Is that the way the hop yard tour will work as well? I'm planning to arrive Tuesday for the sole purpose of that tour. If it is only one time and is fairly early I may be cutting it close.
If you want to do the hop tour, I strongly recommend coming on Monday. It leaves at 8 or 9 AM and is gone for 12 hours. Yakima is in Washington, but not that close. It is more than a 2 hour drive. There will be a lot to do once you get there, but it makes for a long day. It will be awesome though, if there was one tour I could do it would be this one.
Jeff, I forgot to mention, the area around the hotel has quite a bit to do. There is a great Rock Bottom a couple of blocks away, and right next door to that is the Taphouse with 160 taps. Besides those places, most every bar in walking distance will have good beer on tap, that's just the way it is around here.
Also, special for forum members: if you want to get some awesome, and I mean AWESOME Taiwanese food, go to Facing East right near the hotel. So good. The place next right door is supposed to be great too, but we've never been. I don't want to tell everyone because it is crowded enough as it is. Should be fine for lunch though.