Information is provided for breweries & taphouses, beer & hop festivals, brewer associations, and Yakima Valley Hops in Tri-Cities WA (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) and other nearby communities including Dayton, Prosser, Sunnyside, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Yakima and Pendleton (see List of Cities & Counties and Area Maps).
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Four breweries opened their doors in 1997 that are still in business today: Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery (Richland), Ice Harbor Brewing (Kennewick), Rattlesnake Mountain Brewing Company (Richland), and Snipes Mountain Brewery (Sunnyside). There are now over two dozen breweries and brewpubs in the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities combined.
Credit can be given to Bert Grant who founded the Yakima Brewing & Malting Co. in 1982 which became the first modern independent microbrewery in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Bert Grant, read The Making of a Classic: Bert Grant and the Birth of American IPA.
Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery
The Atomic Ale Brewpub & Eatery in Richland serves wood-fired gourmet pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, dinner entrees, and appetizers. Their hand-crafted beer on tap includes B17, Hefe, Amber, Porter, Rye and IP2A.
Bombing Range Brewing Company
The Bombing Range Brewing Company in Richland offers six different brews and serves food that includes nachos, mac & cheese, and pizza.
Ice Harbor Brewing
Ice Harbor Brewing in Kennewick "Makes beer so fresh - you'll have to slap it." They offer a variety of food and beers at their two locations in Kennewick.
Iconic Brewing in Richland brings craft brew, wine and a family-friendly outdoor gathering spot to Richland's Horn Rapids Industrial Park.
Moonshot Brewing in Kennewick makes six craft beers and has a food truck on-site every Friday.
Paper Street Brewing Company
The Paper Street Brewing Company in Pasco is a brewery located next to a working farm and an active airstrip. Come out and watch farmers plant, cultivate, and harvest locally grown produce, all while enjoying our delicious beers.
Rattlesnake Mountain Brewing Company
Sage Brewing has a brewery in Pasco and a taproom in Kennewick. They offer six brews on tap. Their passion is beer, so they will leave the cooking up to others. - feel free to bring your own food!
White Bluffs Brewing
White Bluffs Brewing is located in the Richland Horn Rapids Business Center and has tank capacity to accommodate over 28 recipes for hand-crafted ales! Food is available from a local food truck on-site.
Dayton - Chief Spring's Fire and Irons Brew Pub
Chief Spring's Fire and Irons Brew Pub is about great beer, good food and old friends. They make small batch hand crafted beers, serve pub food and offer a mug club.
Hermiston Brewing Co.
Hermiston Brewing Company & Tap House was created when Nookie's Restaurant was expanded in 2013 to add a 7 1/2 barrel brewery where over 15 beers are produced in house and served daily. The brewery has an array of menu items that is sure to satisfy all who stop.
Milton-Freewater - Dragon's Gate Brewery
Dragon's Gate Brewery in Milton-Freewater makes small, artisanal, hand-crafted ales brewed 20 gallons at a time. They brew Belgian inspired and specialty style ales that are complex, full-bodied, and unfiltered.
Moses Lake - Ten Pin Brewing Co.
The Ten Pin Brewing Co. has become one of the areas most popular craft breweries. They produce six beers: The Brooklyn Blonde, Citrus Wheat, Deadwood IPA, Stone 8 Pale Ale, Snake Eye Stout, and Anchor Amber Ale. Their Deadwood IPA earned the Gold award at the 2014 Washington Beer Awards.
Pendleton - The Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
Whether it's a dry-hopped Northwest IPA or a malt-heavy Porter, the Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of grain, hops and yeast. They offer several hand crafted brews and feature a food menu that combines traditional pub fare with scratch cooking.
Prosser - Horse Heaven Hills Saloon and Brewery
The Horse Heaven Hills Saloon and Brewery brews beautifully handcrafted beers with local, regional, and specialty ingredients. They offer a variety of micros for your tasting from their Honey Girl Ale to their Stallion Stout. You can drink their brews and eat good food in their saloon.
Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc.
Snipes Mountain Brewing Inc. ales are handcrafted in small batches using a blend of traditional and modern brewing methods. They also serve everything from pub grub to five-course meals.
Varietal Beer Company was founded in 2016 by a group of people passionate about beer. Our common goal is to produce beers that provide you with unique experiences and flavors using the best that the Yakima Valley has to offer in hops, barrels and fruit.
Waitsburg - Laht Neppur Brewing Co.
Laht Neppur Brewing Co. offers a variety of ales, serves pub grub and has a mug club.
Walla Walla Breweries
Big House Brew Pub
The Big House Brew Pub is a longtime locale with a chill vibe serving fish tacos & other bar staples along with housemade brews.
Burwood Brewing Company
Burwood Brewing Co. brews a half dozen craft beers that they serve by the glass or growler to take home. They have food carts out on their patio during the summer months on Friday and Saturday.
As part of the renovated Walla Walla train depot, Crossbuck Brewing welcomes you to gather and experience quality old and new-world style craft beers and our full-service, family-friendly taproom menu. Enjoy a front row seat to our entire brewing process where draught beers are tapped fresh from the source. We are open for lunch and dinner.
Five Dollar Ranch Brewing
Five Dollar Ranch Brewing is a new brewery under construction on Walla Walla's Southside. Check back for updates.
Nosdunk Brewing Company
Nosdunk Brewing Company currently produces six brews and operates as a production / distribution only facility. They offer occasional tours by reservation. You can find their brews on tap at Olive Market Place and Cafe, and Salumiere Cesario.
Querk Brewing is a family friendly place, located in the Airport District, that features 14 brews on tap.
Water Buffalo Brewery
Water Buffalo Brewery makes several brews that you can enjoy at several locations including Wingman Birdz & Brewz, Olive Marketplace and Cafe, and Ox & Cart in downtown Walla Walla.
Bale Breaker Brewing
Bale Breaker Brewing is located in the middle of the Loftus Ranch hop field no. 41 in the Moxee/Yakima area and produces four beers. Although they don't offer pub food, they encourage outside food to be brought in or pizza delivered to their taproom.
Berchman's Brewing Company & Taproom
Bearchman's Brewing Company & Taproom currently brews a pale ale, an IPA, and a coffee stout beer. They have about beer 10 recipes to work from.
Hop Capital Brewing
Hop Capital Brewing (formerly Yakima Craft Brewing Co.) produces high-quality craft ales and lagers with an emphasis on full-bodied taste and unique character. Inside you will find a small but inviting space with simple food and a classic pub atmosphere.
Hop Nation Brewing Company
Hop Nation Brewing Company in Yakima is a brewery managed by Master Brewer Ben Grossman. Hop Nation Brewing Company offers a tasting room to share with you its tasty, fresh, and uniquely hand-crafted brews that include a German style Hefeweizen, an Oat Pale Ale, an ESB, and an IPA.
Single Hill Brewing Company
Single Hill Brewing Company is now a burgeoning brewery in downtown Yakima that celebrates quality craft beer, community development and central Washington's unique agricultural heritage.
Brewery Tours - Walla Walla
Walla Walla Brews Cruise offers tours around the Walla Walla region where you will learn more about the process of brewing beers and crafting cider, with a guided discussion of varying styles of alcohol, and what makes each partner that we visit unique. Our standard bus tour's average length is four hours but may vary depending on the itinerary. You get to taste various samples at each brewery location.
There are several taphouses in the Tri-Cities that offer a variety of local and regional microbrews and craft beers. Several of the taphouses serve food and all allow growler fills. This section also lists a couple of retail outlets in the Tri-Cities that sell a variety of bottled beer.
Copper Top Tap House and Growler Fills
Copper Top Tap House and Growler Fills is located at 5453 Ridgeline Drive Suite 110 in Kennewick and features 40 rotating taps with a variety of beers from the Pacific Northwest, as well as a selection of wine and hard cider. Food won't be available but they have teamed up with local food trucks to bring you delicious food to enjoy. They also encourage you to bring your own food or have it delivered! Here's what's on tap.
Flight Tap & Table
Flight Tap & Table is a taphouse, located at the corner of Swift Blvd. and George Washington Way in Richland, that features 44 taps of craft beer from all over the Pacific Northwest. In addition, flights of various foods are offered on the menu and there are more than 30 TVs for watching games.
The Growler Guys in Richland features a tap list of over 30 beers and ciders. Sample a few brews and fill up a grower to go.
Lazy River Tap House
Lazy River Tap House in West Richland features 18 rotating taps, bottles to go, ciders & GF options, growler fills, and live music.
The Medusa (formerly Brews Taphouse & Growler Fills)
The Medusa (formerly Brews Taphouse & Growler Fills) in Pasco has 40 craft beers on tap that are always rotating. When one keg blows, a different beer comes on. There will always be different beers every time you visit. We focus entirely on craft beer!
Tommy's Tap House & Bistro
Tommy's Tap House & Bistro in Richland is the place for the craft beer connoisseur! We have 51 beers on tap, representing regional, national, international, and Columbia Valley breweries. View their tap list and their food menu.
Bottled Beer - Tri-Cities
There are several retail shops in the Tri-Cities that offer a variety of local and regional microbrews and craft beers.
Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits
Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick offers hundreds of different kinds of bottled beer and they have a Growlers Corner. They also offer a large selection of wine and cigars.
Yoke's Fresh Market
Yoke's Fresh Market is a grocery store chain that tends toward the high end, in both quality and price. There's some refridgerated shelves featuring micro and import singles, and a walk-in cooler for 6-packs, half-racks and cases of micro and macro options. They do stock beer from local breweries.
What's on Tap in College Place, Hermiston, Pendleton and Walla Walla?
If you are in College Place, Hermiston, Pendleton or Walla Walla then check out the following establishments:
College Place - Hop Thief Taphouse and Kitchen
Hop Thief Taphouse and Kitchen is a self pour taphouse with 40 taps of beer, wine, cider, kombucha, nitro coffee and other boozy offerings. Our kitchen offers brick fired pizza, house made appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and desserts.
Hermiston - Neighbor Dudes
Neighbor Dudes is a growler filling station and tap house featuring 31 different Micro Brews on tap. Take a growler and go, or stay for a few and have a cold one.
Pendleton - 40 Taps
At 40 Taps, you will find Pendleton's largest selection of craft beer on tap - featuring 40 Taps of Craft and Domestic Beers, Ciders, and Root Beer.
Walla Walla - Locust Cider & Brewing Co.
Locust Cider & Brewing Co. located on Main St. in Walla Walla offers hard cider, cider slushies, craft beer, wine in cans as well as an extended food menu that includes inventive flatbread pizzas and savory snacks.
Beer and Hop Festivals
There are several annual beer and hop related festivals in the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities.
Tri-Cities: Three Rivers Craft Brews & Bacon Fest - February
The annual Craft Brews & Bacon Festival takes place in February at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The festival includes microbrew tasting and live entertainment, with complimentary food provided by area restaurants and caterers, who will each be competing for the best bacon dish of the night. Wine also will be available.
Dayton: Blue Mountain Brix & Brew - March
The Blue Mountain Brix & Brew in Dayton features a beer and wine social with a benefit silent auction. This live & silent auction supports the operating costs for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce.
Prosser Bottles, Brews, BBQ - June 10 & 11, 2022
Bottles Brews Barbecues is a daylong festival in beautiful Prosser, Washington celebrating good food, local craft beers and wines. This event is part of the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association Circuit where the winner qualifies for entry into the National Contest in Tennessee. Join us in the heart of Vintner's Village from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for fun, food, music, beverages and more! All proceeds from this event go to Prosser Memorial Health Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bottles-brews-barbecues-tickets-234922077257.
Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest - June 18, 2022
Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest is an annual event held at Centennial Square in downtown Sunnyside. The event features a wide variety of craft beer from some of our region's best breweries, wine, food and live music.
Yakima Roots & Vines Fest - June 25, 2022
The Roots and Vines Fest is a celebration of Americana, Roots & Bluegrass music; featuring craft beverages made in the city of Yakima.
Moxee Hop Festival - August 4-6, 2022
The East Valley Community Enhancement Association and the City of Moxee sponsor the annual three day Moxee Hop Festival during August that has become a great local tradition to celebrate the Harvesting of the Hop. Events include live music, beer garden, food and craft vendors, breakfast in the park, kids games, and the coronation of the Hop Festival Royalty candidates.
Tri-Cities: Craft Beer on the Columbia - August 20 & 21, 2022
Join us for Craft Beer on the Columbia. Taste beers from the craft breweries of the PNW. Featuring breweries from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. 36+ breweries, yard games, karaoke, DJ, swag, food.
Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival - October 2022 (TBD)
At the annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival, you can expect over 3,000 enthusiastic aficionados of both fine craft beer and Allied Arts having a marvelous time in downtown Yakima. All proceeds benefit Allied Arts of Yakima.
Yakima Sip and Stroll Craft Beverage Walk - November 2022 (TBD)
Sip and Stroll Craft Beverage Walk in Downtown Yakima is a 21 and over event that features producers of the Yakima craft beverage industry where you can sample their product in 13 downtown business locations. Each business venue will have special promotions and activities to make it a truly fun day!.
Brewer Associations & Home Brewing
American Homebrewers Association
Want to know more about homebrewing? The American Homebrewers Association is the community for homebrewers. As the name implies, homebrewing is the hobby of brewing beer at home. The American Homebrewers Association offers introductory lessons and other information on homebrewing.
Beer 101 - Beer Education
Welcome to Beer 101 where you will find beer articles and general information from BeerAdvocate (see below) to help in your beer-education.
BeerAdvocate is a global, grassroots network, powered by an independent community of beer enthusiasts and industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting and promoting beer.
The Brewers Association is an organization of brewers, for brewers and by brewers. The Brewers Association's purpose is to promote and protect American craft brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.
Mid-Columbia Zymurgy Association - Tri-Cities
The Mid-Columbia Zymurgy Association (MCZA) was created to disseminate information about the techniques of creating good homebrewed beer, mead and wine.
RateBeer has remained an active forum for beer lovers to come together and share opinions of beers, and beer retailers in a free environment. You can search for a beer and read how others have rated it.
Washington Beer Commission
The Washington Beer Commission is the first state-sanctioned commission of its kind in the United States dedicated to promoting craft-brewed beer from Washington state. Washington state now boasts 240+ breweries and a directory of breweries is provided by region.
Homebrewing Equipment & Supplies
Bachelor of Science Degree & Trade Certificate - Central Washington University
Are you interested in pursuing a career in the craft beer industry? The Craft Brewing Program at Central Washington University (CWU) is offering a four-year craft brewing degree.
The craft brewing bachelor of science degree prepares graduates for careers in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.
You can also earn a Certificate in Craft Brewing from Central Washington University. This program is offered as part of CWU's Continuation Education Program and is a one-year program with classes involving biochemistry, microbiology, technology, and business of craft brewing.
American Hop Museum - Toppenish
The American Hop Museum, located in Toppenish, is the nation's only hop museum dedicated to the preservation of the historical equipment, photos, and artifacts that have long been important in the growing and harvesting of hops.
The Museum's website provides a brief history behind the hop industry in Yakima Valley and a walk through the typical hop season; from spring, to fall.
Yakima Valley Hops
Hops Direct, LLC near Mabton is a family owned and internationally known hop wholesale business that operates a farm-direct approach to selling hops. They have produced seventeen videos on the growing and processing of hops that you can view on hopsdirect - YouTube.
Yakima Valley Hop History
The hops grown in Yakima Valley represent approximately 78 percent of the total United States hop acreage and 25% of the world's supply. For more information about this hop growing region, check out Hop History.