It’s a busy season here in ‘hop central’, also known as the Yakima Valley. Harvest is coming and the bines are full of fragrant hops ready for cutting.
The word at the brew pubs in the Valley is that it’s been a great summer with visitors coming from near and far. I was in Yakima Craft’s new tasting room downtown Saturday and the place was packed! Our local paper did a nice write up about their opening and our efforts to build beer tourism with the Spirits and Hops Trail.
And SmarterTravel.com did a shout out to the trail in a piece they wrote last month titled America’s Best Small Cities on the Rise. Pretty cool huh?
One of the biggest events of the summer is this here! A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz is Saturday, 5-11pm at Sarg Hubbard Park along the beautiful Yakima Greenway near downtown. This blues and jazz festival not only is a fun celebration but it also benefits the community through the Yakima Greenway Foundation and Junior League of Yakima programs.
What we love is that local breweries, wineries and great local food will be available. For live entertainment there’s Tuck Foster & The Mossrites, Anni Piper and the popular Billy D and the Hoodoos.
Please note that this is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 day of the event. Visit yakimagreenway.org/blues for event information and tickets or call 509-453-8280. Check also their Facebook page for updates.
As spring quickly turns to summer in the Yakima Valley there’s a lot of developments along the Spirits and Hops Trail. Here’s a sampling of the latest news:
- Tieton Cider Works has purchased a 40,000 square foot building in Yakima with plans to make it their production facility and a tasting room. Management will make announcements regarding their plans, including the location, in June. We look forward to the new facility!
- Along that line, the Yakima Herald Republic recently reported that Yakima Craft Brewery is planning a downtown Yakima location. We’ll share more details when they become public so stay tuned. UPDATE May 20: As reported in the Yakima Herald Republic the new location will be in the Larson Building on Yakima Avenue in downtown Yakima.
- Congrats to the folks at Bale Breaker Brewing Company for being awarded Tourism Business of the Year by Yakima Valley Tourism. Well deserved. And if you had not heard yet, their beers are now being served at Safeco Field during Mariner games. Play ball!
- A new festival is being created in Yakima! The Yakima Blues and Local Brews Bash will debut Saturday, June 14th in the Historic North Front Street district in Downtown Yakima. The festival will feature local, nationally recognized, and internationally acclaimed blues artists from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A highlight of the fun will be craft beers brewed in the Central Washington region, Yakima Valley wine and food prepared by Historic North Front Street district restaurants. There will be kid events too!
Anyway, look forward to seeing you in the Yakima Valley this summer.
It’s April in the Yakima Valley. Apple, cherry and other fruit trees are blooming by the acre. It’s also the time for Spring Barrel Tasting, when folks flock to wineries from Yakima to Red Mountain to enjoy wines straight from the barrel, great food, music and fun in the vineyards. Folks now have the option enjoy other adult beverages during the celebration along the Spirits and Hops Trail.
Here’s a run down of some the events happening at our partner’s establishments during Spring Barrel:
Glacier Basin Distillery will open during the main Spring Barrel weekend April 26th and 27th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tastings and sales of their tasty grappa, cherry kirschwasser and apple brandy. Then they will be open every Saturday starting May 3 through the summer, 11 AM to 5 PM. For more information visit their website. 2604 Draper Road Yakima, WA 98903. Phone: 509-930-0817
If you need a change of pace (and palate), stop in one of our many brew pubs and breweries in the Valley. Bale Breaker Brewing Company will be open Friday 3-9 PM and Saturday 12-8 PM. On Saturday Bale Breaker will have fresh, hot pizza for sale. Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside is open Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM and 11 AM to 9 PM Sunday of Spring Barrel weekend.
Check our Guzzle and Grub section of the website for eataries in the Valley offering fine locally crafted beers, ciders, spirits and wines. Have fun during Spring Barrel and remember, enjoy responsibly!
We heard from Thomas Hale today about Glacier Basin Distillery’s hours of operation. They will be open during the main Spring Barrel weekend April 26th and 27th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tastings and sales of their tasty grappa, cherry kirschwasser and apple brandy. Then they will be open every Saturday starting May 3 through the summer, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Glacier Basin Distillery was founded in late 2012 by Cragg Gilbert, Karl Hale, Chris Bolm, Putnam Barber and Thomas Hale. Being the first craft distillery in Yakima, the partners at Glacier Basin Distillery look to make premium brandies using locally grown fruit from their on-site location, Gilbert Orchards’ Hackett Ranch at 2604 Draper Road Yakima, WA 98903. For directions to the Hackett Ranch visit the Gilbert Cellars website.
For more information visit their website. Phone: 509-930-0817
And check back with the Yakima Valley Spirits and Hops Trail for more adult beverage news and information. Happy tasting!
The agency responsible for developing and marketing tourism for the Yakima Valley will be doing business under a new name. Effective last Friday, the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau will be doing business as Yakima Valley Tourism. For a news story on the change click here.
“The new name is easier to remember, better reflects our mission and coincides with the launch of our six-year strategic plan,” stated John Cooper, President & CEO. “Our organization is responsible for all facets of tourism including conventions and groups, visitor services, sports and leisure travel. Tourism is an inclusive word for all sectors of the industry.”
The main website to promote Yakima Valley will be www.yakimavalleytourism.com. The organization developed and manages the Spirits and Hops Trail.
Yakima Valley Tourism is a non-profit trade association. It has been known as Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau since forming in 1957.