How to score tickets to one of the coolest beer festivals ever – Hops and Props


In the past, I haven’t shared much information about Hops & Props, the annual beer festival at The Museum of Flight. Tickets are nearly unobtainable and it seems cruel to tell you about such a cool beer event that you cannot attend. But there’s always hope, especially if you have the right info.

Most of the tickets are snatched up when they go on sale for Museum Members. When they go on sale to the general public you’ve got to move fast. It is definitely worth the effort. The “on sale” date is November 14th. More info below. Mark your calendar and set a reminder.

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For beer-loving airplane buffs, there’s nothing quite like Hops and Props, where you wander among historic airplanes while enjoying beers from dozens of breweries. This year more than 100 breweries and cideries will pour at the event.

So how do you get in on the action? First up, you need to know exactly when tickets go on sale. This year, tickets for the 17th Annual Hops and Props event go on sale on November 14th. Members can buy tickets starting at 10:00 AM and non-members can buy tickets starting at 3:00 PM. You’ll need to move quickly. Last year tickets sold out in 50 minutes. The actual event itself isn’t until February 23rd.

Here’s another idea. Find someone who is a member of the Museum of Flight and have them get tickets for you. Of course you could become a member yourself.

The last time I attended Hops and Props was in 2011, when there were about 50 breweries pouring beer at the event. (Here’s my wrap up of the event.) This year the event will feature more than 100 breweries. Although the ticket price might seem a bit steep, understand that this is an inclusive ticket: beer, food, music and airplanes. The food is provided by McCormick & Schmick’s and served up buffet-style. Also, recognize that this is a fundraiser for the Museum of Flight.

The footprint of the event has expanded as well and now includes the Space Gallery across the street from the main museum (there’s a sky bridge). Compared to years past, the event is now a bit more spread out, which is nice because it lends more elbow room and also allows you to see more stuff.

Speaking of The Museum of Flight, if you’ve never been, you should go. It is a spectacular, ever-growing museum. Airplanes are part of Seattle’s history and that history is worth celebrating. I know a lot of people around Seattle these days are not exactly natives like me, so maybe your connection to aviation history isn’t encoded into your DNA, but trust me; The Museum of Flight is very, very cool. I haven’t been in years and am way overdue for a visit.

Tickets for the 17th Annual Hops and Props beer extravaganza at The Museum of Flight go on sale November 14th. Members can buy tickets starting at 10:00, general public at 3:00. You have been warned.

Hops & Props 2019
Saturday, February 23
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
General – $95 | Museum Member – $80
Includes: event admission, commemorative pint glass, unlimited 3 oz. beer & cider tastings, and unlimited food, soda & water.


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