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Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival October 1

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Yakima, WA likes to claim one of the craft brewing industry’s roots: the original home of America’s first post-prohibition brewpub! You’re invited to join in the best of the hop harvest for Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Festival on Saturday, October 1.

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. Fresh Hop Ale is produced throughout the month of September. The timing is 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!

The festival includes live music, wine tasting, a cigar tent and fabulous food vendors. Come out to Yakima’s biggest (and some say best) street party of the year. You’ll find it at Millennium Plaza in downtown Yakima. Proceeds from the Fresh Hop Ale Festival go to support Allied Arts of Yakima Valley.

Check out all the details at http://www.freshhopalefestival.com.

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