Yakima-area beer tourism:‘This is 
the home 
of the hop’

Yakima-area beer tourism:‘This is 
the home 
of the hop’

[Text by Pat Muir, Yakima Herald] A decade ago, with wineries popping up all over the Yakima Valley to take advantage of the area’s grape-growing prowess, beer lovers were left wondering, “Why don’t we have more breweries?”

The majority of the nation’s hop crop comes from right here. But back then there was Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside, Whitstran Brewing Co. in Prosser and Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, and that was really it. Then Yakima Craft Brewing opened in 2007, just as the “local food” movement started expanding to beverages. A whole batch of new Yakima Valley breweries arose in the 10 years since, trading on the idea that people like to visit the source of their food and drink.

“We’ve seen the rise of farm-to-table restaurants,” said Jessica Moskwa Hawkins, spokeswoman for Bale Breaker Brewing Co. in Moxee. “Now we’re seeing the rise of farm-to-glass beverages... [Read More]"

PC: Jake Parrish/Yakima Herald

Posted July 12, 2017

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