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Named after the Triple Horn of Odin in Norse mythology, Triplehorn Brewing Co. is steeped in its owners' Viking heritage. 

It was only fitting that when Ray and Rich Nesheim decided to host a music festival at their Woodinville brewery, that they name it for Viking hordes. 

"I wanted it to be that invasion," Rich Nesheim said. "We wanted to be invaded by the people who love us." 

The eighth annual free rock festival Hordefest will take place starting at noon on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the brewery at 19510 144th Ave NE, Suite E6 in Woodinville. Music begins at 2:20 p.m.

Headliner Almost Human is a Kiss tribute band that played at the festival four years ago and has returned by popular demand, according to organizer Michael Miller. 

"They are the best Kiss tribute you'll ever see," Miller said. 

Other bands include Outshined — a Sound Garden and Temple of the Dog tribute, the local band Custom, Stone Temple Pilots tribute band Wicked Garden, and musicians from Woodinville's Jam Academy. 

The festival is for all ages and will also feature a variety of local vendors. 

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The idea of the event, other than celebrating the brewery's ninth year of operation, is to bring the community together, Nesheim said. 

"Brewers should be community-centric," he said. 

This idea is a core concept for the business, he said, pointing at the brewery's large communal tables. 

In past years, between 3,000 to 5,000 people have come through the festival throughout the day, Miller said. 

"In my humble opinion, it's the best way to meet your neighbor that you haven't met yet," he said. 

The atmosphere is designed to be "inviting and inclusive," Nesheim said, and troublemakers won't be tolerated. 

Attendees are asked to bring low-back chairs, so they may enjoy the acts without blocking the view. It's also recommended that festival goers use ride share apps, take transit, or walk, because parking will be limited. 

The festival will also serve as a showcase for special brews and Triplehorn's regular on-tap offerings. 

The Nesheims grew up in the Woodinville area and, after some time spent out of state, they returned and founded the brewery in 2012. The brothers enlisted the help of Miller, who had been a promoter. He has since been involved in the organization of every festival over the past nine years. 

Like most events, Hordefest was canceled last year due to the pandemic. And this year, Miller said, it will be like "training wheels" for those looking to jump back into the music festival scene. 

The "horde," which is like a clan, refers to the crowd and the brewery's patrons, Miller said. 

"Every year, it's time to gather the horde," he said, "so it's Hordefest."

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