Hoppy in Washington

Thankfully there was a Harvest Host destination for us just over the border in Mead/Spokane, WA. We were able to stay the night at a fruit/produce farm in an area full of family farms out in the country. The folks were super welcoming and the views were fab!!

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Merlin and Smarty chilling in

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After apple picking and cider drinking, it was time to check out Big Barn Brewery that just happened to be a 3-min walk (on a dirt road between fields) from our spot. This ended up being one of my/Jaimi best nights so far. Had several IPAs and pales out in the countryside – but BEST of all was meeting the owner/brewmaster and getting to help him pelletize hops (just picked from the fields a mere few feet away) destined for an upcoming IPA batch. We met a bunch of fun people and the experience was once in a lifetime. I’m a huge IPA fan girl and having the chance to take part in a really fascinating part of that beer’s creation was so fun for me. It was the most unique/special brewery I’ve ever been to. A truly incredible night I’ll never forget.

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Note hop fields just behind the red barn taproom!
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