Come to the Source


Saturday, October 7th 2023
SOZO Sports Complex, Yakima WA

The Orginal


Saturday, October 7th 2023


$65 - General Admission
VIP Options Available



Latest News

RV Parking at SOZO Sports

March 31, 2022

SOZO Sports Complex is offering RV sites for our festival! They have 200 spots for RV’s only. They are dry spots, but portable water and some power is available on-site. You can arrive on Friday by 5:00 PM or Saturday morning from 8-10 AM. The $250 fee is for both…

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2022 Festival – FAQ’s

March 25, 2022

Our festival is one of the largest beer festivals in the U.S.What makes us unique, is that every brewery must submit a Fresh Hop Beer that has been brewed with fresh hops from the Yakima Valley. These beers are then judged by a panel of experts and prizes are awarded…

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New Covid-19 Updates

September 15, 2021

For Immediate Release: The Fresh Hop Group announced new Covid 19 updates today: Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 Cases in Yakima County, the Fresh Hop Group will be implementing additional Covid-safety protocols at the 2021 Fresh Hop Ale Festival Saturday, October 2nd for all attendees, volunteers, and vendors.…

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_The Original Fresh Hop Ale Festival _

"The Yakima Valley contains approximately 75 percent of the total United States hop acreage, with an average farm size of 450 acres accounting for over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop."


The Fresh Hop Ale Festival is a non-profit organization whose goal is to present one of the country's top 10 beer festivals, celebrate the Yakima Valley's hops, and support Yakima county based arts and science organizations.


That's the amount of money given in grants to over 20 Yakima County-based arts and science, non-profit organizations for 2018.

The Fresh Ale Hop Festival isn't just, "One of the 10 Best Beer Festivals in the Nation", it's also a vehicle for community enrichment and positive social change.

After the work of producing the festival settles down, a call for funding is issued to local Arts and Science organizations to fund specific projects.

Grant Awards are made and presented to the public in March.



Check out past festivals and the winners!

“We are so grateful to the Fresh Hop group for funding this arts program for us. It’s been a very positive thing for our school community. It has been so fun to watch the kids enter the Capitol Theater and be in awe of what they’re seeing (many for the first time).

We’re always so grateful for the generous people and businesses in the valley that are committed to enriching the lives of our students."

Nick Hartman
Mountainview Elementary

"We are so excited to hear we are recipients of the Fresh Hop Grant!  Thank you so very much for the opportunity.  The funding will really help us build up more of our art offerings for youth at Rod’s House.  We can’t wait to show you what the youth accomplish as the year goes along.

Thank you again!"

Bree Tait
Rod's House

"This grant money will help our poetry programs immensely. Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is very grateful and, of course, we are very willing to help with the Fresh Hop Ale Festival next fall.
Thanks to your committee for helping the poetry community in the Yakima Valley."

Ed Stover
Yakima Coffeehouse Poets