Peoples choice winners announced. Raffle/Hop Triva follows
12:00 – Hop Madness Ends, Check-out and Cleanup
The major addition this year will be the Hop Trivia contest. I will have some sort of prize for winners. Hop Madness is just 2 days away, get your tickets today!!!!
August 13th, 2013
Here’s a picture of the first hops in Oregon being picked on Monday. These were Tettnanger hops that were picked right here in the Willamette Valley.
Hopmadness 2013 is just 4 days away. Get your tickets now!!!!!
August 3rd, 2013
One of the cornerstones of HopMadness has always been our two contests; Best Damn Hoppy Beer and the People’s Choice contest. Both of these by far are the easiest homebrewing contests that you’ll ever have to enter in your life. There’s no forms to fill out, no entry fee and no style guidelines to adhere to.
The Rules for the Best Damn Hoppy Beer are:
- Submit at least 24 oz. of bottled, or otherwise containerized beer.
That’s it!!!!!! The the beer could be in a mason jar, a red solo cup or some other container you can think of. We do this because we’re going to judge the beer at the time you actually give it to us. This allows you to not have to worry about bottling before you get to Hopmadness and lets you serve directly out of your keg if you bring one. In addition, there will be no style guidelines for this contest. It doesn’t have to be a hop bomb, but it does have to have hops in it and be a good beer. Your beer will be judged on if it’s a beer, if it’s hoppy and if it’s good. It’s that simple.
The People’s Choice contest is a little different. It’s has the dual purpose of getting people to socialize with each other. When you arrive at HopMadness you will be given a ticket, you will then set up your camp with your keg of beer (you could also serve out of bottles or growlers on a table) and attach a red solo cup to the side of it. People will then walk around the camp sampling beers and if they like yours best of all then they will drop their ticket into your red solo cup. Sometime around 6pm we will go around and do a count of all the tickets and the person with the most tickets wins.
As you can see both of these contest are both fairly low key and low prep time, and that’s the things that makes them so great! HopMadness is supposed to be a nice relaxing weekend where you can enjoy the company of other homebrewers from across the state/region. It’s not one of those things that you come home completely exhausted from and then face Monday morning at work. You’ll have a good time.
The winners of both contest will be announced later in the night and prizes will be awarded then. For more information, please visit our Contest Page
August 3rd, 2013
HopMadness is just 14 days away. If you don’t have your tickets now, what are you waiting for???? Head over to our Purchase Tickets page and get one today. Look for info on how to enter the Best Damn Hoppy Beer and Peoples Choice Contest later this morning.
August 1st, 2013
It’s National IPA day, what are you drinking?
July 19th, 2013
Hopmadness 2013 is now less then 30 days away. If you haven’t had a chance to brew up a hoppy beer for the “People’s Choice” or “Best Damn Hoppy Beer” contest you’re slowly running out of time. If you need some inspiration to develop a winning recipe then check out our Winning Recipes where we have recipes going all the way back to the 2003 winner. Winning either of these contests not only gives you bragging rights for the year, you also get a ton of great prizes from our sponsors. Last years winners went home with over $250 worth of prizes and gift certificates. It really is one of the best contest in the area to win.
If you haven’t purchased you tickets, please do so soon. We encourage people to buy early so we can make sure we have enough hops on hand for everyone to get a chance to pick fresh hops from the field to brew with. All the details about the Hopmadness 2013 can be found on our About page. We look forward to seeing you there!