Fresh hop beer festivals and events around Washington
September 23, 2016 - 9:24 AM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Down in Portland, where they frequently reap the benefits of less draconian alcohol regulations, they're setting up a "pop-up fresh hop beer fest." Essentially, it's a temporary fresh hop beer garden on a corner of the city, serving a rotating selection of fresh hop beers, for the next few days only. Pretty cool idea, but in Washington such a thing would require an act of god and congress. (Pictured above: fresh hop brew day at Bainbridge Brewing.)
Don't despair, there are some events coming up around Seattle at which you can enjoy a selection of fresh hop beers, including the city's first full-blown beer festival dedicated to fresh hop beers: Fresh Hops Festival at Hale's Paladium on October 8th and 9th. (The Washington Beer Blog will be giving away some tickets as the event nears, so stay tuned.) Also, there are some other fresh hop events away from the city that I also list below.
SEATTLE - TACOMA AREA
Fresh Hop Friday at Chuck's Hop Shop (Central District) - Ongoing. To celebrate the season, Chuck's is dedicating Friday's to Fresh Hops. Each Friday, a different brewery.
Flatstick Fresh Hop Day - Saturday, September 24th. 12 fresh hop beers on tap all day long at both Flatstick Pub locations (Kirkland and Pioneer Square). Special offer: Hop head tshirt + hop koozie + your first pint of fresh hop beer for only $25 (or just $20 if you're a Flatstick member!). While supplies last.
Noble Fir Fresh Hop Throwdown - Saturday, September 24th. 19 Fresh hop beers on tap. It's a judged thing, with a panel of judges picking a winner before the doors open. Be patient. There's often a line to get into this popular Ballard beer bar on this day.
Fresh Hop Night at the Fid - Wednesday, September 28th. Hops grown at Fiddler's Inn are added to a cask (dry hopped) and served on the bar. Other fresh hop beers on tap as well. A night to celebrate the bounty of the hop fields.
Redhot Fresh Hop Fest - Wednesday, September 28th. A vast selection of fresh hop kegs tapped right when they swing open the doors at this venerable Tacoma beer joint, including all four versions of Fremont Brewing's Farm-To-Ferment Fresh Hop Series, and both versions of their Cowiche Canyon. All fresh hop beers available in 16- or 6-ounce pours. 10 percent off all 64-ounce fresh hop growler fills.
Latona Fresh Hop Fest - Thursday, September 29th, join Latona Pub at 5:30 pm for the Latona Fresh Hop Festival. Fresh Hops only come around but once a year folks, and we'll have some of the best fresh hop beers from Cloudburst, Stoup, Ft. George, Flying Bike, Reuben's, Naked City, and on, and on, and on, until they're gone for good.
Beer Junction Fresh Hop Fest - Saturday, October 1st thru Sunday, October 9th. A nine-day celebration of all things fresh hopped! Rotating taps featuring IPAs, Pale Ales, Cider, and more. They'll celebrate this grand time of the year by putting on tap loads of fresh hop beers for 9 days Grab a pint, a sampler tray, or a growler of your favorite!
Fresh Hops Festival - October 7th and 8th, Hale’s Palladium in Seattle will host a Fresh Hops Festival featuring fresh hop beers from 20 different breweries. The complete list of breweries, more details, and tickets are available on the website.
Brouwer's Fremont Fresh Hop Celebration - Saturday, October 8th. This year Fremont Brewing is releasing a fresh hop series called Field to Fermentation. Brouwer's will tap into all four brews. Single hop, fresh hop beers brewed with Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic. They will also have a special fresh hop cask and another fresh hop surprise.
Pine Box Fresh Hop Fest - October 9th. The Pine Box on Capitol Hill will serve up 30 - 40 of the best Fresh Hop Beers on tap.
Hood River Hops Fest - Saturday, September 24th. Hood River, OR. A celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops. The family friendly event features a variety of food vendors, over 50 breweries with over 75 fresh hop beers, rocking live music, and an awesome collectable mug.
Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest - September 30 and October 1st. What more do you need to know? Portland. Fresh Hops. Beer fest. Friday is for grownups only. Saturday kids welcome.
Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival - Saturday, October 1st. Not exactly around Seattle, but this is the granddaddy of them all. Tickets may be sold out already. Hotels and motels are likely getting hard to find. I've talked about this festival ad nauseum. It's one of my favorites ever. For the brewers, it's an invitation only event. Hob-knob with the hop farmers. Drink it at the source, where 75 percent of America's hops are grown.
Vancouver Fresh Hop Brew Fest (Vancouver, WA) - October 7th and 8th, 2016 at Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River (Where the Spring Edition was held). This two day celebration of fresh hop beer style will feature fresh hop beers created by our local SW WA breweries and 5 special imported beers direct from Germany never before seen in Washington.