Beers & Artists Announced for Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival

Brew-Five-Three is Tacoma’s 2nd annual Beer & Blues Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, August 9th in downtown Tacoma at the Broadway Center For the Performing arts. In addition to an impressive list of breweries and cideries, Brew-Five-Three features some of the area’s best blues artists. Tickets are now on sale via the event website, where you can also find more details about the event.

The lineup of breweries continues to grow. Currently, the event has secured more than 25 breweries and three cideries. The list will continue to grow. As the event nears, the Washington Beer Blog will give away tickets. We’ll announce how  you can enter the ticket drawing in a couple weeks. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with some of the details and pencil it in on your calendar.

Here is the latest press release from event organizers:

The summer’s hottest block party heats up! Brew-Five-Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival

Music, Brewers, and Food Vendors Announced for August 9

Community Partners: The Red Hot, Immanuel Presbyterian Church Blues Vespers
Sponsors: Navy Federal Credit Union, Lucky Eagle Casino, The Beer Essentials, Downtown on the Go
Media sponsor: KMPS

Tacoma, WA – Broadway Center will host its second annual Brew-Five-Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, and today announced the local blues acts, roster of Washington State breweries and cideries, and participating food vendors.

Brew Five Three’s blues lineup in 2014 includes Tacoma’s own Stephanie Anne Johnson of NBC’s The Voice, the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue, the Mark Riley Trio, and Junkyard Jane.

Headliner Stephanie Anne Johnson is a singer and songwriter, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Her soulful sound combines elements of blues, folk and rock, and she is constantly refining her favorite instrument, her voice. Stephanie recently appeared as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice, blowing listeners and celebrity judges away with her powerful performances of popular hits like Georgia on My Mind and Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. Stephanie has recorded three albums, Orange, For the Record, and Hollatchagurl, available at

West Coast Women’s Blues Revue is a super group of blues musicians composed of Northwest blues performers Lady A, Patti Allen, and Teri Anne Wilson. Lady A’s high-energy performance style has garnered her comparisons to Tina Turner as well as nominations by both the Washington Blues Society and the national Blues Foundation. Patti Allen has performed with Duke Ellington and B.B. King, among others, and was the first recipient of Washington Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Teri Anne Wilson has received a Best Band award and Best Guitar nomination from the Washington Blues Society. Teri founded the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue in 2010 with the purpose of highlighting female blues artists.

The Mark Riley Trio won the Best of Blues award from the Washington Blues Society for best new band in 2003, and has been going strong ever since. Four piece “swampabilly” group Junkyard Jane have won the Washington Blues Society BB Awards for Best Band, Best Northwest Recording, Entertainer of the Year, and more.

In addition to a great lineup of blues acts, the downtown Tacoma block party will again fill Broadway with 30+ Washington breweries and cideries pouring their most prized libations. Participants confirmed at this time include: 7 Seas Brewing, Airways Brewing Company, American Brewing Company, Backwoods Brewing Co, Bainbridge Island Brewery, Big Al Brewing, Brickyard Brewing, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Dick’s Brewing Company, E9 Brewery LLC, Everybody’s Brewing, Fish Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Hale’s Ales, Harmon Brewing Co., Hi-Fi Brewing, Iron Horse Brewery, M. T. Head Brewing Co, No-Li Brewhouse, Odd Otter Brewing Company, Pacific Brewing & Malting Co., Schilling Cider, Scuttlebutt Brewing Co., Seattle Cider Company, Tacoma Brewing Co., Tieton Cider Works, Two Beers Brewing Co., Valholl Brewing Company, Wingman Brewers, and Yakima Craft Brewing Co., and more to be announced.

Food vendors for Brew Five Three 2014 include Athena’s Food Truck, Auto Pompa Pizzeria, Fish Basket’s Mobile Fish Bar, Ice Cream Social, Lumpia World, Murph’s BBQ, My Newt Mini Donuts & Shave Ice, Quack Dogs LLC, and a complimentary coffee station from 6:30—9:30 p.m. graciously donated by B Sharp Coffeehouse.

Brew-Five-Three promises to be bigger and better the second time around. Improvements sourced from survey results from last year’s festival goers include allowing re-entry and larger, now pint-sized souvenir glasses. Well-behaved dogs on leash will still be permitted. Brew Five Three remains a 21+ event; valid photo ID required; no exceptions. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry without refund. Brew Five Three will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, tents will be constructed and the festival will move under cover.

Advance tickets to Brew Five Three are on sale now. Tickets are $25 through June 21, and are $30 after June 21 to the day of the festival. Members of the military may purchase a $25 ticket without expiry. Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $10 to enjoy live music, a variety of food vendors, and a festive outdoor atmosphere. To buy tickets call the Broadway Center Box Office at 253.591.5894, toll-free 1.800.291.7593, or purchase online at Tickets may also be purchased in person at Broadway Center’s Box Office at 901 Broadway, at The Red Hot, or The Beer Essentials.

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