Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
Although the designation seems like a no-brainer, I mean, we are located in the hop capital of the nation, being home to one of the top ten beer festivals in the country is quite an honor for our small town when you consider who we are up against.
Last year, over 5,000 people flocked to the Fresh Hop Ale Festival held in downtown Yakima to partake in the tasting of craft beers from over 30 different breweries. To qualify for the festival and be considered a “fresh hop ale” the beers must be produced with Yakima Valley hops that have moved from vine to vat in 24 hours. Breweries and home brewers alike can enter the competition which draws some big names in the craft beer industry like Deschutes, Lagunitas, and Sierra Nevada.
“We’re excited to continue the Fresh Hop Ale Festival experience and solidify the Yakima Valley’s place as one of the premier hop growing regions in the world” said Joe Nation, Co-Chair of the Fresh Hop Ale Festival Committee. "We’re super appreciative to continue this festival so many people have come to call their favorite Yakima event.”
The festival is being held on October 3rd from 5 PM – 10 PM on South 3rd Street in downtown Yakima. This year they plan to feature over 40 breweries with over 100 different craft beers available for you to try. A variety of local wineries will also be on site offering a wide selection of wine. Food vendors will also be there serving up everyone's favorites.
Modern indie pop band Legs, and Seattle "power trio" Cracker Factory, who dub their style as Cascadia rock, will be performing live at the event.
To purchase tickets and for more details visit their website: FreshHopAleFestival.com
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Moxee Hop Festival | Harvest celebrations | Bale Breaker | Yakima Craft Brewing | Yakima Valley Food & Wine