The Yakima Valley is keeping it fresh, with the Fresh Hop Beer Week! Culminating with the famed Fresh Hop Ale Festival on October 1st, this week-long celebration in the Yakima Valley is a craft beer lovers dream! Fresh Hop Ale Festival was featured in Sunset Magazine and Thrillist.com’s top 10 American beer festivals. Every year on the last week in September, craft beer aficionados from around the nation converge on the Yakima Valley to attend beer and food pairing events, stroll through hop and brewery tours, and wet their whistles on the brews made from fresh local hops! Then Saturday evening, they gather in Downtown Yakima to enjoy fresh hop ales from 45+ breweries offering 100 different brews, live music, 15 food vendors, wine, hard cider, and local mixed drinks. Check out the list of what's coming this week!
Bale Breaker Brewing Co. and YCH Hops kickoff Fresh Hop Beer Week with this year’s Piled High Imperial Fresh Hop Release Party by teaming up with mobile caterer Crafted GastroPub and Catering for a crab feed and oyster bar straight from the Puget Sound. The event will feature beer specials, free tours of the recently expanded brewery, and plenty of prizes. 5pm-8pm, Crafted will also be at the brewery on Saturday and Sunday. No ticket required.
Second Street Grill teams up with local brewer Hop Nation Brewing Co. for a dinner paired up with the brewery’s fresh hop beer. 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the restaurant.
The Beer Shoppe will be holding its 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall event, featuring hard-to-find beers and new fresh hop beer releases. Chronic Foods food truck will also be selling food at the event. 6 p.m. $2 per taste.
Apple Golf Resort 9-Hole 2-Man Scramble. Join Apple Tree as they host brewers from around the NW for a tasting and golf experience like no other. Registration starts at 11 AM and Shotgun Start at 1 PM will begin a 9 hole, 3 club, 2 person scramble golf tournament on Apple Tree's back nine. A beer station will be present at each hole, with a different craft beer for you to try. Just think, you don’t have to wait for the 19th hole for refreshment! Each golfer will receive a free stainless steel beer glass and nine beer script, compliments of McCown Crafted. Space is extremely limited. Entry fee includes, round, cart, beer, lunch, range balls, and stainless steel glass. $75 per person including beer and lunch, presented by McCown Crafted Inc. Contact Apple Tree and reserve your tee time today 509 965 5877.
HopSteiner Ranch Tour. Hop on the party bus/limo for an entertaining ride to Hopsteiner’s newest ranch in Mabton, WA. Walk the field to learn about hop breeding, growing and harvesting, take a guided tour of the picking machine and kilns, and participate in hop sensory evaluation by examining new and experimental varieties. Relax and enjoy tasty brews, dinner and yard games for the rest of the evening. Hopsteiner is one of the largest hop breeding, growing, trading and processing firms in the world. This is an exclusive field-to-glass experience that you won’t want to miss! Tour starts at 5:30-10 PM. $65 per person all-inclusive package (tickets extremely limited)
Yakima Valley Hops Presents the 3rd annual Fresh Hop Party with music from Rust on Rails as well as Hillstomp and the Choppers. Featuring fresh hop beers from Bale Breaker, Bron Yr Aur, Everybody's Brewing, Hop Nation, Old Stove Brewing, Snipes Mountain Brewing and Yakima Craft Brewing, you will also find other beverages by Tieton Cider Works and Naches Heights Vineyard. 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. 21-and-up only. Tickets available online.
The Yakima Sports Center Brewery Party will feature beer from several different breweries including Deschutes Brewery, Firestone Walker, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), New Belgium Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada and Two Beers Brewing Co. You will also have a chance to meet brewers and industry employees as well as win Fresh Hop Ale Festival tickets and merchandise. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bale Breaker Brewery Citra Slicker wet Hop IPA Release Party with Hop Town Pizza. Bale Breaker is releasing not just one but TWO fresh hop beers this year! The night before the festival, they will unveil Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA, a wet hop collaboration beer that we brewed with Cloudburst Brewing, The big city brewers from downtown Seattle. And what goes better with beer than pizza. Stay for dinner and enjoy HopTown Pizza’s , mouthwatering, authentic wood fired pizza with a touch of Cascade hops. You won’t be disappointed! 4-8pm.
Fresh Hop Pre-Party with Crafted @ Bale Breaker Brewery 12-5pm. Get the party started early at the only spot in Yakima with a few rows of hops still tall in the field! Crafted Gastropub & Catering will be there serving up a delicious, gourmet hot dog lunch to get those bellies ready for the evening’s festivities. Please note the taproom will be closing at 5pm so everyone can head downtown for this year’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival.
Post Festival Brunch with Crafted Gastropub at Bale Breaker Brewery. Nothing like a little hair-of-the-dog! Just because the festival is over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Join us for the Day After Party with a brunch menu on the brewery lawn from 12-5pm. Just what the doctor (or maybe brewer?) ordered to cap off a weekend of fun.
LEARN MORE ABOUT YAKIMA'S HOP HISTORY!
Did you know Alexander Graham Bell grew hops in the Yakima Valley? Catch up on a little hop growing history while you’re here by visiting the American Hop Museum in the city of Toppenish, less than a 20 minute drive from Yakima. At the museum you will learn the history of hops in America, see antique harvesting implements and learn about Yakima Valley’s hop industry. This is the nation’s only hop museum dedicated to showcasing the history of hop growing. The museum will be open from 10 am-1pm on Saturday, and 11-4 pm on Sunday this week for those wishing to take a tour during Fresh Hop Beer week. When you're done, head to one of the local breweries to taste the products made with local hops.
For all your craft brewery maps and event info, check out the Hops & Brews page on VisitYakima.com!