MOXEE, Wash.-- It is
a long time tradition for many people in the valley, and it also is a boost for
local brewers in the area.
Moxee Hop Festival is not just fun and games; it is a way of life in Central
year marks the 66th festival in Moxee, and celebrates one of the
regions biggest products.
just a part of an overall community celebration for, like I said, the upcoming
hop harvest," said President of the East Valley Community Enrichment
Association, Tony Roth.
event is not just about the hops though; it also showcases the local
breweries. Bale Breaker in Moxee
started up just a few months ago, and is already seeing a great turnout.
night was really busy around here. We
were in town for lunch earlier today and there were some people from San
Francisco in town who had heard about the festival and heard about what we are
doing here. They are going to come
visit the brewery, so I think it does help draw more people in," said Bale
Breaker Owner, Meghann Quinn.
is all a testament to the growth of the craft beer industry in the valley. The
region provides about 70% of the nation's hops.
think that the beer industry around Yakima is growing quickly and I think there
is a lot of room for growth," Quinn said.
organizers said it is also about the people who make the beer.
about time, we're the hop capitol of the world out here, and it's good to
finally have our own brewery, and with the popularity of the craft beers right
now, there's a lot of upbeat attitudes in the hop industry," said Roth.
even if you're not into beer, it is always a good time to be had in Moxee.
"We are so glad to see so many people coming out and having
fun," Quinn said.
The festival runs every first Friday and Saturday in August at the Moxee