Tiptoe Through the Hop Fields with Schooner Exact Brewing

Last September I was fortunate enough to spend some time at one of the Yakima Valley’s hop ranches witnessing the harvest. Read my story. It is a very impressive operation, one that most beer drinkers have yet to witness. For a beer lover, it is practically a spiritual experience. Schooner Exact Brewing is planning a field trip to the Yakima Valley to not only witness the harvest, but to participate in the harvest. You are invited to join them for a day in the hop fields.

Spend a full day with the Schooner Exact crew touring the facilities, witnessing the harvest, picking hops, brewing beer, and eating delicious food. Quite likely, you will not go thirsty either. This a hop lovers dream come true. The date is set for Saturday, September 7th. Complete details below.

For those who do not know (are there any of you left?): Each year the Yakima Valley produces about 25 percent of the nation’s hop crop–about 25 percent of the world’s hop crop. What happens in Yakima in September each year, when the hops are harvested, is really quite amazing. Getting to witness it up close like this is a rare opportunity that should not be missed.

Schooner EXACT is taking a Fresh Hop Field Trip

September 7, 2013 – 9AM-9PM

Experience harvest in a truly Northwest-style fashion. Schooner EXACT Brewing Company would like to invite you to join us for a Fresh Hop Field Trip to experience the hop harvest at a whole new level. We will be transporting you and your friends from Seattle to the Toppenish hop farm famous for creating the Amarillo hop. After an exclusive tour of the Virgil Gamache Hop Farm, we will sit down to a gourmet picnic prepared on-site by our Chef. To make this learning experiential, our attendees will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to pick hops straight from the vine and help brew a truly FRESH hop beer. Of course, there will be plenty of beer available throughout the day to quench your thirst.

For the ticket price of $200/person, you will receive:

• a continental breakfast prior to departure

• round-trip transportation on a luxury coach, from Seattle to the Yakima Valley

• a seasonal, fresh gourmet picnic, prepared by Schooner EXACT’s Chef Warren Peterson

• an opportunity to harvest fresh hops straight from the vine

• participate in brewing a batch of Fresh Hop IPA

• an exclusive tour of Virgil Gamache Hop Farm during their busiest and most exciting time of year

• a commemorative bottle of the beer* you helped brew

Space is limited. To purchase your tickets, please visit Schooner EXACT Brewing, located at 3901 1st Ave. S., Seattle or contact us at (206) 432-9734.

*to be picked up at the brewery when the batch is ready

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  1. Typo in your third paragraph: Each year the Yakima Valley produces about 25 percent of the nation’s hop crop–about 25 percent of the world’s hop crop.

    Isn’t it 75 percent of the nation’s crop and 25 percent of the world’s?

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