The Yakima Valley produces about 75 percent of the nation’s hop crop each year. The region deserves the proper noun Hop Country. Farming and processing hops is a way of life that for many families spans multiple generations. They don’t just grow ’em, they love ’em, and people in the Yakima Valley are proud of their role in the craft beer industry.
In recent years, more and more breweries have opened in Hop Country. Also, more events celebrating hops and beer have popped up across the valley from Yakima to Prosser. Below I share a list of beer-related events happening this spring and summer in Hop Country. For information about the area, lodging, and more, check out the Visit Yakima website.
Note that the premier beer event in Hop Country is the annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival in October. If you are interested in that one, and you should be, get busy. It is a very popular event. See below.
This festival features local craft beverages, live music and savory, smoky specialties from regional barbecue competitors. Barbecue teams from across the Northwest participate in this juried BBQ competition by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association. Proceeds go to the Prosser Memorial Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial and volunteer support to Prosser Memorial Health. LOCATION: 100 MERLOT DR PROSSER, WA
The 7th Annual Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 5-10 p.m. at Centennial Square in downtown Sunnyside, WA. This event celebrates Sunnyside’s fantastic summer weather and the world-class hops it produces. We look forward to showcasing the beauty and bounty of our community with incredible beer, wine, food, and live music in the heart of hop country. LOCATION: CENTENNIAL SQUARE, DOWNTOWN SUNNYSIDE, WA
Supports a cause near and dear to the Bale Breaker Brewing family. A community tradition in the Yakima Valley, the brewery lawn lights up for one great Saturday to enjoy great beer, food, and live music at this free and family-friendly event. From 12-9pm on June 24th at Bale Breaker’s Yakima Taproom, $1 from every pint of beer poured will be donated to ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS-TDI). The event will also coincide with the release of Bubba’s Brew, Bale Breaker’s annual Ales for ALS hop blend beer. LOCATION: BALE BREAKER BREWING, 1801 BIRCHFIELD RD, YAKIMA, WA
The Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival is back! Award-winning breweries and distilleries will have a fantastic selection of brews and spirits for you to taste during our event. For more information, visit prosserbeerandwhiskey.com. Limited amount of VIP Tickets and General Admission on sale now. 21+ event. LOCATION: 2840 LEE RD, PROSSER, WA
Hop Country Music Festival is back in 2023 at Sozo Sports Complex in Yakima, Washington with all proceeds going toward putting more youth on the field! Typically, Sozo Sports Complex plays host to thousands of soccer, lacrosse and football players throughout the year. However, for one weekend in September, major country music stars join us at the complex for a festival filled with music, food and fun! Throw on your cowboy boots and hats and join in on a concert experience that gives back! LOCATION: SOZO SPORTS COMPLEX, 2200 S 36th Ave, Yakima, WA
Get tickets early. Book your room now. This event is a big deal in Yakima and attracts visitors from across the region. Probably the world’s largest and most prestigious festival focused on fresh hop beers. Where better to celebrate fresh hops than Yakima? LOCATION: SOZO SPORTS COMPLEX, 2200 S 36th Ave, Yakima, WA
For more beer-related events around Washington, check out the Washington Beer Blog’s events page.