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The Beer List for this Saturday’s South Sound Craft Beer Festival

This Saturday, August 29 in Tacoma, the Washington Beer Commission present the 2nd annual South Sound Craft Beer Festival. The event features 30 breweries pouring over 100 beers, with a focus on IPA and other hoppy beers. This is a 21+ event.

The event runs from noon until 6:00 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall and Plaza. Tickets are available online now ($20) or at the door ($25). For military with valid ID, $15 at the gate. Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only (includes water and soda). Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5-ounce tastes. Additional tokens may be purchased at $2 each or three for $5.

Washington Beer Lover (WABL) members receive two bonus tokens when they present their member passports. Not a member of WABL yet? Why not? Check it out here.

Among all the breweries and beers, here are a few that caught my eye. These are just a few highlights but you can see the complete list here.

  • Fremont Brewing – The Brother. Totally out of balance and unapologetically over-hopped. I get this one whenever I can.
  • Counterbalance Brewing – Pogo Duck ISA. One of my new favorites. From a new (opened last winter) Seattle brewery.
  • Ghost Fish Brewing – Grapefruit IPA. How good could can a gluten-free IPA be? Find out. Brewed with Cascade, Horizon and “experimental grapefruit” hops, as well as grapefruit peel. A citrus bomb. Leave your preconceptions about gluten-free beers at the door and just taste it.
  • Lumberjack Brewing – Tree Spike IPA. I’ve never had anything from this Maple Valley brewery, which means you probably haven’t either.
  • Wet Coast Brewing – Line Jumper IPA. Another new Washington brewery (Gig Harbor) pouring beer I’ve yet to taste.
  • Narrows Brewing – Lead the Way IPA. Last spring Mike Davis (formerly of Harmon Brewing and others) took over the brewhouse at Narrows. I haven’t had any of his new beers yet.
  • McMenamins – Dankaliicious Double IPA. Beyond liking the name, I like the stats. Brewed with Horizon, Centennial, Chinook and Brewers Gold hops, it clocks in at 8.3 percent ABV and 91 IBUs. Sound like a big, hoppy beer that maybe is a bit out of McMenamins’ comfort zone. I like that.
  • Kulshan Brewing – Bastard Kat IPA. Not much of Kulshan’s award-winning beer makes it too far out of Bellingham. This one is a wicked-good IPA that I too rarely get to drink.
  • Georgetown Brewing – Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale. It’s not a new beer from Georgetown, but it is a new addition to the regular lineup. Super dry and citrusy, you’ll have trouble believing this one is only 50 IBUs.

See the complete beer list here.

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