Join Schooner Exact for a hop field trip
August 16, 2016 - 4:02 PM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Every beer lover should visit a hop farm during the harvest, but few actually get the opportunity. For the fourth year, Schooner Exact Brewing invites you to join them for a Hop Field Trip to Virgil Gamache Farms where you'll witness the magic of the hop harvest firsthand. But that's not all this trip includes.
Not only will you witness the harvesting of Amarillo hops and participate in the process, you'll also help brew a fresh hop ale right there on the farm. Then you'll eat a delicious meal prepared specially for you by Schooner Exact's Chef Martin Conquest.
On Saturday, September 10th, after you enjoy a continental breakfast at the brewery, a motor coach will whisk you away from the Schooner Exact location in Seattle and take you to the Yakima Valley. Once there, you'll tour the fields, learn about the equipment and see the hop harvesting process from front to back (with a sack lunch provided along the way).
Then you can watch or participate as the beer is brewed -- you'll eventually get a bottle of the beer when it's ready. All the while, the chef will busily prepare a great meal for you to enjoy before boarding the motor coach and returning to Seattle.
I've done this Hop Field Trip with Schooner Exact and it was a blast. It was educational and fun, and the meal they prepare is not some warmed-over picnic. It's a real, delicious meal. And yes, there is beer involved.
Get on the Trip
It all happens on Saturday, September 10th. Space if limited. To reserve your spot stop by the Schooner Exact Brewing or call the brewery to secure your spot now at (206) 432-9734. Use invite code HOPTRIP2016 when you call.
– Virgil Gamache Hop Farm: Exclusive Tour
– Harvest fresh hops from the vine
– Participate in brewing a Fresh Hop IPA
– Farm Fresh Hop IPA commemorative bottle
– Schooner EXACT’s Fresh Hop IPA bottle
– Continental breakfast prior to departure
– Round-trip transportation on a luxury coach
– Light sack lunch
– Gourmet dinner, crafted by Chef Martin Conquest
– Drinks provided starting with a sampling of beer on the bus ride
What’s it cost?
$195 + tax and gratuity covers you for this all-inclusive day of fun and debauchery