Published July 9, 2002


The 9th Annual Hopfest, a Tri-Valley microbrew and food festival, benefiting The Volunteer Center of Alameda County will be held from 3:00-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  Come enjoy the fun while supporting The Volunteer Center's programs.  Major sponsors include the Tri-Valley Herald/ANG Newspapers and 101.7 KKIQ radio. 

The Festivities
Hopfest will feature beer and ale from more than 35 microbreweries and gourmet food from 20 restaurants.  Beer will be served until 7 p.m. and food until 7:30 p.m. Breweries participating last year included: Alaskan Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co., Bridgeport, Butte Creek Brewing Co., Coast Range Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, El Toro Brewing Co., Faultline Brewing Co., Gambrinus, Golden Pacific Brewing Co., Hook & Ladder Brewing Co., Hoptown Brewing Co., Kelly Bros. Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Marin Brewing Co., Moosehead, Moylan's Brewery, North Coast Brewing, Pleasanton Main St. Brewery, Pete's Wicked Ale, Pyramid Brewery, Russian River Brewing Co., Samuel Adams, Seabright Brewery, Shiner, Sierra Nevada and Snowshoe Brewing Co.  Live dance music will be provided by Appleslap, emaneht and a Reggae band. 

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The ticket price includes a souvenir beer glass, music, 10 beer tastings and three food samplings.  Parking will be available at the fairgrounds for $5 per car.  A $10 Responsible Driver ticket for soft drinks and food is available for those drivers who do not plan to consume alcohol.  The first 100 Responsible Drivers will receive a free t-shirt and glass.  No children of any age will be permitted at the event, and all attendees must be 21 years old with a valid I.D. 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.volunteeronline.org (click on events).  Tickets may also be purchased at any of the Volunteer Center's three offices located at: 

333 Division St., Pleasanton, CA 94566, (925) 462-3570
660 13th St., Suite 200, Oakland, CA  94612, (510) 419-3970
21455 Birch St., Hayward, CA 94541, (510) 538-0554 For more information about HopFest, contact the Event Coordinator, Michele Bowen, at mbowen1@attglobal.net or at (925) 998-7881.

About the Volunteer Center of Alameda County
The Volunteer Center has been a resource to individuals, non-profit agencies, government, faith communities, and other civic groups for 25 years.   They mobilize individuals and resources to deliver creative solutions to community needs.  Volunteer Center programs include Adopt-A-Family and Help From the Heart, adding holiday cheer; Tri-Valley Teen Volunteers, developing teens as community leaders; ACCORD for Youth/Americorps, members working part time in schools and agencies; Youth Catalyst, teaching youth leadership; Heroes, enriching Oakland's schools with volunteers; Court Referral Program, deferred sentencing; CARD, Disaster Preparedness; The Clearinghouse, matching volunteers with agencies needs; The Week of Caring and Make A Difference Day, community outreach, and Technical Assistance Workshops, training for nonprofit agencies.  Volunteer opportunities are always available.  

Contact Information
The Volunteer Center - Tri-Valley Office
333 Division Street, Pleasanton, California  94566
(925) 462-3570  phone     (925) 462-2063  fax     info@volunteeronline.org  e-mail     www.volunteeronline.org    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW