by EverOut Staff
The world may be on fire, but at least we can take consolation in the fact that it’s the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. And Pacific Northwest craft beer drinkers are particularly blessed: Because of the bounty and proximity of the hops in Yakima Valley (which supplies over 70% of the nation’s hop crop), it’s hard to beat the range of fresh hop beers available in our region. These beers are only here for an extremely limited time, so we’ve rounded up a list of places where they’re available so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season. Plus, read about events like the Fresh Hop Ale Festival and Seattle Fresh Hop Beer Festival. For more food and drink inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
Note: Availability may vary due to the ephemeral nature of fresh hops; we recommend calling ahead or checking online before visiting.