American Craft Beer Week is kicks off on May 15, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate where your beer comes from! The Yakima Valley grows over 75% of our nation’s hops, which means our growers are the reason that there’s even an American Craft Beer Week at all!
With all these hops growing in our backyard, it’s no surprise that the Yakima Valley has a unique and growing collection of craft breweries scattered up and down the valley. Here’s a handy guide of all of our local brew spots, as well as some of our favorite beer-themed events, to help you celebrate American Craft Beer Week!
Yakima Roots & Vines Festival – 4:00-10:00 pm, May 20, 2017 – Celebrating our local craft beverages and American music, this Downtown Yakima event is a local favorite. There is live music on two stages by The Brothers Comatose, Sleepy Man, Dusty 45’s, Robbie Walden Band and The Common Deer. Pouring at the roots and vines fest will be Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Berchman's Brewing Company & Taproom, Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co, Cowiche Creek Brewing Company, Yakima Craft Brewing Co., and Hop Nation Brewing Company. Local wines, ciders and food vendors will also be available. Get tickets here.
Free Summer Concert Series – 6:00 pm, May 20, 2017 at Cowiche Creek Brewing. Live music by DieBruderalong with awesome eats from local food truck Chronic Foods. Family, pet, and beer drinker friendly t this second installment of this free summer concert series!
Naches Run, Walk, Bike and Brew with Bron Yr Aur Brewing - May 20, 2017. A 5K walk/run celebrating Armed Forces Day, followed by the First Annual Bron Yr Aur Beer Festival at Depot Park. 5k and Relay participants 21 and older will get a free beer token. We hope to see you for a morning and afternoon of family activities, live music, local artists and vendors, local food and Bron Yr Aur beer!
Bale Breaker Brewing - Moxee
Berchman’s Brewing Company – Downtown Yakima
Bron Yr Aur Brewing - Naches
Cowiche Creek Brewing - Yakima
Hop Nation Brewing Co. - Downtown Yakima
Yakima Craft Brewing - Yakima
The Beer Shoppe: Not a brewery but, WOW what a beer store! Find unusual craft brews in this beer store with a tap room and a numerous selection of ever changing craft brews on tap.
Insider info: Keep an eye out for a new brewery opening soon in Downtown Yakima on Yakima Avenue!
Come celebrate with a cold one straight from the source! Plan your trip over to the Yakima Valley with this weekend beer trip idea! Want to know more about the Yakima Valley hops and craft beer? Find one of our Yakima Valley Tourism representatives at any upcoming Washington Beer Commission events!
P.S. SAVE THE DATE: Fresh Hop Ale Festival is September 30th this year, so plan accordingly! You don't want to miss one of the best beer festivals in the nation, right in the heart of hop country!