Grab the November issue of Sunset magazine for some fun reading on the Yakima Valley, including a number of the features along the Spirits and Hops Trail like Bale Breaker Brewing Company and Glacier Basin Distillery.
The opening heading says it all: “Why You’ll Love the Yakima Valley in Washington: Taste wine on a mountaintop, tour a Prohibition-era hop farm, and eat tacos with the locals in eastern Washington’s agricultural wonderland.”
Read the article for yourself here.
Last week Lonely Planet online posted a piece called “Exploring Washington’s Yakima Valley one beverage at a time.” We could not agree more! There are so many options now in the Valley, from ciders to wines.
Meanwhile, in the August issue of Sunset magazine the Valley was part of a road trip getaway story called “Northwest road trip: The ale and wine trail”.
Others have written some great things about Yakima Valley adult beverages so check out this site for recent features. One of our favorites is the On the Hop Trail story penned by Yakima native Jackie Smith.
See you along the trail soon!
“Summertime and the livin is easy,” as the Gershwin song goes. What better way to enjoy this easy going season than a warm evening under the stars along Yakima’s famed greenway?
A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz is a blues and jazz festival benefiting the community through the Yakima Greenway Foundation and Junior League of Yakima. Held each August since 1993 in Sarg Hubbard Park, the festival features blues and jazz music, award-winning local wines, microbrews, spirits, delicious food and a silent auction.
This year the festivities are Saturday, August 17th 4-11 P.M. and the line up of music has never been better. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. See you there!
There’s an old saying in the wine industry that it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine. Whether or not that is true, more Yakima Valley wineries are adding local craft beers and ciders to their offerings. It’s a welcome addition on these warm summer days here in Washington wine country.
Here are a few local wineries that have these cool frothy offerings and other adult beverages*:
GILBERT CELLARS in downtown Yakima: Last Friday I stopped by for some live music at Gilbert and was pleased to see they had ciders from Tieton Cider Works and cold cans of Bale Breaker Brewing Company beer. Last May they hosted the debut of Glacier Basin Distillery brandy at their Cave operation, so maybe more will be in store with them at future Gilbert Cellars events.
NACHES HEIGHTS VINEYARDS alternates between two local breweries at this time: Bale Breaker and Yakima Craft Brewing Company beers.
TASTING ROOM YAKIMA in Naches Heights is proudly serving Tieton Cider Works, Bale Breaker and Yakima Craft products.
MOJAVE at Desert Wind Winery in Prosser features local crafted beers.
So come visit us along the Spirits and Hops Trail and enjoy some wine, beer and cider!
If you come across any other Yakima Valley wineries that are regularly serving local craft beverages, let us know! We’ll add them to this blog. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Naturally the selection and offerings are subject to change, so check with the winery for updates. Enjoy!