It may not be Palm Springs, but every now and then Yakima shines through as one of my favorite places to be. One such time is during the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, which is next Saturday – October 4th.
Most of you already know that we grow an awful lot of hops out east in this state. So it makes sense that at harvest time, we celebrate out near the farms with fresh hop beers – that is, the hops will have gone from the farm into the beer within 24 hours of being picked. We only get one shot to do this every year, and then the rest of the year we’re drinking dried and processed hops – so take advantage of something you can’t find anywhere else and attend the Fresh Hop Ale Festival.
The festival will feature fresh hop beers from 36 breweries, plus cider, food, and live music all at S 3rd & Yakima Avenue in downtown Yakima. As for the music, I’m particularly excited this year to see one of my favorite local bands Smokey Brights performing, along with Cumulus.
Tickets are $30 in advance, and you can click here to purchase. Or, they are $35 at the door. The event starts at 5pm and runs until 10pm, so my recommendation is to get a hotel room (and hurry, many are sold out now!) and stay the night. If you’re itching to go out after the festival, I recommend hanging around Sports Center (they have shuffleboard) or getting some late night grub at Second Street Grill – all within walking distance of the festival.
I had the awesome opportunity yesterday evening to accompany the lovely Taryn Miller of Sips & the City to Wine Rocks Seattle on Pier 66, and essentially get the experience of a wine festival instead of the beer fests I usually gravitate to. I’m sold! This event had everything you could want on a Seattle summer evening: a waterfront location with a view, fantastic wines (I stuck mostly to white and rose because of the heat), food samples (Beechers Cheese and Bill the Butcher were on hand, among others) and food trucks (like the amazing Grilled Cheese Experience), and live music.
The music was provided by the wine makers themselves, who formed a few bands and played a good variety for lounging and dancing. In particular, an all-track-suit-wearing band from Des Voigne Cellars in Woodinville provided covers from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Weezer and Dixie Chicks that I just loved.
As far as the wine goes, I won’t pick favorites. I’m not nearly enough of a connoisseur to advise on good wines. I’ll just say there was a great representation there from all over the state and enough varieties to suit everyone’s taste. Don’t like wine? They had you covered there too, with several beers and ciders available.
The best part? Proceeds from the event benefited the University District Food Bank.
Here’s a few photos from the event!
This is my first (hopefully of many) music review posts. I should start off by saying I am in no way qualified to judge music as there is not a talented bone in my body, but on that note I think that actually puts me on par with most other people out there reviewing music. Because really, it’s all personal taste anyway right?
Local artist Kris Orlowski recently released his new album “Believer” on April 15th, 2014. It took me a few busy weeks of work before I had the chance to really sit and listen to it, but I’m thoroughly impressed with this rock/pop mix now that it’s been playing on repeat for the last week.
Orlowski somehow manages to blend clear pronunciation with an attractive drawl as he performs, making lyrics roll off his tongue in one fluid motion. On top of that, this is the first album that has more of that full rock band sound rather than The Passenger String Quartet accompaniment that we’ve gotten used to over the past couple years. The band (Greg Garcia, Mark Isakson, Torry Anderson, Tyler Carroll and Jonathan Warman) provide a solid backdrop to a good mix of uptempo and softer songs that sound just as good blasted from a car stereo as they do playing quietly in an office.
More importantly, this album keeps mainly in line with a Seattle music trend right now of inspirational lyrics that aim to change attitudes and bring about action (think Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many of the fantastic positive-attitude songs of Allen Stone). With words like “Stand tall, I’m a believer,” from the title track, you leave the album feeling pushed to do a little more with your day.
Link to the ‘Believer’ music video here