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

2021 Festival Shuttles

September 1, 2021

Get to the festival safely and without the hassle of parking! The Little Hopper and A&A Motorcoach will be providing shuttles from multiple locations around Yakima. These shuttles will be running on a set schedule and will not deviate from the route or the set times; this is a free…

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COVID Protocol

August 30, 2021

The Fresh Hop Group recognizes that it has been a long time since we have all been together and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon. During these uncertain times, we want to ensure that we are providing you with a fun and safe event while also complying…

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The Fresh Hop Group Announces Move in 2021

June 4, 2021

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival will be moving to the SOZO Sports Complex located at 2200 S. 36th Ave, Yakima WA 98903 With the current phase system in place and the requirements of spacing for festivals/fairs, the Fresh Hop Group made the decision to move the festival to better accommodate…

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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