Hop Country Festivals & Events for Craft Beer Lovers

Yakima Valley Beer Festivals and Events

Hop Country Festivals & Events for Craft Beer Lovers

May 22, 2023

Mark your calendar for hop country fun

Great beer begins in the home of the hops. So, it makes sense that Yakima Valley Hop Country is the place to find a great craft beer bash. Take a trip to the largest hop producing region in the world for one-of-a-kind festivals and events. Leave time to travel the one and only Hop Country Craft Beer Trail. and raise a pint just minutes, or even steps from where the hops were harvested. Take a drive through the hop fields and enjoy that one-of-a-kind hop aroma in the air.

Bottles, Brews & Barbecues – 6/9-10/2023

You might not immediately think “Northwest” when imagining great barbecue, but this festival does it right. Imagine the savory, smoky aromas and flavors of exceptional barbecue perfectly paired with local hop country craft brews and wines, topped off with live music. Barbecue teams from across the Northwest participate in the juried BBQ competition with the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association.

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Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest – 6/24/2023

In the heart of mid-summer, well before the craziness of hop harvest season, the city of Sunnyside hosts a namesake festival celebrating the town’s reliably sunny summer weather and the world-class hops it produces. Raise a pint for the beauty and bounty of hop country with incredible beer, wine, food and live music.

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Ales for ALS – 6/24/2023

Bale Breaker Brewing Company may be the third largest independent craft brewery in Washington State, but it remains a family affair. Research to end ALS is a cause near and dear to the hearts of their fifth-generation hop growing family. So, of course, they throw their biggest bash of the year, celebrating their annual Ales for ALS special Bubba’s Brew, raising funds for ALS research. Rather than your standard fundraiser, this craft beer bash takes place at their brewery located right in the middle of the family’s hop fields, with live music, food vendors and all manners of fun.

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Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival – 8/26/2023

The name says it all! Head to the town of Prosser to sip award-winning craft beer, ciders and spirts from local makers. Pair it with specialty food bites and, if you’re so inclined, mingle in the cigar lounge and take in live music.

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Hop Country Music Festival- Yakima, WA

Hop Country Music Festival – 9/15-16/2023

Featuring Chris Janson, Neal McCoy and Easton Corbin

Right in the middle of hop harvest season, this outstanding two-day festival returns to the Yakima Valley for its second year. The must-see lineup features Chris Janson, Neal McCoy and Easton Corbin. Plan your trip for a weekend of great music, food and fun. Of course, leave time to explore the Hop Country Craft Beer Trail.

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Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Yakima, WA

Fresh Hop Ale Festival – 10/7/2023

More than 7,000 beer lovers come for a one-of-a kind craft beer festival

In the heart of hop country, every single hop cone gets harvested and processed over the span of 30 crazy days in September. It all culminates with the Yakima Valley’s signature Fresh Hop Ale Festival, one of the “Top 10 Beer Festivals in The Nation!” More than 70 brewers descend upon Yakima to compete for top honors with fresh hop ales crafted only using freshly harvested hops.

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Brewery Tours through Hop Country

Reserve your spot on The Little Hopper – Yakima’s craft beer bus! Sign up for their hop-on-hop-off tours. The busses travel a variety of loops from brewery to brewery. You choose your starting point and hop on and off to spend about an hour at each stop. You can also schedule custom group tours, as well as winery tours.

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