For 10 years Allied Arts fundraiser has continued to grow. This year the festival welcomed over 4,000 people through its gates, a new record. Over 80% of those that purchased their tickets online were coming from outside of Central Washington. The festival is becoming a favorite event for brewers and beer enthusiasts alike.
The Fresh Hop Ale Festival showcases beers produced with fresh, Yakima Valley hops, the world’s largest hop growing region. To qualify for the festival and be considered a, “fresh hop ale,” the beers must be produced with Yakima Valley hops that were picked no longer than 24 hours prior to being used for brewing. The beer judging happened just before the festival got underway. Judges from all across the state weighed in. 3rd place went to Bale Breaker, 2nd place winner was Laughing Dog, and the best brew at the festival was awarded to Fremont Brewing. The home brew award winners went to Derry Jeffries for Pale Ale, Michael Sieg for IPA, Josh Slate for Imperial IPA, and Derry Jefferies for Best of Show. The people’s choice winners this year included an honorable mention for Laughing Dog, Ice Harbor in 3rd, Icicle Brewing in 2nd, and with 115 votes, Bale Breaker in 1st place. The brewery with the most pours was Laughing Dog Brewery with 2,981, although Bale Breaker Brewery almost made it a tie with 2,979 pours.
Each year the Fresh Hop Ale Festival continues to expand. The fundraiser usually brings in 20% of the needed revenue for Allied Arts of Yakima Valley. However, this year that goal was exceeded! The non-profit raised enough to cover almost 30% of its budgeting needs to encourage, promote, and collaborate on art in Central Washington.
This record setting amount would not have been possible without new sponsors, like Washington Federal, and returning sponsors, like Solarity Credit Union. In all, over 25 businesses or individuals helped sponsor the annual event. While the staff, board members, and committee chairs work for over 9 months to prepare the festival, it’s the volunteers that make up a bulk of the effort. This year a record setting 180 volunteers turned out to help Allied Arts.
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley is a nonprofit organization that has been promoting and coordinating arts events in the Valley since 1962. Allied Arts focuses on developing artistic and academic skills in youth, community enhancement, and economic development. We work hard to keep the costs of our programs low, if not free, in order to allow access from all socio-economic levels.
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