Yakima Valley: Come to the Source


Article by TBEX North America 2022/Spring Sponsor, Yakima Valley, Washington

It all starts here! As one of the largest hop producing regions in the world and the birthplace of Washington wine, your favorite craft beverages begin right here in the Yakima Valley. Between sips, enjoy farm-fresh flavors and find outdoor adventure in every direction.

Raise a Glass in the Home of the Hops

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With 75% of our nation’s hops grown in Yakima Valley Hop Country, we like to say we grow your beer! Yakima Valley hop growers keep the craft beer industry brewing but it’s the Valley’s craft beer scene that’s hopping! Take time to tour more than 20 breweries, tap houses and distilleries on the Hop Country Craft Beer Trail, where you’ll also find a great food game! Wood-fired pizza on beer-infused crust at Bron Yr Aur Brewing and house-made specialties and some of the best chuck and brisket burgers ever at Cowiche Creek Brewing are just the beginning.

In the fall, every single hop cone gets harvested and processed over the span of 30 crazy days in September. It all culminates with the Yakima Valley’s signature Fresh Hope Ale Festival, one of the “Top 10 Beer Festivals in The Nation.” It’s just one of several craft beer festivals around the Valley.

Travel the Yakima Valley Wine Trail 

Touring and tasting in Yakima Valley Wine Country is a unique experience where anyone, from novices to wine experts alike, can feel comfortable. Come as you are to discover world-class wines in relaxed tasting rooms from boutique gathering places and contemporary spaces to grand estates nestled amongst the vineyards. Most Yakima Valley wineries are family owned and operated, producing premium wines from the ground up. 

Take time to taste in the five individual wine producing regions within the Yakima Valley, each with their own unique character. Make your trip special with a unique tour. Leave the driving to The Little Hopper’s Grapevine tour bus, book an e-bike wine tasting tour with Kickstand Tours or take a horseback winery tour with Red Mountain Trails.  With wine country events and three seasons of live music in the vineyards, winemakers dinners and vineyard tours, there’s always a reason to visit the birthplace of Washington wine.

Savor the Flavors of the Valley

You won’t find agricultural diversity and farm-fresh flavors like this anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest. More than 3,000 farms call Yakima County home. Choose from u-pick bounty you take home to your own table or farm-fresh deliciousness gathered from harvest festivals and fruit stands and farmers markets that dot and the upper and lower Yakima Valley. Yakima Valley restaurant chefs take inspiration straight from the field. During growing season, what you find on the menu will likely have been growing a few miles away that morning. That’s farm-fresh! 

Find Arts & Festivities Year-Round

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We have a lot to celebrate here in the Yakima Valley, from wine, beer, food and music festivals to a hot air balloon rally and cultural celebrations rich in tradition. Each one of the area’s distinct communities has a unique, vibrant character that enriches the Valley with a wonderful mix of cultural traditions and people. Experience it in authentic flavors and vibrant celebrations.

Talented artists from around the world have settled in the Yakima Valley, finding inspiration in the sweeping landscapes and rugged beauty. Arts events and venues host a world-class performances, while galleries showcase the talents of artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond. Take a trip to the tiny town of Tieton to experience their thriving arts community.

Get Outside Under Sunny Skies

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The Yakima Valley is for outdoor adventures! It’s where you can hike, run, mountain bike, float the Yakima River, fish Washington’s only blue ribbon trout stream, ride the Tieton River rapids, paddle board on lakes and rivers, golf, climb stunning basalt columns and take a horseback ride through the vineyard all in a weekend. In the winter, take advantage of hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails, ski, snowshoe and more! The best part? It all happens with 300 days of sun. 

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