October 1 is the day of an exciting beer event right in the heart of Washington State Hop Country, The Fresh Hop Ale Festival in Yakima Washington!
Besides the bounty of its hop harvest, Yakima claims one of the craft brewing industry’s roots: the original home of America’s first post-prohibition brewpub. As ales, stouts and hefeweizens continue to gain popularity, Yakima is the place to experience some of the finest examples.
Not only that, there's live music, food, wines, a cigar tent, and more! This is Yakima's biggest (and some say best) street party of the year - all taking place in Millennium Plaza in downtown Yakima.
This festival includes 24 craft brewers and one cider house bringing their finest fresh hop ales. There is also a home brew competition where yours truly will be entering Raw Reed Ale made with a confusing combination of fresh Ahtanum, Centennial, and palisades hops.
For a brew to be considered a “fresh hop ale” for the festival competition, it must be produced with hops that were picked no more than 24 hours prior to brewing (talk about overnight shipping!). Fresh Hop Ale is produced throughout the month of September, timing dependent on the growth of each year’s hop harvest. Brewers then bring their freshly brewed kegs of beer to the fest, where a panel of judges selects first, second and third place Fresh Hop Ales. Festival-goers vote with their taste buds— a “Most Pours Award” crowns the crowd favorite.
The Fresh Hop Ale Festival benefits Allied Arts of Yakima and contributes 20% of their annual budget.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Currently pre-sale ($30) tickets are on sale at local businesses around the valley (listed below) during regular business hours through noon on Friday September 30.
Plenty of tickets will also be available for $35 at the gate.
Ticket price includes a commemorative beer glass and $6 scrip (used instead of cash for beer and wine. Food is CASH ONLY). ID is required for everyone, from 21 to 91!
PRE-SALE TICKET LOCATIONS
DownTown Ticket Sale Locations
- Bob’s Keg and Cork (509) 573-3691
27 N. Front St., Yakima, WA 98901
- SportsCenter (509) 453-4647
214 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98901
- Capitol Theatre Box Office (509) 853-8000
19 S. 3rd St., Yakima, WA 98901
- Essencia Artisan Bakery (509) 575-5570
4 N. 3rd St., Yakima, WA 98901
- Red Lion Hotel (509) 248-5900
607 E. Yakima, Yakima, WA 98901
- Hilton Garden Inn (509) 454-1111
401 East Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901
- Treveri Cellars (509) 248-0200
225 S. 2nd Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902
Midtown Ticket Sale Locations
- Off the Record (509) 453-8652
901 Summitview Ave., Yakima, WA 98902
- The Beer Shoppe (509) 453-5706
1105 S 24th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902
- Yakima Craft Brewing Tap (509) 654-7357
2920 River Road (#6) Yakima, WA 98902
Westside Ticket Sale Locations
- Sporthaus (509) 966-6695
4104 Summitview Ave., Yakima, WA 98908
- Bert’s Pub (509) 972-4557
5110 Tieton Drive Yakima, WA 98908
- Allied Arts Center (509) 966-0930
5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima, WA 98908
NO “WILL CALL”
Tickets can be picked up through Sept 30 at 5pm.