Fresh hop beer festivals and events around Seattle

Below, a list of upcoming events happening around Seattle where you can enjoy a selection of fresh hop beers, including the city’s first full-blown beer festival dedicated to fresh hop beers: Fresh Hops Festival at Hale’s Paladium on October 8th and 9th. We will be giving away some tickets as the event nears. Also, there are some other fresh hop events away from the city that I also list below. (Pictured above: fresh hop brew day at Bainbridge Brewing.)

I will update this list as I learn about more events. Know of something I don’t? email me.


Fresh Hop Friday at Chuck’s Hop Shop (Central District) – Ongoing. To celebrate the season, Chuck’s is dedicating Friday’s to Fresh Hops. Each Friday, a different brewery.

Beer Junction Fresh Hop Fest – Saturday, October 1st thru Sunday, October 9th. A nine-day celebration of all things fresh hopped! Rotating taps featuring IPAs, Pale Ales, Cider, and more. They’ll celebrate this grand time of the year by putting on tap loads of fresh hop beers for 9 days  Grab a pint, a sampler tray, or a growler of your favorite!

Brewmaster’s Taproom Fresh Hop Fest – October 3rd thru 9th. Join Renton’s Brewmaster’s Taproom all week for a variety of different styles that have been fresh hopped.

Holy Mountain WETWIRED release – October 3rd – “It’s coming!!! Next Monday, Oct 3rd, at the Holy Mountain Taproom, we’ll be releasing WETWIRED – an absolutely ridiculous Fresh Hop IPA brewed in collaboration with our good friends from @cloudburstbrew We’re telling you now because it’ll take you 4 days to mentally prepare for this beer – brewed with 24lbs/BBL of beautifully fresh Mosaic hops.”

The Independent’s Fresh Hop Invitational – The Independent is a new beer bar in downtown Everett and they are throwing their first-ever Fresh Hop Invitational on Tuesday, October 4th. Hosting 15 breweries, they’ll judge the entries and choose the top three finalists. Patrons will help determine who finishes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. They’ve even made very officials medals to award.

Kenyon Junction Fresh Hop Fest – Wed, October 5th, West Seattle – Join The Westy Sports and Spirits, Locöl, and Tap Station West Seattle as present a block-wide Fresh Hop Festival. With over 15 Fresh Hop Beers and Ciders on Draft, and many more in bottles and cans, you’ll be able to sample the best of this year’s Harvest Season. Featured breweries include: Georgetown Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Chainline Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Schooner Exact Brewing, Two Beers Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, and more!

  • TheWesty will have a very rare keg of #Reuben’s Fresh Hop #Crikey
  • Locol will be featuring Five #Fremont single Hop Fresh Hop offerings
  • TapStation will be overing discounts on growler fills as well as fresh hop bottles and cans.

Cloudburst & Bale Breaker Fresh Hop Release – Oct 6th – Flatstick Pub, Seattle. “Bale Breaker and Cloudburst have teamed up again to create another delcious beer!! Join us for this special release of The Citra Slicker Wet Hop IPA on tap at Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square.”

Fresh Hops Festival – October 7th and 8th, Hale’s Palladium in Seattle will host a Fresh Hops Festival featuring fresh hop beers from 20 different breweries. The complete list of breweries, more details, and tickets are available on the website.

Brouwer’s Fremont Fresh Hop Celebration –  Saturday, October 8th. This year Fremont Brewing is releasing a fresh hop series called Field to Fermentation. Brouwer’s will tap into all four brews. Single hop, fresh hop beers brewed with Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic. They will also have a special fresh hop cask and another fresh hop surprise.

Pine Box Fresh Hop Fest – October 9th. The Pine Box on Capitol Hill will serve up 30 – 40 of the best Fresh Hop Beers on tap.


Portland Fresh Hops Beer Fest – September 30 and October 1st. What more do you need to know? Portland. Fresh Hops. Beer fest. Friday is for grownups only. Saturday kids welcome.

Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival – Saturday, October 1st. Not exactly around Seattle, but this is the granddaddy of them all. Tickets may be sold out already. Hotels and motels are likely getting hard to find. I’ve talked about this festival ad nauseum. It’s one of my favorites ever. For the brewers, it’s an invitation only event. Hob-knob with the hop farmers. Drink it at the source, where 75 percent of America’s hops are grown.

Vancouver Fresh Hop Brew Fest (Vancouver, WA) – October 7th and 8th, 2016 at Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River (Where the Spring Edition was held). This two day celebration of fresh hop beer style will feature fresh hop beers created by our local SW WA breweries and 5 special imported beers direct from Germany never before seen in Washington.




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  1. I’d hardly call Washington’s alcohol laws Draconian. In fact, we’ve got some of the laxest laws in the land. You could do an event like this, just have to get a temporary license, like for a fest.

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