Hops and Props Postmortem (better late than never)

We’re a bit late getting this posted. We’ve got our reasons. In fact, collectively those reasons make for quite a story that involves a series of idiosyncratic events–picking up garbage on the Washington coast, a dog attack outside the Water Street Pub, a hit-and-run accident in the Silver City Brewery parking lot (yes, they hit our WA Beer Cruiser… BASTARDS!), and even the the swine flu. I’m not making this up, but its a story for another day. Other than that, we have no excuses. Here are some notes and photos from the event which took place back on April 18th.

As usual, Hops -n- Props sold out. The crowd showed up early — the line formed at 6:00 for the 7:00 first pour. They altered the way they let the crowd into the event. Last year, a very wet crowd was very irritated. I didn’t rain this year, but nobody would have gotten wet if it had.  Read on for more info and photos.

New beers:

Boundary Bay introduced the crowd to their new bock. As far as we know, this beer is only available in Bellingham at this time.

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Oak Harbor’s Flyers Brewery introduced this year’s version of Spitfire Bitter.

Skagit Brewery introduced its new Mexican Lager. It’s an amber lager made with Mexico City hops.

Busiest Booths:

Iron Horse was serving their Biere de Garde — 6.3% Alc and excellent. This was one of our favorites and the line at the booth wasn’t a surprise.

Laughing Buddha/Trade Route  — As usual, the brewery formerly known as Laughing Buddha (now Trade Route Brewing) drew a large crowd.

Other Notes:

Big Al’s was serving up Local Hero Bitter. This was a very good beer. The local hero concept is great. The local hero for this beer was Ken Frauenthal from Sliverdale). Read more about Big Al’s Local Hero here.

Redhook was serving their new light ale — Slim Chance. It weighs in at a wee 125 cals and 3.9% alc. It is what it is.

Here are some photos



One comment

  1. YIKES, what a crazy few weeks for our friends at the WBB! Hope things have returned to “normal” for you. Tonight I want a Skagit Brewing’s Mexican Lager – hoppy Cinco de Mayo to all.

    PS – love the photo of Lazy Boy on ice.

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Hops and Props Postmortem (better late than never)

We’re a bit late getting this posted. We’ve got our reasons. In fact, collectively those reasons make for quite a story that involves a series of idiosyncratic events–picking up garbage on the Washington coast, a dog attack outside the Water Street Pub, a hit-and-run accident in the Silver City Brewery parking lot (yes, they hit our WA Beer Cruiser… BASTARDS!), and even the the swine flu. I’m not making this up, but its a story for another day. Other than that, we have no excuses. Here are some notes and photos from the event which took place back on April 18th.

As usual, Hops -n- Props sold out. The crowd showed up early — the line formed at 6:00 for the 7:00 first pour. They altered the way they let the crowd into the event. Last year, a very wet crowd was very irritated. I didn’t rain this year, but nobody would have gotten wet if it had.  Read on for more info and photos. (more…)



  1. YIKES, what a crazy few weeks for our friends at the WBB! Hope things have returned to “normal” for you. Tonight I want a Skagit Brewing’s Mexican Lager – hoppy Cinco de Mayo to all.

    PS – love the photo of Lazy Boy on ice.