What exactly makes Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival different from other beer festivals? Well, we grow your beer right here in the Yakima Valley, harvesting 75% of the nation’s hops in what is one of the most important hop growing regions in the world. Every single hop cone in the Valley gets harvested and processed over the span of 30 crazy days every September. It all culminates with Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival, one of the "Top 10 Beer Festivals in The Nation!" You’ll find 65 brewers from around the U.S. competing with fresh hop ales crafted specifically for the festival using only freshly harvested hops.